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

Grace is finding a waterfall quote

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...]

My Snowball Tree Love Story

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It's that time of year again when my snowball tree is laden with blooms and reminding me of this sweet story from a couple of years ago.  ---------------- He came over and stood next to me as I looked out the back window. "What are you looking at Mama?" he asked. (He's almost 11 but he still calls me mama and I LOVE it!) "I'm watching Daddy get some clippings from the snowball tree for me to bring into the house", I replied. "Why does he have the ladder and those long clippers?" … [Read more...]

The Peace-Filled Home Part 4

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I've often wished that it didn't take experiencing the hard things in life for me to grow as a person. I mean, wouldn't it be so much nicer if depth could be added to our souls while we lie on the beach sipping margaritas? But the only divine revelation I'm likely to have in that scenario is that I need to take a nap. The reality for most of us is that it's only when we walk through really challenging seasons that we come to a greater understanding of who we are....the good, the bad and the … [Read more...]

Aged Galvanized Metal Tray

Galvanized tray decor for spring atthepicketfence.com

The title of this blog post should really read, "The aged galvanized metal tray that really didn't want to age." And maybe it's the fact that I turned 40 this year that made me feel a lot of sympathy towards this tray and its unwillingness to let me give it a faux aged look even while I was cursing it under my breath. … [Read more...]

Creating Success at Home Giveaway

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In theory, being a homemaker or working from home sound like a piece of cake. Because, well, if you want you can just eat a piece of cake whenever it strikes your fancy. But, like so many other things in life, reality is often very different than the fantasy. I think that there are more of us who struggle with how to be managers of our home than we care to admit. Which is why I was so thrilled when I found out that my wonderful friend Sharon, author of the blog Mrs. Hines' Class was writing a … [Read more...]

Broken Fountain Turned Tiered Planter

tiered outdoor fountain turned garden planter atthepicketfence.com

Happy Saturday friends! I'm so excited to bring this old post back to life and show you how I turned a broken fountain into a fantastic 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 … [Read more...]

The Peace-Filled Home Part 3

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(If you are just now joining us for The Peace-Filled Home series be sure to read part one and part two) I believe that a peace-filled home begins with a peace-filled heart. This is the foundation, the solid rock, which you can rely on to help you experience peace even in the midst of the craziness. Having a home built on peace is what sustains us in the busy schedules, the unpredictable events and the roller coaster that is life. A peace-filled home is a gift that you give to all of those … [Read more...]

The Peace Filled Home Series

the peace filled home series from atthepicketfence.com

Have you ever started something with the best of intentions only to have the craziness of life keep you from finishing it? I like to think of myself as someone who will always see a thing through to the end but I realized recently that sometimes I start out with a lot of gusto only to come up short. Case in point...last year I launched a new series here At the Picket Fence called 'The Peace-Filled Home' and managed to give you only two installments before we found ourselves up to our eyeballs … [Read more...]