Friday, October 24, 2014

When life gives you leaves..... my not planned family pictures

It is Friday! We have a lot going on this weekend having to do with Halloween. Going to the Zoo for costumes and night fun. Then Saturday we are off for the first of two trick or treating adventures. This one involves Dale's sisters and their kids. Lots of kids, candy, and fun. I am sure by Sunday we will be exhausted. But it is worth it. I am all about stretching out the fun. We also had planned to dress up the kids, Dale and I. In similar but not matching outfits and pose for Christmas pictures. I always send out a card with pictures, I have a lot of out of town family with a fair amount of people that are not on any social media (shocker) so my yearly Christmas card is the only time they see my kids growing up. I take the kids pictures and my mother in law snaps a few of us as a family. It is a lot less tears and pain then going into a studio and forcing poses in a always too hot room. Still, a lot of time, effort, work, and usually some angry and frustrated people. Not just the kids ;)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friday Favorites #84

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Friday Favorites time! This month is speeding by, I adore fall and Halloween so that is exciting. But The idea of us getting closer and closer to winter is not my idea of fun. It gets so cold here. But for now we are having gorgeous fall temperatures and wonderful clear blue sky's. Morgan from Finding Morgan, and Heather from Our life in a click are the newest addition to the Friday Favorites link party. And of course the original lady, the woman with the plan Laura from I'm not a trophy wife. All wonderful ladies that bring just a little something different then the next to the table in this blogging adventure. Be sure to follow them as well!

  And now, for my features from last week....

House stalking

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I like to do my fair share of house stalking. I like home decor, I like architecture, put it together and I am all over it. So when a house is shared online you know I look at it. Most celebrity homes are a little too formal or stark for me. I like color and a home to feel... well.... homey. I came across Ellen Pompeo's home in Architectural Digest and was instantly hooked. The fun thing about this tour is they shared before and after pictures. The home was beautiful before, but what the designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. It fits so well with the home. He added some color, even bringing in dark colors which I am in love with at the moment. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Picture ledge, contributing at Homedit today

Can I just say that I adore being able to contribute at other sites. This is something I had not planned when i started this blog, but now that I am actively a part of three other sites and their talented team I am having so much fun. Getting to collaborate with others, try new things. I am learning so much. 

Anyways, today I am at Homedit sharing a really simple and easy DIY picture ledge. I am talking 1 hour from start to finish, including time to have to wood stain dry. And the impact it had was HUGE! I put this in my bedroom. And yes, any faithful readers will notices that the wall is painted and the trim is black. I painted it for this project. But, the whole room will follow shortly. This is the last untouched room in the house. For now we have a feature wall of painted trim and light tan color. But the whole room will be done. This picture ledge adds an amazing feature to this wall that is just used to walk by most of the time. It is now part of the room. Go check it out at Homedit! 


Home is....
.....where someone is always there to help

Monday, October 20, 2014

Creepy, crawley Halloween spider vases and DIY spiderwebs

This month is all about Halloween decor projects. I know I have Halloween on the brain and I am sure everyone else is the same way. We are finalizing plans for trick or treating, and other Halloween fun. We visited a pumpkin farm, and my kids were hopped up on caramel apple sugar all day. My house is all about Halloween too. I wanted to add some spooky fun to my fireplace mantel. I thought of a fun and really cheap idea.

Friday, October 17, 2014


I shared all of my favorite spring and summer flower blooms in my yard. So with fall here I am sharing the beauty that is the changing of the seasons. Growing up in southern California these golds, red, orange, and brown do not exist in the trees there. It took my breath away when I moved to Wisconsin and saw my first fall.