Our House Paint Colors

I have been getting a lot of questions lately about the paint colors in our house.  (Thanks to all of you who have contacted me and thank you for reading!)  I thought I’d make it easy for all of us to find the paint colors.  Here they are.  And I love every single one.

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Don’t Give Up – A New Year’s Resolution Pep Talk

So this is about the time when we falter on our New Year’s Resolutions.  We are human.  Things come up.  Sometimes our resolutions are difficult and agonizing.  And we wonder why we made them in the first place.

I’m here to tell you Don’t Give Up!  You can do this!

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Decorating With Marsala

Just in case you have been living in a design cave for the last month or so, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 is Marsala.  It is a lovely reddish, pinkish, terra cotta-ish tone.  Whether or not one likes it has been a huge debate.  I, for one, love it.  It’s a punched up neutral.  Nothing boring about it.  But if you are struggling with using it in your decor, I have some suggestions.

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(image from Pantone)

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Try It Tuesday – Painted Mason Jars

Am I the only one who has never painted a mason jar?  It is quite possible.  I see them everywhere.  And why not?!  They are adorable!  So this week I did it.  Finally.  And now I have successfully painted a mason jar.

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Super Side Dish: Garlic Dijon Roasted Cauliflower

Sometimes I work so hard on planning the main dish for dinner that I forget about a side dish.  Then it ends up being flavorless peas with butter or something that comes in a freezer bag.  Yuck!  Do you do this?  I came up with this delicious side dish when we had some paleo diet friends come over for a steak dinner.  I couldn’t serve potatoes so cauliflower came in its place.  And it was a hit!  Here’s the recipe….

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A Room A Day Keeps The Clutter Away

I seriously can’t believe I’m even sharing these photos with you. It is so embarrassing. But it’s life. Life can get messy. By tackling a room a day, you can keep the clutter away. Here’s how……

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Thai Chicken Soup

There is nothing like a steaming hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day.  Or when you aren’t feeling good.  This is a fresh twist on the usual chicken noodle soup.  My Thai chicken soup is very easy to make and only takes about 15 minutes.  So if you are bored with your usual chicken soup, give this a try.  A dash of lime and a kick of curry are sure to perk you up!  And it’s best friend approved!  (she’s been sick.)

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Try It Tuesday – Tissue Paper Poufs

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Here is the second edition of Try It Tuesday!  I decided to start with a very cute and simple project that my daughter spotted on Pinterest – Tissue Paper Poufs.  She has been begging for me to make these and hang them in her room.  They were pretty easy and make a great decorative addition to her bedroom.

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Staying Cozy During The Winter Months

It has been bitter cold here in the South. I know, I know….. some of you are buried under feet of snow with sub-zero temperatures while I am complaining about temperatures in the 20’s.   However, for us Southerners, it’s chilly. It is also the perfect time to cozy up and snuggle at home. Here’s how I stay cozy during the winter months.

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Beating the Post-Holiday Doldrums

Sometimes, once the holidays are over, the guests are gone, the tree has some down, the last of the glitter has been wiped up, it feels a little boring. I call this time the post-holiday doldrums.  A doldrum is defined by dictionary.com as a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art.  Or in our case, home.

You look around and all you see are blank spaces.  But now is the perfect time to change it up!  Kiss those blues good-bye and liven up your living spaces for the rest of the winter!

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