I am a designer. I always have been! I can remember back to when I was 12 almost 13 and my dad built a master suite onto my childhood home. That meant I got to move into their old room!!! Woohoo!!! Master suite for ME! (but don't be too impressed, it was about a 10'… Continue reading Designing for a Client: Country to Classic
A quick re-design of the crafting sewing closet.
Remodeling our kitchen took work, took time, and took lots and lots of decision making. In my article on the step by step process for a kitchen remodel, I talk about how the process from beginning to end. Today, I am sharing with you all the details that are decided on before and during all… Continue reading Kitchen: Choosing Product
Well, how is YOUR summer going so far? Happy to not have schooling every day on top of everything else: cooking, cleaning (oh the cleaning!), working, laundry, etc.?! My family is trying to keep up with reading & math on weekdays, but we need more TO DO'S! And this week, my teen got her first… Continue reading Caramel Cupcakes
Hi friend! How have you been doing? Any visits to the farmer's Market lately? Our local market opened up last month and I have been 2 weeks in a row! First, I needed to grab a bouquet of peonies before they are no longer in season and second for peonies AGAIN but this time I… Continue reading Healthy Griddle Cakes with Berry Compote
I don't know about you but cooking cooking cooking has got me tired tired tired and totally lacking creativity in the the food department. Every day, the same ol' routine. Am I alone? No, I don't think so! We are all going thru this together! We are all trying to chug through our days, getting… Continue reading Meal Planning During Quarantine
No kids. No husband. I am in a Lyft, heading to the airport for a long weekend to New Orleans. Just saying this, I can hear Harry Connick Jr.'s voice talkin' in my ear. The south. I've never been. Well, not since I was a young girl on the cusp of my thirteenth birthday, traveling… Continue reading Annual Girls Trip: New Orleans 2019
If you have been following me, you will know that this lady loves her cocktails! 😉 Some of my favorite posts have been the Crimson Kiss, the Salty Bunny, and most recently The Clover Club. When we reconfigured our kitchen, we lost our "bar area". Now, don't get too sad for the signature cocktail queen. … Continue reading Where’s the Bar?
I have been trying to find a deodorant that works for me for YEARS! My goal is to smell fresh but I also don’t want to have those ugly underarm circles. Deodorants help you smell good and antiperspirants keep the sweat away. What's a girl to do? I will deal with underarm circles IF it… Continue reading A Stinky Review
I had a lovely kitchen. I really did. I remember walking into this house 11 years ago and thinking, we can never afford this house. It's so grand. It's so well kept. It's been updated, and it looks out onto a flat back yard (those are hard to come by in our neck of the… Continue reading Our New Kitchen: Before & After
Come along on our adventure, following every step of our recently remodeled KITCHEN!
Lemon. It's the taste of summer. So refreshing, thurst quenching and oh so delicious. In California, they are blessed to have the perfect weather to grow citrus. At my dad's house in the bay area, there is a very large lemon tree that produces the grandest lemons I've ever seen. I mean, these things can… Continue reading Lemon lbs. Cake
May is upon us and we have so many things to celebrate: Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, a few special birthdays (my son, my sister, my friend April, ... 😉 ) and of course, one of my favorites: MAY DAY! When I was a little girl, I can remember going early before school started and dropping… Continue reading May Day Art
I do not know about you, but this quarantine has brought out the drinking bug in me! 🙂 And when the drinking bug hits, Josh Madrid is a good person to know! 😉 Josh and I met while working together as Art Literacy Coordinators at Bonny Slope Elementary School. We had the best time playing… Continue reading Quarantine Cocktails
Many years ago, even before I got married, I was part of a book club. Oprah started her book club in 1996 and everyone was joining along. It was a wonderful reason to get together with other intelligent women, sipping wine and analyzing the story we had all experienced that month. Some were fantastic reads… Continue reading Bookshelf Styling
We just completed our first week back to school after being off for 2+ weeks. The good thing is: WE SURVIVED!!! We got to school on time. We jumped back into piano and dance and baseball lessons. And we--well--ME! I jumped back into cooking quick healthy meals for my family. If you know me, I… Continue reading Healthy Dinners in the New Year
Oh what an afternoon! Another FIRST in the books!!! I hosted a wreath making party inspired by my dear friend Tania @thebendflowercompany who hosted one in her new space in Bend, OR last year and said it was a total blast! We laughed, we learned and we all left with the most beautiful wreaths to… Continue reading Wreath Making Party
Nothin’ like a lil’ Christmas Bunko Party to kick-start the holiday festivities! This morning my head is spinning, my cheeks are sore and my mouth is still watering from the new dessert I baked up for the festivities! These Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting from @eighteen25girls were DELISH!!!! The cake was moist, the… Continue reading Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Secret Santa’s 🎅🏼 already?!!! Oh yes, people. The season is here!!! And with it comes a quick and simple new packaging idea!!! I mean, if you have a paper cup anywhere in your house, and a lil’ ribbon 🎀 , you too, can make this adorable little giftbox! Materials needed: 1 paper cup scissors small… Continue reading Quick and Simple Packaging
The story goes...I went into Homegoods looking for something (ANYTHING! Furniture, throws, cupcake liners...you never know what you might find!)...and all the fall decor was out! Glass pumpkins, wheat bunches, orange and brown and black goods a-plenty! I didn't need any of it. In fact, I hadn't even gotten my own fall decor boxes out… Continue reading Fall is HERE!
I AM BORED! WHAT CAN I DO? How many times have you heard this in the last 5 weeks???!!! I love summer and we truly have had some fabulous experiences together as a family. But now that we are in the thick of summer, the planned vacations have dwindled and my kids are driving me… Continue reading Summer Rules 2019
Since the beginning of summer, our family has been go-go-going nonstop with a house-boating trip to Lake Powell, Disney Cruise to the Bahamas followed by the Disney parks in Orlando, home for a blink to watch the season finale of Big Little Lies (Oh PLEASE tell me there will be another season!!! I love all… Continue reading Summer Sippin’: Honey Peach Ice Tea
Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? After a long day’s work, arms full of groceries, you tromp thru the dirty garage and mudroom, enter into your kitchen and see that beautiful arrangement greeting you, adding a little brightness to your day. What Flowers to Buy Fresh flowers don’t have to cost a lot of money. I… Continue reading April showers bring May flowers!
My family of 4 went to Europe for spring break and had just the best time ever!!! We explored both London, England and Paris, France (with a day trip to Versaille) all in 10 days. As we traveled, I posted pictures on my personal Facebook page and got so many questions about how and… Continue reading Tips on traveling to London & Paris with kids
It's the day before my son's 10th birthday... 10 years! Double digits! I can't even believe it. It feels like just yesterday we were walking past a shiny red Corvette and he literally stopped in his tracks, as a 5 year old, stared at it, then turned to me with the biggest cherry bright eyes,… Continue reading Race Car Birthday
I have been doing auction art for about 5 years now. What is auction art, you ask? Every year our elementary school has an auction to raise money for the school. One big component of that is making art with the students and then selling it at the auction! I love it! Why do I… Continue reading The Behind the Scenes Secrets of 2019 Auction Art
Now, if you follow my Instagram you know I LOOOOVE flowers! Do you ever buy flowers, make an arrangement and some flowers DIE earlier than others? (Um...I'm talking about you, Mr. Hydrangea! I even tried this trick here with not much success. 😦 ) Exhibit A: Flowers starting to wilt *those white tulips literally fell… Continue reading Flower Refresh!
Having a slew of relatives over? Or maybe a Friends-Easter? (Doesn't quite have the same ring as Friends-giving, does it?! 🙂 ) We are having both! My in-laws, brother-in-law & his girlfriend and cousin Teresa are coming over for Easter. Then, our family dinner group who all have kids our kids age, are also coming… Continue reading Easter Sippin’
My daughter came home about a week ago and exclaimed, "Let's make marbled Easter eggs this year!" And of course I said, SOUNDS GREAT! Let's do it! Low and behold, there was an article in a magazine on marbling eggs with Cool Whip! So I jumped in the mom mobile and headed to the… Continue reading Let’s Dye Some Eggs!!!!
A tea party fit for a princess. A little wacky, a whole lot of color, and special touches throughout.
Packing yourself for a European trip can be a little stressful. Packing a family of four...ummmm, yah...I've been kind of dreading it!!!!!!!! It is March and my family of 4 is heading to London and Paris for spring break. I can't wait! It's our kids' first time traveling outside the country and my husband and I… Continue reading Packing for a 10 day trip to Europe
When I commit, I commit hard. So when I was asked to join a Bunko group in our neighborhood, and was told that "..you have to come. No excuses. We rely on all 12 members coming every month..." etc. etc. Well...she didn't know who she was talking to. I am a dedicated person. If I… Continue reading Amazing Blueberry Dessert
Do you belong to a book club? That amazing Oprah inspired us all to start one back in 1996!!! I joined one many years ago just to give me an excuse to read a book a month. With all other life distractions and responsibilities, my reading gets postponed till vacation or summer breaks. Now, that… Continue reading Thailand Inspired Cocktail
I don't know about you but some days my body just does NOT feel good!!! Hubbie's first question is, "Have you worked out?" Ok, no. I haven't. I've been SLAVING OVER MY HOUSE AND SICK CHILDREN AND THEIR SCHEDULES AND NEEDS AND TOTALLY IGNORING MY OWN, OK?!!!!! I don't yell. Only in type. 🙂 But… Continue reading Quick and Healthy After School Treat
This is the BEST red velvet you have ever tasted! And the frosting: so unique!
SO...I am a girlie girlie GIRLIE girl!!!! Head to toe, in and out, through and through. But then on May 2nd, 2009... this girlie girl birthed herself a BABY BOY!!! And this baby boy 👦🏼 was truly, ALL BOY! Head to toe, in and out, through and through. Ball was his first word. A golf… Continue reading Will You Be Mine—-Craft? A 2019 Valentine Card.
Have a desire to make some homemade bread? It's not as difficult as you may think. Let the bread rise while you're doing another task and the time just flies by!
Ever have furniture pieces that just don't fit in your home anymore? Before donating them to Goodwill, think about giving them a FACE LIFT!
Hey hey hey!!!! Everyone gearing up for Valentine's day?! Oh you know you've been shopping for the perfect pink outfit, sampling chocolates to decide which to serve and sipping on some tasty bubbly all month month long! 🙂 I have done NOTHING! Ok, maybe I bought some cards for my kids and hubby but that… Continue reading Sundown Sipper, another yummy cocktail.
I am laughing right now. This room has been a "work in progress" for almost a year?! Could that be? And to tell you the truth, it's been done for a while but it is NEVER PHOTO WORTHY! As a 'tween on the go, with 4 nights of dance, one night of choir and a… Continue reading Tween Room
Remember the "mini reveal" of "how to stencil" a Bathroom back in October? Well...all the details are complete! Come take a peek at our kids bathroom remodel! Last spring we decided it was time to "remodel" the kids bathroom. To save on cost, we kept the footprint of the room, the toilet and even the cabinets. What… Continue reading The Kids Bath is COMPLETE!
Do you make New Year's resolutions? I don't. I can't handle the disappointment in myself if I don't stick to it. Do you know how many New Year's resolutions are broken?! According to the US News, 80% of resolutions are broken by the second week in February. That's such a bummer!!! Instead of a "New… Continue reading New Year’s Re….cipes!!!
This blog is to share all my new discoveries! 'Cuz, when I find a new trick or recipe that I LOVE, I want to share it with the WORLD! With YOU!!!! Over winter break, we spent some time at our place in Sunriver. Besides playing in the snow, skiing a day or two, there was… Continue reading The Duvet Struggle is OVER!
A few years back, I tried to read what was said to be the most amazing book: The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. And to tell you the truth, this girl (meaning ME) could NOT get into it!!!! I love my STUFF!!! But...as this 2019 New Year came, we returned from our… Continue reading Tidying Up
Did you see my instagram post last week? It was PARTY WEEK at the elementary school and we decided to do a Candyland theme, including an oversized Candyland game I created for the 3rd graders. It was such a hit! Well, this little project is what sparked the idea! To continue with the Candyland theme,… Continue reading Homemade Ornament
Have you ever had a vision in your head and then when you executed, it just didn't work? It happens ALL-THE-TIME, RIGHT?! What's even worse is when it happens with a client. (yeiks!) Here's what happened... The Job A few weeks ago a client of mine had me decorate her 12' tree. She had boxes… Continue reading Flop to POP: A Wreath Miracle
Welcome to my 2018 holiday home! Come on in!
Hey y'all! Anyone feeling festive?!!! Well a signature cocktail is JUST THE THING to put you in a festive mood! 😉 I've been serving up a few new beverages this season and this one one is one of my favorites for a large group or if you are just serving 2. 🙂 Plus, it was… Continue reading Ginger Fizz Cocktail
Now is the time for baking and giving! I love making homemade gifts to give to our special friends, teachers, bus drivers, etc. Last year, you may remember, I made my favorite granola recipe (see here!) This year I wanted to try something NEW! Making the Brittle Years ago I bought a candy thermometer. Don't… Continue reading Salted Caramel Nut Brittle