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Casual Friday

Can you spot the ghost in that photo?? (Haha) This week has been so filled, it’s hard to know where to start. There have been some low points, like when we learned Greta was effectively deaf…again. We’ve been through this with her poor little ears when she was two, and unfortunately, although it’s something a lot of kids grow out of, we’re back here again at age six. She’s going to get tubes in (again!) and tonsils and adenoids out in a couple weeks and we’re hopeful that will clear up the issue for good. Chris had the chance to go in the sound booth to hear what she is hearing, and was heartbroken when he couldn’t hear a thing. Although, in a way, it also made a lot of light bulbs go off. Of course, there have been some high moments, too. We have been working on 4 pretty big things behind…

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Casual Friday

We always get emails about magazines or websites wanting permission to use photos of our home, and needing a high res version. Which means, I often get to revisit “older” versions of spaces in our home. Sometimes, I show them a more finished version of the room and they want that photo instead, but every once in awhile, I see an old photo that–dare I say–looks better than it’s current state? This happened this week when I got an email from Lonny mag wanting to use the photo below of our entry. While I was digging up the high res image, I realized, while this version of the entry wasn’t perfect, I missed the simplicity of it. Maybe it’s the beginning of the year talking, but I’m ready to strip down a few spaces in our home and really take stock of what’s there because I liked a certain element (whether…

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Casual Friday

All the schools have been cancelled in the area the past two days (except the University) because of extreme cold weather. -25 to be exact. Greta was thrilled, even if she only started school again after the break on Tuesday! Ha! I still had a doctor’s appointment to go to and the inside of the door at the office was complete ice. It’s freezing here. Like, so, so ridiculously cold you can’t touch the steering wheel or front door handle without a glove on. We’ve taken the forced hibernation as an opportunity to get started cleaning out our storage room. We emptied everything out of the room and organized it into three gigantic piles of keep, toss and donate. Happily, the keep pile is the smallest. It already feels like a huge victory and we’re just getting started. More fun things this week! • We were named one of Domino’s top 10 best decorating blogs…

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Casual Friday

JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. It’s hard to believe there’s essentially one work week left of the busiest, most surprising year of our lives. Although I’ve been blogging for nearly 8 years, it has changed so much every year and there have been many times where I have found myself at sort of a crossroads–unsure of which direction I should go. I’m not sure I always made the right choice or said the right thing but I’m proud of where it all has lead us. I’m anxious for 2017. We already have some major projects lined up, both in our home and, possibly, in yours too–and those are always our favorite projects. We have a full post recapping all the projects and before and afters 2016 brought later next week, but for now, I’m trying to keep my head in the game and…

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The Complete CLJ 2016 Gift Guide: 149 Items for Everyone on Your List

Over the last couple weeks, we have compiled and shared 7 different gift guides, including a total of 149 gift ideas. With just 11 days until Christmas (!!), we put them all together right here so you can finish your shopping once and for all–isn’t that the best feeling? Gifts for Him Gifts for Her Gifts for Kids Gifts for the Home Lover Gifts for the Home Cook 31 Affordable Stocking Stuffers for Everyone Gifts For the Empty Nesters   Ps. Big guest room update tomorrow!  

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Casual Friday

We left last Monday night, the 21st, for Florida to spend Thanksgiving with Chris’s brother and family. It was an amazing time filled with food, that warm sun, swimming, and, yes, we took the girls to Disney World, too. We got home Wednesday night and these two went straight for their bunkbeds. There were a few questions about Faye transitioning to a bunkbed out of the crib when I posted the snapshot on Instagram. She actually doesn’t sleep down here yet. We have a goal to make the transition fully by the end of January. But every night, she comes down and lays in her bed and we read books all together and then I tuck her into her crib. She is very anxious to sleep in her bunkbed, which is exactly what we want. For her to sleep all night in a big bed, and still take a good nap during the day…

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12 of the Best Flocked Christmas Trees in Every Size

Last year, we got a slim flocked tree for the living room, and I fell in love with the lightness and whimsy. And a lot of other people must have fell for it, too, since this photo circulated all through Pinterest, our readers have tagged me a number of times on Instagram when it popped up in their feeds (thank you!), and even Target picked up the image. For reference, in our living room we have 8 ft ceilings and a 6.5 ft tree, most similar to tree number 6 below. Flocked trees are magical and don’t need a ton of ornaments to make them look that way, either. I love this example of two side by side for a big impact! For a tree like this, you’ll want one like number 4 or 11 below. Or, if space is limited, a smaller one (like number 2 below) still adds so much…

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A Night In the Kitchen (Plus, our favorite gluten free dessert recipe)

This A Night In is sponsored by Anolon. Welcome to the second installment of A Night In where we rally a few of our favorite bloggers together to share a space in their home after that photogenic afternoon light goes down. It’s intimate. It’s real. And in my opinion, it’s incredibly cozy. Nothing is better than when the sun goes down and your home can start shining from the inside. This time, everyone is sharing their kitchens at night! Most of our readers know we like to entertain and have people over for dinner–a large reason why we installed two ranges side by side in here. We usually have people over for dinner 2-3 times a week, but recently, with all of the projects we’ve be undertaking, it’s been a difficult time commitment to swing. That hasn’t stopped us or our passion for welcoming friends inside our home. Our friends had the brilliant idea of having…

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Casual Friday

Chris and I just got back from a 24 hour getaway and I’m feeling all sorts of refreshed and re-engerized. It was our 8th anniversary on Tuesday and we were both too busy finishing up projects and the one room challenge and watching the election to really celebrate. So as soon as the reveal went live on Wednesday, we skipped town and slept and slept and ate way too much, talked about projects for the rest of the year and went to the movies–which always feels like a time luxury. We got back last night, ready to be the best parents all over again and ready to finish off this year strong. Other fun things this week! Everyone loves a touch of plaid through the colder months and I stumbled upon this navy and green plaid ottoman that I can’t stop thinking about. The legs are perfect. It’s so rich…and…

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Casual Friday

While we all couldn’t love Charly more around here, our girls are also kitten-lovers. For the past 6 months, we talked about getting a cat. We’d go to the pet store or shelters and friends’ homes and our girls would cling to the kitties. So when my sister had one kitten left in the litter her cat just had, a beautiful cream one dipped paws and blue eyes, we couldn’t help but bring him home for a little trial run after he was old enough. Unfortunately, the trial run didn’t go so great. The cat was really good at getting a rise out of Charly–lots of hissing and clawing leading to lots of barking. However, I’ve never seen Charly so sprite! And active! I really think she just wanted to play and I think the kitten was scared. We heard it could take a few days for them to get used to each…

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