Chalky Finish Coffee Table Makeover

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That whole concept of it never hurting to at least ASK, is so true, isn't it? Because more often than not, the answer to the question is a 'yes'. My kids always know that when they ask us for something and there is a pause followed by a 'we'll see' it means that the odds are probably 'ever in their favor'. ;-)   … [Read more...]

Spring Baby Shower

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Spring and new life go hand in hand. With the buds on the trees and the flowers peeking up through the soil it seems like the whole world is starting to wake up. So when HGTV Gardens asked me to create a Spring Baby Shower table setting the first thing that came into my mind was celebrating new life and the joy of 'nesting'. … [Read more...]

Kitchen Island Makeover

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My daughter and husband are amazing artists. They can think of something in their heads and then make it come to life on the paper in front of them. I, on the other hand, am sorely lacking in the drawing department. Trust me, you DO NOT want to be on my Pictionary team. I can totally visualize these incredible scenes in my mind but somewhere between thinking it and drawing it, my mind turns it into an image that closely resembles something either a toddler or a very drunk person would draw. … [Read more...]

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese

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I was thinking recently about how often I find myself saying something to my children that would sound so  ridiculous to anyone else but makes perfect sense to me. Things like, "Hey guys, we're not going to pretend to be cheetahs while we're at church, OK?" And then there are those times when you're having a simple conversation with your child, innocently answering their questions, never realizing that those answers could come back up sometime later. Usually this involves embarrassment, … [Read more...]

Making Friends With My Problems

I read the words over and over, certain I had misunderstood or that in my just awakened, pre-caffeinated state I had to be reading them incorrectly. But there was no mistake about it. There they were. Right there in black and white. Words which sounded so incredibly strange to me and frankly words which I wasn't particularly thrilled to be reading that morning. … [Read more...]

Clinging to Truth in the Pain

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I went to bed with her on my mind. I woke up with her on my mind. I sent her a text as soon as I got out of bed to tell her that I was praying for her...praying hard. Praying that during their appointment that morning, they would hear the heartbeat. … [Read more...]

Justifying My Makeover

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I need to tell you something. I'm a bit scared. I'm making changes to my house and I'm afraid of the comments I'm going to get. Because people can be kinda harsh when it comes to decorating choices. And of course I know that YOU will be kind and remember that I'm a human being and have feelings and all of that, but some other people might not. The social media world can be brutal! … [Read more...]

Decorate a coffee table like a boss on a budget!

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The phrase 'budget friendly' is really kind of a relative term, isn't it? I mean, what is 'friendly' to one person's budget might not be quite so 'friendly' to another person's budget. Sometimes when I'm watching a decorating show or flipping through the pages of a magazine and they reference an item that was such a 'great deal' and then I find out what they actually paid for it I'm shocked. Apparently my definition of a good deal is very different from theirs! I firmly believe in … [Read more...]