It’s Farmhouse Friday!

Farmhouse Living Room

Today is the first edition of Farmhouse Friday with some of my farmhouse blogging buddies! Starting today, we're bringing you a series of farmhouse style posts the 4th Friday of every month. I'm so excited to bring you this new series because farmhouse style has really grown in popularity the past few years. We decided to launch things off by sharing what farmhouse style means to each of us. Be sure to visit my farmhouse friends and see what … [Read more...]

My Favorite Tips for Living a Healthy Life

The morning of the Fox Valley marathon in St. Charles, Illinois

  I’m excited to share with you a post today that’s all about staying confident even when you’re battling a cold sore.  If you suffer from cold sores like I do, you know it isn’t easy to feel confident when you get one.  With the first sign of a cold sore coming on I reach for Abreva® to get rid of it fast.  Then I follow the following simple tips to help keep my confidence high! When it comes to health and staying fit, I prefer to … [Read more...]

DIY Easter Globes and a Pillow Winner!

DIY Easter Globes

Easter is less than 2 weeks away! How do these holidays always seem to sneak up on us? I'm having Easter brunch at my house this year so I'm getting a few decorations up because I know the grand kids will enjoy it. I remembered I had glass globes and decided to give them a little spring flair. Without further ado, here's my DIY Easter globes! (And I didn't forget to choose the Paint-a-Pillow winner ... she's announced at the end of this … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Style Spring Decor

Farmhouse Family Room

Spring is officially here so I thought I'd give you a tour of my spring decor in my home. I'm joining several other bloggers to share our homes with you all week long! We worked with Kirkland's who let us pick a few items from their store to help decorate. How fun is that? You'll find links to the participating bloggers at the end of this post but for now, let me show you my spring decorating done in farmhouse style! Let's start in the family … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Savvy Southern Style

Country Style Sun Room

Today is a very special day because I'm featuring the home of a popular and highly talented blogger ... Kim of Savvy Southern Style!  I've been reading Kim's blog ever since I started blogging and am always amazed by her creativity and ingenuity. Her home is gorgeous and her spirit is sweet and genuine. It's such an honor to feature her in my Charming Home Series! One of my favorite rooms in Kim's house is her sun room, and I think you can see … [Read more...]

Living Rooms to Love

Traditional Living Room

While we all might want pretty rooms in our homes, they need to be livable too. In the living room, it's important to have comfortable furniture arranged to create conversation areas. And if the room is large enough, maybe even a space for a reading nook or a desk too. Here's a collection of living rooms to love from Houzz in a variety of styles. Which one do you like best? Beach Style Living Room by Kennebunk Design-Build Firms Bowley … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Style Spring Breakfast Nook

Farmhouse Style Spring Tablescape

Spring is definitely in the air here in the Midwest and I'm celebrating the start of the season with a few of my favorite bloggers from both the U.S. and Canada! (You'll see links to their inspirational spring decorating at the end of the post.) I was in the mood to create a spring tablescape in my breakfast nook but what I ended up with looks entirely different than what I envisioned in my mind. Does that ever happen to you? I was going to … [Read more...]

10 Favorite Flower Arrangements

Bouquet of Cone flowers and Black Eyed Susans

When I look back on my years of home ownership and apartment renting, I realize that there is one decorating staple that's remained consistent in my life. Flowers. Pink, purple, yellow ... it doesn't matter what color. Having flower arrangements in the home is a sure way to perk up a room and lift the spirits. Today I'm sharing 10 of my favorite arrangements with you! My absolute, all-time favorite bouquets are created from flowers in the … [Read more...]

How I Stay Sane during the Fickle Spring Season

Claw Foot Tub in Farmhouse Bathroom

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, PEOPLE®,  and Real Simple® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SpringintoMeTime Spring is on its way and is officially here on Friday, March 20th! This past week we've been blessed with lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures. While I love the spring, it can be a tumultuous season here in the Midwest. One week it's … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Santa Ynez Cottage

California Cottage in Santa Ynez

This coming Friday marks the first day of spring so today I'm bringing you a beautiful cottage style house filled with sunshine and spring colors! This charming home is located in Santa Ynez (Saint Agnes) California, just north of Los Angeles. I found this light-filled beauty on Houzz. Farmhouse Living Room by Santa Ynez Media & Bloggers Going Home To Roost The first thing that caught my eye about this charming home is the amazing wall of … [Read more...]

My Trip to Cozumel Mexico

Bridget doing yoga on the beach at Cozumel

I have to be honest ... I wasn't sure whether I would write this post about my trip to Cozumel. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time! I just don't want to be one of those people that shows photos of their vacation to anyone and everyone who will listen. But if a great great grandchild of mine someday looks me up to find out more info about one of their ancestors for a school project, maybe he or she will be interested to know that great great … [Read more...]

For the Birds Spring Mantel

Bird Themed Spring Mantel

Spring weather beckons all us Midwesterners to come outside and shake off the cabin fever, which is exactly what hubby and I did today. When I got home from work we went for a walk and it was soooooo nice to see the buds on the trees and the first robins of the season! It's always a special day when you see the first robins back in town ... I always look forward to it. So when fellow blogger Melissa asked me to join a spring mantel party, I knew … [Read more...]

Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Open Shelves in Cottage Kitchen

Open shelving in the kitchen can be quite charming, but it's not without its faults. Since everything is out on display, you can't just shut the door to hide a mess. You've got to keep things neat and tidy ... or maybe not if you don't care that it looks messy. On the flip side, open shelving allows you to display beautiful dishes or collectibles. Coastal Living Kitchen Open shelves let you display cute and colorful dishes! Such an easy way to … [Read more...]