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A Tour of Ireland

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Most of us love to travel, talk about our next trip, or even daydream about exploring a unique location for the first time. Last month, Victoria magazine posted an incredible tour of Ireland on their website. Every image absolutely blew me away, so I just have to share it with you. Ireland’s charm is undeniable. Whether countryside or city, there …

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I Would Love to Hear What Inspires You

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Now that it is officially spring, it’s time for another topic request! Not only did you all give me wonderful ideas when we did this a few months ago, but your feedback also opened the door for more conversations among the community we have through this blog. The moments I love most are when I get to connect with you …

living room from Classic COttages by Cindy Cooper Smith

Classic Cottages: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Classic Cottages is a book that inspires me all over again every time I open it. Flipping through, I seem to fold down the corner of a different page than the last time—does anyone else do this? Anyway, be it a corner shelf with collected treasures, a simple floral arrangement, or a flourishing garden, I always discover something beautiful that …

Inspiration for Your Days at Home!

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It feels like this is the time of year that we have the most space to reflect and pay attention to details that we normally wouldn’t. Dreary weather and less sunlight naturally beckons for more days at home, which isn’t a bad thing in my book! It’s always funny to me the “projects” we create for ourselves during these home …

New Year, Lots of New Magazines!

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Can you believe it is another New Year? It seems like we just started 2018. We have so many wonderful things going on here at Hoffman Media. Did you know we now own the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo? And the Martha Pullen Company? We are so excited about these wonderful additions to our company. More to come on that! …

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Dreams

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We are constantly bombarded by competitions. Cookoffs, golf, football, and just about anything else that can be a competition is televised. We are heralded as winners! Winners. Interesting concept of being a winner, isn’t it? Winner of what—a trophy, ribbon, title, or level of accomplishment? Most of the winners I have seen lately are the chefs who can take odd …

gate to beautiful garden with mountain view

Encouragement for Today

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Dealing with challenges in life is never what we dream of spending our energy on. I find myself thinking, “Really—another obstacle?” I would rather be doing something fun! Challenges often mean something consistent in our lives is in one way or another changing. And with every shift in our normal comes a new decision to make. Now, I much prefer …

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Reignite

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I was in my doctor’s office this week, and a new nurse-practitioner came in. I greeted her and asked about her new career. She made the most wonderful statement: “Being here has reignited me—I love this!” My doctor looked at me and said, “That is a great word.” Reignite—meaning to ignite again. I thought about that on the way home …