2021 - Dimples and Tangles


If you're anything like me, you've got a bad case of Spring Fever this year!  As this record breaking winter is moving toward Spring (yay!), I can't wait to freshen up my porch for the new season.  We've got a string of a few nice days this week so I'm planning to take care of that soon, maybe even today!  This photo was from last Spring, but it's likely that whatever I do this week will have a similar look.  Today I'm sharing some of my favorite pieces if you need to freshen up your Spring porch decorations.  

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It's always a little bit of an awkward time after the Christmas decorations come down before it's warm enough to put out ferns and flowers, so this is when I love to use my faux topiaries to add some green to the porch.   A few other cheerful pieces like a cute doormat, a lantern or two, a wreath or door hanger help during this transition time before it's warm enough to add annual plants a little bit later this Spring.

Here are some great pieces I found to perk up your porch! 

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Happy Friday... what a week! We've been snowed in, more on that below.  I hope you're staying warm where you are!  Here are a few of my favorite things lately... 
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I found my large blue and white bowl years ago at Homegoods.  I'm often asked about it and am happy to say that I recently came across the exact one available online!  At 14" in diameter, it's perfect for so many different things. I've used mine for orchids, Christmas ornaments, a catch all for remotes and glasses on the coffee table... but it can stand on its own too and is just as beautiful empty in the center of a table.  

I don't know about where you live, but over the last week the weather has been unusually cold with multiple record breaking low temps and snowfall here in Oklahoma.  (And especially hard for our friends in TX, continuing to pray for them!)  In fact, my son is back home unexpectedly due to several city water main breaks in his college town, resulting in very low water pressure, or none at all on campus (no hot water, no flushing toilets, very limited functioning in cafeteria...) so they sent everyone that was close enough to do so safely home to continue with remote learning until it's repaired and they can return.  I haven't left the house in a week and have been living in layers and these fleece lined leggings since our house has been colder than normal, regular leggings just aren't cutting it!  I like the high waist and weight of them, the pockets on the legs, and the seam details down the legs are more flattering than a plain leg.  I like them so much I bought a second pair, they'll also be great as an under layer for ski trips!

I also ordered a pair of these fleece lined joggers and am anxiously awaiting their arrival to add more warm comfy pants to my wardrobe!

I haven't had to deal with too much gray hair yet (thanks for the good hair genes, Mom and Dad!), except for the underneath side of my bangs all across my forehead... exactly where I don't want it when my hair is pulled back almost every day!  I've been using this root spray for a while and like it.  I usually spray it on and let it dry a while before styling my hair, or if I've pulled my hair back I spot-spray it where needed.  One little caution speaking from experience- it has a tendency to spray a few drips while you're using it, so don't use it when you've already put on a white shirt like I did one day!  #oops

I ordered this initial necklace for my daughter for a little Valentine's Day gift but it didn't arrive in time because of our crazy weather so I picked up something locally instead. (I'm saving it for her birthday soon, so shhh! if you know her! 😁)  I am thoroughly impressed with the quality for the $13 price tag!  There are two individual chains, each adjustable in length.  These link style layered necklaces are super popular right now, I think this would be a great little gift for her friends on their birthdays, too!  

The initial pendant has a heart on the reverse side so she can wear it either way, and it even came packaged in a gift box with a cleaning cloth and gift card so it's ready to wrap up.  

We've had this game for a while but hadn't played it yet until a friend who was over recently taught us how, the best way to learn a new game in my opinion!  My daughter played with her teenage friends and it was a hit with them, and I'm looking forward to pulling it out at our next extended family get together.  It's probably best for older elementary age and up, anywhere from 2 up to 8 or more players, and there's not much skill involved other than some creative thinking at times!  

Here's an older post with some of our other family favorites-

I hope you all have a great weekend, and if you've been frozen like us start to thaw out.  Bring on the sun! 

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One of my friends is redecorating her home little by little, and was telling me about trying to get some ideas for what fabrics to mix with one that she already bought for her Dining Room.  I told her it would be fun to do some pattern play and come up with several options, then share them with you all as well!  Here's the blue and white floral fabric she bought, it's called Batik Indigo by P Kaufmann (thanks to my IG friends for helping me discover the pattern name!). As far as I can tell, this fabric is discontinued, my friend got hers at a local shop that tends to carry closeout fabrics.  But, it's a familiar pattern, so even if you don't have this exact fabric I think the selections I mix it with would still work with other similar blue and white fabrics.  And, if you happen to be looking for a pattern like this, I listed some good similar options at the end of the post.  



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I'm so excited to share something a little different with you today!  If you've been a long time reader, you know that I love my home state of Oklahoma and since I have a good number of local friends reading I always enjoy sharing places to visit and good things going on here with you!  Recently, I was invited to tour the brand new SSM Health Medical Group Facility in northeast Edmond.  So today, I'm sharing a PSA primarily for my readers who live near me in Edmond or Guthrie about the grand opening in hopes that this will be a valuable new local resource for you!  

SSM Health Medical Group Facility, new northeast Edmond facility


I don't do much decorating for Valentine's Day, just a few little touches here and there to add some cheer is the midst of a dreary winter!  Today I'm sharing my Valentine's Day Mantel and a few simple Valentine's Day decorations I've sprinkled around the house.  



I often share bits and pieces of what's going on in our family's life over on Instagram, but I realize that many of you may not use that app.  Some of you have been with me here for almost 10 years now (wow!) and have been so kind over the years to show interest in more than just my home decor, so I thought I'd catch you up today on a recent trip to South Padre Island, Texas, and a few things that we've done over recent months.  

South Padre Island Texas beach


Happy Friday!  Here are some things that I've been loving lately and think you might too! 

I'm super late to the Kindle e-reader game (I like turning pages!) but I bought one on Prime Day and had my husband tuck it away for my Christmas gift.  We took a little break at the beach last week and it was my first opportunity to pull it out, it's a game changer!  I love, love, love it especially in an outdoor setting where the light is super bright.  It's the paperwhite version so there is absolutely no glare and the screen is super bright in daylight, and it's waterproof so no worries there at the beach, pool, or in the tub!  It's also been great at night so I don't have to leave my lamp on while I read when he is asleep.  I haven't purchased one book- I check them all out through my library and load them up to Kindle.  I'm still sticking with paper books most of the time, but there are definitely situations where this has become a fave!  



Since I shared this photo a while back I've had so many questions about where I got my sweater.  I bought it last Summer during our vacation in the mountains in the back clearance room of one of the souvenir shops.  I searched but could never find it online to share with you.  So, that led me down a rabbit hole of trying to find some similar ones!  And since it was so much fun finding cute heart sweaters, I continued down that rabbit hole to find lots of other cute heart Valentine's Day things for your home, your style, and your table too! 



Hey everyone, I can't believe it's been a month since I've seen you!  I took an extra long break through the holidays, some family events, and a nice little January family vacay before my son went back to college.  So, I'm easing into 2021 here and since I missed all of the year end festivities, thought I'd start there and share my top ten posts from 2020.  It's always fun- and insightful- to look back at these and see what you all enjoyed.  

The first project of the year was wrapping up the Kids' Jack and Jill Bathroom Makeover.  This ended up being such a night and day difference from the warmer, darker colors that were in here before.  SO thrilled with how it turned out.

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