Jenny Louise Marie Well it’s time for the NFL Playoffs, which mean we are getting closer to the BIG GAME day.  Around here in a house of 4 men, that’s a big deal.  And, since it’s looking good for the Cowboys this year #it’sbeenalongimecommin’ ~ I think that’s an occasion to celebrate and gather friends and family to cheer on the home team.  We won’t even talk about how my oldest son is a Patriots fan.  #ahousedivided  Read on to find some helpful hints for hosting your own Super Bowl party. Anyway, back to what I know better than football – how to throw aRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hello friends!  I am so glad you’re here, and I hope when you read this you’ll be glad you came. If you are anything like me, you like to keep your look ~ including your home ~ up to date.  You don’t want to be too trendy, but you like to keep things fresh and not dated.  With that in mind, I thought I would share with you the home trends for 2017. l like to know what the trends are, but I don’t follow them wholeheartedly.  After all, some of the trends are just not “me,” and I think our homesRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Now that the holidays are behind us and the Christmas decor has been put away, it’s time for me to start planning my first monthly gathering.  This month I will be hosting a hot chocolate bar for friends and neighbors.  A hot chocolate bar is a super easy way to welcome friends and warm up during this oh so cold month. Want to host your own?  Here’s how: You will need to gather your paper goods.  While these cups are super cute, the holidays are over.  So I decided to go with a black and light blue color scheme. The light blue makes me thinkRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie If you’re anything like me you like to have a lovely home.  You enjoy decorating it and giving your home your special stamp and personality.  However, you are also on a budget and the sky is definitely not the limit.  Perhaps you’d like to make simple updates to some of your furniture.   Or maybe  you like to find garage sale or thrift store items and then breathe new life into them. If so, then I have 3 words for you.  Annie.  Sloan.  Paint. Oh, Annie Sloan, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  At least I think that’sRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Landscaping a yard can be fun and fulfilling, and it can also be frustrating and a money sucker.  We realized a long time ago that in order to reap the benefits of our landscaping investment, we needed to resist the urge to buy those pretty plants at the garden centers. #welearnedthisthehardway #cha-ching  We needed a plan, and that means professional help which will look at the long-term solution.   It means working with some who actually KNOWS what they’re doing and not just planting some pretty stuff. North Texas summers can be brutal to people and landscapes.  So we decided to goRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hello sweet friend.  I am so glad you’re here!  I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately.  You know, the start of a new year can do that.   It’s good to have a goal, to have something to focus on.  Today I want to put into writing one of my goals for 2017.  Putting it in writing will hold me accountable, and it’s one reason this blog has been created. Let me take you back in time a few years.  When my boys were young one of  my favorite things to do was to plan their birthday parties.  I LOVE everythingRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Well hello friends.  Here we are at the end of the year which makes us reflect on the past year ~ the many challenges and the many blessings,  and look ahead to the new year.  I really don’t believe in making a New Year’s resolution. Perhaps because I don’t keep them?  There’s just something about resolutions that makes me feel like I’m getting set up to fail.  They seem like an all or nothing proposition.  However,  I have really enjoyed finding my “One Word” for the new year.   I had the privilege of hearing author Jon Gordon speak two years ago aboutRead More →