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I have been lost…. In my own office April 22, 2012

See I just knew I should be more consistant on blogging, and I have no good excuse.  I have been burried in my sewing room for the last few months and look what happend !

This is the view to the left of the door, boxes of fabric ( Ok so I have a little fabric addiction)

This is where my incoming orders are kept – Ok Now I am embarrassed!

As you can see the space is very Small 6′ x 8′ but I am certain I can even move my office in here.  I am in desperate need of just a space for work.  When you work from home it can be extremely difficult to seperate the two (at least that is my problem)  But no more complaints……. over the next week I will take a look at some inspirational ideas and you can take a look at my progress!

Thanks for reading:)


Pinterest January 25, 2012

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My newest addiction, Pinterest.  If you haven’t heard of it you soon will.  It is the newest (well sort of) a extremely fast growing social media site.

Currently it is open by invite only, but don’t let that stop you.  It doesn’t take very long to get approval and before your know it your off and pinning.

Pinning is a great way to inspire and dream about anywhere from home decor, diy crafts to fitness!

Once you start I promise you won’t be able to stop!


Happy Pinning!!






Menu Planning Monday January 10, 2012

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As I mentionned in my earlier  blog posts one of my New Years Goals was being organized.  Well, I fully believe that menu planning is essential in maintaining your sanity with family and work.  If you know what’d for dinner that is one last thing you’ll need to stress about (especially when you have three hungry little ones)

Monday:  CROCKPOT  Sticky drumsticks and smashed potatoes

Tuesday:  Cheeseburger Soup

Wednesday:  Breakfast Dinner

Thursday:  Fish with brocolli and butter noodles

Friday:  Friends Over (Pizza)

Saturday:  CROCKPOT Easiest Ever Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and green beans

Sunday:  Must Goes (Everything in the Fridge MUST GO)




Are you getting organized? January 6, 2012

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With only 5 days into the new year I am still plugging along on making an effort to keep up with my new years goals ( which are pretty similar to last year, LOL)  So I found some great organizational sites that have a ton of free advice.





http://www.flylady.net/ – awesome for house cleaning

http://www.chorebuster.net/ – create free chore charts

http://www.cozi.com/live-simply?redir=home – awesome calendaar and has an App and links to outlook

Hopefully these websites will help you like they have helped me:)



Goals for 2012? What are yours? January 3, 2012

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I can’t believe that the Holidays are over, they flew by so quickly and now 2012 is here.  I really try not to say resolutions because somehow they never seem to work, but I do have goals for myself.  My first goal is to get the house cleaned up from the Holidays.


Here are 15 Ways to Declutter your Home from the Holidays



Happy New Year,




May 28, 2011

I’ve been thinking about replacing a light fixture above my kitchen table and found this!

Watermill Residence Interiors contemporary dining room


Grey & White Entry eclectic


Brown Davis Interiors, Inc. traditional staircase
Wetmore Residence traditional hall
Grunsfeld Shafer Architects › North Shore Modern modern hall
So what do you think????
You can purchase it online for $290.00 ( A Little out of my budget)  Here’s a link



But Julia from Chris Loves Julia made this string wrapped pendent for a fraction of the cost,  less than $30!!!!


Head on over to Chris Loves Julia to see the whole tutorial.

Have a great weekend!!!


Fresh Herbs May 27, 2011

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With summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for fresh fruits and vegetables.  So since I don’t have much of a green thumb, I thought I’d try out herbs.  How hard can it be?  So thinking of these ideas,  What do you grow herbs in a planter or a garden?

(I think this is the One , I love the ladder and I already have one to use – even better!!!)

Have a Blessed Day!!!