Leona’s Story: When life is not fair

Life is not fair. My dad must have told me that at least a thousand times growing up. I hated those four words. But I’ve found myself repeating that phrase to my kids. And I’ve witnessed it lived out all around me, as bad things happen to good people. Indeed, life is not fair. Today […] Read more…

Plan ahead: Christmas Cards

I don’t know what your philosophy is on decorating early for Christmas. There are definitely two camps: yay or nay. Some are heck ya, I’ll decorate now (my friend Karen in Utah already has her tree up!). Others are like me. Never, ever will I decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving — the day after […] Read more…

No-Sew Window Valance

I don’t sew. I used to — in junior high. My yellow and green stuffed turtle and purple apron from home ec class prove it. But today, if a project involves more than sewing on a button, forget about it! I don’t own a sewing machine, nor do I have any interest in owning one. […] Read more…

Battling the mile 22s

A few weeks ago, I trotted out to the Twin Cities Marathon to cheer on some friends. If you’ve ever run a marathon, then I salute you. Seriously, you’re crazy, you’re determined, you’re a marathoner! If you’ve never watched people run a marathon, then you must add it to your bucket list, because it is […] Read more…

How to get rid of scratches on dishes

Do you have dishes that look somewhat like this? Plates full of scratches from silverware? We’ve had our dishware since 1996, the year we were married. (I remember registering for these white Pfaltzgraf beauties!). That’s 19 years of silverware scraping on the bottom of the plates! For a long time, I’ve been meaning to figure […] Read more…

Master Closet Organization

Welcome to our master closet! Come on in! With all my posts about organization, I’ve never given you a peek behind the scenes into our own closet. My husband and I share a walk-in closet that is around 12×8; he has one side, I have the longer side {tee hee}. When we built our house, […] Read more…

Quick Tip Tuesday: No-Mess Picture Hanging

Quick Tip Tuesday is all about smart little tips to help make life a little simpler. Today’s quick tip is brought to you by 3M. {I wish.} But seriously, what do America’s favorite office supply, Post-it® Notes, have to do with picture hanging? Well, I’ve been installing a lot of new things on my freshly […] Read more…

Creating a gallery wall

If you walk into our home, you’ll quickly realize I love clocks. Back in March, I wrote this post about some of the clocks throughout our home. My kids will tell you we have clocks everywhere. And they would be correct. The real bonus: My family will never be late, right?! Our walls are a […] Read more…

Before & After: {Paint!} Choosing a new wall color

When it comes to decorating, choosing a new wall color can be overwhelming, scary and exciting at the same time. On the main level of our home, we have an office, mudroom and powder room, and then one main area for our kitchen, dining and living space. I’ve had the same wall color, Sherwin William’s […] Read more…

Remembering 9/11

People always say they remember exactly where they were when they learn of a tragedy. Fourteen years ago, I was feeding my 2-month-old son and watching a bit of the TODAY show. I will never forget the breaking news that an airplane had just hit one of the Twin Towers in New York City. I […] Read more…

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