Archives for October 2014

Five Things on a Friday

Happy Friday! This week was just an “off week” for us.  When we don’t have school one day and testing on another I just feel like the week becomes a jumbled mess. I guess I should get used to it since there are hardly any 5 day school weeks from now until Christmas Break. (9 weeks if you are counting. Yikes!)

1. This big guy turns 5 on Sunday. I just can’t even fathom that he is days away from being five. Every fall I think about that crisp, rainy fall day we brought him home and how much our lives have changed for the better since then.


2. We are taking family pictures tomorrow with our steady photographer, Heidi Peters. Here’s a sneak peak of what we are wearing. The temperature is making it more complicated than it need to be but oh well.

3. I just finished Elements of Style by Erin Gates and really can’t say enough about the book. It was so easy to read and gave me some confidence. Do yourself a favor and grab it to read. Decorating seems less scary all of a sudden.

4. I read “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes this summer and sobbed through most of it. Have you heard about the girl in Oregon? I just can’t stop thinking about it and her choice to die instead of suffering and I’m anxious to see what happens on November 1st.

5. My high school football team is 6-1 going in tonight’s game and there is this buzz at school where there is zero school spirit and excitement school wide about sports.  Maybe it’s because it’s expected and happens with frequency but the idea of fall football playoffs make me giddy.   Maybe it’s my small town roots and #fridaynightlights love but I’m ready.

Have a great weekend folks! I’m ready for it.


Family Room- This or That?

I want to show you some progress when it comes to decorating our house. And for the life of me I can’t seem to finish spaces and actually get a room 100% complete. Why? Because it’s those finishing touches that I can’t pull the trigger on to get it finished. So, I’m hoping if you can help me decide then, maybe just maybe we can get a room done. Just one. And then maybe we can work on another one.

Here is our family room. At least the part you need to be concerned about. (I’m standing in the beginning of our kitchen.)


What you can’t see is our old tv stand and tv (dead left) and the fireplace (which is on an angle next to our three windows). 

The fireplace will be whitewashed as soon as we get a quote back and can get it scheduled. The tv is getting a new stand.

So, the end tables are going away. And the lamps are going to the living room.

Here are my thoughts.  Concern yourself with that corner which is the eye sore.

One new end table next to the couch.

This one? via

world market end table










Or that one? via

west elm side table










One new lamp behind the chair.

This one? Via

west elm lamp










Or that one? via

target lam










And this print diptych print from etsy will go behind the chair as well.


etsy chicago art








So, what do you say? Thoughts?




enjoying: the feeling that comes as fall has rushed it’s way in to our house. The decorations, smells, excitement over Halloween and the comfort that lazy mornings in bed with hot coffee bring to our routine. As much as I love Christmas, something about fall screams family to me and quiet memories.

dreaming: about the day that I feel like I have been enough to everyone and have a tank left to nurture myself.  Seriously, the quest to be it all is not easy and a consistent battle in my head.

loving: the series on A Bowl Full of Lemons which is 31 Days of Purging in October. 2 days in I was in good shape. Not so much anymore but I that hasn’t stopped me from saving a list of her purge day tasks in my feedly so I can complete each of them. Today, it is all about dresser drawers which may have to be tackled this weekend but I feel lighter already and know I need to do this.

 watching: leaves fall off the trees as fall has quickly arrived.  Cate declares that it is raining leaves and I watch my little girl in amazement of the crisp leaves fall off the trees on the street. Three is magical and monsterful all at once.

reading: any magazine that is getting delivered to my house. I am obsessed with Food and Wine and the minute my HGTV magazine shows up I am reading it.  I love Women’s Health, Real Simple, Rachel Ray, Cooking Light and Self. Tell me that I am not the only one that doesn’t love a new magazine curled up on the couch.

quoting:  nothing but Brady on repeat is quoting the guys from Monday night football who says “Come On Man” when going over the weekend lows from the NFL. The best part is that he says the statement in the right context every single time which is ever funnier.

thinking: about trying to carve out some time with people that mean a lot to me.  From my kids, to my husband, my mom and my friends I’m really evaluating how I spend my time and with who and hoping to be more intentional with my time.  Life seems to be at NASCAR race pace and since I don’t think it will let up I want to do what’s in my power to make sure that I spending my time with intention and purpose.

 drinking: lots of water including La Croix which is starting to win me over. It’s an acquired taste but I do like it to break up the monotony of the water I drink on a daily basis.

craving: my mama’s fresh, piping hot vegetable soup with crusty bread that just came out of the oven. Fall signals soups for days in my mind and I’m not picky about what kind.  We’re having homemade chicken noodle last nightt which is good start to soup season in my opinion.

listening to: anything that Sam Smith sings. Not surprising since I love Adele and some claim he is the male version of her. “Make it to Me” is constantly on repeat in my brain.