Fashion Pinday


I know what you’re thinking. “Fashion? Huh?” Yup. I may do a lot of DIY around here, but I also wear clothes. I started a fashion board on Pinterest, and I may be a little guilty of fashion trigger finger lately. Sooooo I thought I’d share some of my favorites recently.  I included a bunch of outfits that can transition from play to work. By replacing jeans with a nice pair of slacks, I can easily … [Read more...]

Kitchen Stations


I’m usually one of those “don’t like anything on my counters” people. However, I was getting sick of lugging stuff in and out of cabinets for use, so I finally broke. We’re creatures of habit in this house, so I needed to develop some stations on the counters to help with my laziness and to keep things as tidy as possible on the counters. Our coffee station is obviously a no-brainer. We drink it … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Menu Ideas


Happy "countdown to Fourth of July" week! It’s one of my favorite holidays of the year because I’m pretty darn patriotic. It makes me feel all, “I’m so proud of my country!” Of course, it also helps that I’m not working, and I’m in complete relaxation mode. I’m afraid we won’t be celebrating with a picnic this year, but I couldn’t help but come up with my ideal menu if we did. Some of these I’ve … [Read more...]

Ain’t Life Grand?!

aint life and love grand

Well today it is! Some blog friends and I have dedided that you should have some good ol' cash in your pocket and spend to your heart's delight. Or don't spend it. Perhaps just feel guilty at all of it. And, course, my favorite part (besides the cute graphics here) is that it's a small number of bloggers wanting to give you $1,000 in Nordstrom's money and introduce you to a couple of their … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Paper Cake


My little one is in her last year of elementary school, so this is her last Valentine's party. We came up with something a little snazzy for her Valentine's box this year, and it was quite easy to do! How 'bout a little Valentine's cake? The supply list is quite simple. I bought a couple of hat boxes for 50% off at Hobby Lobby. I removed the lid from the top one and flipped it upside down. Then I … [Read more...]

An Interruption


I'm not gonna lie. This is a horrible post to write. I've been a little MIA recently, and I'm afraid it will be that way for a little while. To cut to the chase, I've had some medical problems come up, and I need a moment to get healthy. A surgery is scheduled for Thursday, and a six-week recovery will follow. And no--I will not be laying in a field of flowers that whole time. I'm pretty private … [Read more...]

Honeywell Thermostat: Giveaway Time!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honeywell International Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine. We are in the dead of winter here in Michigan, so this little gadget could not have come at a better time! A while ago, I told you about the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control and all the cool perks that come with it. Well now I'm going to be giving one of them away! … [Read more...]

2013 in Review


Well, we're looking into a brand new year, so it's time to skim through 2013 and see if I actually accomplished anything. Surprisingly, I did! I haven't chosen these from analytics ('cause I don't know how), and I didn't place them in a particular order ('cause that's too much thinking), but I did save my favorite project for last. I like to see what bloggers think are their biggest … [Read more...]

Duck® Tape Crafts

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC. All opinions are 100% mine. I think I've spoken of my love for Duck® Tape before, and their holiday line is no exception. There are so many choices! Having an 11-year old daughter means having to pick some up everytime we go to the grocery store. She covers notebooks, calendars, frames, etc. with … [Read more...]

Sweater Presents


You asked, and I'm answering! Sweaters (cable knit in particular) are a passion of mine. I'll even wear sweater tank tops in the summer. I know. I'm a wild child. I also run with scissors. I  got really sick over Thanksgiving weekend, but I did manage to go out on Black Friday for about 4.2 minutes. JoAnns had their canvases for 60% off, so I picked up some random sizes.  I purchased three ivory … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour {Part 2}


Hello hello! What's that? You want to see MORE Christmas house tour? I'm pretty sure that's not what you said, but I'm joining Lindsay's house tour today. She has a lineup of fanTAStic bloggers sharing their homes, so I am happy to join. Bloggers and tours. We like 'em, eh? I showed most of the house tour the other day, but there were still a few spaces that hadn't been "spruced". And then … [Read more...]

Pintuck Duvet {Giveaway}


First and foremost, thank you for all your wonderful messages about the Christmas tour! I was feeling pretty frazzled about getting things done, so the encouragement was nice! It's been a great week with some absolutely beautiful homes. These bloggers don't disappoint, do they? Many of you commented about the red bedroom (still not sure if my husband has noticed), and I have a nice little … [Read more...]

Christmas Tour of Homes {Day 1}


Well hello there! Happy tour day! While I'm excited to share my home's Christmas cheer with you, I'm overly giddy to see what the other bloggers have done! Basically, I'm giddy to see all the ideas I'm gonna swipe from them. Would you believe me if I told you I'm not even done decorating yet? Of course you would. 'Cause that would be a dumb thing for me to lie about.  Soooo I'm stop 1 (duh), and … [Read more...]

Christmas Tour of Homes


Could this be the greatest Christmas tour of all time? Perhaps. Will you be drooling over some beautiful blogger homes decorated in the holiday spirit? Probably. Will it dramatically change your life. Nope. Somehow I  got a bunch of my blog friends to agree to getting their houses all in order next week and showing you a ton of pictures of them. I figure if I announce it now, they're not allowed … [Read more...]

Masculine Wrapping Ideas


Happy December to you! In other words, happy month of buying that perfect present and wrapping it just right. Part of my monthly challenge with Lowes is to show some gift wrapping alternatives. I was all over this one 'cause Lowes has plenty of cool things to use!  Don't get me wrong--Lowes offers plenty of beautiful paper and wrapping supplies, but I wanted to show how you can get creative with … [Read more...]