I love plants. Especially real ones. So this week I have been on the search for a fiddle leaf fig plant. The big question is “Real or faux?” I know a real one is by far the best, but sometimes a girl has got to be practical and sneak in a faux one every once in a while.
I read recently that when the world around you faces uncertainty we all have a tendency to strive for a simple, clutter free life. Given the political climate in the US and all of the scary events happening overseas, I am definitely aiming for a simpler life. My recent renovations in our house have helped a lot as I have donated a ton of bags of clothing and a lot of furniture! It feels so good. But there is one thing that drives me crazy 24/7. And that is my purse.
I just realized I should probably do a new blog post on collecting chalkboards. If you walk around my house I think you would be shocked to see how many I have hanging on my walls. Technically I think I have another collection … chalkboards (you can see when I’ve posted about them here, here and here). Big surprise.
The problem is … what do I put on them? I love writing funny things and messages but I don’t love my handwriting. Fortunately, I came up with a solution.
The key piece of furniture in my office makeover is the “project table”. As much as I wanted to find a table exactly like the ones Joanna Gaines has in her “flower room” (which I used as my inspiration photo), I knew reality would set in and I would need to compromise.
A few years ago I self-published my own cookbook. It’s called Old, New, Borrowed and Bleu and features my favorite recipes as well as all of our treasured family recipes. At the time the highly regarded website Epicurious had a self-publishing cookbook called Tastemade. The end result was fantastic. Needless to say, my family members and friends were very happy with their Christmas gift that year.
There was a time when all of my recipes came from my recipe box or my huge collection of cookbooks. Nowadays, I seem to find my inspiration online from Pinterest and the very enticing Tasty videos. When it comes time to cooking one of these recipes, I usually print the recipe and then leave it on my island … only to find it ruined with remnants of my cooking exploration! (This can’t just be me…)
Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, I find it harder to do the grocery shopping. The days of having three athletic boys to feed (all. day. long) are less frequent and the cupboards are a lot more bare. Oddly enough though, it seems like we run out of things more frequently. I know it doesn’t make sense but it’s true. The extra food that used to fill our cupboards is non-existent.
Many years ago, Martha Stewart came up with the idea of storing everyday dish soap in a pretty glass bottle. I saw this idea twenty-five years ago in Martha Stewart Living Magazine and I’ve been a convert ever since.
Sport has no idea how good he has it. Most dogs have their food stored in one of those ugly gray plastic containers that smell and look like yucky plastic. Sound familiar? But Sport’s mom is all about “making it look good,” so obviously I had to find another option! A good friend of mine always says, “fashion over function” and let’s just say… I’ve taken that to heart!
A few weeks ago I bought two bags of scrabble tiles at the Ventura Antique Flea Market (they were $4 each). I have already had so much fun playing with these around the house and my husband keeps laughing at all of the messages I have been leaving for him. It feels a little bit like texting but it’s a lot more fun.