Tree Clearing {Probably Not What You Think}

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain- Quote by Vivian Greene

You know the expression, You Can't See the Forest for the Trees? Well, it started to ring true for me this summer. A series of events unfolded that made me question what I was doing and why I was doing it. Anyone who has started a blog knows how much work and dedication it takes just to get things off the ground. You think, phew!, but then a different level of commitment is required to create new, interesting content week after … [Read more...]

Summer Entertaining- Outdoor Oasis Party + Giveaway!

Outdoor Oasis Party

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pier 1 Imports. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. As soon as the weather turns warm, we spend as much time outside as possible. I like to think of our backyard as an extension of the rest of our house. It's an oasis where we can escape the busyness of life, take time to rejuvenate, and reconnect with … [Read more...]

10 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

Thank you to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share some of the ways we're making our home a little more eco-friendly #DEsmarthome.  As always, opinions are 100% my own. Around our home, we've made small changes that make a big difference to the environment and, in turn, our wallets. Growing up in the country created a strong connection to nature for both my husband and I. Our moms were composting long before that be … [Read more...]

Green Cleaning Must-Haves {Clean & Scentsible}

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I switched over to green cleaning products quite a while ago for environmental and health reasons. I've always been a bit of a clean freak, and breathing in those toxic fumes years ago to get a sparkling bathroom could not have been a good thing! If only we could go back to the times in our lives when we really didn't know any better (sunscreen comes to mind) and erase their effects! Well, that's just not possible, and all we can do is make … [Read more...]

Keeping the Winter Blues Out of Your Home


Yesterday, another snow storm hit, and I was so happy I didn't have to leave the house. This winter, we've had more than our fair share of snow, which means cold temperatures and gloomy days- YUCK! To make it even worse, I'm one of those people who's cold most of the time (in the literal sense) and takes forever to warm up. Thankfully, a snow-covered ground eventually leads to intensely sunny days, making it feel like spring is just around the … [Read more...]

Birthday Getaway

billy-superior-room- Opus Vancouver

Hello! It has been a bit of a whirl wind this month, and I must apologize for the scattered posts. As many of you know, it took me a couple of weeks to recuperate from a terrible flu I had over Christmas. That meant delaying project plans and so much more. On Thursday, I had to put everything on hold once again (not complaining) to partake in a surprise getaway my husband planned for my birthday. Yes, it was very sweet and thoughtful of him (just … [Read more...]

First Home Project Plans for 2014

Bistro towel bar- Restoration Hardware

As mentioned last week, I've been working behind the scenes on the blog to bring everything up to date and clear out anything that no longer serves a purpose. It seems like every facet of our lives needs a re-working some time or another, doesn't it? My birthday is this week (it's a biggie), and I find myself thinking about what I want to leave behind as I enter a new decade, as well as what has been serving me well and will be carried forward. … [Read more...]

I Want Your Input, Please!

Satori Design for Living Project Gallery

Hello everyone! I hope you had a fantastic holiday season. As luck would have it, I started feeling lousy on Christmas Eve and couldn't even get out of bed until December 27th. Although I was able to make our New Year's trip out to the mountains, I had to forgo skiing or much of anything else. I'm still not feeling 100%, but I'm slowing working on projects that I'll be sharing in the coming weeks. I'm also catching up on updating the Project … [Read more...]

Year in Review {2013}

Live Your Passion | Quotable Life on Etsy

It's that time again when the calendar is about to turn to another year! Although I'm taking a short break from blogging, I thought I'd stop by quickly to review a few of my favorite and most memorable moments of 2013. Before I get to that, I must first thank each and every one of you for being so supportive. I love sharing ideas and projects with you, and I'm so fortunate to be able to live out my passion each and every day. I wish the same for … [Read more...]