Nesting Trays Makeover

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I have a tray obsession. I don't believe in past lives, but if I did, I'm quite sure I could be convinced that I was some kind of servant. Maybe even a ladies maid at Downton Abbey. ;-) I have no idea why exactly it is that I love trays so much but I always find myself gravitating towards them in a store. I pick them up, study them, want to put them in my cart and take them home but then have to stop myself as I think about how many trays I not only have on display in my house but also how … [Read more...]

Capturing a Memory

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Moms everywhere know the truth about Mother's Day. It's not the perfectly arranged floral bouquet or the velvet lined box holding expensive jewelry or even the breakfast delivered in bed on a fancy tray that we hold closest to our hearts. It's those priceless hand-made, covered in glitter, framed by popsicle sticks, dripping in glue gifts from our children which are the truest treasures.   … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Corbels in the Dining Room

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You know the old saying, "He who hesitates is lost"? Well sometimes my friends, just sometimes, he (or she) who hesitates is lost only to be found again! A few weeks ago I paid a visit to one of my favorite consignment stores and waaaayyyy in the back, on a shelf high up in the corner I spotted a pair of wonderfully chippy, rustic wood corbels. … [Read more...]

The Path

I made him promise to not go too fast.  I made him promise to stay where it was safe.  Not too high (I’m terrified of heights..like pass out and die of fear..afraid of heights) no steep hills, no crazy detours…you get the idea. And he said, “I promise I’ll watch out for you.”  So we headed off. Out on our four wheeling trip into the desert. … [Read more...]

Taking Down the Blinds

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Hands down one of my MOST favorite parts about being a mama is the absolute joy I get from embarrassing my kiddos. And hands down one of my MOST favorite ways to do this is by singing loudly and dancing like nobody's business. I happen to think I have some awesome moves but for some reason they seem to be horrified disagree. I'm particularly fond of singing songs to them which tend to be extra annoying if you are already in a grumpy mood or have just awakened. I know, I know, it's just a tad … [Read more...]

Crystal Glasses and Paper Napkins

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I've always been very hard on myself. The whole idea of extending grace to others is a far easier concept for me to grasp than extending it to myself. And for years, one of the ways this manifested in my life was in a constant striving for perfection. If I do all of the 'right' things and make all of the 'right' choices then everything in my life will be 'right'...right? ;-) Of course, even as I type out those words I realize once again how absolutely ridiculous that sounds. Because, … [Read more...]

Repurposed Recipe Card Holder

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Do you ever hold onto something and you aren't exactly sure why but you just KNOW that there is a reason? I've been eyeing some really darling vintage-styled dryer sheet holders in various online stores but I just couldn't ever bring myself to buy one. Perhaps I knew that what I really wanted was right under my nose (or in my attic!) all along! … [Read more...]

It’s Not You, It’s Me

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We're snuggled into the covers, talking and giggling in those precious minutes before I kiss her goodnight. We make shadow puppets on the wall and she begs me to sing Jesus Loves Me in my best opera voice. I'm not going to lie folks, it's epic. You'll have to hear it sometime. She thinks that she is stalling bedtime. But I know the truth. These are treasured moments, sacred and precious. These are the moments when she will confide in me about her day. When she'll laugh hysterically … [Read more...]

Good Friday Doesn’t Feel Good

When Good Friday Does't Feel So Good

Every year I find myself compelled to go. I know it will probably feel painful and even a bit dark. I know I will once again sit in a pew with tears streaming down my face as I recognize how unworthy I am of being treated as someone of worth. To be valued, treasured, sacrificed for. If this is Good Friday, why doesn't it feel so “good”? … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Biscotti & Giveaway!

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I love baking. Honestly I WAY prefer it to cooking. This might have something to do with the fact that anything I bake is received by my family with joy and gratitude as opposed to the meals I cook each night which, frankly, are always a bit like a shot in the dark. Sometimes they hit their target and sometimes they are so far off from the target you would think that I was purposely trying to torture them. … [Read more...]