Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Three things...

1. Last week my parents and I took a fast and furious vacation with my three boys. 

(If you already saw all this on Instagram, I apologize! #brokenrecord)

We left Great Falls at 6 am on Thursday and met my brother and his wife at Silverwood Amusement Park just outside of Coeur d' Alene, ID that afternoon.

So much fun!

Friday we drove to Snoqualmie, WA to see Thomas the Tank Engine.

Snoqualmie was beautiful, quaint and so charming....I'd live there in a heartbeat!

The Snoqualmie Falls were made famous in the Twin Peaks tv series.

On Saturday before we headed home we stopped at Spokane's Riverside Park.

We had so much fun and it was great to see my brother and sister-in-law but after driving almost 1500 miles in three days (and having the worst hotel experience ever) we were very glad to be home!

2. When I was a teenager I refused to wear gold jewelry, I hated it. 

Mixing silver and gold jewelry was an unpardonable sin in my book.

As was mixing black/navy blue clothing/accessories (just ask my Dad).

Style always evolves though......

Love every single one of those!

Design wise I've changed too, I'm liking more neutral, muted spaces but ones that look lived in and collected. 

Lately, I've really been drawn to traditional/rustic/california casual kitchens and I thought I'd share some favorites. 

Aged wood, open shelving, worn textiles, lots of pottery, bowls and art and a little bit of granny chic thrown in for good measure.

3. I'm loving these wood trim pieces used as a back splash! 

A friend gave me a piece similar to the first photo below and I hadn't thought of using it like this.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

"When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good."
--James Monroe, in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress

John Dickinson and Thomas Jefferson
Declaration of the Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms — 1775 
"With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves."

Joseph Warren
American account of the Battle of Lexington — 1775 
"Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit - appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free...."

Praying that you have a wonderful and safe Independence Day!

God Bless America!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

NOVICA giveaway winner

Congratulations to Holly, you're the winner of the NOVICA giveaway!! 

Thank you all for entering and a big thanks to NOVICA for sponsoring this giveaway!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday thoughts

Happy Saturday people!

My parents are out of town this weekend so I chose not to brave the garage sales by myself with three right? 

It rained for almost a week straight here and the sun has finally come out so we are getting out! The boys and I are meeting my Aunt for lunch later (to see her new condo!) and I intend to spend the rest of the afternoon lounging in the backyard and working on my tan.

Two years ago today I got to hold Isaac for the first time, he was six days old and had already been through hell. I think I held him for about an hour, never wanted to put him down!

The boys (older two) filled out this printable for Fathers Day....sooooo funny!

My sweet sister in law talked me off the ledge (of cutting my hair) this week. She's a pretty smart cookie! I'm super bored with my hair right now so I just needed a little styling inspiration.....she sent me the following pins.

and then just to make sure I was paying attention she sent these.....

Hope you have a great weekend and don't forget to enter the NOVICA giveaway!! Winner will be announced on Monday!