The Post That Never Ends & A Photo Contest


I almost have nothing to say.  I even considered making this post pictures only, but it’s against my nature.  So here’s the basic weekend recap and the Summer Series photo contest. Saturday night we went to a ballgame, complete with salty/buttery popcorn and bleachers that give bottom aches. Nothing says America like baseball, except for hot dogs, apple pie, moonshine, hillbilly music, hot rods, drive-ins,

In Lieu of Red, White, and Blue


Will you feel terrible if I don’t write a sappy 4th of July post? You can read this one from last year or this one from the year before if you really need a booster shot of patriotism.  I do apologize to my all-American readers.  In fact, I’ll probably write a recap later in the week, complete with the obligatory picture of fireworks. Right now

Good Enough for Grandma

We are never satisfied. I’m not talking about our children, we expect them to continue wanting until they reach maturity.  I am talking about us – women.  Maybe social climates are the same for men.  I’m not sure.  I can only speak from experience and observation. Mothers are competing with their sixteen year-old daughters to be relevent, look youthful, and wear skinny jeans.  Why are

Split Personality


We are on the cusp of winter.  I am certain, because we had snow flurries yesterday.  My kids act like Snoopy when the first snow falls, dancing around with their open mouths upturned toward the gray sky. A celebration of winter. Winter brings inventory time.  I yell to my kids and ask what they need systematically go through my children’s wardrobes in an effort to

In The Mood For Fall


Today I thought I would share this photo to help get you in the mood for fall, and we all know nothing says fall like orange pumpkin cheeks! Go visit week #3 of the Fall Festival over at This Blessed Nest for more great fall posts. I also want to say thank you to all those who shared my post, Parenting 2010 Style.  I had

Fall Festival…In My Living Room?


Every Wednesday in September This Blessed Nest is hosting a Fall Festival.  Today I decided to participate, because I love fall.  I am also linking to the 3rd. Annual Fall Nesting Party over at The Inspired Room.  Never thought I would be saying this, but I am almost looking forward to summer leaving.  Yes, me, the person who waited all year for summer is glad

The Day Christmas August?

Beautiful Patchwork Quilt

You know how we tell our children that Christmas isn’t all about the presents?  Well, Friday was all about the presents for me.  It was the day I thought Christmas had come in August. With a thud heard around the house, the mailman dropped a great big box on my doorstep.  Both FringeKid and I dropped what we were doing and scrambled for the door. 

Yard Sale Snags


I am about to disappoint every single one of you, because you want to hear about how I am spending my $1,000 miracle money.  Unfortunately, I’m making you wait another day.  It’s nothing grand anyway; however, it requires explanation and I’m in a crunch for time. Besides, I haven’t been yardsaling in FOREVER.  It’s bad when two dollars is too much!  This weekend I broke

Decorating With Kid Art


I keep waiting for one of the big style blogs to do a post on Decorating With Dust, because I seem to have mastered this art form; however, I’ll need to wait for dust to become a fad before I get featured.  So instead of dust, I’ll show you how I’ve decorated with some of my children’s art. I’ll warn you in advance that the

Spray Paint Magic

Before - Ugly Brass Lamp

On this Monday morning, I feel the need to impart great wisdom. Never spray paint while wearing new glasses. That was my great nugget of wisdom. I know, I’m deep on Mondays, but this is good advice.  I generally reserve my old pair of glasses for spray painting, because without them, I risk leaving unpainted splotches or worse, hitting my neighbors new blue truck with

My Living Room’s New Look

Painted Wood Floors - Benjamin Moore Floor Paint

I am only showing you my living room, because I know you have imaginations and you can forgive the imperfections.  Sadly these photos stink.  One day I’ll learn how to take great pictures, but right now I’m too busy painting and doing laundry.  Since I’m not getting featured in a ‘Home’ magazine, these pictures will have to be good enough. In my mind I’m formulating

Freaky House Photo Friday – the evolution of my living room

Living Room As Purchased

This post has been edited to take part in Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and After and My Frugal Family.  Go visit HERE and HERE. When I learned that Julia from Hooked on Houses was hosting a Freaky House Photo Friday, I knew I found my destiny.  Finally an opportunity for the un-styled and ugly to shine!  We all have our place in this world and