Are you ready for another Instagram challenge?

There is SO MUCH NEGATIVITY in the world.  Sometimes you don’t even realize you’re dwelling on the bad until you’re neck deep in it.  I’m a person who needs happy in my life.

This summer, I found myself in a pit, dwelling on the bad.  I’ve been working on identifying where the negativity comes from so I can cut it out of my life.  Here are the main places I’ve discovered the negativity coming from.

  • The news- yeah, bad stuff happens. It doesn’t help anything for us to sit and watch the reports all day.
  • Commercials- I’m not lying. At night when I settle in to watch a show to unwind, wouldn’t you know it- 90% of the commercials are for medicines.  These commercials go into great detail to describe the disease they’re treating…. I can’t go there.
  • Facebook- I say this at the risk of sounding very callous, but I just can’t hardly handle Facebook anymore. Every time I go on there, someone is sharing a video talking about children who are born with horrible disabilities, perfectly healthy looking people who hold up a sign describing how to had a horrible bout with cancer, go fund me pages for a variety of people with a variety of horrible things going on in their lives.  Don’t get me wrong, I feel for these people.  I do what I can to donate and help.  However, I get so overloaded with horrible stories every time I click on Facebook.  I can’t do it.  Now when I go on Facebook, I might post something, but I very very rarely scroll through the news feed.
  • People- you ever been around someone who complains about everything? Yeah, I have a few of those in my life.  They don’t realize they’re doing it.  They just have this uncanny way of turning the most neutral thing into a negative complaint.  There’s no way you can cut every negative person out of your life, so what I’ve been doing instead is trying to turn the tables on them.  Any time I’m talking to them and they start to turn negative, I try to turn it back to the positive.

For the past couple weeks, I’ve been praying for God to let me see the good in the world.  What I realized is, I was asking to see it, but I wasn’t looking for it.  So, I got out of my office chair, walked outside and looked for the good.  I felt stupid looking at the bushes and trees, but then I looked up.  And this is what I saw.


It’s beautiful.  The sun was shining through the clouds as a storm was rolling in.

After all that hullabaloo… on to the Instagram challenge.

After I took that photo, I decided to start the #lookforthegood challenge.  For the next 30 days, I’ll be finding something positive, beautiful, or inspiring to post a photo of.  If you want to join me in the positive place, post a photo and tag it #lookforthegood.

Have a happy day!


A Quick, Handy Update

Popping in with a real quick update that adds a cute touch to the kitchen and is really handy!

I had some leftover chalkboard paint.  I had a blank cabinet side.  Boom- cabinet chalkboard!  That’s it!

Here’s what the cabinet looked like before.


I taped off the edges & painted it with chalkboard paint.  Let it dry overnight.  After it dried, I rubbed chalk all over it and erased it.  This just seasons the chalkboard so you don’t leave permanent marks when you write on it.


Cute and handy= win win!


DIY Octopied Sign

Are you excited for the weekend?  I am.  We’re going camping; the kids are pumped.  Oh, by the way, we bought a truck camper.  I’ll have to do a post soon with pictures of it.

Anywho, I’m back with a quick tutorial for the Octopied sign I made for our bathroom.  If you want to see the whole bathroom re-do, click here.

This was a simple sign to make and took me all of 10 minutes.

First, I printed my letters off the computer and cut them out.

I spray painted the board black since this was the color I wanted my letters to be.

Then, I applied a coat of this Crackle Medium.  To use crackle medium, you put a coat of it down, let it get tacky but not dry and then paint over it.  As your top coat of paint dries, it starts to crack and look aged.  In the past, I’ve always done this with acrylic paint, but this time I tried it with spray paint.


After putting the Crackle Medium down, I placed my letters on the sign.  The Crackle was sticky enough to help the letters stick.


Once the Crackle was tacky, I spray painted the sign with white spray paint.  Let it dry a couple minutes and then used tweezers to peel off the letters.


You can see, the sign isn’t perfectly coated in white.  It has an aged effect.  That’s all because of the crackle.  :)

It seems that the crackle works better with acrylic paint. It still worked just fine with the spray paint, just not as much crackling.


Have a great weekend!


Ocean Themed Bathroom Re-do

Our second bath has been the same since we moved in.  The only thing I had done was paint the vanity a while back- and that was just to get some practice before tackling our kitchen cabinets.

This bathroom is the kids bathroom as well as the bathroom that guests use in our house. I wanted to make it kid-friendly, but not crazy kiddish since guests would be using it too.

Khloe and I decided to go with an ocean theme.  (She’s my new design consultant and apparently my style consultant when it comes to clothes.  I walked out wearing a green dress the other day and she said, “Mommy, are you wearing that??”  hmmm… if it’s this bad now, I’m not looking forward to the teenage years.)  Here’s the before.


I didn’t go with any major changes in this room.  I kept the wall color (Sherwin Williams Chopsticks) and kept the cabinet color.  I even kept the same shower curtain.  Basically I painted the trim and added some accessories.  The whole makeover cost only around $10, but the change is dramatic.  It went from an unfinished space to a bathroom I’m proud for guests to see.  On to the pictures!!



Since this is the kid’s bathroom, I spray painted a cheap dollar store basket with silver spray paint and put their books in it.


I made this print with Psalms 93:4.  I spray painted an old frame I had for some color.


The jelly-fish prints are pictures I took on our last visit to the aquarium.


Khloe and I made this Octopied sign (I’ll have a tutorial in a later post).


I had originally bought this mason jar holder when I decorated Gunner’s nursery, but decided not to use it in there.  It works perfectly as a toothbrush holder.  I put a command hook on the wall right at the bottom to hold a hand towel.


I spray painted this stool to match the bathroom.  Khloe has always used this stool, but it was just a rough, brown box.  She loves it now that it’s painted.


It’s amazing what a difference some finishing touches can make.  Nothing like some spray paint for a quick transformation.


Topsail Island 2016

Last week we spent a week at Topsail Island.  It was our first time being there and we absolutely loved it.  We had a house right on the beach and it was beautiful.  I took the opportunity to take pictures of the kids on the beach.  I love these two little ones.🙂



I’m Back

Hey guys!  It’s been a while, a long while actually.  It’s been a rough year and I’m going to be very honest about it.  Everything was great until we went through Chris’ health scare.  I wrote about it in my last post.  Everything turned out great and in my mind I thought that would be the end of it.  Everything would go back to normal and we would be happy and worry free.

The thing is, when you go through something like that and allow your mind to go to a place it has never been, it’s hard to just snap out of it.  I feel like it’s kind of like PTSD.  I feel awful saying that because I know what we went through is nothing compared to families with serious illnesses or soldiers who return from war, but we had great stress and now we’re on the other side of it…. and it’s not easy to go back to normal.

At  first I was thrilled that everything turned out well, it felt like we had our life back.  Then I got a simple sinus infection.  This threw me so hard into anxiety that it was almost crippling.  See, my mind had just been in this place of “what if my kids have to grow up with only one parent” and this little sickness threw me right back to that place.  My mind switched to “what if they still have to grow up with one parent?”  “what if something horrible happens and all of those fears that were relieved are revived?” I had a horrible reality check that life is not guaranteed and suddenly everything was scary.

I’ve actually been to this place before.  It was right after my Grandfather past away.  I believe that my anxiety, fear, health anxiety all stems from depression.

I feel like I’m coming out of it now.  I’m almost on the other side of it, but I get swept down with it again every once in a while.  I’ve decided that the next 30 days will be spent trying to regain positivity and reduce the stress.  Here’s my plan.  For the next 30 days, I will be following these rules.

  1. No social media- I’ve discovered that the deep dark hole of social media does nothing good for me.  There are constantly stories of people who are sick or awful diseases that can overtake you.  No thanks.  I don’t need that. (the one exception to this is that I will post pictures of our beach trip for my mom, but I won’t be reading, just posting the pictures)
  2. No Googling any symptoms or any other health or body related things.
  3. No seeking reassurance from friends or family that I’m not sick and these “symptoms” are normal.  Reassurance doesn’t work anyways.
  4. No poking or prodding at anything on my body- everyone has aches and pains and poking at them to see if they still hurt just makes it worse and makes me freak out.
  5. Write down 5 things a day that I’m thankful for in my journal.
  6. Set aside a daily prayer time.
  7. Take lunch break and eat outside or go for a walk outside- a lot of times I skip lunch and sit at my computer working instead.  I need sunshine to bring me out of this funk.
  8. Get back to things that distract me and things I love- blogging, decorating, photography

Anyways, I’m working on me.  We all go through things and I hope you don’t mind me being completely honest about them.  I’ll post later today with some pictures from our recent beach trip to lighten things up🙂