Wednesday, April 22, 2015


As you know, I'm not the best with plants...I tend to kill them pretty quickly.  
But I do so love a shamrock plant and if you want an easy little bit of life in your space, I highly recommend one.

They come is different shades...from purplish to green.

Here's one of mine awake.

And then, at night, cute as a button they put their little selves to sleep.

Which I find quite sweet. extreme helpfulness, they droop when they need water (as you can see this guy is doing).  So great when you are a plant killer to have a little reminder about the watering.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Road Trip: Alabama

I guess I disappeared last week.  I didn't mean to.  
I had blog posts ready but I forgot all about posting!  
Oops.  Sorry about that.  Here's a quick update on our trip.

Number of amazing antique malls visited: 1 

Number of fabulous chairs scrunched into van by miracle worker husband: 1

Number of fish caught in the Gulf of Mexico: 0

Number of pool options: 2

Number of brave ocean swimmers: 3

Number of dead fish found on the beach: 1

Number of jelly fish washed up:  um, a lot

Number of alligators sighted:  about 7

Number of times the Grand Hotel shoots off a canon each day: 1 
(oh yes they do)

Number of fun kids I will miss when they go back to school this week: 4

Good-bye Alabama!
(lovely view from our room)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DIY Dresser Update

High contrast dressers are an easy trend to do yourself.  
Just paint the drawers of a dark dresser white.  Or cover the fronts with wallpaper.  

So pretty!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Blessing

I hope you had a blessed Easter.
It's hard to put into words the joy and gratitude that Easter brings so I will share this verse instead.
The salvation of the Lord has come!

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;

it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-26

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Buffet

If your Easter dinner involves people grabbing their cutlery, here's a fun idea for you!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cheap Wall Art

Remember when I put up this wall collage using calendar photos and cheap Ikea frames?

I decided to do another one using some caricatures we had done on a recent trip.
I used matching frames in a larger size 
and mirrored the look on the opposite wall from the first collage.

These may not be something we want to keep up forever, so I didn't spend much on the frames.

For now they're pretty cute though!

Monday, March 23, 2015

There's a Rug in My Kitchen

 I forgot to show you my rug!
Back in January I told you I wanted to try having a rug on the kitchen floor but I ended up caring for my mom back home and then forgot to catch you up on my progress.

Here it is.

It's not the rug I would ultimately want on my kitchen floor, but I decided to go with a cheap option for awhile until I'm sure that I like the idea.

It's been nice to have a warm floor and it hides dirt really well.  So far no spills either.

I also took down my kids' school organizers because we weren't using them anymore.  The older kids have been taking their work to the den or their rooms so it was time to be done with the boxes.

I took our name plates off our wardrobes and tacked up some fresh bird prints for a fun new look.  I added the full length mirror so we can have a quick wardrobe check on our way out the door.

The rug at the back door is the same as the one in the kitchen.  
If I decide to take the kitchen one out then I can use it along side this one at the back door to cover more floor space in winter.