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Monday, September 22, 2014

choose joy {free printable}

For years now, Matt and I have been listening to the Bobby Bones Show on the radio.  We absolutely love the show, and they have created something so real, and truly special.  In the last few years, one of the show's co-hosts, Amy, announced that her mom, Judy, was battling cancer. Despite her illness, Judy has chosen to find joy in all situations.  Relying on her faith in God, even when she's feeling down and miserable, she chooses to look for and share that joy with others.
Judy and her daughters
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After sharing this, the show started their #pimpinjoy campaign, encouraging people to choose joy and perform random acts of kindness for others.  The impact was huge, and inspiring.  People were doing everything from shoveling snow from their neighbor's walk, to buying a whole set of tires for a stranger; a single mom in need.  You can read more about all of it on the Pimpin Joy website.

I too was  inspired by Judy and her incredible outlook, and have tried to apply this to our daily lives, no matter what is happening.  I had this little picture frame sitting on our mantel for months with no picture in it, just waiting for the perfect fit.  It finally dawned on me to make a printable with this message.
It's nothing over the top, but just simple and a great reminder in our lives.  And, now I'm sharing it with you!  Click the link below to download this printable; I have it available in 4x4, 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10!  You can simply save the file and print it out on a 8.5" x 11" piece of paper (I recommend cardstock).  Just print and trim down with scissors to fit your frame.
I hope you enjoy it in your home as much as I do in ours!!

This printable is free for personal use, but must not be sold.  The foliage graphic used in this print was created by We Lived Happily ever After; you can find the link to this and other fabulous graphics like it, here.  The chalkboard background is from How to Nest for Less.

Friday, September 19, 2014

fall porch 2014

Happy Friday, lovely friends!  After I finished up my fall wreath last week, I completed the final touches on our front porch for fall.
I picked up these pillows, including one very cute moose, for only $4 a piece at Home Depot.  Boy, do I love clearance.
The mums were all small individual plants on sale over Labor Day weekend for $.98/each.  The galvanized bucket and vine pumpkin were from the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago.
I love driving up to the house with these fall decorations up; it almost makes me forget that the temperature has been in the 80's and 90's all week.
Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

storing throw pillows while you're sleeping

Every night when I go to bed, I love walking in to this view.  A simply made bed with just a few throw pillows to polish it off.
The problem with these pillows, which I'm sure you've faced a similar dilemma, is where to put them at night.  And, in our house, if you put them on the floor, this happens... 
I love my dogs, but I'm really not into them getting all their hair and dog smell all over my bed pillows. The solution we came up with was to purchase this target basket to keep them in at night.  
It's the same style basket that we keep blankets in downstairs in the living room, and goes really well in our space.  Pretty storage is the best, in my book.
I thought since I was sharing this storage solution, that I would round up a few other ways you can store throw pillows at night, too.

In a Trunk/Basket with a Lid
On a Chair Sitting in the Corner
On a Bench at the Foot of your Bed
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

vinyl tile projects

If you've been following along for awhile, you know that we've used vinyl tile in quite a few spaces in our home.  Although it gets a bad wrap a lot of the time, we chose vinyl tile because it's inexpensive, holds up well, and it's not super cold, like tile, in the winter.  Yes, we could put in in-floor heating, but that would eat up a chunk of change that I'd rather spend on other things.

Plus, I absolutely love the way our tile looks.  The first tile we went with is the grouted vinyl tile in our 1/2 bath, laundry room and guest bathroom.
And, in our master bathroom we laid this plank vinyl tile that looks like wood.
I'm sharing these projects with you again because I created a clipboard of a bunch of other great vinyl tile projects over on Hometalk, to inspire you!

Are you on Hometalk?  It's like Pinterest, but with just home-related projects, and it's a great community! You can check out the full clipboard here.
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