Road Trip Travel Tips for Vacations & Weekend Getaways

My Top 8 Road Trip Travel Tips for Vacations or Weekend Getaways We have taken so many road trips this year, from weekend getaways to traveling through several states, and I learn something new with each one I take.  But my daughter and I are planning a really long distance trip, and I need your help.  

Our Best Family Summer Vacation

Our Best Family Summer Vacation My son got married in California over the weekend!  I’ll be sharing some photos later, but I thought I’d share a bit about our trip, and just a few photos from the wedding. Since we were going to California, we made it our family vacation too.  So we packed a lot in a short amount of time.

Black Friday Giveaways, Sales and Uncommon Gifts

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Are any of you planning to hit any Black Friday sales? I stopped going to stores on Black Friday years ago. I don’t do super late nights, crazy early mornings, crowds, or packed parking lots. I’d much rather shop online, stay home in my sweatpants, and eat leftovers all day. 🙂 Whether you love Black Friday sales or prefer to stay home like me, I’ve got several wonderful giveaways for you today, as well as online sales and unique {Read More}

Guest House Refresh Because Company Is Coming

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #BigLotsHome#CollectiveBias I freak out a little when I  have a house guest coming. Actually, I freak out a lot. I know they come to see us, and not our house, but I want our guests to feel welcome, be comfortable, and not wish they had booked a hotel room instead of staying with us. 🙂 My oldest son’s girlfriend is arriving for a visit {Read More}

How to Create a Twinkling Potpourri Light

On Saturday I shared  a fall farmhouse table setting that featured jar candles (thank you all for the sweet comments!) and I promised to show how to repurpose the candle jar once the candle has been used up … … because if you’ve visited my blog for any length of time, you know I love repurposing  jars!

Coffee Shop at Home Reclaimed Wood Coffee Station

During the summer when I was traveling with my family, everyone wanted to get out of the car and stretch their legs, so we stopped at a little coffee shop. The owners of the coffee shop had done an amazing job designing the interior and styling the space. The walls were chalkboards filled with chalkboard art and their menu. One wall was filled with coffee merchandise displayed on gorgeous rustic wooden shelves, and a display case was filled with fresh {Read More}

Dorm Room Essentials for My Kiddo

My middle son took a semester off  from school last year to do a full-time internship. He lived off campus in a house full of guys during his internship. Have you ever seen what a house inhabited by five college guys looks like?   It’s scary. Apparently college guys don’t realize that leftover pizza won’t keep for three months in the refrigerator. I was the unlucky mom that got to clean that fridge out on moving day. I’m still recovering {Read More}

Cafe Lights in the Guest Room

When your kids are babies, life is all about cute little outfits, decorating the nursery, and getting photos to mark their 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th month moments, and nobody really warns you about what may be coming in the days ahead, do they?

Make Your Dash Count Those of you who have visited my blog for awhile, know I’m the mom of 4 kids, but what I’ve never shared before, is that before I ever had kids of my own, there were three other children in my life. Within 2 months of getting married, my husband and I became foster parents to 3 children with special needs, as part of a pilot program to remove young children with profound physical and mental disabilities from institutions, so they {Read More}

Decor Steals Design Ingenuity Event – Boxwood Wreaths

If you’ve visited my blog for very long, you may have noticed that other than Christmas, I don’t do a lot of seasonal decorating.  I don’t switch out my pillows for different seasons, and I don’t change my mantel for every holiday.  I do love to change things up in my house, but it is’n’t usually seasonally oriented.  I prefer to decorate with things that can be displayed year-round and don’t need to be stored away after a season ends. {Read More}