Category Archives: Personal Notes

things you may not know about me

I am a middle child. And the only girl.

I broke both of my wrist at the same time when I was in 6th grade. Gymnastics. Uneven bars. Nuff said.

My hair was short for the first 15 years of my life.

I have only been in love once…and I married him.

I was afraid of dogs as a child…until my dad brought home a golden retriever puppy from a business trip.We named her Muffin (cause preppy was all the rage:)

I lived down the street from Aileen Quinn (the original Annie) Legend has it that she had a crush on my brother.

I rarely clean my plate. Even if I love everything on it. I think it is my rebellion for having to clean my plate as a child. That is just my self-observation.

I have often thought of starting another blog that I just post nature photos on…but then I get worn out at the thought of maintaining another blog.

 

Our twins were split at midnight, so that have different birthday. My daughter is 11 minutes older…

I have a mark on my face that is permanent from being the the womb 27 days past my due date. I was due Aug. 1st and I showed up on the 28th. My finger nails were embedded in my face..and one mark still remains.

31 flavors overwhelms me so I usually just stick with Mint Chip.

I am an introvert. I think I have fought this idea for most of my life…always feeling like I should be out and about but really feel myself when I am at home with my people. I say that….but then I also love a night out with friends too….so who knows what I am:)

There are times when I think I have ADD….bouncing from one project to the next without completing anything….but I’m cool with that….it is part of my process I suppose.

People used to mistake me for her….hence most friends of my youth called me Winnie. I was once asked for my autograph…when that show was still popular.

 

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A HUGE shout out to my parents….who I called at 6:30 on Thursday and said “hey, want to leave with me at 7:30 Friday morning to spend the day cleaning and painting the lakehouse???” To which they responded…without even hesitating “of course….” I pray that I can always be as generous as they have been to me. Love you mom and pop:) Thank you soooooooo much!

 

Happy weekending:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

5 for the road

FRIDAY!!! Whoot!! Try to soak up these last weekends of summer. My bff is traveling in town today on this….They are making there way to the Grand Canyon from Philadelphia. I know right! What an adventure! I am so pumped that they are stopping here first:) (I will be calling them Griswold all weekend…yes I will)

 

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So I thought it would be fun to share 5 interesting/funny/just because I want to share them…things on Friday. I shall call it 5 for the Road:) Maybe it will be a series…that is my hope anyhow…but I don’t want to over commit;) Here are some interesting things to chat about and look up this weekend…

 

5 simple changes to make you happier

 

Do you know these women?

 

How fabulous would this be if it were true….

 

 

Too hot to cook…17 Lazy girl recipes

 

Stackable ice cube tray just seems like a good idea….no? (source UncommonGoods)

 

 

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What everyone is thinking about tiny houses…but this writer so clearly and hilariously states… (a bit vulgar, but very very funny…)

 

 

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One last thing (I realize I am over my limit of 5:) I have a little friend, her name is Anna…she is actually my best friend Melissa’s daughter’s (too many apostrophes?, I never know…)  best friend. Got that? There will be a quiz;) She is on a mission to remind folks of how very easy it should be to just Live Nice towards one another. She is a little entrepreneur…setting up at local farmer’s markets around the Philly area to sell her Live Nice t shirts. I would love for you to support her:) Here is a link to her website…and her Facebook page (her parents are managing that for her:) I love me shirt…it is super soft and fits so nice….pun intended;)

 

Happy weekend!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Lakehouse at Barren River

Okay…first of all you guys kind of totally rock…You and your sweet words were the vitamins to my writer’s brain on Friday. Feeling kind of overwhelmed and underinspired..which I probably have said almost every July for the past 5 July’s… and a few of you left such sweet comments that really made my day! I think that the challenge with blogging for this long without much of a break is too continue to be a place that is inspiring. This comment….”casual, fresh and interesting…” it truly made my day…thank you again…It is the best kind of bonus! Keep the comments and suggestions coming:)

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My love of projects and photography along with writing is really what I was meant to do. There are some really fun new avenues to be connected with you all like Instagram, Facebook and my newest favorite periScope which is basically like if Youtube and Snapchat had a baby;) A live podcast that last for only 24 hours. It is really a fun way to get to know you guys better and to follow along your favorite bloggers and see them behind the scenes. It makes everybody come to life…. literally. I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon for a new app but I think that this Periscope app (which is an arm of the Twitter brand) will be here to stay. You can find me on there at @cleverlyinspire I shared a few this weekend….but I don’t think they are still on there now. You can be notified when I am Live:)barren river lakehouse for sale (3)

 

I have been asked recently about our lakehouse and I thought this might be a good time to give you an update of what is going on there. We did have some renters in our lake house that unfortunately had to move out to move closer to their family. So we were left once again with an empty lake house. We put it back on the market at the beginning of the summer and have had some interest….but no takers yet.

 

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It is a very specific buyer that we’re looking for. Even though the house is in a perfect location…it is very rural. It is a very private location which is one of the biggest reasons why we love it so much. It is a value too… we have come down on the price about $20,000!!

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If you know of anybody in northern Tennessee or Kentucky that is interested in a furnished lake house please forward this to them. We would love it to have somebody buy it who is going to take care of it and enjoy it as much as we did. I created a Youtube for you to share:)

 

 

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Here are a few past projects that we completed at the lake house that readers have enjoyed… (pics are tiny…vintage bloggin days:)

 

xo

 

How to make an outdoor bar

Thrifty Finds at the Lake

Wine Bottle garden path

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

reentry is hard….

Hey all! Back at the homestead….switching gears a bit…and that always takes a bit of time. Great summer fun here so far this year….it isn’t over yet though! We are going to soak every last bit in! My bff  and her fam is traveling via luxury motorhome from Philly to the Grand Canyon (and lots of places in between:) Their first stop is here!! And I cannot wait to see her! I am going to help her stock up the fridge for lots of campfire/easy oven meals for their trip out west. Do you have any good ones to share? I would love to hear.

The beach was amazing this summer….and we all said next year we need to be there for 2 whole weeks all together…I got a bit homesick at the end only because we weren’t all together…

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We ate too much….slept a bit more…and laughed a bunch….

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It was fun to spend time with Nana and Grammie & Pop pop…..just hanging out. We feel really blessed to be able to share the beach with them….

 

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I tried to take my DSLR out for a bit….but I really was so into my books that I didn’t take many pics. Sidenote: You must read Jodi Picoult’s new book  Leaving Time ….wow it was good! I just finished The Girl on the Train and loved that too….I swear I don’t read all year until the summer comes around….but I am loving it so much! Are you a year round reader?

Are you on Periscope? It is a new app that is basically like Facetiming with the world at the same time….bunch of bloggers are on it now and it is really quite fun. It is a branch off of Twitter…my user name is cleverlyinspire (like it is on twitter) Download the app for free and come and hang out:)

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The post is all over the place….kind of how I feel at the moment….I am working on a small project in the peanut’s room….trying to get food in the house again….making sure I have ordered  high school books for classes….figuring out what to share with you this week….like I said…ALL over the place! Maybe I’ll go back to the beach;)

Have a great Monday peeps!

xo

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Dad’s Day

Hubs and I started dating in our Sophomore year of college. The first time he came home with me to meet my family was in February during a school break. He was so nervous to meet my dad. A normal occurrence during most courtships….meeting the Father of an “only daughter” family….some nerves are natural.

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They immediately hit it off….both share a great love of golf, sports, and movies. My Dad loves a good movie. We had a room in our basement that was small…and set up just to watch movies….it was before all these fancy movie rooms. My Dad actually finished the whole room himself….complete with surround sound, elevated TV platform…movie posters and a recliner couch. When Bill came home with me that first visit….my Dad and him watched movies…I think it was my Dad’s way of “feeling Bill out”…seeing what parts he laughed at or commented on. Communicating without really communicating. They got along great…and still do. I guess movies do that for most people…hit a common cord and help us to see people in different lights.

 

hhgregg would like to help you celebrate the Father in your life. You can do this by participating in the Ultimate Chore Challenge obstacle course being held inn Atlanta, Indy and Tampa. hhgregg along with All Pro Dad is holding this fun family event where you can win all sorts of prizes….like maybe a cozy recliner for your movie room:) You can find out about the event in your area by visiting hhgregg and preregistering. Lots of great gifts for dad…along with some sales too! Check out hhgregg for more information.

 

Happy Father’s Day weekend to all the Dad’s out there….

xoxo

Love you Dad!!

 

This post was sponsored by hhgregg. All  opinions, photos, thoughts are my own. I have been compensated for my time.

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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