{everyone needs a side of sparkle}



It's been a long past few weeks. Lots of anxious feelings and late nights involving calculators, spec sheets, fax cover sheets and wine. Anyway, we're 99% on our way to making a big move - to a new house. The property we'll call home in a few months needs a lot of work, but that's Hero Hubby's expertise and my passion! Some bathrooms will get ripped out and replaced, floors will be refinished ceilings will be torn down, walls will be painted, and some not-so-pretty kitchen cabinets will get a major makeover. And that's just the stuff on the inside. I hope I can keep up with blogging and report from the front lines of how home renovation, motherhood, small business and designing all come together! It will be interesting. I'm getting the wine bottles ready. For now, I've posted some color schemes I'm thinking of for the bedrooms. I love lilac and sherbert together for the girls' room and a light robin's egg blue seems like a peaceful choice for the master bedroom. Am I bold enough to paint the guest bedroom that lovely coral?

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to grow a garden

Hero Hubby and I had a major garden fail last summer - that might have something to do with having our second baby... Anyway, our tomatoes rotted before they matured, our beets vanished (a mole, maybe?) and the few snap peas that actually grew looked like they were giving us the finger. Not a good scene. We thought we had done everything right - rich soil, good starter plants, lots of water. But, we got neglectful and. So, this year we are determined to start everything off right and keep up with it! I loved reading this gardening 101 post over at a beautiful mess. I also  love the idea of planting in containers. It makes everything seem much more manageable and I like how creative I can get with choosing the actual containers!

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a busy week, indeed

Good morning, Dear Readers, and Happy Monday! Last week was action packed - sorry for not posting a thing! I will elaborate more when I have (hopefully) some rock solid news to share. For now let's just say things are "happening."

This gold dipped notebook project has me aching to do something creative. And, here are some images that have me inspired {one | two | three | four}

image via etsy
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banana caramel cream dessert

Need I say more? After a wonderful brunch with Hero Hubby's parents (I made this strata), I put the ladies down for a nap and began to stare blankly at my mac wondering what to post about. So, I began to wander the web. All good things come from surfing food blogs, and so I share with you this delicious recipe from Glorious Treats. This banana caramel cream dessert looks so pretty in individual cups! I may finally have a use for those stemless martini glasses I have kicking around (though I'm never opposed to acquiring more glassware). Or, perhaps I might try this dessert in some stout Ball jars...

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rock on

My inner hipster smiled (apathetically) when I saw this iphone cover. If only it wasn't sold out - I would purchase it in the hopes that an iphone would somehow come into my life...

image via fancy 
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