Easy DIY Decorating Ideas Using Ribbon


After being away last week, a weekend trip to see our oldest daughter, and heading into NYC for an event today - my mind is still in August vacation mode. Instead of a new project today,  I rounded up some easy decorating ideas using ribbon that I have posted about since I started my blog. I love ribbon. It is not only pretty and festive... it is cheery, colorful, and affordable. You can do so much more with it than wrap a package or tie in your hair... ...plus...No sewing involved! Embellish a newly painted piece of furniture with a color coordinated ribbon.  For this stool, I … [Read More...]

Vacationing With My Sibs in OCNJ


Happy Friday! I hope you had a good week. I have been having a very good one. This is where I have been hanging out this week with my siblings and their families. Growing up, my family always went to Ocean City, NJ for the month of August. Since our mom and dad have passed away,… 

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Behind Closed Doors: Organizing Ideas


Here on the blog, I usually show you the parts of my home that are in full view for all to see.  Today I thought it would be fun to show you a few things that are behind closed doors.  They are in the areas that I see on a daily basis that keep me… 

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Party Cooler Basket


It’s August…  August 7th to be exact. Summer has flown by, but we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy. One of my favorite things about this time of year is that we can dine alfresco – even in the heat of August it is still possible.  We just have to wait until early… 

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Dream Vision of My Fitness Room


The hard work is done!  When you DIY to get things done, hard work is part of the job, but on the flip side – when you start to see the results of your labor – you do a happy dance.  Which is what I did this weekend. Ed helped me pull up the nails,… 

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Free Printable Gift Tag for Girls


Have you noticed? Noticed that over the past year there is a baby boom going on.  Everywhere I look, I see that someone is pregnant.  At Target, blogging events, the supermarket, and down at the shore.  I have 6  friends that have had babies in the past year. Almost all of them girls. I recently… 

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Progress…but slow going


I have an update to show you. I am going to spill the beans early and not wait for a final reveal post. Don’t get too excited though, the room is still a mess, this is not a pretty post – but my vision for it is becoming clear. I know I kept you hanging… 

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Instagram Photos in My Bedroom


I started updating my bedroom earlier this summer – no major changes – just some tweaks to freshen the vibe a little and make it more open and airy.  I showed you how I took down the bed hanging, bought a new quilt, and updated the shiny brass lamps so far.  I usually do room makeovers… 

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How I Am Beating Sugar Addiction


I was going to wait to post about how I am beating my addiction to sugar after I marked 3 months without one sugar craving, but since posting a snippet about it a few weeks ago, I have been flooded with emails and comments asking for more details. I figured since it has been 11… 

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How to Cut Hydrangeas So They Won’t Wilt


I know it has been a little quiet around here the past week, but I am trying to take some time off to relax and enjoy the summer.  I just got back from a mini vacation down at the southern Jersey shore.  It was hard leaving my favorite place and all the wonderful salt air… 

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Transformation: Update Brass Lamps


Last week I was a speaker at 2 sessions at the Haven conference in Atlanta. I spoke with two other bloggers, Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl and Mandy from Vintage Revivals.  Before each session we each told a little bit about ourselves and a description of our blog and style. I said that I am… 

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Currently Indulging… with Pretty Bed Pillows


Happy Monday… Last night, I got back from 3 jam-packed days of fun and learning at the Haven blog conference in Atlanta.  I had a good time, but my mind is on overload. It was non-stop – sessions, learning, meeting hundreds of bloggers, catching up with friends and… parties! You also come home with tons… 

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5 Things

Identical Twins

I am headed off to the Haven blog conference in Atlanta today. I have been busy preparing for a session at which I will be speaking and have gotten a little behind in getting a post photographed for today.  Instead of posting a project on the blog while I am away, I thought it would… 

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Whip It Up in Mason Jars


My youngest daughter came home this weekend to celebrate the 4th with Ed and me.  To make her feel special on her arrival, I had a little surprise ready for her when she walked in the door that involved Mason jars. The iconic Mason Jar…  we all know and love them.  Just take a look… 

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My 4th of July Decorations


I am starting the July 4th weekend today and before I sign off for the weekend, I thought I would share some red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations with you to wish you a happy 4th. Family is coming and I have lots to prepare. Instead of flying our usual American flag this… 

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Fresh: Favorite White Paint Colors


I have been up to lots of painting the past few days. Rolling and brushing on lots of white paint. First priming with white to block the bright green paint color on the walls in my daughter’s bedroom that I am transforming. While I am busy at work trying to make progress in this room, I… 

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Demolition + Paint Colors


Happy Friday… I have been busy this past week doing some demolition and thought I would show you my progress. This was my oldest daughter’s room.  Last week I told you I had planned to make it an office for Ed, but he would rather stay downstairs, so I came up with an even better… 

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