For the Love of Decorating

Yep, I am on a new color obsession kick. Which means that I find things in this color and decorate! Woo hoo!! My husband loves when I fall in love with a new color {insert sarcasm}. I have always been drawn to navy but after using it in some mantel decor before July 4th and then of course for July 4th when I went all red, white and blue, I decided that I wanted navy to stick around for awhile. So I did what I do, I became obsessed with finding things to change up my decor.

Read on for my favorite and quikest ways to change decor on the cheap. Click on the links for photos.

Throw pillows: I recommend either using pillow covers or scouring places like Marshall’s, Ross, HomeGoods, Stein Mart, etc. for pillows. Target often has cute ones but they are usually a bit more expensive. I actually picked up this cutie at Kirkland’s. I am {in love} with arrows and this saying so it had to come home with me. Ikea and Bed, Bath & Beyond have cute pillow covers for a reasonable price. I have also found some on Very Jane and Etsy. Someday I might let you peak at my linen closet. I could start a rental business for throw pillows. I’m both proud and embarrassed by this admission. Pillow covers will free up your linen closet.

Printables: I am all about quotes. They make me happy. They add a touch of whimsy. They are a cheap way to spice up your decor. I almost always have a few of them framed in my house. Guests always comment on them. One of my go to spots for printables is of course Pinterest. Click here to be redirected to my Pinterest boards. This is one of my recent finds. It is over at Etsy. It’s an instant download for cheap! Click here to buy it. Also, I often times download prints to my computer but then upload them to Costco for printing. Ink is pricey and some of these take a lot of ink. I’d rather pay a couple of bucks for one then use all of my own ink. The quality is usually better as well.


Shop your home: Yep, just like I said. You’d be surprised at what you will find around the house that can be re-homed to change up a different space. I do this with vases, candle holders, frames, plants, flowers. You name it, I’ve moved it.

Paint: OK, this is a semi cheap way to change up space or even to give a refresh but it can be time consuming.

Rugs: I love the small rugs that go in front of a door. I don’t do large area rugs personally. Not because I don’t love them because I really do. I wish I could have them but I have 2 dogs and 1 cat. I sweep often and it looks like I could make a whole new animal with the amount of hair. So rugs don’t do super well in my house. They become dirty and often times my cat decides to throw up on them. Seriously. #catsmakemecrazy The small rugs are easier to throw in the wash.

Curtains: These can add up but if you search, you can find them at a decent price or if you are super crafty, you can sew your own. I am not ‘sew crafty’. Ha ha. I am witty though :) I recently found a deal at West Elm. I wanted these curtains. They are not cheap and I need the 96′ length which is not standard. Warning – Long story ahead: I decided I wanted to see them in person so I went to West Elm. They had the mustard chevron ones on display and on clearance. I asked if they had the blue in the back. The had one panel but called another store and had a second one shipped to me. They cost me a total of $30 for the two {which included the shipping of the one} when they would have cost me $100 on-line. For whatever reason, they cost more on-line and were on clearance in the store. I don’t know why and I don’t care. I got them for a phenomenal price. Another place that I have shopped for curtains because they have the size I need and the price is right is Ikea. I’ve also found some lovely prints at World Market.

So there you have it, my personal tips on redecorating. Also, a can of spray paint can change up things you already have.

Here is a peak of what I used in my re-do.


Rug – Marshalls – $10.00
Table Runner – HomeGoods – $9.99
Hello Sign – Hobby Lobby – it was a gift
Frame – Michaels – $7.99
Flowers – Michaels – $6.99
Curtains – West Elm – $11.97/each + $6 shipping

Happy re-decorating :)


Spring Fever

Yes, Punxsutawney Phil apparently saw his shadow so we now have 6 more weeks of winter. My allergies tell me different. Ah-choo! The temps in California have been anything but winter like. I live in Northern California where the temps have been in the low 70’s. We had our windows open today. People are skiing in nearby Tahoe in short sleeves, kids are swimming in their backyards here in my little town. I was in Southern California over the weekend and the weather was in the 80’s. It’s February people. And we are in an awful drought. But — people have Spring Fever. I am guilty of going and getting a pedicure and wearing capris & flip flops.

I also did a little freshening up around the house. I said goodbye to my red pillows and accessories from Christmas and then Valentine’s. I made a trip to HomeGoods and picked up a few specks of green to add to what I already had. I am feeling the whole less is more lately. I have lots of Spring decor but I am not quite feeling the pops of pink that comes with Easter so we are staying with the green. A few throw pillows, an occasional green candle {which it’s really hard to find one that doesn’t smell like melon or grass, neither of which I like}. I bought some cute green throw rugs for the kitchen and shopped my house for some other pops of green.

Here are some fun finds in my current color obsession {If you’ve followed me for long, you know my obsession changes often.}

This little green table is just adorable. She found it for $6! Wow! Score eh? {all sources are under the photos – click to be redirected}.

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For a beautiful and natural centerpiece, how about apples and hydrangeas in a clear vase. Perfection.


This bathroom. Sigh. I have a thing for guest bathrooms or I should probably say, redecorating them. This shower curtain is a Pottery Barn beauty but she found it at Goodwill for 50 cents. What? Shut the front door. That is crazy {and lucky}.


Pillows are my go to for a quick room refresh. Someday I might show you my closet full of throw pillows. I may or may not need an intervention. Anyway, I love these cuties. Especially the one with a bit of burlap.


This green stove is just swoon worthy. It would certainly make a bold statement in a kitchen.

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This is the wreath that I have on my front door. It was a bit pricey for me but I really loved the simplicity of it. I love that it is not seasonal so it feels perfect for so many months out of the year. I did have a coupon as well which helped. Plus with my Red Card I saved another 5%.

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So there you have a few fun items that I am loving right now. Do you have Spring fever or are you ready for more cold days?

Get Organized!

I am in this complete ‘get organized’ head space right now. I am a pretty organized person in general. I love a good ‘purge’, especially right after the holidays. Taking that car load of unused stuff to Goodwill just makes me feel lighter.

Later this week I am heading to Southern California to help my brother and sister in law get organized. I have helped them in the past but now that they are more settled, they’ve requested a refresher {and a get it done now} visit because baby #2 is set to arrive one month from Wednesday. So I am feeling the pressure to get things done in a short 4 day visit. I’m also a little geeked out by the whole thing. I get a rush out of organizing and decorating. When a space is complete, I feel like a rock star. I mean, I can toot my own horn cause this is my blog, right? ;)

Of course Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration for me. There are so many amazing ideas that super star bloggers and organizers have shared.

We have a few spaces that we are focusing on during my trip. The kitchen, the office loft and soon to be a guest space, the kitchen and gallery walls. As well as some other miscellaneous spaces that need a little TLC.

To get myself organized, I have started a Pinterest Board as well as various notes and an email to my brother and his wife detailing some of my plans. The first thing that I have instructed them to do is purge, purge, purge. I am hoping that they have a good start on this by the time I arrive. I have also requested photos of the spaces that I will be working on which is allowing me a better idea of what we need to get done.

The boys will be sharing a room so we are definitely going to need to make this space super organized and also make it functional for 2. This closet at two twenty one is hands down my favorite. It doesn’t entail a lot of building and can be done for around $150 {per my calculations}. I have priced out the cubby shelf and canvas cubes at Target and IKEA.



Gallery walls are one of my favorite things because it’s where you can really be expressive with your design tastes and also showcase the ones you love in photographs. I also love incorporating things other then frames into my gallery walls. Quotes, letters, numbers, printables, mirrors, clocks and so on. There are no rules. There are so many fun options and you can make each wall unique to your personal tastes. Here are a few of my favorites.









Another space that we will be working on is the kitchen. The kitchen is often the hub of the house and is best utilized when you can easily find things. It is also a space that can quickly and easily be messed up. My own kitchen is constantly taking a beating and I am an organized person. A space that always seem to require extra TLC is the pantry. This space changes daily as we are constantly taking from and replenishing it. Depending on who unloads groceries {yes, I blame my mini helpers because they don’t care if the pretzels and rice are on the same shelf as the cereal}. I am constantly tidying this area. Here are a few pantries that have inspired me. Ideally I’d love a walk in pantry but that is not what I will be working with {I don’t have one at home either but it’s on my ‘some day’ wish list.}







Now the loft area is a bit tricky. I have visions of what I would do but it’s a really unique area and has the smallest budget and it has the lowest priority when I visit BUT BUT BUT it’s an area that I could really have fun with. I think I have to dial back my ideas for this space though. Ideally I’d make it a highly functional office/guest space. It is an open loft at the very top of their condo. Currently is houses several books cases and a small desk plus a filing cabinet. I’d like to see new furniture. A desk with a  little more personality. Maybe a short yet long book case, a futon and the use of some baskets and a dressed up bulletin board. My brother also works for Disney Studios so it would be fun to infuse some Disney into the space.

I like this desk from IKEA. They have black furniture now but they have grey walls and a white kitchen. The white just feels so fresh.


This is also another bit of IKEA furniture. I’d make the accessories more neutral but overall, I love the organization. A printer could easily sit on either piece of furniture.


These Pixar prints are awesome.

Minimalist-Disney-Pixar-Polyptych-Poster-SetI can’t find the perfect futon but I think it would definitely entail a pop of color such as a fun green or a navy blue {I think my sister in law would approve.}

So there you have it, my latest project. I am so excited. I have always loved decorating and organizing. I love that I inspire people enough with my own home that they want me to help them with theirs. I have often thought of making this a business. I’ll let you know how my first gig goes. Maybe in the future I will start charging to make peoples messes less messy, more functional and of course pretty.

Do you get lost in clutter? Would you hire someone to help you get organized? I personally function so much better in a neat and pretty space.

Happy New Year

Hi friends,

Once again I have gone rogue. I miss writing. So often I find myself journaling in my head about the things I’d like to write about here on the blog. Then time gets away from me — again.

I hope you all had a great holiday season and are kicking off the new year in whatever way makes you happy {resolutions, clean slate, fresh start or just treating it as another month, another day, another year}. This was the first year in I don’t know how long that I was in bed well before midnight. I am night owl almost always {and a ‘sleep in’ kinda girl when I can to make up for it}. The night before New Years Eve was a late one for us due to my husband’s work Christmas party. I couldn’t hang for two nights in a row. Yawn. We did manage to have a nice dinner with friends. It was some much needed catch up time with some of my favorite people. It was really a perfect way to end 2014.

I kicked off 2015 with a Starbucks and an almost 5 mile walk with a friend. Perfect. We finished it with a little dinner at B.J.’s {Pizookie anyone?}.

So I don’t really like to make resolutions but I  do like to set some goals – in hopes of achieving them – for the New Year. I really use the new year as my start because October – December are pretty busy months around here. I host several things including a Favorite Things Party, an annual craft event and our annual adults only Christmas Party. That with house guests sprinkled in through-out and we are busy. A good busy. A busy that I really enjoy and I am always sad to see it end.

That being said, I am also looking forward to making more memories in 2015. One of which is becoming an auntie again in just a little over a month. I can hardly wait to meet my new little nephew. My sister in law is one of my favorite people and I loved having her here over the holidays. Her, my brother and my cute – almost 3 year old nephew – stayed with me so our nights were spent on the couch  with me feeling her baby belly movements. One of my favorite things. I am pretty sure this kids gonna be a boxer.

Some of my goals for the New Year ….

eat better — I am not a diet kind of girl. I end up more hungry and less happy. Plus life is for living. So that being said, I’d like to do little tweaks and less calories but still allow myself some of my favorite things like my Starbucks iced coffee with whole milk. It’s my ‘thing’. I also don’t want to have what I eat become my main topic in life. I have so many other things I’d rather talk about.

exercise more — my two favorite things are walking and yoga. I am so out of shape. It’s up to me to take care of myself. So the plan is to walk and do more yoga. Ideally I’d like to do yoga 2-3 times a week and walk 3-4. I am trying to be practical about what I will actually do. If I do more then I get a sticker or a high five. Just saying.

be more productive — this is basically my way of saying that I need to stop wasting time on mindless things. I waste too much time on Pinterest. It’s not something I will quit but I think I need to set computer limits. It’s easy to waste away hours when I really could be doing something that is good for me, like going on a walk or taking a yoga class. Or blogging. The whole point of this blog was to make a job of it. I.HAVE.FAILED. So far.

blog more — I have so many things to share and say. This blog is my voice. And I like to talk. A lot.

see more — I love seeing new places. We have a lot of cool places within hours of where we live. Plus I just finished reading Wild so I am feeling like I should do more :) Although hiking the Pacific Coast Trail is not on my list of 2015 goals. I’d love to hike more and seriously, we are smack dab in the middle of San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. The options are endless.

be present — need I say more? Whatever I am doing, I need to be fully committed to that moment.

play more games — we tend to do this during the holidays but we should be taking the time more often then that. We have a blast. Even if my husband it highly competitive and loud and we all have to ask him to take it down a notch. Ha ha.

garden better — we have a great spot for a garden. We tend to plant things only in the summer but I am not great at tending to it. Summer gets busy but really, this shouldn’t take a lot of time once it’s planted for us to harvest the goodness. Right?

budget better — we are wrapping up some debt in 2015 so 2016 will really be a fresh start for us. I’d like to save more and spend less. With that comes better planning for things like groceries, etc. Those last minute trips to the store add up at the end of a month.

delegate — I think in general my kids could do more. Sometimes it’s easier to just do it myself but they are capable of stepping it up. Same for the hubs. He is a rockstar but there are a few things that he could take on that would help me out.

As always I hope to do everything with kindness and gratitude. In a crazy world {that seems to be getting crazier} it is so important to treat others well. I also feel grateful daily for all the things I have been blessed with. So take a moment to smile at a stranger, to say thank you, to count your blessings.

Also, I wanted to share this list I found on Pinterest. I just love it.




Happy New Year friends. I look forward to seeing more of you in 2015.

This and That

Hi friends, I disappeared. It’s not that I didn’t want to blog. I just got lost. In trying to find balance I sometimes let things go. Not because I want too. I love blogging but sometimes it takes a back seat to the million and one other things brewing on the home front. So work and kids and family won. But I am back!

Summer is upon us which entails all kinds of busy. And balancing. I should say that I don’t ‘love’ summer. It’s not really summer but the hot hot hot. I don’t like the heat. If it could hit 80 and stay there I’d be happy but nope, it quickly moves on up to 100 and kinds hangs around there for most of the summer and into October. The activities that come with summer are fun though. I love escaping to Lake Tahoe and enjoying the mountain air (and cool down). I love popsicles and ice cream with my boys. Wine with the neighbors. Sleeping in. No schedules. No school lunches. Late night movies. Relaxing. Swimming with the neighbors. Taking more photos. Making memories.

My boys are growing fast (as kids do. Sigh. Slow.It.Down) These past few summers have been so much fun exploring and letting them just be kids. We are beyond the naps and diapers. We don’t have to schedule in down time like we used too. We can just go. In the new school year my oldest will start 6th grade. A new school and new friends. So this summer is kind of a big deal. I have realized that you can’t get moments back. That you have to live your dash. Know what I mean? So a  couple things on our summer bucket list (aside from a graduation, a bridal shower, a wedding, camping, a 50th birthday and Scout Camp. Oh and someone is turning 40 this summer. Yes, this girl) are days trips. I love day trips. We are tucked in-between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. Both are excellent places to escape for the day. Hiking more. Playing more. Being present. Hosting more BBQ’s and dinners and maybe even ‘just deserts’. A get away or two with my hubby. I so cherish that one on one time with him. Maybe attend a concert (It’s been on the ‘list’ for some time). Dates with my boys. Time with my girlfriends. Times does fly. Nothing makes you aware of that as much as having children.

Hopefully in the midst of the hustle and bustle of ‘summer vacation’ (which feels more busy then the rest of the year sometimes), I’ll be able to check in more. Share recipes. Post my current decorating obsessions (that change weekly, have I mentioned my current affinity for coral and robins egg blue?), discuss crafting. You know, all the stuff that makes this blog so me.

So until next time sweet friends. Hugs to all of you who ‘stick around’.

Kindness Matters

Yes, once again it’s been awhile. I’ve given up on being consistent and will post as I find little windows of time. I’m working full time for the next 6 weeks so that means I won’t be on the old blog much but I had some stuff that was on my mind as of late and thought I’d throw it out there. I truly love writing and finding fabulous things to share with my readers but time really does get away from me.

This is a little hodge podge but all really comes back to one thing, how we treat one another. Today I heard a morning radio show promoting an anti bullying campaign. I was in my car, on my way to work and I was completely sucked in. The conversations between the DJ’s and listeners calling in were eye opening. There are various opinions about who teaches children about being kind. It ultimately starts at home but one of the opinions is that schools should be more accountable and on top of students that bully. OK, so this is a tough one and it actually was a conversation that I had both on Facebook and also with the principal at my kids school a couple of weeks back after a few kids called my son ‘gay’. I expressed my irritation at this name on Facebook. Of course it sparked a huge conversation both on and off of Facebook (why I love Facebook, it can be a great place to ‘put it out there’). Several people suggested that I discuss it with the principal to which she (being my Facebook friend) spoke up and said that she makes it a point to discuss at monthly assemblies that bullying is not OK and will not be tolerated. I was able to catch up with her at school a couple of weeks later and we had a deeper discussion about it. In her eyes (and mine as well), being kind is not hard and something as simple as a compliment could make a persons day.


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Here is my take, it starts at home. Unfortunately some children are not taught the basics of  kindness and compassion. In which case the place where they spend most of their time could step it up a little. One suggestion was classes on anti bullying. We spend so much time teaching our kids science, math and history but so much of what they learn are lost along the way. I for one don’t recall the answers to many of the things that are on my kids tests and homework but do I know how to treat people? Yes. If I could send my children into the world with any skill what would it be? Not the ability to master chemistry but the ability to be kind and compassionate. The ability to connect with others. To be a friend. To make others feel special. To make others feel loved. To build relationships.


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So many thought provoking quotes come to mind,

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but there echoes are truly endless” – Mother Teresa
“Your wealth or status doesn’t make you. Your kindness and character do” – Venkat Desireddy
“My religion is very simple. Kindness is my religion” – Dalai Lama
“Compassion is a verb” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” – The Help
” If you can’t be kind, be quiet” – Unknown

On last nights Academy Awards, Frozen won for Best Original Song. Cause yeah, “Let it Go” has become the anthem for people everywhere, mostly woman it seems! In case you live in a  bubble (in my house it’s sung loudly over and over and over by my boys and myself), here is the official video for Let it Go. The writers, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, gave a great acceptance speech but my favorite was the part dedicated to their daughters, “Never let fear or shame keep you from celebrating the unique people that you are.” What a powerful thing to say to your children. Let them be who they are. Let them own their uniqueness. So much of our society is busy keeping of with the Joneses (not the Kardashians). Trying to fit molds. Competing with one another. For what? Be you. Own who you are. All of you. The good, the bad and the ugly. Don’t try and be someone else.

We live in a day and age (I sound so old — I’m pushing 40 you know!) but seriously. Things have changed in a major way. Our kids don’t just use names to hurt one another but they also have other tools at our disposable. Things like technology and social media. So that means we have a bigger audience. Which is terrifying. My child was called gay and let it roll right off of him. Thankfully he has a strong sense of who he is and knows that so many people say things just to get under each others skin. THANK GOODNESS my child deals with things like he does. I hope he always does. So many kids don’t. They take it to heart, they hurt, they don’t know how  to cope. Sadly you hear of kids changing schools because of bullying, teenagers committing suicide. All for what? A lack of kindness and empathy? Something has to change.


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Spread kindness and love. It is contagious. I promise. Oh, and have a lovely day!

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Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies

A couple of things, #1 – I love baking. I only want to sample said baked item and pass it on. Still, my butt and thighs hold on to that tiny taste. Sigh. #2 – My best intentions of keeping up on the blog {and keeping the content fun, fresh and current} fall to the wayside. Life just happens and days go by. Sigh again. I wish it would slow down just a tiny bit. Anyway, enough fluff. I wanted to share this delish little recipe that I found on Pinterest but it truly belongs to Averie Cooks. Her recipes have caught my eye a few times now. Mmmm goodness! Peanut butter was the desired ingredient and this recipe just looked simple and well, satisfying. It was. My taste testers all agreed. Two thumbs up!

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies



  • 1/2 c unsalted butter
  • 1/3 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c old fashioned whole oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 c white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c peanut butter chips (I used more white chocolate chips as it’s what I had but you can sub whatever chips you’d like)


  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and peanut butter together.  This took me about 45 seconds on high.
  • Add the brown & white sugar to the melted butter & peanut butter mixture and stir.  Let sit til slightly cooled and then add the egg plus egg yolk. You don’t want to ‘cook’ your eggs in the hot mixture hence letting it cool. Add the vanilla and stir.
  • Then add the flour, oats, baking soda and stir.  This recipe stirs quite nicely. I tend to use my mixer for everything but these mixed great by hand.
  • Finally, add your chips.
  • Scoop dough using a cookie scoop and put on parchment paper lined baking sheets about 2 minutes a part. Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes. I always seem to bake cookies at the longer time and they come out perfect.
  • Let cool slightly and then serve warm with a cold glass of milk. Yum!


Freshening Up — Office Nook Redo

Happy New Year! Welcome to the month of purging and organizing. I mean, you almost can’t avoid it as all of the stores have the  containers to make this easy for you on sale. In your face. So it just feels like you are ‘supposed’ to do it. Plus after months of shopping, cooking, decorating etc it just feels like the thing to do. That and working out but seriously. lets stay on task. I’m much better at organizing and purging my home them I am my diet and workout routines.

We have a little built in space that is honestly not used a whole lot. I tend to do all of my blogging and crafting in the kitchen cause I like to be where the action is. The office nook is at the top of our stairs and I feel a bit confined but it was built into our builder grade home so I like to utilize it the best I can. It currently houses kids craft stuff and all of our files are there as well. I added a few pretty yet functional boxes to dress up the space and hold craft supplies in a much prettier way. I also have a giant chalkboard for little bits of inspiration. Instead of standard pencil holders I bought some fun glass containers. By clicking on the photos below, you can see a larger version. For some reason I can’t get them to view bigger directly in this post without making them look like a stretched out pair of socks. Sad but true.


Chalkboard Boxes // Kirklands
Black Floral and Blue Fabric & Canvas Boxes // HomeGoods
Hobnail Jars {holding pencils} // Joann’s
Chalkboard Jars {large} // HomeGoods
Chalkboard Jars {small} // Kirklands
Chalkboard // My own creation
Metal Basket // HomeGoods
Chair // My own, covered in Fabric from Joann’s
Inspire Letters // Joann’s and Hobby Lobby, painted by me.
Curtain // Created by me using part of an old Ikea curtain
Printable // Someone is Happy  … at Somewhat Simple
Bulletin Board Frame // Marshalls
Instagram Prints // Social Prints Studio

Here are a few detailed photos of the finished project:

nookI hope you enjoy the space and are inspired to create your own bit of pretty within your own home.

New Year — New Goals

I prefer to call them goals and not resolutions. Resolutions seems so predictable and are often {OK, almost always} broken. I’m also trying to come up with my word of the year. I was torn between two but starting this post gave me the clarity that I needed to settle on one. The two I love  are ‘breathe’ and ‘focus’. I love them both but I have chosen breathe as my 2014 word. I might have to repeat it to myself a million times but hopefully I can get it to stick.  Both apply to my main goal of being more present and less stressed. If I can remind myself to just breathe in stressful situations then the focus comes. Or so I have been reminded by some of my super smart Facebook friends ;)

I’m playing over at Pinterest {and this is where focus or the lack of comes into play} and I found this great list of goals. I think it’s a great way to assess goals and by writing typing them out, I can maybe be a bit more accountable. I love this quote that I found on Pinterest. Little things are much more achievable and can still make us feel like we succeeded.


I also found this list over at Run Lucas Run. I think we will wrap up our Winter Break tomorrow as a family by having a yummy dinner and then we can each fill out these lists. There are actually two lists to download, one is for grownups and the other for kids. The kids version is so much more simple. Lucky kids.

2014I’m getting a jump start on mine to share with you.

A BAD HABIT I’M GOING TO BREAK: Getting so worked up about things that really aren’t worth it.
A PERSON I HOPE TO BE MORE LIKE: This is a loaded question, there are so many people that inspire me.
A GOOD DEED I’M GOING TO DO: Dedicate more time to Hands 4 Hope
A PLACE I’D LIKE TO VISIT: The Oregon/Washington Coast.
A BOOK I’D LIKE TO READ: Fly Away by Kristen Hannah
A LETTER I’M GOING TO WRITE: Be more consistent in the letters I write to my boys.
A NEW FOOD I’D LIKE TO TRY: Eggplant — it kinda freaks me out.
I’M GOING TO BE BETTER AT: Using my time wisely/Gardening more/Being patient/Exercising and eating better  for my mental and physical health {not aiming for perfection but being better}/spending less and saving more/blog more

There you have it. My 2014 goals. Do you set goals or resolutions? I’d love to hear them and how you stick to them as well.

Cheers to a New Year. I hope 2014 is a good one for you!



Thanksgiving 2013 Menu


Happy Fall Y’all! A fellow blogger and friend of mine shared her Thanksgiving menu and I thought, “what a great idea”. So I am being a bit of a copy cat. Hopefully flattery will get me everywhere ;) Charene’s blog is Copper Lantern Cooking. I actually found her a few years back when she had a local cupcake business and was generous enough to donate to a fundraiser at my kids school. We have since become Facebook friends and recipe sharers. I love social media for just these type of friendships. I get to meet people that I otherwise would not and share fun things like well, food!

So let me preface by saying that I have a pretty straight forward, stick to the classics type of family. However, I like to mix it up so I’ve added a few things with flair.


  • Salami, cheese and crackers – we grew up with this on hand at every family function. My dad is adding deer salami which I do not like so I asked for regular ol’ salami for me.
  • Black olives – you know, for wearing on your fingers.
  • Deviled eggs — another dad specialty

Main Course


My dad is in charge of deserts. I am the queen of baking in my house but for Thanksgiving, I appreciate the pies that show up in my kitchen. We get various versions of apple pie from Apple Hill, a banana cream pie from Buttercream Bakery and the pumpkin pies are from Costco. Trust me, I make it up with the loads of cookies that I crank out throughout the rest of the holiday season. Oh, I’ll take a little credit cause I do make homemade whipped cream for the pies. Homemade. No canned or Cool Whip {yes, I know some people love it but I have to make the real stuff, I’ve even added a little bourbon for a kick.}

Do you host or travel for Thanksgiving? Do you have a standard menu or do you serve things unique? I’d love to hear about your families favorite recipes.

However you spend Thanksgiving, I wish you a happy one. Count your blessings everyday.