Spring Projects

April 15, 2014
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What is it about spring that makes everyone all of a sudden come alive? I know it’s not just me. All of sudden there is this energy to get.shit.done. We are having a few projects completed this week. Stuff beyond my DIY abilities (electrical, fixing door jams, proper insulation, etc). Mostly functional stuff. Doesn’t necessarily make the house prettier, but it will be nice to be able to lock the back door properly. It will be pretty exciting to finally have those things checked off the ol’ to-do list. Once those items are done, I just know I’ll be itching to tackle a few spring projects that are more my speed. Continue reading

Homemade Granola

April 11, 2014
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Hi everyone, happy Friday! This week felt like it took forever. Or was that just me? Actually, once we got past Monday, our week was pretty good. Monday was tough (rain+puppy who hates rain= painful day), but things are really looking up. I thought I would share a fun little recipe that is a part of almost every day around here. Homemade granola! Continue reading

DIY Shirt

April 9, 2014

Are you all interested in learning how to make this $130 shirt for about $10. Yes please!

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Just in case you needed any convincing that it’s chic, Liz from Sequins & Stripes was wearing the original in her post on Monday!

Head on over to my guest post at The DC Ladies to see how to make your own without breaking the bank!

Image from Joie.

The Emperor’s Children Book Review

April 7, 2014
emperor's children book review, book reviews, book recommendations

I’ve really been enjoying writing these book reviews and I’ve loved the reading even more. But right now, there is absolutely zero reading going on over here. When Quincy falls asleep, I’m usually not far behind him. I’m looking forward to things calming down a little around here because my reading list is always growing! In the meantime, this review is my latest read, The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud. Continue reading

Spring Style Challenge

April 3, 2014
outfit ideas, spring style ideas, spring outfits

If I’m being honest, I really just want to stay in sweatpants and pajamas and sleep for the next three weeks straight. Can you tell I’m a little tired? I’ve always been the type of person who needs a ton of sleep. Eight hours has never cut it for me. Under the best of circumstances I usually feel pretty sleepy. So waking up in the middle of the night for bathroom trips to the backyard and getting up at 6:30 SHARP is really rough for me. I know I know, having a human baby is so much worse. I have new-found sympathy for parents. Things really are getting better too, we are down to only one bathroom trip a night and Quincy is getting on a good schedule. He is really a good boy and learning quickly, but I’m still sort of walking around like a zombie. Not to mention I have dirt and slobber and food all over me. It’s super glamorous. Continue reading

Orphan Train Book Review

March 31, 2014
Orphan Train Book Review

Happy Monday to you all! I read this book a couple of weeks ago and so enjoyed it! I read a review somewhere (who knows where), but it almost felt meant-to-be because of how the subject matter relates to some work I’m doing right now. I’ll explain more below. Here is my review of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Continue reading

Friday Favorites 3.28.2014

March 28, 2014
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Here are some of my favorites of the week. I have a real smattering here, although there is definitely an underlying theme. I have a huge announcement coming next week and the theme is a hint. On a blog note, I know I’ve been a little MIA this week, sorry about that. I was traveling last weekend and didn’t get home until Monday night and felt like I was in a sleep haze all week. It was quite frustrating! I’m hoping next week will be exciting and better. Maybe no more sleep, but at least better. Continue reading

What’s Your Impression(ist)?

March 26, 2014
diy painting, diy art

Pardon the terrible painting pun, it was just right there in front of me. Actually, the title has a purpose. I’m trying to decide what to do with this painting. I decided to tackle a more traditional painting style and there are mixed reviews on the results. So I need your help in determining the fate of this particular DIY project. Continue reading

The Bookman’s Tale Book Review

March 24, 2014
bookman's tale book review, book recommendations

Another Monday, another book. At least I’m slowing my pace a little. Rather than reading a book every 1-2 days, I’m averaging a book every 4 days or so. Much more rational right? One cannot exist on books alone I suppose. This book had me hooked with the description. Any store about an antique book dealer is pretty much gold. So here is my review for The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett. Continue reading