A Few of My Favorite Things

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It was time. The children had finally reached an age where I was certain that they were ready to sit down and watch one of the greatest movies of all-time. The fake logs glowed in the fireplace, the lights twinkled on the Christmas tree and the smell of popcorn floated in the air. And as Julie Andrews spun around in circles on the top of a hill, … [Read more...]

How to Add Decorator Touches to Your Home

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Whenever we travel with our kiddos my daughter does something that is both hilarious and slightly terrifying at the same time. Upon arrival at our destination, she immediately unpacks. As in, clothes in drawers, book on nightstand, stuffed animal on bed, toys carefully arranged in a corner or on a dresser and toiletry bag in the … [Read more...]

A Lewis and Clark Birthday

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Last year, while on a family vacation near Astoria, Oregon, we stopped by Fort Clatsop where Lewis & Clark spent the winter months after reaching the Pacific Ocean. It didn’t take long for my kids to get hooked on Lewis & Clark--wandering the grounds with historical interpreters, getting to dress up in replica clothing, writing with quills, … [Read more...]

French Country Christmas Mantel

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Last week on my regular Monday morning Walmart run, I veered off of my usual course (does everyone else make their grocery list according to the store layout or did I just admit how very OCD I am?) and headed over to the Christmas section where I was promptly introduced to the newest Walmart greeter. … [Read more...]

Melan-fall-y

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"Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a … [Read more...]

Roasted Hazelnuts and Being an Oregonian

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I've lived in Oregon for 15 years and yet I've never considered myself an Oregonian. My husband was born and raised here, my children were born and are being raised here but I'm the odd one out. Born in Ohio, raised in Missouri and California and now here I am... ...in Oregon. … [Read more...]

Mini Rock Pumpkin Family

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Our oldest daughter celebrates her 15th birthday very close to Halloween. In fact, we brought her home from the hospital on Halloween with little pumpkin booties! Every year, we have a birthday party for her usually involving some Halloween fun. She loves to "dress up" and swears she will never stop "trick or treating", and I think I believe … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Have a White Mantel

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Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld when George Costanza finally has to come to terms with his Holiday heritage? It all comes to a head with his father proudly revealing that while other families celebrated Christmas or Hanukkah, the Costanza family celebrated their own unique holiday. Festivus. And out comes the 'Festivus' pole! The … [Read more...]

A Farmhouse Cottage Home Tour

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It seems like FOREVER since we've had an At the Picket Fence Parade of Homes Tour! And we are so thrilled to be continuing this series today with the amazingly talented Jennifer from Town and Country Living. Her home is a wonderful blend of farmhouse meets cottage meets just downright gorgeous and we know you will love taking the tour. So grab … [Read more...]

Fall Front Porch

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I have ponytail envy. My friend Shauna is one of my absolute most favorite people in the world and I adore her but I'm jealous of her ponytails. She somehow manages to achieve that elusive goal of having them look perfectly imperfect. You know what I'm talking about right? Where they're just a tad bit messy and yet still look styled so … [Read more...]