Twelve Creative Christmas Finds from Target Dollar Spot

Twelve Creative Christmas Finds from Target Dollar Spot


This is not a sponsored post.

It’s actually more of a public service announcement.

This weekend I went to the Target Dollar Spot hoping to pick up a few things to add to my Christmas decor.

Just a few.

But the bins were so full of amazing, cute, clever ideas to use for decorating, to use for crafts and to use for wrapping gifts that I couldn’t keep them all to myself.

I had to share.

And when I pushed my full cart through the check-out line, I told my husband not to worry…

…I was shopping for all of us. 🙂Continue reading




Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  If you watched Poldark this week, I know your’re with me.  So disappointed in Poldark.  Seriously.  Like extra seriously.  I believed in him and supported him all through his coal mine venture and when he stood in front of the judges and started hanging out with smugglers.  But this?  It’s the last straw.

2. Heading into the Target Dollar spot in just a few short minutes.  I’m all about discount this Christmas.  I was thinking I might do a series on making inexpensive projects for Christmas just from the Dollar Spot.

3.  I’m all about Christmas this year.  I mean, I’m still friends with Thanksgiving.  But I’m putting my tray down next to Christmases in the lunch room.

4.  I learned a new vocabulary word this week.  I’ll share it with you so we can both be on the cutting edge of vocabularisms.

Here’s the word:  Sick.

Translation:  amazing, awesome, incredible, out-of-this-world.

Not as in I’m feeling sick.  As in that movie was SICK.  

You can thank me later. 🙂Continue reading

The Icing on the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

The Icing on the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree


I cannot tell you how full my heart is right now.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks here with surgeries and long recovery times and let’s wait and see doctor’s appointments and I haven’t wanted to worry all of you because I know everyone else has so much going on in their own lives.

But I’ve been scared.

And nervous.

And trying to decorate for Christmas and drink hot chocolate and sing carols at the top of my lungs and act like everything is fine.  I’m good at that actually.  Acting like everything is fine.

But it wasn’t.

Until yesterday.  Until we went to the doctor’s expecting not-so-great-news-and-we’ll-have-to-wait-some-more news.

But instead?  It was the BEST OF THE BEST NEWS.  The kind of news that makes you want to celebrate and dance and laugh and guffaw out loud.

So in honor of today.

In honor of the news that we are officially on the road to an amazing recovery.

I’m sharing one of my favorite stories EVER.  I hope it makes you laugh as much reading it….

…as I laughed writing it. 🙂Continue reading

Blue and White and Red Christmas Decor (and a Giveaway)

Blue and White and Red Christmas Decor (and a Giveaway)


This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s.

If you happened to be in a one-horse open sleigh and you took a left at Tennessee, past the chicken barn, past the cows chewing their cud in the pasture, past the gas station with the most amazing pizza and turned left at the barn with all the hay bales, at the end of a winding country road….

….you’d see the farmhouse with its twinkle lights on.

And if you tied up your horse to the hitching post.

And trudged through the snow.

And knocked on the door.

You might see this.Continue reading

Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover With the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover With the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year


I couldn’t decide which I was more excited about….Christmas morning….

…or this post.

Several months ago, Sherwin-Williams contacted me to see if I was interested in working with them to design a room around their color of the year.

Design a room?  Discover a new paint color?  Plan a new space?  Why, yes.  Yes, I would.

Especially when they told me what the color was.

SW 6039 Poised Taupe.

As soon as I saw the color, the room leapt into my mind.  Poised Taupe is a warm/gray brown with the slightest hint of purple.  It’s so rich and luxurious and I knew it needed wood and natural tones and a whisper of pull-up-a-seat-and-lets-have-coffee-and-talk.

Ready to meet my new dining room?

Let’s go.Continue reading

Mad for Plaid Ornament Display

Mad for Plaid Ornament Display


I forgot to tell you.

Today is make a giant-over-sized-ornament-display-for-your-front-door-day.

With extra color. 🙂

I’m super excited to be partnering with some of my favorite blogger friends and Home Depot today to showcase the DIH (Do It Herself) Workshops.

The challenge?  For each blogger to build an ornament display like this and make it our own.

They are all so different.  Everyone has a unique take on the project.  Everyone has clever ideas.  Me?  Umm…I went for color.  I just wanted my front door to say…..hello, I’m here….

….nice to meet you.Continue reading




It’s official.

We are spending the weekend Christmas decorating.  We, as in me and the mouse in my pocket.

I’m not going overboard right now.  Just a little here and there.

Mostly because it makes me happy.

Mostly because I’m distracting myself from worrying (even though we are all on the mend).

Mostly because when the sun sets at 5:00 and the Christmas lights are twinkling…

….this corner of a weary world rejoices.Continue reading

Sign on the Dotted Line

Sign on the Dotted Line


No one warns you.

You’re just curling your hair and drinking coffee and trying to figure out if spaghetti squash is a thing when suddenly life lifts you up and spins you around and makes your heart flip because you discover that your kids are teenagers…

…and you haven’t buckled your seat belt.

Who knew?

You’re still filling sippy cups and replacing binkies and washing spit up out of your shirt.

And then one day you blink….

…and someone asks you for mascara.

I found this story in the archives when I was working on a project and I literally laughed out loud.

This one’s for the teenager in all of us. 🙂Continue reading