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Best of September

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Oh good grief, it’s October already and it just makes my head spin.  I can’t believe it’s here already.  I sat down with the kids yesterday to decide on their official Halloween costume and it has been decided that this year the 8 year old will be a wizard/witch and the 6 year old will be a ninja warrior and therefore my task is to find a way to adorn them from head to toe in very convincible attire.  Game on. 

I love the enthusiasm of kids when the calendar turns to October.  I asked my first grader what his favorite holiday is and he looked at me with his big brown eyes and said with sincerity, “Mom, it’s Halloween because you get to be a ninja and  you get free candy”.   Six year olds really know what’s important in life.

I started these roundup posts earlier this year, so let’s stick with tradition.  Looking back, I was a busy lady…here are the top ten posts from the gone-too-quickly month of September.

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I hosted a fall mantel link party and over 400 of you linked up your fall displays too!  2.  The front porch got spruced up for September;   3.  stylish marbled paper boxes;  4.  it’s easy to throw a wine tasting party;  5. I thought of nine ways to design around a TV;  6.   Coronado charm and San Diego favorites.

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7.  A navy and coral bedroom for my oldest; 8.  Yes you can paint a piano; 9.  new lantern fixtures in the kitchen; and 10.  we remodeled a bathroom for the Alma Project.


Thank you so much for your kind comments and compliments on our most recent kitchen remodel for the Alma Project, it means so much to us!  And speaking of giving back, I want to share something that’s happening over at Minwax, one of my favorite brands to work with.  Minwax emailed me to tell me they are launching a Do Good With Wood program and awarding cash prizes, so I was happy to share the good news. 

The first cash prize is a grant of $5,000 and a second cash prize is a grant of $2,000.  The award program is open to virtually anyone who has been involved in a wood finishing project and is doing good in their community.  It includes school woodshop classes, clubs, guilds, parent organizations, DIY groups, craft or hobby groups, and individuals too.  For more information visit the Minwax Do Good With Wood program, or download this document for all the details.  

Be sure to check it out and share the news with anyone you know who could benefit!

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Best of August!

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Happy Labor Day everyone!  We’re taking one more day of leisure here in San Diego before heading home, but it’s a new month which means it’s time to share the best of the last!  Here are the top ten not-to-miss posts from August.

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1.  The family computer armoire got a makeover; 2.  There’s a new painted étagère in the master bathroom; 3.  the junk drawer is organized again, and 4.  the lawn got a lot greener in two short weeks! 

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5.  We changed the wall map in the study; 6.  our trip to Montréal was fantastique!  7.  a tour of the rugs in our casa; 8.  Québec City has some beautiful doors; 9.  we’re on the hunt for a trestle table; and 10.  the kids got to be boss for a day

Enjoy the rest of your holiday, be back tomorrow !



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Best of July!

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Happy weekend everyone, it’s roundup time!  Can’t believe it’s August already and later this month, back to school!  And then it’s fall, and then *gasp* the holidays.  What?  I know, don’t even say it.  Looking back, July was crazy busy, we accomplished so much but I’m reaaaalllly  hoping August is a lot slower, I could use a break!

Here are the top ten not-to-miss projects and posts from July.

1) We’re so proud of the Alma Project kitchen remodel; 2)  I hacked some IKEA Vittsjo shelves for the study;  3) I live with an orchid whisperer and so 4) I revamped this wood and white chest of drawers for him.


5) We built this X base table!  6) outdoor pillow covers are easy to sew 7) the garden is in bloom, take the tour; 8) inspired by PB Kids, I painted my friend’s son’s dresser; 9) hey we also built a potting bench, and 10) I shared ten tips for new bloggers.

To see the entire “Best Of” list from each month in 2012, look here.

The winners of the past two giveaways were announced here and here, emails sent to the winners so check your inbox.  Another round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ coming up on Sunday, it might be the best roundup yet!

Have a great weekend everyone.


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