Patio Reveal – From Outdated to Updated

Updated Patio Reveal

If you missed it yesterday, I shared with you how my hubby and I figured out a way to fill the large gaps between our patio blocks to prevent debris from filling up the spaces and constantly looking messy.  Today, I’m showing you how I updated the look of the patio.  This is what the house looked like when we bought it seven years ago. One of the very first things we did was to remove the “S” swirls from the support posts.  They were tucked in between a space in the main supports that created a kind of track.  […]

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Updating an Outdated Patio with Pea Gravel

Updating the Outdated Patio

Seven years ago, my hubby was hired to pastor a church 600 miles away from our family and friends and everything that was familiar to us.  I was nearly seven months pregnant with our fourth child, and I was just starting to get into the groove of homeschooling more than one child.  We knew that we wouldn’t have much help on big projects, so, although we looked at a “fixer-upper”, we opted to buy a house that didn’t need any major work done immediately. There were a number of things that were very outdated, including the bathrooms and kitchen (see […]

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Spring Centerpiece with DIY Moss Table Runner

DIY Moss Runner for Spring Tablescape

Although it may be hard to believe (unless you live in a warm climate), spring really is just around the corner.  For many of us this has been one of the coldest, snowiest winters in history.  So, what’s a good way to cheer yourself up during the winter blues?  Decorate for spring! I love decorating with moss.  It just feels so natural and beautiful.  I wanted to try something different this year for my spring centerpiece in my dining room, so I decided to DIY a moss table runner.  Faux moss can be very messy to work with, and the […]

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It All Started With a Leak ~ A Bathroom Renovation on a Budget

Old Floorplan

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember when we discovered a “minor” leak in our bathroom. Some of the tiles under the faucet had developed hairline cracks and started pushing in. It turned out, they were getting pushed in because the wall behind them was disintegrated.  Water had found its way to the other side of the tile and ruined the wall.  The rest of the tiles were in good shape, and we hadn’t planned on a major bathroom renovation, so we decided to take the tiles off of the wall right around the faucet […]

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Bookcase Makeover: From Drab to Fab

truck on road

I was invited to participate in a project hosted by Wayfair.  They challenged a few bloggers to take one of their products and change it creatively.  I love a good challenge, so I decided to go for it! The product I chose was a simple 3-tier bookcase.  I had a few ideas immediately when I saw it, so I checked the measurements and decided this piece was for me. sent a $50 gift card to pay for any supplies I would need for the challenge.  Awesome! I had planned to use this bookcase in my son’s room as a […]

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Summer and a Centerpiece

Summer Centerpiece

Last week we sent two of our kiddos to camp for a week.  It seemed like a perfect opportunity to plan a little getaway, so my hubby and I arranged for friends to watch our other two and set off for Grand Rapids, MI.  I put out a request on my Facebook page for suggestions on what to see and do and where to eat. One suggestion from reader, Stacy, was to check out Sweet Temptations Ice Cream and Candy shop in Grand Haven.  So we did! One of my FAVORITE treats is caramel popcorn.  Every year when we lived […]

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Patriotic Wreath Tutorial

Patriotic Wreath

The other day I showed you my Patriotic Mantle Decor. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and I love Americana style, so I thought it would be fun to put together a mantle scape with some of the ideas I’ve seen around blogland. I used jute to decorate a wooden letter, multi-colored beans to make a “flag” in a jar, a patriotic printable I made, and other elements to give it an Americana feeling. But my most favorite decoration is the wreath! I found the idea on Capital B’s blog thanks to Pinterest.  Sky has had […]

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Mantle Decor ~ Patriotic Theme {with Free Printable}


One of my very favorite holidays is the 4th of July.  I’m from the Philly area, and Independence Day is a huge celebration there.  It seems like there’s a parade in every town. I thought it was a holiday that Americans all over the country celebrated in a big way – until I moved away from Philly.  Unfortunately, where I live now there isn’t a parade to be found for at least 30 miles. So, I decided this year I was going to bring some patriotism to my own home! I have a very long mantle in my family room […]

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My Favorites Friday #6 ~ Easter Centerpieces and Tablescapes


Welcome to My Favorites Friday!  This week I’m highlighting my favorite Easter/Spring Centerpieces and Tablescapes.  I found some modern, traditional and kid friendly ideas that are sure to inspire you!  Now I just have to choose which one to use for my own table… This simple and elegant tablescape was created by Seaside Interiors and found on Houzz.  I love the serenity of it! I really love the non-pastel decor of this table!  This idea is also via Houzz. This pretty centerpiece by BHG was simply made by using clear tape criss-crossed over a pedestal vase. I LOVE this gorgeous […]

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White Lights or Colored? Problem Solved!


Do you have a difference of opinion in your home as to which looks better on a Christmas tree ~ white lights or colored?  We sure did.  Every. Single. Year. Finally we came up with a solution that made everyone happy.  Seriously. We line our tree with both white and colored lights.  Yep.  It’s that simple.  I know what you’re thinking: Aren’t there a zillion light strands that show?  Nope.  No one has ever noticed.  And, they are totally surprised when I tell them. And, thanks to my handy dandy father-in-law, he made it even simpler.  He adapted a double […]

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