Ottoman Redo

Ten years ago my parents made me a nice, wonderfully sturdy ottoman for Christmas. This poor ottoman was built well, thankfully, because it made it through the rough-on-furniture toddler/preschooler/big kid years with nary a wobbly leg. Not to mention about 10 moves (including a cross-country move). I forgot to get a “before” shot, but here’s a close …

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Rental Tour

Our house is just a few days from being done! I snapped a few photos last week of the rental we are in for the realtor so she could list it with some fresh photos, and thought I’d share. It’s been a great house for us, but we will be glad to not be driving …

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Kitchen Island Tray

I love using a tray on my kitchen islands to corral things and create fun vignettes with. Using a tray to makes what would be a cluttered-looking counter seem much more neat and tidy. Trays also allow you group together an assortment of objects you might not normally consider clustering together. (Clothes pins, snow balls, …

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House Update

We are in the final stretch! The painters should be at the house getting everything painted and stained this week. Then we can get the marble installed, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, a garage door, appliances installed, fireplace stone and tile installed, and a driveway poured. Whew! Our carpenter (aka my father-in-law) has been hard at …

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Dining Room to Game Room

Where the formal dining room in our house should be, we decided that we would get more use out of the room if we made it a game room/ music room. I couldn’t be more happy with that decision- it has worked out really well for us and our extended family and visitors as well. …

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Makeup Organization

A few months ago, I purged my makeup collection. Into the garbage went several old eyeshadows that I never really wore, old lipsticks I ended up hating the color of, and other various items that I never used, for one reason or another. After ditching the disorganized container I was keeping my makeup in, I …

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Halloween 2015 Decor

Being in a rental this Halloween means keeping things relatively simply for seasonal and holiday decor. So last weekend My daughter and I got out a couple of tubs full of Halloween decor I had stuck in the garage and sorts through it, picking out the things that were easy to set up. She had …

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Bedroom Update

This may seem totally ridiculous to many, but I’ve been slowly neutralizing my house. I’ve been removing a lot of the color and replacing it with more neutral colors. So a few months ago, I decided that as much as I loved my bright yellow duvet and accents in my bedroom, I’d rather have a …

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House Update #3

After Hali’s piano lesson this morning, we swung by the house to check out the paint sample and give the painters the go ahead: And stone samples: And to check out the progress on the porches:  I wish y’all could have smelt it! All that cedar! I love it soooo much! It is just SO …

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Fall Decor

It’s still in the 90s most days here in Texas, but it IS fall, so the seasonal decorating has commenced! Fall is my FAVORITE! I post lots of pics on Instagram, just FYI, so if you follow me, you’ve seen many of these already. Not fall decor, but I Love this pulley from a treasure …

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What’s Up Wednesday

(Linking up with Sheaffer) Eating this week: I’ve joined my sisters and my mom for the Fit Girl 28 day jump start and we are on week 3. This means our meals for this week are: This weekend Jeremy, Hali, and I were cuddled up in the schoolroom chairs and just lovin’ Hali up, when …

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House Progress

We went from dirt to this: Then one morning, starting at 4 a.m., the trucks showed up: And they brought concrete with them! And we had a FOUNDATION! Nine days later, the house looked like this: And all of this in a matter of three weeks or so! I’ll get an updated photo posted soon, …

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New Beginnings

New Year’s Resolutions are good and great, but I much prefer this time of year to make changes and goals. With the change in routine that comes with the beginning of the school year, I find it much easier to set and follow through with goals in September versus January. This is likely part of …

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