Author Archives: Amanda Branham

About Amanda Branham

I have quite the history, but my days of partying came to an end when I became a stay at home mom to a beautiful girl. I write about my adventures in domestication, with everything from baking, cooking, crafting, gardening, starting my own business and more.

collected: vintage treasures in elk grove

When I first started blogging, I read that if you take a break for an extended amount of time, you should not start your “hey, I’m back” post by going into detail about why you’ve been gone. If you read … Continue reading

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Local love: Sacramento Beer Week

I still remember the first Sacramento Beer Week. It was five years ago, I was living in Midtown and had no plan of having kids anytime soon. I was single and down to party. I don’t remember there being a … Continue reading

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Design Inspiration: Folk Art

Folk Art is characterized by a naive style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not employed – Wikipedia Writing is the only subject I continually got good grades in from grade school through College, and it has … Continue reading

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Creative Workspace Update

Going from one to two kids will seriously mess with you. You are so deeply in love with this new addition to your home, but you are exhausted from trying to balance your time spent with the new little one … Continue reading

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The Living Situation: An Update

The day before our daughter’s birthday in early December, we finally started decorating our house. Then we decorated some more before we hosted Christmas Eve. If we just keep inviting family over for every occasion, our house could be all … Continue reading

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For the New Year

Today, we are taking down our holiday decorations, cleaning out old stuff to welcome the new and all in all regrouping from the last couple of weeks. I have come to really love and appreciate all the time spent with … Continue reading

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Hello, Monday

With Brave Wings, She Flies Next year is going to push me more than anything has before. I will be a stay-at-home mother of two, attending school and hopefully growing my creative business. I have spent many, many sleepless nights … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Vanilla Bath Salts, Cake + Free Goodies!

Our house has officially turned into my workshop for the next couple of days. There are gift-making supplies in the kitchen, in the living room and on our dining room table. I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Apple Butter Recipe with Free Printables!

Last year, I unknowingly started a Christmas tradition when I gave apple butter as gifts to our family. I’ve been asked to make it again this year, and I can’t say that I mind. I’m using the same recipe from … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: For the Skin

Since we’re not going big on the gifts for the adults this Christmas, I thought it would be fun to make them little baskets with some homemade food, candles and skin care. I have the food and candle ideas down, … Continue reading

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