A Bit of Cinderella Wisdom

A Bit of Cinderella Wisdom

 

This week I was working on a project and I was trying to remember the name of a post that I’d wrote back when burlap was still a thing and I hadn’t discovered Mellow Mushroom Pizza yet.

To try and find it I searched for lessons on the blog.

I thought I’d find one or maybe two posts with that in the title.

Nope.

Not even close.

There was a post for almost every month of the year.  Apparently I’m all about a good lesson and I didn’t even know it.  But in the middle of all that lessoning, one post stood out.  It’s all about learning to live with mice and glass slippers.

Here are my favorite life lessons learned from Cinderella. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I’m a Hallmark movie kind of girl.

Happy endings with rainbows and balloons and doves floating by in the sky.

But yesterday I went to see King Kong.

Yikes.

There were giant lizards with scary mouths and pointed teeth and a foggy bone grave yard and spiders that ate people and an octopus that wrapped its tentacles around anything that moved in the water.

And I smiled.

And acted like it was the greatest movie I’d ever seen.

Because I’m married to the cutest pair of twinkling brown eyes who built a table and made over-sized signs and created an over-sized checker board and cleaned the back deck and replaced all the batteries in the smoke detectors when the house sprang forward….

….and he thinks that giant gorillas are the best thing since sliced bread.

The things we do for love. 🙂Continue reading

Every Table Needs a Superman

Every Table Needs a Superman

 

Today is all about keeping it real.

The realest of the real.

The kind of real where you don’t want to talk about real and you want to act like real doesn’t exist and you want to hide your head under the covers and talk about anything else besides real.

See this table?

This incredible, amazing, wonderful first-time table that my husband built.

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A Tour of the House for Hope

A Tour of the House for Hope

 

I have written 1,315 posts on this blog.

Some of them funny.

Some of them not as funny as I thought they were.

Some of them introspective.

Some of them room befores and afters and furniture makeovers and DIY projects and the occasional post about hay bales and gas station pizza in the country.

But this post?  The one you are about to read?  Of all the more than thirteen hundred posts…

….this one is the longest.

I couldn’t help it.

The house for hope turned out that amazing. 🙂Continue reading

The Day We Put Screens In Their Place

The Day We Put Screens In Their Place

 

This is the year of social media cut backs for our family.

I’m not really sure where the idea came from.

Maybe it was when I realized no one really talked in the car any more.

Maybe it was when I looked around at all those blinking phones.

Maybe it was when my daughter texted me from the next room.

Whatever.  Whyever.  However.

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So I Went To This Auction

So I Went To This Auction

 

Have you ever been to an auction?

You know.

The kind of auction you see in movies.

The one where the entire room is full of unique and awesome and amazing things mixed in with some bits of absolute randomness.  Everything is for sale.  Everything is auctioned off.  You get a number at the front counter and when you want to bid you raise it in the air and sometimes there’s a bidding war and the price goes higher than you ever imagined.

And sometimes.

Sometimes when everyone talking or not paying attention or leaves their seat to go to the concession stand to buy nachos and Mountain Dew…

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Before and After Guest Bedroom

Before and After Guest Bedroom

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.

Here’s a little throwback Thursday.

I’m not sure if a little throwback on a Thursday should make you a little wistful.

But this one does.

This is the before.  This room was the twins’ room when they were younger.  This is the room of tea parties and stuffed animal boarding school and fancy hats and dance parties and stories that never ended.  Before they moved upstairs and ditched the monograms and chose even brighter colors and painted murals on their walls.

The room was a little sad when they left.

After all, who doesn’t love a fancy hat and a tea party with choreography.

But now?

It’s repainted and restyled and redone….

…and ready for guests.

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Bathroom Organizing Ideas

Bathroom Organizing Ideas

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s.

When I was younger I thought that organizing was super-overrated.

“Why would anyone want to be organized….when they could live like this,” I’d say to my piles of clothes draped over chairs in my room.

“I know right where everything is anyway,” I’d whisper to the closet floor.

“I’m organized in my mind,” I’d tell the stacks of papers on my desk.

But now?

I love organization.

Especially when it starts with 2017.

You, too?  Oh good. 🙂

Here are some of my favorite bathroom organizing ideas.Continue reading