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    Recent Home Photos That Made Me Smile

    Today, I thought I’d share some recent candid home photos that made me smile. I’m forever captivated by the light in our home. Often when I’m walking through the house the light catches my eye and a scene I’ve seen thousands of times suddenly looks different. Special. Noteworthy. I really wish my camera could capture the feeling those fleeting moments evoke for me. Perhaps it’s the warmth from the afternoon light or just how lucky I feel that we get to live here. But that might be putting a lot of pressure on a camera. This view from my kiddo’s room that I cleverly cropped so you can’t see the…

  • burlap pot of gold st patrick's day craft. Yellow tulips in a burlap bag on the happy list
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    Happy List: #291

    Hello there! Welcome to this week’s Happy List. I’m delighted you’ve joined this party. This week on the blog I shared another idea for keeping charging cords on your desk. What you can do with a little time, creativity, and a block of wood is amazing. I also shared my latest round-up of thrift store treasures that I found to decorate my home. I can get a lot of bang for my buck with a five-dollar bill! As always, I like connecting with you! It makes me smile. Please feel free to leave a comment or share this site with your friends. You can also connect with us on Instagram or Facebook. Thanks…

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    decorating,  thrifting

    My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Part 5

    Welcome to another round of My Latest Thrift Store Finds! We’re on part 5 of this story. How many parts will there be? It is anyone’s guess. As long as there are thrifted treasures to be found and a few bucks in my pocket, I’m there. I was trying to think of everything in our house that has been thrifted and decided it would just be easier to list the things I’ve purchased new such as mattresses, pillows, bed frames, the couch, recliner chairs in our bedroom, and rugs. Oh, and 20 years ago I bought the piano new. If I take care of it, it should last another 80…

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    Crafts,  DIY

    DIY Wood Cube Cord Holder

    Today I’m going to show you my latest creation, a DIY Wood Cube Cord Holder, and how you can make one yourself. Cord management for all of our electronic devices seems like a universal problem we can all get behind. That’s a rarity in our world! I’ve been on a kick to contain, manage, and wrangle all the charging cords in our house. It’s a thankless job but someone has to do it. My laptop charging cord is particularly wily. If that cord wasn’t plugged into my laptop, it would slide right off the back of my desk. There are adhesive clips you can purchase to solve that problem but…

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    Happy List: #290

    Hi! Welcome to this week’s Happy List. Can you believe February is almost over? This week on the blog I shared what I learned about rhododendrons. I’m a big fan of those flowers but still trying to decide if I plant more in our flowerbeds. I also shared my love story with bread. Or, if you want to be technical about it, the 4 bread recipes I bake on repeat around here. I hope you try them and enjoy them as much as we do. As always, I like connecting with you! It makes me smile. Please feel free to leave a comment or share this site with your friends.…

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    4 Bread Recipes I Make On Repeat

    We eat a fair amount of bread in our house. Life’s too short not to enjoy carbs, right? All. the. carbs. However, I don’t regularly buy bread from the grocery store unless my kids are going through a bagel phase or we are having burgers for dinner. If we’re eating bread it is usually because I’ve baked it. Yes, I’m one of those people. It’s not that I enjoy the act of baking bread particularly, but I do enjoy eating it. Here are 4 bread recipes I make on repeat around here. They never fail me. I’m also using the word bread loosely here. If it is dough-based, it’s bread…

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    Considering More Rhododendrons For Our Landscaping

    I’m considering adding more rhododendrons to the landscaping directly in front of our Colonial Farmhouse. I know it’s not necessarily newsworthy to tell you I’m thinking about doing a thing but I haven’t decided if it’s a good idea and even if it is I might chicken out and do something else. Yet, here we are. Honestly, if someone else wanted to take care of the landscaping decisions for me, I’d be so happy. It’s just not a topic that gets me excited. Unfortunately, there is no one else. I double and tripled checked. I’m stuck with myself on this one. We currently have three rhododendrons. One to the left…

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    Happy List: #289

    Hi! Welcome to this week’s Happy List! I’m delighted you are here. This week on the blog I shared all the things I learned about Valentine’s Day this year. Basically, we spend a lot on a holiday we don’t particularly love. I also wrote a blog post about my current interest in watercolor greeting cards. I’ve made some of my own. I also found a bunch on Etsy that were amazing. Have you ever made your own greeting cards? It’s fun! As always, I like connecting with you! It makes me smile. Please feel free to leave a comment or share this site with your friends. You can also connect…

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    In Praise of Watercolor Greeting Cards

    I’m really into watercolor greeting cards right now. I watched, with the sound off, most of approximately 3 Instagram videos on how to make your own watercolor greeting cards and thought, “I can do that.” It’s a teensy bit cavalier of me. Maybe delusional. It’s a good thing I wasn’t watching how to do brain surgery videos. Don’t worry. I know my limits. And I don’t like gross things. I do like pretty things and being crafty, so I did bust out my kids’ watercolor paints and tried making my own watercolor greeting cards. Let me tell you, I can see why people get into this. It’s very soothing. Will I…

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    14 Sweet Valentine’s Day Facts

    It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Whether or not you celebrate this holiday, there are some very interesting things of note regarding this day of love. Here are 14 sweet Valentine’s Day facts that you can share with your loved ones…or not. But I do hope you at least have a delicious piece of chocolate to enjoy while reading this! Valentine’s Day Facts #1: Americans spend A LOT on Valentine’s Day. The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend $25.9 billion on Valentine’s Day this year. That’s up from the $23.9 billion spent in 2022. (source) Valentine’s Day Facts #2: A slim majority celebrates Valentine’s Day. 52% of Americans plan to celebrate…