This is the place where I talk about making a house a home and all the nooks and crannies in between. My goal is to be as transparent as possible because life isn’t a family of smiling faces with color coordinated outfits all the time. It’s both messy and thrilling.
My passion for home decor started with my mom! She has always had an eye for detail and a gift for design from her wardrobe down to her gift wrapping and everywhere in between. Before long car rides on family vacations, my mom would carefully craft travel boxes for my sister and I, stuffed full of fun activities and snacks. I will never forget the care and love she put into those special little packages. They kept us busy for hours and were probably more for her sanity than ours. She’s the reason for my creativity.
I’ve been painting and pulling up carpet in homes since I bought my very first one at 19 years-old. Due to some unforeseen circumstances though, I was forced to sell my most recent home and rent for a while. That’s the “messy” part of life I was just talking about. It doesn’t always go exactly how you expect, does it?
This handsome guy is my other half, Nathan. I don’t have the pleasure of saying he is my high school sweetheart, but I can definitely say he was made for me. It took me many years of mistakes and lessons to find him and he’s by far the greatest man I’ve ever known.
In June of 2004 came the birth of my daughter, Skylar. She’s a little mix of rainbows and tornados. Her colorful personality and headstrong attitude is electrifying, especially during those raging Middle School F-5 incidents that leave you screaming, “It’s a twister, it’s a twister!” whilst death gripping your dog Toto and remembering that there is no place like home (when she’s at school and the house is quiet). Yes, the middle school blues can knock any parent off their feet. Nevertheless, she has a sweet, giving spirit, and is far more wise for her age than she realizes. She’ll do amazing things with all that passion whirring inside.
In June 2014, Harper was born – giggly and energetic one minute and crabby the next. She’s my cautious one who prefers to be asked before someone approaches.
She is master of facial expressions and bossing friends around at the park. She finds joy in simple things and reminds me that sometimes dinner can wait if it means counting heart sprinkles with her.
Then there is Jacob, born February 9, 2018. He’s our little cherry on top. Calm, easy-going, and snuggly- he completes our family.
-I was halfway through my graduate degree in Human Resource Management when life slapped me in the face, hard. I realized that I was spending a lot of money on something I was doing just to prove a point.
That’s when I discovered blogging and the passion I have for not only encouraging others but teaching others how to do what I’m doing! I love offering advice and finding solutions for everything from organization and decor to health.
I’m also an Air Force veteran. I dedicated 11 years to the Air Force. Most of my time was spent working in military clinics, but I also had the opportunity to serve on the Honor Guard where I helped perform in military funerals. Talk about a humbling and unforgettable experience.
Eek! Look at that baby face!
My degree is in Early Childhood Education and I taught 2nd and 3rd grades for a couple years before deciding to stay at home with my girls. Now, I teach English to Chinese students, from home, and absolutely LOVE IT! It’s the most stress-free job I’ve ever had and it provides what I need to be able to stay at home with my kids.
No matter your destination, you’re welcomed here. While you’re here, I hope you’ll find some inspiration to help with preparation so you can avoid a situation and the ever so popular procrastination. Just don’t let the bought air out, leave a little mud at the front door so I know you’re here, and watch for twisters, would ya? They’re a doozy ’round these parts!