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Crickets, White Walls, and Dirt

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It has been crickets around here lately. I haven't posted in a week and a half. I wasn't really planning on taking a break, but when my kids have their last week of school and things got nuts with concerts, class parties, preschool graduation, etc. I just didn't have a ton of time or energy left over. And when they got out of school for the year all I wanted to do was play with them and eat snow cones :) But I haven't been completely lazy. I got my family room painted bright white and added some shelves. I am in the process of putting it all back together. So that means a room reveal is coming up! Be prepared for some mediocre iphone pics....     Utah decided to … {READ MORE}

Easy Crème Brûlée

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Crème Brûlée is probably my all time favorite dessert. In fact, when we first moved here to Utah, Shane's first firm he worked for would have their company Christmas party at Deer Valley Ski Resort every year. We would have a private dining room with tables full of the best food. I would head straight to the dessert table and grab five vanilla bean Crème Brûlées. I probably should have been embarrassed. But I didn't care. It was the one time a year I got to eat it and I am totally a dessert first kinda girl anyway. If you had tasted it, you would have eaten ten. So really, I had quite a bit of self restraint when you think about it. I haven't had it in soooo long. While we were in New … {READ MORE}

Rainbow Garden

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In the past I have not shared my gardening time with anyone. It was my therapy. Weeding was my "me" time at the end of the day. And I was so paranoid about my kids "messing" things up. A couple of years ago I let my boys have a section of the garden. We planted things that grow a color that is not traditional, like blue potatoes. We also planted rainbow mix carrots, rainbow lettuce, purple and yellow string beans, and yellow and purple tomatoes. I was going to plant black radishes but when the seeds came that I ordered they were red. But that is okay :)   The next year, we made garden markers for them. The kids had so much fun making them! I cut some pieces of wood with my … {READ MORE}

Can Your Wall Be More Than Just a Wall? {Design Chat}

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Hi, everyone! It’s me again! I would like to pick up from our last discussion about adding architectural interest to your ceiling, and now move down to the walls. Like your ceiling, the walls have great potential to be more than just something that holds up the roof, or separates one space from another. In designing and decorating rooms, the walls and the floors seem to be the main things that people focus on. Typically people’s idea of design and decorating could just include slapping on a coat of paint and setting some pictures in a creative way. And many times that is all that is needed to give a room some life.   What if there was a way to redefine what your walls do? … {READ MORE}

Grilled Kabobs

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Confession.... I felt off the healthy wagon while in New Orleans. Shane and I went there for a service project with Home Depot (more on that later!) and we did a pretty good job for the first two meals but them when we ate out for dinner all four nights. We wanted to experience the authentic food in all its deep fat fried, cheesy glory. And it was fantastic! And in keeping with the full disclosure, I have not been very good since coming home. I have been stress eating. Swedish Fish to be exact. When you go on vacation, there are no magical fairies getting your work done while you are gone. It piles up. Weird, I know. But I vow to do better starting with these kabobs I grilled for … {READ MORE}

Wall Mounted Planter {Styled X3}

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I look forward to this post all month every month. I LOVE sending fun things to my blogging friends. It is like Christmas morning when I get to click over and see what they did with them in their homes. They always knock it out of the park and this time is no exception. I teamed up with Amy from The Idea Room and Desiree from The 36th Avenue. They are two of my most favorite people because they are both genuine, kind people who put their faith and their families first. They also happen to be ridiculously talented. This month I ordered us a hanging vase/planter. I loved the shape and the fact that is had a flat bottom so you didn't necessarily have to hang it if you didn't want … {READ MORE}

Almond Joy Popcorn and an Outdoor Movie!

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As kids we used to run an extension cord outside and take a small TV/VCR combo out to watch movies in the backyard. I thought now that I am an adult and have a house of my own, that I could do a little better than that. So we got a projector screen to go with the projector we got a few years ago. I also ordered some bench cushions because I had a vision for some cute DIY seats.     I wanted these to be as simple as possible in case I ended up making a ton of them. I cut plywood that I had on hand into 24 inch by 18 inch pieces. The cushions were about 17 inches wide so that is why I made them a tiny bit bigger.  For every seat you want, cut two boards. The I primed them … {READ MORE}

Upstairs Renovation Progress


*Sigh* I wish I had some reveals to share with you. I started repainting (and in some cases retexturing) all the rooms in my upstairs a couple of months ago and not one room is 100% done.  But I'll share a bit about what I have been doing, including an epic fail. There are a ton of reasons, like for example, my body has this weird obsession with needing sleep. It's the end of a school year and that translates into field trips, programs, recitals, etc. I traveled to a blog conference, and things keep breaking (dishwasher, toilet, car). But when it all boils down to it, the main reason I am so slow to get things done is there is just ONE me. In a perfect world, I would have a team. I … {READ MORE}

Lemonade Drink Table

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I started to think it wouldn't happen, and let's be honest, we're still not in the clear. It is Utah afterall. But the snow is gone and the grass has started to green up. It is time to pull out the grill and invite some friends over! Warmer weather is screams backyard party! I was asked by Better Homes and Gardens (BHG at Walmart) to share an outdoor entertaining idea with you. Our family loves lemonade. Sometimes we use the powder mix and but most of the time we juice real lemons. But there is one thing we all don't agree on, and that is the perfect kind of lemonade. My husband loves strawberry, my sons love raspberry, and I like it plain and on the sour side. Although lately I like it … {READ MORE}


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