Half Bath Update – Tile and Wood


Hello! I thought I’d share some photos of where we’re at in our half bath renovation today. (PS- We’re putting together a short video about some of the key steps in our process, and I look forward to sharing that whenever we wrap things up!) The floor and walls are starting to look much different than […]

Rustic and Modern


Remember that Simple With A Hearty Side Of Significant post I published last month? If so, you probably remember that cute little boy that found the notepad I hid over by the gazebo. His name is Mikey, and Kevin and I had the opportunity to visit him and his house the other day. He and […]



Can you see them out there? It’s Kevin and our friend (and avid fisherman), Tommy. Apparently misty mornings like the one we had today make for the best fishing, so Kev bundled up and met him by the dock as soon as he arrived. I rushed out there to snap that photo of them as […]

Adoption Physicals

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We completed the ‘physicals’ step in our adoption home study last week. I made a comment about being freaked out by needles in my last home study-related post, and I wish I could say that the experience went easy-breezy, but it didn’t. It was more queasy-MEasy. After a short wait in the waiting room, the […]

Cottage Style Decorating

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We’re still working on personalizing the half bath at our place this week… …so I thought I’d blog about my friend Shannan‘s house today. She and her family have had tons of fun adding color, personal touches, and character galore to their recently-built home. She created this little vignette in her entry, and I’m fascinated by […]

Paper Palmers


I surprised my Valentine with a Foldable Me yesterday, then I surprised him with a Foldable He, too! The paper pair starred in our very first Vine video yesterday. If you’d like to check it out just click on the photo below: If you listen closely, you can hear the non-paper version of my Valentine working on […]

Spoon Art and a Love Story Sliver

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We’re coming up on our 9 year wedding anniversary this June, but it’s been 10 years since I saw him standing there. Across the room, with his back to the wall…one knee bent up, and the bottom of his sneaker planted up against the wall behind him. He had his hat on backwards. I’ve always […]

Half Bath Redo

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Now that the sunroom is at a good stopping point (for the time being), we’ve decided to move on to a itty-bitty space that sits right next to it: our half bath. As you can see in the first floor layout above, it’s the only bathroom on the main floor of our (1728 sq. ft., […]

Adoption Home Study #3

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We got to sit down with our (fantastic) social worker, Beth, (and her social-worker-in-training  “shadow”, Amaris) again today- and over a period of three hours, we completed step 3 (of 5) of our home study: our individual interviews. I went first, from 9:30-11:00, then Kevin interviewed from 11:00-12:30. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed […]

Wood Chandelier

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Well, it took a couple of tries and some crazy, don’t-try-this-at-home style scaffolding but my knight in shining “arm-ink” finally managed to replace the ceiling fan in the sunroom. We worked out a trade with the folks at Shades of Light on their Wine Barrel Chandelier, and we had fun modifying it a little with […]

How To Shoot Photography – 102

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It’s Photography 102 launch day over at ShootFlyShoot.com! Last March, the guys introduced Photography 101, and they’ve had such a blast connecting with folks through their site over the past year! While Photography 101 was primarily about learning to shoot in manual mode, Photography 102 is about the things that “changed the game” for Josh […]

Brownie Batter

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The following texts were exchanged between me and my neighbor/BFF on January 26th, at 8:52pm. My texts are green, hers are light gray: Getting a sweet tooth craving late at night when you’ve already got your PJ’s on and don’t feel like going to the store: NOT GOOD. Having a friend that will share brownie […]