Monday, May 22, 2017

I'm All Ears! - Podcasts

Y'all know that I love to read books and have shared quite a book reviews over the past few years. Sometimes we go through spells where there's just not much time to sit and read though. Recently, I discovered podcasts. Am I the last one? That's possible and that's ok.

Today I thought I'd share a few that I've been enjoying....

For Encouragement in Life

I love to read words of encouragement so stumbling across Chrystal Evans Hurst was a great day! Turns out Chrystal is a Dallas girl and how I've missed out on her is a mystery to me. Chrystal does a weekly podcast covering a variety of subjects. During the month of April she did a Girlfriend's Guide to Managing Money, A Girlfriend's Guide to Mealtime, etc.  She covers life hacks, weight loss, coaching your life, family issues, and other subjects that effect all of us but with a dose of Jesus in the mix. She has the gift of making it feel like you are participating in a conversation with friends.  You can find her HERE.


Chrystal Evans Hurst
About Decorating
Ballard Designs has How to Decorate podcasts on their website that I sometimes listen to. These podcasts consist of conversations between decorating team members, interviews with famous designers, etc. It's interesting to me to hear the professional perspectives on decorating trends and decorating dilemmas. Turns out, even professionals have issues with decorating.
Decorating Tips and Tricks from our blogging friends Anita of Cedar Hill Farmhouse, Yvonne of Stone Gable, and Kelly of My Soulful Home are always fun to listen to. I love these down to earth ideas from real people.  

On Gardening
Every Texan knows and loves Neil Sperry and I've just realized he also has podcasts. I grew up with my parents listening to his radio shows on the weekends. My husband and I love his radio shows too. Sign me up for these podcasts so I can learn more and more about gardening in Texas. I bet you have local gardening podcasters too. 
Exploring Other Podcasts and How I Listen

Seems like I'm spending so much time in the car these days so I'd like to find more podcasts to listen to.  
Quick and Dirty Tips from Money Girl looks interesting, 
I'm thinking that listening to some podcasts about books might motivate me to take more time for books. Do you know of any great podcasts for book lovers? I found this list and might check out some of the suggestions.
Here's a list of funny podcasts. I love to laugh so yes, I'll be exploring these. 
The minds of creative people are always interesting to me. These podcasts might be fun and inspiring.
 It's so easy to plug my phone into the car and pull up a podcast. Sometimes I go to a website and listen and sometimes I use Itunes. I've never paid to listen to a podcast.
So tell me please, do you have any podcasts you'd like to suggest? I'm all ears. :)
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Update on Building Our Forever House - Part 3 - It's Getting Pretty

Hi friends!

I'm sharing a string of photos today to bring you up-to-date on the building process. Building this house has been a dream come true for us. Our builder has been so great to work with and watching it all come together has us smiling every single day. Of course, there are more photos of the kitchen than anything because it's my favorite part.


The open shelves below are in the eating area of the kitchen and have been trimmed out since I took this picture. They look so much better now.


Kitchen Eating Area

The master bathroom floors are covered in this marble that we just love. It was on special when I was shopping so it was a win for sure!

Master Bath

The day the granite was installed was so exciting! The little sample corner of granite that I've been carrying around since February is lighter than the whole slabs so it was a little bit of a shock. Nevertheless, we love it!  This is Dallas White granite that my friend Penny is also using in her new build.

Kitchen Eating Area

The lighting has been so much fun! The chandeliers were all gathered from various places over the last 6 months and to see them all come together was wonderful. Oil rubbed bronze is the thread that ties it all together.


Master Bath

These little chandeliers below make me so happy!

Back in the Kitchen

This one is over the kitchen table area. I had not seen it in person before it was installed but it was love at first sight!

Kitchen Eating Area 


And then the front door that I picked out in December arrived. L O V E!!  The front door and shutters will be painted Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black which was a color we used in Oklahoma and enjoyed.

Front Porch

In the past few days the driveway and sidewalks were poured. The crew is at the house now scraping the wood floors. Again I will say that we've worked with the nicest craftsmen on this project. We count our blessings daily.  Thank you to all of you who are following along here and on Instagram. You are all so generous with your sweet comments. :)

If I can figure out the technology, I'm going to do a walk through video soon. 

When there is love in the home, there is joy in the heart. ♥



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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Oldies but Goodies for Ten on the 10th



Good morning sweet readers. Today is the day that I get to work with some other wonderful bloggers for Ten on the 10th. Together we share ideas for life that cost less than $10. You might find a craft project, an amazing DIY, a dinner for two idea, beauty products...well, you just never know about us. :)

Friday, May 5, 2017

French Country Style from the Foot of the Rockies

Hi Friends! Today is my favorite day of the month where I get to share a First Friday Home Tour. I love to attend home tours and I love to peek in windows...well not literally but maybe. :)

Today I'm sharing the home of Pat at 




Pat embraces her love of French country and fills her home with treasures found here and there. I love reading her stories of coming across wonderful things for her home or garden. She's even been known to rescue pretty things from the alley!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Building a House from the Ground Up Part 2

My how time flies when you are building a house and yet it drags too. I'm sharing a stream of photos from the last couple of months showing the construction progress. This really has been a dream and it's because of our builder and his team. We have had a wonderful foreman who oversees everything that happens. The weather has cooperated and all of this has happened on schedule. What more could you want?


Friday, April 28, 2017

Slightly South of Simple - A Fantastic Book!

Life has been unusually crazy here with us lately. Building a house and moving family members makes for head spinning busy-ness. In all of this though, I have taken time recently to read the best book!  Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to read Kristy Woodson Harvey's book Lies and Other Acts of Love
When the chance to read her new book popped up I had to say yes please!  I'm sure you all have seen pictures of  Kristy's wonderful book Slightly South of Simple popping up on social media.  You can't ignore the beachy cover because it's that time of year when we are all gathering great summer reads. 
When a story line includes the south, strong women, and love...I'm all for it!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal


Good morning! Today I'm sharing the most beautiful colors and thoughtfulness that came all in one fun package! I just participated in the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange organized by 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Five Under $10

Today I'm sharing five items that I really love and use all the time that cost less than $10. Let's face it, the world is so expensive these days so when you find a few things that work great, you have to share them with others.  Here we go and let me warn you - these are not from one category.

You're channeling your inner ballet dancer when you wear this pale but put together nail polish. I love Essie Ballet Slippers because it's soft, pretty, and it doesn't show so much when it chips after 5 days. The cost is about $8.00 per bottle and it stays nice for a long time.