Rustic & Glamorous Home Office

One of my favorite things about moving to Castle O’Lemon was my home office.  Its previous location in our townhouse shared space with my laundry room and excessive craft supply storage.  Our new home office was originally designated as a formal living room, which just felt too fancy…

Jamaican Jerk Burgers with Mango Salsa

Take my opinion for what it’s worth, but I’m a firm believer that one of the quintessential foods of summer is a good, old fashioned hamburger.  Even better if it’s topped with all the fixings. But another great part of summer is all the…

Burlap Americana Wreath for Summer

Independence Day is just around the corner, as hard as it may be to believe…seriously, where is 2017 going? July 4th is a very special day for my family, especially since so many of my loved ones have served in the military and so many of them continue…

10 Coastal Bathrooms (to Inspire Your Nautical Makeover)

When deciding on a “look” for the new half bath in Castle O’Lemon, the charm of a rustic lake or shore house kept popping into mind.  Our home has definitely taken on a farmhouse feel to it as I work through our decor, and the bathroom…

Amazing & Non-Toxic DIY Furniture Polish

Not long ago on a random Saturday afternoon, I was helping The Husband unload his recent trip to the grocery store into the pantry.  I wearily eyeballed the can of Spaghettios with disapproval as I placed it on the shelf.  He felt my disapproval and glared back at me. &#8220…

Must Haves for a Perfect Firepit Hangout

If you love hanging out in the yard with some good friends and family, throwing back some craft brews and lighting up the grill, then let’s face it. You need a fire pit. And grill master, outdoor entertaining extraordinaire such as yourself shouldn’t have just any…

5 Best Sides for a Summer Cookout

5 Best Sides for a Summer Cookout Memorial Day weekend is just a few short weeks away.  The early summer sunshine is drying up the springtime rains, so it’s the perfect time to fire up the grill! Invite a few friends over to crack open a beer and…

How to Work Spring Cleaning into Your Busy Schedule

Hooray for spring!  Seriously, it’s my favorite time of year.  The flowers, the warm weather, a freshly green landscape. But the second I fling my windows open to welcome the cool breeze and fresh air, I see it.  The dust on my furniture.  It…

5 No-Fail Recipes for Your Perfect Brunch

These no-fail recipes will make your brunch look like you slaved the day away, but you barely lifted a finger. With springtime flowers and sunshine comes celebrations like Easter and Mother’s Day–both occasions that require three crucial elements: A super-cute sundress that makes you…

4 Simple Steps to Perfect Container Gardens

There is something about the sunshine and comfortably warm weather that makes me want to plant a flower garden.  The dilemma?  I have a slight fear of planting things in the ground.  There’s such a permanence to it, and my past history of failed gardening attempts tells me…

Color Schemes for your Spring Decorating

Seasonal decorating can be a great way to show your spirit for each new time of year.  There is, however, a fine line between tasteful and letting the seasonal department of Michael’s explode all over your house.  Springtime can be an especially tricky season…the variety of…

Plan a Pretty Easter Table (on a Budget)

Spring is one of my favorite times of year…the landscape is all fresh and green, the sunlight lasts well into evening, and the family gets together to celebrate Easter.  This is a fun time of year to add seasonal charm to your home, but it’s easy…

Your Shopping List to Build a Home Command Center

If you’re anything like me, managing your household can make you feel like you’re running in 4 different directions.  That’s why it’s a great idea to have a functional home command center that helps you organize the chaos.  It’s a…

The 5 Dos of Starting a Vegetable Garden

Do you ever find yourself standing in the produce section of the grocery store, adding up the cost of the vegetables that may or may not be eaten before they spoil? Do you ever avoid those Facebook posts about GMO’s and the pesticides used on our produce because…

Why Color Coding Your Schedule Will Change Your Life

The other day, I was scheduling a hair appointment with a new friend looking to build her local clientele.  I pulled my day planner out of my bag and opened to our current month.  Her eyes quickly turned into saucers when she saw the kaleidescope of color splashed through March…

Ballerina Room Inspiration

  I have recently come to terms with the fact that my baby girl is not a baby anymore…or anything close to it…Munchkin #2 is 4 years old.  It’s time to give up the baby life. Her nursery was fit for a princess&#8230…

Reasons to Love Freezer Meals

I have to admit…my first year as an elementary school mom has me wiped out! All this running around…from the house to school drop off, then taking Munchkin #2 to dance class, and the gym, and all the errands, then school pick up, get home, straighten…

Easy Brass Chandelier Makeover

If building Castle O’Lemon the past 6 months has taught The Husband anything, it’s that I have expensive taste.  Oh, who are we kidding?  He already knew that. But when we started going through our lighting budget, one thing became very clear…a lot of…

Motherhood Tip: Stop Making Everything a Milestone

Since the dawn of time, moms have had a rough gig. We are the ones tasked with keeping the children alive.  Then once we get really good at keeping them alive, we have to teach them how to keep themselves alive. So from that point forward, we have to keep…

What To Do Now That The 2016 Presidential Election Is Over

    I remember this time, last week.  I was really excited for this week.  The election would finally be over and we could all go back to our regularly scheduled programming.  I thought I’d be able to open up Facebook and see pictures of my long lost…

Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

If you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive, and trendy way to celebrate your ‘Murica-ness, look no further. This is a really simple project that you can get done from start to finish in just an hour or two!!!  The supplies are easy to find at any…

The Words that Saved the Day

I’m sure a lot of moms out there can understand this dilemma… Munchkin #1 is my argumentative child. His response to almost every one of my requests usually begins with the word “but.” I love his willingness to always want to explain his point of…

Simple Mother’s Day Card

In the eyes of my parents, I have a lot of great qualities.  Remembering to send cards in time (or at all) for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions is not one of them. Mother’s Day, unfortunately, is never an exception to this rule…I still forget.  I…

10 Easy Preschool Crafts for Spring

With the onset of springtime comes bright sunny days, sweet chirping songbirds, and a rejuvenated energy level in The Munchkins that my patience needs to adjust to every year.  Getting them outside to explore the fresh spring climate is always at the top of my list as soon as the…

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