Monday, December 5, 2011

9 Months Later...

Christmastime is here!

And I couldn't be more excited to enjoy all that December brings. Our family of five is busier than ever, and this month, just looking at the calendar is enough to wear me out! But the holiday season is well under way at our house and I can't resist the urge to share it all with you.

Nine months have passed since the last time I sat down to write a post...

(9 months!! Sheesh!)

And while I don't feel that I have to explain why I took a break from blogging, I do feel like I want to explain. There have been a lot of changes for my family, and even some changes just for me!

That post will have to wait though. There's so much holiday cheer to focus on right now, and the business of it all (so very busy!) means that it will, no doubt, fly by. 2012 will be here before we know it and there will be plenty of time to chat about my new ventures and what's been happening with us when the New Year rolls around.

That being said, I have a new post to share! It's just...not all here...on this blog.

It's over at Girl Power Hour.

Because I have been asked to be their new Home blogger!

My first post went live this morning and I would love it if you would check it out. I'm sharing my three favorite "go-to" gifts to make for family and friends for Christmas.

Here's a little peek to entice you:


You know how the saying goes…'tis better to give, than to receive. I grew up hearing this, and it’s now what I strive to instill in my children as they grow up. The beauty of it is that, it’s true! I have three, favorite “go-to” gifts that I make during the holidays to give to family, friends, neighbors, my children’s teachers…anyone that holds a special place in our hearts. Simply put, they are Hot Chocolate, Pecans, and Candles. But, like almost everything at Christmastime, these are all dressed up!

The first, and most loved by my little ones: Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

It couldn’t be easier to make and it looks so pretty in a glass jar.

Mix together the hot cocoa powder of your choice, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and crushed candy canes. Decorate the jar with pretty ribbon and the heating instructions, and you have a very sweet gift that will warm up your loved ones on a cold, wintry day!

To see the complete Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe, click here.

To continue reading and see my two other favorite gifts to make, click here and head over to


And one last thing...

to those of you who have been here from the start, those of you who showed up while I was gone, and everyone in between...

thanks for sticking around and waiting!

It means the world to me.

Thank you *

Monday, March 14, 2011

Green With Envy...

I'm not sure if it's because St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, or if it's the promise of spring that is so close, I can feel it...

but either way, I find lately that I am drawn to green in a way that I have never quite been before.

I have slowly, but steadily been adding the crisp color of apple green into my decor and I love the fresh feeling that it brings to spaces that are starting to feel a little ho-hum and boring, and I'm wondering if maybe green should make it's way into our home as a stronger statement.

For inspiration, I went to Houzz, and this is what I found:

Twenty photos that draw me in and make me crave green in a big, bad way.

From light and bright, to bold and intense, green has the ability to be
calm and relaxing
or bold and energetic.

I could happily exist in any one of these spaces...

what about you?

Living Room eclectic living room

Upper East Side contemporary bedroom


green kitchen eclectic kitchen

Family Room accessories eclectic family room

Dreamy Whites eclectic dining room

Beach House Bridgehampton modern living room

Baylor contemporary bathroom

Yellow girls bedroom eclectic bedroom

Noe Valley Two contemporary family room

South of Market bedroom modern bedroom

Lake House contemporary exterior

Alphabet Teen Boy eclectic kids

Brentwood Regency State eclectic powder room

Gerald Tolomeo - Living Room eclectic living room

Family Room contemporary family room

Family Living Areas contemporary family room

Bold dramatic statements eclectic family room

Living Rooms contemporary living room

color inspiration eclectic entry

All of this inspiration prompted me to put together a green mantle just in time for St. Patrick's Day. It isn't a holiday mantel, by any stretch of the imagination, but more of a subtle reminder.

And, as it turns out, a great way to bring a little bit of that promise of spring to the inside of our home!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

L . O . V . E .

Our Valentine's pictures...

Before the kids got home from school, I put out fresh flowers in colors of red, pink and coral...

And baked and frosted the pinkest cupcakes I could create!

As soon as they got home, they started going through all of their Valentine's from friends and classmates. So many cards and treats...

A present from Mom and Dad for our three little Valentine's...

On the menu for dinner:

Food that was pink, red, or heart shaped. Or a combination of them all!

Strawberry Hearts dipped in pink, Cherry yogurt...

and Heart shaped pizza...

We even drank pink milk...

The Hot Pink Cupcakes were the perfect Valentine's dessert...

The kids and I had a great time together!

The only thing missing was Will.

But, being an airline family, we're used to having to celebrate holidays after the fact.

We'll have our Valentine's Date Night this Saturday, and I can't wait!

I hope your Valentine's Day was just as fun, and more importantly, was filled with lots of

L . O . V . E .

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cabin Fever...

My poor, little girl has been sick the past week and I feel terrible for her - it's so sad when your kids are sick. But on the bright side, we've had lots and lots of snuggle time. She wants mama right by her, which I don't mind doing at all when she's so under the weather. She's definitely feeling better today and is finally on the mend.

As a result, I have been in this house for 7 days straight - with the exception of a 1 hour break yesterday to run to the store.

I have got a serious case of cabin fever.

The house is clean, laundry is done, dishes are washed, so...

I'm painting!


It's about darn time! It's been a while since I've picked up a paint brush and I've been wanting to tackle one wall in particular, so today was the day.

(Plus, I'm antsy and excited niece is coming into this world tomorrow and it's pretty much all I can think about, so painting is a good distraction!

The color is going from a little-too-vibrant-blue to a old favorite of mine that is cozy and warm and a beautiful backdrop color. But I'll fill you in on the details of that later.

I wanted to let you know that my friend, Teri, is having a Half-Off Sale in her Etsy Shop,

T's Etc.

I've had my eye on her Pearl Dangle and Chain for quite a while, so I splurged and got the set for a whopping $8.50!


And I couldn't resist the Bronze Beauty Necklace which only set me back $15.00.

So hurry on over!

There aren't many pieces left and these prices can't last for long!

Oh, and because she's super sweet, she's giving you all FREE SHIPPING on your orders.

Yep. Her idea.

Told you she was sweet.

Just enter the code "It's The Little Things" in your note at checkout and you won't have to pay a single cent for shipping.

Click here to be taken to T's Etc.

Happy Thursday to you!

And happy shopping!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Our New (to us) Farmhouse Table...

The table is finished and I couldn't be happier!

I have to husband is the man!

I ask for him to build for me, and he says "no". Time passes and I ask again, and he says "no". But, then...then...

after a little while longer, I ask one more time...

and he always (eventually) says "yes"!


It works every time, and I'm telling you, he delivers!

I thought he would just glue together some 2 x 6's, clamp 'em up, rub on some stain and poly and call it good. How hard could building a plank style table top really be anyway? For him, not hard at all.

But he did so much more than just glue together some boards, and it definitely shows in the final product.

Here is where I left off on my last post...

After milling up the 2 x 6's so that they fit together perfectly, then mitering just the right amount of "groove" between the boards, he clamped them together and I patiently (or maybe not so patiently) waited over night for them to dry.

The first thing that needed to happen the next day was sanding the top so that it would be smooth. We didn't want to end up with wobbly plates and glasses perched on the table top. Sanding is always a boring, but necessary step for the girl that cannot wait to see how it's all going to turn out.

Except, he didn't sand it.

He went old school.

He got out his grandfather's planer and smoothed the entire table top
by hand

M-hmm. Told you he was the man.


It took quite a bit longer than it would have with the palm sander, but it was so worth the wait.

We decided to go with Kona Stain. Our old kitchen table top was always at odds with the color that our circa 1995 kitchen cabinets have become (think orange oak), so we figured dark Kona was the best way to go...

It creates a perfect contrast between the stripes of the grain.

But my favorite parts are the spots where the hand planer skipped. They show up perfectly...

Finally it was time to start in with the polyurethane to seal it all up...

The weather here has been pretty darn cold, which has meant drying times that take way, way longer than we are used to...

We put on a total of four coats of poly. We felt good at three, but figured a fourth coat certainly couldn't hurt...

The new table top was attached to the table base the exact same way that the old one had been attached. Just a few screws from underneath the table...

I am so happy with it!

Here's a little side-by-side comparison...

I love a piece with some good ole' hand built character,
and this table has got it!

The only out of pocket cost for us was the purchase of eight 2 x 6's. The total was less than $40.00.

We also took liberties with the dimensions of the new table top. Starting from scratch meant that we got to do it our way. We made the overall dimensions larger than the original table had been - an inch wider on each side, and seven inches longer in length. It was a minor change that has made a big difference during dinner when we're all sitting down at the table together. A little more room for all of those plates, glasses and utensils to spread out.

So almost a year after finding my inspiration, I finally have my Farmhouse Table.

Thanks to my rockstar carpenter!
XO do something about that I'm-not-quite-sure-what's-going-on-back-there-but-it's-definitely-looking-forgotten-and-neglected wall...

Off to shop the house for a new look!

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