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Michelle Mortensen
Living the simply, sweet life in Santa Barbara
Living the simply, sweet life in Santa Barbara

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A Simplified Life for a Simple New Year
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain Happy ...

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Simple French Farmhouse Centerpiece
Farmhouse Style is white HOT right now. Is it because of the popularity of shows like HGTV's "Fixer Upper" - or is it because people want to embrace a  simple, authentic way of living? Whatever the reason, I happen to like the trend. It feels comfortable. H...

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Displaying Lavender Indoors
Did you know that,  of our 5 senses, smell is the sense most closely related to memory? Aaahhhh... lavender . The scent immediately transports me back to warm, sunny Provence. I love to have displays of lavender in my home to remind me of one of my best vac...

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Beautiful Utensil Holders for the Kitchen
A little while back, Bestie D and Bestie M came to Santa Barbara to visit me.  We've been friends since 6th grade.  As usual, we had a great time together: laughing, eating, talking, and reviewing bad (in a good way) reality TV. We also went to the Summerla...

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Free Summer FUN in Santa Barbara
It has been a fun summer so far. My family traveled for 10 days to Vancouver, Canada, and we had a fantastic time! We have also had a great time spending time around our hometown of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is a not only stunning, but it is also a great...

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Travel - It's All About the Carry-On
Happy Birthday to me! For my birthday (in January), I received some money as a gift. I used it to purchase something I've been really wanting for several months - and have been eyeing on Pinterest for some time: the Lo & Sons OG travel bag. (I did not recei...

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Elegant Red, White, and Blue Decor
Happy Fourth of July! Today, I wanted to share some elegant images of red, white, and blue to celebrate our nation's birthday: With a white or neutral base (such as the gorgeous chair above), you can add a little patriotic flair without your decor become to...

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Graduation Party Tablescape
I have much more to share about my recent trip to Vancouver, Canada. However, today I am backing up a bit to talk about a HUGE day for my family... with not one , but TWO graduations, in one day! They say, "The days are long, but the years are short." It is...

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Photowalk Tour on Granville Island
One of the reasons I began blogging was to combine my love of writing and photography. I have always loved writing - I was an English major in college - and I've kept a journal for most of my life. Photography is a great hobby. I've never had formal trainin...

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Whale Watching in Canada
My family and I are on a vacay in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. So far, it has been a wonderful trip and the entire family is in awe of the cleanliness of the city. We are also awed by the natural beauty of the surrounding area - the sea, m...
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