I have mentioned this before, but I am the worst at large purchasing decisions. My husband is the same way, so the joke in our extended family has always been that he took less time in picking out his wife, than he did his first used car.
He pondered that car decision for six months. With me, he knew he wanted to marry me and popped the question in three.
21 years later, it was the best decision ever, so why is it so difficult for me to decide on a new sofa?
I’ve spent a lot of time budgeting our home goals for the upcoming year. I’ll be sharing some of my research in a few days, but picking out quality furniture is a big deal because I want it to last. My desire is to mix and match my love of vintage and trash to treasure pieces with a few classics.
My parents have had the same sofa for thirty years and it’s still a wonderful piece. By just swapping out upholstery to update its look throughout the years, I’ve seen first hand the benefits of a few solid pieces. Yet as I wander through my local Havertys and view all the inspiring choices, it’s nearly as daunting as the cereal aisle.
For me, I can’t instantly visualize what I want our space to look like, so I tend to get overwhelmed in my decision making process.
That’s why it’s important to think through a few key questions as you make decisions on your home decor. [Read More...]
It was over 15 years ago when I first used America’s beloved Crescent roll dough to a form a braid; a delicious, edible, almost gourmet like, braid that I could serve. Not only serve to guests because it was so impressively pretty, but also serve to my family on those days when “life” got in the way because it’s was that easy.
I could hardly stand it.
With four little blessings, five years old and under, meal time wasn’t typically an hour of celebration in our home. It was survival mode. Honestly, some days, it still is, but one recipe technique has stayed faithful through the decades and it’s the tiny tip that anyone can take dough and braid it to look like you ordered something from a restaurant. [Read More...]
So maybe THEE Food Network didn’t come to my kitchen, but a video crew flew in and set up in my kitchen. Does that count?
A few months ago, some of the (in)courage team came down to our homestead to film our craft day tutorial for the (in)rl conference. (If you haven’t seen that video, check it out. Such fun for a girls day.) Seeing as I am all about being spontaneous, I mentioned, “Well since you are flying in with all that video equipment, should we do a recipe or two?”
One of my goals this year for the blog is to do a lot more videos. With everything from easy meal ideas and tips, to a possible new series I’m thinking about, “On the Porch with Jen,” where I’ll share thoughts about everyday life, parenting and more. I thought this might be a good way to test the waters. [Read More...]