Friday, April 18, 2014

Insta-Good Life!

Thought I'd share a few Instagram pics I've posted lately. You can follow me at the link above my profile picture in the sidebar. 

1. Mr. Harrison's getting ready for Easter Sunday! He was such a good boy!

2. Miss Lyla shoe shopping at Target with Mommy...and not one cute pair fit her chubby foot! 

3. Sporting his new Converse high-tops at the park. I'm pretty sure he was probably pointing at a duck and quacking. Oh - and when you're 19 months old I'm definitely sure it's ok to wear your monkey PJ's to the park. :) 

4. Practicing brushing holding their toothbrush while laying down. Hey, there's a new way to try everything, right?

5. Yours truly last Sunday when the wind was out of control. Come to think of it, the wind is pretty much always out of control here in the Spring. UGH. 

6. Harrison's idea of putting his toys away. 

7. Lyla's learning to take selfie's. Wish she'd warn me first. 

8. Isn't he a cutie?

9. Dipping her cheese in butter. Blech. 

I hope you are all having a lovely Friday, especially on this Good Friday. Take some time to remember that Easter is about much more than eggs, candy and bunnies. 

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
 (Isaiah 53:5)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

I'll Have a Blue Monday

Time for another Blue Monday! Here's what I've found to be beautiful this week!

Love this unique display from Better Homes and Gardens.

This bedroom (also from BHG) is simply gorgeous. I love everything about it!

This living space is so cozy and I'm loving that aqua sofa and lamps.
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Check out this work space. Looks like a good place for some inspiration, huh? :)
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That's it for today! I hope you're all having a wonderful Monday!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

I'll Have a Blue Monday

So, I thought I might start a new series on the blog; one that focuses on my favorite color: blue. I'll find everything I think is pretty on the www and post it here for your inspiration. Nice of me, huh? :) 
Blue, more particularly aqua, turquoise, teal, etc., has long been my favorite color{s}. I love to put it in my decor...and I also love to wear it. Here's what I'm loving this week. 

Spring is in the air and who doesn't love some beautiful fresh flowers? Peonies are one of my favorite flowers, especially in this pale aqua jar.

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This cute side chair would be a great accent in any room!

Find it here.

How about this wallpaper? 

Last I'll show you the powder room from one of my favorite bloggers, Clarita Yoder. Check out her blog here. You won't be disappointed! 

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

One Kings Lane / Mixing Vintage with New

I was thrilled when I got an email from the mega online store One Kings Lane, asking if I would write a post about how I mix vintage decor in with my new things. For those who are unfamiliar with One Kings Lane, they are a website that has flash sales that change daily. I discovered them a while ago and think they have some incredible stuff. If you've never drooled over their website, you should take a few minutes to do that (after you finish reading my post, of course!). They have an awesome new Home Decor Resource Guide that explains the different periods of decor style and furnishings. If you've ever wondered what category your decorating style falls into, you'll most likely find it here. You can also get tips and tricks for decorating particular rooms and using your space to the best of its ability. 

I have always thought that there's no particular rules in my decorating. I know what I like and sometimes they are completely opposite things. I like vintage. I like new. So I mix the two. 

We bought our home 3 years ago and since then, have remodeled most of it. I think I am finally coming into the style that reflects me most, even though it's taken changing things a lot (especially lamps. Don't get my hubby started on how often I change lamps). :) If I described my style, I think it would be eclectic and quirky. My husband says I'm quirky. Which doesn't bother me at all. I'll take quirky. 

A few things I consider for mixing vintage (or looks-like-vintage) with new would be: 

~ Mix "fun" (not just new) with the old to avoid having a stuffy or "grandma-ish" room (unless your grandma has really great style, and then that's ok). :)  I think this rug adds a "fun" element to our room. When we were rug shopping, Hubby said this rug was "quirky". Decision was made. Our vintage chandelier (original to the house) and our vintage-looking leather recliners and coffee table are balanced out with the more modern yellow couch and rug.

~Mix patterns. As you can see, I have stripes, flowers and solids in the room.

~A small dose of vintage goes a long way. We recently added that pretty little vintage lingerie chest you see to the side of the couch. It's great for DVD and CD storage (and to keep remotes out of the twins hands!).

~Accessorize with both old and new. The wreath above the lingerie chest is made from vintage sheet music. I've mixed in vintage and new books to decorate as well.

~ Mix in some modern art. I had this canvas made recently of one of our family Christmas photos, and I think it keeps things new.

Throw in a little fun with some popular subway art.

Like I said, there's no particular rules in decorating, as long as you live with a things that reflect who you are and what you love. It's all about balance.

Don't forget to check out One Kings Lane. I'd like to hear from you if you find something great! I couldn't resist this pillow:

til the next time,
the girl who is pondering a new lamp..... :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bathroom Redo

I can't believe I haven't posted pictures of our bathroom since we finished it (ahem), nearly 2 years ago while I was prego!!! The room has seemed to be lacking something, but I can't put my finger on it, so I guess that's why I never posted (besides the fact that I was pregnant, sick, on bed rest, and then was a new mom to twins). :) I haven't thought about it since then until recently. I know a lot of friends have already seen the bathroom in person, but I wanted to document it on the ole blog as part of our renovation, and for my blog followers. 

First, I'll refresh your memory with some very poor quality BEFORE pics. I wish I would have had my wide angle lens when we bought the house and I was taking all the pictures, but this will have to do. :)
I got really excited the day we got the keys to the house and immediately began tearing down wallpaper in this room, so you can see where I did that before I took any pics. When I started tearing it down, we realized this room was not sheet rocked, so we had to hold off until there was time for getting it done. We lived for a year using this room as is in these pictures. The floor was actually very clean when we bought the house, but after sanding the hardwoods in the hallway, it was stained and pretty impossible to clean. 

Call me crazy, but I think the original toilet and sink is cool. But the sink was just too short and the toilet ran FOREVER every time it was flushed. 

We left the tub as is, except it got a good scrubbing with baking soda and Lysol. We decided not to refinish it since I was pregnant and the fumes would have been very strong. We also bought a vintage claw foot tub to go in here, but decided to save it for the master bath we intend to add on. Ironically, the tub matches the paint color we chose, so it's all good. :)

We took this heater out and made a small cabinet on this wall for much needed extra storage. 

Drum roll......

Now for the HUGE change....


I have to brag on my hubby. He did all of this himself. He's definitely a keeper. Ha! :)

You can see the art on the opposite wall in the mirror. Don't hate me, but I think I'm already wanting something different. I'm done with the Paris thing, and I want something more modern to mix with the old look. The shower curtain drives me nuts, too. For some reason, it always has dirty spots on the black part that I'm forever cleaning off. But, in my defense, I've used this stuff for 2 years already! :)

My favorite thing in here is the lighting. We got all the chandeliers in here from Pottery Barn. They are beautiful but a PAIN to clean. A PAIN!!! I just broke a glass piece this week cleaning them. Thankfully, they came with a lot of extras. 

Well, what do you think? An improvement, huh?

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Til the next time,

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Old Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

Well, it's snowing as I write and very cold. For me, the cold calls for comfort food. One of my favs is chicken and dumplings. I've had a few people ask me for my recipe lately, so thought I'd share here. My mom taught me to make them and now, I don't remember if this is exactly what she does or if it's my "tweaked" version. I tend to tweak everything! It's not hard to make and surely not fancy, but boy is it yummy! 

You'll need:

Chicken (I usually use 3 chicken breasts or 6 chicken legs - depending on whether I want white or dark meat - for 2 adults and 2 babies)
Biscuits (canned or homemade - If I'm doing canned, it's normally 2 or 3 cans) 

First, boil your cut up chicken in water. When the chicken is cooked, I normally dump some of the water, and leave enough for flavor and to cover the chicken. Next, I add milk. I don't use any measurements, it's all just kinda guess as you go. :) Add salt and pepper (I like a lot) and let it come to a boil, watching and stirring as needed so it doesn't stick and burn. When it boils, add your biscuits. Let the biscuits cook. They will puff up at first, and then shrink down when they are done. After you know your biscuits are done, you may want to season some more to taste. That's pretty much it! You may want more or less water and/or milk depending on how juicy you want your dumplings. Hubby likes them thick, so I don't use as much milk as I used to. 

 Here's a horrible phone pic of the last pot I made a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, that time when one can of biscuits exploded in my face and was in my hair, my scarf, on my clothes, all over the kitchen walls and floor, clear across the room. Yeah, that time. :)

til the next time, 
the girl that's wondering what's for dinner tonight

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Snap Happy - The Dunn's Family Session

A couple of weeks ago, I did a family photo session for some friends. The Dunn's are the Pastoral Assistant's at the church I attend. This is one of the easiest shoots I've done in a while, and that's saying a lot considering there were small children involved. Kids are not always the easiest subjects. 

Here's a few of my favorites:

til the next time,