PART 2 Why we Stopped Giving our Kids Christmas Presents (Year 3 Update)

In case you missed it, click here to read part 1 of this post (or here to read why we stopped giving our kids traditional Christmas gifts). On the chance that you follow along with my life on Instagram, you may have noticed that I shared a pic of my living room with a film set up for a taping for Good Morning America. You guys, can I just tell you that it was maybe the most bizarre thing that … [Read more...]

Why we Stopped Giving our Kids Christmas Presents (Year 3 Update)

Last year I shared why we stopped giving our children traditional Christmas presents and the responses that I got blew my mind! From the emails, messages and comments I received I could definitely tell that something in my story struck a chord with a lot of readers. So here I am, one year later ready to check in and update you on how it's going and what we love / hate about the whole … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Skiing with Kids & Packing List

At this time last year I was finishing up planning for our first family ski trip.  We spent Christmas in Vermont and had maybe the best trip ever and I am sharing our tips today so that you can have a winning ski trip too!  Some of these may seem common sense, but when you are packing for your entire family, it can be easy to overlook things that may save your sanity.  With that in mind, I've also … [Read more...]

Get Your Kitchen Holiday Ready

Like Santa, I've been making a list and checking it twice.  Sadly, mine isn't as simple as a nice or naughty list; it's my seemingly never ending to do list and it has a way of growing as the holidays approach.  Getting my house in tip top shape before company visits is always at the top of the list.  My kitchen is the gathering place in my house, so that is where I like to focus the majority of … [Read more...]

My Perfect Bag

Just over a month ago I applied for a brand ambassadorship.  One that I was so determined that I wouldn't get that I didn't even mention it to my husband because I didn't want to admit the rejection that I knew would follow.  An ambassadorship that excited me beyond words because it was for a company that I stand behind 100%.  I applied an hour before the cutoff so I could tell myself that I … [Read more...]

Quickest and Easiest DIY Fall Urn

I'm wondering if you are like me and the insanity that is known as fall has kicked into full gear for you???  Between school, sports, traveling and the upcoming holidays our calendar is jam packed and it has been nearly impossible to find time to decorate my house for the fall.  I hope that you got a chance to see my fall tour...I am still just oohing and aahing over those shelves!...but this … [Read more...]

My Home Fall Tour

You guys, it is 90* as I type this and it is so hard to think about it being fall!  But the pumpkin spice latte I had yesterday tells me that it is.  Although the weather may be trying to play tricks on my mind, the stores are certainly reminding me in full force that the holidays are oh so rapidly approaching.  I decided it was time to get my butt in gear and get my fall decorating on before I … [Read more...]

Fun DIY Projects to Make with Your Girlfriends

Today we have a guest post from our friend Kacey.  I hope you enjoy! Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the … [Read more...]

Make Your own Pumpkin Spice!

We all know that come fall Pumpkin Spice rules the world!  But did you know that it would take you just a minute to whip up your own batch of the spice to use however (and most importantly, whenever!) you want?! Chances are good that you have all of the ingredients needed to make your own magical spice already waiting for you in your kitchen, so let's get straight to it! Make Your own … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons to Owning a Rental Property

This post is kind of outside my normal comfort zone but after a particularly long weekend of working on our rental property, I felt like I should share my pros and cons to owning rental property for anyone who might be thinking about jumping into the landlord arena. When our family was getting ready to PSC (permanent change of station to all you civilians out there - when the military moves … [Read more...]

Chalk Painted Kitchen Table with Banquette Reveal (Part Two)

(Be sure to check out part one of this post to get all the details on why this project made me cry plus all of the "before" photos!) You may remember that we left off with me crying over a table that I spent a silly amount of hours working on and then totally hated... But I realized at that time that I was really loving the color of the pedestal and decided to just throw caution to … [Read more...]

How ReFinishing a Table Made me Cry

When we moved into our house a few years ago, we didn't really have a whole lot of furniture.  We were young, had lived in houses that were a third the size of this one and had moved to four different states in the previous five years.  Needless to say, we've been slowly re-working or replacing pieces that we had basically bought as place holders ever since.  This is not the first time that the … [Read more...]