Saturday, March 21, 2015

Things That Make Me Smile


Hello friends. I know it's been awfully quiet in my corner, but these past couple of weeks have really been stressful. Here lately, I've been feeling kind of down. I'm normally a very cheerful person, but I've found myself moping around for the past few days. So, in an effort to cheer myself up, I thought it might be nice to post a list of things that make me smile. So here goes...

1. Finding new music or rediscovering old favorites. Lovely Day by Bill Withers has always been one of my favorite feel good songs.

2. Spending time with my family. They drive me crazy sometimes, but I love them all so very much and I honestly can't imagine my life without them.
3. Knowing that...

I'm a child of GOD

4. Bubble baths. Bubbles have a wonderful way of melting the stress away.

so cute

5. Wind chimes blowing in the breeze.
6. Coffee

7. Hearing the words, 'I love you.'
8. A good read... (I just finished reading this cute, inspirational story.)

Dog Cupcakes War Gif Alls-fair-in-love-and-cupcakes.jpg

9. Windows... I know, probably not what you were expecting, but there's something about windows. I mean, it could be the view, the actual window or the pretty curtains framing it. It's kind of hard to explain, but it definitely makes the list.


10. Bear hugs.
11. Watching an animated movie.

12. Chocolate... No explanation needed, I'm sure.

13. Walks in the park.
14. Flowers

15. Funny pictures that make me laugh.

Now, I could go on and on because I've really just scratched the surface here. Don't worry, this post is long enough as it is. It's just that there are so many more things that put a smile on my face and the funny thing is, just thinking about them did just that.

So tell me, what are some of the things that make you smile?

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy what's left of your weekend.

Challenge Yourself ~To do more than just exist,LIVE …Do more than touch,FEEL …Do more than look,OBSERVE …Do more than hear,LISTEN …Do more than listen, UNDERSTAND …Do more than think,PONDER …Do more than talk,SAY SOMETHING …Peace & Blessings, Our Journey to Balance 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy Monday!

Well, my youngest daughter just recently had a birthday. She's 21 now! Of course, she was excited to finally be able to have a glass of wine with her dinner. As for me, I'm still getting over the shock of having a 21 and a 22 year old now. There are days when I just sit and wonder where all the time went.

And speaking of my youngest, she spent the whole day with me yesterday. For lunch, I made a very simple salad. I only used 5 ingredients, spinach leaves, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots.

I like to sprinkle a few sunflower seeds on mine, too... yum.

Since I finally picked out lamps not long ago, I've been working on styling my end tables. My end tables are small, so I knew that I didn't want a cluttered look. I really admire how some people just have a knack for putting things together. It takes me forever to figure out how to arrange things, so I try not to rush when I'm decorating. I try to take my time and find things that I really love and even then sometimes I'm constantly moving things about for days or weeks until I have that moment where something just clicks and I'm satisfied with the way it looks. Anyway, this is what I've come up with so far.

... But don't be surprised if things are rearranged different in a future picture. That's just how it is in my world.

Oh and in case some of  you were curious, I put my little dog on the other end table, next to the bowl of potpourri.

After lunch yesterday, I lit the scented candle that I picked up from Target and we all enjoyed a movie night, or movie afternoon, rather. So, my weekend was laid back, which was a good thing because I have a pretty busy week ahead. I also missed an entire week of blogging so I will be visiting with everyone today and trying to catch up. I hope you all have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by... :)


Friday, February 27, 2015

Pooh Bear

These were the flowers that hubby gave me for Valentine's Day. I love how the cute little bear is holding on to the vase for dear life. Since I used to love Winnie The Pooh, I decided to call him Pooh.

Of course Valentine's Day was more than 2 weeks ago, so my poor flowers have long since been tossed.

However, I am still enjoying Pooh. He hangs out with me when I'm on my computer.

I can't help but smile when I see him. Isn't it funny how the smallest things can bring the biggest smile to your face?

Also, my youngest daughter went with me to Home Goods and this little guy was just begging us to take him home. My daughter just loves that he's all dressed up in that little suit. In my next post, you'll see you exactly where I put him. I'll even give you a clue. I'm showing part of it in the picture above... :)

Have a wonderful weekend! 


Friday, February 20, 2015

DIY Non Slip Hangers

With the freezing temperatures we've been getting lately, I haven't been going out nearly as much as I normally do. Since I'm indoors more, I've been looking for things to do around the house to keep me busy. Well, I took a good, long look at my bedroom closet and figured I'd start there. For me, it's the perfect time to get a head start on my spring cleaning. I know, it's only February, but I figured there's nothing like organizing the closet to cure me of boredom.

Not all of my hangers match. Right now, I have a combination of different colored plastic, clear plastic, wire, quite a few with those foam non slip covers, wooden and dry cleaning hangers. It wasn't attractive at all. I've always admired how matching hangers make everything look neater, so I decided to only use hangers that were the same colors and style. I already had some wooden hangers, I just needed a lot more. I know that a lot of people decide against wooden hangers because they're twice as thick, but I don't need a lot of space since I don't have a huge wardrobe. For the most part, I'm a jeans and t shirt kind of girl and I have the tendency to wear the same things over and over again.

The one problem I have with hangers like this, is that a few of my favorite outfits with thin straps, slip right off of the edge of the hanger. Some of my favorite dresses even fall to the floor while I'm sliding those hangers around to look for something to wear. Well, I found an easy fix that will work perfectly.

To turn basic wooden hangers (or any other type, really) into non slip hangers, all you need is some rubber cement. I picked up a bottle for $1.98 at Target. I started off by spreading open a trash bag to use as my drop cloth in case things got too messy.

All I did was brush a thin layer along the hanger's edge. Then hung them up to dry over the shower rod. Just to be sure, I gave it 24 hours. That's it!

Once the adhesive dries, it will be slightly tacky, like rubber and the clothing will not slip off the edges of the hanger. And my favorite part is that it doesn't change the look of the hanger at all like rubber bands, hot glue and pipe cleaners would. The non slip hangers look the same as those without the coating and unless you run your fingers along the edge, you can't even tell it's there.

Now, I didn't do this with every wooden hanger in my closet. I only have a few pieces with thin straps, but they all stay put now... Woohoo!

Next, I'll work on rearranging my clothes a bit.


Wishing you a happy weekend... :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cream Cheese Danish


For Valentine's Day, I tried a cream cheese Danish recipe that my husband really loved. This recipe was too easy and too delicious to keep to myself. It only took about 10 minutes to prepare... no kidding and it tastes so much better than the cheese Danish you'd buy at the grocery store. If you have a can of crescent rolls and a package of cream cheese, you're in business.

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees then dump your ingredients into a mixing bowl.

8oz. cream cheese softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
pinch of salt

Mix together then set aside. Open your can of rolls. Unroll your crescent rolls onto a sheet of aluminum foil, but don't separate them. Pinch the seams together.

Use a small sharp knife to score the edges like below... 

Spoon your filling into the center of the dough. Don't fill it too full, just use about 80% of your filling. Then fold the bottom part of the dough up and tuck it around the filling.


Begin braiding your dough, crossing one little flap over on one side until you've gotten to the top.

Okay, I'll admit it, my 'braiding' could use a little work. Oh well, fold the top of the dough over and tuck it around the other end of the filling. Using the same foil you prepared the Danish on, place the entire thing, foil and all, on a cookie sheet.

Bake uncovered at 375 for 14 - 15 minutes. While this is baking start making the glaze.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbs. milk
Stir together in a small bowl until smooth.

Separate the Danish from the foil once it's done and let it cool on a wire rack. This prevents the bottom of the Danish from continuing to cook on the hot pan. When it has cooled a bit, drizzle your glaze over it.

I still can't believe how easy this was to make.

I will definitely be making these danishes again. 

Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone and thanks for letting me share. Blessings... :)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sheepskin Rugs

Now that I've picked out lamps for my living room, I'm working on styling my end tables. It's funny but one trip to Ikea already has me thinking about my next project before I've even finished the first one. The thing is, every time I go to Ikea, l always look twice at those sheepskin rugs and run my hand across the faux fabric because it's just sooo soft. Can you tell how much I love them? So, why not just buy it, right? Well, to be honest with you, I'm just not exactly sure what I would do with it. I mean, I really like these rugs, but I have no idea where I would put it. So, I headed to Pinterest for some ideas and you know what? I found so much inspiration that now my head is swimming with wonderful possibilities.

Always wanted a piano? Love the idea of it being a colour feature as well as practical. #yellow #decor

Chic Little Nook


Icelandic Sheepskin

Master bedroom

Lauren Kelp's Phoenix Home Tour #theeverygirl #homeoffice

10 Favorite Apartment Decor Ideas

Chic in its simplicity

I would love to hear your ideas. Which room do you think the rug works the best? Or perhaps you already own a faux sheepskin rug. If so, where did you put yours?