Abe’s National Parks Room: Updates Already

I can’t leave Abe’s room alone. I posted the reveal back in August, but I’d been working on the room for a full year before that, on and off, and apparently I can’t quite shake the habit. Also I wanted more pillows. I always intended to have more fun pillows on Abe’s bed than the couple that were around for … Continue reading

Impulsive Dining Room Changes: Pottery Barn Chairs

I’ve been meaning to write a post for a few weeks now about changes I’d like to make in our dining room, but I could never figure out quite what I wanted to say, because I can never figure out quite what I want to do in the dining room. Here’s hoping the impulse buy we made for the dining … Continue reading

A French Impressionist Dining Room…..or not

My dining room is difficult. It’s always been difficult. Like, one of my very first blog posts was about these lamps I painted for the dining room. And pretty much everyone in the world was like, “Gretchen, those are not good lamps,” even Dave, who has few opinions on such things. And I stuck with the lamps for awhile, probably … Continue reading

Hallway Light Options and Random Stuff

I keep meaning to do more random stuff that’s not big enough for its own post kind of posts. But then I don’t. But, look! Now I am! Hooray! Hallway Light Options I mentioned the other day that we’re planning to replace the old light in the hallway: The one that’s there now isn’t the one the house came with. … Continue reading

Doggifying the Library

I accidentally took last week off from blogging, but I’ve been doing crazy things like buying paint samples and hanging pictures over the weekend, getting ready to bring you TWO exciting posts this week! It’s been a couple of months now since we hung up our sheet music holding Ikea Trones shelves in the library, and they’re working great as … Continue reading

Superkea Sunday 2016!

Last Sunday marked our fourth annual Superkea Sunday: the day our family goes shopping while a lot of other people are watching a big sportsball game. Superkea Sunday is a magical time at Ikea, a time when one can take photos like this, with NO PEOPLE in them: Also, you can take a new picture of your kids sitting on … Continue reading

Abe’s Vintage Fisher Price Little People Collection and Wishlist

When I was a kid, Fisher Price Little People were, hands down, my very favorite toys for a very long time. My mom was (and is) an excellent garage saler, so we had a huge collection of the stuff. My brother and I would dump all the accessories into a big pile in the floor and then take turns choosing … Continue reading

Keeping the Kids Occupied on Holiday Road Trips with Big Lots

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigLots #CollectiveBias We’ve done a lot of long road trips with kids at all different ages, so I’ve got a good bit of experience trying to keep long car rides bearable for children and the adults who have to listen to them complain. … Continue reading

Thrift Score Thursday: Halloween Edition

I’m very excited to be one of the guest hosts for this year’s Halloween Edition of Thrift Score Thursday. I love Thrift Score Thursday AND I love Halloween, so this is pretty much the best thing that could have happened to me. If you’re not familiar with regular Thrift Store Thursday, the idea is that all week people share their … Continue reading