How we travel hacked our way to Hollywood

Have you ever heard the term “Travel Hacking”?  Until last year I really hadn’t paid attention. Last summer while working LONG days on my wholesale catalog I found myself binge watching (listening) a course on travel hacking.  What is travel hacking?  It’s finding cheap and free ways to travel basically.  Let me share my secrets…

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New is good

Something unexpected has happened in the last year. It’s so easy as a mom and wife to put ourselves and our goals in the background.  Last summer when I put together my wholesale catalog, presented my work at the wholesale show… something in me broke open. More than anything to do with wholesale… I kept…

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From 70’s closet to cozy reading nook

closet converted to reading nook

Cozy reading nook for under $100…. yes please. Last year we ripped out a closet upstairs between the kid’s rooms. It was gloriously 1070’s in every way.  There was nothing wrong with the closet other than… we’ve minimalized so much we just don’t need closet space up there.  So instead we’ve decided to convert the…

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life 10 years after a big loss

I am alive - Noelle

10 years since my mom has passed away. I wrote this today, and wanted to share it here in case it can offer perspective or help to anyone. Whether it’s been 10 years or 1 week.   It’s 10 years since my sweet mom passed unexpectedly. It’s amazing how life can change in a moment.…

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Let’s paint. 2019 color of the year.

cardinal original artwork

Every year, Pantone announces a color of the year.  This is a color that has been gaining popularity and they estimate will see a boom in the design and decor worlds. The 2019 color is Living Coral.  Pantone’s description of this color is: An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and…

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grief – the path is messy

If you know someone who lost someone dear to them, don’t be afraid to talk about their love one who has passed. Grief is all consuming. Acknowledge the anniversary of their passing, the big holidays, the memories you share of the person. Odds are they are thinking of that person every single day, for years.…

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Wholesale show recap and the journey to get there and after

Noelle Rollins Art at Mpls Mart

This past April my husband and I were talking here about some goals for our family, my business and what directions I wanted to go in. I’ve been wanting to begin doing wholesale shows for over 5 years.  About 18 months before our conversation we had finally paid off all our personal debt, we spent…

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how to help yourself and others manifest their dreams

woman at a crossroads divorce gift

Dreams Those of you that know me well know that I am a master dreamer.  Most of the time, for me those dreams go hand in hand with a variety of goal lists. ooh, how much I love to dream. I rarely have two days that are the same, so it’s essential for me to…

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please talk about her

Mom. Nancy. Wife. Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Friend. She’s one of my favorite people, I was incredibly lucky to have my mom in my life. Please say her name, please continue to talk about her with me. Highest of highs to lowest of lows It was over nine years ago now that my mom passed away.…

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New baby boy portrait – time lapse video

baby portrait by Noelle Rollins Art

Baby boy portrait artwork from Noelle Rollins Art This sweet little boy has the cutest dark hair and eyebrows, I just loved painting his cute little face.  This is an example where the photo I worked from didn’t show his hair color accurately so I was so glad to have a variety of photos and…

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