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Oct 19, 2016

Let There Be Light


I am so excited to share my latest project with you.  It is easy peasy and will only take a few minutes.  You will love the results.  I promise!


All you need is a pack (or more depending on how many you want) of the 3-light LED Battery Operated Puck Light Kit from Home Depot.

The kit comes with screws and/or double adhesive tabs for easy mounting.  I chose to adhere them with the tabs and the hubs is going to go behind me and screw them in.


The lights come with batteries.  :)

I placed two light pucks in each section so I used six in all.  I measured where I wanted them to go and stuck them in place.  Yep.  That's it.  All done.

I am so excited!!!  My main objective in adding the lights was to provide task lighting while working at the desk.  There was a shadow from the cabinets and it made it a challenge to see while coloring or sewing.

I love the way it looks.


So if you have always wanted under mount lights in your kitchen or anywhere else for that matter go out and get some of these lights and have them installed in minutes.  No need for an electrician.  You've got this!!!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Take care,



Oct 17, 2016

A Touch of Fall and A Bit of Halloween


Hello there and happy Monday!

I decorated our home for Fall and Halloween a couple of weeks ago and am just now posting the photos.  I added a few new things this year from Dollar Tree.  I got the sparkly signs, Boo sign, purple, orange and black sparkle picks all for a $1.00 each.  Oh, and the pumpkin basket came from there, too.


I love the bright and glittery colors.

I can't get over how the picks made my old wreath look refreshed.

Boos Brothers


Ta da!!!  This is all of the fall decor you will find inside of our home.  :)

I added mums and my favorite pumpkins around the pool.

Do you decorate your home for fall/Halloween?

Here's to you having a wonderful week!!!

Take care,



Oct 5, 2016

It's Almost Time to Decorate for Christmas

I am so excited!!!  It's almost time to bring our Christmas decorations down from the attic.  OMG!!!  I am over the moon with excitement because we will be bringing it all down not this Saturday but the next.  I always start decorating the weekend closest to October 15th.  Funny, this year it actually falls on the 15th.


The last few weeks I have been prepping the hubs so he will be ready when it's time.  This means I have been jokingly telling him since we were six weeks out.  Not nagging...just playing around.  His original comment was "you don't have to decorate as early since you aren't working".  My response was "yes I do.  It will take me two weeks to decorate the inside of our home.  By the time I finish it will be the beginning of November."  I don't know about you, but once November 1st gets here time flies faster than normal.  Even for someone like me that shops early, decorates early, wraps early, and sends out our cards early.  What I'm trying to say is even though I am so organized it still seems like it  I'm sure part of that is because we try and plan every fun activity we can think of to enjoy this special time of the year.

When do you start decorating for Christmas?

Do you decorate for Fall?  Every year I have a moment where I think it would be so pretty to decorate the inside of our home with Fall decorations.  Then I have a reality check and realize how much I love to decorate for Christmas and how much time I like to take doing it...and I let the moment pass.  :)

Hope you have a wonderful day,



Oct 4, 2016

Seasonal Job

And I got one!!!  That's right!  I got a seasonal job and I am so excited!!!


As you may know, I have been looking for a job for quite some time now.  I have been blessed to have many good interviews with some very strong possibilities.  However, having good interviews is not enough.  You have to have tons of patience!!!  Having said that....I kept telling the hubs that if I didn't find a job soon I was going to find a seasonal job (similar to "if I don't go to work soon I am going to start stripping off the wall paper in the game room").  Of course, he didn't take me seriously.  He was very surprised when I told him I had an interview with Kohl's.  He was REALLY surprised when I came home and told him they loved me and I had the job.  :)  One should never doubt a determined woman.  :)  Especially me.

The lady I interviewed with told me she would love to put me in the jewelry department.  Uh oh!!!  Could be trouble!  I'm not sure where I will end up, should be interesting.  Maybe it will be the holiday department.  If so, I'll be putting all of my favorites in the back waiting for them to go on sale!

So today is my orientation.  I am so excited to have a reason to dress up!!!  I miss the interaction of people every day.  I hope Kohl's is ready for me.  I imagine I will have to resist wanting to add my own twist to the displays.  Who knows, maybe they will welcome new ideas or not!!!

Wish me luck!!!



Oct 3, 2016

Fall Is In the Air

Fall is in the air!!!

I used to say spring was my favorite time of the year but not anymore!  I am loving this time of the year.  The taste of cooler weather and low humidity has been awesome.


I love this Golden Autumn Day hand soap from Bath and Body Works.  It smells so good.  I smile every.single.time I wash my hands and I wash my hands a lot during the day.

Golden Autumn Day Gentle Foaming Hand Soap - Soap/Sanitizer - Bath & Body Works

I bought my first real pumpkin for the season.  I have temporarily placed it in the foyer for now until I decide what to do with it.  I'm pretty sure it will eventually end up on the front porch.

Yesterday the hubs and I worked in the yard.  We trimmed the trees, cleaned off the roof, and spruced things up.  It looks so much better.  After we were done, we went up into the attic to bring the fall decorations down.  My goal is to get everything up tomorrow.  We don't have a whole lot so it shouldn't take too long.  :)  I want to go by the nursery and pick up a few plants/flowers for around the pool and the front porch.  Last year we planted Pansies in October which ended up being a little too early.  We had a couple of weeks of really hot weather and ended up having to replace some of the flowers.  I am hoping that by picking up a few things I will resist the temptation to do more.

I am pinning all kinds of apple recipes on my Pinterest board Recipes - Apples.  Check out this crockpot recipe "Praline Apple Crisp" by Recipes that Crock.  It sounds so good!  I'm going to have to make it!!!


Do you have any favorite apple recipes?  I'd love to hear about them.
Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Take care,