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Italian Pasta Salad

If you follow me on Instagram you probably know that we had a going away party for my daughter who is leaving for college in Chicago in a few weeks.  We celebrated by having a small dinner for close family and friends and served all our favorite Chicago foods, think deep dish pizza, italian beef, Chicago hotdogs, pierogi’s, Old Style for the adults and what always ends up being the hit whenever I make it…italian pasta salad. I had 4…

one room challenge

The Ever Changing Loft Plan!

Welcome to Week Four of the One Room Challenge!  I feel like a hot mess this challenge, I seriously change my plans every single week!  If you’d like to see where I started you can go back to when I talked about my plans during week 1.  It’s almost completely changed! I ditched (returned) the rug I originally purchased for the space.  It was just too busy for my taste.  I kept trying to find a way to work it into…

one room challenge

One Room Challenge – The Loft – Week 2

I’ve been busy working on the loft for the last week and I gotta ask you guys when you design a space for your home do you stick with your plans and never sway with the original plan or do you make changes as you go?  Any guesses which camp I’m in? To be honest the loft was low on the totem pole of needing to get done and for that reason it also needs to be the most budget…

front porch

Front Porch Dreaming & Important Decisions

For over a year now we have been seriously thinking of moving.  Our daughter is getting ready to graduate high school this year and there was nothing really keeping us here.  My husband travels a lot and we thought about moving closer to his corporate headquarters.  But...the more I thought about it and planned the move the less I wanted to move.  The move would be expensive, we would literally know no one and I just kept second guessing it.…

Five on my Mind

This summer has been all about less projects and more organizing and basically just getting my life to where it's a little bit easier.  One of the items on the to do list was to get my photos off my phone.  I take lots of photos of pretty things I see or reminders of what I want to do or need to get done. I've gone through my phone recently and thought I'd erase what I didn't need and post…