Well friends, it’s spring.  Its’s time to start enjoying warmer temps and the great outdoors.  This is the perfect time for sipping cocktails on the patio.  On the weekends you can find me starting my day on the patio with some coffee, lounging in the sun reading a book, or chatting with friends and sharing wine in the evenings.  Consequently, that means I need to get my patio in shape so that it’s a space we can enjoy.  A space I want to be in.  Let me show you how we brought life back to our patio set, and how you can do it too.Read More →

Ladies, can we have a real, honest conversation?  Today I want to discuss gifts for the teacher – the ones teachers really want.  I know that Teacher Appreciation Week is approaching in a few short weeks, and many of you are trying to come up with adorable gifts for your little one to take to his/her teacher.  Well, let me help you with this task.  After all, you don’t really KNOW this teacher.  It’s hard to figure out something good, right?  I know exactly what the teacher really wants. I remember the days when I searched high and low for an adorable teacher gift.  YouRead More →

Hello peeps!  How’s your week going?  It’s been a bit of a tough week around here.  Lots of visits back and forth to the hospital ~ that’s a post for another time though.  Anyway, sorry to have been a little MIA this week.  I’m sure things will get back to the normal routine soon.  In the meantime, here is this week’s Hodgepodge. 1. Tell us about a time you felt like you were ‘flying by the seat of your pants’. Every.  Single.  Day   2.  When or where would you most like to be ‘a fly on the wall’? I have actually recently used thisRead More →

I am one of those girls who likes to look put together when I go out.  Make no mistake.  I said I LIKE to.  It does not always work out that way.  I am a real girl living in the real world.  I have 3 kids, a house to clean, meals to cook, and endless things on my TO DO list – just like everyone else.  Sometimes pulled together is just not going to happen.  However, I find that if I just put on a little lipstick and mascara I feel MUCH better and don’t look so much like a walking corpse.  Lipstick is oneRead More →

before and after furniture makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint

Do you have any furniture that needs to be rescued?  By rescued I mean refinished, remodeled, given new life, updated, made presentable?  Surely we all have some type of unsightly or dated furnishing.  It’s not just me is it?   It might be tempting to get rid of it and replace it with something newer; however, I think many pieces (dare I say, all furniture?) can be rescued from the junk pile  with just a little bit of effort.  Okay, some pieces will require more effort, but you get the idea. I have such a piece.  It is dated (white wash finish) and, it isRead More →

Wednesday Wonderings - stuff that's on my mind and making me go hmm...

Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  As usual, I have a few little things that I am wondering about this week.  These are my totally random thoughts (wonderings) and I share them in hopes that someone will tell me they wonder about the same thing.  C’mon, please tell me that some of you have these totally random things cross your mind with seemingly no reason at all.  Anyway, let’s not waste another minute, but get right to it. Caramel Car-uh-mel or care-a mel?  Which is the correct way to say it?  And for that matter, what about carmul?  How can one little word andRead More →

Isn’t it great when you accidentally stumble on something great?  I mean by total accident?  Something you weren’t even looking for.  That’s what happened to me a few weeks ago.  I was out running around with Mr. Louise Marie and couldn’t find this showroom we were looking for.  I pulled out Google to try to locate it.  One of the things that popped up on my search was Home Builders Auctions.  This is not what I was looking for, but upon scanning my search page I could see it was a model home auction.  I was intrigued, of course.  #Iloveagooddeal   So, I gave upRead More →