My Number One Question Answered

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Since the dawn of this blog there is one question I have been asked more than any other. And I rarely answer it. Why you ask? Well, for one, I'm shocked that anyone actually wants to know. And, secondly, the answer is just a tad complicated. So do you want to know just what is the number one question I'm asked here At the Picket Fence? … [Read more...]

Rest Assured

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Many years ago I was apart of a very early morning Bible study. In that season in my life as a stay-at-home mom to a toddler, it was the only time of day that worked for my schedule without having to line up a sitter each week. One particular morning, my alarm went off and as my eyes struggled to open I immediately felt the desire to pull the covers back over my head and pretend the rest of the world didn't exist. It wasn't just because I could have used about 900 more hours of sleep (did I … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings Fourth of July Edition

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I have a little Public Service Announcement for you today. If your cable provider offers the music channels, when the 4th of July rolls around be sure to check the seasonal channel (ours is called Sounds of the Season). Because on that day they will play non-stop patriotic music that will definitely put you in the spirit of Independence Day. I may or may not also like to sing along very loudly to these songs which my children just LOVE and I may or may not have tried to get them to march around … [Read more...]

An Antique Table and Chair for My Girl

Little antique table and chair as an art desk

I set out on Saturday morning to run some errands and decided to pop into one of my favorite little second-hand shops. I've been on the lookout for a new table and chair to put in our family room. You see, my girl absolutely loves to have a place to sit and do her artwork or put together a Lego set. But she doesn't always want to do that in her bedroom. She wants to have the option of being right in the center of it all. … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Add Summer Style to Your Home

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You have no idea how badly I wanted to give this blog post a different title. In my mind, it really should be called, "Stick a bunch of seashells in bowls around your house and call it good!". But, I was afraid that it didn't sound quite blog-title-ish enough. So I went for the more 'professional' route instead and today I'm going to be sharing with you some of the most easy-peasy ways to add summer style to your home. … [Read more...]

The Cracked Crock

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A few weeks ago I popped into one of my favorite local consignment/second-hand shops. I was motivated by the fact that, before long, the kids would be on summer break and my schedule would no longer be my own. So I took advantage of having the time to slowly meander the aisles, working my way around the store and relishing the joy of shopping without anyone asking me if they could buy something or having to break up ridiculous arguments over which kind of cereal we should buy. (Chocolate Chex is … [Read more...]

Coastal Inspired Summer Mantel

coastal inspired summer mantel atthepicketfence.com

I have come to the conclusion that these days I can manage to muster about 10, maybe 15, minutes worth of time and energy that I'm willing to dedicate to decorating. Which means that I pulled off a simple, coastal inspired summer mantel in the time between tossing in a load of laundry and being summoned to observe my daughter's latest trick on the trampoline. … [Read more...]

Nautical Outdoor Table Setting

Nautical themed summer outdoor tablescape

I feel like I need to state for the record that I set this nautical themed table in less than 10 minutes. In fact, I think it was actually in about 8.5 minutes. Why am I telling you this? Well because, in my opinion, summer is synonymous with simplicity. But simplicity doesn't mean we have to sacrifice style. (Is it just me or were there a lot of 's' words in those last two sentences?) I don't know about you but for us, summer is the season of spur-of-the-moment get togethers and … [Read more...]

Healthy Chow Mein with Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodle chow mein with shrimp

When our kiddos were little, Saturday nights were sacred. We had the routine down to a science. Since they went to bed fairly early, we would feed them first then, when they were finally off to dreamland, my husband and I would make a delicious meal just for us which we would eat on the coffee table in the family room while watching a movie.   … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings

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Happy weekend my friends!! What will you be up to? We're celebrating my son's 13th birthday today and I can be found curled up in a corner in the fetal position because I cannot believe that my baby boy is now officially a TEENAGER! Sniff...sniff... Actually, even though it's so bittersweet we are incredibly proud of the young man he is becoming and we have a BIG surprise trip planned for him. I'll fill you in more on that another time. But first, how about a little bit of inspiration to … [Read more...]

New Bedroom Nightstands

French country style bedroom nightstands

*I'm so excited to be sharing my new bedroom nightstands with you today!* I have a confession to make...for more years than I care to admit, I was living with a nightstand that, for lack of a better word, was jerry-rigged. I had purchased a nightstand for my husband's side of the bed and wanted to use a round table on my side but the only one I could find was a few inches too short. So, I did the only sensible thing you could do in that situation. … [Read more...]

Cake and Grace

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I have decided that while there is a great deal of discussion about girls going through adolescence, those of us raising boys are generally ill informed, ill equipped and sometimes just downright ill....that last one is mostly because of the odors they omit at this stage. This past year has been a doozy for us as we feel like we are just along for the crazy roller coaster ride that is puberty. We're not sure if it's worse going through it first-hand or experiencing it with your children. … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings

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Does anyone else feel like the month of May might actually be the busiest month of the year? I always thought it was December but I now think that Spring is more insanely crammed with activities especially if you have school-aged children. It's like the powers that be are wanting us to be REALLY ready for summer. ;-) So, if you are feeling overwhelmed and needing a few minutes to catch your breath, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a little bit of inspiration to start your weekend off on the … [Read more...]

Bi-fold Shutter Doors Turned Entry Decor

French country home entry decor

I'm so excited to be kicking off a fun new series today with some of my favorite thrifty blogging friends and sharing with you how I transformed an old pair of bi-fold shutter doors into a fresh new look for my entry. But first, let's just get real here for a minute. Do you ever stress decorate? Do you ever feel so overwhelmed by the craziness of life that you just have to step away and do something that seems kind of mindless but in reality provides your mind with a lovely little escape even … [Read more...]

Make Room For What You Love

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*this post contains affiliate links I'm so thrilled to be joining an AMAZING group of bloggers today as we celebrate the release of Melissa Michael's brand new book, 'Make Room For What You Love'. This latest book from Melissa (visit her at The Inspired Room) is such a natural extension of her previous books, 'Love the Home You Have' and 'The Inspired Room'. … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings

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Have you ever seen a home on the internet and gone back to look at it over and over again because there were just so many elements you knew you wanted to try and incorporate into your own home? That's how I felt when I took the tour of this house featured on Life on Virginia Street. It's slightly more neutral than I go in my decor but I still absolutely love it.   … [Read more...]

Tips for a Peace-Filled Home

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*Get caught up on the previous installments of the Peace-Filled Home series here* Up until now, we've been primarily talking about matters of the heart. We've taken a look at our peace-personalities and discussed how we can get to the place where we are willing to change. So now it's time for some practical tips, don't you think? And right out of the gate, let's establish something very important. If the heart issues are the foundation that needs to be poured in order to build a … [Read more...]