15 Books in 2015-Book 5


Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz was my fifth book of the year. I actually read this one pretty quickly.

It’s a story about the strong bond between two sisters, Mathilda and Amanda, and how everything changes when one of them dies unexpectedly leaving the other mentally unstable and overwhelmed with keeping too many secrets. It was a well written story and I liked all the twists and turns of the plot. I found myself picking up the book often because I wanted to see what would happen next and how it would all end.

It wasn’t one of those books where when it’s over your sad to leave the characters behind, but it was good. I would recommend it and plan on loaning it to my mom.

Shop Update

Stop by and check out the new patriotic pennant banners listed in the shop! They’re great for adding a little pizzazz to your houseplants, tucked in a Mason jar filled with sand on your mantle or in a centerpiece at your 4th of July party. You can also use them as cake toppers. This one in the photo is my personal favorite.DSC_1102

Happening Now


Reading Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz.

Watching…well nothing new at the moment.

Listening to a little bit of everything on Pandora.

Putting together little present bags as a welcome to summer surprise for the day after Hudson gets out of school.

Planning meals ahead of time in hopes that it will encourage me to cook more. Spoiler alert: It hasn’t so far.

Loving that the temps have been cooler this Spring, but

Hating that it seems to be raining every. single. weekend. I still haven’t been able to build and plant our garden.

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Keeping up with Project Life and it feels so good.

Starting to make plans for Harper’s 4th birthday party. A little at a time seems to help me finish on time.

Burning strawberry candles. They’re my favorite for summer.

Enjoying my flower pots this year. Especially the big ones on the deck. I only plant one pot last year on the front porch. This year I have five and looking at them out the window makes me so happy. I can’t wait for them to get bigger.

Finding that I’m really into florals lately. I couldn’t resist these Old Navy pajamas.


Prepping for a shop update this Wednesday. I’ll be adding 4th of July banners to Urban Meadow Market on etsy.

Thinking about making more crusty bread today. It’s supposed to be gloomy here tomorrow and crusty bread would definitely make it more bearable.

Waiting for my peonies to bloom so I can bring them inside to enjoy.

Keeping up (mostly) with writing in my gratitude journal.

(This was supposed to post on Friday, but I guess I forgot to schedule it, so I’m posting it today instead.)

Day In The Life-May 2015

On Tuesday I participated in Ali Edwards Day In The Life and documented the entire day. I actually forgot about it until I sat down to eat breakfast, but that’s okay. I didn’t miss much before that anyway. It was a very typical day around here. Hudson went to school and Harper was home with me running errands and hanging out.

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These photos were all taken with my iPhone 5. I took some with my big camera too, but haven’t had a chance to upload them to the computer yet. I didn’t journal anything. Just too photos this time and posted some of them on Instagram with a time stamp.

I’ve followed along with Ali on this project several times in the past and love looking back to see how our lives are different and how they are still the same in some ways.

15 Books in 2015-Book Four

I am so not on a reading kick this year. I think it’s because I’ve somehow chosen all the wrong books.

I just finished Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple last night and I have to say I don’t get it. I do not understand how it was such a “runaway bestseller”. I haven’t read any of Semple’s other books, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought it was kind of boring and I didn’t like a single character. Bummer.


It’s a story about a washed-up architect named Bernadette, her daughter, husband, her neighbor and her husband’s admin. Long story short. Bernadette (who everyone thinks has gone crazy) disappears in the last half of the book and no one can figure out what happened to her. It took me forever to finish this, but I had to finish it to find out if the ending was worth it. For me, it wasn’t. I didn’t really find it all that interesting and I really didn’t think it was funny. I didn’t have a single laugh out loud moment like I have with so many other books.

Bottom line. I would not recommend this book to my friends. However, there are millions of people who would disagree with me, so if you think it seems like it’s worth reading, go for it. Maybe you’ll love it. If you do, could you please email me and explain it to me. Maybe I just didn’t get it. Hopefully my next book is better.

Gratitude Journal

I’d been thinking about keeping a gratitude journal for a while now. I’ve tried before in the past and it just didn’t stick. I found this cute little notebook in the dollar section at Target and decided I would try again. Only this time I plan to keep it out where I can see it and to sit down with it for a few minutes each morning while I’m drinking my coffee.


The older I get, the more I strive to enjoy the simple things and moments in life, which actually comes easily to me (most of the time). I love my mornings and feel like adding this daily ritual will make them even better. I started on May 1st, and so far have journaled every other day. We were out of town over the weekend and although I did remember to take my journal with me, I completely forgot I had it. Oops.


My goal is to fill up this entire notebook using one page for each day. I’m sure some days I’ll write more than others and that’s okay. I just want to write something each day. I think my favorite part will be looking back through the book later.

Happening Now

Trying to eat more fresh foods. I found a delicious looking blueberry salad on Pinterest and made it last night. It was awesome. I need more homemade salads in my life.


Writing in my new gratitude journal starting today. (more on this next week)

Watching The Missing dvds from Netflix and we’re almost finished. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Listening to everything that goes on outside all day. Having the windows open is the best.

Reading Click magazine. I have my first photo session of the year on Sunday.

Pinning lots of kids activities on Pinterest  in order to get ready for a summer full of fun.

Obsessing over everything Spring (still). I can’t get enough of the flowers. Maybe it’s because it felt like a never ending winter.


Keeping up with Project Life and it feels good. I’m waiting on my packet of April photos to arrive from Shutterfly.

Needing to get back on the treadmill after a long break again because I can’t seem to get rid of this sickness. I’m finally feeling more my normal self. Now lets hope I can stay that way the rest of the summer.

Enjoying some relaxation time outside on the deck soaking in the sun and drinking iced coffee. When you have two little kids you have to take whatever time you can get even if it’s just 5 minutes!


Planning Harper’s birthday party, Hooray day (set for the first day of Hudson’s summer break) and mine and Jeremy’s 10 years together anniversary.

May is looking pretty busy!

Have the best weekend!

Hudson’s 6th Birthday

We celebrated our little boy turning six last Friday and then threw him a party on Saturday. He picked a bug theme for his party and I had a ton of fun creating everything for it. I’ve made the everything for both my kids parties with the exception of Hudson’s second birthday. I think this was my favorite theme so far. Who knew bugs could be so fun?! It was a dark, rainy day so these photos aren’t the greatest, but they’re good enough to preserve the memories of the day.

I love how the invitation turned out. Super cute.hudsonsbuginvite

I always make my kids cakes. I like doing it and I think they taste so much better than bakery cakes. Well, maybe not all bakery cakes, but grocery store cakes for sure and it’s way cheaper.DSC_0835DSC_0823 DSC_0828DSC_0830 DSC_0815

This punch pinata was an idea found on Pinterest (there are a few different tutorials). It was really easy and cheap to make. I think the total cost of supplies was $2.00 not including the treats. I bought the foam board at the dollar store and the colored tissue paper at Walmart. The kids loved it.DSC_0839

We also had a bug hunt in the backyard. It was damp and chilly, but the kids didn’t care one bit.hudsonsbughuntcard

We were supposed to play all the games outside, but the the weather didn’t allow that to happen so we had to make due with being indoors. We also played “pin the spider” on the web, but it was so nuts with all the kids that I didn’t get any photos of it.IMG_7273DSC_0842

The birthday boy wearing his new night vision goggles.DSC_0846 DSC_0850

This was his first party with friends from school. It got pretty crazy, but he had tons of fun and that’s what matters most. Happy Birthday Hudson! We love you to the moon and back again and back again!!


I Made A Pillow

This is a very exciting day for me! I attempted to make a pillow with a zipper and I did it. I mentioned before that I came across a pin of some really pretty fabric on one of my Pinterest boards and as soon as I saw it again I immediately got on Etsy, searched the name of the fabric and ordered a yard of it.


I’m not typically drawn to floral prints. It always depends on the design and the colors. I adore this pattern. The colors are beautiful and exactly what I was looking for. I became the inspiration for our master bedroom makeover.

I was so nervous about attempting a pillow let alone a pillow with a zipper. I followed this tutorial that was written for beginners and it turns out that sewing a pillow isn’t really hard at all! I will admit though that I had two pretty big screw ups that left me ripping out seams for 45 minutes, but they both occurred because I wasn’t paying as close attention as I should have been. They could’ve easily been avoided. I kept with it though and it turned out great.


Here is a shot of the zipper. It’s not perfect, but it looks pretty darn good for a first timer. (I think)DSC_0765 DSC_0767 DSC_0766 DSC_0762

Now the walls need a new coat of paint.

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I love, love, love it. I’m so proud of my accomplishment. Now I can make all kinds of pillows! My house will be overflowing with them. :  )

In case you’re wondering the mustard yellow pillow is from IKEA and the cream and gray striped pillow is from HomeGoods.

Happening Now

Putting the finishing touches on Hudson’s birthday party decorations.

Working on Project Life.

Driving around and admiring all the beautiful pink, fuchsia and white blossoms everywhere. Spring is awesome.


Bringing the outside in with flowers from good ol’ Trader Joe’s. Daffodils paired with coffee is a great way to start a morning.


Planning to get some yard work done this weekend if the rain holds off.

Thinking we’re probably in the clear from frost and can plant flowers in our pots now.

Meeting my sister and her family for dinner tonight at one of our favorite restaurants.

Making the cutest headbands for Harper and thinking I’ll definitely be adding them to my Etsy shop.

Eating (too many) Target donuts. I have to admit that they’re pretty darn delicious.

Baking my first ever loaf of rustic crusty bread and planning to make many, many more. Spoiler alert: It was seriously simple.


Loving having the windows open first thing in the morning. It’s the little things…

Listening to the birds singing outside my windows.

Watching The Missing. Well, we watched the first episode the other night. I can tell it’s gonna be a good one. I’m pretty sure that’s our plan for Friday night :  )



Wishing you a fantastic weekend!