December 20, 2017

A Simple Christmas Table

This is my first ever tablescape!! Yes, it's simple, but that just goes with my whole simple theme this year. 

A Simple Christmas Table

December 12, 2017

Our Simple Christmas Home

I was chatting with Hubby about the name of this post... He looks around and asks me, "Are you sure it's 'simple'?" Hahaha... I told him compared to sooo many other "Christmas Home Tours" ours is definitely simple.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea if you prefer, and enjoy our...
Our Simple Christmas Home

December 6, 2017

How To Save Your Pre-Lit Christmas Tree From The Trash

How To Save Your Pre-Lit Christmas Tree From The Trash

I was this close to throwing my pre-lit Christmas Tree in the trash! Those dag-gum lights! Seriously! 😞

November 2, 2017

How To Build Beautiful Wood Planters (On The Cheap!)

(This post contains affiliate links. I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

I am sooooo excited to share these with you!! I've only wanted to build them for over 2 years...

DIY Porch Planters

October 19, 2017

Changing Up the Fall Decor

Typically I enjoy the pops of orange and red in fall decor, but this year I was definitely feeling a different vibe... I mean totally different.

Softer fall decor

October 12, 2017

Easy Tiramisu Layered Cake

Hi friends! Well, last Friday, this girl had a birthday! 😊  Yep! Just hit the big 5 2 ! I am all about the birthdays! It's the only day that can be about you... Its the day God decided you were to be born and gave you a purpose to be here on earth. In our family, it has always important to make you feel super special on your birthday! 

For my special day I was craving tiramisu cake... πŸ’•

Easy Tiramisu Layered Cake

October 5, 2017

Wedding Day!

Wow! I don't know what I was thinking saying I was going to post some wedding photos.... The photographer was so fantastic and shot over 400 photos! AND... they are all awesome! All credit for these photos goes to Lauren Paige Photography.

I downloaded over 150 photos... Don't worry, I'm not going to post all of them. But it was sooo hard to choose.
Bride and groom

Wedding Day ~ From Getting Ready to Sparkler Exit

Hi again! Weren't those photos fantabulous??? Here are a few more gems to enjoy!

Just in case you came here first, and want to see the wedding photos... 
click Wedding Day.  
Or if you want to see some candids and the story of the day... 
click Perfect Wedding Day!

It was a gorgeous sunny Sunday morning... time to get ready for the big day!
Bride getting ready

September 27, 2017

Some Feelings As An Empty Nester...

It's official... we are empty nesters.  Not that our kiddos have lived at home for the last 5+ years....  They haven't.  But I recently painted my daughter's old room... Lots of feelings going on during that.
Daughter's bedroom

September 21, 2017

The Best Topcoat Ever!!

(This post contains affiliate links. I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

Hi Friends!  How are you all doing?  Life has slowed down a bit since my daughter's wedding. 😍  I'm finally sharing my new table top finish. It is the BOMB! Everyone needs to know that this is

The BEST Topcoat EVER!!!

The Best Topcoat Ever!!
Do you remember when I did a complete makeover on my dining table? I did it wrong... Well, the process was right, but I definitely didn't use the best topcoat.  
Dark Dining Table
The post is, Refinishing My Ugly Dining Table, you can click over and take a look see. 

Let me emphasize that this is NOT a sponsored post.  No one has given me product or paid me to share my opinion.  Although, I am including an affiliate link because you can only order this product online.

This was the after... I hadn't painted the chairs yet.
Light & Bright Dining Table
It been 3 years since I refinished it, and I still love it!  It looks soooo nice!  Especially, after I finished the chairs. 😍  Be still my heart.... I'm get all kinds of good feels with this photo. Wow! I can't believe it's been 3 years already.
The reason why I'm refinishing the table top is because of this.... ugly dirtiness... I'm not sure the photo shows it well enough. But this cannot be scrubbed off. πŸ˜–
Dirty topcoat
Over the years, the minwax polycrylic has "worn off" so to speak... especially where hubby rests his arms. It also always had this "orange peel" look to it. Here's a nice closeup....
Dirty Orange Peel Topcoat
I just thought that was the best it could do...

I was sooo wrong!

So, I decided it needed to be re-coated or something. I heard that General Finishes had an an amazing top coat. Hmmm.... I've used General Finishes before when I stained our garage cabinets.  I was pretty amazed with that product, maybe this would be just as amazing. I ordered a can of it. You can order it on Amazon. Here's the link, General Finishes High Performance. It's not cheap, but definitely worth it!
Refinishing supplies
I watched the General Finishes topcoat video on Youtube. I linked it if you want to check it out. It was pretty informative. They suggested you use a painting pad to apply the topcoat.  Where have you been all my life?? If I had known that it would be this easy, I would have done it sooner!

Now, you're probably wondering... what's with the pantyhose? Well, that's what they suggested to minimize bubbles. Genius! You just wrap it over the paint pad. I picked up the paint pad at Home Depot.
Pantyhose on paintpad
Now the time consuming part is the sanding... and sanding... and more sanding... well, why don't you just watch the video... In 3 minutes you can see all that I did to refinish the table. 😊
The table is now as smooth as butter... I walk over to it and run my hand across it, just to feel it. Hubby laughs at me. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜  I love how it feels. I just can't believe it! I did 3 coats and it looks as good as it feels!
The best topcoat ever!
Love. Love. Love!!! I can't say it enough! I never thought it would look or feel so good!
The best topcoat ever!
You're welcome! 😊

September 18, 2017

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Bacon Broccoli Casserole

I posted this photo on my Instagram account the other day.
Spaghetti Squash on Instagram
I was making one of my favorite dinners and had a few requests for the recipe. 😊   
I should have shared this sooner because it is soooo good!
Spaghetti Squash Chicken Bacon Broccoli Casserole

September 12, 2017

Perfect Wedding Day!

Hi friends! Wow! What a wedding! I can't believe it has already been more than a week since that magical day! I took some extra time to just recoup and start getting my act together... Not that I got far, but the effort was made. 😁

The wedding photos are not in yet, of course, but I'll share a few snaps that guests and family took. Oh, the photographer, Lauren Paige Photography, put up some sneak peeks! πŸ’•   Oh... my daughter is sooo beautiful! I just love this photo! They are so in love....

August 24, 2017

Wedding In 10 days!!

Hi Friends!!  I'm so excited!!!  I can't believe that these two are getting married in...
10 days!!

Wedding in 10 days!

August 11, 2017

Clean Out & Organize Your Makeup

Hi friends!  I'm on a beauty kick right now, but I was WAY overdo on this... I had eyeshadows in there that were probably over 10 years old... I mean seriously, Lori???
Old Makeup Mess

August 3, 2017

My Skincare Favorites For More Mature Skin

(This post contains affiliate links. I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

I am so pumped to share these with you! 

July 31, 2017

Weekend Wedding Prep

Whew! What a weekend! It's been pretty busy lately and if you've been reading my blog you probably know why.

My daughter is getting married in 34 days! πŸ’—  So exciting! And because she lives in Virginia, that means weekend dashes down there to help get things ready. 😍  Which I don't mind at all, because I love spending time with her and her fiancΓ©.
Engagement photo

July 25, 2017

Fun & Easy DIY Tassels

Hello!! This is the last craft in the Bridal Shower Series. 😍
Fun & Easy DIY Tassels

July 21, 2017

Gold Spray Paint Dilemna

There are so many gold spray paints out there. I mean seriously soooo many.  I only need one. But finding the right one for you is the hardest part. Some are more yellow, some are more gold, some are more rosy. I guess it really depends on what you like.

gold spray paint options

July 18, 2017

Simple Inexpensive Floral Letter

These floral letters are sooo gorgeous! And this one in particular came out perfect! I know I'm bragging a bit, but look at it!! I'm swooning....πŸ’•

Easy Floral Letter

July 14, 2017

Easy DIY Pom Pom Pineapple

Hi there! In my last post, I shared my daughter's sweet bridal shower. Now, I'm going to do a little series on how I created all of the decor. It was easy and very inexpensive!

First up...

Easy DIY Pom Pom Pineapples

Pom Pom Pineapple

June 28, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake

Wow! That's a mouthful to say! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake. I could've added frosted with Chocolate Ganache, but I figured the title was already long enough! πŸ˜‰

It's definitely a delicious mouthful, just incase you were wondering!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake

June 21, 2017

Vintage License Plate Crates

(This post contains affiliate links. I only recommend products I use and believe will be good for my readers.)

I thought these crates would add the perfect vintage look to Hubby's bookcase in the den. He wasn't so sure of my idea, but I ran with it anyways. Heck, I made them out of scrap wood!
Vintage License Plate Crate

June 16, 2017

Skillet Kabobs With Cauliflower Rice

Hello! It has been feeling like summer here. I am loving this weather!

Hubby and I were craving some kabobs the other day. They are one of our favorites during the summer... but I really don't like the time it takes to skewer everything. Who has time to cook? And really... who wants to spend time slaving in the kitchen when it's gorgeous outside??

So this recipe is going to give you the flavors of yummy kabobs without the hassle! 😊
Skillet Kabobs with cauliflower rice

June 8, 2017

Perfect Pinch Pleat Curtains & How To Make A Curtain Return

These curtains came out perfect! I've never tried to pinch pleat before, but I love how tailored they look!
Perfect Pinch Pleat Curtains

June 6, 2017

New Ritva IKEA Curtains

Hi there! I'm going to share with you my new Ritva IKEA Curtains.
Perfect Pinch Pleat Curtains

May 31, 2017

Decorating Bookshelves With A Vintage Vibe

Wow! When I look at what these bookshelves looked like before... it's quite the difference! Here's what we started with. It all started with trying to go through the
KonMari Tidying Up Method.
Den Bookshelves Before