Preparing for the Journey

It's finally here!  Our annual hiking trip to those beautiful North Georgia mountains!  
There's no place I'd rather be than surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Trail.  We look forward to completing another section of the trail each year, with the goal to complete all of Georgia and North Carolina.  We plan and train each year for these trips in order to be prepared for each new adventure, for you never know what you'll find along your journey. 


DIY Kitchen Backsplash

It's always been easy for me to decorate my home with the things I love, but when it comes to choosing more permanent or expensive decorative elements like lighting or a kitchen backsplash, that's a different story!  Some of those decisions can take me a while!  In my defense, part of the problem in my kitchen is that my maple cabinets were not stained with the color I chose.  It's close, but NOT the correct stain.  I should have gone to the cabinet shop to check on them, but really didn't think it would be a problem.  So.... the cabinets were already installed when I arrived at the house that particular day, so what does one do?  I just decided to go with it, thinking I  might be brave and change it one day.  

Herein likes the problem.... I didn't want a stain too dark or too light and I also didn't want orange/red tones at all.  So, to keep this particular stain from being too warm, I had to be careful with what I chose to use for a backsplash if I was going to cover the whole area under the cabinets.  After much debate and research, I chose what I feel is the perfect white to lighten up the space.  It's not stark white, nor is it too creamy. Also, I wanted texture on the wall to add character to my cottage/farmhouse style kitchen.  


Think Pink for a Valentine's Tablescape

What better time to use pink than at Valentine's Day?  While red is the traditional color to celebrate the day of LOVE, I was a little tired of red from Christmas.  I'm also craving spring and pretty pastels, so pink was my color of choice this year. 


Oh, My Soul

For the first time in my life, I can finally understand what James was referring to when he said,

"Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of  your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing" - James 1: 2-4 ESV

In the past few months, I have felt God's presence like never before.  Even with a broken heart over circumstances that are beyond my control, I have felt what it truly means to have the "joy of the Lord".


My Review: 10-Day Green Smooth Cleanse

At the start of a new year, so many of us are ready to jump back on the healthy living train and give it another go.  We've made it through the holidays, but probably unscathed from all the extra "eats and treats" that go with the season.

There are many options for one to choose from concerning diet and exercise, but I have discovered over the years that a well balanced, healthy lifestyle is the only thing that will work for me to maintain my weight and good health.

Winter Decor and More

When the holidays are over and the Christmas tree and decorations are taken down and removed, our homes can all of a sudden feel so bland and plain.  But this is a perfect time to embrace the beauty of the winter season and leave little glimpses of it around our homes.

When you think about winter, what thoughts come to your mind?  I always think about the possibility of snow and ice and the beauty found in nature during this time of year.  I also think about reading a good book in the coziness of my warm home and surrounding myself with simple pleasures like candles, fuzzy throws and pillows, and of course, a good cup of coffee.


Easy weekend DIY project

I love to go thrifting and find unique pieces to redo for my home. Recently, I found this adorable little wood side table for only $30.00 and I knew it would be perfect for this corner in my living room.