August 20, 2014

Questions to Ask When Deciding on Home Decor

Home Decor Ideas and Inspiration

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Chicken, Cheddar and Broccoli Braid

One of my favorite ways to dress up a meal - croissant braid and video

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 […]

When the “Food Network” Came to My Kitchen (video)

Behind the scenes of cooking with incourage

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 […]

What’s In Your Junk Drawer? ($50 Food Lion Giveaway)

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(DIY Spray Painted Brass Knobs) We all have one of those drawers. The drawers that look all pretty on the outside, but collect pieces of our lives. Not necessarily the really bad kind of drawers that I talked about with […]

Let’s Stop Editing Our Lives


Snuggled on the sofa with my 15-year-old daughter, we scrolled through her Instagram feed together. 100, 115, 125 “likes” became a theme on each photo and it became clear that she’d found some committed “followers.” “Wow, Abby, your last picture […]

I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up (finale)

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 via While all of you have been waiting patiently for part three and hopefully the conclusion of our “I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up” trilogy, I’ve been sending another son off for his first year of college (football players […]

Back to School Ideas and Traditions

back to school traditions

source Simple traditions weave together one’s family tapestry into magical memories. By establishing a few Back to School traditions, your children will look forward to this special day with a renewed sense of excitement. This is especially important for those […]

Frugal Fashionista: Pops of Color

Frugal Fashionista - pops of color

Thank you all so much for your kind and thoughtful words last week as I shared about bringing my Frugal Fashionista series back, but more importantly, why it stopped in the first place. It was very encouraging and every single comment meant […]

I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up (part 2)

Boa Constrictor

This is the continuation of the “reality TV show episode” that our eldest son (Son #1)  is living through this summer. If you have not read the first post, PLEASE BACK UP to part one and start there or this […]

I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up (part one)

When the eldest leaves the nest, you won't believe what happens next

This should be an inspirational post about sending our sons off to college. I should share how my heart is breaking bit by bit because I miss our big boys being around. I should recall deep, meaningful insights such as […]