31 Days to love the home you’re with

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  Because we live in a culture that has distorted the idea of beauty, I think we could stand a little reminding of what beauty, true beauty, is.     I've never heard it defined or described so eloquently as in Edie's "A Life of Beauty" podcast. I highly encourage you to listen to it. One of the many things that stood … [Read more...]

my copycat olive garden salad

olive garden salad

  I used to make every salad the same, no matter what we were eating for dinner. Some lettuce. Definitely tomatoes. Possibly red onion. They were certainly nothing fancy.   But as my confidence grew in the kitchen, I started experimenting with making different types of salads. Last Fall I created the Farmer's … [Read more...]

DIY wooden label tags

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  I set out to makeover my laundry room over 3 years ago.   I collected inspiration,   made a shade out of a shower curtain, and hung it on a DIY curtain rod.   I added shelves, changed out the storage baskets and made label tags for them.     I also shopped the house for a rug to soften up the … [Read more...]

recommended reading

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  Taking a break.   This is a topic I am passionate about.  And Lisa of The Pennington Point offers some simple ideas for how Moms can make it happen.  Her post is first up in this week's Recommended Reading.     As Lisa suggests, a night off  can be as simple as retreating to your bedroom for a little … [Read more...]

best of DIY link party: diy curtain rod and no sew valance

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  DIY... is a way of life. It's born out of a need to create,   and is a necessary means to an end.     Which is why I often find myself inventing things, this  DIY Mirrored Nightstand being one of my latest projects.   You learn to improvise, and use what you have.   Like using eye … [Read more...]

personalized gift ideas

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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...]

recommended reading

apples

  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

fall tour 2014

  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...]

recommended reading

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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...]