The Best Decorating Tip I Thought I Invented

The Best Decorating Tip I Thought I Invented


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Today my friend Heather from Decor Fix asked me to share one of my simplest decorating tips.

And because I’m a little in awe of Heather.


(I mean wait until you see her style).

And beca
use I have a tip that I totally thought I kind of invented.

I said yes.Continue reading

Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal


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When you are a true junker or a yard-saler or an auction-goer or a shop-by-the-side-of-the-roader….

….hope springs eternal.

No matter how many broken dishwashers you find at the end of the yard sale rainbow.

No matter how many times you dig through boxes of junk at the auction and find nothing worth anything.

No matter how many times the “GIANT MULTI-FAMILY YARDSALE” sign lets you down.

You know that you know that you know….

….the next great find is just around the bend.Continue reading

The Other 361 Days of the Year

The Other 361 Days of the Year



There are days when I’m amazing.


Days when the birds chirp and the sun shines and angels are singing the hallelujah chorus on clouds that are dancing across the sky….

…. and mice are making dresses for me to go to the ball

Those are the days when I go all Dr. Seuss and tell myself that I have brains in my head and feet in my shoes and I can steer myself any direction I choose.

Those days are incredible.

And then there are the other 361 days of the year.Continue reading

Four Simple Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Four Simple Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day


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I know what you’re thinking.

If we were having coffee right now you would be rolling your eyes at me and saying…


Valentine’s Day is two days away.

Ain’t nobody got time to make a Valentine’s Day present.

I know….right?

That’s why these ideas are for next year’s Valentine’s Day.

Or Saint Patrick’s Day.

Or Ground Hog Day.

Or Go Fly a Kite Day.

Whichever you get around to first. :)Continue reading





I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel for the closet renovation.

So close.

Our clothes can finally move off the dining room table.

My husband is so happy.

I think he thinks this is the last project for a while.


…..don’t tell him I just picked out paint for the laundry room. :)Continue reading





Random thoughts on an about-to-be snowy weekend.

1.  Best beauty tip ever.  Drink water.  I know….right?  Amazing.  It’s like nature knew what it was doing all along.

2.  I’m watching the Super Bowl tomorrow just for the ads.

3.  Have you read the book, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton?  I couldn’t put it down.  I had to keep reading to figure out what happened.

4.  I went to the best basketball game of the season last night.  And I may or may not have stood up on the top of the bleachers and danced around and jumped up and cheered and raised my arms in the air like I was crossing the finish line at a race.

And my son may or may not have looked at me and rolled his eyes.

Good times.Continue reading





I never knew that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that look like hearts talked.

Until yesterday.

I was walking through the grocery store yesterday….

….and they called out to me from the center aisle.

They told me I had enough broccoli and that I could only just eat one and it wasn’t even close to swimsuit season yet and I could always eat healthy…..


So I took a deep breath and clutched the handle of the cart and pushed past quickly and clicked my heels together and told those Reese’s….

….that tomorrow is here. :)Continue reading




Yesterday I had a to-do list longer than the Mississippi river.

I started strong with good intentions.

And ended snuggled up under a blanket next to the fire with a cup of coffee watching Enchanted.

It’s hard to get motivated when it’s seven degrees.

But today is a new day.

Today I’m making that list and checking it twice……

well…right after I finish that Fixer Upper marathon. :)Continue reading