JANUARY FAVORITES

It’s about this time each year that I find myself needing to spruce things up a bit. January and February are tough months for me so anything I can do to bring a little cheer into these long, cold and dreary days helps to raise my spirits. Even if it’s just a matter of putting… Continue reading JANUARY FAVORITES

HOW TO MAKE DECOUPAGED NEUTRAL EASTER EGGS + FREE PRINTABLE

Last week I shared my formal dining room sage green and lavender spring table. You might remember that this particular tablescape featured a super cute bunny garden centerpiece and each place setting was adorned with a single decoupaged egg nested on a miniature grapevine wreath. Although the bunnies make a great focal point, my very… Continue reading HOW TO MAKE DECOUPAGED NEUTRAL EASTER EGGS + FREE PRINTABLE

BBQ CHICKEN STUFFED SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

What’s your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes? When I was young, I think we only ate sweet potatoes once each year. Every Thanksgiving we’d dump the canned variety into a casserole dish, sprinkle them with brown sugar, top them with mini marshmallows and pop the whole thing in the oven. Pretty much anything topped… Continue reading BBQ CHICKEN STUFFED SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

Thanksgiving 2014

How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was quiet, relative to last year. Last year, we had an additional 7 people sleeping under our roof. This year, we were not only missing one of our own (Torri), but we hosted just my grandparents for the big meal. Quiet is good, but I missed the absent loved ones.… Continue reading Thanksgiving 2014

Why Disney doesn’t need a princess with Down syndrome

One of my friends–and a fellow mom of a child with Down syndrome–wrote on my Facebook wall this morning. She wanted to share information about a mom, Keston Ott-Dahl, who has started a petition in an effort to encourage Disney to depict a princess with Down syndrome in a future film. The Orlando Sentinel reports… Continue reading Why Disney doesn’t need a princess with Down syndrome

Will be

I paid some $17 for the dress I would get married in. It was left over from prom. Periwinkle blue. Clearance. We had reserved this quaint courtyard at a resort here in the desert. Picture a luminary-lined, low adobe wall. Starlit sky above.  Flagstone beneath our feet. Warm desert air after sunset. There was to… Continue reading Will be

DIY

There’s this thing I do.  It’s like spring cleaning, intensified.  This time last year I was in the midst of making over several rooms in my house.  This time this year I’m–once again–making over several rooms in my house.  After last year’s makeover, you’d think I would have learned to do one room at a… Continue reading DIY