September 27, 2016

15 Minute Party Planning Ideas: Create One Focal Point

Sep9

I’ve had a summer filled with festivities and celebrations. In a perfect world, these monumental moments call for days, weeks months of planning, but in the realistic world of Jen living, I could barely wrap my mind around the day to day, so […]

Create a “Welcome Home” (plus fun giveaway)

Aug30

As I shared in my last post, “My Whirlwind of a Summer,” our home has been packed with friends, family, and strangers who became friends, all summer long. It’s what I love so much: an open home. Since the very […]

Creative Party Ideas to Keep Things Cool

Jul2

Summer parties and potlucks are in full force, yet so are the temperatures, so why not get creative with how you keep the foods fresh and cool? At a recent graduation party, I had to snap a photo of the […]

40+ Unique Uses for Vinegar

May24

As I was trying to tally all the uses of vinegar, I told our eldest I’m finishing with well over 40. Immediately, he replied, “I had no idea there were that many uses for it.” Neither did I. Neither did […]

How to Clutter Your House in 12 Simple Steps

Dec28

My home is our haven – soothing, beautiful, comforting, but sometimes, cluttered. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my biggest home hurdle is dealing with aspects of clutter. Some days, I manage it well, other days, I step […]

Little House on the Prairie Moments (and banner template)

Nov12

Yesterday morning, I glanced out my kitchen window to a bit of glory glistening. After weeks of unending rain, the sun streamed so brightly, the fall foliage showed off in all its wonder and the adorable fabric banners hung (over […]

Taking a Peek at My Most Inspired Room

Nov2

“Creating an authentic home is the slow process of learning to pay attention to what speaks to you and how your home feels to you. It invites you to embrace (and appreciate) the joy found even in the smallest details […]

A Buy-Less Mindset

Sep1

There is a lot of hype surrounding the one-in-one-out decluttering system. Whenever you buy something new (or used), you give something away (or throw it out). But really, does it work? It doesn’t work for me. One-in-one-out sounds like a […]

Join Me Live On the Porch (Periscope)

Jul21

As technology continues to emerge and I spend time online with varying forms of social media for my blog, I often scream “STOP. NO MORE!!!” As you can tell, I’ve stepped back from posting as much on my blog. After […]

Easy Ideas for a Wonderful Housewarming

May29

I remember our first home gathering as a couple. I was over the top excited to welcome our friends. We lived in a tiny apartment, but it had its own door out onto the grass, so it felt like just […]

50 Fabulous Uses for Baking Soda

May27

A few years ago I shared my post, “For the love of Baking Soda.” It was my salute to this all natural, penny pinching, miracle product that is one of the staples I use most often in my home, and I […]

Easy Ways to Share Spontaneous Hospitality

May3

I finished leading the last worship song and it just kind of came out, “I know it is last minute, but after the service today, I’d love to invite you all over for lunch. I have some chili on the […]

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Apr12

Since my  Clutter Countdown Challenge, that began in October and continues to trickle on, I’ve come to realize that it’s an issue in my life that I will continually need to tackle and address. Everyone has something in their life that […]

Easily Divide Hosta and Daylilies (and have free plants for life)

Apr6

For the last few months, we’ve been tackling just a bit of our backyard bedlam. Just to make you all feel better about your yard, I showed you just how aggressively the weeds had taken over. I shared that the […]

Love the Home you Have (and what I’m still learning)

Mar31

I’ve never completely written the story about our generational decision to uproot our entire family, move 1000 miles from northern city living to the south and buy acreage with our family members. How is that possible? I speak often of […]