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Put a Ring on It Valentine | Free Printable Valentine for Kids and Tweens

It’s Valentine’s Day on Wednesday…are you ready?  Well, if not, have no fear…I’ve got one more free printable valentine up my sleeve for 2018…and I think it’s pretty cute…but I might be biased. 😉  This “Put a Ring On It” Valentine was inspired by Ashley.  While there is no “official” Valentine party in middle school … Read more

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Valentine’s Day Fondue Date Night

This shop has been compensated by CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #SendingYourLove #CollectiveBias It’s February and that means it’s time to break out the red and pink and heart attack the house!  If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, then you know that I LOVE Valentine’s day!  For me, … Read more

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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

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How to Make a Pretty Flower Arrangement with Grocery Store Flowers

I don’t know about you guys, but there is pretty much nothing that makes me happier than having a gorgeous arrangement of beautiful flowers from a florist in my home. Unfortunately, those pretty arrangements often cost a pretty penny too. Today I’m excited to show you that you can take a few bunches of flowers … 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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Pretty Pillows for Every Budget

With fall looming on the horizon, I naturally start to think about what new pillows I can mix into our every day decor to start making things feel a little bit more “fallish” around here. If you know me, you know I love pillows and think they are the easiest way to totally update your … Read more

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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

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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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How To Keep Photos Organized On Your Computer

I have been wanting to tackle this post forever! I am excited to share with you all how I keep my thousands upon thousands of photos organized on my computer. As many of you know, I started out as a photographer many years ago, and as soon as digital SLRs came on the scene and … 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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Best Green Chile Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

I am so excited to be joining in on this week’s recipe hop. I am ALWAYS in search of some delicious, easy and budget friendly recipes for dinner around here, so I am SO glad that Marty decided we needed to do a fun recipe share. 🙂 Do you cook dinner every night? I used … Read more

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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

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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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27 Great Side Tables for Under $200

As much as I love to browse all the super expensive furniture stores, I also love to find really great deals. There is nothing more satisfying than finding a great piece that completes a room, or is a great conversation piece that is a total steal. That must be why I love places like TJMaxx, … Read more

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Midway Modern Master Bedroom Design Ideas

I don’t know about you guys, but it always seems to me like the rooms that are used the most are often the last to be finished. This was definitely true with the Midway Modern Farmhouse master bedroom design. We had the master bedroom design ideas all ready to go, it was just the last … Read more

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Midway Modern Dining Room Ideas

I am so excited to finally be able to share some pictures of the completed Midway Modern Farmhouse with you!!  Kathleen and I teamed up on this project and it was SO fun! The whole pandemic thing kind of threw a wrench in us being able to get professional photos wrapped up over there, so … Read more

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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

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Interior Designer’s Favorite Decor for Less

The more I shop for clients the more I challenge myself to find the best deals. It’s like a scavenger hunt with a really great reward at the end. 😉 It’s often hard to find the gorgeous products you see online in all of the designer home photos on Instagram and Pinterest. Unless you are … Read more

Designers favorite decor for less
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La Petite Venise : Visit Colmar Alsace France

There is no better time to travel than fall. Near perfect temperatures, reduced crowds and travel deals are just a few of the reasons to book a trip in September and October.  John and I put off celebrating our anniversary which falls in the heat of the summer, and instead opted for a celebration in … Read more

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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

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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

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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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Cinque Terre Villages : Touring Italy

Cinque Terre quite literally means “five lands” in Italian.  Dotted along the Italian coastline these pretty little centuries old fishing villages have become a super popular tourist destination over the last several years.  Each of the Cinque Terre villages has it’s own charm, and each boasts colorful cliffside houses, steep rugged terraced land and quaint … Read more

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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

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Funny Printable Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again…time for clever, punny and funny printable Valentine’s Day cards for kids to take to school and deliver to their neighborhood friends.  I LOVE coming up with a fun valentine or two each year and this year (albeit a little later than I am usually creating them) … Read more

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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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Easy Cake Topper Ideas: Hollywood Cake Topper

Hollywood award season is upon us and the next many Sunday nights will be full of glitz and glamour.  When it comes to Oscar party ideas I don’t know about you guys, but I love any good excuse to get people together and eat yummy food!  My idea of an Oscar themed party is to … 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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Birthday Wishes Tags : Free Printable Birthday Tags

Why is it that everything miniature is always so much cuter?  I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and found this adorable tiny pinata, and decided it was a “need.” So, of course I had to think up an excuse for buying it.  That’s when these cute birthday wishes tags were concocted. 😉  I … Read more

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