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One Sweet Treat: A Very Warm Welcome

All week long, we’ve been celebrating the sweetness in life wrapped up with the promise of revealing one really sweet surprise this lovely Valentine’s Day.


As a community of writers and artists seeking to foster creativity and encourage intentional living amid the ordinary beauty with which we’re met every day, there is great sweetness.

Great sweetness that we love harvesting.

And there’s work!

The creative team of writers behind Bigger Picture Blogs has been brainstorming ways to stretch our desires for intentional living, grow our skill as writers and artists and deepen our ties of friendship within our unique community.

And one way we knew we could accomplish some of the major feats  we’re planning this coming year was to welcome another talented, passionate writer onto our behind-the-scenes creativity, planning and executing team.

So without further ado, we’re so excited to welcome Jade Keller of Tasting Grace to our planning force!

If you don’t already know Jade {and it’s hard not to since she’s been an amazing part of our community since pretty much its start}, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to her!

 Jade  is a thoughtful, passionate writer who carefully weaves words into brilliant scenes that are laced with deep thought and deep emotion. Her eloquent writing style is showcased in both her down-to-Earth weekly virtual coffee dates as well as her challenging, beautiful Bigger Picture Moments. We simply love, too, the way she encourages writers to lay their hearts out on the line with her series Pinnacle Moments.

Having spent most of her life in California, Jade and her husband Toby packed up their life together and moved around the globe in 2010 after Jade earned her PhD in Political Science. They now call Thailand home where Jade spends time writing, adventuring and working with the SOLD Project to help child victims of sex trafficking.

At Bigger Picture Blogs, Jade will be tackling a book club aimed at encouraging growth as creators, writers and artists as well as hosting Bigger Picture Moments.

We’re so excited to bring Jade’s writing talent, fresh perspective and passionate heart to the table while we’re brainstorming, planning and executing new writing exercises, creativity enhancers and skill-building writing sessions {stay tuned!}.

Please leave her some love and share in our excitement for everything she’s brought to our community from the start and everything she will undoubtedly bring in the future!


Around the Web with BPB

Alita Jewel Photography

Photo Credit: Alita Jewel Photography

Warm up a cup of  and catch up with where we’ve been and what we’ve been doing!

We welcomed our new writer, Lenae! If you missed her vlog that closed out the week be sure to go see it, it will have you laughing and dancing!

Check Out the September Simple Swap!Hyacynth and Robin from Diet Coke on the Rocks launched Simple Swaps. 15 minutes for a simple change, this month it’s a creativity oasis! Link up is open until 9/30 and you could win a beautiful Scentsy Warmer to fill your own creative space!

Are you road-trippin’ this fall? Hyacynth has a feature at CBS Local on the best Chicago Area Road Trip stops.

Sarah tackled the need to be correctt both in herself and her 5  year old for the Joplin Globe.

Have you joined our book club yet? Discussion for Chapter 3 is up. Have you linked up your writing practice yet?

It’s a week for linky’s! The Writing me Linky is up and live and will be up for over a month! This month’s theme is “Where I’m From” if you’ve written a post to this poem, even if it was a long time ago, link up and share with us! We would love to get to know you and where your from.

Melissa’s Dress Like a Girl Challenge for September is moving into the bedroom, you have one more week to join in, link up is 9/26!

In Chicagoland? Be Sure to check out Hyacynth list of  Off the Beaten Path Fall Favorites at CBS local.

Tackling Chores with Sarah over at the Joplin Globe.

Calling all Mamas! Sarah want’s your Birth Stories to share why she is on her babymoon!

Do you homeschool? Lenae is starting a new Sunday feature, A Spoonful of Homeschool with stories of their homeschooling adventure.

Stephanie from Adventures in Babywearing visited us this week for Writing Me, did you see Where she’s From?

What have you been up to this past week?

Have you been featured somewhere or have some exciting news you want to share? E-mail Melissa {PBinmyHair at gmail dot com} by Sunday night to be included. 

Welcome Lenae!


When we think of Bigger Picture Blogs’ purpose, we think of passion and creativity and community. We think of family and friendship and depth. We also think of frivolity and fun and living life in a way that makes sure we’re paying attention to all of those things.

Perhaps most of all, we think of reality and hope and ways to bring those two elements together in a beautiful way.

And when it came time for us to bring another writer and friend on-board as part of our team, we knew we wanted to welcome somebody who, to us, embodies all of these ideals and more.

So we are completely thrilled to announce our newest writing partner and friend – will you welcome her with us?!

Lenae is a dear, tender-hearted mama and friend we’ve all come to love and we know you will, too. That is, if you haven’t already! Blogging at {Just} Lenae, she shares her life in candid, silly shots as well as soul-searching pieces. Spend some time in her archives for a taste of her gorgeous writing, storytelling, and family-building. She’s real, and she’s beautiful….

And now, she’s OURS!! Well, okay, she’s so generous and gracious that it’s fair to say she’ll share herself with us all (especially if we offer her a Chick-Fil-A milkshake).

Please join us for the rest of the week as we get to know her a little bit better! Yesterday, she shared a taste of where she’s from in our Writing Me workshop, so be sure to check that out first. Tomorrow, she’ll be hosting Bigger Picture Moments – don’t forget to link up! – and on Friday, we’ll all get a crazy-silly glimpse into what makes Lenae so much fun! (Psst…it will include a vlog and some singing…you don’t want to miss it!)

From the bottom of our hearts, Lenae – thank you for being who you are, and for sharing yourself with us, your faithful followers. We are SO excited to welcome you to the Bigger Picture Blogs team!