Cozy Comfy Living Spaces

With the hot summer months, I've felt like lightening things up a bit. I love the photo above from BH&G. It just lends a feeling of softness and fun with all the perky bright colors. 

I've been thinking about getting more of my quilts back out. Is it time for a changing of the quilts. 

Four Hot Flashes

The other day I was in Braums (they were once places where you got ice cream and burgers; now they have small markets), picking up milk and yogurt. 

I paused in front of the meat. Many times at night I will have boiled eggs (that I make in a little machine reader Charlotte sent me), and bacon along with a piece of toast. 

Prepare For Winter With These Tips

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Summer Upcycling Ideas

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If you missed your chance to do some spring cleaning, there’s still plenty of time left this summer to go through your old things to get clear up some space and upcycle some items. 

Java Talk: Your Bucket List

Lots of folks have a bucket list. I've never made one. So I'm just thinking of things off the top of my head. I'm not much of a traveler, so I don't really care to do that. 

I have always wanted to see New England in the fall. Watch the leaves in all their glory. If I went some place, it would probably be Vermont, when the leaves were at their peak. 

I'd like to see my grandchildren grow up and graduate from college. I imagine most grandmothers want that. 

I'd like some answers to some questions, but I think everyone who could answer them are long dead. So that's a moot point. 

But I know some of you MUST have bucket lists. What's on yours?

Tips For Styling Shelves

You recognize this piece of furniture. It's in my apartment. Its first life was red. Its second is a sort of turquoise. 

Since I'm talking about styling bookshelves today, I had to show one of my own versions first. 

My way of styling is to first take everything off. (Dust while you've got the perfect opportunity.) And then I put one thing on one shelf at a time. 

I stand back and look. And then I add and stand back and look some more. Until the look is pleasing. If it seems a bit cluttered, I start deleting.

(Cozy Little House)

Tweak It Tuesday #152

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Common Ground created a garden-inspired chair vignette.

Mexican Food Favorites

Now who doesn't like Mexican food? I'm sure there are some of you out there. But I LOVE Mexican food!

Thank You & Women Helping Women

First, I want to thank everyone who donated to the GoFundMe account that was kindly opened for me. You guys got me through a rough patch. 

It certainly showed me how much people care. And the world is a much better place for each and every one of you. 

Tiny Homes Don't Have To Be Limiting

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Americans are obsessed with big. We think big. We have big ideas and big plans. Little things can be a big deal. We want to be a big wig, perhaps bigger than life. The bigger, the better. You get the idea.

But the problem with such a big appetite for bigness is that enough is never enough. We learn the hard way that bigger is not always better, especially when our budget gets bigger than our income.

Incorporating House Plants Into Your Decor

House plants are very much back in vogue, for those of you who have recently discovered an interest in them.

So how do you incorporate these lovely touches of nature and greenery into your home?

I love this look. Especially the fact that the plants are in so many different kinds of containers. How fun. All you need is shelves that get enough light.

Angel In My Garden

This morning there is an angel in my garden. She came yesterday, courtesy of Jemma from At Home With Jemma. Thanks Jemma! What a sweet gift, my dear friend.

Food For Thought

I happened upon this, and thought it was important to our national discussion. 

A Silo House

Have you ever heard of or seen a silo house? Well, I'm about to show you...

 Would you be remotely interested in living in a round home?

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Creating A Cozy Environment

When I was a little girl, I wished for two things when I grew up: To be a writer. And to live in a cozy little house...

Unusual DIY Shelves

There are so many things that can be repurposed as shelves for your walls. I bet you could head out to your garage or basement and find something that would work. 

Let's see how these clever people did it...

An old soda box gives a touch of nostalgia to your walls.

The Garden Of Life

Yesterday afternoon I called a domain company. I had recently acquired another domain. I'm not quite certain how it's going to be used yet.

The domain is

But I don't have a site for it yet or anything. It was just open, and for $8, I grabbed it.

For you can get online and find all kinds of info about children with autism, but not much for adults. In fact I find more adult info from the UK than I do in the states, which I find a bit odd.

Flea Market Decor & Hacks

I just love what we call "flea market style decorating." I guess it's really sort of "junk eclectic!" And of course repurposing.

A bevy of pretty pillows that make the couch look ultra cozy.

Design The Perfect Home Office

Ways To Stay Productive While Working From Home

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10 Creative Kitchen Islands

I just love to see a piece of furniture turned into a kitchen island. It often shows real creativity.

Colorful and fun.

Hot Summer Iced Coffees

In the middle of summer, sometimes iced coffee just hits the spot. I've compiled a bunch of recipes off Pinterest for you to try. 

Tweak It Tuesday #150

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Thoughts From Alice created this lovely vignette with mirrors as the backdrop.

Pretty & Useful Finds Of The Day

Now is this room cozy or what? I love that natural light from the window and the bright pretty colors.

I think that blue and white piece on the wall is a canvas. Maybe I'll do that one of these days. I love the various shades of blue.

Power To Fly: Women Working Remotely

An observant reader (thanks Ruth!) sent me an email with a link to a news video I encourage you to watch. This was my introduction to Power To Fly

Here is more information about women working remotely.

Water Hoses And Sad Times

I want to tell you what happened the other day. I generally choose one day every few weeks to do laundry. As you know, my LG model both washes and dries. 

Pretty Embroidered Projects

Seeing these just somehow made me feel happy...

Have you ever embroidered? It is so relaxing. I just may have to take it up again.

How To Move & Stay Sane

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7 Principles to Follow for the Most Organized Move of Your Life

Moving can turn into a nightmare even for the most organized of households. Poor time management and insufficient help are just two of many possible culprits that may cause you to put your face in your hands and scream.

But, with a proper timeline and some discipline, your move doesn’t have to go sour.

Here are 7 tips to follow for keeping sane during your next move.

Start early: the sooner the better.

We’ve all done it-- decide to move months in advance and don’t start packing until the week of/stay up the night before. Don’t do this! Not only will you hate yourself on moving day, but you won’t be able to think straight, causing a disastrous day.

Make a timeline and stay disciplined.

There are plenty of good resources on the Internet for this. Create your own timeline and stick to it. The closer you are on schedule, the less you need to worry about on the day before or day of. Two examples of milestones you can create: booking labor help/truck about 2 months in advance, and notifying local services of your address change 6 months before.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

The more hands you have on deck, the faster certain moving tasks will go. Ask around! 

You may be surprised to learn that your best friend just happens to love wrapping and fitting fragile objects into boxes. Furthermore, professional movers could shave hours off your moving day.

Tackle your junk drawer first (and don’t dump it into a box!).

The idea is delayed gratification. Don’t save the worst tasks for last! By the time you get to them, you will be doing them quickly and haphazardly. Instead, organize and tackle that junk drawer first. Then, save the best (like books & other easily-stackable objects!) for last.

Organize boxes by room type & use Washi tape to coordinate.


This is a fun and stylish way to stay organized! Assign 1 pattern per room, and create a “room key” on paper. This will ensure that those boxes you put together get moved into the right room prior to unpacking. This tip is truly a lifesaver.

Create a day-of “to do list.”

An organized move is also an efficient move. Tally up your help, and create specific jobs for each person. 

If people know what they are supposed to be doing before the move begins, you won’t have to stop what you are doing to answer questions, or chew your best friend out for taking too long of a break between tasks.

Keep a special day-of fanny pack.

Who cares about being stylish on your moving day. This is the most practical thing you can have on you the day that you move. Things you need to keep in there-- keys, cash (for food & tipping movers), cell phone, tape, markers, paper, ID, wallet, etc. 

Your fanny pack will prevent you from wondering where exactly your cell phone went.

Do you have any other organized moving tips? Or, have any interesting moving stories you’d like to share? Please let me know in the comments below!

About the Author:
Jaclyn Lambert runs outreach for, a marketplace for movers to help you pack, load, & unload. In her spare time, she loves playing with her pets and riding bikes with her husband.

Lost Somewhere In Translation

Yesterday was stressful. If I account for my day, you'll think: I don't see what's so stressful about that. 

But you don't have Aspergers. 

Java Talk: Favorite Book Authors

I always love to hear what book authors others like reading. I might discover a new one to me!

July Garden Blooms

It is raining. And it was so muggy, it's a good thing. 

My daughter took me to lunch. I had some bank papers I'd signed to give to her, in case something should happen to me and I was not able to pay the bills. You know, the kind of stuff you have to think about when you're around our age.

A Cable Guy Story

I have a cable guy story I've been meaning to tell you. A couple of weeks ago I finally figured out that I needed one of those little boxes to continue getting cable TV. I only get channels 1-20, but seemed it was going to be necessary no matter how many channels you signed up for receiving.

So I called and they sent one to me. I read the instructions (which does not mean much) and also watched a YouTube video. The young woman on the video made it look ever so easy. She never stopped smiling. I imagine her facial muscles hurt for a day or two after that.

Please tell me, why don't they get moderately old ladies like us doing those videos? Do they think the younger lady can explain it better? 

Book Review: Stencil Craft

Do you like to stencil crafts and decor? I remember once I had this guest cottage (garage apartment actually) and I fixed it up myself. I stenciled all around the walls. I had SO much fun!

Today I'm reviewing Stencil Craft by Margaret Peot.

Peot shows you techniques you can use for clothing, art or for decor in your home. 

Fireworks Hangover & Abi-isms

I didn't sleep well last night. I don't know where they hold the big event. But it sounds to me like I am less than a mile from the fireworks. 

I've been up so long I was exhausted by 8 a.m. Tells me I'm looking at a couple of Tylenol at some point today.

I proudly celebrate the 4th of July because of what it means. But where on earth did thunderous booming sound play into it? I'm sure there's something historically significant about the noise, but it wreaks havoc with my system. 

Happy 4th Of July

If you go here, you can get these free patriotic fonts at Lolly Jane...

Have a safe and fun-filled holiday.

Ideas To Organize Your Kitchen

The kitchen probably needs to be the best organized room in the home for me. I'm always paring down.

Here are some ideas to help you organize yours.

A rustic way to organize by Buckets Of Burlap.

These pretty pitchers in varying sizes are from IKEA. We don't have an IKEA in Oklahoma. Sigh...

Simple yet elegant.

Everything looks better in a basket.

What a cute way to store cupcake liners.

Clean, practical and pretty.


It doesn't get much prettier than this. I just LOVE these galvanized three-tier stands.

Well, maybe someday...

Another basket idea. Keeps things looking less cluttered.

What is your favorite idea for organizing in the kitchen?

Finding The Best Mattress

Where to Find the Best Mattresses

Getting a good night's sleep is critical to your overall health. You could be eating all of the right foods and exercising on a regular basis, but if you are not getting enough sleep, you will eventually experience health problems. This is because your body recovers and repairs itself while you are sleeping. 

Failure to get enough sleep will also weaken your immune system, making your body more susceptible to various illnesses. Because sleep is so vital to your health and well-being, you need to make sure you have a mattress that is comfortable and gives your body the support it needs while you are sleeping. 

There are many different types of mattresses out there. Some have springs, some use memory foam and others have water in them. Whatever mattress you decide to buy for yourself, make sure that it allows you to wake up each morning feeling rested and refreshed. Here is where to find the best mattresses.

1. Get some feedback from your friends

Since every person requires sleep, you can get feedback about mattresses from every person you know. Talk to the people in your life and find out the types of mattresses they use. You should ask how long they have been using that particular mattress and why they chose it. 

Do they feel good in the morning when they wake up? Do they ever have any back or neck pain that might be directly related to the mattress they are using? If you know the person well enough, you might even want to consider asking to lie down in their bed and test out the mattress for yourself. 

2. Go to many different stores

You should visit an Austin mattress store near you, or any other store that specializes in the sale of mattresses. This will allow you to test out the mattress before you buy it. A mattress is a big investment. Therefore, you need to be sure you like it. Since a mattress is big and bulky, it will be difficult for you to return it if you later decide that it is not comfortable after you bring it home. 

There are many stores that sell mattresses. They are sold at large department stores, as well as stores that sell furniture. There are also stores that sell only mattresses. These stores will sell every type of mattress imaginable. 

Feel free to plop yourself down, roll around, and really find out if you can see yourself sleeping on that style of mattress for many years to come.

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3. Get some ideas online

The Internet has information on everything under the sun, including mattress information. Before you head out on your quest to find a comfortable mattress, it will be a good idea to do a little research so that you are more prepared. 

Start by reading reviews that are written by regular consumers like yourself. Find out what these people have to say about various types of mattress. What experiences have they had? 

By learning what problems people have experienced using certain mattresses, you can save yourself the hassle of going through the same thing. You should also read some reviews of mattress retailers. Find out which ones have the lowest prices, which ones are the most reputable and which ones to stay away from.

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