it’s my little top 10 most viewed posts post

alrighty. so i have a few  sorta-“best of” posts that i’ve had in my drafts & trying to work on before we are completely out of the new year phase. which technically we are. so. i’m going to interrupt my regularly scheduled program on “inspiring friends” and add this one in.

i wanted to recap the 10 most viewed posts on my blog over the last 12 months ( a couple were actually this month) as per google analytics & my site meter. i’m certain a handful of these are frequently viewed thanks to pinterest. which truth be told, i hardly ever visit. isn’t that weird? everyone has ditched the blog world & is hanging out, for hours at a time, on pinterest and i seldom visit. oh well. just a fun fact i threw in for free. living fair

2. holiday housewalk, ya’ll come on in

3. welcome to my new wordpress

4. a fantastic new sign by Between You & Me

5. an embarassingly simple DIY board

6. do you see Him? He’s here with us

7. how i decluttered our home

8. fresh starts , focus & intentional living

9.just you wait

10. the lesson i learned about loving my neighbor


for those of you that swing by here and choose to spend a little time reading & then leaving me a comment or sending an email, i thank you from the bottom of my heart.



January 25, 2013 - 8:43 am

Amy Avery - I am so like you in the Pinerest area. I sometimes feel a wee bit like I am missing the boat since I don’t frequent there often. I think it may be defense mechanism to visit there only for the “essentials” of my life such as planning a party or finding a new recipe or getting some kind of new idea for hliday decor. It’s a great place and all, but I could spend hours there I am sure.
I have loved all of these posts above. I have one teensy question for you, ha! Was it really difficult ot move over to WordPress. I’ve been considering doing so but always chicken out.
Hope you have a Kathleen Kelly kind of day, daisies, Brinkley and all!

January 25, 2013 - 9:11 am

Lori H - I would agree with all those posts, Paige. The good thing is that even an everyday kind of post on your blog shines – sweet thoughts and awesome photography! Looking forward to going through 2013 with you :)

January 25, 2013 - 11:04 am

Kerri - good morning Paige! I give you so much credit for opening up and sharing with us your home and your family. I know this is not easy to do and you do an amazing job at it. I do not like to take photos of myself and I know it is important to do if you are sharing with others! So I just want to thank you for all that you do! Have a happy weekend my friend! XO

January 25, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Cheryl - I’m happy you posted this! I had somehow gotten lost when you changed over to WordPress, so I’ve been missing so many of your treasures! Occasionally I will catch them if you post on Twitter, but not always.
So happy to find you again!!!

January 25, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Tammie - Paige, I am so envious of your outfits, you sure know how to make one look good. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your family with me. I know it takes alot of time, well at least I find it does for me and my blog is nothing compared to yours. You could actually do a tv show on style for clothes, jewerly, home. I know you aren’t busy enough now RIGHT? Just an idea, I would sure watch it. HAHA. Thanks again for this great blog.

January 25, 2013 - 7:30 pm

tara - Love this post, friend…
I LOVE that outfit you’re wearing in the first photo… :) style icon.

grateful our sign post was a popular…it was totally how you displayed it in your gorgeous home.

January 27, 2013 - 2:18 am

Caroline - Hi Paige, On my post today I have a link to my fav. January post which just happens to be one of yours :) Hope your having a fantastic weekend.

January 27, 2013 - 10:03 am

Lynsey Braggs - Paige, did you make the “Oh Holy Night” print? I absolutley love it, my fav Christmas song!

January 27, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - You know what I love about this? I remember EVERY single post!! I also love what you said about everyone ditching blogs- I think they are splitting their time hanging out on Pinterest and Instagram. LOL

January 30, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Cathy - Im a total lurker!! and have been for a while…so you asked for comments and here is mine…you and your family are adorable!! I love your pictures! your story is wonderful and worth tell..continue please! it brings me joy when my three kids are still sleeping before school (homeschool) and Im already on my third (eak) cup of coffee and I think..lets check on how the girls over at simple thoughts are doing..and, as always.. your little stories and pictures warm my heart!

another lesson learned ~ jeanne oliver style

(little girl dress created by jeanne 5 years ago)

(savannah wearing one of jeanne’s creations from 2012 )

i decided to turn this in to a little series about women who’ve inspired me. tomorrow i have a little list of a few more friends & the character qualities that i think stand out the most when i think of them.

about five years ago when i began reading blogs and then venturing in to blogging myself, jeanne was one of the first i read. the images of caroline shown above are in a dress that jeanne made. it was a heartbreaker when she outgrew that little number.

since that time i have watched jeanne develop her own unique and wonderfully creative style including mixed media, jewelry, developing ecourses & my personal favorite-designing her own line of bags and fashion pieces.

jeanne has a generous heart and loves to encourage others starting out in business. while she is wildly creative she also lives an intentional life where her faith & her family come first.  she shares, in her witty & transparent spirit how she balances her art, her work, her relationships and homeschooling. i respect her as an entrepreneur and wish her continued success.

my collection of jeanne oliver bags is somewhat extensive and may require an intervention. her camera bags are often my favorite in each release.  i’ve carried the worn out grey one shown below since i began my photography business . i think every session i’m on someone asks about my bag.

a few weeks ago jeanne released the Thoreau Colletion.  once again i was so impressed with each piece. and yes, especially the bags. the Ellison Camera Bag is yet another gorgeous option for a stylish photographer.

(just a little tip, jeanne’s pieces often times sell out quickly so keep an eye out for her release dates.)

thank you jeanne for teaching me so many things, not the least of which is living intentionally & having a heart full of  generosity. thank you for being you! i love you friend~

January 24, 2013 - 8:46 am

Kerri - can I just tell you how completely adorbs Caroline looks in those photos? I can’t believe how much she has grown! and I remember the dress that Savannah is wearing when it was in the shop, I loved it but don’t think I could pull it off quite like she does! I remember following Jeanne at her other blog when she had just her etsy shop. she has completely outdone herself and I wish I had just an inch of her talent and drive! thank you for sharing! I am enjoying this little series! XO

January 24, 2013 - 8:58 am

christy - What a cute dress, I’d love to have one like that for my daughter who’s 4
imagine the photo shoots in that dress., I love Jeanne’s products I have an Ellison camera bag, in gray love it!! I have my heart set on her new Emerson Bag… in love

January 24, 2013 - 10:45 am

Amy Avery - I love Jeanne’s site! You introduced me to her last year through an e-course give away. I loved it and have loved her site ever since. that camera bag is oh so awesome and I’d offer to buy that dress of Caroline’s right off you if I thought you m ay still have it and wanted to part with it. So so adorable! Hope you are having a sunshine morning dear friend!

January 24, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Cathy Grasinger - Love this post about Jeanne!!! I’ve been following her blog for a few years myself! Love her style and her jewelry so much! Having moved from California to Colorado this past year I was so excited to meet her in person at the mall here where I work …she was just a doll! I recognized her and was so excited to meet her in person and she was the sweetest ever!!!! We also happen to live in the same neighborhood! It’s truly such a small world!!!

January 24, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Peggy - Do you know I only “met” Jeanne recently when I discovered her Creatively Made course? In fact that is where I discovered your blog… happy accident? No, it was truly the hand of the Lord moving. You see the past many months have been a very dark time spiritually for me… yes I was in a valley…. a deep, dark valley… one where I let someone else steal my joy. But since that time I’m seeing the Lord working… in those that I encounter, in me, even in the dark days. So I want to say thank you! You may not realize it but your are truly a blessing, an encouragement, and I thank the Lord daily for those in my life, whether it be my “real” life family or those who I am simply blessed by the words that they right. Thank you!

January 25, 2013 - 12:23 am

jodi - I love jeanne’s collections; amazing! I have taken one of her e-courses and have one of her leather cuffs. She seems like such a genuine and truly sweet person!

I may have to get one of her camera bags. My sweet hubs gave me a “big girl” camera for christmas; so I would love a sweet bag to keep it in. :)

Take care!

January 25, 2013 - 7:32 pm

tara - love her stuff…
love the dress SMK is wearing and I have the same red little number that her buddy Taylor is wearing at the game… :) gives this old lady some hope that I still got it if I’m picking out stuff those girls are wearing. :)

January 25, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Lolo - That Jeanne. Man does she rock! I currently own 4 of her bags 😉 They are all special. I love them so much that I actually just had to get 2 more flowers since they went missing! My bags looked nekkid and I just had to contact Jeanne and hook my bags back up! Wearing one of her bags is a statement. I needs a statement :)

ps – i always say this, but your girls are so gorgeous!! I wish I couldve worn that adorb plaid # on Savannah….I really wanted it, but I dont think it was meant for my bod :)

January 31, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Alecia - Pretty sure this cute little camera bag is coming my way for my birthday…can’t wait!!! 😉