Family Favorite Lemon Bread

Growing up I loved when my mom would make Lemon Bread… it’s one of those addictive recipes and because it’s a fruit based bread you can easily rationalize having a slice with breakfast. Bread Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp lemon extract 3 cups all-purpose […]


Elle’s Table Makeover

I’m writing this during the Blizzard of 2015. Work was cancelled for AJ and probably will be cancelled tomorrow… we have over two feet of snow and it’s still coming down. The wind is going crazy outside and the only drivers allowed on the road are the plows.  It feels good to have a day of […]


Drew’s Mickey Mouse 4th Birthday

In the age of Pinterest-y birthday parties I’m going to give you a non-Pinterest one. More like a Dollar Tree meets DIY party. But it’s one that my four year old loved. And it’s one that we didn’t spend our life savings on. Drew adores Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and watches it every day so we decided […]

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House Wishes

First real snow of the season. January 24, 2015 Last week AJ and I went to visit this home in town that was going for a ridiculously low price. It was perfect. It had storage. It had a garage. It had a laundry room where I wasn’t afraid a mouse might be staring at me. […]

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Let’s Talk Money.

Let’s talk money. You’ve seen in my plans for the year some money related goals. I want to share with you how 3/4 of the way through January I already feel like I’m on a better foot than I was at the end of last year. I think to sum it up it comes down […]


Stairway Happenings

Today was the start of some big doings for our hallway. For a while I’ve had this orb that I picked up at Home Goods sitting in our living room on display just waiting for our stairway makeover to really get started. I had some credit to Home Goods around Christmas (you know when you […]


Organizing the Entry: Dresser Makeover

I have been an organizing fiend lately. One of my most recent projects was to make our drop zone work better for us and specifically for this season with all the hats and gloves that come with it so I switched up our drop zone to include this dresser (here’s your sneak peek of our […]

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Maine Cottage Reno: Phase Two

Remember how I posted a while ago about the cottage my parents were renovating in Maine? AJ, the kids and I drove up on Saturday morning to get a good look at the progress and I want to share with you how it’s looking now… it’s always nice to see the before and in progress pictures […]

Framing Children's Outfits

Framing Meaningful Children’s Outfits

I’ve had this project in the back of my mind for at least two years and for whatever reason never did anything about it till now. Maybe it’s that I’m actively trying to simplify and use what we have right now. Maybe I just got sick of seeing these adorable outfits sitting on my desk […]


Home and Life Goals for 2015

The minute the Christmas decorations come down all I want to do is simplify. Which is so funny because with Christmas all I wanted to do was decorate every square inch of the house gorgeously. I’ve been planning and organizing my time this past week in ways that I think matter the most… not necessarily […]