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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”…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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From Dated Tuscan Painting to Chalkboard

Remember a few years ago when everyone was all about “Tuscan” style decorating? I was too. While I was on the less ornate end of the spectrum, I definantly leaned towards the earth tones and warmth of the Tuscan style. Nine years later, most of us have been over it…

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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…

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Laundry Room Spruce Up- Part 1

Our rental has an ok sized laundry room. It even has a sink, which I didn’t have in our last house. And I love having it more than I thought I would. There isn’t a whole lot of storage, though. So I corralled my jars of detergents, oxyclean, and my…

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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…

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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…

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How I Got my Family to Remember Their Vitamins

Though I’ve made it a goal to fulfilling most of our nutritional needs via the food we eat, I feel better knowing that anything we are lacking in our diets can be supplemented by vitamins. But we just weren’t remembering to take our vitamins. Even when I bought all of…

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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…

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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…

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2013 Semi-Customized Basic Builder Home

In 2013 we bought a basic builder grade home and changed a handful of things about it. We knew it was only a temporary home- we planned on living there 2-3 years. We didn’t even make it 2 years before we sold it and moved on. So us. Because I…

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7th Grade?! What?! That’s JUNIOR HIGH!!!

We are a year ahead according to most public school standards, so my 11 year old daughter is a seventh grader this year. Can we just talk about how crazy that is? I don’t know about ya’ll, but 7th grade aka junior high is sort of the beginning of the…

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We Have Windows! And Siding! And Exclamation Points! 

House update: all the windows but the huge wall of windows we are having made for the livingroom are in: And the siding is going on as well. Here is a never before seen shot of the back: Construction sites sure get messy but it’s a glorious kind of messy-…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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What I Wore Wedneaday #16

What I Wore Wednesday is a way of keeping us accountable for what we wear each week so that we aren’t sucked into the all too easy trap of yoga pants all day every day. Us stay-at-home mamas are particularly susceptible to this trap. They are just. So. Comfy! I’ve…