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Bits and pieces of the dining room

Our new dining chair arrived and it passed the "comfortable test" so a few others were promptly ordered and our dining room will finally be complete. I promise to post the whole thing soon; stay tuned!

Favorites Friday: Bright and poppy

Still counting down the days till Spring comes and our sunny trip at end of February to Ft. Worth Texas! These colorful images picked me up mid snow storm,  although sledding in our backyard was definitely a highlight of the week too!
Adore this kids playroom and those playful pattern on the shades …

Chicken & dumplings plus a snowstorm

Nothing like a warm comfy soup during a wintry storm, can't get anymore classic then chicken and dumplings. I used this recipe!

We'll be out shoveling today, followed promptly with hot chocolate and marshmallows!

A blogger's home

Since we are all in a hibernative state I thought a good house tour was in order! Take a look at Louise's home of Table Tonic, she is instantly cool because she's from Sydney Australia! She super sweet too and featured my home on her blog, oh and she has a shop too! Check it out!

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Pineapple in winter

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Once again I neglected to take pictures this weekend, mostly because we were inside hibernating due to frigid temperatures! Let's see Friday we went for some udon noodles but the highlight of that meal was hands down the best piece of pineapple randomly receieved at the end of the mea…

Favorites Friday: comfort

Worked just one day this week and came home with a sore throat and cold sores the next!!? After tons of green tea, vitamins, and home-cooking I veered it off! I've been relying on all things comfort to break up the humdrum and keep me company while husband is gone!

Man, seeing macaroni and chees…

World Market picks

My husband has given the go-ahead on purchasing new or gently used dining room chairs, but we need six and don't want it to break the bank. In my search to my usual favorite vendors I was held up for awhile on World Market's site, LOVE that store. Here's some of my favorite items and th…

Sweatshirt series: Rad plaid

Its not sunny or warm enough today to stroll outside without a coat like these pictures, but I wanted to share the last of my sweatshirt pictures and see some sun! Gideon just asked me to turn it to spring, I told him once I find my magic wand, I'd get right to it!! 

We are chasing our winter bl…

This girl is amazing

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Over the Christmas break I had a bit of a meltdown from all the stress and had just gotten a bad haircut! So I sat in the car by myself when this song came on the radio and I froze, it perfectly ministered to me. I forgotten the artist then heard it again recently and came across her stor…

Favorites Friday: Girls weekend

Husband is gone this weekend, so my sister and I think lots of gelato and romantic comedies are in order!

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This song started my day on the perfect note.
Who knew gingham was so versatile?
Really love these chairs, does the sun come wit…

Redesigning Dad's office {inspiration board}

My Dad, a physician owned a gorgeous victorian office/home that's over 100 years old and we lived in during our younger years. It's been on the market quite a while, so we've decided to spruce it up giving it much needed help. Pictured below is the waiting room for the patients, check o…

My new favorite store!

We've been a little trapped inside which typically translates as too much time on the internet for me! I came across Lulu's a great women's store with pretty reasonable prices and though I was tempted to post spring outfits, I withheld and reminded myself there's snow on the ground!…

North Dakota wedding pictures

This is that famous couple who's engagement goes down in history and so does the wedding in my book!! Just had to share their gorgeous day so pefectly capture by Michelle Cross, the blizzard was blowing outside but it was all love on the inside!

 These reception was decked with a ton of christma…

Weekend plus Naan pizza

So it did snow, just a dusting and I forgot to take pictures! We made the best of it with Naan pizza one of my go-to no brainer recipes when I'm too tired to cook meals. Then to beat the cold headed to the Marine Corps Muesum and waited anxiously for hubs to get home from being away this week; …
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