A Window Seat Made from Ikea Stolmen


Here’s a quick update on one of the projects we’ve recently completed in our California Cottage.  It’s something that I’ve always wanted to have–definitely a must on my dream house list–a window seat! Before I tell you all about how we DIYed this window seat using components of the Ikea Stolmen closet system, let me… [read more]

Stories wanted for The Faces of CHD 2014

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Do you have a child with a congenital heart defect?  Are you an adult survivor of congenital heart disease?  Please share your story with the Pinterest community at The Faces of CHD Pinterest Awareness board.  Your participation will help to promote awareness of the most common of all birth defects. You don’t need to have… [read more]

How to Participate in The Faces of CHD 2014

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This year, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week will be February 7-14, 2014. We had such an enthusiastic response two years ago to the first CHD Awareness Pinterest board. I decided to create an updated board annually each year in time for CHD week. Here’s how you can participate. (Please note that a few of the… [read more]

Furniture Gifts, Reupholstery, and a Giveaway!

Spruce book image

Here for the Spruce giveaway?  Scroll down to the end of the post to enter. Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, we bought our first home. We were living in Connecticut at the time, and had scrimped and saved and searched for months before we found this pretty little white cottage perched… [read more]

Life in Holland Day 23: Birthday

Superkid Collage

Hellooooooo…um, I kinda fell of the 31 Days wagon.  But it’s my wagon, so I’m back on, and I might drive it backwards into the past and drop off a few posts along the way.  Today, though, is super special at our house, so I wanted to get this post up on time! Ten years… [read more]

Life in Holland Day 12: Embarrassing Moments at The Doctor’s Office

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One thing I have to say about taking a trip to Holland: it’s humbling. Some of those humbling moments are completely uplifting. Others are just a reminder of how little control you actually have in your life. And then a few of them are just plain embarrassing. Oh my goodness, the embarrassing moments I have… [read more]

Life in Holland Day 11: Pushing for Progress

Superkid swag from hospital

Yesterday I wrote about Superkid’s nosebleeds, and one of the slightly hilarious ways we learned to stop them.  Well, today I’m going to tell you about how we were able to actually prevent the nosebleeds from happening.  I wrote the nosebleed post two years ago, during a time where Superkid was experiencing nosebleeds on a… [read more]

Life in Holland Day 10: File This in Things You Don’t Think Will Work But They Do

Cartoon Nose

I wrote about Superkid’s nosebleeds a couple of years ago. At the time, she was having frequent nosebleeds. Today, I’m sharing that post again because it includes a crazy little tip for stopping nosebleeds. If you have a child that is prone to nosebleeds, it’s definitely worth a try! We were eventually able to get… [read more]

Life in Holland Day 9: Motherhood

Motherhood meme

Motherhood.  It’s a hefty topic.  I think of some of the other words that end in “hood”, and they describe things that are big and not exactly easy to describe:  neighborhood, statehood, childhood, etc.  Apply the suffix -hood to anything and it turns a word into some sort of state of being.  And what a… [read more]

Life in Holland Day 8: Mr. Rogers Said it Best

Mr. Rogers meme

When I was a little girl, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was one of the shows I was allowed to watch on TV.  I didn’t realize what a gem of a man Mr. Rogers was until I had children of my own, and saw many of the episodes I’d seen as a child through adult eyes.  Mr.… [read more]