A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home

The book A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman called to me when I saw it. I love handmade, homemade, and cheerful so knew I would love this book....more

IPSY September Bag

My September IPSY bag is here! IPSY is $10 a month and includes a makeup bag and 4-5 sample or full size items. I'm almost always thrilled with my bag of goodies, though this month wasn't too excited when my glamroom updated (on the 10th of the month you can see online what your bag includes...there is usually an assortment of 15 or so items and your bag will include 4-5 of them) ....more

September PopSugar Must Have Box Review

I am so happy that I resubscribed to PopSugar Must Have for the fall. They usually get better and better as they lead up to the holiday season and this September box was a hit for me! I had used a $10 code when resubscribing so was able to get this box for $29.95 ....more

Drops of Awesome

We all want to be more awesome, so when I saw Kathryn Thompson's Drops of Awesome "The You're More Awesome Than You Think Journal" I had to have it!...more

U.S. Cellular Entertainment

Does having a cellphone in your hand mean that you can save money on entertainment costs for your household?Many households that have cellphones have dropped their landlines completely. Now the trend seems to be cutting cable costs and going for streaming via the computer, tablet, and smartphone. Hulu Plus and Netflix begin at just $7.99, which is an extreme savings from cable and satellite.We do not have cable or satellite, nor any streaming service, though I have considered trying out Netflix to get some programs that our family may enjoy ....more

Magnolia Market

I love reading books about shop owners, whether be a bakery, vintage thrift store, or in this case, a market. Magnolia Market by Judy Christie did not disappoint.While the beginning chapters were a bit too secretive for my liking, only delving into the details later, the rest of the book was quite enjoyable. It was a slow read, meaning I was able to put it down throughout the weekend and pick up during some quiet time....more

September Birchbox Review

I'm still loving my Birchbox subscription! It's a fun sampler of products, you can earn points for each product reviewed on their site (10 points per product, 100 points equals $10 to spend in their shop and you can stack the points - I'm at close to $40 saved to go on a spending spree near Christmas!). This month the theme is "Fresh Paint" and is about fall's colors, textures, and inspiration ....more

Thursday Thoughts

Where has this week gone? It's crazy to think it's already Thursday!We awoke to windy, grey, chilly weather. With a high below 60 degrees today we are breaking out the long sleeves and pants ....more


My mornings have been filled with school work.My days filled with mothering. Housework. Cooking....more

First Fall Project

I mentioned yesterday that I was hoping to begin some fall decorating. Well, when Joe returned from a walk with a bucket filled with acorns I realized there was probably a project made with them, so I did what any good mother would do...I searched Pintrest. :) Lo and behold, I was right! ...more