The Day My Shutters Went All Gone With the Wind (and a 40% Off Coupon)

The Day My Shutters Went All Gone With the Wind (and a 40% Off Coupon)


This post is sponsored by Blindster.

master bedroom

When I was little my sisters and I used to play Gone With the Wind.

Or some facsimile there of.

We’d walk around in fancy costumes that came out of a barrel of old prom dresses some brilliant person handed down to us and wear hats and sip tea and pretend we were waiting to make clothes out of curtains.

I was in charge of everything.

So of course….

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Close-up of fall Mantel Thistlewood

Happy morning.

I’m sorry it took me so long to get here.

I was talking to my mother.

Sometimes I get on the phone with her and it’s hours before I even come up for air.  We talk about family and teaching and funny stories and opinions and things that make us laugh and things that make us cry and why pumpkins are amazing.

And when I got off the phone this morning, one thing kept dancing around in my head over and over and over again.

When did she get so smart?

I think it happened when I wasn’t looking. :)Continue reading

My Nine Favorite Online Classes and a Little Lifechanger

My Nine Favorite Online Classes and a Little Lifechanger

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Have you ever heard of Skillshare before?

I just discovered it.

And just between us  it’s a little life-changing.  It’s kind of like the first time you used your DVR.  You were about to watch the Real Housewives of Somewhere and your friend calls to see if you want to go out to dinner and you really want to, but you also want to see if one of the housewives figures out that the other housewife has been talking about her before their trip to another country and then you remember out of the blue that you can PAUSE LIVE TELEVISION.

It’s that kind of life-changing.

Skillshare is full of class after class of the most amazing things.  Like cake decorating or crafting or felting or drawing or painting or sculpting or taking pictures with your iPhone.

And the best part?

Are you ready?

Are you sitting down?

Want to try it out? You can click here to sign up today and get your first 3 months for just $0.99.

See what I mean?  Totally, utterly and completely life-changing.

Here’s how it works.Continue reading

Love and Milestones

Love and Milestones


In orthodontic news, last week the twins got braces.

It’s kind of one of those milestones in life.  You know.  Like taking your first step or losing your first tooth or the first day of kindergarten or memorizing the multiplication tables or learning how to ride a bike.

Except maybe not as fun.

They were so excited about the new adventure.  They counted down the days and talked to their friends about rubber band colors and grinned at themselves in the mirror and tried to imagine what they would look like with braces on.

And then early one morning they arrived at the orthodontist’s office….

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Super Easy Grape Jelly Recipe (and a Giveaway)

Super Easy Grape Jelly Recipe (and a Giveaway)

Easy Grape Jelly recipe

I remember when we planned the jump from the city to the country and I spent hours with my friends talking about the future….

…waxing poetic on country life.

I couldn’t wait to have a little house on a prairie.

I told everyone I was going to grind my own wheat and grow cucumbers and tomatoes and squash and bake with fresh herbs and raise horses and have chickens and farm fresh eggs and can my own preserves.

And nine years later?

One out of eight isn’t bad.Continue reading

10 Fall Decorating Trends I’m Decorating With Right Now

10 Fall Decorating Trends I’m Decorating With Right Now


happy fall wreath

I cannot WAIT to show you what I’ve been working on for fall.

(insert raising hands and stomping feet)

It’s my favorite fall ever.

Like a dancing around with spirit fingers singing “Don’t Stop Believin” kind of fall.

I’m not sure what it is about this year, maybe it was the flash flood or the humidity or the hot temperatures mixed with all the rainy days.

But I’m so over it.

Let’s talk fall.

Here’s 10 trends I’m using in my decor this year (most of them are under $5.00).Continue reading




farmhouse bedroom

If I had one tip I could pass on to my children.

One tip that could change their world.

One tip that would make them more productive citizens and help them to face the day and solve the problems of the world.

It would be this…..

….make your bed.

I know it’s simple.  I know it might seem silly.  I know it seems like the smallest of tasks.

But making a bed sets the routine for the day and ties up loose ends and straightens everything out just a bit….

….and helps you pause just a moment before you take on the world.

And now it’s your turn.

If you had to pass on one tip, what would it be?

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Lessons From a Recipe Wall

Lessons From a Recipe Wall

recipe wall kitchen

This is one of my most popular projects.

A recipe wall.

I created it back when the blog was still learning to walk and it’s been facebooked and tweeted and shared and pinned thousands and thousands of times.

It always gets to sit at the popular table in the cafeteria.

Odes have been written about it.  Poems have been composed it its honor.  Ballads have been sung to it on fluted lyre.

Town criers have stood on street corners with proclamations dedicated to its name.

And all of that is so not even the point of this post.Continue reading