A BiG WhOoPs! and Needed Prayers

In my endeavor to start this blog I decided to use WordPress’s free option and in doing so it does limit the amount of storage space you have available for media files ( media library). Well I noticed that since I started this blog in January I had gotten close to using 50% of the media storage for pictures. Some of the pictures in the media library I hadn’t even used in the post but had downloaded so they would be available as I wrote my blog. In my effort to create space for new pictures to be downloaded I decided to delete used and unused photos from the media library. I assumed they would remain viewable in the blog post however even though they weren’t in storage. I even deleted a few and checked the blog were they were used and they were still there.

Evidently I was wrong, (sad, frustrated face to be inserted here). So I deleted about 350 pictures and then noticed that some of my older posts pictures were no longer shown in the blog.

If you are viewing a post and wish to have me add the pictures , please comment and I will try and replace them. I have tried to repair the most viewed and current posts, but would rather focus on writing new ones than repairing rarely viewed pages.

So live and learn I guess, but what a bummer.


I hesitate to use this blog in this way but on the other hand I could really use your prayers for my Mom.

My mom is in the hospital with very serious pneumonia and she also has had MS for many years. She is in fragile condition and we are praying she will recover. So far she is struggling so your prayers are really appreciated. We know our God can work miracles and we need one now.

Thanks for following me and I hope to get back on track with tutorials and decorating ideas in the next few weeks , but Mom is my focus at the moment.




Stop and Smell the Flowers

The sun is slowly breaking through the overcast skies this morning as I took a little walk around the yard. I took a break from projects this week due to a minor medical interuption that has me less active for a few days. So I decided to snap a few pictures of what is blooming around here.

One of my favorites flowers are hydrageas. I have a few different varieties and they surround our home. Here’s a little peek around our house.


Lavender also is plentiful in my landscape as I love the fragrance and harvest it to dry and use in recipes and sachets.

Another fragrant flower I enjoy is jasmine and I have it’s entangling blossoms around the edge of our deck. It is especially fragrant in the evenings .

Here are some other pops of colorful blooms around my yard.

Even cut of few of those big white hydragea blooms to enjoy inside as well.

So I guess it can be said that I took some time today ‘To Stop and Smell the Flowers”.

When was the last time you took some time to slow down and do that?


Teagen the Very Hungry Caterpillar

This past Saturday we celebrated Teagen’s first birthday with a yard full of family and friends. The weather was perfect and all the plannng to make it a fun and special day was well worth it.

Brianna ( her Mommy and my youngest daughter), planned the day around Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Teagen loves  and I mean LOVES food , all food, yet she is tiny and petite. So the Hungry Caterpillar was the perfect theme.

Pinterest was abound with fun ideas for food and decorations that really helped our inspiration. Brianna had a few ideas of her own and between the two of us it all came together.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I will post plenty. Starting with the food and decorations:

The ‘Birthday Cake’ a giant cupcake

Brianna gathered the kiddos for a finger painting project and it turned out adorable.

The children were all in swimsuits and in and out of the kiddie pool and sprinklers so clean up was easy.

Now for the birthday girl… our little Teagen.

Why is it so fun to watch that first birthday cake experience? We love to watch the little one’s reaction to that first taste of frosting and cake and ultimately make a mess and end covered in frosting. Then we spend the next few years trying to get them to eat neatly . Well our little Teagen LOVED her big cupcake, even though she only ate a few  bites of actual cake and had more fun playing in the frosting.

We all agreed it was a great day for children and adults alike as everyone stayed until it was time for little ones to slip into jammies and head to bed.

Can’t wait for the next party at our house!