Do you have any rituals in your daily routine? For some of us, a daily ritual might include fluffing all the pillows in the family room and pushing the start button on the dishwasher before going to bed, or picking up a personal electronic device and checking email first thing upon waking.  Those rituals are important to keeping our daily lives moving in a rhythmic fashion.  We need them to help us function effectively in our super busy, fast-paced lives. As much as we need those functional rituals, we also need personal rituals too.     Most of us don't take time for ourselves.  As women, we … [Read more...]

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChangingPrepaid #CollectiveBias   I used to think that having a smart phone for personal use and blogging was an extravagance. But today, I'm enjoying my new Simply Prepaid™ plan from T-Mobile and Samsung Galaxy Avant phone.   It wasn't all that long ago I had this conversation with my husband... Are you crazy?! $129 a month for one cell phone? Do you realize what we could do with that money? I confess, my wonderful sweet husband got quite an earful.  And then he said... … [Read more...]

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.   DIY Decorative Wood Tray :: Wall Art for Spring with Hope Quote   I love birds!  This time of year, backyard feeders are busy with countless songbirds feasting. Just like me... I'm sure our feathered friends cannot wait for spring!  But, until spring comes, we can have fun creating beauty for our living spaces with Spring Wood Surfaces from Michaels.   Recently I was blessed to be selected to participate in the Plaid: Michaels Spring Wood Run Challenge. … [Read more...]

This post is a partnership with Blinds.com. All opinions are entirely my own.  Have you ever been invited to someone's home for "the big game" and once it was game time, the blinds came down and the curtains were drawn so that everyone could see the TV without glare?   My good friends did that very thing.  Their room started to feel closed in and cave-like. It was like being in another world.  Quickly I had no idea what the day was like outside the windows, it felt like night inside, just so we could watch the game. I don't know about you, but I'm one of those gals who prefers not to have anything at her … [Read more...]

Today I'm partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Bonus Buys with you. I love celebrations.  Especially when they help me get more for my money.   My pocket book is going to LOVE Dollar Tree's Anniversary Celebration.  Many name brand favorites will still be $1...but they'll be available for a limited time in larger sizes...up to 58% more FREE for each item.  Ca Ching!     I've been wanting to create a fall table arrangement using a glass vase.  So when I learned that Bonus-Sized Glass Vases would be a part of Dollar Tree's Anniversary Celebration, I started to do … [Read more...]

 I'm pleased to partner with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social to introduce you to FolkArt® Stencils & Paints.   Add the feeling of fall to your home in unexpected ways.   Often when we think of fall decor we think of pumpkins, gourds, and colorful leaves. May I challenge you to think outside the box? I sure did when I created these fun, stenciled, animal print plates. Don't you agree....they're fabulous and unexpected? Certainly for my home decor. Today I'm going to show you how to use stencils, so you too, can create fabulous unexpected fall … [Read more...]

When I was growing up I spent a lot of time looking in the mirror.  You too?  Each time I glanced at my reflection I hoped that my appearance would improve.  Maybe it was because we had some pretty big mirrors in our house, or maybe it was because as a tween, my parents sent me to charm school at the local department store, but between there and home, I got the message that my physical appearance as well as the way I carried myself were important. At charm school, we learned how to sit and stand and even model pretty outfits for the store's style show.  We learned about fashion, the best name brands, how to … [Read more...]

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Blueprint Social and the wonderful people at Plaid Crafts who sent me FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk to use for this furniture makeover and provided compensation. The tutorial and opinions are all mine.     Remember when it was below freezing and the snow was driving sideways and the drifts were rising an inch and hour?   Way back then, my friend Alice asked me if I would be willing to help her paint her antique washstand.  We live in the same area and there was no way I wanted to drive a half an hour in the crazy winter weather we were having … [Read more...]