• DIY

    Bedroom Accent Wall with Shelf

    A bedroom accent wall with wall shelf is a great way to update your decor and find a place for all those things that you want to display.  I contemplated how to decorate my master bedroom for a while.  I knew I wanted an accent wall but I needed a way to display my daughters ceramics, art work and items we have picked up during our travels.  Like most projects, I began by removing the large dated armoire that took up way too much space in the room. Before Pic Step 1 Measure wall for shelf and amount of paint needed.  We used magnets to locate the studs and a…

  • Lifestyle

    Greece 2022 ~ the Peloponnese

    The only word to describe our trip to Greece this summer is incredible! This was a family trip to celebrate our daughter's graduation from high school. We were a group of seven for this trip, my husband and I took both of our mothers, and both of our daughters and a friend. Since this was a fairly big group, the planning took a bit more research than had it been just 2 of us or a family of 4. We ended up flying in and out of Athens and then rented a van to get to our rental house in Nafplio/Tolo Beach area. Throughout the trip we were able to…

  • DIY

    Bathroom Re-fresh

    We are busy preparing the house for a lot of guests and graduation party for my eldest daughter.  The front bathroom was especially overdue for a little refresh.  Here’s what it looked like originally:   Pretty plain but over time the dried hydrangeas fell apart and the stain on the frame of the mirror gave me a western vibe, which is not the vibe of my house …at all! Step 1 I started by replacing the shower curtain with one made from fabric I had picked up at a remnant/close out sale for $1.  My sewing machine and I are on the outs, so I did a quick no sew…

  • DIY

    Laundry Room Makeover

    Looking for a laundry room make over?  Here’s my latest project, I added a sink, broom closet, shelving, and lots of storage but did NOT sacrifice on style!  Here’s the old laundry room:   This room had become a diasaster, located off my kitchen and right next to the back door, it was a catch all for everything. You can see from this photo that the room wasn’t small but long and narrow with only one cabinet.  I had added those utility shelves a few years ago, but they were in a bad spot and often we bumped our heads. After a lot of consideration on color and materials, I…

  • Food

    Red Beans and Rice

    Looking for a simple side dish recipe that also can be a main dish, is very inexpensive, delicious, healthy and will please the masses?  Look no further, red beans and rice is my go to side dish when hosting a large group or perfect to make ahead for those busy week nights.  The prepared red beans can be used in my tortilla soup, burrito bowls or taco salads, etc.  You can adjust how much you make by looking at the rice and / or beans label and calculate needed serving size per person. Ingredients 4 cups Dried Red kidney beans 1 yellow or white onion 2 Jalapeños 6 cups Chicken…