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I was wondering if after all these years you’d still read me….

See what I did there?!  I’ve actually been spending the last few nights thinking of the best way to transition back into my blog after an almost SIX YEAR absence (yikes!) and all I can think of is to give a little life update and jump right back on in, so here goes…

In the last 6 years all of the majority of our weekend renovation projects have taken a bit of a back seat since we’ve added 2 sweet girls to our little family.  I’ve spent at least a solid third of those almost 2200 nights sleeping in a chair, orrrrrr maybe not at all (food allergies, reflux, total elimination diets and newborn “normalness” are all to blame for that one) but I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (all hail the miraculous dock-a-tot and co-sleeping).  I’ve also traded in my tiny, carefree, sun-loving convertible for a mini van that I actually love – I still can’t believe the space we have for allllll the things we schlep back and forth for even a trip to the grocery store.  What also helps me love it is that said convertible is merely “hibernating” in the garage… And I’m starting to finally feel like a real, live “grown-up”.

I’m the most tired I’ve ever been in my entire life… and I’m also the happiest :) But no lie, being responsible for these sweet little humans is the hardest thing I’ve ever done!  Though I love how my life has changed in ways I never even imagined my main goal for 2019 is to try and carve out a little “me time”.  I’m trying to be realistic and start small – with a 5 and 1.5 year old I realize there are only so many hours in the day – but I’m aiming to find time for a little luxury here and there.  Believe it or not, I’m actually luxuriously laying in bed now as Hubby is handling bath time and I’m trying real hard to ignore the two big piles of laundry next to me that still need to be put away. I’ve only been called in 3 times so far tonight, ha. I’ll take what I can get!

I’m looking forward to updating the good ol’ blog again with some fun DIY projects (my
to-do list is SO long), family & kid friendly things: think toys, vacations, etc. (…you thought we were big Disney fans pre-kids…) and everyday randomness I hope you and enjoy and I don’t want to forget.  Thanks for giving me another chance!

….At least I can say that I’ve tried ;) 

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DIY

A brief update…

Things have been quiet here lately! I’m sorry! I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things real soon, I promise!

I’ll have more details to share soon but let’s just say I’ve been working hard on my biggest (and most tiresome) DIY project to date…  ;)

Family, home, Life

Holiday Season Kick-off!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!  We shared the day with my Parents and Hubby’s Grandfather and are all very thankful for the many blessings of this past year.

Ever since I can remember Thanksgiving has been my favorite day! I love the anticipation that comes with knowing next few weeks will be full of seeing old friends, looking at Christmas lights, wearing sparkly things, everyone being extra nice and friendly, eating and drinking rich, delicious things, baking cookies, decorating, cuddling by the Christmas tree and celebrating with those we love! Umm, can you tell I love the Holidays?!? 

Our weekend was full of Holiday Cheer!! We completely stuffed ourselves with a delicious meal, did a little Black Friday shopping and started decorating our home. The kick off to the Holiday Season would not be complete without some pictures! If you follow me on instagram you’ve already seen a few of these, but if not, enjoy! :)

Our Thanksgiving stuffing is my late Uncle’s recipe – might be my favorite-ist food ever!

My Mom got this adorable Turkey Mum for our table.
Our delicious Turkey!
Our latest food tradition – going strong for two years now – homemade cranberry sauce! Yum!
Turkey Butter for the Hubs!
Enjoying a romantic sunrise in the mall parking lot on Black Friday!
Proudly wearing my new shirt from American Signature’s gift bags – this will certainly become my new black friday uniform!
Channeling our inner Griswold’s for some outside decorating!

Do you have any fun Thanksgiving weekend traditions?

BzzAgent, home, Product Review

Bzzz… Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser

I’ve mentioned before that I love being a BzzAgent… I love talking to others about great products and BzzAgent lets me do just that!

My latest campaign was The Glade Expressions Collection.  My opinion of ‘scented’ items like these have never truly been that great.  I’ve often felt the scents were too chemical-like and headache-inducing, but this time I was pleasantly surprised! I have been smelling the ‘Pineapple and Mangosteen’ scent from my new oil diffuser for 16 days now and I still love it!

What’s even better is that this collection is actually designed to be left out and used as an accessory in your home.  My bamboo diffuser is very modern and chic looking – so much so that friends of our had to inspect the piece close up because they couldn’t believe it was something more.

My favorite feature of the new Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser has to be the fact that it is safe for Little Caesar.  Unfortunately our well-behaved affenpinscher sometimes ends up on our end tables if something smells good to him… like a candle! The first time he got close to one was the last time we ever burned one in our family room so consequently, that room has remained scentless! Now however I feel safe leaving the diffuser on end tables, coffee table, in front of the fireplace, you name it.  I know it won’t burn him if he gets too close and thankfully he’s not interested in it enough to chew it. If your dog is inclined to chew things I would make sure to keep the diffuser out of reach since there is a small container of scented oil in the bottom.  Pretty safe to assume this would be harmful if swallowed. 

Here is my bamboo diffuser on our mantle.

Be sure to visit glade.com to learn more about the Glade Expressions® products and to explore all their scent collections. I also have some coupons available thru facebook if you’d be interested in trying the new Glade Expressions Collection for yourself… just let me know and I’d be happy to share!

Disclaimer: BzzAgent provided me coupons for a free Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser for the purpose of trying the product and creating Bzz. I also received coupons to share with my family and friends. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and have in no way been influenced by BzzAgent, Glade Expressions, or any other company or person.

DIY, home, Inspiration, Tutorial

Fall Apothecary Jar version 2.0

I apologize for another blog hiatus – this one is due in part to the quick trip we took to Disney World for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler (recap coming soon!) and the fact that Hubby’s Grandfather’s house finally sold! Yay! The closing was scheduled for Monday but has been pushed back a bit since the buyer’s are getting an FHA loan and they demanded requested many repairs.  We’ve spent every non-sleeping and non-working hour over there since the beginning on the month and I can finally see a tiny glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Finally!

I thought I’d repost a popular DIY from last Fall that has been getting many hits recently thanks to Pinterest.  Feel free to pin this year’s jar and mantle, too! :)

Fall Apothecary Jar

This great and easy Fall Decoration you can put together in only a few minutes that can make a huge statement on your mantle or dining room table!

Last year my Mom purchased a box of small pumpkins and gourds after Halloween at Michael’s on major clearance.  They vary anywhere from about 3-5 inches long and are different colored – some even have an icy, glittery look to them!  I wanted to find a way to display them without having to set them all out individually so I gathered my box o’gourds, some leaves (mine are faux but real ones could work too) and some corks.

You can use a vase or big glass bowl for this project, this time around I chose an apothecary jar I usually have about an eighth full with corks on the hearth of my fireplace.

I set out my materials – in this case pumpkins, leaves and corks…


And then the fun begins! Just start arranging until you find a look you like. I started first with leaves at the bottom and quickly noticed that no one would see them so I dumped everything else and started over.  I found the corks to be the most substanial ‘bottom’ and just started adding things one at a time until I had this:

I added some more leaves and corks and in a few minutes had this:

Finally, after a few re-dos to ensure this piece looked just like I pictured, my new Fall Apothecary Jar was complete and on display on our Mantle.

As you can see, this project was SUPER easy and very fun to put together!
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This year, I actually forgot to include chose to leave out the corks and used only the pumpkins, gourds and leaves.

I also have a few new accessories: my mercury glass Owl (thanks, Kohls!) and fun sequin pumpkin from HomeGoods.  Also, the walls are now a nice, neutral gray – yay!
I love modifying my decorations each year… they’re familiar and give me a cozy feeling but also feel new at the same time!