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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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A Healthy Dose of Spice
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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By Valerie Brandt
Sept. 9, 2013 2:53 p.m.



Very few things in life compare to having a lovely place to escape to.  I am not talking about Hawaii, or any other far-off place.  I am talking about the places in the midst of your chaos.  Mine, as I have mentioned before, is my porch.  Yesterday I spiced it up a bit.  Swept it and what a change that made!  I moved all the furniture that started to accumulate there and sold some of it!  I hung up a swag of fabric that was just long enough and had sat without purpose for too long!  I added mason jars filled with pearock from our patio and fake fall leaves.  Have I mentioned that raffia is an amazing decorating tool?  I moved potted plants to my front porch for a punch of green amongst the oranges, reds and yellows.  My porch floor is purple, so I added purple accents too, some ribbon, some purple flowers.  I rearranged the furniture I wanted to keep and viola!  An amazing transformation that cost me NO MONEY WHATSOEVER! It was so lovely I have been watching ladies all morning walk by admiring it!  It makes me feel great to inspire others!

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