Thrift-day Thursday & What a photographer taught me about fruit

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Hopefully you are reading this with that great hook in the title.  One of my kids loves fruit. I buy fruit  in bulk because he will eat a 1/2 dozen Cutie oranges after school.  As always, when I buy fruits and veggies in bulk I am always faced with where to store the produce so the family eats it!  So this [Read more…]

Thrift-day Thursday

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 I’m trying, really trying to stay out of the discount home stores like TJ Maxx and HomeGoods.  But, there is some magnetic pull that sucks me in between errands or juggling carpools.  So it must have been fate or that magnetic pull that lead me to these dish towels on the clearance endcap!  What have [Read more…]

LOVE! My auto sensor pantry light!

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Hi everyone- Let me acknowledge that this idea was my {first} husband’s suggestion. And, when I first heard him mention it I was like, “Yeah, that sounds great… don’t forget to pick up primer at the Depot.”  So the last phase of our pantry makeover project  was the installation of this: This is an auto motion sensor [Read more…]

Pantry Makeover: Before and After

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If a pantry is any indication of one’s mental health: I am headed for a 72 hour psych hold!  Here was the current state of my pantry in January : BEFORE: A VIEW FROM THE FLOOR… DURING What was I thinking with this color?  Not even my dogs liked this color! Here was my inspiration: [Read more…]

Happy Valentine’s Day to Me

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The running joke in my family is that mom buys what she really wants! No amount of online links or photos of my wish list work.  I even posted this on Instagram since my children are over Facebook!   I actually ordered this from Crate and Barrel the day after Christmas when it didn’t show up under the tree!  The good news [Read more…]

Pottery Barn Knockoff Place Settings at World Market

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This fall I invested in new dishes. This was a bit of commitment since I am a bit of a dish whore! I just love different colors for each season. I love plates of different colors and plates for different holidays.  But, after a few years  months, the plates get chipped and start looking tired [Read more…]

Organizing the Fruit!

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I splurged last week on these berry baskets from Crate & Barrel.  It’s my ongoing quest to organize my refrigerator! Don’t these strawberries  look amazing?  My rationale for buying these cute ceramic baskets is if fruit is presenting in a cute container the family will be more inclined to eat more fruit.   I’m curious to [Read more…]

Every time a bell rings… my dogs want to go outside!

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I love that line in “It’s a Wonderful Life” where little ZuZu says, “Teacher says every time a bell rings an angel get’s it’s wings.” I love bells and/chimes!  So when I saw these on clearance at Crate and Barrel  I grabbed the remaining three.  They were in the ornament bins.  I wasn’t sure what [Read more…]

Chair makeover in an hour … and a few minutes! Love it!

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This is what I really want in my dream kitchen  (from Red Head Can Decorate): Source: redheadcandecorate.com via imnotatrophywife on Pinterest   But the reality is that my budget covers a couple yards of fabric… on sale.  These are the fabric swatches I picked up at Joanne’s.  The fabric department is out of my comfort [Read more…]

Cute Cocoa Mason Jars

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Here’s my candy cane hot cocoa station for the winter. I put my new candy cane mix and pink/white marshmallows in mason jars. What is it about a mason jar that makes everything cuter?                                           [Read more…]

Centerpieces Pretty Enough to Eat

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The best rewards of a fruit centerpiece is it is edible and doesn’t need to be stored after the season!  What I have noticed is when I display fruit in a pretty bowl, the family is drawn to it. Kinda like the way I am drawn to Peanut M&M’s when they are in a glass [Read more…]

New Window Treatments for the Kitchen {in half the time}

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My daughter left for college this fall and I am trying to keep busy (between real estate clients, 2 boys with homework  and after school activities every.single.day).   I am also motivated to try and make some changes before she comes home for the holidays.  Am I afraid she will see the new projects on [Read more…]