Laundry Room Makeover–Take 2

By July 27, 2014 Projects


A few weeks ago, I decided my laundry room need a lift, and installed a cute geometric brown and yellow roman shade to perk things up in there.  I told Jeanne her laundry room makeover was next.  My philosophy is if you are going to be spending a lot of time in a room, it needs to make you happy!

Jeanne’s laundry room is a little unique in that it has a toilet and a vanity in it.  Its actually quite convenient, being located right off of her kitchen.  The bad news is, everyone that comes over uses the laundry room rather than the powder room.  And, if you are anything like us, keeping that laundry room looking good can sometimes be a challenge.


Laundry Room Old Roman Shade


Old laundry room

I gave Jeanne these roman shades because my mother had them in her old condo before they moved.  A cute animal print, but it was about 8 years ago.  Needless to say they were quite dusty.  We also had to address an issue of privacy, as the window by the toilet looked out to her deck.  Rather than having to lower a roman shade every time someone used the restroom, I decided a cafe curtain would be the perfect solution!

It was also time to get rid of the old dish towels currently being used on the vanity.  If guests were using this, we had to spiff it up a bit.  And the ironing board holder had to go.  Jeanne said she ironed her clothes (if she ironed at all) in her bedroom.  Then put it in your bedroom closet, I told her.



jeanne Laundry2



The whole project was quite inexpensive, but what an improvement.

Here’s the cost rundown:

Window treatment(including fabric)                          3 yds @ 60/yd      $180.00

Labor/lining                                                                                                      $350.00

Topiaries from Marshalls Home Goods                                                       $ 60.00

Towels and toilet paper basket from Walmart                                            $ 25.00

$615.00 total

Okay, as you can see, we spent most of the money for this project on the window treatments.  Yes,  I am a sucker for great fabrics.  You could certainly find a less expensive fabric, but as this is the most popular fabric we sell on our Etsy Shop right now, we wanted to see how it turned out in a different color than the gray we typically sell.  Well, let’s just say, we LOVE the blue!

Have a great week!


Hogs and kisses,




Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree–Take the Plunge

By July 11, 2014 Kim's Favorites, Projects

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If you haven’t already, it might be time to take the fiddle leaf fig tree plunge.

Most of you have probably witnessed this little tree’s sensation in the last few years.  My history with the fiddle fig leaf tree has had a bit of a learning curve, which is a nice way of saying I’ve killed several.  But,  what did our mothers always tell us?  From our mistakes we learn, never give up, to try and fail is better than not trying at all…….

I bought my first fiddle leaf fig in December 2012.  My son’s school was having a silent auction, and as room mom, I was in charge of his homeroom’s gift basket.  Yes, that’s right.  The dreaded gift basket.

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How to Measure for Window Treatments

By July 6, 2014 How to (or not), Inspire, Shades Panels and Pillows

Classic Flat Roman Shade with Banding For some strange reason, I had lots of questions about window treatments Friday night.  I normally wouldn’t think this was unusual for a Friday night, but it WAS the 4th of July.  Don’t you think that is a little weird?  Aren’t most people at parks, picnics, the beach or the lake?  Well, actually I wasn’t either.

I was part of the weird crew. No one home at my house but me.  The Engineer drove to Illinois to see his parents.  I had to take my son Sam to the airport to fly off to India to help with a documentary for Rice Bowl.  Did I mention he’s only seventeen?  Yes, I’m a little stressed for the next 10 days while he is “following his dream” in Bangalore.  And my daughter, Hannah, is working in Hilton Head this summer.  In retrospect, I should have driven there.

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10 Ways to Survive and Thrive in LA

By June 19, 2014 Kim's Favorites, Ponder, Travel


Carpe Diem—Sieze the Day!

Now that I am pretty much recovered from our whirlwind week in LA, and my recent elbow surgery, I’ve had a chance to reflect on several things. First, there is an awfully good chance our youngest, Sam, will fly the coup in a few short years to the West Coast, following his dreams. You couldn’t help but feel the life and excitement in the air. People all around us seizing the day, taking advantage of opportunities; failing daily, but picking themselves up, dusting off, and trying again.

Even Sam seemed to understand the timing and making the most of things while there. I’m not sure it was a coincidence that his latest video “Chalk Warfare” was posted 5 minutes before he walked into his big appointments with two large media companies. It gave him a lot to talk about; especially as the views popped instantly, and within a few hours, the video went viral. It currently has over a quarter of a million views.

I also had my own opportunity to seize the day.


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Red White and Blue Fruit Salad

By June 17, 2014 Cook, recipes, Treats


It’s World Cup fever around our house! And last night proved to be an incredible start for the U.S. Men’s National Team.  Even if you aren’t a soccer fan, that game had everything in it that movies are made of:

–first, a U.S. goal by team captain, Clint Dempsey, in the first 30 seconds of the game

–then, the U.S. battling on even as Ghana tied it up late in the second half

–finally, playing in his first World Cup ever,  substitute Brooks enters the game and scores in the 85th minute

Game over, three points, and it’s on to Portugal!

So to set the mood for everything American last night, it was hamburgers and hotdogs for dinner.  And keeping it healthy (and festive), I made my latest salad obsession, Red White and Blue Summer Salad.

I’m obsessed with this salad for several reasons;  its quick and easy,  it has very few ingredients and it’s healthy.  Oh… also, I know the kids will eat it and I feel like a super mom, counteracting  any bad nutrition they may acquire from the hot dogs.

Kim introduced me to this salad, who got it from Pat, who got it from someone else.  Isn’t that the way most recipes work these days?  Probably to arrive full circle back on Pinterest, the current gatekeeper of most great food ideas.

You can use any variety of fruit for this salad, but I like to keep it simple with strawberries, blueberries and apples.


Red White and Blue Summer Salad

1 pint of Blueberries, rinsed

1 pint of strawberries, cut in to small pieces, slightly larger than a blueberry

1 large apple(I like Royal Gala)diced in to small bite sized pieces

1 lime

Honey for drizzling

Place first three ingredients in a large bowl.  Squeeze the juice of one lime over, stirring as you go.  Drizzle honey over, and stir some more.

That’s it.  How easy is that???  The lime keeps the apple from turning brown–bonus!  And it tastes best when you cut the fruit into small pieces.  I don’t know why, it just does.  Also, Kim, per Pat, insists another key to the success is in the stirring.  So, whatever you do, do not skimp on the stirring, or you won’t get each little piece of fruit coated with the honey and lime that give it that extra zip!


A perfect patriotic summer salad packed with nature’s ingredients and seasonal fruits to make for the 4th of July!  Go USA!


hogs and kisses,


Decorating with Gold and Metallic–6 ways to use the Hottest Trend

By June 11, 2014 Inspire, Projects
Decorative Metallic throw pillows offer a quick and easy update to any room


Usually, trends in decorating follow shortly behind the fashion industry.  So, we should have seen it coming when trendy European discos and American night clubs were packed with flashy metallic attire. Or when after years off the radar screen, we were seeing gold jewelry and gold accessories like belts and shoes suddenly reappear.

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Roman Shades: Essential tips for choosing an inside or outside mount

By May 29, 2014 How to (or not), Inspire, Kim's Favorites, Projects


Inside and outside mounted roman shades


I decided to post a blog on the difference between an inside mounted roman shade and outside mounted roman shade, because quite frankly, I get a lot of questions on this subject!  What is the difference?  How do I choose?  Will I make the right choice?  These are pressing questions keeping many of you up at night;  so sit back and relax.  I’m here to help.  Then you can agonize over your next big decision, like what type of coffee your going to order at Starbucks……fat, non- fat, caffe, non-caffe, half-caffe.  That, my friends, is what is really exhausting.

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Seared Salmon with Mango Salsa

By May 22, 2014 Main Dish, recipes
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If you are looking for something to make that is not only healthy and packed with nutrition, but also filled with colorful and mouthwatering flavors, we have the dish for you:  Seared Salmon with Mango Salsa.

Just for the record, we haven’t been broadcast our new healthy eating venture in the past few weeks because quite frankly, its hard!  Neither of us has lost one damn pound.  Now, on a positive note, we have been making a concerted effort to exercise daily,  so maybe we are building muscle?  Wishful thinking……I read yesterday that 80% of weightless is diet; 20% exercise…..very unfortunate.

But, we are not to be deterred.

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3 Easy Tips for a Successful Graduation Party

By May 17, 2014 Party, Uncategorized
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It’s May again already.  Graduation is in the air.  You can almost smell the achievements and success; the promise of opportunities to come.  Of course, you can also feel the stress of the looming “Graduation Party” planning.

This was about where I was last year when our middle was getting ready to graduate from high school.  Three years earlier, I had the good fortune of having my dear organized friend, Nancy, and a few other neighbors spearhead a joint party for my daughter, Emily, and their four daughters.  I was the perfect Indian. I did whatever anyone asked of me, and needless to say, the party was a success.

Last year, however, our daughter, Ellen, just wanted a party with her closest friend since first grade, Caitlan.  Now, I was all for that, except for one thing.  Denise, my good friend, is also Caitlan’s mom.  The problem is, neither one of us was really into the “party planning”.

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Sweet and Salty Frosted Pretzels

By May 15, 2014 Cook, recipes, Treats



Sweet and Salty…..are there any two better tastes when combined into one?

Yesterday, we needed a small inspirational treat for the girls’  high school soccer playoffs so I thought, what a better idea than my favorite Sweet and Salty Frosted Pretzel recipe?  It only requires 3 ingredients:  pretzel rods, white almond bark and edible sprinkles or glitter.  Just don’t do what I did.  I got so excited about not needing many ingredients, I got home and forgot the pretzel rods.

So, after my second trip to the grocery store, finally with the ingredients in hand, I was ready.

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