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...]

Living Room Design

When my hubby and I broke down and decided to put a TV in our living room about a year ago we started talking about buying some comfortable couches.  The couches we had worked well enough (they were hand me downs from my parents!), but if we were having a binge session nobody was comfortable.  We wanted to make a super cozy and welcoming space that we would all want to hang out in and just spend … [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...]

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...]

Personalized Family Travel Map on a Budget

As I've shared with you before, my family loves to travel.  (You can read some of my road tripping tips, why we stopped giving traditional Christmas gifts to our kids and how we stay sane while multi-generational traveling to see some of our past trips.)  We just adore it so much that we truly enjoy seeing reminders of our experiences on a daily basis.  While deciding how to change up a blank wall … [Read more...]

DIY the Coolest Coasters in Town

Eeeek, these DIY coasters are just about the coolest thing around and this is one DIY you don't want to miss out on.  In fact, grab your kiddos too...they are going to want to see this! Supplies Needed: White Tiles (usually less than $1 each at hardware store) Permanent Markers 91% Rubbing Alcohol Long Handled Lighter Spray Polyurethane Felt Recently I was drooling … [Read more...]

Make a DIY Lazy Susan

You guys, I have been working my tail end off on refinishing a table for the eat in area in our kitchen.  What started out as me having an overwhelming feeling of our old table being way too large for the space and stumbling across a Craigslist table that had such good bones I had to have it has resulted in about two months without a table for our family to eat at!  (You may remember that our … [Read more...]

My $5 Tieks Hack

In my last post, I shared my true and honest feelings about my Tieks and whether or not I felt like they are worth $200.  I also promised that I would be sharing the hack on how I made my pair work better for me.  Thankfully after dropping big bucks on the shoes, the hack is totally affordable and takes just a couple of minutes. It's been well documented that some people feel like their … [Read more...]