Friday, November 14, 2014

Treasured Gifts

I just love the puzzled look on her face here. Like, "hey mom, you're in the way?!"
She absolutely loves the slide, and I could snap a thousand pictures of her on it.
I don't know when I'll ever make time to blog again, but one thing I do know, is that I love these kids with every breath that I have. They bless me beyond measure and I'm so incredibly lucky to be their mama. 

My mother in law sews beautiful dresses for our girls. These ones in particular were made from vintage pillowcases. She added a delicate lace trim and a gorgeous coral bow that really made the floral print pop. Love her eye for detail.

 My sweet Vivi, munching on some crackers and smiling. Just happy to be as always. Her eyes....they  kiss me with love. Thankful for so many blessings, mainly the chance to reflect and count them. My heart could stand to do this more...a whole lot more.  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What is done in love is done well.

Loving this beautiful quote from Vincent van Gogh.
"It is good to love many things,
for therein lies the true strength,
 and whosoever loves much preforms much,
and can accomplish much,
and what is done in love is done well."
Speaks to my heart. Have a lovely day.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Chalk Paint!

So I've fallen in love with chalk paint! No room is safe, no furniture off limits!

 Paris Gray, French Linen and Duck Egg blue. The stuff  IS gorgeous!

The picture below inspired me to paint my baskets in Annie Sloan's French Linen.  

image from
I came across this color swatch on Pinterest and experimented with the Pure White + French Linen + Coco
and combined it with a chalk paint and sanding technique I saw here on YouTube
I was thrilled with the final result. I thought it resembled the pricey 'Restoration Hardware look'
but without the price!

Just below is an image and link to Restoration Hardware where their weathered frames range from $60 - $90 each. Yikes! 
Weathered Oak Gallery Frames - Stepped

I love still life photography and would love to take a class sometime when the schedule allows.

 I picked this piece up at a consignment store a couple weeks ago. It was in need of a little love and a fresh coat of paint, so I used the Duck Egg blue.
 Isn't this color so tranquil and dreamy? I went over it with just one coat. I like the way the cream color peeks through. I do think I'll sand and distress it then try to post an updated picture.
Look how pretty she is now:)

Carry Grant and Irene Dunne in "My Favorite Wife" 1940. Such a great movie. I watched it a couple nights ago. By myself:)
 Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in "My Favorite Wife", 1940
Did I mention we've cancelled cable! It's been great. I no longer have that negative pull to unwind to one
of my guilty pleasure DVR shows and neither does the hubs. I feel as though it's really improved our relationship. For example, now I just make him watch old romantic movies with me;) Ha! I'm kidding.. but I do think in someway it's brought us closer together and the kids aren't watching as much T.V. either. Win, Win.
My bestie gave me this Cary Grant collection a couple Christmas's back. I love it!
You can find it on Amazon.
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Cary Grant: My Favorite Wife / Night And Day / The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer / Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
What's your favorite Cary Grant movie?

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

So long summer

Don't get me wrong you were swell and all, but I'm a Fall girl at heart.





I spy Fall!!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Cookies,Cakes and Pie Oh My!

Since I've been breastfeeding I've had an intense sweet tooth that's inspired me to do more baking than normal. Late night feedings have had me up scrolling through recipes on Pinterest and food blogs. Here are a few recipes I wanted to share with you, the cookies and pie I've posted are two new recipes I've tried
and the dump cake an old favorite of ours. I was thinking of doing something like an under 'Five Ingredient Sweet Tooth Fix' to blog about? A challenge with a sweet reward. So far I have two recipes that would fall under that category, take a peek.    

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
 We baked and decorated cookies for Easter. The recipe is linked below, just something fun and easy to do with the kids plus they enjoyed delivering them to our neighbors and friends.


Peach Dump Cake

This is one of my very favorite in a pinch and need something sweet now recipes. While it does take some time to bake, it takes no time to throw together.
1 29 ounce can of peaches
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter (melted)
Cinnamon to taste
Pour peaches with syrup into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle yellow cake mix evenly over the top of peaches. Sprinkle cinnamon over the cake mix and peaches. Pour melted butter evenly over cake mix. Do not mix! Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until light golden brown and bubbly.
I didn't have the large 29 ounce can of peaches the recipe called for, just a small one in the pantry but got lucky scoring 1 of the kids peach fruit cups. I combined the two together and it worked perfectly.  

Two Ingredient Cookie Pie

1 roll of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
1/2 cup chocolate chips
 Press half the cookie dough into the bottom of a pie dish, sprinkle chocolate chips over the cookie dough, then crumble the rest of your cookie dough over the chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

If you have a craving for a warm fresh out of the oven chocolatey gooey centered melt in your mouth cookie, this recipe is for you!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Feeling Springy

Spring is in the air and has been cheerfully popping up in the corners of home since.

Here's a garland I made using paper doilies I purchased for a V-Day craft I didn't get around to using up. I cut my flowers using a die cutter and pasted two to each doily. A good friend let me borrow her Cricut and that's what I used to cut the word spring with. (I'm hooked! I'm in trouble!)
 We planted dwarf Sunflowers with the kids, they're such happy flowers I hope they grow. We're also trying Feverfew which I'm excited about. I came across it for the first time at our farmers market last summer and simply fell in love, they smell just like honey.

Strawberry lemonade anyone? :)

A pretty tree I spotted in the park
Here's to many...