DIY Coastal Rope Mirror Makeover Challenge

DIY Coastal Rope Mirror from

  I love a good makeover. The kind where the plain girl who's been quietly going through life half hoping no one ever notices her, half hoping that someday will be her day to be transformed and swept off her feet by the handsome football player, or maybe Prince Charming himself! That was kind of like the Stratford Mirror by Wayfair.  It was sweet and simple but needed a little oomph! a little vavavoom! One to never turn down a DIY Challenge, I accepted the offer … [Read more...]

Hosting a Holiday Party!

coffee and cookie party At the Picket Fence

I'll never forget the evening, several years ago, when I was racing around the house getting ready for a party we were hosting. I barked orders at my family, did a lot of loud sighing and grumbling and generally made myself and everyone around my crazy as I prepared to welcome our guests. Once the doorbell rang, though, I was all smiles and as cool as a cucumber. Later that night, my husband gently informed me that while our guests got the "nice Vanessa", my family got "maniacal mommy". And … [Read more...]