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New Beginnings

January is my favorite desert month. The holiday busyness is over, my home is clean and simpler with the seasonal decorations put away in the garage, the weather is sunny and silent—which makes me smile inside, the new year has begun with whispers of goals to be met, and my mood is both reflective and hopeful… Read More New Beginnings

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A Little Green Out Back

Announcing our new back yard! Yes, we finally bit the bullet and hired a landscaper to put in our back yard. Here’s the before: And the after: In this desert, back yards are something you “put in” as they don’t just evolve on their own. We kept it basic and opted to wait until later… Read More A Little Green Out Back

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Happy Family Room

Our family room finally has something on the big blank wall above the couch! I love how it makes the room homier. I’ve been wanting to make my own version of this dandelion art for a while now, and finally got around to it in the last several months. We bought some boards from Lowe’s… Read More Happy Family Room

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New Door

Have you ever heard of a “security door”? I hadn’t until we moved to Arizona. Homes here in the desert don’t have storm doors. Instead, security doors are the popular choice. They’re doors made of metal mesh with decorative, yet secure bars that make your home just a bit more burglar-proof. This year we finally… Read More New Door

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Real Life

You know the great thing about a guest room? It makes for handy place to dump all my clean laundry until I eventually get around to folding it. This pile just keeps growing. On an unrelated note…aren’t these two the cutest?