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organization strategy

organize, strategize and move on

You guyyyyys!!!  Thank you so much for all of the great comments on the last post.  Every word.  Here's to pursuing joy and happiness!! So, the kitchen installation process continues ... they hope to be finished tomorrow.  Marley wishes they were done yesterday. And I'm just glad I'm not the only one who uses safety goggles to … [read it...]

happiness dream

is happiness a big enough dream?

As our kitchen cabinets get installed this week and I pretend to not overlook with an overbearing eye I'm spending some time getting my files and folders and photos organized on my laptop.  Let's be honest, this is solely so I can stare just over my laptop at their work yet still look busy-busy.  I'm sure I'm not as stealthy as … [read it...]

removing tile with a hammer drill

aruba apartment house tour video – 6 months in

Yay!  The magic of the USB cable has been restored which means there are some great photos now on this handy laptop and available for sharing.  And all kinds of not so great photos. Can you say #tilecuttingfail?!?!?  And then there's the time I intentionally broke a bunch of tiles into millions of little pieces. But today, … [read it...]

rustic bathroom decor ideas

a little of this, a little of that, and a word about another thing

Hey!  Soooo ... funny story ... I was going to write a blog post (not intended to be the funny part) ... but for some reason my laptop isn't recognizing the USB cable that magically moves all of my pictures from my camera to my laptop to share with you.  So said photos are still stuck on said camera and short of mailing my … [read it...]


rest in peace my sweet Mico

This was a post I never wanted to write.  And I almost didn't.  For many reasons I can't really put my finger on I have been feeling increasingly private of late, hence the lack of posting, but I know that many of you have tuned in over the years as much to see pictures of our girls as you ever did to see the DIY.  And I can't … [read it...]


diy pet porch potty

I feel like this post has the potential to feel like a kindergarten classroom where all the 5 and 6-year-old boys want to talk about is poop.  Followed by uncontrollable giggling.  Given the topic it can't be helped.  Because when I posted the video tour of our new place in Aruba (almost 6 months ago now which is really hard to … [read it...]

diy wood shelves

one board wood shelves + 17 one board ideas

Well hello there!!  It has been awhile.  How are you?  I wish I had some incredible story to share with you about how I've spent my time recently, but the most accurate description would be ... life.  :)  We are still loving Aruba, hard to believe we have been here almost 6 months already, and we've finally made some official … [read it...]


it’s like Christmas up in here

Hey!  Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!!  It wasn't a holiday here in Aruba but it does feel a bit like Christmas and all I want for Christmas is to unpack these boxes.  Seriously!  Which means that our stuff has actually arrived!  Of course, it happened while I was in the US because of Murphy and his silly law.  But … [read it...]

american odyssey relay race

that time I flew thousands of miles to go running {& a $200 cash giveaway!}

***the giveaway is now closed, please check the Rafflecopter widget to see the winner*** So, let's just start out by saying that we should join forces in making fun of all runners everywhere and you should definitely read this article if you're up for a good laugh.  I think my favorite line is "Everything about running is … [read it...]


breaking news: reports of progress in the aruba apartment

Yeah, uh, sorry.  For everyone who has written me commenting on the lack of posts, thank you.  I am definitely feeling the love.  Sometimes when you write out here on the world-wide web you wonder if anyone would notice if you just slipped quietly into the night to Aruba.  ;) The truth is, I haven't really done any DIY fun to … [read it...]

round wooden dining room table

so, we acquired a table and now I want a diy chandelier

Hey hey!  Hope you're doing great.  Anything new with you?  We have a new-to-us table.  And it's pretty great.  When we first arrived I thought I might try my hand at making a farmhouse style dining room table.  Long, rectangular, awesome.  You know the type.  Maybe with chairs on the side by the wall and a bench on the side … [read it...]