The All Natural Cleaner that Changed My Cleaning World

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Cleaning is not my gift. I can organize for hours. I'll stay up through the wee hours of the night decorating. But cleaning? I put it off like nobody's business, making excuses like: "I'll just do it later." "I don't have the energy." "It's no big deal if I leave this for tomorrow." "I don't have time right … [Read more...]

A “His & Hers” Living Room Makeover

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I wanted a cozy seating area situated around the mantel, and he wanted a prime view for watching television. And after eight years of trying to create a furniture arrangement that accommodates our his and hers design styles, I think I finally got it right. Hers I know...I should have shown "His" first, but I think "Hers" is prettier. … [Read more...]

5 Pieces, 5 Fashionable Looks for Less

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There is an article called "Going Back to school: The 1970s vs. Today circulating on Facebook. It takes me back...right down to the corduroys, Toughskins, striped t-shirt and culottes. It was 'fashion for less' at its best. I loved my avocado colored culottes with the matching gold-buttoned vest. I wore it with my striped t-shirt all the … [Read more...]

Creating A Cozy Seating Area in a Small Master Bedroom

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  While Mr. Hines and I may not agree that working on projects together is the best kind of date, we do both enjoy reading. So, after doing some planning and rearranging, I managed to squeeze one more chair into my bedroom. And, that made it official. I now have a cozy seating area for two tucked into the corner, ready for a … [Read more...]

Mrs. Hines’ Class is Celebrating 4 Years!

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Four years ago today, I published the very first post on Mrs. Hines' Class. There were times early on when I didn't know if I would make it. That first year was slow and trying. So, I feel especially proud and excited to be celebrating my four-year anniversary. But, there wouldn't be a four-year anniversary without all of you! You are why … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Vignettes

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I cannot believe I'm about to say this... but, the other day as I rose from the couch and noted the Summer vignettes around the room, I had the fleeting thought that I might be ready to start decorating for Fall.   Me...the girl who holds a white-knuckled grip onto Summer until the first cool front blows in. (Even then, I'm … [Read more...]

About a Boy

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As I was lying in bed the other night, my thoughts were about a boy; a former student of mine whose mother worried over him. In different conversations, she would mention certain observations and behaviors that concerned her: loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, fatigue... As I thought about our conversations and began piecing together the … [Read more...]

Recommended Reading – to encourage, inspire and motivate

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Last Sunday, as we as we gathered materials for the potting bench, I told Mr. Hines that I thought working on projects together was the best kind of date. To which he jokingly replied,  "It's the worst kind of date for me." He's a dinner and movie kind of guy.  All joking aside, he gave up a rare day off to help me. And, when the potting bench … [Read more...]

Clever Picture Hanging Tip for Double Hook Frames

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I use to avoid frames with double hanging hooks at all costs because...crooked art every single time.  Then, I'd raise or lower one side, step back and look. Still crooked. I'd do this over and over until I gave up in frustration and settled for almost straight. But, not anymore. Once I discovered this clever picture hanging tip, it … [Read more...]

Potting Bench Plans

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I don't know why, but I thought that this was going to be the Summer for projects. It's not. Instead, I've been taking it easy: lounging, movie watching, reading, visiting friends and family and spending time with my daughter who now has her driver's license by the way. I have done a little furniture rearranging and picture hanging and … [Read more...]

Pictures on the Walls: Helpful Tips for Settling into a New Home

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I remember when we first moved into this house. After picking out materials and paint colors and finishes, then driving by nearly every day to watch our new home being built, I could not wait to move in. We had lots of helpers move our stuff from storage to the house. And, another friend helped me paint a couple of bedrooms and brought us a … [Read more...]

Decorating Tips and Tricks: Shopping the House

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Today, Anita of Cedar Hill Farmhouse and I are back with more decorating tips and tricks.   Tips to Remember: You can get multiple new looks in your home by moving/purchasing just one piece. Invest in pieces that you can thing of 3 or 4 places to use it. It's easier to move pieces and shop the house when your home has a … [Read more...]

What’s in My Beach Bag – Beach Bag Essentials

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The minute the weather warms up, we hit the beach. Our first beach trip of the year is usually Spring break, followed by Mother's Day, then as many times as possible over the Summer. When we go, we make a day of it. So, we pack all of the beach bag essentials we can think of to make the most of our day. What's in my beach bag: (affiliate links … [Read more...]

Coastal Inspired Laundry Room Makeover Reveal

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  Once upon a time, in a far away blogland, a girl dreamed of a laundry room makeover. She waited and waited...and waited some more, as she thought about paint colors and organization. And, one project at a time, she transformed the laundry room. She painted an old board and hung it above the laundry sorter, providing a shelf for … [Read more...]

20+ Easy Ideas for Vase Fillers

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I do very little to change my decor seasonally; typically just switching out candles, vase fillers, accent pillows and throw blankets. But those small changes make a big impact in bringing the season into my home. So today, I wanted to share some easy ideas for vase fillers that you can use throughout the year. Many of these items can be found … [Read more...]

Welcome Home – A Summer Home Tour

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I welcomed my daughter home from the last day of school yesterday. We cheered when she walked through the back gate...celebrating a successful school year and summer vacation; a season of slowing down and taking time to enjoy some of our favorite things... like more blueberry cobbler on the front porch, lots of shrimp … [Read more...]

DIY Accent Chair Reupholster and Chalky Paint Makeover

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When I saw the outdated chair listed in an online selling group, I saw past the orange toned wood and blue moire fabric to the lovely shape and lines. And, I knew that a little paint and new fabric would take care of the rest. So, I met the owner, loaded the chair into the backseat, and brought it home. That was last summer. After we got our … [Read more...]

Recommended Reading – to inspire, encourage and motivate

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This weekend I plan to watch more of the online knife skills course I'm taking. I hope to make it to the Farmer's Market, and I'm looking forward to hanging out poolside with friends. I also intend on starting a new book. Whatever your plans for the weekend, I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to include this week's Recommend Reading; links to … [Read more...]

This Is What I Want for You

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Home is a sacred place, not to be taken lightly. Whether you are clearing the clutter, re-decorating, or renovating- let the intention behind the design be from the heart. Create spaces for your family that will help them thrive. Home is comfortable, inspiring, and it’s where life happens.  ~Joanna Gaines   When I first read those words, I … [Read more...]

Tips to Finding Your Style

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Style.   I've talked about mine, and shared tips on how to find yours, and there are "What's Your Style?" quizzes in almost every home decor magazine. But what's the big deal? Why do we need to know or define our style? Today, I'm sitting down with Anita Joyce from Cedar Hill Farmhouse to explore the answer. Watch as we share our … [Read more...]

The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever

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I didn't want it to end.   Mother's Day. I didn't want it to end. And not because Mr. Hines and Hannah waited on me for every meal or catered to my every whim, but because it was just the three of us. Home. Together. Having all of us under one roof, not tired from a long day, or having homework or, needing to finish up a blog … [Read more...]

The Magic of Front Porch Living

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"This is living," I declared the other night when we were eating blueberry cobbler a la mode on the front porch. Mom and Dad were cuddled on the bench, some were rocking, and others leaned against the porch post or even sat on the floor. I didn't mind that my planters are empty or that I haven't hung the window box, or cleaned … [Read more...]

Clever Cloth Napkin Storage

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Oh how I wish that we still gathered together for dinner in the dining room every evening, Downton Abbey style... Complete with footmen, silver trays, candelabras, stemware, silverware, cloth napkins...a sideboard filled with all the necessary accoutrements. But, we don't. At least, not in the Hines house. Most of the time, our dining room … [Read more...]

That Time I Changed My Answer


I remember the first time it happened. I was in first grade, about to turn in my worksheet, when the girl who sat next to me stopped me. She insisted that I had the wrong answer on one of the problems. So, I changed my answer. And from that moment on, anytime in life that someone else spoke with confidence or conviction, I took them at their … [Read more...]

DIY French Wicker Laundry Basket

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I hadn't planned on it. I thought maybe I'd use the quiet of the night to write, or read. But, then I walked into the laundry room and decided that I couldn't stand it any longer. So, at 12:30 a.m. I poured the laundry detergent, stain fighter, fabric softener and borax into the pretty glass containers I'd purchased a week before. I … [Read more...]

“Better Than Mom’s” French Toast

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It was about 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday night, and I was on my last stop. I'd been running errands, and shopping, all day. I was tired, my sprained ankle was hurting, and I just wanted to get home. As I hurried down the aisle towards a cash register the french bread caught my eye. It looked so fresh and soft and golden and... I couldn't … [Read more...]

My Kind of Spring Cleaning Checklist

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"Mom, do you clean certain things each day or do you have one big cleaning day,"  I asked my Mom several years ago. "I just do what needs to be done every day."   In years past, I've tried to do the big Spring Cleaning spree. But this year, I'm taking my cue from Mom and doing Spring Cleaning my way. This year's Spring Cleaning … [Read more...]

Style Secrets: From Frumpy to Fabulous

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Today, Chelsea and I are back with a new episode of Style Secrets...everyday tips for your home and you! We have some fashion forward ideas for both work-at-home and stay-at-home moms...think stylish yet comfortable outfits that go with the flow of your busy day. And, if you have some old, outdated furniture, don't give it away. At least not … [Read more...]

The Dish Towel That Changed Everything – An Unexpected Life Lesson

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Every time I passed by the kitchen, this dish towel caught my eye.   There was something about it; the easy way it hung, its folds and wrinkles...that I found comforting. I knew there was a life lesson waiting in that dish towel, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I recently read this analogy that compared life to … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Tile Floors

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Today's post is sponsored by The Maids. All opinions about dingy tile grout, Spring cleaning and helpful cleaning tips are 100% my own. "What are you doing," Mr. Hines asked on the other end of the phone line. "Organizing the closet," I answered. What started out as Spring Cleaning the bathroom turned into a closet project...So, I got a little … [Read more...]

The Sexy to My Dining Room: Our New Wood Floors

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  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions about my experience with Carpet One, our new floors and how great they look are 100% my own. #CollectiveBias #InspiredHome   We have wanted wood floors for our entire homeowner life. On days that we couldn't stand the thought of living … [Read more...]

5 Practical Steps for Decorating on a Budget

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If money were no object... I'd have an apartment in Manhattan, a condo in Destin, and travel Europe. I'd hire a cleaning lady, a personal assistant (or a lady's maid if that were an option), and a life coach. And, of course, I wouldn't have to choose which home improvement project to do next... Scenario 1 - French Doors for the … [Read more...]

The Hidden Benefits of a Salt Cellar

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Sometimes it's the little things.     Like the other day when I was chopping and stirring and seasoning...there was this moment of surprise, just as I was I sprinkling a pinch of salt from the salt cellar into the pot, when everything was right with my world.     I was so pleased by the simple fact that … [Read more...]

Sunrise Over the Ocean: a video

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One morning during Spring Break, I woke up early and couldn't fall back to sleep. So, I grabbed my phone and headed down to the beach to watch the sunrise over the ocean. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, so I just followed the example of some college kids and sat down on the beach, facing East. I turned on the video and waited, and waited, … [Read more...]