• Around the House

    Guest Room Update

    I have always loved having a guest room. It’s just not an option in every home, but we have been fortunate to have a specific room just for guests in both of our homes. In the Big Ole Brick House, our guest room is in the basement. It is a good sized room, but since most of our family also brings two or three small children along {we looove our nieces and nephews!} I wanted the space to be used efficiently. Here is what the room looked like a few weeks ago: I wanted to freshen the paint and add a little character to the walls, so here it is…

  • Uncategorized

    What’s Your Calling?

    At certain times in our lives, we are pulled in one direction or another. Maybe at 18, we feel that a particular college is what suits us best, or at least that we’ll enjoy time there. Maybe since you were very young you just knew you wanted to be a teacher. I know nurses that have said it is their calling, and they were phenomenal. I met an engineer at NASA who told me she knew that she wanted to work there and just made sure she did what she needed to in order to make that happen. It was her calling. I never felt that way about a career.…

  • Travel

    Don’t Dodge Dollywood

    Spring is coming! Spring is coming! And that means Spring Break will be here before we know it. I always look forward to traveling with our family, but it certainly requires forethought and a great deal of planning ahead. Our Spring Break is less than eight weeks away, so it’s time to get some fun cooked up! Today, I present to you an option besides the beach or Disney World. Don’t dodge Dollywood! I’m sharing our personal experiences with Dollywood and why we have chosen it over Disney in the past. Let me start by saying that I am not sponsored by Dollywood in any way, these are just my…

  • savings

    Kroger ClickList

    I am here to rave about how much I love Kroger ClickList! This is the service that a few Kroger stores in the Huntsville area offer in which you place an online order, choose a pick-up time, and a friendly Kroger employee brings the groceries and loads them into your car. As of today, there are only three locations that offer this service in the Huntsville area. But, it is Ah-Mazing! Midtown Marketplace: 4579 Wall Triana Hwy in Madison Watercress Kroger: 7090 Highway 72 W near Providence Huntsville Kroger: 6070 Moores Mill Rd.   In case you are not accustomed to shopping at Kroger already, here are some ways that…

  • Parenting

    Embrace this stage.

    I have missed blogging and writing, so I’m just going to dive right in. Let’s talk about being content! So hard, right? Something that I really have been trying to focus on a lot lately is contentment. I never genuinely thought that this was something I struggled with or gave much thought to, honestly, until we decided to not have any more children. For seven years, I was all about babies. Ohhh, my sweet, sweet squishy babies. I always dreamed of being a mom, felt like it was very natural for me, and since I was little I would have told you all I wanted to be was a mommy.…

  • Around the House

    Laundry Room Update

    Our little laundry room was pretty blaaah when we first moved here. It is a great space, although a little snug.  The laundry chute is a life saver and the cabinet and built-in storage is great. The two metal boxes are connected to a very old security system. That eyesore and the fact that there was nowhere to hang clothes were my main two negative issues in the room. The first thing I did was paint the yellow (well, they were starting to look pretty brown!) walls that I knew I would not be putting wallpaper over. The paint color I used was Valspar’s Hotel St. Francis Clay Angel. The…

  • Around the House,  Parenting

    Easy Snack Storage

    Back to School!!! Our kids started the school year August 2nd. That seems so early, I know! But they do get several breaks throughout the year, which I love, so I don’t mind. Wouldn’t matter if I hated it because that’s when school started! I have found that having snack boxes in our pantry comes in very handy on school mornings when I am packing lunches. Now that we have two in school (saaaad face), it is even more helpful. I buy snacks in bulk when they are on sale. For example, I don’t usually buy Fruit Rollups, ok? But they were 50¢ a box, so I bought several and…

  • Around the House

    Scotchgard It!

    I recently purchased two rugs that I really love from Old Time Pottery. They were each 5ft x 7ft and at $35 each, a price low enough that I can feel comfortable buying two. One is in an extremely high-traffic area: under our kitchen table. I want this area to feel cozy and also to be practical since we eat breakfast and lunch there, and some nights eat dinner as well. I bought two bottles of Scotchguard Rug and Carpet Protector from Amazon in an effort to keep these inexpensive rugs in good shape. With three kids, two dogs {and one clumsy mom} we have lots of spills and dirt.…

  • Around the House

    Painting an Outdoor Light

    Hello..it’s been a while! Summer is in full swing here and I am loving the combination of leisure and chaos that is summertime with little ones! That, by default, limits my projects, but I’m okay with that. Actually I love that. We soak up the extra time together as a family and I try to make summer break as much fun as possible, while keeping us all sane, fed and clean. I am sharing today a quick update I managed to accomplish during Sunday afternoon naptime. I have been known to allllso join in on the Sunday afternoon nap from time to time, but I opted for this little project instead…