Girls Bedroom Makeover

vintage vanity with stool in girls room

Note to time you give one of your kids' rooms a makeover, be sure to take photos of it immediately after you place the final little accessory on a shelf. Because, if you don't, you will put it off and put it off and put it off because you know that in order to take the pictures you will have to clear out all of the little 'extras' your child decided to add to the room once the makeover was completed. … [Read more...]

Wood Typography Scripture Sign

laurens sign

"Mommy, I need some privacy please." I was in my daughter's room, working my way through the laundry basket of clean clothes, folding and sorting, stacking the piles on her bed.  I had just informed her that it was time to hop in the shower but noticed that she made no movement towards undressing. It took a moment for her words to register but the look she gave me said it all. She did not want me in there. … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Paint Furniture

cabbage rose pillowcases on oak bed

My mom grew up on a farm in Michigan and as a little girl I absolutely loved hearing her tell us stories about her childhood. She would recount the time that she and her best friend were determined to sleep in the barn one night only to be frightened out of their wits by her older brother who couldn’t resist tormenting his little sister. She would tell us all about what it was like attending a one-room, country schoolhouse with her aunt as the teacher and how she loved having her very own … [Read more...]

A Simple Hot Cocoa Station

hot cocoa station with skis

When my kids were really little, the days spent at home with them were mostly awesome. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. But they were also exhausting. Really, really exhausting. Being home alone with young children day in and day out can be both very fulfilling and very isolating.   … [Read more...]

A Lewis and Clark Birthday

Lewis and Clark themed birthday party from

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, and the one that sealed the deal for my son: a live musket loading and firing demonstration. … [Read more...]

Mini Rock Pumpkin Family


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 her. When she was 5 painting pumpkins was the high light of the party. … [Read more...]

Bandana Rosette 4th of July Shirt

How to make a bandana rosette 4th of July shirt

I have to be completely honest with you. Technically this is supposed to be a 5 Minute Craft. And it totally would have been. Except I received an invitation to a tea party from a little girl who was trying to teach manners to her brother who was pretending to be a cheetah. I don't ask questions. I just GO! Wouldn't you? But, if you didn't have to attend a tea party with a cheetah who kept being reprimanded for burping out loud and not holding up his pinkie finger/paw when … [Read more...]

Kids Art Center and a Little Redemption

galvanized buckets on art desk

The older I get the more I'm realizing that I just have to come to terms with the things that I will never be good at. Walking through a room without bumping into something Monopoly  Cartwheels And drawing I'm pretty much permanently stuck at a 1st grade level when it comes to my artistic abilities. Actually, that might be stretching it a bit. Let's just say that I'm typically the last person chosen when it comes to picking teams for Pictionary. Fortunately, though, we always have … [Read more...]

A Mom Fail and a Button Shamrock Shirt

button applique shamrock shirt from

  Last Friday was like every other day. We raced around getting ready for school, packing lunches and guzzling coffee (me), being completely silly and taking forever to get dressed (them) and just going about our normal routine. But as soon as we pulled into the school parking lot I realized something was wrong. I saw these kids getting out of their parents' cars in costumes. It was the 100th day of school. And in my daughter's class they were celebrating by dressing up like a 100 year … [Read more...]