Category Archives: Personal Notes

when you hit 42…why I joined weight watchers….

I have never had to watch my weight…like ever. I was gifted a super fast metabolism….up until I hit about age 41. Mind you…I have always (at least for most of my adult life) enjoyed a variety of fruits and veggies and have eaten them consistency. But on the flip side of that I have always enjoyed a sweet treat too:) I never had to consider how much sweets I was eating because I rarely gained weight….just how I am made I guess….

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(the string bean on the way right is vintage 1983ish me…#pinkandgreenforever…and yes that is a cow behind us. My Uncle owned a angus cattle farm in Maryland:)

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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.

redo….

Darn it was hard to leave the beach….I think I’d be happy living there for half the year. We had great family time…the kids played tennis and got along so nicely. The weather was a blissful 70 degrees except for a couple of days. We all came back recharged…which is the best feeling. We discovered some great hiking trails at the Carolina Beach State Park…which is literally 3 minutes from our house. Hubs and I both felt silly that we hadn’t taken advantage of this spectacular park on previous trips. The trails are gorgeous…lovely marina to launch a boat…camping sites….little beach on the bay…it was so picturesque. Stella loved the hikes… carolina beach 2016 (2)

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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.

Dear 26 year old self…

Dear 26 year old self,

Just a few notes to think on…
That pain in your lower back will go away in about a week after you bring the kids home…..listen to your mom and nap when they sleep. Yes it will be weird to strap them into car seats and carry them out of the hospital. Nobody will stop you…. they are officially your children and are living outside of your body now. Extremely hard for both you and your hubby to believe….I know. The next three months ++++ will be filled with fogginess as you try to get them to sleep through the night and you become a wee bit successful around the 3rd month because they go to bed around 11 for the night and they will sleep until about 5:30 which you consider a very large victory. You all will have lots of help from your mom and mother in law and for that you are blessed.

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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.

Holiday Playlist on the hippest stereo in town

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tivoli Audio for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

My dad was in band when I was younger. He is a very talented bass guitarist and also knows how to play the drums quite well. My little brother is the only other person who is musically inclined. He also was in a band throughout much of his time in college. We had a room in our unfinished basement that housed a full drum set—and many afternoons I came home from school to drums and jam sessions in our basement. My little brother was basically self taught with some help from my dad–he performed at my cousins wedding when he was just 4 years old. He also performed at my wedding as a 5th grader….along with my dad. When you have family members who are musical…you get pretty used to having music on in your house….so when my friends at Tivoli Model One asked me to try out one of their uber sylish bluetooth stereos—I knew right where I would put it….the kitchen! This is thee coolest radio I have seen….check it out…What a perfect gift for the whole family:)

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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.

4 minute Holiday Curls: Video Tutorial

Hey hey hey….Gratitude week is here! I am busy prepping for all the goodies we will be serving up:) I am planning on taking the rest of the week off….but I may pop in again….depending on how the week goes. If I don’t talk to you again….have a blessed and cozy Thanksgiving:) I sure am thankful that you stop by here to see me every week. I thought I would share an easy holiday hair do with you today….get festive yall:)

Do you remember when you were younger and you had hours to just play with your hair in front of the mirror? It was kind of fun to think up of a different hairstyle and wear it like that for a few days. With the holidays approaching I thought that you might want a new hair style for some of your holiday parties & gatherings. If you are in a rut and have been wearing your hair the same way forever this might be a fun little challenge for you to try out for the holidays. I preface this….please be kind….A beauty blogger I am NOT!! soft curls @cleverlyinspired

A few of you were asking how I did my hair for our family pictures so I made a quick 4 minutes hair tutorial video so that I could show you how I do it.

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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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