Conquering the Beast

Cate Mezyk - July 10, 2017

There is a beast who lives in our home. This particular beast grows at a rapid rate. He divides himself and spreads to all areas of the houses. Places where he should not be. Places where one wouldn’t think this beast would even think to go. The other residents here are supposed to help me control the beast, but they don’t seem to be much …

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Another Teenager In Da House

Tammy Hiveley - March 6, 2017

There are so many emotions going through my brain as we celebrate another teenager in da house. Joy; as I recall sweet times of her childhood tucked carefully away in my memories. Proud; her endless energy, thoughtfulness, silliness and good, tender heart. Sadness; for days past when I was too busy with my projects to just play. Yet excited; her future with be nothing short of adventure. …

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How to Become a Successful Small Business Owner in Just a Few Easy Steps!

Cate Mezyk - November 18, 2016
The Wild Ruffle Shop

In just a couple of months, Wild Ruffle will celebrate its 6th Anniversary. Through the years, I’ve received many emails and calls from people who are considering beginning their own small business, and by far the number one question I’ve gotten is, “How do you do it? What’s the fastest way to make your business grow?” So I’m here to share the magic answer with all …

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Stone Cottage Sisters

Cate Mezyk - November 8, 2016
Beautiful stone cottage getaway

Life is so much better when it’s done with others. Fortunately for Tammy and I, we’ve got some really great friends (friends that are like family) with whom we are doing life. Typically at this time of year, we head off with a group of couples to The Barn. For a variety of reasons, that didn’t work out this year. Together we took a break …

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When Your Recipe Is a Liar

Cate Mezyk - September 20, 2016

Over the weekend, I suddenly got a hankering for pumpkin. Well, let’s be honest, I often get a hankering for pumpkin this time of year. But this weekend, I decided to use some of the cans in my cabinet and whip up something yummy. After perusing the internet for a good recipe (i.e. one that called for items I already had in my kitchen), I was all …

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Mondays, I Love You

Cate Mezyk - September 19, 2016
Jesus, Grace, Coffee hoodie

The other day, I had THE most annoying day. It wasn’t as if anything particularly terrible happened. Just a string of really annoying things, one after another, that left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I found myself exhausted by the end of it, physically and emotionally. When I woke up feeling salty the next day, still mulling over the unfairness of my …

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No, But Thank You

Cate Mezyk - September 1, 2016
My little family

Have you ever read a life changing book? I’m in the middle of one right now. Ok, I’ll admit, I have thought similar thoughts before (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up changed my life for approximately one glorious month, during which time I lived in organized beauty… until the buzz wore off). But this one? This is for real. I’m not even done with this …

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On Starting Middle School

Cate Mezyk - August 30, 2016
dear daughter

Dear Avery, A week from today, middle school starts. Middle school – it’s crazy! How are you old enough for this? I know for certain that I am not ready for this. But you are. I’ve watched you grow and mature in incredible ways this summer. Whereas the tween years started out dicy for us, with lots of hormones going on, and mood swings to …

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On Being Braver

Cate Mezyk - August 11, 2016

You know how sometimes you read something, and suddenly it’s like you’ve been punched in the gut… in a really good way? The other day my friend Krista (a missionary living in Swaziland – you can read about my trip out there here) posted this photo, and it was like it was meant for me. Those words – “Do not pray for the hard things …

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What Is Wrong With People Anyway?

Cate Mezyk - July 26, 2016
Kissing my babies

The other day, I’m perusing Facebook (a dangerous habit, I know – it’s filled with the land mines of crazy people and their crazy thoughts at any given moment). Suddenly, a headline catches my eye: “Victoria Beckham kisses her daughter on the mouth and stirs up controversy!” Really people? This is controversial? We can’t kiss our kids on the mouth anymore? I think that we …

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