Decorated Entry for Fall

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I think everyone has a touch of the rebel in them, don't you? Of course, this comes in varying degrees. I've always been a bit of a rule-follower with the occasional rebellious act thrown in here and there. But then, what's rebellious to one person is totally tame to another, right? For example, I feel particularly naughty when I walk past stuff … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Decor

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My house looks better in the Fall. It just does. It's like it's been patient all year just waiting for this time. For the flip-flops to be replaced with socks and slippers. For the mulled cider candle to have it's inaugural lighting. For me to step out on the front porch in the early morning hours and feel that chill in the air while the … [Read more...]

Ain’t Got Nothin’ But Love For Ya!

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'Love your neighbor as yourself', 'Love your neighbor as yourself', 'Love your neighbor as yourself'. I repeated these words in my head over and over again all that day as the music from the neighbors who live behind us blared. I repeated them to myself when I could hear it through our closed windows. I repeated them to myself when it prohibited … [Read more...]

The Bumpy Road to a Pretty Kitchen

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My husband, Rick, came home early from work on a hot, humid, Jacksonville, Florida afternoon in 2008. He didn't warn me of his arrival, which was unusual. I happened to be on my way out to pick up our girls from school when his truck "swung" into the driveway. His lips were shaking like they did at the alter 15 years prior. They do that when he is … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour and Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall Home Tour and Decorating Ideas from atthepicketfence.com

 *We apologize for the technical difficulties we experienced yesterday that caused our site to be down but thank you for bearing with us and we hope you enjoy this post today* Hello and welcome friends!! I'm so thrilled that you are joining me on a little tour of my home today all dressed up for my most favorite season. Here in Oregon (did you … [Read more...]

How to Make a Faux Olive Jar

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It seems to me that in life, people can be divided into two categories: those who upon entering a store will head straight for the clearance section and those who don't. … [Read more...]

The Chin Hair

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Do you remember that book Dear God, It's Me Margaret? Written by the incomparable Judy Blume, it was revolutionary at the time as it addressed all of the angst that comes with being an adolescent girl. From training bras to feeling like you were the last one to get the big 'P' to dealing with boys who went from being just pesky to being pesky and … [Read more...]

“Hello Fall” Free Fall Printable …

Hello Fall Printable

How many of you are getting super-duper excited about fall? I know I am. I love all things pumpkin, boots, hot apple cider, trips to the local wineries, apple picking, pumpkin patches -- and soooo much more!! I thought we might celebrated the upcoming fall festivities with a printable. You know, a way to formally welcome the season. What do you … [Read more...]

DIY Wood Plant Stand

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The other night as I was tucking my 11 year old son into bed, he asked if I would lie down with him for a few minutes. He was listening to an 'Adventures in Odyssey' CD and wanted me to hear the latest story in the series. Now, this was one of those moments that every mom of a tween boy dreams about. Normally at bed time any kind of overtures … [Read more...]