Choosing the Right Cotton Sheets

choosing the right cotton sheets for you

Have you ever been confused with all the different kinds of cotton sheets out there? All the labels touting thread count, percale, and Pima. It can be confusing.

For me, I'm all about soft, smooth sheets and I couldn't care less about wrinkles. They get wrinkly when you sleep on them anyway. Other people like sheets to feel crisp and, for some reason I shall never understand, feel the need to iron them. So how can you know what you're getting before you buy?

I Need Your Help!

Some of you may have noticed a few glitches on the site over the last couple days. This is because  Google recently made a secure https setting available for bloggers who use Google for hosting. I have made this switch, and I need your help to find any issues resulting from it!

Some of you may have noticed a few glitches on the site over the last couple days. This is because
Google recently made a secure https setting available for bloggers who use Google for hosting. This means that my blog will now use a secured https url and my blog will no longer show the unsecure message in a Chrome browser. I have made this switch, but I'm noticing issues as a result and I am working on correcting them. 

You may notice that some of the links, share buttons, images, etc., are not functioning. Some I have noticed already but I'm sure there are others that I may be missing. Different browsers show things differently(duh, right?) and the browser that I'm using may not show me a certain problem that you are having. Please report any issues with my site that you have noticed through a comment or an email to help me identify the glitches and find solutions more quickly!

If you’re on Blogger too and have recently switched to https, I want to help you find support for any issues and anything in general related to Blogger support. I am part of a Blogger tech/troubleshooting support community with hired support available for your SEO and tech needs. You can find the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LGandKSBloggerSupport/
Thank you for your patience as I work to get this all squared away. I appreciate your loyalty as a reader! 



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5 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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I'm not much of a voluntary sharer. I probably should have thought about that a little more before deciding to write and publish anything but here we are! And I'm so glad you are. I don't write this kind of post very often. I tend to have a hard time finding that happy medium between too little and too much info sharing so I'm hoping that I've managed to do that without completely embarrassing myself!

Some of you that have been here a while may have picked up on some of my quirks already but I know there are some new readers here too. Since you are here to read my words, I'd like you to get to know the person behind them!

To start with, I've been married to my wonderful, fellow introvert Hubby for 8 years and we have two boys that we are currently homeschooling. I'm working my way toward a degree in Interior Design while also attempting to figure out my path as a writer and watching way too many superhero TV shows.

Here are 5 other things that you might not know about me.

Some of you that have been here a while may have picked up on some of my quirks already but I know there are some new readers here too. Since you are here to read my words, I'd like you to get to know the person behind them! Here are 5 things that you might not know about me.


1. I'm a highly sensitive introvert.


With a touch of social anxiety and a face that always looks grumpy. Not such a great combination for winning friends and influencing people. Writing works better for me. You can't see me unintentionally glaring at you behind this screen and I get time to think through my words without those weird stops when I glance out into space. Win-win for all of us!

I have my difficult moments in our extroverted culture but I do love being an introvert.

2. I have a weird fascination with birds.


I'm not sure that I like birds. I don't even want a bird(ok, except for chickens but that's only because they make me eggs and I need those to make cake). However, I do like to watch birds and identify them. Doing a "Big Year" sounds like a great way to spend some time. The movie, The Big Year, with Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson, is one of my favorites.

I am fully aware of my weirdness.


3. I'm a nerd.


And a Hufflepuff.

I'll read or watch pretty much anything, from sci-fi to fantasy to the classics. I was always the studious kid that (mostly) followed the rules and got good grades. Last week, I received an A- on a paper for my art history class and then proceeded to grouse about it all day.

Hubby was not sympathetic.

And I kinda feel like I'm the odd mom that has no problem with the husband and kids playing video games. Probably because I'm playing them too. Ask me about my level 29 wood elf with super sneak and mad archery skills.

Some of you that have been here a while may have picked up on some of my quirks already but I know there are some new readers here too. Since you are here to read my words, I'd like you to get to know the person behind them! Here are 5 things that you might not know about me. And a picture of a Doctor Strange comic.

4. I broke a personality test.


I'm not talking about those random "What Disney Princess are You" quizzes. I'm talking about those free tests on supposedly reputable personality profiling sites. I took the test and, after calculating my answers, I was told that the algorithm couldn't figure me out. I get a different answer on every test I take and I've been typed as every introverted type at least once.

Based on my obsession with research of the Myers-Briggs personality typing and after taking pretty much every single free test out there, I've come to the conclusion that the "I" is strong with this one and that every other letter is extremely balanced. Based on cognitive functions, I believe that I may have finally found a home in the ISFJ camp, although sometimes I relate to the INFJ type as well.

As far as the Enneagram goes, it confuses me but I think I'm a 6? Or maybe a 9? With some 4 thrown in somewhere? My best guess is that those three make up my tritype.

If that means anything to any of you, yay! If it doesn't, Feel free to ignore my crazy rambling. I hope you'll stick around here anyway!


5. I can't really pick a favorite book but if I had to... 


I would have to pick The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. Set during the French Revolution, it's just got that right mix of history, fiction, romance, action, suspense, and cleverness. I also highly recommend the movie version with Anthony Andrews, Ian McKellen, and Jane Seymour. 

Two more book favorites are Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Some of you that have been here a while may have picked up on some of my quirks already but I know there are some new readers here too. Since you are here to read my words, I'd like you to get to know the person behind them! Here are 5 things that you might not know about me. Here's one of my favorite coffee mugs that says never underestimate a well-read woman.

Some of you that have been here a while may have picked up on some of my quirks already but I know there are some new readers here too. Since you are here to read my words, I'd like you to get to know the person behind them! Here are 5 things that you might not know about me. One of my favorite things is this Shwerwin-Williams color palette book

Some of you that have been here a while may have picked up on some of my quirks already but I know there are some new readers here too. Since you are here to read my words, I'd like you to get to know the person behind them! Here are 5 things that you might not know about me. And a nature and bird themed flat lay photo.

So that's five things about me!

Due to school and family, I don't get as much time to work on projects and write as I have in the past. However, the boys are getting bigger and sometimes they can play with each other without needing a referee so I grab those times when I can.

Thank you for being a reader. It means so much to me that you are here despite my inconsistent posts. My life is crazy just like yours so I'm glad we can journey this together and maybe make a pretty home along the way!




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Top 10 Favorite Decorative Pillows from Amazon(and Four Ideas for Styling)

I am a pillow hoarder. Hubby and his friends say that I need an intervention. Apparently it's hard for them to sit comfortably when there are pillows on the couch. For me, sinking into fluffy pillows is the definition of comfort and coziness. Plus, they are such an easy and relatively cheap way to change up a room.

Because I love pillows so much, I am always looking for new ones to add to my hoard carefully curated collection of decorative throw pillows. Target, H&M, and Marshalls's are my favorite places for pretty pillows. Ikea even has some good ones and that's usually where I find my pillow inserts for cheap.

I'd never really looked at what pillows Amazon has to offer but, you know, since everything else is on Amazon, I figured I'd check it out. There's so many pages of everything to go through! I mostly searched for the style of prints and colors that I know I like so just know that there is way more on Amazon than these! These just happen to be my favorite.


Finding pillows on Amazon can be daunting. Here is my list of top 10 favorite decorative pillows for Amazon and even four ideas for styling them! Are you more of a Modern Glam Farmhouse person? Or maybe Romantic Cottage is your thing?

You can find each pillow on Amazon by clicking the links below! If you do buy one, I will a get paid a small commission as an affiliate but all opinions are mine! I'd use any of these in my own house.

Velvet Throw Pillow CoverWatercolor Floral PillowPink Floral Throw PillowCable Knit PillowCrochet Pillow CoverGrain Sack Farmhouse Pillow CoverHerringbone Pillow CoverTicking Stripe Pillow CoverBuffalo Check Pillow CoverStriped Pillow




A note though that these aren't all pillows with inserts. Some are just the covers so the inserts have to be bought separately. My favorite place to get them is Ikea but Amazon has them too: Set of 2 18x18 Feather Pillow Inserts

Sometimes it can be hard to see how different pillows would work together so I put a few combos together for you to see how they would look. Which one is your favorite style?

1. Modern Glam Farmhouse

Pairing and styling throw pillows: Here's how to get Modern Glam Farmhouse style using black buffalo check gingham and clover green velvet pillows from Amazon.

2. Elegant Artist

Pairing and styling throw pillows: Here's how to get the Elegant Artist style using blue and green watercolor floral and clover green velvet pillows from Amazon.

3. Sophisticated Neutrals

Pairing and styling throw pillows: Here's how to get a Sophisticated Neutral style using blue and green watercolor floral and gray herringbone pillows from Amazon.

3. Comfy Casual

Pairing and styling throw pillows: Here's how to get a Comfy Casual Farmhouse style using gray ticking stripe and pink and green vintage floral pillows from Amazon.

4. Romantic Cottage

Pairing and styling throw pillows: Here's how to get a Romantic Cottage style using white crochet pillows and pink and green vintage floral pillows from Amazon.
My personal favorite is #3: the ticking stripe and pink floral. I do love the idea of that buffalo check combined with the green velvet though! Which is your favorite combo? You can leave a comment below!


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My Word of the Year for 2018

Perhaps it's a bit late to be writing a word of the year post. This one particular post for me is always late, usually because I only get to slow down and think about it after the craziness of the holidays. This year we've been sick since Christmas and no one feels like writing about goals while one is laid up with the flu. But we are finally starting to get better around here though and I'm finally feeling more myself.

As I stand here in the new year and look back at 2017, realize what a wild ride it was. There were so many challenges and stressors that we never anticipated. Not only did we have the normal stressors of work, school, and family, but we unexpectedly bought a house too.

I overwhelm very easily. Some days I wake up overwhelmed. When I'm like this, I retreat into myself and become frustrated at the slightest thing that dares disturb my desire for peace(like noisy little boys). I've been living haphazardly, hoping everything would just work out eventually.

This year, I'm working to change that.

My word of the year for 2018 is intentional.

My word of the year for 2018 is Intentional, which means by intention or design.

We Bought a House!

We really did this crazy thing.

We bought a house.

And not just any old house. This one is special. This house was built by Hubby's grandpa on 24 acres of land in Michigan.

Yes, we are crazy. No, we are not moving.

So how did this happen?

Last summer, Hubby's grandparents were planning to sell their house as they didn't need to be on their own anymore. It's a beautiful place that has always been special to Hubby and we were devastated that it might leave the family. We figured there was no way we could afford to buy it, especially with the amount of land that came with it. After discovering the actual estimate was much lower than we expected but still more than we could manage alone, we asked our family for help.

To make a long story shorter, we were able to save it.

Although we are now broke, we are so happy about this unexpected turn of events! The bones of the house are good but it does need some work. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it and figure out how we are going to make this work with us still renting our current place in a completely different state.

We really want this place to stay in the family for generations to come!

We bought a house.  And not just any old house. This one is special. This house was...built with cedar siding and white front door

How We're Homeschooling this Year

It's time again! We are heading back to school! Technically, I did have a math class over the summer so I really just got a few weeks break before the fall semester. Good thing I love school.

This year I'm taking Art History. It will be so much fun after almost two years of math classes(you can read more about why it took so long here). I only have two more general education classes to go before I start my interior design classes next year.

This is also the first school year of officially homeschooling our little kindergartener!

Last year we enrolled him in a program called Classical Conversations and we are still doing that this year, but this is the first year we are required to notify the state of our intent to homeschool. Last year, we were just trying out new things. This year, it's for real.

So what exactly are we doing schoolwise?

It's time again! We are heading back to school! So what exactly are we doing schoolwise? Classical Conversations Foundations Guide