Kitchen Cabinet Makeover: Part 2.

A couple of months ago, I started painting our kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. (You can read a step-by-step guide of how I did it by clicking here.) I'm finally finished! Here's a couple of "before" shots (please tell me why I photographed my kitchen when it was this messy?!): And here's the big reveal: I feel as though it's SO much brighter -- don't you? A couple of other little projects ended up happening along with this... I've always loved … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk Downton Abbey.

I was late to the proverbial party, and didn't start watching Downton Abbey until this summer, when I went into a Downton Coma after watching three seasons, back-to-back, in under a week. Like you, dear reader, I was not happy with Matthew Crawley's death. At first, I was in denial. "He just lost an ear," I told myself. Gradually, I worked through the various stages of grief, feeling acceptance by the time I settled in to watch the Season 4 premiere this past Sunday. While I was not … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things: January Edition.

Here's some things I'm loving right now.... little j. headbands So my mom is visiting right now, and came with a bag of these darling headbands she purchased in Utah. She had bought one for Yaya and for me as a gift, and picked up three other colors to have on hand as gifts. I promptly bought the "gifts" from her because I am so in love with them and needed one to match every possible outfit. I am a fan of anything that allows me to pin up my curly hair without having to actually "do" it -- … [Read more...]

Protected: Photo Dump: What We’ve Been Up To.

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Taking Your Child to the Symphony: Getting the Most Out of the Experience.

Followers of this blog know that I am a piano teacher, and imparting a love of music to my kids is something I am very passionate about. When I shared ideas for introducing your child to classical music back in August, one of my suggestions was to actually attend symphony performances with your little ones. Our small, arts-loving town has been blessed with an incredible symphony orchestra that offers annual free family concerts. This year will probably be a much different experience with the … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolutions.

Do you make New Year's Resolutions? I kind of do. Since I'm running my first half marathon this summer, one of my resolutions is to run more. This seems only logical. I'm also vowing to live more in the present -- less time on social media and the computer and more time just living fully. I've been thinking a lot about a resolution that would incorporate my kids a bit more -- and one that would help us all to grow. It finally came to me as I sat with Yaya, helping her spell words for … [Read more...]

Annie Sloan Chandelier Makeover.

I'm currently in the middle of painting our kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan chalk paint, a process which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago -- and hope to reveal the finished product soon! I took on a VERY little ASCP project with a dining room chandelier in the meantime. I say VERY little because the majority of this project was already done for me! Our dining room had a perfectly fine, standard chandelier when we moved into our home, but I've always been on the look out for something … [Read more...]

In Defense of Santa.

The whole "Santa" thing is always....interesting....to me. I see lots of Facebook posts during the month of December criticizing Santa, preaching against him as the one who takes away from the real meaning of Christmas. I know some families who just aren't comfortable lying to their kids about the whole business. I know some families who don't want to deal with the "let-down" that comes when the kids find out he isn't real. I've joked on the blog about how I am the "heathen-pastor's wife" … [Read more...]

Blog Feature and a Year in Review.

I'm honored to tell you that my post about musical activities inspired by the Nutcracker was featured on Family Fun Friday -- chosen from over 200 links shared! Be sure to check out their weekly linkup, filled with fantastic posts from so a great variety of bloggers!A YEAR IN REVIEW:I see these on blogs now and then at the end of the year -- and thought it would be fun to do one here -- especially since 2013 has been a BIG year for our family!JANUARY:I packed Joel's bags for Congo, and got … [Read more...]

Teaching Geography/Social Studies at Home: Japan

I've been making a more concerted effort to do geography and social studies with my [almost five-year-old] daughter at home. We began our focused effort earlier this month, when we studied Brazil through map activities, a worksheet, books and a Brazilian food. This month, we're focusing on Japan! (This post contains affiliate links. I am being compensated for an honest review of the products in this post, and receive a small commission for anything ordered by readers who click the … [Read more...]