Disney on a Budget

If at all possible, I highly recommend traveling to Disney in or around January. In the past three years, we’ve always had mild weather in the low 80’s to upper 70’s. While temps can dip below that in January, the averages are still lovely. In addition to milder weather, the crowds aren’t nearly as bad…… Continue reading Disney on a Budget

Small Business Gift Guide

As a small business owner, I fully understand the impact of shopping small and having the support of your local community and the community that can be built online. My favorite holiday guide is below along with sales/promos these businesses may be offering during Small Business Saturday. If you have not already attended a local…… Continue reading Small Business Gift Guide

Simple Christmas Decor

The Grinch made me do it. Who knew our traditional Friday family movie night would result in my favorite Christmas decor addition in our home? Contrary to the Grinch’s view of Christmas, the movie put me in the Christmas spirit early which I’m not complaining about. Whoville is so whimsical and unique which inspired me…… Continue reading Simple Christmas Decor

Holiday Gift Guide for KIDS

Let’s be honest, if you have kids and/or nieces and nephews, kids bring new life back into Christmas. I can remember the first Christmas our first born was old enough to understand the meaning of Christmas and Santa. The pure shock and excitement on his face as he peered into the living room from the…… Continue reading Holiday Gift Guide for KIDS

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Happy Wednesday friends. I’m sharing my first gift guide of the season for that lady in your life. I’ve selected items that have become staples in my life that are for the home, personal wear & for the active lifestyle that is a priority in my daily schedule. It’s also important to slow down and…… Continue reading Holiday Gift Guide for Her

The Best Turkey Chili

I’m calling this the best turkey chili because it really is the only recipe you’ll ever want to use when making a pot of chili. Two of our best friends, Adam & Ashley, live in Yadkinville, NC. We plan regular trips to visit them – exploring NC wine country that they get to call home,…… Continue reading The Best Turkey Chili

Fall & Christmas DIY Reversible Sign

Fellow crafters I have a fun project for you. Share the idea with your friends and coordinate a time to host a “make and take” sign event like I did. Fellow crafters I have a fun project for you. Share the idea with your friends and coordinate a time to host a “make and take”…… Continue reading Fall & Christmas DIY Reversible Sign

Birthday Party Themes for Boys

Admittedly, I was “that” mom who planned out a Pinterest worthy themed party for our first borns 1st birthday. Yes, it is something to celebrate but in hindsight, I realize he remembers nothing. My strategy for every party moving forward has been to keep things simple and family only until his 5th Birthday came around.…… Continue reading Birthday Party Themes for Boys

Blueberry Power Muffins

After our first born was comfortable with finger foods, I searched for easy breakfast options that would pack in the nutrition and make our morning routine simpler.  The ingredients are basic and almost always on hand in our house. I recently discovered the original author of the recipe deleted their website so the recipe was…… Continue reading Blueberry Power Muffins

Summer Favorites

This first recipe is pretty, healthy, & festive for any Summer party you're invited to bring an appetizer. Ingredients 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh blueberries1 cup whole fresh blueberries1/4 cup fresh lemon juice3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced1/3 cup diced red bell pepper1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Instructions Coarsely chop 2 cups… Continue reading Summer Favorites

Shiplap + Bathroom Redesign

If you’re looking to add shiplap to a wall or room in your home on a budget, this post is for you.  I’m sharing how you can update a standard builder grade bathroom into a modern farmhouse design. We transformed this space: Into this newly designed space for a total of $315.  The shiplap wall…… Continue reading Shiplap + Bathroom Redesign

DIY “Shiplap” Deck Skirt

  Seeing potential in our home has always been a fun challenge for my husband and I.  We prefer to start with a clean slate and add finishing touches that fit our style.  One main thing our home lacked on the exterior when we moved was curb appeal.  We made plans early on to add…… Continue reading DIY “Shiplap” Deck Skirt

NC Wine Trails

Two of our best friends live in the heart of NC wine country, Yadkinville, NC.  Starting in 2011, we ventured to different vineyards with them in the beautiful countryside and have found some hidden gems in our beloved state. Here you will find options for self-guided tours as well as tour-guided NC Wine trails.  I’ve…… Continue reading NC Wine Trails

DIY Wood & Metal Hooks

This simple DIY project is perfect for a rainy day.  You can plan ahead and snag these hooks for 1/2 off when they are in the sale rotation at Hobby Lobby. Materials: 1- 1×6 Pine Board (1 board allowed for the 3 different wall hooks you see pictured) Wall Hooks – sourced from Hobby Lobby (they are…… Continue reading DIY Wood & Metal Hooks

A Unique Date Night for a Special Occasion

Let’s be honest, buying for your significant other can sometimes be the hardest thing. At least in my case, my husband is one who rarely shops or needs anything but when he does want something, he goes out and buys it. It is usually right before a special occasion too. Does this sound familiar to…… Continue reading A Unique Date Night for a Special Occasion