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Summer Watercolor Florals | Pink Layered Flower

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Probably my favorite painting as of late. I love the bright pink tones and the beautiful watercolor layers of petals (supplies listed below). This looks GREAT on your phone’s background. Grab the iPhone wallpaper download here and enjoy (for personal use only, please). Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back soon for more free designs.

Supplies

I’m obsessed with any and all flowers, but I’d love to know what your favorites are. Let me know below!

Colorful Abstract Paint Splatter

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The latest iPhone background is coming to you circa 2012. Are those painting classes still a thing? You know, the ones where you byob and learn how to paint a picture. The grown up version of paint by numbers. Anyway, this is actually a photo I took of a wall in one of those shops years ago. It was an entire wall of paint splatter and I couldn’t resist a close-up. So fun to look at and way cooler than whatever we painted. Feel free to make this your new phone background. Sharing is caring, but keep it classy, it’s for personal use only.

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Watercolor Ampersand

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Some fresh watercolor pieces that will be incorporated into some new designs. I love black watercolor. And you just can’t go wrong with an ampersand. It’s such a lovely shape and there are so many fun variations on this “letter”. Speaking of that, what’s your vote — should the ampersand be considered a letter or not?

I’ve cleaned this photo up a touch, but not much editing has been done in order to preserve that awesome watercolor texture. If you’re curious about the materials I used scroll to the bottom for the deets.

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Paint:

Black Ampersand - Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache in Ivory Black (CMYK Black), Series 1

Red Ampersand - Winsor & Newton Professional Water Coluor in Scarlet Lake, Series 2

Paper - Strathmore 400 series, water color paper, cold-pressed

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Bright Abstract Wall Art | Atlanta Murals

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This week, we’re serving up some inspiration from the streets of the ATL. If you haven’t had the fortune of checking out the street art in person, add it to your Spring to do list! You’ll find art peppered throughout the city, but some of my favorite spots are West Midtown and O4W. I found these amazing abstract pieces in West Midtown. I can’t get over the bright blues, yellows and pinks. Enjoy, and please share where you’ve spied the best murals in your city!

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Spring Inspired Colorful Geometric Line Pattern

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Showcasing another pattern from our spring series. Bright pastels and an abstract geometric print bring this together in a way that makes us want to plaster the pattern on every surface. Enjoy as a free iphone wallpaper for now, and look for this pattern in our upcoming stationery line.

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colorful abstract lines
colorful abstract watercolor

Please note, these are strictly for personal use. Be a nice human, please. :)

Blue Watercolor Wallpaper

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Enjoy this week’s freebie! And keep an eye out for some upcoming card designs using my new pattern below.


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Please note, the image is for personal use only and is not intended to be shared or distributed in any way.



Spring Inspired Watercolor Backgrounds

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It’s finally feeling like SPRING! Lately, I’ve been inspired by the warmer weather and fresh blooms. I created a few new patterns and backgrounds that I’ll be using in some upcoming designs. I can’t wait to add the new pieces to the shop.

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Check back soon for updates and feel free to grab these watercolor backgrounds for your phone.

Please note: these are for personal use only. Thank you! :)

XOXO,

MJ

3 Reasons You Absolutely Should be Sending Thank You Notes to Clients

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ways thank you notes will boost your business

I’m going to give you 3 quick and dirty reasons why you positively need to be sending thank you notes. I’m not talking about thank you emails. We’re talking tangible, handwritten notes, people.

3 Ways Thank You

Notes can Boost

your Biz

  1. The response rate for direct mail is higher than any digital marketing method (5 to 9 times higher, in fact).

  2. Direct mail has a bigger impact and leaves a longer lasting impression on your customers. They trust and connect to direct mail more, helping to up your know, like and trust factor.

  3. Letter-sized envelopes have the highest response rates in lead generation campaigns.

Who doesn’t like getting some snail mail? Basically, YOU CAN’T GO WRONG, short of misspelling someone’s name or using an outdated address. So why aren’t you doing this already? If you don’t have physical addresses, start collecting them TODAY.

ACTION PLAN

  • Start collecting physical addresses today. Add it into your processes/automation wherever you can.

  • Set a reminder to update your physical mailing list quarterly.

  • Capture birth dates as this is a great opportunity to send physical mail and a special offer such as a discount.

YOUR TURN

Do you already send direct mail? If so, what do you send and have you seen better results when compared to email and digital marketing?

XOXO,

MJ

Fit Girl's Guide 28 Day Jumpstart Review // Week 1

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Let's talk about fitness! 

Lately, I've been feeling a lot less fit than I'd like to be, which I think was exacerbated by my recent wedding dress shopping (yay, I found my dress!). It's hard to maintain a healthy relationship with your body, especially when you've noticed a few extra pounds lingering around. I knew I wanted to shed a few pounds but I really wanted to get back into a healthier lifestyle that I could maintain long term. ::Enter FitGirlsGuide:: 

Now let's get down to the nitty gritty!

Fit Girl's Guide 28 Day Jumpstart - What is it? 

An easy to read and entertaining ebook including a meal plan, exercise program and a boatload of additional tips to keep you healthy, happy and successful in your fitness pursuit.

How about that Meal Plan?

The goal of the guide is to help you learn to eat clean. That doesn't mean that you're required to eat like a rabbit. Fruits and veggies are definitely a big part of the plan but there are some super delicious recipes - like a Chipotle-esque bowl (with chicken, rice and beans!), lasagna rolls and egg mcmuffins! Plus, you're allowed to eat out if needed for an event, etc. The point of the meal plan is to teach you what clean eating is, that way should you find yourself at a restaurant, you can still maintain your clean food diet.

You won't be starving on this plan, the meals fill you up and satisfy most of my cravings. PLUS, you're allowed two snacks per day in addition to some dark chocolate...whaaaaaat!!!

The cost to buy the groceries needed is hard to determine as my fiancé is also following the meal plan. It's Important to note that we haven't been cooking much over the last few months so we weren't stocked up on spices, etc., but I would estimate that the cost for one person is between $50-$65. That's not bad considering it's breakfast, lunch and dinner for 7 days. 

How about that Exercise Regimen? 

The intensity of the exercise plan is going to be different for everyone, depending on your current level of fitness. But, the great part about it is you can move at your own pace and you can do everything right at home! Yay, now I don't have to worry about all the fit people at the gym see my #struggle. Each day the program targets a different group of muscles-- arms, booty/legs, and core. For me, the plan is just challenging enough to feel like I'm getting something done but not so hard that I want to just say, "Screw it all!" 

You don't have to follow the exercise plan, but I would recommend it. You can totally do your own thing, just follow their guidelines of 30 minutes of cardio/day (6 days/week) and strength training at least 2 days/week. Easy Peasy!

What Makes it so Special?

It's a challenge, yes, but you gain an entire community of ladies that are taking up the same fight, all at the same time! Fit Girl's Guide has an incredible Instagram following. Once you join the challenge, you can participate in this super supportive network. Seeing everyone's progress and receiving their encouragement makes a huge difference! Seriously, check out these before and afters

It's flexible. My favorite thing about Fit Girl's Guide is that it's super flexible. I don't do well with super strict regimens, they make my inner toddler want to rebel (even if it's against myself). Surprisingly, I haven't really struggled too much with veering off of the meal plan or DIY home exercise plan (but I'm only a little over a week and a half in).

Results. If you follow the plan, you'll see some baby results within the first week. That's enough encouragement to keep anyone going! I can't wait to see my progress after 2 and 3 weeks. 

My Progress

I guess it would be important to note that I started my period in the first few days of week 1. Assuming this skewed my results a tad, I was still able to notice a flatter tummy. Overall, I felt pretty good during week 1. The food was easy to eat but the challenge was keeping up with the cooking and exercise all in the middle of moving house! I say, if I can manage to stay on the plan in the midst of a pipe burst, a second leak and on and on, so can you! 

You can join the 28 Day Challenge whenever you like. If you've thought about it, you should seriously give it a try! It's on sale for $25 right now; a healthier life is well worth that investment!

Questions? Have you tried the 28 Day Challenge or the Fitkini Challenge? If so, let me know what you thought about it below! 

A Dupe for Benefit They're Real Mascara!

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Greatest news ever! I'm pretty sure nearly everyone has heard of or tried Benefit They're Real Mascara. It was all the rage when it came out a couple of years ago. Since it's debut, Benefit has added an eyeliner to the line as well. 

But the real star, as many of you know, is the mascara. I'll admit, I drank the kool-aid with the Benefit mascara and it tasted delicious! It's always hard to splurge on mascara when there are so many good drugstore options available. So, while I do think the Benefit mascara lives up to it's claims, I can't say I will be repurchasing it now that I've found an amazing drugstore dupe! Dun dun dun! This wondrous discovery is Maybelline's Volum'Express The Rocket Mascara

This mascara works AMAZINGLY on my lashes! I don't know if it's just a good formula or if it just gels with my lash type (average fullness & length, natural curl to them) but wow, I think I like this formula BETTER than They're Real!

The brush is definitely a little bit different but the effects are the same. I will say, having a ball on the end of the wand would really come in handy for getting the inner corner lashes, but that's the only advantage to They're Real. The Rocket delivers instant lift, separation (are we talking about cleavage?) and volume to the max! 

Have you guys tried this mascara? Let me know if you love it too and if you have any other amazing drugstore dupes!

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Sephora Haul - VIB Sale

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Hey guys! Just wanted to share what I got at the Sephora VIB sale..a bittersweet occasion for sure! Thankfully, I did "need" a few of the things I purchased... you know how it seems like you run out of EVERYTHING all at once sometimes? Well, that happened to me. So here's what I got, let me know if you were enticed to shop, and of course what goodies you got!

Ole Henriksen  The Whole Truth  value set. Loving this so far, so citrusy and delicious! It's supposed to brighten up the complexion and make you glow!&nbsp;

Ole Henriksen The Whole Truth value set. Loving this so far, so citrusy and delicious! It's supposed to brighten up the complexion and make you glow! 

Finally, the REAL  beauty blender &nbsp;is mine! I was so excited to get this! It truly lives up to the hype. I love this little sponge! This set came with the Beauty Blender Solid cleanser, which is also amazing. It&nbsp;cleans so well with just a tiny bit of soap!  I also spent some of my reward points (I've only been hoarding them for over a year). I got TWO of the  Bobbi Brown BB creams  because they happened to be in my&nbsp;shade (fair), plus&nbsp;I needed a new BB cream. These are&nbsp;.5 oz so I pretty much got a full size product for FREE! Hollaaaa

Finally, the REAL beauty blender is mine! I was so excited to get this! It truly lives up to the hype. I love this little sponge! This set came with the Beauty Blender Solid cleanser, which is also amazing. It cleans so well with just a tiny bit of soap!

I also spent some of my reward points (I've only been hoarding them for over a year). I got TWO of the Bobbi Brown BB creams because they happened to be in my shade (fair), plus I needed a new BB cream. These are .5 oz so I pretty much got a full size product for FREE! Hollaaaa

Damn you Sephora check out line, you&nbsp;got me! Like the travel size hair product addict that I am, I couldn't resist picking up this Living Proof Full shampoo. So far, so good! It doesn't have sulfates in it but it still cleans my hair really well and leaves it pretty&nbsp;voluminous!&nbsp;  Oh hey,&nbsp; Black Honey ! The Almost Lipstick shade is back, and in a few new product varieties. I love it just as much as I loved&nbsp;the one I deboed from my mom back in the day ;)

Damn you Sephora check out line, you got me! Like the travel size hair product addict that I am, I couldn't resist picking up this Living Proof Full shampoo. So far, so good! It doesn't have sulfates in it but it still cleans my hair really well and leaves it pretty voluminous! 

Oh hey, Black Honey! The Almost Lipstick shade is back, and in a few new product varieties. I love it just as much as I loved the one I deboed from my mom back in the day ;)

Laura Mercier has really enchanted me lately.&nbsp;I'd been hearing about the new  Smooth Finish Flawless  Fluid foundation lately and just so happened I was running out of my foundation so I had to try it!  Then, I got on a crazy kick trying to find the perfect MLBB shade, which also happened to be in the Laura Mercier line. I went with the  Laura Mercier Lip Colour Sheer  in the color, Healthy Lips. I LOVE it! The smell is amazing and it's a perfect blend of color/sheer/sheen.&nbsp;  And hey, why not try another LM product, I thought. I finally picked up the  Caviar Stick&nbsp;Eye Colour &nbsp;in the shade Amethyst (always sold out). SO GLAD I DID. I haven't worn anything else on my lids since!

Laura Mercier has really enchanted me lately. I'd been hearing about the new Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid foundation lately and just so happened I was running out of my foundation so I had to try it!

Then, I got on a crazy kick trying to find the perfect MLBB shade, which also happened to be in the Laura Mercier line. I went with the Laura Mercier Lip Colour Sheer in the color, Healthy Lips. I LOVE it! The smell is amazing and it's a perfect blend of color/sheer/sheen. 

And hey, why not try another LM product, I thought. I finally picked up the Caviar Stick Eye Colour in the shade Amethyst (always sold out). SO GLAD I DID. I haven't worn anything else on my lids since!

Who wants to read when you can watch and listen instead? Well, I made a YouTube Video of this haul just for you lazy folks! If you check it out, let me know what you think! I'll have a new video up tomorrow so be sure to subscribe to my channel and be the first to watch! 

xx 

 

Wishful Thinking // 4

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Wishin' and Hopin' and Thinkin' and Prayin', Plannin' and Dreamin' each night for...

A lovely print by  CirqueDeArt &nbsp;// Tiffany &amp; Co.  18k gold cuff , it's only $1100, nbd! // Madewell  Ultimate&nbsp;  Leather Motorcycle Jacket  //  Foreo Luna Mini  (the next Clarisonic)&nbsp;

A lovely print by CirqueDeArt // Tiffany & Co. 18k gold cuff, it's only $1100, nbd! // Madewell Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket // Foreo Luna Mini (the next Clarisonic) 

While I don't foresee a $1100 purchase in my near future, it's still fun to think about. What strikes your fancy these days? Let us all know below!

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement in the near future! If you just can't wait, oh instant gratification, you can find the news on my Instagram. <3