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  Thank you to Uncommon Goods for sponsoring this post.  Although, I received compensation, all opinions about Brad Paisley, Texas aprons and thoughtful gifts are 100% my own.   I love Brad Paisley. I love his song lyrics and his voice, especially when he hits those high notes.  I love his sense of humor, his white cowboy hat, … [Read more...]

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  Our dinner guest last night loves pie.   I so wanted to bake him a pie, but it wasn't meant to be.  Instead, I let Mrs. Smith do all of the work. I have indeed made a few pies from scratch, but it's been a few years. I definitely need more practice on the crust.  And, I can't ever remember what kind of apples to use. So I pinned … [Read more...]

4 tips for choosing fabric

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  Have you ever noticed that on all of the HGTV shows about buying houses that there are always three choices? And that each choice gets a nickname like Pricey but Perfect, or Small Suburban? Well, I spent the better part of yesterday trying to pick fabric for an upcoming project, and I've narrowed it down to...three … [Read more...]

Acorns and Seashells: Simple Fall Decor

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  I'm not good with change.   It has to be my idea. But now that school has started and we've settled into September, I'm gradually accepting that the sun is setting on Summer.   I'm sure that pinecones and pumpkins will eventually make an appearance, but right now I'm living in a world where seashells and acorns … [Read more...]

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    I read Jen Hatmaker's post "When Is It Time to Walk Away" months ago, and was reminded of it again as I stared at my computer screen earlier this week and thought to myself, "I just don't want to do this." What I've learned is that when I'm tired, my motivation goes out the window.  That's why it is so important to get proper … [Read more...]

how to: color wash with chalky finish paint

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  This post is sponsored by Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint.  All opinions about mysterious garages and little, yellow stools are completely my own.    When I was little, Nonna's garage was mysterious and unknown.  I knew that she ran her antique and junk shop out of her garage and that eventually, she bought a shop and moved … [Read more...]

a pizza party menu

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  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  I'm so thankful to be able to financially contribute to my household through this blog.  But, it's important to me that you know I only accept and share campaigns that are relevant to my life and that I believe would be of interest or benefit to you.  All … [Read more...]

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  Last week when my daughter and I were school shopping, we planned to go to a couple of stores before going to Target.  As we made our plans she said, "But even if we find everything we need at the other stores, we can still go to Target.  I love going to Target and just looking at everything.  I could stay in there for hours." My heart … [Read more...]

french coastal decor: a table makeover

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  "Do you like this," I asked my daughter as I ran my hand across the kitchen table. "Yeah, I do," she answered. "Does it look like beachy, weathered wood to you," I wanted to know. "No. To me, it looks like old, french furniture."   On the inside my heart was smiling so big, wondering how she knows what old, french … [Read more...]

my homemade macaroni and cheese

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  This summer's menu has been very light...fish tacos, sandwiches, hamburgers... but the other night, we needed some good old comfort food.  And in my mind, macaroni and cheese = the perfect comfort food. I still enjoy the occasional blue box, but when I'm craving macaroni and cheese, I want my homemade macaroni and … [Read more...]