New Years Eve with Kids!


Ring in the New Year with Ring Pops Paper Plate Party Shakers New Years Photo Props


Christmas Cards with Shutterfly

I have to be honest with you. I just can’t manage it all and at Christmas time life becomes even harder to manage so last year I dropped the ball. I didn’t send out one Christmas card. Each time I went to the mailbox and saw a new Christmas card I felt incredibly guilty. Our… 

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DIY Chalkboard Frame Christmas Ornaments

Our living room tree is filled with framed Chalkboard ornaments. I had a vision of white and black. Handmade Pom Poms, White Lights, Snow filled ornaments, and of course white pom pom trim as the garland. I envisioned beauty and simplicity.  I stopped at my favorite craft store to pick up wooden frames. They varied… 

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Hughes Mansion First Floor Interior

Welcome back to the Hughes Mansion Renovation project. This historical home is being renovated by the AMG Foundation to house veterans. It’s the project of a lifetime and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you every step of the way. Today I’m going to give you a look inside the first floor of the… 

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back to school

Back to School Party

Each fall our Home and School board does an awesome fundraiser called the Calendar Tea. It’s such a fun event that I’ve enjoyed being a part of with my friends. Last year we did an enchanting Alice in Wonderland table. This year we went with a Back to School theme. It turned out fabulous and… 

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An Addicts Sister

I’m Beth and I’m the sister of an addict. If you are new here this story runs deep. I’ve shared every ounce of my heart in hopes to ease my own pain. The years of grief and sadness have taken up permanent residency in my heart. It’s been eight years since this nightmare began. I… 

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Summertime Blues

School starts in less than a week and I’ve got that summertime sadness. It never seems long enough. This year all three of my little ones will be in school all day. I always get nervous as the first day approaches. Of course I never tell them this but it’s hard to let go. Occasionally… 

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Hughes Mansion Exterior Before

Welcome to the Hughes Mansion Renovation project. This 5,561-square-foot home has earned a special place in my heart. It was purchased by the AMG Foundation for $1 from The Trumbull County Land Bank and the renovations are estimated at a half a million dollars. Built in 1887 by lumber merchant, William S. Kernohan and his wife… 

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Save Money with DIY Wedding Invitations

As a bargain bride, I decided to forgo the hundreds of dollars it would cost to have our wedding invitations made and take a stab at them myself (remember–our goal is to be under $5000 for the entire wedding!).  Several months ago, I began purchasing invitation kits from Michael’s Craft Store whenever I was able… 

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How and Where to Sell Stuff

We all need to find more happiness with a little less. Stuff can make things complicated and simplicity is key. My rule is simple and easy to follow. If you haven’t used it in a year it’s time to say goodbye. This applies to clothing, furniture, toys and more. Don’t complicate things. Instead ask yourself… 

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Office Before & After

I can’t help but to wonder what took me so long? This little corner of our home was neglected. It was no reflection of my style and it wasn’t ever finished. To be honest I don’t think I had a clue what I wanted so I did nothing. Until finally I couldn’t stand to look… 

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