When the Rest of the Story Is So Much Better

When the Rest of the Story Is So Much Better


I have the most wonderful, incredible, amazing friend Andrea who loves dogs.

Like if-you-only-had-one-blanket-and-it-was-cold-give-it-to-your-dog kind of love.  Or your last drink of water.  Or the shirt off your back.

You get the idea.

In other words, her dogs are her family.

And ever since I have known her she has been on a mission to rescue every single dog on this planet and just between you and me….

….that is a really big job.


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DIY Silver Leaf Balsa Wood Tag and Some Kitchen Organization Ideas

DIY Silver Leaf Balsa Wood Tag and Some Kitchen Organization Ideas


This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s.

(you can see how I made this recipe wall here and the plate rack here)

Monday was not the day the kitchen looked like this.

Not even close.

Neat and clean and organized and a place for everything and everything in its place.

As I’m typing this post, I’m thinking I should have taken pictures of the mess.

Because Monday?

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A Giant Sale:  20% Everything and FREE Shipping

A Giant Sale: 20% Everything and FREE Shipping


Can we please interrupt this sale for just a moment?

Please tell me you watched Downton Abbey last night.

That wedding.

Two people who have loved each other for so long in such a sweet way without letting the other know finally stand at an altar and pledge their troth.

And the church.

And her coat.

And that schoolhouse reception with the perfect place settings and banners and tiny cakes and the surprise guest.

And the first kiss.

I can’t even.

And now back to our regularly scheduled sale. :)Continue reading




Random thoughts on a cold about to be basketball watching Saturday.

1.  Tulips are my jam.

2.  I just signed on for an amazing project in Nashville in the fall.  I’ll give you a hint.  It involves designing and a house and ceilings.

3.  I want to break up with January.

4.  Why does coffee taste so much better in a mug that’s monogrammed?

5.  I mentioned I found the best polka dot bobby pins and then forgot to tell you about them.  They are called Jane Tran and you can get them online.

6.  I tried an experiment yesterday.  I smiled at random people to see if they would smile back.

Most of the time they did.

And when they didn’t.  I kept smiling anyway.

I figured they needed an extra grin. :)Continue reading

DIY Wood Speaker (No Electricity Needed)

DIY Wood Speaker (No Electricity Needed)


Okay, so two days ago this happened.


That’s my phone.

It was almost like slow motion when it fell.  I was standing at the front door in the dark, trying to find the key to the front door and simultaneously holding the mail, a drink from McDonald’s, the straw wrapper from the car, my purse and a book tucked under my chin.

And as I turned key over key over key over key and shifted my stash and shifted again….

….something gave way.

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Run Like the Wind

Run Like the Wind


I come from a tribe.

A boisterious, opinionated, over-the-top, joke-telling, loud, over-sharing kind of tribe.

I have two brothers and two sisters and four children and eleven nieces and nephews.

And that’s just on my side of the family.

We get together every Christmas and in the summer on Cape Cod and a few random holidays and events in between.  And when we are all together, there are family jokes and kids spilling out every where and giant waffle bars and Oreos in the couch and basketball games in the winter and tea parties and laughter.

Lots and lots of laughter.Continue reading

How To Make a Linen Scrap Pillow of Your House

How To Make a Linen Scrap Pillow of Your House


I sat in this room Monday night until 10:15pm and watched the last college football game of this college football season.

It was the national championship game.

Alabama v. Clemson.

The Crimson Tide v. the Tigers.

Normally I wouldn’t be watching football.  I would be watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and wondering how Bethany from the New York Housewives showed up in Beverly Hills, but I bartered the Golden Globes telecast from my husband in exchange for watching the national championship last night.

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That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles


Having parties and worrying no one will show up is apparently a thing with me.

Maybe it’s because stuff happens at the last minute.

Maybe because everyone thinks everyone else will be there so they stay home and watch Downton Abbey.

Maybe it’s because of the Christmas shower that really wasn’t.

But I worry.

Every. Single. Time.

Except for this party.

This party I didn’t need to worry if anyone would show up because I had imported all my relatives to come…..

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