Deck Makeover Reveal!

entertaining on the deck

Eons and eons ago I started a blog. 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. … [Read more...]

A Coast By Any Other Name

vacation memory jar

"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...]

Repurposed Outdoor Fountain

repurposed fountain into tiered planter

You know those pictures that look one way when you are standing further back but as you get closer you see that the image is really completely different? Like where you think you're looking at a painting of a beautiful lake but when you get closer you realize that it's a giant elephant....or something like that. ;-) You know what I'm talking … [Read more...]

Fruit Infused Liquor for Summer Cocktails

fruit infused liquor in jars

Whenever I even see the word 'cocktail' I immediately want to go put on a flouncy outfit, swipe some bright red lipstick over my lips and slip my feet into stiletto heels. There is just something about that word that makes you feel like you should be in an episode of 'Mad Men', don't you think? Or maybe flinging bottles behind the bar … [Read more...]

Tween Boy Bedroom Reveal & Giveaway!


What do you get when you mix really cool paint technology, one 'tween' boy and one mom in denial over the fact that her son is actually a 'tween'? You get one really cool room makeover AND even amazing bonding experience. 'Tween' boys are an interesting species. One minute still pretending that a giant box is an airplane and … [Read more...]

Summer Home Tour 2014

Simple Summer Decorating Ideas and Home Tour

Flip, flop. Flip, flop. Flip, flop. Don't you love it when a word so perfectly describes the sound it makes? And nothing says summer quite like the sound of flip flops. In fact, I was tempted to just scatter flip flops all around my house and say, "There. Consider my summer decorating DONE!" But then, well, I figured that since the … [Read more...]

DIY Wall Plate Rack

plate rack on wall in kitchen

Do you ever have projects that you put off for...oh...say about 5 years? neither! ;-) In our kitchen there is a narrow wall that you pass by on your way to the dining room. Or if you are coming from the dining room you pass it on the way to the kitchen. You get the idea! I like to call it 'The Forgotten Wall'. Just … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Me Blow Away Mommy!

Vanessa signature

The wind was whipping around us as we were spinning and twirling through the yard. Arms spread out, we laughed as dizziness set in before we tumbled into the lawn chair together. She wrapped her little arms around my neck, snuggled in tight and said, "Don't let me blow away mommy!" It was one of those moments in life where you wish you could … [Read more...]