Do you want to transform your home into an aesthetic farmhouse? Discover how shiplap creates farmhouse-chic interiors and the best woods to use for the panels This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. HGTV, DIY-interior design channels, and online home improvement videos make farmhouse-inspired homes a hot commodity. And there are plenty more reasons why the farmhouse aesthetic… Read More »Which Wood Is the Best To Use for Shiplap Panels?
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Sometimes making the world a better place can be simple. Sure, there’s no cure-all for solving all of your community’s problems, but sometimes small changes and acts can make a big impact. The fact is that people feel happier and less stressed when their communities are the best they can possibly be. To make your own community a better place to live and thrive in, follow these four fun and… Read More »4 Fun and Different Ways To Enhance Your Community
Think about a time in your life when you were the happiest you could be; likely, you weren’t alone. Camaraderie is truly what life is all about. Without our friends and family, where and who would we be? It’s important to leave a lasting impression that speaks to your care and consideration for them, and this extends to their home when they invite you over. Here are some helpful tips… Read More »Tips on How To Be a Respectful House Guest
Your kitchen has never looked better, but you still have more to do to make it a more enjoyable place to gather with others. Have you thought of getting a range hood? A range hood ventilates the room while you’re cooking by removing toxic fumes and replacing them with fresh air. If this sounds intriguing, discover more factors to consider when purchasing a range hood to know whether it’s… Read More »Factors To Consider When Purchasing a Range Hood
Mushrooms have many health benefits, and they’re great at absorbing flavors and adding texture to any meal. However, store-bought mushrooms can be expensive, and foraging them year-round isn’t an option. So here’s a beginner’s guide to growing your own mushrooms for goodness all year. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Mushroom Basics There are a few mushroom basics and… Read More »A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Own Mushrooms
Trends tend to run in cycles. After years of aiming for everything to be sleek, modern, and shiny, people are yearning for warmer, cozier vibes. Fortunately, cottagecore is a style popping up on more and more people’s radars in reducing stress and coming up with some incredible design ideas. Making your space match the cottagecore style is entirely possible if you follow a few of these helpful hints. This post… Read More »Making Your Space Match the Cottagecore Style
Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of daily life can start to feel mundane and stressful. When this happens, it’s essential to understand the importance of recalibrating by fostering your connection with Mother Nature. A bit of fresh air and plant life may seem inconsequential to your state of mind. But the truth is, spending just a bit of time outdoors can be the refreshing boost you need to get back… Read More »Ways To Embrace the Outdoors and Connect With Mother Nature
Does your front porch feel cold? Bland? Boring? The porch is a traditionally underutilized part of the home, but it has so much potential! Stop avoiding your porch and start enjoying it by using these five ways to instantly cozy up your front porch to make your porch somewhere you want to spend your time. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added… Read More »5 Ways To Instantly Cozy Up Your Front Porch
Your home is what you make it, and it’s a space that’s important to you, so making it worth living in should be fun and rewarding. You shouldn’t have to stress about putting extra money into your new home or worrying about a potential money pit in the future! Read on to discover tips for creating a sustainable home and making it last. This post contains affiliate links that I… Read More »Tips for Creating a Sustainable Home and Making It Last
The home is a window into the soul, and you want that window to be clean. This can be a problem for some, as their homes feel cluttered, disorganized, or even messy. Thankfully, with some cleaning and organization, you can leave good impressions. Here are a few interior design tricks to impress your guests and spruce up your home in the process. This post contains affiliate links that I make… Read More »Interior Design Tricks To Impress Your Guests
If you’re working with a small kitchen, the lack of space can feel frustrating. But don’t let this stop you from cooking at home and utilizing all the space you have in your kitchen. If you’re not sure how to make the most of your space in a small kitchen, keep reading for some space-saving tips that will help you turn it into a great space to cook. This post… Read More »How To Make the Most of Your Space in a Small Kitchen
New Campers, we are talking to you! We are hitting the road this year, bringing you fun stories from our adventures in camping. We have some tips for new campers that might make your next camping trip go a little more smoothly so you can enjoy hitting the road without the anxiety! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your… Read More »Tips For New Campers
Quilting is a fun pastime for many people, especially those who enjoy working with their hands and creating beautiful works of art. Quilting refers to combining three layers of fabric manually with a needle and thread or a sewing machine. Many quilts contain lovely designs that are inspiring and often make us want to create even more! So if you’re interested in becoming a novice quilter, let’s discuss some of… Read More »Essential Supplies You Need To Start Quilting
Creating a capsule wardrobe can provide so many benefits to your life and help you save time, money, space, and more. Let’s dig a little deeper into the must-know reasons to try out a capsule wardrobe! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. What Is a Capsule Wardrobe? First, let’s chat about what a capsule wardrobe is! A… Read More »Must-Know Reasons To Try Out a Capsule Wardrobe
It’s FREEEEEZING here in Maryland. It’s almost too cold to go out. But, I’ve been trying to get out a little each day because unlike me, my husband hates to stay home. So we do what we have to do to keep each other happy and if that means going out in the cold, I will! This brings me to the heart of this week’s post… keeping the sparks alive… Read More »Keeping The Sparks Alive – Tips For Old Married Folks
It’s never too early to start thinking about what types of food you want to grow. In fact, certain vegetables can thrive in the cold—although a harsh winter might do some damage. Nonetheless, if you’re going to start growing vegetables during the wintertime, you should start with these. Here are the easiest vegetables to grow during winter. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with… Read More »The Easiest Vegetables To Grow During Winter
Can I let you in on a secret? The last few months have been exhausting! I’ve been crazy busy with family stuff, planning some home projects for this summer, and lots of blog work. But whether work is thrilling or terrifying, I always take time to soak it in by taking time to journal, meditate, and BE in the present. This is the life I dreamed of, and I’m here for… Read More »Soaking It In
Winter has returned! Over the last couple of weeks, snow has drifted in and out. While I’m not a fan of snow, or the cold. I am a big fan of cozying up, making tons of comfort food and filling the house with wintery smells. The dogs are loving the magical white powder. Wynter is a snow dog for sure. She can’t wait to get out there once there is… Read More »Cozying Up With Comfort Foods And Warm Winter Fun
I’m ready to make some changes to my routine, aren’t you? I’m craving healthy lunch ideas that will inspire me to eat healthier and boost my energy. Here are a few new recipes that definitely had me making a grocery list full of healthy foods. All of these recipes are vegetarian or pescatarian. No chicken, pork, or beef. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on… Read More »Rethink Your Lunch: Recipes To Inspire You To Eat Healthy
In 2012, my brother Lance was killed by a texting driver on his way home from the gym. He had just left me a voicemail telling me to call him back and “show me some love” and I called back minutes later… but he was already gone. That huge loss in my life changed everything for me. For the better, and a few things for the worse. Out of my… Read More »Finding strength to move through grief with creativity
My best friend, my brother, my unofficial therapist died almost 10 years ago. He inspired me to follow my dreams. He challenged me to live my best life and follow him in pushing everything to the limits. I’ll never forget one of the last arguments we had… he called me a pretentious housewife and challenged me to use my writing talents and do more than to be happy settling for… Read More »Lost
As the year ends and the New Year’s holiday approaches, many homeowners are thinking about the year ahead. Maybe getting your home ready for the holidays has already reminded you of the tasks to put on next year’s spring-cleaning list. Try tackling them as a resolution in the new year! These are some of the top New Year’s resolutions for homeowners this year. This post contains affiliate links that I… Read More »Top New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners This Year
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night or looking for ways to simplify your nightly routine, there are many things you can do. You can determine how your day begins based on how you prepared for bed the night before. Remember that when you get quality sleep, you’re off to a great start the next day. But it all starts with your evening routine. Let’s explore the four ways to… Read More »4 Ways To Create the Perfect Night Routine for Better Sleep
Gift-giving is difficult if you don’t know what to give a person. Going by a wish list is tough because you can’t tell what someone has already purchased. So to make their Christmas even better, here’s our list of surprising household items to give as Christmas gifts. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Holiday Gift Giving Styles… Read More »Surprising Household Items To Give As Holiday Gifts
Despite the holiday season rolling in like a candy cane spinning into eggnog, there’s still time to get our home in order without having to reprieve because we feel stressed. As you get ready for guests, here’s a guide on how to prepare your home for holiday festivities. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Declutter the Home… Read More »How To Prepare Your Home for Holiday Festivities
Do you want to change your community for the better by promoting sustainable habits? There are plenty of ways that you can help your community be more eco-friendly. Try these methods for how to encourage sustainability in your community yourself, share them with your neighbors, and propose them to your community leaders to see the positive change you wish for. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small… Read More »How To Encourage Sustainability in Your Community
Just because you have been married for a while doesn’t mean that the romance has to cool down. From “Spa Nights” to sizzling dinners made together. We have a few ideas for your next romantic date night. Related: How To Boost Your Sex Drive Over 40 This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. We are empty nesters! I… Read More »Fun And Romantic Home Date Nights Ideas For Happily Married Couples
As the winter months rapidly approach us like a nonstop train, we need to get our homes ready! There are many natural ways to keep your house warm during the colder months. Try following these tips for keeping your home extra warm in the winter and save energy and money. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Keep… Read More »Energy Saving Tips for Keeping Your Home Extra Warm In The Winter
For the person on your list who enjoys spending time in the kitchen and creating delicious hot drinks and treats, we have a few things we think they might like! Cultivate their passions and show them you appreciate their efforts. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Shop Here! Tea for Two Gift Set – With two handmade glazed,… Read More »Firefly Gift Guide: Kitchen Collection
What better way is there to spend an autumn evening than around a fire with your friends? Here’s everything you need for a cozy fall bonfire. When the weather gets colder, there’s no better place to gather with friends than around a roaring fire with blankets, s’mores, and cider. There’s something almost magical about the chill in the air and the warmth of the fire. Add your favorite people to… Read More »Everything You Need for a Cozy Fall Bonfire
My family rule is that you take off your shoes before coming into the house. Leave them in the garage, at the front door, or even on the shoe rack. This goes for guests and even people working on the house. No shoes inside the house. I grew up farming and muddy boots were always shed at the door. So, I never thought twice about the rule of no shoes… Read More »Why We Take Off Our Shoes In Our House
I used to stress a lot about the holidays. So much that I would work myself up and not enjoy the entire month of December. Stress is a killer! Well, that’s the sign that is up at my cardiologist’s office, and I’m starting to believe it. Well, this year, I’m feeling pretty good about the holidays, and that’s thanks to the tips from friends and family that have actually gotten… Read More »Tips For A Stress-Free Holiday Season
It’s time to get out your Cricut and start crafting for the holidays! We have a few easy and fun crafts that are quick and affordable for holiday gifts and decorations. So don’t delay, grab your glue and let’s go! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Our Favorite Cricut Tools and Gadgets Since getting my Cricut Maker… Read More »8 Fun Crafts For The Holidays To Make With Your Cricut
Do you love fall DIY projects as much as I do? I am a sucker for a banner and a farmhouse inspired sign! We have a collection of farmhouse Thanksgiving DIY projects that will keep you busy and your home decorated with your own special personality! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. What is my favorite DIY… Read More »Farmhouse Thanksgiving DIY Projects To Start Today
Feeling crafty and looking for fun Halloween crafts to make to share with friends and family? We made these fun popout cards and it only takes about an hour to complete. Difficulty: Medium The folding can be a little tricky. What are popout cards? These fun layered cards don’t open from side to side. They actually pull forward and the elements have more of a 3D effect. When you make… Read More »How To Make Fun Halloween Popout Cards
I was under the impression that acne would disappear when my teenage years ended. I was wrong. Even now, skin care can be a struggle. If you’re like me and still dealing with acne as an adult, here’s how to fight acne with effective home remedies. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider… Read More »How To Fight Acne With Effective Home Remedies
I talk often about growing up knowing that Mental Illnesses were very real and very unpredictable. I share this story in hopes that maybe someone else out there needs to hear that they aren’t the only one who grew up with a turbulent childhood affected by a family member with a severe mental illness that went untreated. Writing became my way of coping with trauma and my own safe world… Read More »Sail away – A Personal Story About Childhood
How do you protect your new hardwood floor from your pet’s damaging nails? It’s happened to the best of us. After meticulous planning, budgeting, and execution, our brand-new hardwood floors fall victim to our dog’s nails. There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your home improvement project sustain more and more damage from your family’s pet. Most of the time, preventing these dings and scratches can feel inevitable. After all, what… Read More »How To Protect Your Hardwood Floors From Your Pet’s Nails
If you need extra storage solutions at home but don’t want to sacrifice your style and open design, you should consider floating shelves. There are many benefits of installing floating shelves at home. Furthermore, they can fit into a farmhouse aesthetic seamlessly. Here’s why floating shelves might be just the visual change you’re looking for in your home. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on… Read More »The Top Reasons We Love Floating Shelves In Our Home
Whether you’re cooking for yourself or your family, crafting healthy meals every day can take a ton of time, planning, and consideration. When you’re too busy to stop and outline your meals for the week, keeping the ingredients of your dishes fresh and high in nutrients can become even more of a challenge. We have some key tips for cooking healthier meals at home to help make this process simpler… Read More »Simple And Satisfying Tips for Cooking Healthier Meals at Home
Ready to start making fun crafts for your fall decorating? We have an easy craft that is easy and fun to make. I made this adorable pumpkin lightbox in just under an hour. So get your glue and let’s get craftin! This DIY Pumpkin Lightbox is an easy project if you are just getting started in papercrafting. It doesn’t require a lot of layers and it’s easy to put together.… Read More »DIY Pumpkin Lightbox
Creating Fall Worthy Outdoor Spaces Fall is just around the corner and already I’m seeing cozy mugs and luxurious fall blankets starting to pop up. But living on the East Coast means we get an extended fall season that’s perfect for outdoor living long into November. This is the year we all learned to stay home and make our living spaces maxed out. So we have a few great ideas… Read More »How To Create An Inviting Outdoor Spaces For Fall Gathering
Ready to revamp your living room for a fun fall look? We have some fall decor tricks to make your home feel like fall inside! Apart from cooler temperatures and pumpkins, the fall season brings about cozy feelings that genuinely vibe. Why not bring some of those vibes into your home? You’re getting ready for the fall season, and you’re starting with your home. When you look at your living… Read More »6 Fabulous Ways You Can Revamp Your Living Room for Fall
Did you know that two of our sons are plumbers? Yep! And they see all kinds of crazy things. Hair, food, and soap scum all come together to create headaches by clogging your drains. Here are some ways that you can keep your pipes clean Your drains don’t function as intended when they’re clogged, which can lead to unnecessary hassle and maintenance. Save yourself the trouble of a drain that… Read More »5 No Fuss Ways Keep Your House Pipes Clean
It can be tough to choose a nice mirror for your space. With so many options to choose from, it’s important to learn how to choose the best mirror for your space. Choosing a mirror may not seem like a difficult task at first, but there are so many different styles that you might get lost in all your options. That is why we’re here to break down the different… Read More »How To Choose A Beautiful New Mirror For Your Home
Hillsides are notoriously tricky to landscape. Check out these landscaping ideas for hilly or sloping areas and turn your backyard into a stunning oasis. While hillside homes can be gorgeous, landscaping can be a challenge. The threat of soil erosion is always present, and maintaining a garden on a slope can be difficult. But the potential for creating stunning vistas is great. Here are some landscaping ideas for hilly or… Read More »6 Landscaping Ideas for Hilly or Sloping Areas
Lighting can make or break a room. We’ve all been to a house that could use help. These are a few simple ways to refresh the lighting in your home. You can give your room a brand-new look with just a few simple switches in the lighting department. Dimmer Switches A dimmer switch is a fabulous way to amplify the lighting in your home. You’ll be able to control the… Read More »How To Refresh the Lighting in Your Home
Deep cleaning doesn’t have to be a hassle or even an all-day commitment. We have a few tips to help your next deep-cleaning process go smoothly. Believe it or not, I love cleaning. Especially when I have some time to dig in deep, sort through some thoughts, and dance to great music. It’s therapeutic for me to scrub, vacuum, and reorganize. I like to do one area at a time,… Read More »Tips for Performing a Deep Clean on Your Home
Convincing your child to play outside is often much harder than it should be. If you need new ways to persuade them, our list is a good starting point. Summer is halfway over, and you seem to be running out of ways to convince your kids to go outside and enjoy the nice weather—we know the feeling. Getting kids to do something that’s good for them is like pulling teeth.… Read More »Get Your Kids Excited To Play Outside Again
Feeling like it’s hard to focus, and your thoughts keep getting away from you? We have some tips on how to find your focus and live your life in the now. Learning how to be mindful and keep your mind from wandering takes some practice, but it’s so worth the effort. This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn a living without costing you a penny.… Read More »How To Get Focused When You Are Distracted: Tips You Can Do Today
Want to get your plants big and bountiful? Follow this quick guide on how to help your indoor plants grow—you don’t want to miss out on these tips! Tired of dry, limp plants? Want your houseplants to look as bountiful as they seem in Pinterest pics and home improvement shows? Then it’s time to do some reading and figure out what you’re not doing that you should and what you… Read More »How To Help Your Indoor Plants Grow
Are you and your backyard ready to party this summer? Get your own little slice of the outdoors prepared for a season of barbecues and birthday parties. You may be done with your spring cleaning, but the tidying doesn’t stop there. After you finish brightening up your indoors, you should look out the window and make plans for your yard. As visions of picnics and cookouts dance through your head,… Read More »How To Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer
Before you move to a small town, prepare yourself with need-to-know information. Rural life isn’t the same as urban life—know what changes to expect. Some people want to escape their fast-paced lifestyles and move to the countryside, but before you do, there are a few things you should know. After all, this is a complete lifestyle change. Make the move with ease by reading about everything to know before moving to… Read More »Everything To Know Before Moving to a Rural Community
No one likes a dirty kitchen, and people especially don’t like eating in one. Areas like kitchens need cleaning more often than you may think. It’s essential to keep your entire home clean, but the kitchen is the one area we may occasionally do a deep clean. You may think it’s okay to let the kitchen go without cleaning for a while; however, doing so invites harmful bacteria into your… Read More »5 Areas in Your Kitchen That Need Cleaning More Often
Aloe Vera is one of the most used plants in our home for great natural healing. Today we are going to show you how to make soothing Aloe Vera Ice cubes to keep on hand for burns, insect bites, and comforting relief from sunburns. It only takes a few minutes to make ahead, and you will love the feel of Aloe Vera with no added ingredients! What are Aloe Vera… Read More »How To Make Soothing Aloe Vera Ice Cubes
There’s something very special about a small gathering in a cozy backyard to celebrate a marriage. It’s the perfect way to create a casual and unique wedding Whether planning your own backyard wedding or lending your darling farmette to a couple for the day, using our creative ideas for an intimate backyard wedding is the perfect way to create a day that matches the couple’s vision, full of simplicity, natural… Read More »Creative Ideas for an Intimate Backyard Wedding
Have you ever considered using your crafting skills to create your pet’s collar? In this article, we’ll share the best benefits of designing your dog’s collar and how to make one for your best friend. Your dog is a valued member of your family, so why shouldn’t they have a personalized collar? Customized collars can help your furry friends express their personalities while you flex your crafting skills. It’s More… Read More »How To Craft Your Customized Dog Collar
A beautiful Mani-Pedi doesn’t have to mean a trip to the salon. You can give yourself a fresh eco-friendly manicure with custom sized nail stickers and a few easy steps! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Beautiful Nails Without The Salon A beautiful manicure used to mean making appointments, sitting in the chair with the fumes and… Read More »How To Give Yourself A Fresh Eco-Friendly Manicure At Home
The summer months are perfect for inviting people over. Our tips will help you ensure your house is ready for when company knocks at your door. Summertime. The kids are getting off school, more people are traveling again, and you can expect to have some house guests over in the coming months. But after so long without company, your house may seem a little worse for wear. If you’re in… Read More »Come on In! Tips for Getting the House Ready For Company
Whenever you spend time inside a house or building, are you conscious of the possible air toxin exposure? It’s important to find natural solutions to make the air you breathe as healthy as possible If you want to improve your indoor air quality, you need to decrease common toxins and increase air purifiers in your home. Otherwise, breathing indoor air toxins can cause chronic respiratory issues, headaches, fatigue and other… Read More »How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Welcoming guests is always a treat, but not when your guest bathroom isn’t up to snuff. Our tips will help you create the perfect guest bathroom. There’s nothing quite like having company stay over. You exchange stories and create memories. But the course of hospitality never did run smooth. Finding ways to create welcoming guest spaces while remaining frugal can be tricky, especially when it comes to tough-to-decorate spots like… Read More »Tips for Creating the Perfect Guest Bathroom
You don’t want to miss fun opportunities. There is a great variety of wacky summer holidays everyone can enjoy that probably fly under your radar every year. We’re all too familiar with the big, and sometimes stressful, popular summer holidays. Fun summertime holidays can sometimes feel like serious business. Just look at the craziness of organizing a Fourth of July party or the difficult task of entertaining the kids during… Read More »Wacky Summer Holidays Everyone Can Enjoy
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet The way we consume information has changed how we think, react to other people, and even deal with stress. When we are online, our heads are filled with vast amounts of information, clutter, and distraction. But what if we embraced a minimalist view about our time online? Take a step back for a moment and look at all… Read More »How To Embrace Digital Minimalism
Organizing a closet can be a difficult and grueling process. Here are a few tips that should help you get your closet back into working order again. Is your closet like so many others, with clothes spilling out like a giant landslide? There’s no need to feel ashamed—it happens to the best of us, but we know we can do better. Going through all the clothes and shoes we own… Read More »Closet Renovation: How To Get Organized
Struggling to decorate? Add your own personal twist to your home design and décor. Here, we’ll explore different ways to bring personality into your home. This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn a living without costing you a penny. Support your favorite bloggers by shopping their links. Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Designing a new home or renovating… Read More »Ways To Bring Personality Into Your Home
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Passover begins March 27th at Sunset and ends April 4th. That means many Jewish families, like mine, are busy collecting recipes, cleaning out our pantries, and cooking ahead for the big holiday week. For Vegetarians, this can be a complex holiday, and it stirs up a lot of crazy conversations around the seder table. We collected our favorite… Read More »Best Vegetarian Passover Recipes For Your Family Seder
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Does anyone else feel like they are done with winter and need a reboot? Thank G*d, Spring is finally here! This weekend I was outside, starting some seeds for this year’s garden, and I just realized how much I really need to refresh my soul and reboot my state of mind. This has been a really long winter.… Read More »Spring Reset! Ways to refresh your mind and home
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Making yourself a priority sounds great, but is usually set on the back-burner for most people. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, fitting in time for yourself seems almost impossible. Nonetheless, self-care is extremely important as it helps encourage you to maintain personal healthy relationships and promotes peace of mind. To help promote self-care, gift your… Read More »DIY Spa Gift Basket Ideas and Recipes
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet Like millions of other people, I live with panic attacks and let me tell you, they are SCARY! Even though I manage them fairly well, I have coping skills and some helpful herbal remedies. Living with the constant fear of a random panic attack is like walking around thinking something is going to jump out and scare you… Read More »My Truth About Panic Attacks
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet I always loved going to my family’s old farmhouses in rural Tennessee and looking around at the things they had collected through the years. I dreamed one day of having my own farmhouse filled with my own collection of treasures. I love going antique shopping and finding the perfect thing to add to my collection. But as a… Read More »Farmhouse Antique Shopping Tips
I’m impressed! I love how so many of you have asked how you can boost your sex drive over 40. And I have answers! Let’s face it, ladies, there comes a time when there are many things that come before sex as our list of “To-Dos”. Sometimes we are just plain exhausted at the end of the day to think about anything other than crawling into bed and getting as… Read More »How To Boost Your Sex Drive Over 40
Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet While January is all about reflecting and making goals for the new year, February is the month of love. Whether you are excited about the DIY Valentine’s Day gift you have planned or you’d rather skip the holiday altogether, we encourage you to make this a month of showing love. Showing love means something different to each person.… Read More »14 Day Love and Kindness Countdown Calendar
I can’t believe I’m already decorating and getting ready for Valentine’s Day! But, it’s one of my favorite holidays and I want to make sure I have enough time to get everything just right. Plan your perfect Valentine’s Day with our Date Night Ideas and get out your craft supplies and try a few of these DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts. We have something for everyone! We have a few fun… Read More »Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts
Today’s Chore: Cleaning the dog beds! If you have dogs then you know the life of living with dog hair and cleaning up after them. Our dogs, Riley and Wynter are going through their winter shed, and that means a TON of fur flying around. Every day we are vacuuming, dusting, and trying to keep the dog hair off our clothes and our bed. But we have a few simple… Read More »How To Clean The Hair And Odors Off Your Dog’s Bed
2020 has been such a crazy and challenging year for many. As it comes to an end, the opportunity to push reset arises and becomes the perfect time to focus on self-care. Take this time to move on from this tough year and pamper yourself with some self-care activities by following this 31-day self-care calendar. Plus the wallpapers and insta story stickers included will help you stay motivated and on-track… Read More »Make More Time For Self-Care in 2021 (Free Self-Care Calendar)
15 Fun Hanukkah Crafts for Families It’s been a long year. It might feel like it’s hard to feel like celebrating the holidays with so much going on. But we believe that taking time to work on your mental health and enjoying the little things can help you find more light in the world. That’s why we think Hanukkah, a celebration of seeing the light during dark times, is the… Read More »15 Fun Hanukkah Crafts
Weighted blankets have changed the way my husband and I sleep, and now we won’t sleep without them! Weighted blankets are helpful for not just insomnia and anxiety, but for us; they have allowed us to sleep more soundly than ever before. This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Support content creators and… Read More »Weighted Blankets – What You Need To Know
8 Unique and Fun Menorahs In our home, we have a LOT of Hanukkah menorahs, from silly to traditional. And I love them all. We choose which one we will light for all 8 nights of Hanukkah and in the window, we have the basic Jewish Family Electric Plastic menorah that I think every family has. It’s fun, it’s useful, and it won’t burn down the house! So if you… Read More »Beautiful and Fun Hanukkah Menorahs
What You Need To Stock Up On For Emergencies If 2020 has taught us nothing, it was that crazy things can and often WILL happen and we should all be prepared. From storms, Covid-19, and economic closings, to illnesses and earthquakes we need to be prepared to stay home safely and care for our families. A couple of years ago, while we were living in Seattle, we met some of… Read More »Emergency Food Prep Tips
How To Host A Socially Distanced Thankgiving Your Friends And Family Will Enjoy Thanksgiving is almost here, and many of you are asking how you can have a fun Thanksgiving while keeping your friends and family safe from Covid. We are right there with you, collecting ideas and trying to make good decisions for the people we love as well. We share how you can host a social distanced Thanksgiving.… Read More »How To Host A Social Distanced Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times to dress up my table and pull out my creative side. I love a beautiful tablescape that seems to make the food taste even better. These 17 Thanksgiving Tables each have a different character and style so you can mix and match for your perfect style. And of course, you know our modern farmhouse style will always be tossed in as well! This… Read More »17 Beautiful Thanksgiving Tables
Our family is the most important thing to me and the time we get to spend together is always cherished. Fall is one of our favorite times as a family. It’s so rich in traditions and memories. I love how the hustle and bustle of summer seems to slow down here as the weather starts to cool down. This week we pulled out those pumpkins and took some time for… Read More »Fall Family Fun
Thanksgiving is a special evening of friends, family, and fun. So hosting Thanksgiving Dinner takes some planning ahead. We have some great tips to help you host the best Thanksgiving Dinner party without the stress. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Don’t Be Afraid To Use Store-bought. If you have something that you just love that you… Read More »How To Host The Best Thanksgiving Dinner
Hey everyone, I wanted to take a moment away from recipes and reviews to get personal and to share part of my story and struggles. I believe that when we can connect as humans, we become like fireflies and start to fill the darkness with our connections like sparks of light. It is only through sharing our struggles and our successes that we can reach out and connect with others. … Read More »Memory Markers and My Crappy Day
This year, many of us are thinking about how we can celebrate Halloween a little differently than ever before. Staying home? We have a few Halloween themed activities to keep up the fun and stay safer at home. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Our children are all grown up, and some have families of their own.… Read More »How To Have A Spooktacular Social Distanced Halloween
Our kitchens are the warm center point of our homes. As the heart of interactions, meals, and memories- this room deserves as much work and attention as possible. Unfortunately, our kitchens aren’t always the room we want them to be. Whether you’re buying a house with a kitchen that needs a little work or have lived somewhere for years and are hankering for some change, a complete facelift of your… Read More »How To Give Your Kitchen A Facelift
It’s completely normal to feel stressed, especially when the world seems like it’s overwhelming. Personally, I’ve been struggling to keep motivated recently. So I’ve been reaching out to talk to my friends, family, and even my therapist about my feelings. Admitting that you are stressed isn’t a weakness! We have a list of ways that you can reduce stress and stay peaceful without leaving home. This post contains affiliate links.… Read More »15 Ways To Reduce Stress And Stay Peaceful
8 years ago, my best friend was killed in an accident that forever changed my life. He was “My Person” because unlike everyone else in my life, he was there the longest and knew the darkest parts of my life. And he loved me all through it, like a brother and like someone who understood trauma intimately. When he was gone, I was left in a world that suddenly had… Read More »It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
It’s been a long and crazy summer, and after taking a mental health break in June to try to wrap my mind around all, that’s been happening around the world. I’m back to work and trying to revive my energy to create some content. But let me tell ya, working from home is hard work! This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added… Read More »Breathing New Life Into Working From Home
7 Self-Care Strategies for Navigating In the “New Normal” As we continue spending more time at home due to the current climate, we have the opportunity to ask ourselves if we are setting the right boundaries for ourselves. Are you making enough time for self-care? When I say boundaries, I don’t necessarily mean from other people but rather from devices, substances, routines and expectations. The pandemic has for many hit… Read More »7 Self-Care Strategies for Navigating the “New Normal”
Happy July! It’s hard to believe that summer is in full swing, July is here, and many of us are still doing our best to do everything we can to fight the infection rate from Covid-19. But this is also the time that many of us reflect back on bigger issues, like plastic pollution and waste. Here’s something scary: Did you know scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be… Read More »Plastic Free July- Tips for reducing your plastic use
Hey everyone, I’m back today. I’ve been in the kitchen a lot for the last few weeks, working on new recipes and spending a lot of time in the garden working on growing food for my family as well as working on my mental health. The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster, and in June I felt like I was hitting a wall with all of the… Read More »I Took A Mental Health Break
Finding calm during stressful times isn’t easy. But we have some tips that we hope might help. We’ve been talking a lot about how 2020 was one of the most stressful years for many people. Just as scary, millions of people are out of work and wondering how they will be able to feed their children, pay their bills, or when they will be able to go back to work.… Read More »Finding Calm During Stressful Times
Spring is here and before you know it, Mother’s day will be upon us. Today we have a great DIY that you can do with the kids for Mom or make yourself to send to someone special. But don’t forget to make a few for yourself! Seed bombs are easy to make, they are fun great gifts, and you can make them ahead of time and store them for when… Read More »DIY Seed Bombs
If you had more time to focus on your health and wellbeing, what would you do? Well this is the time for many of us that we suddenly have the time, what are you doing with it? For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had to self-quarantine to limit risks of getting Covid-19 because I have Lyme Disease and complications. And I’m loving the Better Me that’s coming out of… Read More »How Staying Home Has Improved My Life
Ready to make your own hand sanitizer? We have an easy recipe that not only soothes your hands, but leaves them clean when you can’t get to soap and water. Let me stress this very clearly, please wash your hands with soap and water. This is not a replacement for good hygiene and this is NOT to be used around your face and eyes! Click to go to… Read More »Soothing DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe
When the body experiences stress, the result is typically anxiety. Upon exposure to a stressor, the endocrine system triggers the release of stress hormones like cortisol. They govern the body’s fight, flight, or freeze responses. The person experiences the sensation of ‘butterflies in their stomach’ as they feel apprehensive and uncertain of an outcome. That’s how people experience regular anxiety. However, when it becomes so severe and frequent that it… Read More »5 Alternative Ways to Deal With Anxiety
Image by Pexels We couldn’t be happier about this new downsized lifestyle trend where people decide to live in smaller homes, sell off valuables and generally make small adjustments to simplify their lives. Living with less is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint and overall environmental impact, but it’s also a great way to live a happier and more meaningful life. One obvious contributor to this… Read More »How to Declutter Your Home and Still Be Kind to the Earth
Moving from one house to a new one can be so exciting. But it’s also one of the most stressful experiences. From finding a new home, uprooting your life, and saying good-bye to friends and family. There a lot of emotion happening in a big move. That’s why we wanted to share our moving plan and how we managed to unpack all of our boxes without going crazy! This week… Read More »Tips For Moving Without Losing Your Mind
A welcoming home is always ready for impromptu guests, but having that guest-ready home doesn’t mean you have to hire a cleaning service and a chef! We share some easy tricks to creating a cozy home for your guests that won’t break the bank. We promise you won’t have to get up at dawn to start cooking and cleaning. Being prepared is the hardest tip, since sometimes surprise guests catch… Read More »5 Right Now Steps To A Guest Ready Home
Everywhere you go, it is starting to feel like the holidays are here. Last winter, we moved back to the East Coast to be closer to our friends and family. We spent 5 years in the Seattle area, made great new friends. But home will always be Maryland. This will be our first Hanukkah in our new house. After a long wait, we are all moved into our farmhouse, and… Read More »What Is Hanukkah?
Do you have a travel bucket list? Daydream about locations beyond your borders? I do too. I am always reading about fantastic places to explore and I’ve been thinking a lot about the places on my bucket list and trying to turn them into a To-Do list instead. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at… Read More »My Travel Bucket List
Recently on a long flight from Seattle to Baltimore, I realized that that traveling with an introvert like myself can be a puzzle for many who might not understand the complexity of an introvert’s mind. Even though we love to travel and explore the world, we also have some special requirements in order to prevent us from just getting overwhelmed and having a breakdown. Being an introvert doesn’t mean we… Read More »7 Things You Need To Know About Traveling With An Introvert
I’ve had Lyme almost all of my life. It’s a part of me and my day to day. I know it’s unusual, but often I forget that it is anything different from anyone else. But sometimes there are things I wish my friends knew about my life with Lyme Disease.
My battle with Lyme Disease began before I knew I had it.
Like many people I was misdiagnosed for many years before finally being diagnosed. Everything from MS to Anxiety have been on my medical records. Lyme is commonly misdiagnosed, leaving people wondering if their friends or family are making up their illness and the victim wondering if they will ever find relief.
I was likely a small child when I was bitten by a tick carrying my future inside it. My body has been fighting an invasion since I was in elementary school. I spent my 20’s wondering why I couldn’t keep up with people my age. Now I know.
Sometimes I need to rest to let it catch up.
My “Resting Bitch Face” isn’t what you think.
I live with pain. Every day, every hour, something hurts somewhere. Sometimes it’s an ache or a dull throb, other times it is the painful sting of inflammation. I manage it the best I can without meds because I know in the long run, the meds are very damaging to my other organs that are also fighting this disease.
I get tired, frustrated that I can’t get up and dance with my friends like I used to, even a little envious of a few of you who can enjoy a few cocktails and night of dancing. But my RBF is judged pretty hard even though I’m actually happy to be able to get out and hang out.
Sometimes I just can’t.
One of the hardest realities of living with Lyme is knowing that your immune system is awful. You have to measure your strength with expectations.
It is embarrassing to have to message a friend ahead of time who has been complaining about being sick to warn her that you just can’t be with her because you can’t take the risk of getting sick for the next few weeks.
Kids are cool. But they are also germ magnets and while post parents are used to their little ones cruising from one illness to the next. Sometimes I just have to take a step back from kid friendly events when I know it is flu or cold season in the schools. It isn’t because I don’t love the kids, but because I can’t give weapons to the bacteria I am already infected with.
I’ve even had to turn down coming to see new babies because the siblings were sick with the flu. It was awful.
I don’t go to the gym and I am okay with it.
These days among my friends, everyone is trying to get summer bathing suit ready or in “cruse shape” because some of us are headed on a trip together. They talk about their marathons, weekend gym dates, and diets they are currently on. And I smile and listen, I think it’s great that they are excited about it.
But I don’t go to the gym and I don’t diet.
Instead I am in physical therapy usually twice a week to try to keep my muscles from locking up or to settle the pain in a bad area. I have regular visits with my doctors to make sure my heart is staying strong and my liver isn’t getting worse. I’ve watched my weight climb up and down with each switch of my medications and cringed when I looked in the full length mirror. After a workout I’m exhausted for days and in pain for a week.
I’ve learned to accept that I might never get down to a 7 again, but I will keep fighting a disease that’s entire goal is to kill me. And when I look at my body that’s now patched up with scars from surgeries and battle, I know that I am thankful that today I am not bedridden and I can go walking through the Farmer’s Market to enjoy the sweetness of life without guilt.
You can talk to me about my disease.
I’m pretty sure that most of my friends know I have Lyme. But I don’t talk about it much. Usually because few people actually ask me about it.
I know they must have questions or wonder why I cancel at the last minute a night of dancing and fun. They just don’t ask. I wish my friends knew that they can come talk to me about my illness and I am happy to answer all of their questions. Lyme Disease is difficult, but harder when you feel like nobody understands you.
The youngest of our 5 is about to be a sophomore in high school this year. And as I was reminiscing about how fast these last 15 years have gone for her, I realized that I only have a few more years left to make sure she is ready to take those important steps into her own adult world. The Teens are now preparing for life away from home. This… Read More »10 Life Skills Teens Should Know Before Going To College
Skincare is about more than what you put on your body. You also want to focus on eating correctly and getting a nice supply of antioxidant rich fruits that replenish everything your skin needs to repair itself.
Bath Bombs are so relaxing and a great way to give yourself some self-love. What if you could not only soothe your mind and soak away aches and pains with natural CBD without the high cost of trendy CBD bath bombs? We have that easy DIY for you! How do CBD Bath bombs make you feel better? CBD soothes pain and reduces inflammation. Used topically, it can also settle skin… Read More »DIY Healing CBD Bath Bombs with Rose Geranium
I know that posts haven’t been as regular as they should be. I’ve just been a bit tired and distracted. Call it the holiday blues, the winter slow down, stress, or whatever name you want to give it. I’ve just been tired and distracted. Many of my readers know that I have Chronic Lyme Disease. I have this strong belief that the more you focus on being ill, the sicker… Read More »How To Manage Exhausting Holiday Stress and Chronic Lyme Disease.
We love Chicago! The city is easy to navigate, there are plenty of things to see and do for all ages. Short on time? Here are 5 things you must do while in Chicago. The River tours – We like the river tours of Chicago. They are a great way to see the architectural beauty of Chicago, learn some unusual facts, and enjoy a slow morning. I like when our guide… Read More »5 Things You Must See and Do In Chicago!
I always have lemons in my kitchen. I use them in everything from my morning seltzer water to cleaning.
Did you know that lemons are high in potassium? You need potassium for clear thinking, balancing your blood pressure, and works with sodium to temper your body’s water balance.
When we got married, we had a lot of crazy things on our minds. For us, it was already complicated. We started things off by throwing every obstacle in the world at our marriage. We launched right into having a family, not a small one.. one cute kid and a dog, but a large one ending in 5 kids, dogs, cats, and a ton of debt that we managed to… Read More »In sickness and in health