a new year’s non-resolution

With the new year upon us, it always seems fitting to come up with a resolution. It happens automatically. Most years, mine is to exercise more and make healthier eating choices (she says while plowing through a bag of kettle corn). This year, I’ve decided not to make any resolutions per se. I prefer to […]

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diy marble contact paper back splash

Our kitchen has been a consistent work in progress. First with painting the cupboards, covering the counters and now, the back splash. I still have daydreams about taking a sledge hammer to the cupboards and starting from scratch, but until that day comes…With much contemplation on what type of budget-friendly back splash to install, I […]

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diy branch clothing rack

With the new year, I often feel compelled to de-clutter, redecorate and start fresh. That is exactly what I was thinking with my dressing room. It’s a small bedroom on our second floor that I was using as an office/art studio, but it had really become a clutter catch-all. So, when my husband suggested I […]

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the unconventional backsplash

Our kitchen has been a constant budget-conscious work in progress since we moved in two and a half years ago. Our three littles make sure that renos will not be a priority for a long time! When we saw our house for the first time, my initial thought about the kitchen was “tired and dated.” […]

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Mama Monday: Be present and play

A few pics of our apple-picking excursion over the weekend. The progression of trying to get a decent pic. It’s honest. It’s us. Scowls, nose-picking, tongue sticking out and all. Outings like this one helps me be more present. Yes, I did get my phone out to do one insta- stories, but that was it. […]

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a quick guide to Himalayan salt crystal lamps

image via I’ve been coveting my salt crystal lamps for years, somewhat knowing the purpose, but just liking the look of it more than anything. I’m not calling myself progressive or anything, considering Himalayan salt crystals have been around for literally millions of years, but these lamps seem to be popping up like little mushrooms. […]

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10 neon signs you need now

by Vanessa Gillis Neon signs have been around forever. Until recently,ย  I have either associated them with fast food joints or questionable establishments with signs like this one ย (which I love, by the way). Well, times have changed and neon signs are one of the hottest trends being used in home decor. There are even […]

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links I love

  Lately I find myself unable to sleep and often have a head full of floating thoughts that need to get out. I usually shut down that part of my brain during the day when I’m with the kids because I’m working so hard to keep the peace, keep my cool and keep everyone accounted […]

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Countertop update on a budget

Since moving into our house, almost three years ago, I’ve been dreaming of knocking out the kitchen cabinets and counters with a sledge hammer and starting from scratch. Unfortunately, that’s not going to be happening for a while, so I’ve slowly been working my way through budget-friendly updates, mostly involving paint and a lot of […]

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10 big girl bedroom decor ideas

I did it. I sold the crib. I didn’t really think about it as I was going through the process of trying to sell it, but as I helped the soon-to-be parents load each piece of baby memories onto the back of their truck, I felt tears start to bubble up. We’ve had that crib […]

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