Love the Home You Have

Love your Home Challenge - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired Room

I used to write notes. Someone baked me a cake? I wrote them a thank you note. I knew someone was going through a hard time? I sent them a note of encouragement. But then e-mail, Facebook, etc. came along and the notes stopped. Anyone else guilty of this? I miss it. I miss sending notes, and (perhaps selfishly) I miss receiving them. My friend Melissa wrote a book titled Love the Home You Have , … [Read more...]

Olivia Pope Fashion {Scandal}


My go-to show Scandal is on, and I can’t figure out why I love it more. Is it the story line? The strong, intelligent woman who drives the show? Orrrrr is it to see what Olivia Pope is going to wear? Uhhh that might be a tie. I LOVE her classic wardrobe, and I find myself lost in them—sometimes missing the dialogue as a result! So since I haven’t had a fashion post in a few weeks, I thought this … [Read more...]

Perfume Storage


Remember when I built these bookshelves for my daughter? Ohhhh come on…you remember…these? Well, my baby is growing up. She no longer reads “kid books, mom” and all her books are now digital. Picture my lip quivering and a tear strolling down my cheek. Well, the shelves still had plenty of good life in them, so I changed them over to fit my growing girl’s needs. As in... Perfume? … [Read more...]



I was recently asked to “pay it forward” to people I might not usually purchase a gift for. Homegoods/TJMaxx/Marshalls are my favorite stores, so when they asked me to shop at their stores, it was an easy decision. Another easy decision was deciding who to purchase gifts for. I tried to choose items that truly captured my recipients’ character and spirit. My first stop was TJMaxx...My aunt … [Read more...]

Fashion Pin Day


We are buried underneath a bunch of this stuff, so it’s only fitting that I choose some warm-weather-wear this week.  I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee, a fur blanket on my legs, and the fire roaring, so I included a bunch of outfits that said, “Hey! We’re warm” when I saw them. Hopefully, you’ll feel the cozy inspiration from them too! Source unknown Casual winter outfit  Neutrals with … [Read more...]

Hosting a Homecoming


Remember when my husband (and many helpers!) busted tail to get our patio done for my son’s homecoming dance? Well I do. I also remember how it rained and rained on the day of the dance. So while we thought we’d be entertaining fireside that night, we ended up hosting it inside. Not a big deal. {Insert nervous giggle here.} We have a beautiful downtown area that served as a backdrop for our … [Read more...]

Fashion Pin Day


Well, it’s here. Snow. According to Michigan standards, it’s just a dusting right now, but more is on its way. Soooo it’s only fitting that I would introduce some “holy crap it’s getting cold outside” outfits for ya. I have a thing for over-sized sweaters and cute coats. Toggle? Pea? Right up my ally. Hope you enjoy them too! Orange and cream Navy and white fall Black and cream   Gray and teal … [Read more...]

DIY Patio and Fire Pit


Well, it’s far from a finished reveal, but the progress is pretty incredible. The good news is that my husband and I are still happily married, and the patio is done enough that it can at least function. As a reminder, here’s the before. And here’s the "during semi-after not quite finished but enough to show you" status.  That spot has been an eye-sore for years, so we’re pretty thrilled that—if … [Read more...]

Monday Musings


Happy Monday, all! I just thought I’d check in with a couple of things. Cold 2014 has hit our house with a vengeance, so it has been a lot of groaning, sneezing, coughing, and sleeping around here. Before I caught the plague from my little ones, I was able to decorate the porch for fall. There you have it. My fall tour. :) I’m hoping to be back in action tomorrow (yeah, right), but a certain “man … [Read more...]

Flashback Friday {Halloween}


After going through old posts, I think I have an obsessive issue with Halloween decor. Apparently, I like to decorate for Halloween. Like, a lot. I pretty much went straight to fall decorating this year (blaspheme!), but here’s some inspiration from years’ past. Enjoy! Halloween Wreath Halloween Clock Halloween Mantel Halloween Decor Glitter Ghosts DIY Witch’s Hat Have a great weekend! … [Read more...]

Bat Print


Whew! Anybody out there still? Well I’m back to work, and it’s proving a lot crazier and time-consuming than I remember it. Pile two sick kids home from school on top of that, and it’s squeezed blogging right out of my schedule.   So while I try to wrap my brain around this new schedule of mine, stop by Eighteen25 for their annual Spooktacular September. I made a little project for them this … [Read more...]

Fashion Pin Day {Summer!}


My friend called me out. My outfits were getting a little too fall, and summer is most certainly upon us. So here ya go, Cassie.  Let me preface these pictures by saying that I’m not a short shorts girl. I’m 5’ 9”, and 3/4 of that is leg (awkward body, eh?). Soooo I don’t feel comfortable in them. If it were me, I’d replace the shorts with capris or a skirt. So … [Read more...]

Flashback Friday DIY Trays


I love finding new ways to implement a pretty tray in the house. They’re inexpensive, and they house decorations so well! I’ve built my own, used frames, tiled dollar store trays—you name it! Here are some ideas for you. How to use a frame as an acrylic tray How to make a jewelry tray How to build a Union Jack tray How to tile a tray How to make a tiled tray Have a great weekend! … [Read more...]

Student Whiteboards


School is in the horizon, people! For me, that means my kids and me go back to the grind. As part of our Lowes monthly challenge, we were asked to come up with something for back to school. For a teacher, that’s an easy one. I’ve been needing some individual whiteboards in my classroom for some time, so I headed to Lowes.  A 4x8 sheet of whiteboard is available for about $13.00. I knew I needed … [Read more...]

Flashback Friday DIY Curtains


Apparently I like to hack all my window treatments. As I was collecting projects for this post, I realized it might be an issue. Some might say I’m cheap, but I choose to call it savvy. And cheap. Here are my favorite DIY window treatments for ya!  How to add length to a short curtain How to keep curtains gathered in place How to make a burlap cafe curtain And finally…how to make curtains out … [Read more...]