Photo Credit: Pieces Photography

Photo Credit: Pieces Photography

Hi there!  I’m Dawn. I’m a 30-something mom of three kids (ages 2, 4 and 6). In my pre-moving-all-the-time-military-spouse-life, I was a HR Manager in the Hospitality field. In an effort to have a more moving-friendly career, I went back to school in 2013 for Graphic Design and Branding and I do hand-lettered prints for my Etsy shop.

While I’m a big believer in being active, clean eating and teaching my kids about the importance of keeping healthy habits, I believe in enjoying almost anything in moderation. I have a lot of interests (cooking, writing, sewing, crafting, fitness…and the list goes on) so you’ll find a bit of everything on my blog!

I hear people get the common misconception that DIY bloggers lives are “perfect” so here’s the real-life deal…

What you see in a pretty blog picture is often surrounded by dust and piles of crap if I zoom out. I spot clean to get a good shot. A good camera is not in the budget and all blog pics for the past few months have been taken with my iPhone. We don’t get out much so I rarely get dressed or put on makeup. I live in yoga pants (cliché as it may be). I can’t remember the last time I mopped the floor. After popping out 3 babies in 5 years, I came home from the hospital unhappily weighing 215 lbs. I’ve lost 55 pounds and counting in the past two years and I’m almost at my goal…so I try to eat clean and workout most days but I almost never let a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffinating. I’m a work in progress. ;)

A few random facts about me:

  • I’m not a morning or night person, but I can rock mid-day like nobody’s business.
  • I am neurotically punctual. I am always, always, always on time or early. Being late makes me very anxious.
  • I’m a major introvert, a homebody and completely content to hang out by myself. Like I might be a borderline hermit.
  • I love school. I have a BA in English, an MBA in HR Management and an Advanced Certificate in Graphic Design and Branding.
  • I started running a few years ago and I’ve done quite a few 5Ks, an 8K and completed my first half marathon in May of 2013. I’m also did the complete Insanity program and am now working on the PiYo program.
  • I love moving every few years like we do. There are downsides for sure but overall, I love the opportunity to experience so many different places. Charleston, SC is still my favorite place we’ve lived and we want to retire there.
  • I hate when people lack common courtesy or aren’t nice. It’s not that hard to be kind! (Read my post on this subject called “Be Kind or Be Quiet” here).
  • I have 6 tattoos. (Skipping class in college to get a tattoo? Or two? Guilty.)
  • I swore I’d NEVER drive a minivan. But I do. And I love it.
  • I had my first magazine feature this year and my craft room Jumbo Pegboard recently appeared on Good Housekeeping!
  • My favorite bible verse is Proverbs 16:24 | Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
You can check out some more random facts about me in the post Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen {Embracing Life’s Joys and Challenges}. I’m so glad you stopped by. I hope you’ll stick around and find something that inspires you!


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