Top Ten Room Before and Afters for 2016

Top Ten Room Before and Afters for 2016

 

When I was planning out my top ten posts for yesterday….

….I found all these rooms I befored and aftered in 2016.

I thought I had done one or two.  But when I looked, I found kitchens and offices and upstairs playrooms and farmhouse bedrooms and a few more.

And the best part?

I have so many more scheduled for 2017.

So maybe we should take a look back before we jump forward.  I’m lifting my coffee cup to all the rooms I’ve loved before.

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Farmhouse Christmas Lights Tour

Farmhouse Christmas Lights Tour

 

I’m so excited you are here for the Christmas lights tour hosted by my friend Rachel from Maison De Pax.

She’s invited dozens of bloggers to show off their Christmas lights at home after the sun goes down.

If you are visiting from Rooms for Rent, it’s nice to meet you.

I thought I’d start the tour with a little before.

Here’s the farmhouse in the snow.

During the day.

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I’m Not Sending Worry an Invitation

I’m Not Sending Worry an Invitation

 
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“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.” ~ AJ Cronin

When I was pregnant with the twins I wished with all my heart that my tummy had a window on it.

A window with louvered blinds that I could open and shut whenever I wanted to check on the babies.

If only, I thought.

If only I could look and see what they were up to and see their tiny hands and watch their tiny feet kick…

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How to Tackle It Like Macaroni

How to Tackle It Like Macaroni

 
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The other day I found a trail of macaroni and cheese stuck to the kitchen table.

I’m not sure exactly how it unfolded or what the events were that led up to it….

…but Lewis and Clark would have been proud.

The trail started at one end with a few lone pieces and dripped and drabbed bits of cheese and noodle remnants from one side of the table to the other.

And then?

It looked like the macaroni eater discovered the trail and in a valiant attempt to clean it up….

….smeared giant cheese swirls all over the table.

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The Sound Of Fountain Music

The Sound Of Fountain Music

 

This post is sponsored by Aquascape.

How to Add a Water Feature To Your Yard

I’ve always wanted to have a fountain at the house.

I love the sound of water and it’s such a great addition to a patio and looks super fancy….

…but mostly so I could work it in conversation.

Things like, “What did you do today? Me?  Oh, I spent the morning curled up with a good book by my fountain.”

Or “Sorry I’m late.  I just couldn’t tear myself away from my fountain yesterday.”

And my favorite, “Let’s go out to dinner.  I was going to cook, but I lost track of time listening to fountain.”

Before I tell you where I got the fountain and the five point zero minutes it took me to install it….

….I want you to hear what it sounds like.

Here are a few sounds from my back yard to yours.
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Sweet Corn and Dining Al Fresco

Sweet Corn and Dining Al Fresco

 

This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.

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Last week a friend brought a basket of squash and zucchini and spaghetti squash.

Someone dropped by fresh bread and left it hanging on our door.

And just when I thought our summer vegetable cup couldn’t run over any more….

….someone brought by a giant bucket of sweet corn.

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Five Inexpensive Kitchen Remodeling Shortcuts

Five Inexpensive Kitchen Remodeling Shortcuts

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Five Inexpensive Kitchen Remodeling Shortcuts

Almost eight years ago this room was nothing but a pipe in the middle of the floor and hundreds and hundreds of nails sticking up where we had pulled up layer after layer on the original floor.

We were remodeling the house and running out of money.

We started with an original budget and my husband had a detailed spreadsheet, but somewhere along the way we got derailed.

Like seriously.

Things that were supposed to cost $2.00, ended up costing $2.50 and all those .50 added up and our budget was limping along and asking for a place where it could lay down and rest.

My kitchen budget got cut in half.  Gone were the marble counter tops.  Gone was the built-in kitchen island.  Gone were the custom cabinets.

It was just me and a stack of laminate counter top samples.

And now?  Years later, sitting in my kitchen typing this post?

I’m so happy.

Because when you remodel a kitchen and the funds are low and you are wondering if your five gallon bucket can double as a sink, you only really need one thing….

….a little creativity.

Here are my top five inexpensive kitchen remodeling shortcuts.

The One Thing Every Mountain Climber Needs

The One Thing Every Mountain Climber Needs

 

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We all have a seemingly insurmountable mountain to climb.

Each and everyone of us.

For some it’s getting up and giving a public speech in front of hundreds of people or having the courage to fly in an airplane or facing down a bully or paying off overwhelming debt and mounting bills or trying to mend fences with someone who has wounded you.

Or climbing a mountain.

Literally.

When you are in middle school and 4’10” and you are a little shy and used to having your twin sister with you everywhere you go….

….your mountain is basketball camp.Continue reading