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Happy Birthday Tag Printable Freebie

We have been celebrating birthday after birthday around here…including another one this week! I don’t know about you but I use printable birthday gift tags all the time. These happy birthday tag printable freebies are such a great thing to have around the house for those last minute gifts. This post contains affiliate links. Click here to … Read more

happy birthday tag printable

Week in Review

Happy April Fool’s Day!! Are you a big prankster? I used to enjoy doing funny little things for the kids when they were little, but I don’t do much now. I sure like to see the funny things that others do though! I was actually induced to have Andy on April 1st and I was … Read more

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Weekend Wishlist

Yay for Friday! What are your plans for this Easter weekend? We are looking forward to a big dinner with a bunch of the kids friends from school. I love being able to give them a “home base” so to speak while they are all away from their families. It’s fun to get to know … Read more

weekend wishlist

How to Make a Beautiful Breakfast Charcuterie Board

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a charcuterie board. I would be happy to eat one for every meal. Charcuterie boards are easy to make, usually please even the pickiest of eaters, and look beautiful. We have some different groups of guests coming in the next few months for weddings and graduations and … Read more

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Powder Bathroom Ideas : Midway Modern Farmhouse

A powder bathroom is always such a fun space to design. It’s a little space completely removed from the rest of the house that lets you be a little wild. You can play with patterns and colors and features that you might be a little afraid to put somewhere in a larger room in the … Read more

powder bathroom ideas

Week In Review

Happy Monday! John and I landed back in SLC late last night and literally came from beautiful blue skies and spring like weather in OC straight back to winter with snow on the ground and freezing rain. FUN! Take me back to the sunshine! 😉 Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to this … Read more

Weekend Wishlist

This week’s weekend wishlist is a little different. With Easter on the way, here’s a little Amazon wishlist for Easter basket goodies for all the girls in your life.  This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. I know sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas for teens and tweens, so … Read more

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Ultimate 7 Layer Dip Recipe

Seven layer dip has been around forever and is seriously one of the best and most delicious appetizers you can make. It’s always a hit at every party. You can always buy your 7 layer dip at Costco or your local grocery store, but this Cinco de Mayo rather than buying it at the store, … Read more

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Nashville TN Hotels : The Gaylord Opryland Hotel

John had a work conference in Nashville, TN in November and I tagged along. I was SO excited. I had never been to Nashville and it has been one of those places on my list for years. In late 2020 John had to go for work and I just wasn’t comfortable traveling at that time, … Read more

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Week in Review

Another busy week is in the books! Once the days get longer I feel like they go faster…does that happen to anyone else? Maybe just because there’s more to get done, who knows…but whatever the reason, it flew by. Here’s a little of what’s been happening around here this week. This post contains affiliate links. … Read more

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Weekend Wishlist

It’s time for this week’s Weekend Wishlist. All the pretty things that have captured my attention this week. I hope you find something you love too! Happy Shopping! This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. A pretty spring dress that arrives in time for Easter. Love this bench and you’ll love … Read more

weekend wishlist
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Small Bathroom Wallpaper Ideas : The OC Guest Bath Remodel

The last of the bathrooms to get remodeled in the OC Ranch Reno was the kids, or guest bath. It’s a Jack and Jill bath of sorts with direct access into a double vanity area from one bedroom and hallway access right across from another bedroom. The kids have grown up sharing that bathroom, but … Read more

wallpaper in small bathrooms ideas

Week in Review

Hello Monday! How are you feeling after losing an hour of sleep yesterday? I don’t know why that always hits me WAY harder than it should, but here we are, tired and looking to go to bed at 7pm. 😉 John had some work meetings this week so I tagged along and we stayed for … Read more

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Weekend Wishlist

It’s time for this week’s Weekend Wishlist. All the pretty things that have captured my attention this week. I hope you find something you love too! Happy Shopping! This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.    This dress comes in lots of colors and patterns and is SO pretty! Love this … Read more

weekend wishlist
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How to Make Candy Kabobs

I was at the store yesterday and saw these cute Easter candy kabobs and was tempted to buy them for Easter baskets, but I knew that my kids didn’t like most of the candy included on them. So although they were cute, I knew the candy kabobs would go to waste. I decided to peruse … Read more

how to make candy kabobs

Week in Review

Happy Monday! I had a wonderful week this past week taking some time to allow myself to leave the chores undone for a few hours and go spend some time with friends. Life can get so busy it’s often easy to let those relationships get pushed to the side in lieu of other things that … Read more

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Best Hotels in the Cotswolds : Thyme Hotel Southrop England

Have you ever been to the Cotswolds? The Cotswolds are a region in central to southwest London comprising more than 800 sq miles of lush rolling green hills, ancient moss covered stone walls, roaming sheep, wandering rivers, and quintessential English villages with their stone buildings and thatched roofs dotting the landscape. In other words, it … Read more

thyme hotel southrop england

Week in Review

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Things here were good…it was WARM…at least by usual February standards. What  is it about the weather turning warm and the days getting longer that makes me have the desire to be more productive? Do you feel that way too? Here’s a little of what we … Read more

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Weekend Wishlist

We have finally reached the end of February and spring is just around the corner. It has been super rainy and dreary here this week, but this weekend I think we’re turning a corner. We’re supposed to see 58 and sunny and that sounds dreamy. My weekend wishlist this weekend is heavily influenced by springy … Read more

weekend wishlist
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Primary Bathroom Remodel Design Ideas

This primary bath remodel project was a fun one! Over the years this bathroom had gone through a couple of minor remodels with new flooring and countertops, a new mirror and a few other cosmetic changes, but once the floor had to come out, it was just going to be so messy and cause problems … Read more

primary bathroom ideas
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Best President’s Day Sale Picks

Hi all! I hope you’re having a wonderful Monday! I just wanted to hop on quickly and share some of the sales that are ending today. I was up late last night making sure all the things I have had on my list were on sale and adding them to my cart. I like to … Read more

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week in review

Week in Review

Happy Monday! Is today a holiday at your house? The kids are off of school, but I know that a lot of work places don’t have the day off. If you do have a holiday…what are you doing? I’m using today to catch up on chores around the house. There is so much organizing and … Read more

week in review
weekend wishlist

Weekend Wishlist

There are so many great sales this weekend thanks to the holiday. What are you on the hunt for? Here are some of the things I’ve got my eye on. Everything from home decor to cute clothes. Time to get our shop on! This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. All … Read more

weekend wishlist
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The Best Place to Stay on Oahu : Halekulani Hotel

Staying at the Halekulani Sixteen years ago John read an article in Travel & Leisure about this magical place in Honolulu, right on a stretch of Waikiki Beach called the Halekulani. It was our tenth anniversary and we were heading to Hawaii to celebrate. We had spent our honeymoon in Honolulu and we were excited … Read more

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woman's world magazine feature

Week in Review

I might need to start calling these bi-weekly reviews. 😉 Silly me thinking that once I officially became an empty nester a few weeks ago life might slow down a bit. HA! Joke was on me! Exciting things are happening and I can’t wait to fill you in! I had the chance to visit the … Read more

woman's world magazine feature
backyard remodel ideas

Italian Inspired Backyard Remodel

Right before Andy came home from his mission it was time to nest. 😉 Seriously. I felt like I was getting ready to bring home a baby and wanted to have everything re-done, cleaned like crazy, and just as perfect  as it could be. I think there was some added pressure ( that I only … Read more

backyard remodel ideas

Incredible Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe

January temps call for some awesome soup to warm us up from the inside out. I love chicken pot pie filling, but I don’t like pie crust…I know, call me crazy. This chicken pot pie soup is the perfect solution to that problem. It is SO good…insanely flavorful, creamy, loaded with veggies and chicken and … Read more

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Weekly Wishlist

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I’ve been busy pulling some things together for the Alumni House and getting ready for all the President’s Day sales this week. I love to shop a good sale! It’s been a minute since I put together a weekend wishlist. If you got the newsletter late last week, you’ll recognize this list, … Read more

weekend wishlist

Week in Review

Oh what a week it’s been. This was the week I officially became an empty nester. There’s been a lot of build up in my mind to this day, but nothing can compare to the actual feeling of leaving your baby behind at a dorm, knowing you’re going home to an empty house. I’m struggling … Read more

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How to Choose Wallpaper for Your Living Room

The Alumni House is getting closer and closer to the finish line every day. I just got out of a meeting with a wallpaper installer and it occurred to me that I haven’t talked much about choosing wallpaper for this project or frankly how to choose wallpaper for your living room, or the best wallpaper … Read more

how to choose wallpaper for your living room
best gifts for teen girls

The BEST Gifts for Teen & Tween Girls

It’s that time of year again…time to get our gifting on!! I know this post about the best gifts for teen and tween girls is always a favorite. I know how hard it can be to find the best gifts and I am here to help!! The older kids get, the harder it gets to … Read more

best gifts for teen girls
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My Guide to the Best Restaurants in Orange County

You may have heard me mention it here before a time or two ;), but I am a So Cal girl through and through. I was born and raised in San Diego and then transplanted to south Orange County 20 years ago when I got married and started my own family. I remember the day … Read more

the best restaurants orange county
pretty guest bedroom decor ideas

Easy Design Updates for a Cozy Guest Bedroom

Get your guest bedroom cozy and ready to welcome family and friends this holiday season with these pretty guest bedroom decor ideas. We’ve been accustomed to welcoming guests year round in the OC Ranch Reno, and summer is a beautiful time to visit Utah, but what I didn’t expect when we moved to Utah is … Read more

pretty guest bedroom decor ideas
The Seabird Resort | Beachfront Hotel in Oceanside, CA

The Seabird Resort | Beachfront Hotel in Oceanside, CA

I grew up in San Diego and admittedly never spent much time in Oceanside. We were a little bit inland and further south in San Diego..so our beach trips took us to La Jolla Shores, Del Mar and points south. Living in Orange County these last many years Oceanside has been a bit closer, but … Read more

The Seabird Resort | Beachfront Hotel in Oceanside, CA
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The Prettiest Afternoon Teas in London

Ashley and I are headed on a little UK adventure in a few weeks so I’ve been researching (one of my favorite things to do when planning a trip!) for all the best of everything that London has to offer. I have been fortunate to spend a fair amount of time in London, but I … Read more

prettiest afternoon teas London
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Cute Homecoming Proposal Idea – Free Printable Tag

Download these free printable tags and make this cute homecoming proposal idea in just minutes! I realize I’m a little late to the game this year, Homecoming has been happening at schools all over for the last few weeks, and dances will wrap up here in the coming weeks, which means most Homecoming proposals have … Read more

cute homecoming proposal idea
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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge : A Beautiful Place to Stay in NYC

One Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a sanctuary in the city. John and I had the chance to stay on a trip to the Better Homes & GardensStyleMaker conference and it did not disappoint! Located waterfront on Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge sits right beside the East River and five blocks west of the … Read more

1 hotel brooklyn bridge review
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The Best Gifts for Bakers from Amazon

If you’ve been visiting the blog for a bit, then you’ve probably figured out that we like to bake around here. 😉 Did you catch the latest recipe for pumpkin bread with a streusel topping? Heavenly. 😉 There’s an awesome baking store here in Salt Lake that both Ash and I love to go wander … Read more

great gifts for bakers
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1 Hotel West Hollywood Review : A Weekend Getaway

Dare I say…travel is back? Could it be? I decided it was about time to dust off the travel archives and write a travel post. This has been the strangest 15+ months. I have never been so grounded. While there are parts of being a home body I have definitely enjoyed, the wanderlust has been … Read more

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Gorgeous Neutral Bedroom Design Ideas Mood Board

I have been working on a few projects lately and busy creating some mood boards / design boards to put together some pretty bedroom design ideas, so I thought I would share them here as well. I love a good neutral palette, so this bedroom design is something I would for sure love in my … Read more

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the silos fixer upper

Travel Guide: The Silos from Fixer Upper and Magnolia Market

When Ash and I heard that John was headed to a conference in Dallas a couple of weeks ago, we immediately saw our chance to go visit The Silos from Fixer Upper and the shops at Magnolia Market so we grabbed a couple of plane tickets and tagged along. John and I had visited the … Read more

the silos fixer upper
the benjamin hotel

Best Places to Stay in NYC : The Benjamin Hotel

These past 2 years (I can’t even believe I’m saying that!) have felt a bit stifling, feeling stuck in one place and generally unable to travel. Things feel a little like they are starting to normalize in that department, we just got back from our first big trip in a few years and while it … Read more

the benjamin hotel
dorm storage solutions

Ultimate Dorm Storage Solutions

Ok, so I have a question. Why do schools make dorms…which they know are tiny to begin with…so hard to live in? lol! I have been spending the last week really trying to get everything ready for Andy to move into his dorm and whoa! No nails in the walls? No command hooks allowed? That … Read more

dorm storage solutions
oc ranch kitchen renovation

OC Ranch Reno Kitchen Remodel Before & After

I know you’ve seen the OC Ranch Reno kitchen pop up in a few seasonal posts over the past few months, but I’ve never shown you the before and after so I thought it was about time! 🙂 I really did love this kitchen the way it was for many years. We were SO young … Read more

oc ranch kitchen renovation
laundry room renovation

1987 Fixer Upper Laundry Room Remodel Before & After

I’m making a better effort to share the before and afters of so many projects that I seem to always neglect here on the blog.  I shared the a few shots of the #1987FixerUpper laundry room up quite some time ago, but I’ve never shown you the before and after…and what a before and after … Read more

laundry room renovation
thanksgiving gift tags

Thanksgiving Gift Tags Free Printables

I always love a good free printable, and Thanksgiving often gets overlooked here on the blog because I am all crazy planning for Christmas. 😉 I whipped up these Thanksgiving gift tags the other night and wanted to make sure to get them posted before I forget and the holiday is over! 😉 This post … Read more

thanksgiving gift tags
home office remodel

Home Office Decorating Ideas : Our Home Office Remodel

If you’ve seen the #1987FixerUpper foyer entryway remodel, then you probably remember seeing a little bit about me opening up the wall in the entryway as part of our home office remodel. Prior to remodeling this house, I was pouring over home office decorating ideas, trying to come up with the best plan for this … Read more

home office remodel
Christmas kitchen decor ideas

Pretty Christmas Kitchen Decor Ideas Home Tour

December is here!! Yay for all things Christmas! Are your decorations up and ready to go? I love it when Thanksgiving falls just a little bit earlier in the month of December rather than on the 29th or something, because I love to have an extra few days after Thanksgiving to prepare for the month … Read more

Christmas kitchen decor ideas
last minute hostess gift ideas

Last Minute Hostess Gift Ideas

Tis the season for dinner parties and overnight guests, which means it’s also time for hostess gifts. If you’ve been invited to a holiday party or dinner, or are staying as a guest at someone’s home this season, it is nice to bring a little something to gift your hostess. A nice hostess gift doesn’t … Read more

last minute hostess gift ideas
simple guest room design

Simple Guest Room Design : Bedroom Remodel Before & After

The original owners of the 1987 Fixer Upper had raised 6 kids there. Six! The space needs of their family were obviously different than ours with just two older kids…one of whom would be out of the house in three short years. The house, namely the secondary bedrooms and bathrooms, had been built to fit … Read more

simple guest room design
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Visit Sleeping Beauty’s Castle : Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

It’s what fairytale dreams are made of…a princess castle nestled in the forest of Germany. Take one look at Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany and you can see how it inspired Walt Disney to create Sleeping Beauty’s castle. When we added Germany to our travel itinerary, driving out to see this gorgeous cliffside castle was a … Read more

visit sleeping beauty's castle neuschwanstein castle
farmhouse kitchen design ideas

Midway Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Before and After

I am the worst about sharing completed projects. I sat down last night to make a list of the things I had neglected to add here on the blog, and let’s just say…I may now have several printed pages of things I need to work on. Oops! lol! :0 There are so many spaces from … Read more

farmhouse kitchen design ideas
midway guest bedroom design

Pretty Farmhouse Bedroom Design Ideas : Midway Modern Makeover

I love a reveal day! There’s nothing better than sharing a space that was tired and then getting to see what happens when we breathe some new life into it! The guest bedrooms at the Midway Modern Farmhouse were in need of some love. As I’ve mentioned many times before, this house had GREAT bones! … Read more

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great gift ideas from Walmart

Great Gift Ideas from Walmart

How’s your gift list looking this season? Everyone I’ve talked to is definitely shopping early…are you usually an early shopper or do you like to wait until the last minute? I usually like to get the bulk of my shopping done early, and then save a few little things to get right at the last … Read more

great gift ideas from Walmart
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Easy Green Halloween Party Punch: Monster Juice

This sweet & bubbly Halloween sherbet punch is always a hit and the perfect punch for your Halloween parties this year!! Years ago…and I do mean years…I was nine and my parents were about to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Can we say honeymoon baby?! Anyways, party planning is in my blood…I come by it … Read more

green halloween party punch

Cute Coastal Christmas Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Hello! Welcome to my very first home tour of the Christmas season! I’m so excited to be joining Tana and the other talented bloggers sharing their homes all decked for Christmas today! It’s so fun to have you here. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes of your day with me! 🙂 I … Read more

Dijon France Travel

Traveling to Dijon France : Dijon Hotels, Mustard & More

For Christmas last year we had the pleasure of traveling to France for the holiday break. As you know, if you’ve been following along with our travels for the last many years, we love to rent a car when we travel and drive all over creation. On this trip we started in Paris, where we … Read more

Dijon France Travel

Front Entryway Decorating Ideas : Midway Modern Farmhouse Remodel

The front entryway at the Midway Modern Farmhouse is a grand, beautiful space…but it didn’t always feel like that. I distinctly remember walking into the house for the first time right after the sale closed and feeling like, “oh, boy! That wall is the first thing to go!” I immediately had front entryway decorating ideas … Read more

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Free Halloween Tag: Happy Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Printable

Cue “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” You know what that means!! Time for lots of free Halloween printable tags and cute ideas! I love these bold, graphic Happy Halloween tags with their cheery jack-o-lantern taking center stage. The bright orange pumpkin against that deep black background is attention grabbing for sure. Are … Read more

free halloween tag
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Staying at The Apartments at 11 Cadogan Gardens in Chelsea, London

A trip to London always leaves me feeling inspired and like my cup is full. It’s always an absolute dream to be wandering down the bustling streets in this beautiful city lined with gorgeous townhouses and quaint shops and restaurants.  This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. On our last couple … Read more

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powder bathroom renovation

Powder Bathroom Renovation Before & After : OC Ranch Reno

I’ve been talking a little bit about wallpaper over on Instagram so I thought it would be fun to share the powder bathroom renovation before and after pictures from the OC Ranch Reno. I just had the space wallpapered after thinking about it for years…no joke! I finally committed to it and can I just … Read more

powder bathroom renovation
Happy 4th of july printable

4th of July Printables : Free Printable Sign

Happy 4th of July!  This week is always such a fun one with communities celebrating with 5k’s and pancake breakfasts, carnivals and street fairs…all leading up to the main event…BBQ’s and fireworks on the big night.  I always feel such a sense of pride and gratitude for this country.  I feel like so often we … Read more

Happy 4th of july printable
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Legacy Box : Cost, Review and How it Works

I don’t know about you guys, but January is always a month of cleaning, organizing and clearing out in our house. It always feels particularly good after the holidays to clear the clutter. I have had a project on my to-do list for years that I am so excited to finally be doing something about! … Read more

legacy box 12
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Easy DIY Disney Halloween Costume Idea for Teens

It’s already the middle of September, and if you’re anything like me, you are wondering how we got here and why it feels like it should be Easter and not Halloween. 😉 Such a crazy year! We had a great introduction to fall earlier this week that fit perfectly with 2020. Monday was Labor Day … Read more

easy diy disney halloween costume ideas for adults
Diy front yard landscaping

DIY Front Yard Landscaping Ideas on a Budget

John and I were sitting outside last night around the fire, chatting about some recent yard improvements we’ve done and what’s up next on the list, when it occurred to me that I haven’t shared our updated front yard here on the blog yet!  When we bought this house the landscaping was neat and tidy, … Read more

Diy front yard landscaping
Awesome fiesta party ideas

Taco Bout A Party : Fiesta Party Ideas

If you know me, you know I never turn down a chance to party…especially if there are tacos involved!  I love the colorful vibe of a fiesta…everything goes!  Heading into summer there is no better way to celebrate all season long than with tacos, cold drinks and colorful decor!  I whipped up a little something … Read more

Awesome fiesta party ideas
free printable halloween tags

Adorable Free Printable Halloween Tags – Ghosts

I can’t believe we are heading into the final push before Halloween! What are you guys doing this year? Is Halloween going to look pretty normal for you, or are restrictions and pandemic concerns keeping things limited? I’m not really sure what it’s going to look like around here. I hear rumors of trick or … Read more

free printable halloween tags
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DIY Disney Costumes : Easy Mary Poppins Costume

This year’s wild pandemic situation has kind of left Halloween plans a bit up in the air, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop celebrating around here! Ash had already decided last year that it was her last year trick or treating, so fortunately she won’t feel like she’s missing out on much even … Read more

easy diy disney mary poppins costume ideas 2
Kids bathroom design ideas

Kids Bathroom Design Ideas: Kid’s Bathroom Makeover Reveal

I am so excited to finally reveal the kid’s bathroom design ideas and completed project today!  There are so many rooms in this house that are 80% of the way there and have just taken me forever to get that last 20% done!  The kid’s bathroom is definitely one of them.  I never go in … Read more

Kids bathroom design ideas
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Small Living Room Decorating Ideas

Hello friends! I am so excited to be joining in on Marty’s spring home tour. I don’t know about you guys, but things around here are starting to feel a teensy bit back to normal, and doing a home tour definitely helps me feel like things are getting back on track! I have been working … Read more

ladera spring living room 1
Awesome boy bedroom ideas

Awesome Boy Bedroom Ideas

A month or so ago when Andy was away at camp, I finally had a chance to get in to that room, deep clean it and decorate it.  Ever since we moved in it’s just been a hodge-podge of junk.  His headboard wasn’t attached, he didn’t have a bedskirt…no window coverings…it was looking pretty rough. … Read more

Awesome boy bedroom ideas
Christmas bedroom decorations

15 Beautiful Christmas Room Ideas : Our Christmas Bedroom Decor

I am SO excited to be sharing some of our Christmas home with you today! With Thanksgiving falling so much later this year, it has thrown me for a loop trying to hurry and get things ready for Christmas.  I don’t know about you guys, but I need that extra week in between Thanksgiving and … Read more

Christmas bedroom decorations
beach bedroom ideas

Cute and Sophisticated Beach Themed Bedroom Decor

The OC Ranch Reno is finally starting to come together and I am SO excited to get the last of the furniture here and get it all decorated! You all know how much I love the beach and especially a modern coastal design, so this house is no exception…especially since it’s just minutes from the … Read more

beach bedroom ideas
modern master bedroom ideas

Modern Master Bedroom Ideas : Our Summer Home Tour

Hello and welcome to our summer home tour! Has summer officially started for you guys yet? We ended “school” (aka distance learning) a week and a half ago, and headed for our home in CA, but several of our friends here in CA still aren’t officially done. I don’t know what I would do if … Read more

modern master bedroom ideas
Best blue paint colors for your home 1

Designer’s Favorite Blue Paint Colors for Your Home

If you know me and have been following the blog for awhile, you know I love blue.  Blue is soothing and serene and creates a calming vibe in any home, all while adding great color and style. It’s timeless too…I consider dark shades of blue to be neutrals like a good gray or beige. A … Read more

Best blue paint colors for your home 1
pork carnitas tacos toppings

Amazing Pork Carnitas Tacos Recipe and Toppings

Mexican food is a staple in our house. Like when we’re home in Orange County we eat it 4-5 times a week, can’t get enough of it staple. 😉 Moving to Utah has made it a bit more difficult to find delicious Mexican food, especially some of our favorites…pork carnitas tacos…so I have gotten desperate … Read more

pork carnitas tacos toppings
Biltmore hotel arizona

Biltmore Hotel Arizona : Phoenix Family Vacation

We have been traveling to Phoenix for years for a fun desert getaway.  A quick drive from our home in Orange County and home to many of our extended family, we usually find ourselves there several times a year. Over spring break this year John was fortunate to have a conference at the Arizona Biltmore … Read more

Biltmore hotel arizona
No chill sour cream sugar cookie recipe

No Chill Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe

So, I had an idea. 😉 With quarantine not looking like it’s ending any time soon, I am working on something fun that I hope will help everyone keep kids busy and families having fun. I would rather have this time of uncertainty be a time making memories with our loved ones that time spent … Read more

No chill sour cream sugar cookie recipe
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Pretty and Relaxing Bedroom Design Ideas

I can see spring on the horizon and that makes me excited to get a few things refreshed around here! I love putting together design boards for my clients and I often do it just for myself or for fun, and this is one of my favorites yet! I hope you don’t mind if I … Read more

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Easy easter brunch table decor ideas

Easy Easter Brunch Table Setting Ideas and Recipes

I can hardly believe that we’ve already hit the time of the year where we’re talking about Easter! These years are flying by…although I think the next few weeks quarantined for COVID-19 will slow things down a bit. 😉 That’s not all bad though! I don’t know about you, but I have tons of things … Read more

Easy easter brunch table decor ideas
Fall kitchen decor ideas

Fall Home Decor : Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Fall decor in our house doesn’t get a ton of time to really shine.  Between Halloween and Christmas, there just isn’t much time to enjoy it as Christmas seems to creep closer and closer to Halloween each year…not that I’m complaining. 🙂 (I might be one of those crazy people that starts listening to Christmas … Read more

Fall kitchen decor ideas
gift wrapping ideas

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids (and everyone else)

It’s hard to believe that we are already getting down to the wire as far as buying our gifts for gift giving. I saw an email pop up in my inbox yesterday that said “Need a great last minute gift?!” I thought, what?! I haven’t even bought ONE gift yet and now it’s already last … Read more

gift wrapping ideas
best places to stay in riva del garda

Best Places to Stay in Lake Garda & Things to do in Riva del Garda

The lakes region in Italy has become one of our favorite travel destinations.  Sparkling turquoise water, dramatic mountains jutting out of the lake, quaint villages and lots of activities for families and couples alike, it’s no wonder we love to visit!  Of all the lakes in Italy, Lake Garda is Italy’s largest. A quick 2 … Read more

best places to stay in riva del garda
Free printable christmas tags

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags : For Your Mistletoes

Every year Ash likes to come up with a little something fun to give her friends at school the last day of school before Christmas break. It’s always a little bit of a challenge to find something cute and inexpensive enough to give to lots of people, so hopefully these fun free printable gift tags … Read more

Free printable christmas tags
Places to stay near zion national park

Inn at Entrada : Places to Stay Near Zion National Park

If you have never had the opportunity to visit one or more of the National Parks, here is my formal invitation to make Zion National Park a vacation destination in the near future.  Living in Southern California my whole life and traveling back and forth between CA and Utah for school, St. George was always … Read more

Places to stay near zion national park
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Home Library Design : Midway Modern Farmhouse

January is always a time I to want to find a place to snuggle up and get cozy. It’s cold and dreary outside in most places, and coming off of all the holiday craziness it feels good to relax and settle back into a bit of a routine. After the year we have all had, … Read more

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How to Host a Cute and Easy Super Bowl Party

I was watching the NCAA National Championship football game the other night and it hit me that we are almost to Super Bowl time! It’s kind of wild for me to think about because last year we had a fun family over last minute to watch the big game, and that was the last time … Read more

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HelloFresh Meals : How it Works & Why We Love it

Last week I shared a little bit about how I am working on my health and trying to walk and watch what I eat. I have been getting so many questions and comments about what I am doing, I am so surprised by the response! I am super grateful for your messages of encouragement, and … Read more

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Under the Sea Party Ideas : The Narwhal Party

This past week I had the pleasure of celebrating the birthday of a very special girl.  As went about planning this party, I wrestled with the idea of whether or not to share it here.  You know I love to share all the things I am up to, in hopes that I can inspire some … Read more

Under the sea party ideas narwhal party
Farmhouse wall decor ideas

Farmhouse Wall Decor Ideas

Ever since Fixer Upper became a part of our regular TV line-up and Chip and Joanna Gaines became the next Oprah, Farmhouse decor has exploded and I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Even modern new builds want the farmhouse vibe, and it’s amazing just how versatile this trend is. Some type of farmhouse … Read more

Farmhouse wall decor ideas
Pink pirate party ideas

Pirate Party Ideas : Trick ARRR Treat Pirate Halloween Party

Guys, can I just tell you how much fun I am having working with Oriental Trading these days?  When they emailed a few months ago and said hey…it’s Friday the 13th in September….let’s get our skeletons out of the closet and party, I couldn’t help but jump on board.  They are introducing a bunch of … Read more

Pink pirate party ideas
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Fresh and Modern Guest Bedroom Ideas

One of the rooms in this Utah house that has been neglected is the guest bedroom that gets the most use. We have a small guest bedroom that works well when kids come to stay, and I love it because it feels cozy, but this larger guest bedroom at the back of the house has … Read more

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Pietros antipasto salad platter recipe

Summer Salads for a Crowd : Antipasto Salad Platter

I have been spending a fair amount of time over these past months at home sifting through tens if not hundreds of thousands of pictures from the past 15 or so years. It’s been a great project for all our “stay at home” time, and I’m amazed by how many pictures I have forgotten about … Read more

Pietros antipasto salad platter recipe
Gift guide for dad

14 Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Dad

Can we all agree that shopping and buying gifts for men is terribly difficult?!  Whether you are shopping for a husband, father, boyfriend, brother…you name it.  When they’re little it’s as easy as can be..cars and trucks, remote control anything, gadgets and gizmos galore and they are happy.  You might remember that when I put … Read more

Gift guide for dad
The coolest gifts for teen boys

The Coolest Gifts for Teen Boys Under $50

Let’s just say it out loud…boys are kind of hard to shop for.  I mean, they are easy in the sense that they really don’t want much more than a shirt or some sort of gadget, but when it comes to knowing what they really want and finding something kind of creative for them, I … Read more

The coolest gifts for teen boys
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Pasta to Go Venice, Italy : Eating in Venice on a Budget

I like nice restaurants as much as the next guy, but sometimes when you are traveling…especially with kids and a family, you just want some good cheap street food or a hearty meal that is delicious and doesn’t break the bank.  Eating in Venice on a budget can be a bit of a challenge since … Read more

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Kitchen Remodel Before and After : Pictures of Our 1987 Kitchen

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home.  When it came to designing the 1987 fixer upper kitchen remodel it really needed to be the center of everything in this formerly 1980’s style house.  It had been a very nice, functional kitchen, but one that was also a bit cut-off from the family spaces … Read more

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Prettiest brass hardware

Modern Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas : My Favorite Brass Hardware

I’ve been spending a lot of time this week focusing on a client project, getting the finishes narrowed down and finding the perfect modern kitchen cabinet hardware ideas for the cabinets that will be going in as part of this major renovation.  Brass fixtures and hardware have made a major comeback in the last few … Read more

Prettiest brass hardware
Wall art for teen girl bedrooms

Wall Art for Teenage Girl Bedrooms

I feel like things are moving at a snails pace around here, but I am happy to say that Ashley’s teen girl bedroom is finally coming together!  I feel like I have spent months looking for the perfect girl bedroom sets, and teenage girl room colors…and now it is starting to happen!  While it’s not … Read more

Wall art for teen girl bedrooms
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Frozen Birthday Party Decorations : Frozen Party Ideas

My kids anticipate the holidays almost as much for the new kids movies that are coming out as the food and presents! Over the summer I took my kids to the movies. During the previews, they had the cutest digital short from Pixar. It was about a slightly funny looking, but adorable snowman. A few … Read more

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Things to do in jackson hole in the summer

Things to Do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in September

Over Labor Day weekend we decided to make a last minute family trip to the town of Jackson, WY.  I had been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming many, many years ago as a kid when my family passed through on their way to Yellowstone National Park, but I didn’t remember much, and the rest of my … Read more

Things to do in jackson hole in the summer
Halloween movie night ideas

Cute DIY Halloween Movie Night Party Ideas

It’s always fun to get a few friends together and celebrate the holidays, and in our house we love to do that with movie nights.  Putting something together that is cute doesn’t take a ton of effort, and for the kids, getting to invite some friends over for treats and a movie makes them feel … Read more

Halloween movie night ideas
17 awesome winter party ideas

17 Awesome Winter Party Ideas: Ski Party Themes

Baby it’s cold outside!  As I write this I am sitting in front of the fireplace, staring at about 3 feet of snow outside my window.  While I wish that spring was on it’s way, reality is that I am going to be cold for awhile still…so why not embrace it and celebrate with some … Read more

17 awesome winter party ideas
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Visitor Oyster Cards : Tips for Getting Around London

If you are traveling to London you will, with out a doubt, need to familiarize yourself with public transportation while visiting.  Using the tube is the easiest and most cost effective way to get around the city. The endless system of trains, the Underground and buses make it simple to get all over Central London … Read more

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nordstrom cafe recipe for salads

Nordstrom Cafe Recipes for Salads : Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

A few of my favorite recipes for delicious salads happens to be from Nordstrom Cafe.  In Orange County, my local Nordstrom is about a 5 minute drive and so I make sure to plan frequent visits for lunch when I’m there.  In Salt Lake, our closest Nordstrom isn’t to much much further, but what I … Read more

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Pantry ideas

Pantry Ideas : Our Walk in Pantry Makeover Before and After

Anyone that has done a major remodel before I’m sure can relate to the fact that there are just some things that take forever to truly finish.  In the case of the 1987 Fixer Upper pantry, it was the fact that we were waiting on a doorknob.  I know.  It sounds pretty ridiculous, but it’s … Read more

Pantry ideas
Ugly sweater party food ideas

Tacky Christmas Party Ideas : Ugly Sweater Party

It’s no secret that I love any excuse to party…we’re even known to have what has affectionately become known as “fake parties” here in our house just so I can have an excuse to set up something cute. HA! When Ashley mentioned getting a few girls from school together I immediately thought “PARTY!” but coming … Read more

Ugly sweater party food ideas
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Best Family Hotels in Salzburg: Hotel Elefant Salzburg

When we decided to visit Salzburg, Austria during our summer in Europe, (a Sound of Music Tour was a must for us!) we knew we wanted to stay right in the heart of the old city center.  (affiliate links are included in this post) We spent some time researching the best family hotels in Salzburg. … Read more

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Cute and Cheerful Christmas Bedroom Decorating Ideas

As it gets closer to Christmas I keep finding new little spots I want to add a little Christmas cheer to.  One of our guest rooms is actually one of my favorite spots in the house because the beds just look so darn cute when they are all made up.  (Maybe it’s really because no … Read more

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Teacher Gift Ideas : Gifts Teachers really want

Christmas and definitely the end of the school year are super busy times.  Classroom parties, testing, holidays, vacations… it’s a crazy, sometimes overwhelming time of year.  Let’s make it easy this year and get one thing out of the way.  What to give your child’s teacher!  Coming up with teacher gift ideas is just another … Read more

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cinco de mayo dessert

Cinco de Mayo Dessert : Easy Tres Leches Cake Recipe

With summer upon us I thought this is the perfect time to share my family’s FAVORITE Cinco de Mayo dessert that will be the perfect compliment to your tacos and guacamole. 😉  Have you ever wondered how to make a tres leches cake? Well, you’re in luck, because this is a super easy Tres Leches … Read more

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Cute food for kids

Spooktacular Halloween Food Ideas for Kids

The holidays are so much fun, but really, there is nothing quite like seeing the holidays through the eyes of a child.  The years are fleeting…as a matter of fact, the pictures in this post are from years ago…and I can’t believe just how much the kids have grown.  I feel like these pictures were … Read more

Cute food for kids
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Bruges with Kids : Things to do in Belgium

Our time in Europe has taken us to lots of big cities.  I love big cities, but I also wanted to explore the small towns of Europe and really get a feel for what it was like to live in a smaller town. A while ago I mentioned a bit about skipping Brussels if you are … Read more

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Heart Shaped Decorations to Make : Wood Button Heart

It’s that time of year when we are all looking for red and pink decor and fun heart shaped decorations to make.  This wood button heart craft is my three favorite things: fun, easy and cute.  In only a matter of minutes and with just a few supplies, many of which you probably already have … Read more

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How to Accessorize Kitchen Countertops

A once in a blue moon occurrence happened at our house the other day…a clean kitchen. 😉 So, being the blogger that I am, I figured I better capitalize on that rare moment and take some pictures right before Hurricane Mitchell came home from school for the afternoon.  I’ve had some questions about how to … Read more

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Awesome gifts for disny lovers

Disney Gifts for Mom : Awesome Gifts for Disney Lovers

One of my greatest joys in life is gift giving.  I LOVE the challenge of coming up with clever, thoughtful gifts for those that I love.  I don’t always succeed, but I try really hard to pay attention to things that people mention in conversation and watch for clues throughout the year of things I … Read more

Awesome gifts for disny lovers
Ice cream sundae party ideas

Ice Cream Sundae Party Ideas : Ice Cream Party Food

An ice cream party is a timeless classic perfect for any occasion. I remember back when I was in elementary school they used to have an ice cream sundae party every year at open house. I can’t remember all of the details, (because I’m old! lol!) but I’m sure it was a fundraiser designed to … Read more

Ice cream sundae party ideas
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Easy DIY Spider Wreath for Halloween

If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, you know that I love to make stuff.  But I also don’t have much patience when it comes to making things.  lol!  That means that most of my projects are super easy and usually utilize some sort of pre-made something or other.  I often walk down the … Read more

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midway modern farmhouse

Midway Modern Farmhouse Plans with Wrap Around Porch

As many of you have probably noticed on Instagram over the course of the last few weeks, 2019 has brought an exciting new project for PPD, one we are calling the Midway Modern Farmhouse.  Midway is a beautiful little city nestled in the hills just south of Park City.  Some friends of ours from Orange … Read more

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Diy santa christmas cookies

How To Decorate Easy Santa Face Christmas Cookies

School is letting out for Christmas break today and so the celebrating is really about to start.  No more homework, alarm clocks or after school activities to interrupt the fun.  One tradition always on our to-do list is decorating Christmas cookies.  We’ve been doing it since the kids were tiny and it is always fun … Read more

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Fun and Easy DIY Mustache Straw Toppers

I am so excited to be joining forces with some of the most creative girls on the internet today and tomorrow for a fun Halloween DIY blog hop. I love any excuse to craft something up, and working with these girls is the best! If you are joining me from Bird’s Party blog, welcome!  I … Read more

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Thanksgiving Feast Ideas for a Classroom Party

I really want my kids to appreciate Thanksgiving for what it is and understand how important it is.  As part of our homeschool classroom party for Thanksgiving we had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast.  I thought I would share some of these ideas with you in case you are looking for some Thanksgiving Feast Ideas for … Read more

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free teacher appreciation printable

Free Teacher Appreciation Printable : Thanks for an Amazing Year

I can’t believe that we are headed into the final month of school!  Teacher appreciation week is just around the corner and you know how much I love to celebrate our teachers!  If you are looking for the perfect teacher appreciation printable, look no further!  I have a collection of super cute teacher appreciation printables … Read more

free teacher appreciation printable
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31 Dazzling Christmas Living Room Decor Ideas

Welcome to our Christmas living room!  I was so excited when Marty from A Stroll Thru Life asked if I was interested in participating in her Christmas tour again this year.  I just love being a part of her tours!   If you are new to my blog or joining me from Life on Virginia Street, welcome!  … Read more

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