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Driving up the Coast on HWY 101

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Like I mentioned on my first vacation post, I will still love you to pieces if you don't want to hear about our trip. But if you have ever wanted to drive up the 101 along the coast, then you may want to read on to see what I thought was worth the time and what to miss.  Here are the highlights from the trip. I took over 3,000 photos and we stopped at so many places. But here are the main ones. After we spent the last day in San Francisco, we drove to Fort Bragg, CA and stayed in a little hotel there. We woke up early in the morning hoping to go to the tide pools at MacKerricher State Park. We weren't clear on exactly where it was and thought we had gone too far when we really hadn't gone … {READ MORE}

I Left My Heart In San Francisco

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You know in the old TV shows when a person would pull out their slides of their recent trip and was so excited to show them to their dinner guests? They probably only invited them over for dinner for that reason. And then the camera would pan over the the before mentioned dinner guests and they would look less than thrilled? I get it. We went on a trip, I want to share, and you may or may not be jumping for joy at the thought of looking at our pictures. This was our first REAL vacation. So I also get the whole "Oh look what they got to do but we will never get to do" feeling too. I have been on Facebook for over 5 years and have seen ALL my friends post pictures from their vacations while I … {READ MORE}

Behind The Scenes At Pinterest

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Our family was planning a vacation to San Francisco (and then a drive up HWY 101) and since the headquarters of Pinterest is in SF I decided to email Ben himself and see if I could have a tour. You know, just email the founder of Pinterest and ask a huge favor. No biggie :) I figured "What the heck?" The worst case scenario would be I don't hear back from him. And since everyone in the world has access to his email, I knew that chances were SLIM. Guess what? He emailed back within a couple of hours! I met him back in January and he is the nicest guy ever. He said he wouldn't be around but that Enid Hwang could give me a tour. When Enid emailed me I was a little nervous to tell her that I … {READ MORE}

Helping Others Can Sometimes Save Ourselves

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There are a lot of reasons I love blogging. And there are many ways that blogging has changed my life. But there are two reasons blogging has, in a way, saved my life. I struggled this last year. I touched on it briefly in another post, but I had a very hard time especially this past winter. My side of the family had some huge challenges on top of my usual struggle with the winter time and some financial issues made for a bad combination. If it were not for my sweet 4 year old at home, and my sweet blog readers, I probably would not have got out of bed most days. I gained weight, had no motivation to do anything, and had a hard time looking past my own situation. When Tauni asked if I … {READ MORE}

More Or Less {American Dream Builders} Finale!

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I watched the finale and since I just got back from staying in a beach house with my family, this was the perfect episode. I loved it. It was two hours long this week but it felt like only one. I was so into it and had so much fun seeing all the designers back in action. I have been secretly rooting for Lukas the whole time so I was happy he won the title of American Dream Builder. I was actually able to see the pictures of the beach houses a couple of weeks ago. Since I left for our first real vacation and was going to be gone for about 10 days, NBC was nice enough to send me the images early. So I knew it was between Jay and Lukas a couple weeks early. When I saw the images, the … {READ MORE}

Controling Weeds In Your Garden

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I love to garden! It is like therapy for me. But I know not all people love it or want to have a garden. In talking with people and reading different articles, I think the two main reasons are #1 They don't have enough space for one and #2 they don't want to deal with weeds. Today I want to talk about ways to control the weeds in your garden so you can enjoy gardening even more. Weed Cloth Or Mulch For the first few years we lived here I used weed cloth to control the weeds in my vegetable garden. I started out using the black cloth that is a little more plastic like. I used metal U shaped stakes to keep the cloth in place. I reused the back cloth the next year to try to save money, but … {READ MORE}

Show Me What Ya Got #165

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Hello! I am looking forward to another chance to see what you have been up to. I will not be able to look at your projects for a bit though. If you follow me on istagram then you already know what is taking up my time lately :) But I will eventually peek at them and pin some that stand out to me. Here are my posts from the past week in case you missed any of them. Dining Room REVEAL! How To Refinish A Table More Or Less {American Dream Builders} Episode #9   Remember: *No Etsy shops, things for sale, or giveaways *Link back to me somehow *Link up your own work *Visit other links and share the love   Home Decor Food Crafts & … {READ MORE}

More Or Less {American Dream Builders} Episode #9

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Wow. I have to admit that while I liked some of the spaces, this was not my favorite house from the show. I got to see pictures of the backyard area and was totally underwhelmed. Maybe that is why it didn't make the show. And can we chat About that red room? Oh my. I love red but there is red, and then there is RED. What did you think?   I picked the guest room. It was neutral and soothing and I like the gold mixed with silver. It wasn't over styled. It was perfect. The simplicity also makes it an easy room to recreate. Here are the items I found! The Pillows I like the gold pillows on the bed. I like how they matched, but also didn't. I found several options. The … {READ MORE}

Updated Dining Room

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If you have been following along for a bit, then you know that I admitted to never being truly happy with our dining space. After tweaking it over and over I still wasn't in love. I have made some easy changes over the past couple of months (I was slowed down by birthday parties, speaking gigs, a conference, and a business trip) and I think it is safe to say that I now ADORE this space! Here is a reminder of how it looked before.... one of the befores :) And don't worry, the reclaimed wood corner unit found a new home and I will share that later. The ceiling is still one of my favorite projects I have ever done. I have a tutorial for it too! If you follow me on instagram then you have … {READ MORE}

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