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Kitchen Makeover Plans! {He Said She Said}

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We are gearing up for the kitchen makeover! I am almost done with the dining room area and then I will move all the things in the kitchen over to the dining room so I can retexture and paint the kitchen. It is a slow process since we still need to use both areas while they are being painted. And throw in two birthdays, a baptism, school stuff, church stuff, sickness, and family events and well, it is a miracle it is even getting done at all! Shane and I had a few different opinions as far as what all to change in the kitchen. We have most of them worked out. There is one that we are still divided on. Watch the video to see what we plan to do to the kitchen and what style element we still … {READ MORE}

What I’m Crushing On {Wood Chandeliers}


Here is another new series I have started! And I am so excited to share it with you for the first time today. Normally I just pin the things I am crushing on and leave it at that. But now I will be sharing the things here that have recently caught my eye.   It is no secret that I love the beautiful look of wood grain. And my favorite wood looks are natural, walnut, and aged reclaimed wood. I have been seeing wood chandeliers in these tones lately and I am seriously considering one for my dining room. The range from modern, to simple, to elaborate, to rustic. I am having a hard time picking my favorite from these choices!     This modern one is so fun! It … {READ MORE}

Spicy Garlic Lime Shrimp & Pasta

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I'm not sure about you, but when I am in one of my "I'm going to eat healthier" kicks, the main reason I stop being really good about it is that I run out of healthy dinner options. The five healthy "got to" dinners get old real quick. But I am determined to stay on the right track this time....for good! So I am branching out and finding some really good, really healthy meals. I got this recipe out of the Lean and Green cook book from Medifast. As you know, Shane and I are trying out their products as part of their ambassador program. It is going really well so far! We have both lost a significant amount of weight. We don't have a scale at home and I haven't been to the gym in a week … {READ MORE}

Reclaimed Wood Desk

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I did a segment on our local lifestyle show, Studio 5, all about hairpin legs. I already had planned on making a desk using hairpin legs for my sons' room when I move them into a different bedroom so I made the reclaimed wood desk a little early so I could use it on the show. I love mid century modern furniture! But since I live in a very traditional cottage style home, I can't have every single piece of furniture in my home be MCM. Hairpin legs are a great way to add a touch of mid century modern to any style of home. Add them to side tables, chairs, coffee tables, TV stands, entry tables, and benches! Did you find a table at a thrift store with a broken leg? No problem! Do you have a … {READ MORE}

Adding Architectural Interest To Your Home {Part 1}

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Welcome to Shane's first Design Chat post! I am so excited to turn the reins over to him today :) Hi, everyone! I am so excited to be able to talk to you about the possibilities of your home and how you can make it more about you and/or your family’s lifestyles while keeping true to to your home's architecture. To try and find some basis and direction for my posts, I would like to break up this very broad subject into parts, or else this could feel like one of the longest run-on sentences you have ever experienced. I would rather not bore you all to death with my love and passion for the subject, so I will give you small drinks that you can try to digest instead of turning on the … {READ MORE}

Styled X3 {Geometric Hanging Vase}

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I have been anxiously awaiting today! This is the first installment of one of my new series called Styled X3. I asked a couple of my favorite bloggers to be the first to participate and was thrilled when they said they would. So after you check out how I styled this month's accessory, head over to Michael's blog, Inspired By Charm, and then go see what Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs did with hers.     THE CHALLENGE: Three bloggers take the same object and use it in each of their homes. This month I chose the decorative pyramid from the Nate Berkus collection at Target. I sent one to Michael and one to Sarah a few weeks ago and I have been excited to see what they … {READ MORE}

Healthy Treats and Desserts

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When you think of Valentine's Day you may think of red, pink, or hearts. I think of chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Since Shane and I are making a big effort to make better choices when it comes to eating, I thought it would be a good idea to gather a bunch of ideas for snacks and desserts so that when the cravings for something sweet hits, we have options. Healthier options than an entire bag of Swedish Fish or an entire half gallon of ice cream (because we did that....on more than one occasion). I asked a some other bloggers what are their go to healthy treats were and Carissa from Creative Green Living suggested a fruit and yogurt parfait. You can see her full post for how she … {READ MORE}

Dream Bathroom {He Said She Said}

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We've all done it. We have searched through pinterest for the dreamiest bathrooms. We have drooled over the ones with floor to ceiling tile, fancy faucets, and a sitting area bigger than our actual bathroom. We have coveted those chandeliers, clawfoot tubs, and the endless storage. If money were not an issue, what would be in your dream bathroom?     Shane and I discussed what we thought were ideal bathroom features and made a list. I am sure there are plenty of others. As you already know, I tore apart our tile near our tub due to some corrosion and water issues. That was nearly 3 years ago. And recently I decided to take down the beadboard. Since now we kind … {READ MORE}

New Series Coming Soon!

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I have shocked myself by going and getting all (ok a tiny bit) organized! I actually have a blog calendar for the next 3 months planned out. Now sticking to the plan is a whole other ball game. But for now I will look at my newly filled out calendar and pat myself on the back. I have planned a few new series and an old one will get an update. The plan is to post a new weekly series every Wednesday. Here they are!!! The first Wednesday of the month will be a new and improved version of "He Said She Said". I got a new camera with video capabilities (no more crappy old iphone!) and I ordered a new microphone so hopefully the sound and picture quality will be better. Instead of random … {READ MORE}


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