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So this just happened….

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Once upon a time I wrote a book and it was an all encompassing, crazy, amazing ride that packed a year's worth of projects into a few months. My house was full of extra furniture from photo shoots and tools were strewn everywhere like chachkies. After I made my deadline (two days early!) I thought "I should relax." I tried that. For two days. It was hard. Then I decided that I needed to put the house back together and shove some of the extra furniture I had accumulated into the basement (otherwise known as my future bedroom). I deep cleaned my poor kitchen that had functioned as a florist shop, woodworking shop, potting shed, and art studio. Then I started cleaning my … {READ MORE}

Organizing My Laundry Room {Giveaway!}

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I have an update on the progress of my laundry room. Thanks to BHG at Walmart I was able to get it organized. I have been trying to go from room to room and clean. But this room needed more than just a good cleaning. It needed to function better. When we left last the laundry room I had given it an update and it looked much better than the "unfinished basement" look it had going on before.   It looked nice but I had no system when it came to folding and taking care of laundry. Well, I take that back. I had a system. It went like this.... Take laundry out of the dryer, dump on bed, let it sit there until bedtime, then move it to the floor, let it sit there, and eventually … {READ MORE}

Top 10 Projects {Voting open!}

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Oh.My.Word. It is a good thing I had a clear schedule this weekend because it took so much time to go through and choose the top projects. I never could have done it without the help of the guest judges. And it was so close on on so many of them I had to use Shane as the tiebreaker.  You guys are AMAZING! Here are the top 10 projects. At the end of this post will be a place to vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced on Monday the 19th and they will receive a $250 Home Depot gift card and a Ryobi Power Tools credit of $250!   In no particular order......   #1 Shared Boys' Room (By Katie at View From The Fridge)   #2 Leather Pendant (By … {READ MORE}

Best DIY Project Of The Year Contest!

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 It is time for the {4th Annual} Best DIY Project contest!!!! I look forward to this so much. It is like the linky of all linkies and browsing through the entries is so much fun. You guys amazing me more and more each year.  Today is the day when you can link up your  favorite DIY projects that you completed in 2014.  I will look through them all and with the help of my guest judges, we will narrow them down to the top 10 projects. The top 10 will be announced on January 12th and the voting will open up. Anyone can vote for their favorite project from the 12th until the 18th. The winner will be announced on the January 19th!!!! Just like last year I have enlisted the help of some … {READ MORE}

Top Ten Posts Of The Year

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Can I just say that my mind is blown that we are here. The END of 2014. It has been one heckofa year. This year we went on our first real family vacation. The construction/architecture field has begun to see improvement and Shane was employed the entire year (no layoffs!!!). I became the mother to a teenager and my youngest went to preschool. I traveled a lot for work and got to meet Nate Berkus and film a little show for Better Homes and Gardens. But we had some struggles too. My family had some trials that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. And we are still figuring things out financially after being laid off (on and off) for 4 years. But over all I would have to say it was a good ride. A … {READ MORE}

Favorite Things 2014 edition

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Last year I shared my favorite things I had discovered during the year. I had so much fun doing it that I am doing it again! I have teamed up with some other bloggers who will  be sharing their faves as well. I could have easily listed twenty things or maybe even thirty. It was actually really hard to narrow it down. When I mentioned to Shane that I was writing this post again this year, he said he had some things he wanted to include. This is in no way a sponsored post but I did include a few amazon affiliate links. So here you go! Our top ten finds from 2014 :) Stacy's Picks:   The IKEA RANARP Lamp I loved it the moment I saw it. I had been looking for a wall mounted lamp … {READ MORE}

Basil & Artichoke Lasagna

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I am so excited to have partnered with The Scotts Company to share how you can garden this winter with the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden. The experiences and thoughts are all mine!Real quick..... The winner of the AeroGarden Prize pack is Heather Hayes Panjon!!!   I wanted to give an update on my AeroGarden. If you follow me on Instagram then you already saw my timelapse video showing the first 4 and half weeks of growth. It has been only been one week since then and look at it now!    About 5 1/2 weeks of growth. Pardon the dust..... I have harvested the basil 3 times now! This was the basil from the last couple of times.     I used my harvest to make one of my … {READ MORE}

Christmas Home Tour 2014

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I love visiting virtual home tours and so I think it is fun to occasionally be in one and share my home with you. When Chris asked if I would be in her Christmas home tour again this year I knew it would be the kick in the pants I needed to get the decorating done before Christmas. If you are here from Anna's blog, welcome! Wasn't her home beautiful? This year because my house has turned into a workshop and photography studio for my book I only decorated the family room. I also let the kids take a smaller tree down to their room to decorate. But that is it. It took me three days to just CLEAN up my supplies and stuff in the front room. But I got it done.... just in … {READ MORE}

Decorating For Real Life {Giveaway!}

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My cute friend Wendy, from The Shabby Nest, wrote a book where she featured the homes of some bloggers and designers. Her book is gorgeous and is full of design tips and stunning pictures. I have enjoyed reading it and I am so excited to be giving a copy away today!   Do you recognize this blogger's cottage?   There are a lot of different design styles represented in the book so there are sure to be some things that everyone will love!   And there are tips and tricks to recreating these looks too.   Wendy is already working on her second book. This momma is a busy lady!     Let's make this easy shall we? Just … {READ MORE}

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