Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sweet and Simple Fall Mantel

Y'all, I have so missed posting here. It was not by choice that I stopped posting but school kind of took over. I should really be working on it now except it's been we'll over a month since I've blogged  anything. So here I am being bad and not writing that 7 page research paper draft that's due in two weeks.

While I've never really thought of myself as a super competitive person, college has shown me just where my competitive nature hides: academics. Everyone in the room is trying to pass with a good grade and I'm over here trying to get the best grade and outdo all of them. I have visions of my papers being used as future examples by my teachers...seriously. This is the stuff my daydreams are made of.

At the moment I have all A's in both my classes so here's to hoping that all my wildest dreams come true!

College has taken over my life but I've had my fall-ish mantel decorated for a few months already. I went simple because I'm learning that sometimes less is more. An understated nod to something can speak volumes.

Sweet and Simple Fall Mantel: green plaid, wood tones, leaves, books, and turkey feathers.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Beauty In The Mundane

There are some days that try your patience. Days when the toilet is leaking, laundry must be washed and folded, and the floor must be swept since it looks like it hasn't seen the broom in a week. Oh, and then there's those two papers that have to be written while entertaining two boys. Two boys that very much dislike sharing their mama with a computer screen.

I'm a gray weather person. I love the wind and clouds that tell of an approaching thunderstorm. The wind is cool, the grass is green, and I wish it could stay like this forever. We all went out and enjoyed it today. We got out of this house with the toys and the laundry and the dirty floor. We enjoyed the wind and the sprinkles of rain.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Boys' Vintage Modern Nursery Reveal (and free printables!)

Reveal time! It's only taken two years but I'm finally ready to reveal our boys' vintage modern nursery! I warn you now, this is going to be a long post filled with lots of pictures.

My original plan for this week's post was something all fall-ish but that fell through after a sudden case of Iritis over the weekend. Apparently, stabbing pain, light sensitivity, and blurry vision are trigger phrases for Ophthalmologists. Say those magic words and they will work you in. Basically, iritis means my iris was inflamed from getting poked a while back and now I have steroid drops and everything is happy again.

And my fall decorations are still in the attic.

This means you get the final nursery reveal instead!

I'm sorry that I have to put you through such suffering.

I happen to love reveal posts. I love seeing before and afters. This is why I watch HGTV after all. Heaven knows it ain't for all the scripted, blown out of proportion discoveries of an unexpected problem in every single episode of every single show. It's being able to see the space transform into something different and beautiful!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

August Review {2015}

August Review {2015} Featuring every single post from August 2015! There's a review of The Magic of Tidying Up and a yummy low-carb chocolate chip cookie to start!

Man, this year is flying by. I cannot believe it is September already! I am so ready for fall! It's still about 90 degrees here but with September comes the promise of cooler weather and the accompanying scarves and sweaters.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl

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What!? A gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb cookie? That's done in 5 minutes? Tell me more! At least that's what I hope you're saying, right?

A few months ago, we found out that we were eating too many carbs. Seriously, we ate pasta at least a couple times a week and I love baking so we always had muffins and bread around. Everything was from scratch and whole grain so I figured we were golden.


Per doctor's orders, I started looking for ways to make our old dishes low-carb friendly. I stopped making muffins every week and pancakes every weekend. Guys, I've started using zucchini in my lasagna. It's been an adjustment but we've gotten used to it. We'll still splurge randomly and on holidays but our everyday menu looks very different.

But desserts?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Steps

Well, folks. Life is about to take an interesting turn for me. This week, for the very first time, I begin my first semester at community college. I've finally got up the gumption to go for it!

A couple years before Hubby and I were married, I attempted college but chickened out at the last minute. I did a few academic things in between then and now but I never tried college again. One of the local community colleges offers an associate degree in interior design so I have my sights set on that. Maybe I'll go for a full 4 year school after that but for right now I'm just taking this small step.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Fighting for Joy

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This year, I set aside the entire month of March to declutter and purge our junk room. And here I am, five months later, trying to declutter the same room again. In the past I might have blamed my lack of storage but, really, I just have too much stuff that I don't need.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Fighting for Joy

A couple weeks ago, I picked up Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. After hearing a few things about it on the interwebz, I picked up a copy for myself. Since decluttering and discarding my stuff has been my theme this year, I was interested in what this little book had to offer on the subject. I was not disappointed.

I generally don't make a habit of reading about organizing. Occasionally I'll read the odd article about it. It's just not something I'm interested in unless I have a specific problem I'm trying to solve. This book is different from every other approach I've seen because it has an element of what does interest me: psychology and philosophy.