End of School Outdoor S’mores Party

  When our kids were younger, most of the kids in the neighborhood were younger too.  When the last day of school would come around, there would be swimming parties or pizza and ice cream parties somewhere in the neighborhood.  Now, the last … [Read more...]

All Weather Outdoor Furniture

Decorating an Outdoor Seating Area

  The house I grew up in was a split-level home with the kitchen on the second floor.   There was a door in the kitchen and the dining room to the back of the house, which would be great under normal circumstances.  However, in our home, … [Read more...]


On Mirrors and Decorating Your Home

  This post really is about decorating your home, but if you will indulge me, I want to first talk about clothing shopping. And mirrors. A few days ago I went shopping at our local mall.  I have a bunch of events, weddings, travel, etc. … [Read more...]


Okay, Laundry Room – It Is On!

  Here is the thing with laundry.  Even when your done, unless you are naked, you are not done. You are never done. There is always laundry to be done.  I have been known to threaten my family with requiring them to wear whatever they … [Read more...]



  Hello sweet friends!  We are still quite busy in the sugar house - the sap is a'runnin'! Just dropping in for a quick sharing of what I have found of interest around the internet this week. … [Read more...]


Home Office Organizing and Decorating

  A few weeks ago I shared my thoughts on balance.  Actually, to be more accurate, I shared how I believe that balance is a myth.   We spend so much time trying to do all things well, all at the same time and it usually ends up in failure.  … [Read more...]


Quick Spring Cleaning Secrets (Because My Floors are Covered in Mud!)

  The first place I need to start today is with honesty.  Our front foyer currently looks nothing like this.  It is taking a hard hit daily.  My people are messy.  And by people, I mean people and dogs. … [Read more...]


Spring Mantel Decorating

  Phew. The last few weeks have been so crazy rushed and busy.  Now that my daughter’s play  is over, time has opened up some.  However, most of the time has been consumed by a Sap Tsunami!  The sap didn’t run, didn’t run, and now – it is … [Read more...]


Vintage Brass and Lavender Easter Tablescape

 Once again, Easter seems very early this year.  It seems like we should be in floral dresses and light sweaters, but it is just as likely that we will be in winter coats and boots.  But that doesn't mean we can't make it seem light and springy … [Read more...]


Dear Valentine’s Day Projects,

(DIY Valentine's Day Wax Seal) Dear Valentine's Day Projects, There was a time when a whole day would be dedicated to you.  My girls would put together cards for all their classmates while I worked on a new project.  Remember that year when we … [Read more...]


Our White Farmhouse Kitchen – Five Years Later

  My husband and I were debating yesterday how long it has been since we renovated our kitchen and we could not believe it has been five years.  We chose a white farmhouse kitchen even before the days of Pinterest!  By the way, in case you … [Read more...]


It is Not Always About the Big Leap

  Our previous pastor used to hand out simple gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  One time it was a pen, there was a calendar, a devotional, and one time it was a keychain.  Not a very pretty one really, but it held Proverbs 3:5-6.  And … [Read more...]


A Sentimental Junker’s Dream

I recently had a reader find a picture of a gift I made using the wood I found in this story.  He reached out because the company printed on the wood was his family's company.  It reminded me how powerful things that connect us to our family can be. … [Read more...]


Guest Bedroom Decorating – A Welcoming Makeover

Having a guest bedroom in our house is a privilege that I am so thankful for.   It allows us the opportunity to have friends and family come and stay with us for short and long visits alike.   We were lucky enough to have some of our dearest friends … [Read more...]


DIY Painted Ticking Stripe Table

  Truth be told, I am a bit of a furniture hoarder.   When I walk past a beautiful piece that just needs love, I can't help myself.  As a result, my garage has become a “Land of Misfit Furniture” waiting for the day when each piece reaches … [Read more...]


Getting Your Home Ready for Guests & My Quirks

  My friend Andrea has some sweet quirks that you really should know about if you are going to be friends with her.  One, all drinking glasses should have an opening wide enough that her nose fully fits inside the glass when drinking.  Two, … [Read more...]


A Winter Bridal Shower for My Sister

    I have taken on my first, and likely only, stint as maid of honor.   Actually, as my future brother-in-law has reminded me, matron of honor.   And one of the most important responsibilities of the matron of honor is the … [Read more...]


Quick Table Setting Ideas for the Holidays & a Giveaway

  Today I am sharing some super easy, inexpensive and quick table setting ideas for the holidays.  I should warn you though, some of you might be appalled.  You see, I like to limit my laundry to the mountains we already have, I avoid ironing … [Read more...]


Front Porch Christmas Decorating – Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour

  Welcome to our front porch.  Mother Nature decided to show up at the very last minute with some pretty and white fluffy snow - just for you!  Today, I am part of the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours, sponsored by Lindsay of The White Buffalo … [Read more...]


10 Ten Minute Decorating Ideas for Christmas

  Hello sweet friends!  Today is the last 10 minute decorating ideas for the year!  You are in for a special treat - this month, Michael of Inspired by Charm will be joining me with his best 10 minute decorating ideas for the holidays.  And … [Read more...]


Simple Christmas Mantel

  When I sit in front of the fire and look up on our simple Christmas mantel, I can't help but think back on my childhood Christmas celebrations.  I so hope we are creating great memories for our girls that they can look back on.  One memory … [Read more...]