When my husband brought home this coffee table from the thrift store last year, I'll be honest--I didn't see the vision for it. It actually happens to us fairly frequently! He texts me with a picture at Restore and I see the scrapes and chipping paint. But I'm so glad he did. This is now one of my favorite pieces in our living room! Its unique and gives us a lot of storage for tv remotes, plus I get to display some of my favorite vintage things under glass (away from 7 year old fingers!)Read More
I recently came across an article by Parents about vacations and their long-lasting impact on families. According to the article can impact their brain development (new sights, sounds, environments) and acts as "happiness anchors."
My husband and I both work hard from home. We don't take weeks of vacations each year. But more and more we are seeing the importance of getting away as a family. Its a time for all of us to slow down, laugh more, play games, and try new things. My personal goal for our family is that we find a way to do this once a quarter on long weekends.
It helps that we are past the crazy baby stage (our kids were poor travel-sleepers those first few years!) and we don't need to stuff pack-n-plays and strollers in the back of our car. It also helps that we now live on the East coast and have family in driving distance (for this trip we stayed with my brother who lives in Orlando.)Read More
I'm working on my home office and it is time to pick a new ceiling fan! When we buy something permanent for our home I usually end up over researching. Can you relate? I know I will be looking at it for a LONG time and its an investment.
A few ceiling fan parameters:: we live in North Carolina which means the summers are HOT. So yes--we definitely need a ceiling fan. And it needs to have a light. I don't want a bright-white LED light, so I'm thinking an Edison bulb style ceiling fan might be best. While my husband and I are drawn to modern design, our neighborhood is traditional/classic. So rustic-modern seems like the best way to go!Read More
The entryway in our home is one of my favorite spots. Typically we have library books and papers stacked on our grey cabinet, but I decided to tidy up a little for you before I took pictures!
If you are like me, I find gallery walls a little intimidating. But this mirror gallery wall was easy to design, and with the 5 tips below you can learn to make your own!Read More
Call it homemade chocolate sauce, call it homemade chocolate frosting. Either way--this 5 ingredient recipe is fresh, rich, and much simpler to make than you'd think.
Last weekend was my husband's birthday. I wanted to bake something special, but didn't have time to bake from scratch. So I made cupcakes from a natural cake mix and offered two different frostings to the adults and kids to top themselves.
I whipped up this semisweet chocolate sauce in minutes in one of my cast iron skillets. It was a hit! And leftovers (if you have any!) keep well in the fridge.Read More
This post was written in partnership with Picture Keeper Connect.
If you are anything like me, I take 90% of my daily photos with my phone! I keep my DSLR safe at home for special events. And it can be so frustrating when the lighting doesn't come out right, or there is an unexpected blur. PLUS, I end up storing 3,000 photos on my phone without backing it up. Scary, right?
I'm sharing below 6 tips for working with your camera phone. Everything from data management to telling the story. Be sure to read all the way through--because at the bottom of this post I am giving away a 16gb Picture Keeper Connect, valued at $120!Read More