my new live-in maid

Friday, December 23, 2011

Izzy really wanted to use the vacuum the other day.

I mean, what kind of mom would I be if I didn't let her do my house work for me have fun once in a while ;)

santa pic

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another year, another Santa pic... or two.

This year we were going to avoid the mall and hit up the Santa right by our house.  We got there right before the ginger bread house opened, hoping to get in and out.

Santa was a no show for about an hour. 

Parents were all joking that Santa might have been nursing a hangover from the night before ;)

Judging from his appearance when he showed up (situating his stuffing in front of the kiddos) that might not been too far off.

But, Izzy finally got her pic!    

Big smile this year.  MUCH different than last year's picture.

This last weekend while in a Bass Pro in Branson, I spotted the most amazing looking Santa!

So we got another picture.

Will she be confused?  Probably.

But, I couldn't pass this Santa up.  He even smelled like Peppermint.  Who cares if it was Schnapps ;D

Here's my Santa pic from when I was Izzy's age.  So fun to look back.

Do you guys do Santa pics?

Any good Santa stories?

come say hi

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Today you can find me at...

guest posting on my wish list of things I want!

Patience's blog is loaded with gorgeous photos you'll for sure want to add to your pin board.

While I was looking around I came across this photo of her bedroom.  Check out that super cool headboard!

Be sure to stop by White Lacquer and say hi! 

dreaming of a handmade christmas

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A few months ago I decided this year was going to be a handmade Christmas for this little one.

I figure it won't be too long before she gets to the age where handmade is no longer cool.  I better enjoy it while I can!

There are so many awesome ideas floating around blogland, and my Pinterest board for her is now stuffed full of ideas.

Here is some of what's inspiring me.


Sock Monkeys

Play Tents

{via Pinterest via Armommy}

I really need to get a-crack-a-lackin if I'm going to get stuff made by Christmas.  I'm so far behind!

Are any of you giving handmade this year?  Have you already finished everything and have it wrapped, or are you like me and are just now getting started?


a tough story and a way to help

Friday, December 9, 2011

A couple of days ago I read a post on Aubrey's blog that tore my heart out.

This beautiful family recently received news that their 3 year old boy Matthew has stage 4 cancer.

I can't even put into words how much I despised that disgusting disease.  I think the thing that really hit me hard about this story is that he's the same age as my little girl.  I just don't understand how things like this happen. 

You can read more about their story here.

Aubrey has helped start an amazing online auction where every cent will go toward helping the Pedrotty Family on this long road ahead of them.

If you would like to make a donation to the Pedrotty family, participate in the online auction, or donate an item for the auction please click here to be taken to their site.

Thank you guys!

it's looking like christmas around here!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I've had most of my decorating done for a while now, but had been putting off posting pictures because I wanted to do some more things and change others.

I've since ran out of gas and decided to leave the rest for next year's decorating.

I did find time for a new wreath for the front door.

I was inspired by this wreath I found from Martha Stewart.


Martha always does it up right!

I kept the entry pretty simple this year - aka I got tired of fiddling with it and just walked away :D

I swapped out last years' red ribbons for burlap this time and like it SO much better.

The living room's Christmas decor got a makeover from last year as well.

Red tree ribbon went bye-bye and was replaced with black and white striped grosgrain.

Red ornaments also got left in the box and I stayed with a silver and gold scheme.

And, the red trimmed tree skirt just got covered up with burlap sacks :)

If anyone is thinking I'm sending a pregnancy hint with the 4th stocking I'm not, it's our dog's :D

Who, by the way, made an appearance in almost all of the pictures in this post.  I feel like it could be Where's Waldo!

That's pretty much it!

There's a little decor up in the dining room, but it's overshadowed by the piles of junk still hanging out on the table :)

Merry Christmas!!!

I'll be linking up to these fab parties!

inside my bag - pawley's island posh

Monday, December 5, 2011

It's time for our second

Today I'm super excited to have Julia over from Pawley's Island Posh!

Julia's blog is chock-full of gorgeousness.  I look forward to each and every post.  And, not only does she have an amazing sence of style, but she's also an incredibly talented photographer.  Be sure should check out her Pinterest boards too - you'll go nuts!

Now, let's check out what's inside her bag!

Hey y'all,  I'm Julia from Pawleys Island Posh.

Okay, so Shelley asked me a few weeks ago if I'd be willing to share what's in my bag.  I'm a bit embarrased to say I thought very seriously about staging the whole thing.

You know, waiting until after my big 3-0 on Wednesday to let her post (when hopefully I'll have a much *needed* larger tote to display.  Or carefully planning my post on a day when my purse had all the essentials and none of the nonsense.  

Well  I decided to keep it real instead.

Louis Vuitton Speedy 30
{a gift from my husband (then still just my boyfriend) for my 25th Birthday}

old target reciept
samsung droid phone (am I the only chick with no iPhone?)
two fabric samples
golf balls
GoGo Squeeze applestrawberry sauce
ditto above but the trash from an old one
nuby baby spoon
hair bow
sippy cup
original iPod nano from the early 2000's (ha)
wallet (old coach one busted back out from my door room days) with attached house keys and gym membership I swiftly dropped
Louis Vuitton makeup bag:
brush comb thingy
hairties and bobbypins
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster
Smith's Rosebud Salve
Trish McEvoy pressed powder
Trish McEvoy assorted glosses and lip crayons
Bobbi Brown brush
Sally Hansen clear nail polish
Aveda hand relief cream
Tape Measure

Okay y'all I think that's it.
Thanks so much for having me over today Shelley!


Shelley, again - So I know this is a post about the content of the purse, but the very first thing my eyes went to was that gorgeous rug and those fabric swatches.  I can't wait to see what you're doing with those fabric swatches!!

And, you are not alone - I totally thought I was the only one without an iPhone.

LOVED it Julia, and I'm so glad you went au naturale :D

cutting edge stencils winner!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A big thank you to everyone that entered the Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway!

The winner of their choice of any stencil up to $50 is...

Jennifer of The Home Daybook!!!

Congratulations Jennifer!

If you haven't already, be sure to check your inbox for an email from me :)

need a HUGE favor from you guys

Friday, December 2, 2011

Remember my upcycled tie necklace??

She is having a little contest where you can submit a frugal gift idea to The Money Saving Queen and if it gets selected for a post you have a chance at winning a...

wait for it...


D-I-A-M-O-N-D.  Diamond people!

My heart is literally pounding as I type this :D

Here's where I need your help:

The winner of the diamond will be determined by the post that gets the most comments.

So, although I feel like a complete pain for asking I'm going to ask anyway because honestly, Momma
wants to win a diamond :)

If you would be so kind as to visit my post here and leave a little comment it would mean so much to me!

Thank you!!!

While you're there, be sure to check out all the great money saving tips, coupons, and giveaways she has posted.  She's got some really great stuff going on over there!

tray chic - tutorial

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I originally posted this over at Andrea's blog Oak Ridge Revival.  It's one that I'm still loving so I thought I'd share it again just in case you missed it ;)

So, here's one of the many things I've been obsessing over lately...


Surely, I'm not the only one.

And, these photos make me think every room in my house needs one.

I wanted one in a BAD way for my living room coffee table.

Something big like this one.

But, these big bad boys are EX-PEN-SIVE.

I don't get it... but, I still wanted one.

Look how sad my coffee table is?!  Blah.

Me - "Why don't you make one?  It's just a box!"

Me - "This is ridiculous... just pony up the cash woman!"

(Yes, I occasionally have conversations with myself)

Me - "Uggghhh!!!  (Caught a glimpse of those prices again)  Looks like I'm heading to Home Depot."

Glad I did though!

I now have my own big ol lacqure tray, and I don't even think I spent $10 on this project.


What I used (the wood was my only purchase):
  • 2'x2' thin plywood cut down to 18"x24"
  • 4 thin precut strips of wood 1/8"x2"x24" (2 of them cut down to 18" long)
  • Brad nailer and brads (or) small finishing nails and hammer would work
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Sand paper
  • Primer spray paint
  • White lacquer spray paint
  • Clear coat spray paint

What I did:
  • Glue strips of wood along the outside of the plywood (overlap edges) and nail into place
  • Fill in nail holes and any gaps with wood filler and let dry
  • Sand entire piece and wipe clean

  • Spray with primer and let dry
  • Spray with lacquer paint (approx. 2-3 coats - let dry fully between coats)
  • Spray with clear poly and let dry
I was a little irritated when I put this together (probably because it was well over 100 degrees that day... AGAIN), but I'm sooo thrilled with the result and even more thrilled with the savings.

My table is pretty happy with it too ;D

So... if there's a size that you can find, a color you're dreaming of, or if you're like me and you just don't want to go broke on a tray - BUILD IT!

While you're here, don't forget to enter yourself into the Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway right here!

I'll be linking up to these fab parties!


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