5 Tips for Choosing Flooring for Your Home

What happens when you have five kids, numerous dogs and cats, and a life filled with homeschooling, friends, family and fun? I was going to say it means mama needs a long vacation all by herself, but I'm actually talking about my home! If you're not familiar with the story of our 1950's ranch home (take the tour here) this is the … [Read more...]

5 Deck Decorating Ideas on a Budget

One of my favorite parts of summer is time spent outside on our front deck. I know my readers love learning how to decorate without spending a lot of money so here are my 5 deck decorating ideas on a budget! This year I kept waiting for my DIY hubby to ask what kind of flowers I wanted him to pick up on his daily jaunts to the home improvement … [Read more...]

DIY Centerpiece for 4th of July

As a homeschooling family of 22 years, we are only one year away from completing our journey educating our children at home. Hooray, yippee, and let's throw a party! The finish line is in sight and I'm ready for a tropical vacation (or maybe an Alaskan cruise) to celebrate this achievement! Without the kids. ~smile~ For us, … [Read more...]

How to Design a Room Around an Inspiration Piece

How many of you love the home design show Fixer Upper? Seriously, who doesn't? A well deserving family or individual chooses one of three homes for an amazing husband and wife team to radically makeover just for them! I KNOW. It's the stuff of dreams. First of all, Chip and Joanna Gaines are the real deal. ('Cause y'all KNOW we're … [Read more...]

Celebrate Her Special First Mother’s Day

Disclosure: I received product from Expressionery.com but all opinions expressed are my own. I remember my first Mother's Day like it was yesterday......only it wasn't. It was 27 years ago.  I was madly in love with this precious bundle of dainty cuteness named Rachel Faith.  I had no idea what I was doing in my … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure DIY Step Ladder Shelf

Let's play "You Know You're a DIY'er When . . ." . . . Sunday is one of your favorite days because Monday is trash day! This is the best time of the week to drive around my neighborhood looking for other people's trash that will become my next treasure! . . . Your friends text you a pic from a local thrift store excitedly sharing what … [Read more...]

Teen Boy Bedroom Makeover

The last several months have been a whirlwind. Ok, more like a hurricane.  Relationships have been tested, our family has been torn apart in heart wrenching ways yet by God's grace we continue to love and support each other through the storms. Since I have shared just a bit about our youngest son I wanted to invite you into another … [Read more...]

Top Ten Encouraging Posts of 2015

Every year I try and close out the end of the calendar year by sharing my favorite blog posts. These might be posts that received a ton of page views or ones where I transparently wrote about our family story, struggles and triumphs. This year had a great deal of both, plus the obligatory chocolate recipe! Last year when I wrote about my … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Deck Decorating Ideas for Christmas

One of my favorite DIY projects in our home is our front deck. Some folks who don't live in the south have questioned the wisdom of building a deck without a roof, (otherwise known as a porch.) Yes, a porch would have been ideal,  but so would a Lamborghini and that ain't happening! (OK, I don't know cars and that's the only one I … [Read more...]

How to Paint Over Dark Walls

Disclosure: I was compensated by BEHR Paint but the opinions are all mine. Y'all, I have a peek at a before and after I think you'll flip over! It's a DIY project from start to finish that's near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to give you many details in this post because I'm going to share the reveal in January. Let me be … [Read more...]

Rustic Cabin with Western Theme Decor

Most years our family goes on vacation to the beach but just a few weeks ago we headed to an amazing rustic cabin owned by friends of ours. Located in the mountains of North Carolina, this jewel of a cabin barely had room for all of us. Okay, I'm totally kidding because this getaway has three levels and  is … [Read more...]

How to Choose Paint Colors

Disclosure: I was compensated by BEHR Paint but the opinions are all mine. I was going to title this post "What if the Painter's Wife Chooses the Wrong Color?" but I decided that was a wee bit long. If you don't know by now, I'm married to a painting contractor. We've been married a long time. As in A LONG TIME. 28 years long … [Read more...]

Small Laundry Room Ideas and Pantry Makeover

This post on Small Laundry Room Ideas has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. I've drooled over beautiful laundry rooms and pantries on Pinterest for months now. Our poor little space was just crammed full of stuff. Lots of stuff, I tell you. His … [Read more...]

Simple Fall Vignette or What Happened to Summer?

My family and I spent last week in a beautiful private home in the mountains of NC. I can't wait to share all about our trip and the amazing home we stayed in, but first I wanted to share a quick fall vignette I put together in my own home. While we were we were on vacation I was waffling on whether to decorate for fall at all. This year the … [Read more...]

Fall Table Setting and Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This Fall Table Setting and Pumpkin Bread Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias Some of my favorite family moments have been spent gathered around a beautifully decorated table with those I love, sharing good food and great … [Read more...]

Easy Family Scrapbook Ideas: Print Those Pictures!

I was away scrapbooking this weekend, trying to catch up on my Project Life album. These weekends usually consist of a little blogging, some extra sleep, a few delicious meals and some easy family scrapbook ideas. When I started scrapbooking 18 years ago I labored over the pages (and cut many a kid's head with patterned scissors. Can anyone … [Read more...]

Encourage your Kids with Creative Notes

This post was sponsored by Expressionery.com but all opinions are my own. When I became a mom 26 years ago I was determined to greet the teenage years with enthusiasm and a wonderful relationship with my children. I was willing to invest daily in their growing up years through homeschooling and nightly conversations around the … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Side Table Makeover

Disclosure: I was provided product by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. (Don't miss the giveaway at the end of this post!) Y'all know I love yard sales. But did you know there are phone apps to help you map out the sales in your area? They have changed my life. The one I use (Yard Sale … [Read more...]

DIY Makeup Storage Using Scrapbook Paper

I am a memory keeper at heart but this new season of juggling work and our final years of homeschooling means I don't have as much time for traditional scrapbooking. These days most of our tangible memories are captured via Project Life and since I have amassed quite a large collection of paper (okay, so it rivals Michael's. I can't … [Read more...]

Easy Tips to Refresh Your Home with Shutterfly Home Decor

This post was sponsored by Shutterfly through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Shutterfly, all opinions are my own.  I have been an avid scrapbooker for almost two decades and recording our family memories is part of the fabric of my life. I have to confess the process is … [Read more...]

Shabby Chic Bedroom Ideas

Since I seem to be one of those distracted bloggers that can't keep all the balls juggling in the air I have to tell you I never finished sharing our budget bedroom makeover from last year. Yes, last year! I used to be so organized as a stay at home, homeschooling mom of five. For heaven's sake. WHAT HAPPENED? Life happened. The … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Paint Ideas for the Home

Do you like following the latest decorating trends? Or are you more like me? You kinda slide into them while you're discovering  your own personal style? Some trends tend to hang around for years and some vanish before they really even get started. What does this mean for you and I? To me it means I should only grab onto those ideas I … [Read more...]

7 Chalk Painting Tips for Beginners

True confession here. If you aren't familiar with my blog you may not know one simple truth: I am not a painter. My husband is the painter extraordinaire at Marty's Musings. He is a painting contractor by trade (until this happened and then it happened again) but there is one kind of painting that I AM an expert at. Chalk painting. You know … [Read more...]

Behr DeckOver Product Review and the Million Dollar Question

Behr Paint provided compensation for this post but we have loved and used Behr products for years! Last summer my DIY hubby restored our 20+ year old back deck with an amazing product from Behr Paint.  Since then I've received more questions about that post than any other. The most frequently asked question was how does the Behr … [Read more...]