Over-sized Outdoor Checker Board

scotch blue tape outdoor checker board project

You know that saying, "If walls could talk"? Well, I've decided that I'm going to start saying a different version. In my home we will say, "If rugs could talk". Because honestly, our rugs could do some serious chatting! Especially the rug that sits under our kitchen table. Not only would it be able to tell you all about the conversations and … [Read more...]

DIY Iron Grate Mirror

DIY iron grate mirror from atthepicketfence.com

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I think I'm growing up. Not too much, mind you! Just a bit. You see, I've finally come to realize something very important about myself and I'm working to change it. I've always been a person filled with 'expectations'. … [Read more...]

My I Should Summer

sunshine

I do it to myself every year. The month of May rolls around and I know that school will be out in a few weeks and we're going to have days filled with nothing but time, time and more time. No more hurrying out the door in the morning all the while barking orders... "Put your shoes on!" "Stop hitting each other with stuffed animals!"  "Why … [Read more...]

Re-arranging the Dining Room

dining room

You know those pictures where it starts out looking like one thing but the longer you look at it, you are able to see another image appear? Well, I'm really horrible at those. Everyone around me will see that what looks like the solar system is in actuality a big bowl of apples. Squint your eyes, they say. Tilt your head, jump up and down, … [Read more...]

I Let Her Decorate Her Own Cake

Ariel cake1

Every day, all day long, we're faced with choices. What should I eat for breakfast? Should I have that second cup of coffee (the answer to that one is almost always YES!)? Are my legs hairy enough that other people will notice or can I get away with one more day of not shaving? And if you're a mom, you can just multiply those choices by a … [Read more...]

Thankful for the Negative

dwelling on the negative

Last week, I had a really hard evening with  my kiddos. I was tired, impatient, stressed out and doing battle with an overstuffed yard bin I was trying to drag to the curb while my husband was out of town on business. And I lost my cool. After I had put them to bed that night I sat down at my laptop and just started talking...to you...to the … [Read more...]

Deck Makeover Reveal!

entertaining on the deck atthepicketfence.com

Eons and eons ago I started a blog. OK...it was actually only 4 years ago but it feels like EONS ago! This was pre-At the Picket Fence days and I was so excited that it  gave me an opportunity to remember that I could string sentences together and use words with multiple syllables since at that time I was up to my eyeballs in sippy cups, potty … [Read more...]

We Need to Have a Heart to Heart

...or the time I did battle with the yard bin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tadfs2DZHpE … [Read more...]

A Coast By Any Other Name

vacation memory jar atthepicketfence.com

"You know we call it the 'coast' and not the 'beach', right? It was 1996 and my boyfriend was attempting to give me a brief linguistics lesson while we visited his family in Oregon over winter break. He was eager to show me around his hometown and take me for a drive along the 'coast'. I was a Southern California girl and frankly, this slight … [Read more...]

DIY Patriotic Beverage Stand

4th of July beverage station

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Krazy Glue for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I'm officially declaring this the summer of kids movie theme songs getting stuck in my head. Just when I start to think that I've finally buried them deep enough in the recesses of my mind something will come along and just yank it back … [Read more...]