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You guys, I have never had such a hard time hitting "publish" on a post. I NEVER thought in a million years that I would be posting pictures of me in a sports bra on my blog. GAH! But I want to share my journey so far. All of it. Even the ugly parts and failures. I didn't grow up struggling with my weight. I was always curvy, but never overweight. It was a time when girls with no hips and no boobs were splattered all over the covers of magazines and I thought I wanted a boy figure too. I did the best I could to hide my chest. You can read about why I never danced in my post from a couple years ago and how I got over it. It wasn't until I had my third child that the weight didn't really … {READ MORE}

Styled X3 {Hanging Air Plant}

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I have really enjoyed hosting this new series! I love picking out an item I think the other bloggers would like and then seeing what they do with it in their homes. This month we have Liz from Love Grows Wild and Jen from I Heart Organizing!   This month I picked an air plant in a glass globe. You can either hang it or, since the globe has a flat bottom, place it on a surface. I LOVE a hanging planter so I chose to hang mine! Since my house is currently torn apart due to repainting, I have a bunch of displaced plants who are waiting for their shelves to be hung so they have a home. I put them on my mantel for now. It seemed like a good place to add my air plant as … {READ MORE}

April Linky Party!

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It feels like forever since I was able to browse through your projects! I am excited to see what you have been up to. I have been super busy with deep cleaning, painting, and gearing up for a garage sale. My house is all torn apart. I am starting to wonder if repainting the whole upstairs was a hair on the crazy side. Hopefully I will have a ton to reveal soon. Right now it just feels like I am busy with not much to show for it. Here is what I did manage to blog about this past month :) Now it's your turn to share! Home Decor Food Crafts & Sewing Cleaning & Organization … {READ MORE}

Love Your Home

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My sweet friend Melissa Michaels from The Inspired Room wrote the most amazing book on one of my favorite topics....loving your home.     If you have ever met Melissa then you know how completely genuine and passionate she is about what she does. That shines through in her book :)   In the back of her book she gives you 31 days of challenges to help you love your home. They are super simple. I chose this one for today's post: "Every room will feel so much better with a touch of life - plants or flowers or other organic elements such as fruits, vegetable, or branches. What organic elements do you have in your home? You can cut branches from your yard, … {READ MORE}

Refreshing My Bedroom For Spring!

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I happily teamed up with the National Sleep Foundation to bring you this post.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED I let my bedroom go. I let it turn into the dumping ground. I let it get dusty and cluttered. I kept using the excuse "When we finish the basement and can move our bedroom over there, THEN I will redecorate and take care of the mess." But guess what? Two years after deciding to make our master suite in the unfinished part of the basement, we are not any closer to actually doing it. The money just hasn't been there.  And it was high time I stopped waiting. Maybe your excuse is "When we move somewhere bigger." Or maybe it is "When we are no longer renting." Whatever your excuse is, how … {READ MORE}

What I’m Crushing On {Turkish Kilim Rugs}

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I love color. And I love pattern. Those two things got married and had a Turkish Kilim rug baby.  I wish I had several in my house. They are my latest obsession. They can be expensive however. And they are one of those things, like a card catalog, that you have to hunt for and be patient for the perfect one at a good price. And since a lot of them come from over seas, you also have to make sure you are buying from a reputable seller and are aware of possible fees. But man, oh man! They are gorgeous!       This is one I have seriously considered (as in I  put it in my cart twice). (Kilim.com)     One of my favorite things about these rugs … {READ MORE}

5 Tips to Help You Drink More Water

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One of the things I have struggled with forever is drinking enough water. Water is the only thing I drink really so you would think it would be easy, but it's not. I forget to drink throughout the day and then I am super thirsty at night. I need to not only drink more, but all throughout the day. Not drinking enough water has been linked to all sorts of health issues including dehydration, kidney problems, achy joints, exhaustion, dry & aged skin, constipation, and stomach problems. Here are some of the things I have done to help myself drink more water. And if you have any tips that have worked for you, let me know in the comments! I need all the help I can get … {READ MORE}

Adding Interest to Your Ceilings {Design Chat}

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Hi, everyone! It's Shane and I’m back for another installment of Design Chat! In our last discussion we talked about the basics of adding architectural interest to our homes. Since then I have been taking some time to really consider what this next discussion needed to be about, and I decided that the best way to go about it is from the top-down. Today I would like to discuss ways we can add architectural elements and interest to our homes with our ceilings. There are many decisions that are made in the design of a home before it is ever built, but when it comes time to decorate or change the style and feel of each room, one of the least considered changes ends up being the ceiling. There … {READ MORE}

Solving a Major Problem in My Laundry Room {Giveaway}

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I have shown you a lot of pictures of my laundry room over the past year. They have all been the pretty angles. I still have quite a ways to go before I would consider this room done.   There is one side of the room that I haven't shown you not only because it is hard to photograph but also because it is UGLY and unfinished. It wasn't just the way it looked that posed a problem though...     Here is a picture I took (before we added the wall between the bathroom and the laundry room) that shows the furnace and the water heater. Yes, it is unsightly, but no one really goes down into my laundry room so the sight of it alone was not a huge problem. Dust … {READ MORE}

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