Updated: Oct 12, 2018

Hope that catchy title grabbed your attention! Although most of my friends are horrified by the fact that I have never actually watched this show, I feel like it's the perfect intro to my lifestyle blog.

Don't get me wrong. I love watching certain shows, just not ones where you bawl your eyes out every time you watch! I know, I know...women love the emotional, touchy-feely stuff. I am just not one of them. Call me out-of-touch with my emotions, I guess. I really love all things joy-filled. There is so much in this world that brings you down, I'd much rather invest my time in those things instead.

Like Home Design...now THAT'S where it's at for me! I love me some "Fixer Upper" and Chip and JoAnna. (More like a little obsessed! Ha!) Most free time, you'll find me with my cup of tea, binge-watching my DVR'd HGTV shows. When I'm not getting my art and design fix, I'll be either obsessing over what Paleo baked goods I'm going to try next or with my friends-turned-family at the beach, coffee shop or just hanging out at each other's homes.

My philosophy is simple: my faith is first, my family comes next and extended friends-that have become family-follows. We love doing life in community. It's where you grow and find happiness while helping one another. It really does take a village to raise not just a child, but also a community. Come join me as I talk (sometimes vlog) about all these favs. See you there!

My heart

There's my teen sweetheart, Tim along with my sons, Andrew (middle), Aaron and Ellie

My rock-star sons, Andrew & Aaron

This is how we do

We've learned that life is better in community. We have made it an art-form to meet great people that become acquaintances then friends that become family. You'll be meeting them all along the way.

My wild child, Ellie


Updated: Jul 20, 2018

I absolutely love Home Improvement shows. My husband hates this because like many a wife, we think we can accomplish such elaborate before and after makeovers. Now don’t get me wrong my husband, Tim, has an extensive background in carpentry and construction that’s been passed down from his father. But let’s be real, not only are we financially unable to carry off these types of renovations but time is at a premium as well. And let’s not forget that little thief: age, who robs us of our physicality and reminds us of our limitations. As we’ve entered our 50’s, (yikes!) let’s face it, the old mare just ain’t what she used to be! Ha!

Some of my favorite shows currently are;

-Fixer Upper (The Gaines’, Hello!!)

-Home Town (The Napier’s, ditto!!)

-Woodwork (Clint @ Kelly Harp)

-Hidden Potential and more!

Of course, I am obsessed with interior design but more than that I love the idea that people’s houses become their homes. It’s where everything happens. Family and friends, celebrations, community. It’s where we gather to share stories. So, while having my home pretty and cozy for my family is important, having it ready and accessible to welcome others in is just as important.

When we moved into our home almost 15 years ago, I was hard-pressed to envision it’s potential. But our friend and neighbor told me that his hope and prayer for us was that I would be inspired to make this fixer-upper into our home. And that we did. You never seem to be finished with projects but boy, have we come a long way, baby! When new folks enter our home, I love their reaction, most saying how warm and cozy it is. That’s what my goal was: warm and welcoming. I also love hearing my husband and kids say how much they love it when it’s time to decorate for Christmas. It’s our favorite time of year.

There’s power in realizing hidden potential. Who knows what you can accomplish unless you have a vision for your future. Sure, all need people to speak into our lives because it’s encouraging. It gets us up and going. Although, it really is up to you to get started. I’m a great starter but a terrible finisher. I’ve had great hopes for many projects throughout the years. But it’s the ones I’ve been most passionate about that come to be.


One of my best inexpensive ways to refresh a room is with plants. I love live plants, even if I do occasionally kill one! They are cheap and matched with the right planter, Voila! Instant gratification.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Head to your local store

  2. Get plant that doesn't need a lot of sun

  3. Get potting soil

  4. Grab a nice pot (Target on sale)

  5. Transfer into potting soil, place on plant stand

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