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DIY Shibori Wall Art in Under 5 Minutes – Lesson on Authenticity

In case you haven't noticed from my recent posts, Shibori has become my latest obsession. And I am totally letting myself indulge. You see, I recently turned the big 3-0. And with such a milestone birthday, I made a promise to myself to embrace my true being....all of the quirky elements of my character that make me me.  One of those nuances just happens to be an inner free spirit/ reformed wild child. But as I became a mother, I tried…

Newborn Photos and a Confession

Hey ya'll. I am so excited to officially announce the arrival of my baby boy and share some photos from his newborn session with my friend Jacky Kaye! I am also coming clean about some struggles I faced recently. Baby Rivers is almost three weeks old now, and I am thoroughly enjoying my "maternity leave". I am also so relieved to no longer be pregnant. You see, during this pregnancy, out of shame, I kept a deep, dark secret.....I was…

Stop and Smell the Roses…or Eat Cupcakes

Being as Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and I am a blogger, I feel a little obligated to give you all something a little festive. You see, I am not a big V-day person, nor do I really get enthusiastic about decorating with red and pink hearts and so forth....it's just  not "my thing". So, in a desperate attempt to add some sort of Valentine's flare to my home decor, I went to the florist, bought some "neutral" roses and called…

How I Chose My First Fixer Upper Home: What to Look For

As I approach the one year anniversary of living in my first fixer upper, I wanted to share some tidbits of wisdom I have learned so far. For those of you considering a fixer upper home, I completely encourage you to take the leap. However, there are definitely some things to consider before purchasing a home in need of some TLC. By sharing my experience, I hope to make the process a little smoother for you. I would like to…

Glamming Up My Design

After I took down my Christmas decorations on New Year's day, I felt like my home design needed a boost.  Don't you just hate how dull and bare your home looks after all of the glowing lights and ornaments are gone? On a whim,  I decided to glam up my home. My sweet husband installed a new Chandelier in our bedroom where an ugly, old fan used to hang. I also bought some plush, silver throw pillows and a matching…

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Impromtu Birthday Brunch – My Son’s Second Birthday

Hope all of you had an amazing Christmas. Our long, holiday weekend not only involved travel for Christmas, we also celebrated our son's 2nd birthday once we got back in town. In an impromptu effort,  I decided to throw a simple, brunch party with immediate family. About a month ago, I decided that we were not going to throw a birthday party for my son. You see, his birthday is two days after Christmas.  I know this sounds horrible, but between…

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How I Wrap Christmas Presents

With the recent loss of my Grandmother, this Christmas is going to be a tough one. Actually, I cannot imagine Christmas without her, but I guess I will have to power through this year. See...my Grandmother was always the life of any family gathering. Vibrant and funny as hell. I can see her with big teased hair, dressed in all black, holding a glass of cheap Champagne( looking like Elizabeth Taylor )and always saying something wildly inappropriate. Like the time she…

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Q & A with Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof

When I got the opportunity to have a little Q& A session with rockstar, blogger Jenna LaFevor from the mega-blog Rain on a Tin Roof, I was overcome with excitement. You see, she is my blogging idol. Not only is she a mastermind at mixing various genres of decor to form a style that is truly her own, she is also a damn good storyteller. After spending only a few minutes on her blog, you will feel like you know her. When I…

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Why I Sold My New Construction For a Fixer Upper

Two years after marrying my husband, we decided to purchase our very first home. The home had everything we were looking for: Cottage Style Design and New Construction... Beautiful trim work , old home character and hardwood floors... Granite countertops with white cabinets... A spa-like master bathroom...   A formal dining room... And it truly felt like home...it felt like "us". It had good vibes. As soon as I unpacked our last box, I began to decorate. I went crazy-…