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Free Spirit

Cate Mezyk - April 11, 2016
Free Spirit tee

I used to be a free spirit. I was completely spontaneous, flitting around from one thing to another as plans changed. Going with the flow never bothered me. I didn’t stress much, I wasn’t organized (with my time or my life in general), and I was rarely on time. Relaxed was my middle name. I’m not exactly a free spirit these days. In fact, there’s …

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April Showers Bring May Openings

Cate Mezyk - March 28, 2016
Beach wear look

How crazy is it that April is just a couple of days away? Even though April is one of my favorite months (happy birthday to me!), I’m just not ready for it this year. There is so much to do this April. We’ve got dance competitions galore for my girls. We’ve got my birthday and my dad’s to celebrate. And hmm…. it feels like I’m …

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Cate Mezyk - March 14, 2016
Black and white and blue

We are slowly, but surely, making some progress on our new space. To be certain, it’s not happening nearly as quickly as I’d like it to. This little thing called life keeps getting in the way. You see, I still have all my normal things to do on top of getting a new little Wild Ruffle spot ready. And there’s spring break (yay!) and a …

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Shiny Happy People

Cate Mezyk - March 7, 2016
Sequined top, skinnies, and pointy toe heels

Cranky. That’s how I’d describe our household these days. We’re at that wonky stage of the year where it’s not quite spring, and the kids are just tired of playing inside so much (when they do get outside, they come back in covered with mud). And it’s making them cranky, especially with one another. At least that’s what I’m telling myself as I hear them …

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Morning Person

Cate Mezyk - February 22, 2016

A curious thing happens when you wake up before dawn to get your workout in every day. In case you missed it, I recently talked about my body-image issues, and my goals to become strong. We are heading off to Mexico soon, and together Ed and I are getting up early to do this workout. I’m not a morning person. In fact, I used to …

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Ladies Who Lunch

Cate Mezyk - February 9, 2016

I love that I live so near my mother. In fact, she lives just over 4 miles away. It’s just a quick jaunt down the road to get to her. But even though she lives close by, we don’t get a whole lot of alone time. She works full time, and my evenings are filled with driving my kiddos to their activities. We recently took …

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Moving On

Cate Mezyk - January 11, 2016

Last week, I talked about how I had done something I regretted, and about how difficult it can be to forgive yourself for the mistakes you make. And then I got the sweetest voicemail, from a friend I haven’t talked to in years. She reminded me about the things I’ve done right over the years, and the mistakes I haven’t made. And it was just …

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Oh Hey, 2016!

Cate Mezyk - January 4, 2016

I love heading into a new year, because it’s fraught with symbolism. To me, it represents fresh starts, new ideas, a clean slate. We’ve got some SUPER exciting things on deck for Wild Ruffle this year. I seriously cannot wait to tell you all about them. But I’ll refrain. Because it’s not nearly as exciting if we spill the beans sooner than we’re supposed to. …

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May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

Cate Mezyk - December 21, 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas! We celebrated with my family last night. Now we’re on to more festivities with our Chicago crew. We’ll be driving down to the city and spending time with family there – back and forth between Ed’s mom and stepdad, and his dad and stepmom. We don’t see them often enough, so we’re looking forward to …

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Hello From The Other Side of The World

Cate Mezyk - December 7, 2015

As you read this, I’m on day 5 of being in the place I’ve dreamt of for years. Last Thursday, I got on a plane and traveled halfway around the world, and to a different hemisphere. I honestly can’t believe this date has arrived – I’ve been anticipating going to Africa for years. I can’t wait to share details of everything we’re doing here in …

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