Better Homes and Gardens-Did that just happen?


As I said earlier, we had “some people” come visit us last week. Those people just happened to be shooting my son’s room for a future article in their magazine—Better Homes and Gardens. So when I say we had to get our house ready, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you we washed, cleaned, dusted, vacuumed, and put away for DAYS. On the day of the shoot, of course, we got to bask in our hard work. … [Read more...]

When It Rains, It Pours


I promise I’ll be back in the game next week. I’m pretty sure! It’s been a rough week at the JaG house. Can’t seem to catch a break around here, ya know? :) Tomorrow I will be attending the funeral of my 18-year old student. She was 7 days away from finishing high school and was one of the brightest highlights of my career. It’s heartbreaking. And just to make things worse, I had not … [Read more...]

Where I be?


I know. A month was a long time to be gone. But there is no way I can possibly thank my guest posters enough. They all have their busy lives, yet they all stepped in to help me in my time of need. How spectacular is that? It’s humbling. I’ll tell you that much. Thank you, my friends! It started out that I just needed a break. I knew April was going to be particularly busy for me (work, … [Read more...]

Replacing DIY with NYC


How in the world does one wrap up a whirlwind tour of New York City in just a few pictures? Well, I chose some highlights from the trip, and I chose highlights of those highlights. You with me? Here’s a list of favorites. #1. Spending some quality time with my brother. We talked for hours and came pretty darn close to solving all of life’s problems. And we sure did laugh a lot! #2. … [Read more...]

Laundry Room Mood Board

Laundry room mood board

Woops. Did the weekend end already? Sorry about that. I found myself telling someone the other day that this is a busy time of year for me. I then realized that I say that about six times a year. I should probably come to terms with the fact that I’m just busy. I’ve got parent/teacher conferences coming up next week, so that kind of keeps me from tackling any big projects around the house. … [Read more...]

Remodeled Fireplace


I went back home for Christmas Eve to visit my family—otherwise known as my mom and my Grandpa. Small holiday gatherings for us, but well worth the drive home. I walked into my mom’s house, took about 15 pictures, and then my camera died. Or did it? Apparently it “rolled off the couch while I was moving some Christmas presents.” Can you guess the culprit? Well, it wasn’t me. Me mum (pictured … [Read more...]

Resolutions by JaG


While talking with my husband the other day, he said to me, “2012 is gonna be our year, baby!” I believe him for two reasons. 1. I trust him. 2. He said it with an exclamation mark. Everything said with an exclamation mark comes true, right? Not one to dismiss his enthusiasm for the pending year, I thought I’d throw in some resolutions that just might make that happen. Ready? (Click on … [Read more...]

Top 5 Christmas Movies


I’m a huge movie fan. Have I told you that? If you love movies, you know that this time of year is a movie fan’s dream. I started this as one post, but I had so many movies I had to break them into two. This one is just for adults. It’s not that kids can’t watch some of them, but these movies are for when the kids go to bed, the fire is lit, and your cup of hot cocoa is in hand. Nothing but … [Read more...]

Show and Share and Thank You

Saying anything else just seems silly today. Happy Veteran’s Day. {source}