Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rededicating My Efforts :)

Spreading the Green

... and ongoing pursuits of a greater purpose


If you've followed me over the last few years, you know that my blogging "purpose" has been experiential and, as such, is constantly evolving. I haven't published much lately (although I am active on Instagram), as my family recently moved to a new town, and I have committed to pursue my greater purpose in life.

As I write this from my hotel room in Pittsburgh, I am excited about all the things that have fallen into place to get me to this day. I am attending the Climate Reality Corps Leadership Training, and I can't wait to share what I am learning with a greater audience.

Last week my son "saved" a butterfly. It was stuck in a pile of sand, likely injured, and he found it, carried it over to me, and was ready to take action to ensure its healthy escape. I recognized that it was hurt, and that his efforts were probably fruitless, but the whole situation made me smile. Because somehow, my husband and I have cultivated a sense of compassion for nature in my kids... and we don't always do it the right way, but at least we've planted the seed.

I'm excited to learn more about climate change, and what we can do to reverse the effects of global warming. I'm striving to pursue a more focused dedication to sustainability and the environment, and I hope you'll follow along on my journey.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Bloggers Heart Zebra Print... and Turquoise... oh, and Basketball!

What Do You Get When You Mix Zebra Print, Teal, and Basketball?

An Awesome Room With a WHOLE LOT of Personality

I think I'm kinda getting addicted to these Bloggers Heart Habitat projects ;) But seriously, the privilege of being a part of this amazing group of bloggers was all I needed to make my Christmas complete.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Repurposed Trays Letterpress Typecase Drawers

New Uses for Antique Printing Press Drawers

Adding Vintage Utilitarian Charm to Your Home

What to do with antique drawer

I am a sucker for old stuff... that's no surprise, I know... but old stuff that used to be fundamental to now outdated processes? Forget it... I'm sold. So when I saw these typecases listed on Craigslist, I didn't waste any time scooping them up. But then the question remains: what do we do with them?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fab Ideas for Antique Card Catalog Drawers

Idea #1: DIY Succulent Garden

Hint: Perfect Gift for Book Lovers!

I stumbled on a lot of these GORGEOUS authentic card catalog drawers (another amazing Craigslist find!), and my head is spinning while I think of all the creative uses for them! Here's the first one I played around with...

Friday, August 26, 2016

Paw Patrol DIY Birthday Party

Make Your Own Paw Patrol Badges {or Necklaces}

Perfect Paw Patrol Favors or Crafts

Easy crafts for paw patrol

I know, I know... you can go to the party section of any big-box store and find plenty of Paw Patrol paraphernalia, but I always like to add a little personalized love to my kids' birthday parties. So when Chase asked for a Paw Patrol theme, I raided the foam section at the craft store and whipped up a whole lot of these!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beach Bachelorette Party DIY Ideas

Don't Go Broke on a Bachelorette Weekend

Tips for Planning a Fun and Affordable Weekend for the Bride

how to save money on a bachelorette party

Although I'm {ahem} slightly past the "bachelorette stage" of my own life, I was recently in charge of planning my younger sister's Bachelorette Weekend - a party that consisted of (roughly) 2 days and 2 nights with 14 lovely ladies. My objective was two-fold: (1) create a fun and memorable weekend for the bride to be and (2) make the weekend budget-friendly for the group. Aaaaaand it worked, with ZERO squabbles and a whole lot of laughs!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Countering Schoolday Chaos in the Mornings

3 Steps to Stress-Free Mornings

My Tricks for Getting Four Kids Out the Door on Time

I don't know about you, but during the school year, the time between when my kids wake up in the morning and when we all need to be out the door is often the most stressful hour of the day. And it's not that we're necessarily crunched for time--my kids are EARLY risers, so we have a good hour-and-a-half to do what we need to do... but this past year I just found myself getting really frustrated and losing my patience during that time period.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Trendy and Easy School Spirit Flair

Adding Feathers to Kids Beaded Jewelry

Dress Up Those Pony Beads for a Custom Look!

Feather Kids Necklace Tutorial

So I have to admit here, I wasn't just looking for ways to add some red and silver to my summer wardrobe. No, I'm more of a "cool-color-palette" person, but there was a time in my life when I wore these colors p-r-e-t-t-y regularly. And a recent event got me back in the "spirit," if you catch my drift...

Monday, August 1, 2016

Cozy Cottage Corners

How to Add Charm to Small Space

Curb Alert + Beachy Colors + Cool Hardware = My Happy Place

Cottage beachy furniture

The most common struggle I have when decorating our cottage is space... I should probably say "lack of space," 'cause there's not too much of it! Since we've only got about 1000 square feet to work with, "what goes where" can really make-or-break a room. We're a family of 6 (plus puppy), we're near the beach, and we're always welcoming friends and families to our home, so it gets tricky to find a balance between maintaining function (we need lots of places to sleep, but beds are big!) while keeping the charm (if there's a place to sleep in the room, everything else must be small!).