Our Song ~ A Personalized Record

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Before I say anything else I would like to just mention two things... First of all, this is the totally awesome project I had all planned to show you on Wednesday before things went horribly awry. Of course, as it turned out, the day ended up being pretty awesome anyway but you'll have to go back and read more about that here.   … [Read more...]

Of Hospitality and Julia Sugarbaker

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Some teenage girls wait anxiously for the latest issue of 'Teen Beat' or 'Seventeen' to come in the mail. I was not one of them. Oh no. Instead, every month I eagerly anticipated my mom's latest edition of 'Traditional Home'. This could explain why I always felt a tad out of place among my peers. … [Read more...]

From Christmas to Winter Decorating

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I gave myself a super duper fantabulous early Christmas gift this year. The interesting about this particular gift though, is that I didn't even actually get to enjoy it until after Christmas. Because, this year I gave myself the gift of easing into the new year. Actually, what I gave myself was the gift of time. … [Read more...]

God Won’t Gong You

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Do you remember 'The Gong Show'? It was kind of the 'American Idol' of the late '70's, early '80's with one major difference. Just imagine Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. listening to each contestant and then instead of simply deciding whether or not they would earn a golden ticket, they would decide if the contestant would … [Read more...]

New Kitchen Island Stools

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Have you ever known that something you purchased for your home was just totally WRONG but then never did anything about it for...oh....say about 6 years? And have you ever known that those somethings were not only totally WRONG they were also super uncomfortable and inconvenient for your family? Yeah...me either. ;-) … [Read more...]

It’s OK To Start Small

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  Sometimes you just have to start small. Sometimes on the day your kids start back to school after Christmas break you might start out in the morning with a million ideas swirling in your head and wondering about which home improvement project you are going to tackle first. You may even get so hopped up on caffeine that your brain … [Read more...]

Breathless Expectation

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When I became a mom of two I entered into a season of what I found to be a new kind of crazy. I had gotten one child all potty-trained and sleeping through the night and drinking out of a cup without a lid and giving me a chance to take a shower and go to the bathroom by myself...most of the time. … [Read more...]

DIY Gratitude Tree

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One morning, while upstairs putting on my makeup, I had the news on in the background and, as always, had my ears tuned to the weather segment. It was finally time for Mr. Al Roker to have his turn and he weaved his weather magic and soon I knew just what the temps would be all over the country. But when it came time to talk about the west … [Read more...]

Christmas Decor Sneak Peek!

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I know, I know. I realize it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Honestly, I do. I know that sometimes that wonderful day of thanks gets lost in the shuffle between Halloween and Christmas. I know that we all need to slow down and truly appreciate each holiday as it comes. And I really am thankful and I really do enjoy Thanksgiving. Really! … [Read more...]

Sharpie Stenciled Thanksgiving Lazy Susan

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Sometimes I think I suffer from short-term memory loss. Correction...sometimes I think I suffer from short-term 'thankfulness' memory loss. … [Read more...]