Today I Choose Sunshine

Today I Choose Sunshine

 

Can you feel my landscaping pain?

This was the winter to end all winters.  It was cold and then it would warm slightly and then plunge us into cold again.

And again.

And then it would snow and sleet and with heavy rains day after day.

Week after week.

And all the plants and shrubs and trees sat in that wet, wet soil.

And now they look like this.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

 

Just in case you were wondering what’s going on around here….

….I’m putting my phone in time out.

Truly.

It sassed me back yesterday like a teenager.

Me:  Can you look up catering places in Paducah?

Phone:  No.

Me: (again) Can you look up catering places in Paducah?

Phone:  No.

Me:  Why not?

Phone:  I don’t know.  Why don’t you ask the genius bar and find out?

SERIOUSLY.

I think I’m taking away its charger, too. :)

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In the super exciting news department….my friend Shaunna is getting a pilot on HGTV called Sweet House Alabama.

I watched the trailer and laughed out loud.

It’s kind of like Fixer Upper meets a southern accent.

It’s on this Sunday at 2pm EST/1pm CST.

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You know my love affair with pallet wood.

Love this fresh take on flooring and doormats.

This is simply a stencil she made.

DIY project instructions….here.

RecipeMapleBaconCheeseCups

Perfect idea for a Mother’s Day brunch.

Maple Bacon Cheese Wraps.

How can you go wrong with bacon?

Recipe found here.

Diy-Farmhouse-Fence-Picket-Coat-Rack-Tutorial

I want to build this for my back hallway and hang a cute coat or two on it.

And leave them there until winter.

No more cold, please.

Simple DIY found….here.

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Cutest Mother’s Day idea ever.

Have you ever seen these?

It’s a fun way to grow wildflowers and a free printable here.

Project instructions….here.

And in random news this week:

Welcome to the world, princess.

This picture made me grin.

The perfect guacamole.

Totally pinning this.

These would be so pretty on a Mother’s Day table.

And in honor of the derby..here are the best and worst hats from 2014.

Enjoy. :)

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And now I want to ask a favor.

My door bench is in a contest right now and it needs your vote.

Look at it….sitting there so cute against the brick wall…just waiting for you to click here and help it cross the finish line. :)

If you have a moment…could you vote for the bench….here.

Happy Random Saturday to you.


Leif Garrett Where Are You?

Leif Garrett Where Are You?

 

This mother’s day I’m treating my mother with flowers.

Beautiful, wonderful, colorful, vibrant, incredible-smelling flowers like this You Rock bouquet from Bouqs.

I’m treating her for all the dances she chaperoned and the cookies she baked and friends she carpooled and the student council posters she printed with “Vote for Kari She’s a Life Saver.”  For all the times she lifted me up and the times she kept me grounded.

And for every single minute and hour and day that she made even more special.

Just like my sixteenth birthday.

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I remember the morning of my sixteenth birthday like it was yesterday.

Maybe because it was.

Just kidding.

You know I’m 22. :)

That morning I got dressed with my new pair of glittered legwarmers and ballet shoes, applied bright red lipstick, sprayed my bangs up to greet the heavens with a can of Aqua Net….

….and pranced downstairs in all my glory.

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Sixteen.

This was the big one.

I couldn’t wait to see the celebration.  Would they have balloons?  A banner?  A band?  A parade?  Lief Garrett driving up in a new convertible?

With a beating heart full of excitement, I nonchalantly I strolled into the kitchen.

There they all sat.  My ever-supportive family.  Eating Wheaties and toast.

Silence greeted me.

No one even looked up when I walked in the room.

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I peered at them anxiously.  Did they see the amazing, incredible legwarmer wearing, red lipstick applying teenager that stood in front of them?

Maybe it was hard to tell it was me through the aqua net haze.

I sighed dramatically for extra emphasis and plopped down in my chair.

And rolled my eyes.

And sighed again.

Nothing.

No response.  Not even a smile.

Apparently that morning there was not or ever would be….

…..a Happy Birthday in sight.

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I stormed out the door in a huff, climbed into the station wagon, crossed my arms in protest and waited for my mother to drive me to school….

….because apparently Leif wasn’t showing up.

She opened the car door, put the keys in the ignition, started the car and slowly backed out of the driveway.

I let out a cross between a sigh and a grunt, promptly ignored her and slunk down in the seat.

About two blocks into the drive, I managed to pull my eyes away from my legwarmers to stare out the window.

I blinked.

And blinked again.

What?

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There before my very eyes a celebration unfolded.  Sign after sign filled the side of the road.

Giant signs.

Full of glitter and sparkles and topped off with balloons.

There must have been dozens and dozens and dozens of them.

Filling every corner and stop sign between our house and the school.

And every sign was the same. “Happy Birthday KariAnne” they read.

Every single glittered line and word for me.

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I turned to my mother with the biggest red lipstick smile a brand-new sixteen-year-old could muster.

“You remembered,” I said.  “I thought you forgot my birthday.  I thought you all forgot.”

She smiled back at me, shifting the station wagon into park and conveniently forgetting the earlier eye rolls and legwarmer tantrum.

“I love you,” she said. “May your birthday be the happiest one ever.”

And it was.

Even without Lief. :)

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Why not treat your mother this Mother’s Day with fresh flowers from Bouqs.

Bouqs is a new flower delivery service that’s easy, fresh, and beautiful with flowers cut the day you order.  The flowers are shipped directly to your door from sustainable, eco-friendly farms.

These beautiful arrangements on my back porch are You Rock and the White Knight.  They came fresh from the grower packaged with care.  When the flowers arrived, I opened the package and the room was filled with the most wonderful smell.  I cut the stems under water and arranged them on the back porch for a little spring surprise.  The quality and quantity exceeded my expectations.  The Rock Star arrangement was so big, I could have easily made two arrangements from it.  The colors are so beautiful and vibrant and full of the joy that only fresh flowers can bring.

But my favorite?

What you see is EXACTLY what you get.  The flowers I ordered looked even better than the pictures online.

Bouqs is offering a special promotion for Mother’s Day.  Simply use the code BLOOM15 to receive 15% off your order and of course the shipping is always free.

Create a special day for your mother.

For all the special days she created for you. :)

disclosure:  This post was written as part of a partnership with Bouqs.

All opinions on flowers and mothers and birthdays are completely my own.

Please my disclosure policy for more information.


What I’m Reading This Summer

What I’m Reading This Summer

 

Hello almost-summer.

Hello days of warm weather and long lazy afternoons and gentle breezes and afternoons by the pool and straw hats and sunshine.

I’m so happy you’re here.

Meet my reading list full of books I’ve already started or about to start or books I’m counting the minutes until I begin with Chapter 1….

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Simple Tip to Keep Your Refrigerator Clean

Simple Tip to Keep Your Refrigerator Clean

 

This week my friend Laura asked me to partner with some other bloggers to share simple 10 minute cleaning tips.

Now I love a cleaning tip as much as the next person.

Truly.

And I wanted to share one that was amazing and earth-shattering, but yet so simple my cat could do it.

So I did a little research on Pinterest.  I found this seemingly amazing tip.  But would it work?  Has anyone actually used a glove to pick up pet hair?  Or how about this tip?  Will a dryer sheet really work?  Has it met my soap scum before?

I needed help.  And guidance.  And assistance.

So I did the only thing a girl can do at a time like this.

I phoned my cleaning-tip-phone-a-friend.

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How To Make a Folding Screen From Old Doors

How To Make a Folding Screen From Old Doors

 

Have you been to a salvage yard or junk store lately?

They really like their stuff.

I mean really really like it.

I’ve seen stacks of windows and doors and architectural pieces left out in the rain and worn and tired and rusted with giant holes in them that look like they are destined for a life of gloom and misery…..

…..with a price tag higher than the Hope diamond.

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Before and After At the Inn

Before and After At the Inn

 

I love a really good before and after.

Nothing better.

Truly.

I could wrap myself up in them and head out on the town with a diet coke.

It’s what keeps me watching the Hallmark channel for hours on end and clicking on any link on Facebook that says something like, “you won’t BELIEVE what this house looks like now” and reading design magazine after design magazine.

And wait until you see the before and after I have for you today.

“You won’t BELIEVE what my friend Cynthia’s Inn looks like now”….to see it just click here.

PS  Thanks for the idea, Facebook. :)Continue reading


Just In Case You Needed a Smile

Just In Case You Needed a Smile

 

Before I wrote a blog….I was a blog reader.

It was a little intimidating.

Everywhere I looked, every blog I read….featured perfection.  There were perfect rooms with perfect furniture with perfectly styled spaces festooned with throws and pillows and rugs and curtains and even a pair of shoes placed in perfect casualness next to an umbrella that looked like it had never seen a drop of rain.

I was inspired.

And amazed.

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