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...]

Decorating My First Apartment {A Look Back}

Hanging Vase Made Out of a Lightbulb

My son is on Easter Break this week and we've been working on registration for his post-secondary classes next year. It seems like not that long ago we were buying kindergarten school supplies, but that's the way it goes. When I think back to my first year of college, I remember it being an exciting time. I shared a two bedroom apartment with a friend, and I was thrilled to "set up house" for the first time. It's a memory that's still so clear to … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Series Recap {Week Three}

gold + natural decorating

How was your week? I really don't know where October went and I'm feeling the same way about November. Can you believe we're already on week three of the Holiday Countdown? I'm so glad I've been able to stay on track, despite being distracted by so many other things going on in my life right now. I'm finding it hard to wrap my head around my son applying to universities and colleges for next year, and doing all the research and helping him make a … [Read more...]

Where I Shop for Home Decor Deals

Decorative Pillow at Joss & Main

Over the past few years, I've seen the accessibility of designer furniture and accessories increase to the general public. This is especially true for online shopping, which seems to be more popular than ever. Since I introduced E-Design to my list of services starting this past September, I've discovered a whole new list of amazing web-based shopping resources. I still like to get out of my office and shop local stores on a regular basis. I … [Read more...]

Meal Planning {Everyday Made Easy}

Tomato Basil Pizza via Country Living

Back in my days as a teacher, there are a few things I added to my weekly routine to keep my home life running smoothly (or at least to keep my sanity). In the early days when I was lucky to keep my head above water, I’d think about what we were going to eat for dinner when I arrived home from work or my son's hockey practice. Needless to say, out came the hamburger helper, frozen chicken fingers or another less than healthy or desirable option- y … [Read more...]

Guest Post for Nikki’s Nacs + Powder Rooms I Adore


Today I'm excited to be guest posting over at Nikki's Nacs. Nikki has a really cool series called 2 Bills 2 Blow, where you're given $200 to spend on any decor items for your home (well...not actually, but that would be pretty fantastic). I have to say that spending imaginary money was almost as much fun as the real thing! I've been following this series for a few months and I'm always amazed by how far everyone can stretch their money. I love … [Read more...]