Camp Wandawega is Magical

September 29, 2014

Camp Wandawega

Okay you guys. One more post on Camp Wandawega and I promise, I WILL stop. For realzies this time. But I’ve been dying to tell you all about our yummy weekend getaway! I got home yesterday, immediately unpacked and got to work processing the hundreds of photos. Magical, just magical. I just can’t stop gushing about it. It was quiet, cozy, quaint, and everything we wanted it to be; absolutely spectacular!

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

We left Thursday morning and stopped in Richmond for a quick bite to eat. If you aren’t familiar with Richmond, IL, it’s this little town right on the border of Wisconsin with few antique shops (there were more years ago but they seem to be dwindling these days) and an Irish pub by the name of Doyles. And boy oh boy do I recommend the Mama’s Pot Roast at Doyle’s. Mashed potatoes with gravy and carrots. Yes please! Such a surprise, since normally I’m not an Irish pub kinda gal, but this place wasn’t too shabby. Don’t expect the world and you won’t be disappointed here. The boy recommends the reuben.

After lunch, I gave Bill and Joe, the property managers at camp, a quick text that we’d be arriving in 30 minutes and we were off. That is minus a small snafoo with the trunk of the SUV, and we were off. Note to self, always make sure you latch it before taking off. Whoopsies! Read More

Jayson Home & garden went to Camp

September 24, 2014

As I mentally get ready for my adventure to Camp Wandawega, I can’t help but to leaf through every page of the new fall catalog from Jayson Home and Garden that just arrived on my doorstep. That probably seems like a disconnect, but it’s SOOOOOO not. You see, the fall line up was shot at Camp Wandawega. EEEK! It’s like playing Where’s Waldo in every vignette.

Anyone who steps into my home will notice immediately I’m all about mixing the old with new. And that is exactly what the creative geniuses over at Jayson Home and Garden did on set with their Fall collection. The juxtaposition of rugged mixed with luxe creates this rich atmosphere that still captures every essence of casual. An elegant blue linen chair sits in front of an Army tent. Really? YES! Charming! YES! Startling? A bit. Attention grabbing? YES! Does it make me want to buy that chair…OMG, YES! YES! and YES!

Jayson Home and Garden Fall Catalog 2014

Just so you know, that is the same tent that Michael Cera is sitting in front of in this picture! Yes, I will forever have a small spot in my heart for George-Michael Blume, the man from Canada and star who stole my heart in Juno. I heart you Michael Cera. More after the jump… Read More

10 Bargain Buys Under $100

September 23, 2014


Man oh man you guys, the last couple weeks have been nutso in this hipster house. I swear, I should have just posted a sign outside the door that read, “Beware. The Plague”. If someone wasn’t sneezing or couching the other was barfing. Oh the humanity! I don’t think anything sucks worse then being sick while your kids are sick.

Anyhoo, I’ve really been trying to save money these days. And man-oh-man is it putting a damper on my shopping habits. I rarely seen my dear BFF the UPS man. I miss him so. In fact, I hear his truck pass the house and yearn to see his lovely face asking me to sign here. *sigh* But it got me thinking. Girl, you’ve got friends with super supreme style that are under the same budget restraints. You got this! So grab your pocketbooks lovely because I’ve been busy searching high and low for stylish bargain buys that won’t break the bank. Ready? And, go!

10 bargain buys under $100More after the jump…

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DIY – Marble Dipped Mug

September 22, 2014

Marble Dipped Mug

For most of last week I was sick and in bed with the most horrendous cold. After fighting it off for two weeks with the boy and kiddos sick as well, my body finally said uncle, you’ve joined the sick club too lady. Trying to make the most of my down time, I of course perused Pinterest! I’ve been meaning to do a quick and easy DIY on the blog and was looking for some inspiration when found this project I thought was super cool! I had seen marbling techniques on nails but on glassware, it was soooo fresh. That’s when the lightbulb lit up above my head while sipping on tea and honey out of plain white boring mugs. These puppies could use a bit of pep! After googling a bit more, I figured, I had warm water, nail polish and a white mug, why not, right? Let’s hop outta bed and do this!

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I Make Emily Henderson Cry

September 17, 2014

Yep, it’s that time again. Time to show you how the imperfect nooks of disaster in my home make Emily Henderson cry tears of sadness. Today I’m going to feature my guest bedroom dresser. You may remember seeing a picture of it on my to-do list post (and yes, I’m still hacking away at that sucka). This nook is still a work in progress as are most nooks in my home, but let’s just have a gander, shall we?

Gasp. Oh sweet kitten, I would not be surprised if you just fell to the floor in sheer and utter disappointment. Quick, someone help Emily up before she wrinkles that adorable floral pullover! Plus, it might make Charlie cry to see her in such a state. And no one wants to make a baby cry.

Guest Bedroom Dresser Makeover

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Domaine Home #MYDOMAINE

September 16, 2014

OMG! OMG! OMG! I’m totally geeking out! In fact, you could say I’m a giddy little school girl jumping up and down with glee. My pipe shelf photo was one of the 14 chosen in the #MYDOMAINE Instagram Challenge! All participants were asked to show off their proudest organization moment. To be be included with names like Honey Lake Studio and Kapito Muller Interior is an incredible honor and pushes me to keep doing what I’m doing. SOOOOO, a big shout out to Domaine for including me in this list. You have no idea how happy you made me!

domaine #MYDOMAINE Instagram Challenge


You can check out the entire feature here on Domaine’s site and be sure to pin my photo for good karma =) Also, if you want to learn how to DIY your very own pipe shelf, I have the instructions right here! Cheers guys!



September 14, 2014

Congrats! A. Elaine Killen! YOU WON! Email me at with your address and I will send your Heartbeats Necklace by Erica Weiner out to you shortly!

Thanks to everyone who participated, and keep checking back for more giveaways to enter..and for the weird stuff I write about =)

Free Printables

September 12, 2014

So we did another set of printables for you guys. If you missed last month’s, click here. They are in the 5 X 7 format (I’m still working on different sizing options), but I think I you guys SHOULD be able to shrink AND enlarge if you print them with someone like Shutterfly since I gave you a pretty high resolution. So my darlings, are you excited to see what we have for you this month? Excellent!

Free printables

Here’s the first one, and there’s THREE MORE after the jump! Read More

mid century modern music video

September 11, 2014

Right before I went to Lollapalooza, Pennyweight posted this video to her blog. First off, the song is pretty jazzy and the 2 cool old dudes dancing…yes, please give me more of that, but what really struck a chord in me was the set design. I LOOOOOVED IT! I kept watching it over and over again and Where’s Waldo-ing more and more pieces that I wanted to snatch up for my own home.

The shelving, the clock on the back wall, the vintage trophies, the desk in the far right corner, the coffee table, the greenery, the taxidermy bird shown in the first second, the brass pineapple (hellloooo lover!), the small side table. Even the weird bunny head is kinda rad if you’re into giant creepy bunny heads and scarring small children for life. Oh, and that black and white rug is pretty amazing as well…get in my house already!

Anyhoo, after getting over the killer set and listening to Jungle’s song Time about 238 times, I decided I really liked the band. Low and behold, they were playing Lolla, and I was fortunate enough to see them live. So thank you Pennyweight for enlightening me. Jungle is one of my new favorite bands, and their album has been on heavy rotation. I hope you enjoy it as much I as do.



getting bigger everyday

September 10, 2014

my babies

Oh these two. Everyday there seems to be something new…it’s maybe not as noticeable with the dude, but it is very evident with little maus

Things little maus says:

I see ‘em!
I find ‘em!
I have ooper’s deer, deer is awesome!
I need help
I unna tookie
I atch awpatrol
Watch out! Watch out!
I gotcha
I a dinosaur! Raaahhhh!
Manos Chachos (That’s maus for “adios muchachos”)

Things the dude says:

Mommy, do you have both of your hands on the steering wheel?
Why did that guy honk at you?
Did you know that luke skywalker is [insert something here]
Darth vader is a warrior and he fights knights
My mom gets so mad when i don’t obey
Can we play a video game tonight?
Are you driving on the grass? you aren’t suppose to drive on the grass.
I’m going to throw you in jail

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