Back to School Ideas for Teenagers


Thank you so much for all your kind messages about my Lowe’s makeover. I certainly have some specifics to show you, and I’m working on that. For now, however, we have something perilous to talk about. Back. to. school. "GAH! Run for your lives! Hide the alarm clocks! Not peanut butter sandwiches again!” Once the flood of negativity has worn off, perhaps you can appreciate that stuff needs to … [Read more...]



Are mattresses exciting to talk about? Mattresses are one of those things that you don’t think about purchasing, but when you get a great one, you wanna tell everyone about it! My daughter has been asking for a new mattress for a couple of years. We kept thinking, “She’s little. How bad can the mattress be?” See Evidence A below. Ok, I get it. We won’t be winning parents of the year … [Read more...]

Christmas for Teens


Well apparently you guys like some Christmas ideas, eh? Thanks for the messages! The next most difficult group to buy for? Teens! Oh sure, money and gift cards are nice, but it’s always fun for kids to open presents too, don’t you think? And yes…teens are kids. Since I have a teen and a tween, and I’m surrounded by 675 teenagers every day, I think I have a good handle on what they like. Maybe? … [Read more...]

Christmas for Him


Truth be told, I think I’m a pretty good gift-giver. Well…I think I am? Men, however, can be a tricky bunch to purchase for. You have your sports fans, your gym rats, your movie fans, your car fanatics…lots of categories, right? Luckily, I’ve gathered what I think are some pretty cool ideas for the man/men in your life. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration! I’m not a huge brand name … [Read more...]

Favorite Things


Some of my best girls and I were talking about how much we love “favorite things” posts, and of course that lead to, “Let’s do a favorite things post” in the convo. See how we work? We’re complex. Click around to see what everyone’s favorites are! Meanwhile, here are mine... Infarrantly Creative | Not Just a Housewife | Thrifty Decor Chick | Home Stories A to Z  All Things Thrifty | Southern … [Read more...]

Favorite Things 2013


Hey there! If you're coming over from DIY Showoff, welcome! I promise not to be too annoying. My friend Melissa asked a few of us to talk about our favorite things, and how can one turn that down? I have to find my favorite things, put pictures of them in a post, and talk about them. I think I can handle that. Michigan winter equals boots. There's just no way around it. I recently ordered these … [Read more...]

Homegoods Accessories {A Giveaway!}


My love for Homegoods runs deep, and I've made no secret about it. It started with an open letter to them three years ago. And then it just got more intense here and here. And then Homegoods saved my marriage here! Ok, so you get it. I love them. They recently contacted me about their Homegoods Happy Home Resolutions. Would I show how accessories can bring life to a space? Could I show examples of … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Ideas


It's fast approaching, folks. For many of us, Mother's Day is that one acknowledgment we get (not that we'd ever need more!) for working so hard all year long. I have high expectations every year, and every year my husband has to run out Sunday morning for "an errand". Ugh. If your husband (or kids) are anything like mine, perhaps they need a little help in the gift area. Our celebrations range … [Read more...]

World Market Shopping Trip

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of World Market. All opinions are 100% mine. If I had to come up with a list of favorite places to shop, World Market would be on it. They have some of the most unique pieces, and I find myself wandering around for way too long just looking at everything. They rolled out their new summer pieces recently. Now, you know I'm a neutral girl, … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Outlet Shopping


My spring break is on its last leg (sigh), so I went home for a couple of days to spend some quality time with my mom. Of course, that quality time almost always involves some shopping. She lives a few minutes away from a Pottery Barn outlet (lucky duck), so we knew that had to be our main stop. I lu-huve it when bloggers go shopping and take me along for the virtual ride. How 'bout I do the same … [Read more...]



It's been a little quiet this week, but I assure you I've been busy. Without being too dramatic, if I told you all the things I've done in the past week, it would make your head explode. Wait--I think that was too dramatic. Needless to say, it's been overwhelming. Tomorrow, however, is the day. THEE day that I've been waiting 20 years for is here. My beloved HomeGoods is finally opening in … [Read more...]

Housekeeping {Amazon and Giveaways}


If you're like me, and you have the maturity of a 12-year old, every time the word "housekeeping" is said, you think of this video clip. Hands down, one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Oh yeah. Now for the reason I'm writing this post. You may (or may not) have noticed that I have a new Amazon store in my sidebar. I've been an affiliate with Amazon for a year and a half, and I've never … [Read more...]

One Bed, Three Looks


Years ago (I've been blogging that long?), I talked about my fickleness when it comes to bedding. I think it's a rather simple change-up, and since Michigan goes from cold to hot and back to cold again, I need it for the changing seasons. Ya know--cold and hot. I purchased an ivory velvet duvet set from Pottery Barn, and I've loved it. It's a perfect wintery backdrop for accessories (hello, … [Read more...]

Sectional Search


So my living room is suffering. After we built the entertainment console, it was obvious we needed some new chairs to flank it. We found the perfect ones, had them covered, and we were good to go! I’m slowly finding some art for the room (don’t ask about the mirror I missed out on at Joss and Main—SO bummed), and it’s starting to finally come together. Except. for. THIS. This is what … [Read more...]

HomeGoods Loot


I almost titled this “Booty”, but I started to imagine the searches it would get. Darn. So…I’m back. We went back home this weekend, and it was chuck-full of busyness! We started out with the Warrior Dash. For some reason, the more mud and the more obstacles my husband can find, the happier he is. This is his third of five races this year, so I went to complain about how bad it smelled show my … [Read more...]