Sad Stairs

Ever since we installed hardwood on the main level of our home, we have needed a stair makeover. In fact, in the reveal post linked above, look at the stairs in the entryway. The stairs are peeking into the picture. The floors were a big job, and we may or may not have been a bit burnt out. Ripping out tile wasn't easy, and I just wasn't feeling another disaster in our home asap. So, as a result, our … [Read more...]

pumpkin tools every family should own

I have a challenge. I want every family to carve at least 1 pumpkin this year. Are you down? #youcandoit Speaking of hashtags, last year we started the hashtag #carvethatjack. Share your pumpkin carvings with us! We are pumpkin nerds and proud.  Ummm yeah. We are known in our local town as the pumpkin people. It’s pretty embarrassing cool. We've embraced it.  We love Halloween. In fact, the week … [Read more...]


I'm always stoked to be asked to join home tours. {Thank you Gina!} The tours are always so fun, in fact I like virtual home tours better than our local parade of homes lately. The builder beige walls make me want to poke my eye with a needle. If that's your favorite though, don't take offense. Summer is in full swing here. My four monsters, perfect kids got out of school before Memorial day, and today was rough. I … [Read more...]

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It's my hubby's birthday today. He is the most amazing person in the whole world. How can you not love this face? Dan and I have been married for 14 years, and I can honestly say that I love him more than I ever imagined. When I met him, I knew he was a keeper. If you want to read the story about how we met, check it out here.  Today, I wanted to pause the normal posts and share a more personal post. Hopefully … [Read more...]

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I love these 10 rugs.  Rug #1 Rug#2 Rug #3 Rug #4 Rug #5 Rug #6 Rug #7 Rug #8 Rug #9 Rug #10 Dan isn't the type of husband that just says, "Yes Dear." In fact, when he says those words, it is only to taunt me. He always has an opinion, and most of the time it is appreciated, but at times it is tricky when there are too many opinions if you catch what I'm dropping. As you know, we are almost done with our … [Read more...]


We are sleep deprived and exhausted, but the pumpkins were a huge hit!  I took a short video of the crowd just to document the craziness. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us again this year! It is a fun tradition and our kids LOVE it! So without further adieu, check out our 2014 carvings! Which one do you like best? Our Frozen pumpkins were a hit! The shaded Elsa and Anna took about 4 hours each to … [Read more...]


Every year we have a pumpkin carving party and I CANNOT believe that this is our 10th annual event. Where does time go!?! We help our friends and neighbors carve their pumpkins that night, and we even give them tips and tricks about carving! If you want to see our crazy-fun pumpkins from the last few years, check out 2013, 2012, and 2011. I love to share our party invitation for those of you who are planning parties of … [Read more...]


A few weeks ago on the World’s Longest yard sale, one of my friends who was on the trip asked me a question about my faith. She said, “Do you have electricity?” I burst into laughter and about died laughing. I will keep her identity secret, but you better believe that I will never let her live that down.  I answered her in a serious tone and said, “Only on Sundays” <----sense the sarcasm, of course. By the end of the … [Read more...]


  Sometimes it’s hard to create that balance between a chaotic house and a clean house, and every single day I found myself pulling out the art supplies for my daughter Londyn. She loves to draw, and I decided that instead of putting away the art supplies multiple times a week, we would make a permanent table in the family room for her crayons and colored pencils. The great thing about the table though is that the … [Read more...]


When I was in the brunt of my Master’s degree program, I was an absolute mess. I had just had a miscarriage, I worked full time, I had two young kiddos ages 3 and 2 at home, and I was teaching two college classes to fulfill my requirements of my assistantship. I’m not sure a “mess” is even accurate. I was drowning. I was overwhelmed. I was ready to quit. One day I was in the shower after a terrible day and all I could … [Read more...]