Lessons Learned The Hard Way: How NOT To Strip A Bar Stool


I wasn’t going to share this, but since in the real world, DIY projects do not always go as planned, I thought it necessary to share how I got a little over confident and made an incorrect assumption during one of my recent endeavors. While it was a relatively minor mistake and the project was salvaged, I created unnecessary […]

September 30, 2014

Encouragement For The Weary Mama – JOY Comes In The Morning

I'm a Work in Progresss

Yesterday was one of those days where I felt like I failed at my job as a mom. After the kids went to bed, I sat with my husband, recounting the day, tears streaming down my face. I told him how I was still feeling just as helpless, ill-equipped, emotionally raw, and disrespected as I […]

September 26, 2014

Joyful Hosting: Letting Someone Host At Your House Is A Cinch

Joyful hosting

Have you ever ‘hosted’ a party where all you had to do was provide your space? If not, here’s why I highly recommend it, especially if you have small children: who doesn’t like a party? you lighten the load of the ‘host’ by providing a clean space since you don’t have to do all the food, […]

September 24, 2014

To the Sleep-Deprived Mama of a Hurting Baby


To the sleep-deprived Mama, You are not alone. I’ve been there; so tired you almost fall asleep on the toilet. I hope you find this at 2 am, when you’re desperate for a word of encouragement and haven’t yet slept a wink because your child hasn’t slept. I’ve rejoiced over 4 non-consecutive hours of sleep a night […]

September 18, 2014

DIY Decor: How to Update a Framed Mirror with Chalk Paint


Chalk paint. It’s all the rage on Pinterest. Several friends of mine have used it and love it (and what they painted looks fantastic!). I’ve been dying to try it out but have been too afraid to jump in and use it on a large piece of furniture. Up until now, I’ve been chemically stripping or […]

September 9, 2014