If you are me, you realize it’s three days before the 4th of July and you really should decorate the house a little. In my defense, I’ve been busy with renovation projects. In reality, it would have been the same without that excuse. Since you’ve waited so long to put them up, you also don’t want to spend much money on these decorations. Then, here is what you do.   I saw this idea on Pinterest and went… Read more »

    One of the projects I decided to tackle this summer was my living room fireplace. I love the custom wooden mantle and did not want to cover it with paint. Unfortunately, I also hate the yellow oak that is everywhere in this house. I decided to try staining the wood a darker color instead. I like the look of dark wood, but I was careful not to go too dark since my floors are also a pretty light… Read more »

  With 4th of July picnics and fireworks just one week away, it’s time to think about styling the perfect patriotic look. I’ve compiled some of my favorites to share with you.     Starting from top left to right… One-shoulder classic navy stripe swimsuit from J Crew – This style is so classic and chic that you’ll be able to wear it for years. ($118) Larissa dress by Tory Burch – The classic white dress is a summer staple… Read more »

    When you have kids, nobody warns you that your life up until that moment has done little to prepare you for having children. There are so many things that you still have to learn. I guess that is one of the cool things about being a parent. You get the opportunity to learn and do things all over again with your children. For example, I get to use my knowledge of basketball, physics, and geometry to teach Luke… Read more »

This wall in my living room has been bare since we moved in almost five years ago. Like many parts of the house, it sat unfinished because I never really took the time to formulate a plan and act on it. Plus, we live in a constant state of “we might move next year” that has resulted in a tendency to neglect any changes to the house. Finally, I could not take it any longer and decided that I just… Read more »

Over the weekend, I finished reading Jen Mann’s book People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges. Jen Mann presents comical caricatures of some of the people she encounters in her life as a working mom in Kansas. It was not one of the best books I’ve ever read, but it was really funny and makes for a good read before bed. Each chapter tells a different story, so you can breeze… Read more »