Decorate your Dining Room for Less

DIY, Joyful hosting

We moved into a newly built house last December. All walls were white and there were no window treatments. Endless possibility, with potential for big expense. The first room we decided to decorate is the dining room. Its long and skinny, with windows on 3 sides. It is my favorite room in this house. My normal tendency is to go conservative and use neutral colors, […]

June 30, 2014

7 DO’s and DON’Ts after your Child’s Public Meltdown


7 DOs and DONTs After Your Child’s Public Meltdown |

June 27, 2014

DIY Accents: Spray Painted Wine Bottle and Votive Candle Holder


    This is the last of a series of posts about painting glass containers to use as accent pieces in my dining room (see DIY Crackle Painted Wine Bottle and DIY Enamel Mason Jar and Vase). My dining room has aqua walls, and white and silver curtains. After making the yellow and white accent pieces, I decided to use some leftover […]

June 25, 2014

Sometimes You Just Need to Laugh

Parenting, Practice Gratitude

As a parent, there are some things your children do where you just need to laugh. It may not really be appropriate in the moment but as you think about it later, these moments DESERVE laughter. And yes, some of this laughter may be at your children’s expense. Here is one example. At least once a week my son will […]

June 18, 2014

Happy Father’s Day!

Parenting, Practice Gratitude

Today we honor the fathers in our life and I am reminded to be grateful.  My husband, Seth, is a fantastic dad. He loves our two children and is actively engaged in their lives. He leads this family by demonstrating godly character. He serves us selflessly, works incredibly hard at his job, is a great husband, friend and parent.  It is […]

June 15, 2014