Three Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas Under $20

Three Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas Under $20

Christmas back porch

Remember how I said I was not going to over commit this season?

Remember my list of five guidelines for a no-stress holiday?

I was this close.

This close.

I spent the first eight days of Christmas wrapping my gifts and ordering online and decorating with what I have and not over thinking everything and shaking my head no when I might have nodded it yes in the past.

Christmas was on track for smooth sailing this year.Continue reading

Decking the Halls

Decking the Halls


Red and white Christmas

When I unpacked the ornaments decorate the tree in the bedroom, there among the fancy velvet ho ho ho and the glitter stars and the monogrammed wood cutouts….

….I found an ornament someone gave us the year we got married.

It’s a simple clear circle without a lot of fanfare.

Just two doves and a heart and the words “Our First Christmas Together.”

Years later 37 boxes of Christmas decorations live in our upstairs attic and I would trade every single one for this ornament.  I can remember when it hung on a tree with only a box of shiny red ornaments and a little ribbon to keep it company.

I’ve never forgotten that tree.

And not just for that beautiful ornament hanging from its branches.

Here’s one of my favorite stories the second time around….

….because that’s the way the cookie crumbles. 🙂Continue reading

Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!

Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!



I was raised on football.

Every Friday night was spent with field goals and touchdowns and cheerleaders and marching bands and the bright stadium lights shining onto the field….

….and kissing your boyfriend under the bleachers. 🙂

I can still remember the championship game where our team kicked the field goal in the last 20 seconds and won the game by one point.

We screamed and yelled and danced in the stands and raised our hands and cheered until our voices were hoarse.

And for that brief moment we were all united in victory.

I know that it’s all about how you play the game….

…..but sharing the winning makes it all the sweeter. Continue reading

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas



I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I hope you were much smarter me and remembered you had to allow time to defrost your turkey.

Lots of time.

Like days and days and days.

Good thing the smiling friendly news anchors on Good Morning America reminded me….

….just in time to order the turkey from Cracker Barrel.

It was delicious. 🙂Continue reading

Creative Playroom Ideas

Creative Playroom Ideas


Creative Playroom Ideas

Yesterday I measured the craft room at the gatehouse to make sure everything would fit.

As I measured and wrote and measured and wrote some more……suddenly…..behind me…..a tiny voice piped up.

“Umm….Mom,”  she said in a whisper, tapping on my shoulder.

“Mom….can I ask you a question…..

…..where do we put our art stuff?”

I put down the measuring tape.

This was serious.

I could almost hear the tiny pieces of paper that live in the twins’ art house knocking at the door.
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How to Paint a Dresser With Numbers

How to Paint a Dresser With Numbers


I spent part of last week figuring out how to paint a dresser with numbers.

It’s been on my to-do list ever since last fourth of July when I first painted it gray and distressed it and put it in the upstairs playroom.

It never really looked right.

It looked….well….it looked….gray.

Gray with red numbers is so much better.Continue reading

A Slice of Joy

A Slice of Joy

Upstairs Bathroom Chair

For the last week I have been valiantly fighting a cold. 

And it almost won.

Almost.Continue reading

Hanging Shelf Project

Hanging Shelf Project


Hanging Shelf

Just in case you are wondering…..I’m not really cool or hip.

I try.

Really.  I do.

I mean….I wear red lipstick and sunglasses and amazing earrings and blinged out sweaters and cute flip-flops and colored jeans.

And I know colored jeans are in this year.  Kelly and Luke from 90210 told me so in that Old Navy commercial.Continue reading