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Our bedroom changed a lot when we painted it and added trim, but not everyone can make big changes to their rooms. I wanted to put together a quick reference tool for when you’re in a busy season of life and want an easy update. Or perhaps your landlord isn’t keen on paint rollers! Here […]

February 21, 2024

Before we even moved into our house, the previous homeowner told us we’d have to replace some of the windows. Many of the seals were broken and some of the windows had some cracks. We held off as long as we could — it’s not the most exciting use of money. But the investment can […]

February 19, 2024

Chris Loves Julia | Julia in a black one-piece swimsuit

I love a good pattern and color for swimwear, but if I’m going to have only one piece in my collection, it’s going to be a black swimsuit. It’s universally flattering. It commands attention. You can dress it up and dress it down. A black swimsuit is a classic for a reason! Hunza G Black […]

February 16, 2024

Grain free, gluten free and dairy free cajun chicken pasta - Chris Loves Julia

Stone Chargers (similar) | Pink Napkins | Low Bowls | Candlesticks | Taper Candles | Dining Table This was the first meal I ever made for Julia. I made this for her on our first date, more than 15 years ago. She has dietary restrictions now that prevent her from eating gluten, dairy and grains, […]

February 11, 2024

This blog post is sponsored by Spoonful of Comfort My love language is gift-giving, and I’m always curating little boxes for my out-of-town girlfriends, my sisters, and other family members. I pride myself on finding just-the-right-thing to send out for birthdays, housewarmings, new babies, new jobs… I recently discovered Spoonful of Comfort, and I’ve met […]

February 6, 2024

January was the longest month, maybe ever!!! There were a lot of days–so many days–that just blend together, but I love to take a minute at the ended of every month to pull out a few highlights of the month. We just got back from a wonderful work trip to Las Vegas where we shared […]

February 2, 2024


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