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Weekend Reading

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Hello and happy weekend friends! I’ve been preoccupied over the past few days, so I’m sorry for the late links! We’ve been in Harry Potter’s wizard world having read the books together over the past months and then we started a movie marathon, watching all the films in a row.

I read the first book when it came out in the late 90s and loved it but then purposefully reserved the remaining books and movies for when I had kids of my own. My sister thought I was crazy to wait asking why I never read them when they were released and why I never saw the movies. I sensed they were special but wanted to live the adventure when I had children of my own, and I’m so glad I did!

Now I finally get the hype, what a great series! We finished the last movie yesterday and now my husband insists on being called “Lord VoldeMatt” by our kids or they will get tickled “to death”. So who among you has visited Hogwarts at Universal Studios in Florida? I’d love to hear your reviews, we’re thinking of making the trip this year. 

On a completely different note, I’ve noticed there’s a movement and a feeling out there in the blogosphere, and several are reflecting on it with their thoughtful posts on how it has all changed – many of us missing the “good old days” when blogging was for the enjoyment of it and not for the attention/likes/accolades. Do you sense a change too?

Here are a few favorite links from the week:

Decorating trends for 2014

52 clever ideas for organizing your home

An epic ode to blogging (great comments)

Or you could just slow down

Letting go of fear

The humility of the artist

And for fun…

Senior citizens recreating movie scenes

Brothers recreating images from childhood

Bad lip reading at the NFL

Chewbacca’s behind the scenes Star Wars photos 


Also my latest posts over at Better Homes & Gardens …

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salvage finds

The Versatile Expedit

Add Style with Salvage Finds

Enjoy what’s left of the weekend!


Weekend Reading

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Hello all, are you getting back in the swing of things now that the holidays are over? I woke up with so much energy for a new year of exciting things and a resolution to continue an attitude of gratitude and pursuit of serenity that began late last year and still continues.

Something came over me in autumn that made me more relaxed and confident about the future, and that was taking pressure off myself to define success by the world’s terms and instead define success by my own terms. It didn’t come from any self help book or eye opening article, there was no lightbulb moment.

I just realized over a period of weeks that ignoring the noise of the world and seeking serenity in small doses of daily happiness found in my personal life instead of online created a calm I haven’t felt for years. I determined it truly is about attitude and choices – changing your focus and thoughts to consistently positive ones and saying no to the things that don’t work for you leads to a healthier approach to living and daily contentment.

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I’m sharing it today only to encourage you too to find your own sources of contentment and believe in your vision of happiness. Ignore all the excessive “you should be” or “you need to” lists of things to do according to others and instead set your own personal goals no matter how big or small that define your own success.

Here on this blog, 2014 promises more posts about what I’m passionate about: sharing beauty and inspiration through decorating and design articles; offering encouraging words through emails or comments; spotlighting creative people in the DIY, design, and art community; continuing features over at Best of DIY and the Best of the Blogosphere series (it returns in 2 weeks!); and in between all of that conversation, more home improvement and DIY posts of our own as Matt and I dip our toes back into the real estate fixer upper market. I’m excited for a year of great things.

That said, here are a few links loved this week…

Start this year with a wall of wisdom for daily inspiration.

January writing prompts for bloggers.

I’m sad to see the VW camper retired, are you?

One couple’s 40 years of Christmas portraits.

Quotes from greats to inspire greatness.

These IKEA cabinet upgrades look fun!

A desktop wallpaper for January and beyond.


And my articles over at Better Homes & Gardens:

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clean and organized

Red Around the House

Clean + Organized in 2014

What resolutions, passions, or pursuits are important to you this year?