When Country Living Asks How We Keep Our Home Clean…

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We were recently asked by County Living Magazine to share some of our tips for keeping our home clean.  I wanted to make sure I was extremely honest about what works and doesn’t work in our home.
You can read what everyone said HERE but I also wanted to share all of the tips I had sent to them…
We are a family of five and some days I feel like we can barely stay above the mess.  Kelly and I have really tried to instill in the children that as a family we have to work together and sometimes that means doing things even before you are asked and even things you don’t always want to do.   We are trying to raise them to look for opportunities to help and ways to make our family and home run better.  Kelly and I both work from home so even though we fully live in our home and enjoy it I also need it be cleaned up in certain areas to feel productive.

I love home and everything about it.  I also love having friends and family in our home and it is my heart’s desire that they feel loved and welcomed.  Over the years I have learned that when I am more relaxed with entertaining than my guests are also more relaxed. I also know me and that our home has to be a certain level of clean for me to want to have friends and family over. It is a balance.  Our home is not perfectly clean barely ever but it is well loved, clean enough, filled with beautiful things we use daily and full of people we love dearly.
Here are some of my daily tips that keep our home above the mess…
1. Before I head downstairs in the morning I quickly start a load of laundry and then almost run down the stairs to get to the coffee.  Our children fold the laundry and then also wash and dry their own clothes.
2. I know that if we don’t stay on top of our messes that they quickly take over the home.  We all work together to make sure that dishes, counters and the floor are taken care of after each meal.
3. This is probably going to sound like not a legitimate tip but I love special cleaning supplies.  I have recently fallen in love with Murchison-Hume and their line of cleaning products.  It is not too pricey and I love the
presentation and it smells amazing.
4. A clean home makes me giddy happy but having the whole house clean at once rarely happens.  I have come to learn that closing children’s rooms and just being OK with it brings lots of peace.  Try it.  Let me know how the closing the door trick works. This is until I lose it and have to start bringing in garbage bags to clean it out a few times a year.  In all honesty…I have real kids with real rooms with their own tastes and style.  I have long ago stopped expecting them to keep their rooms to my standards.  We are all happier for it.
5.  Each week I treat myself to a new candle and fresh flowers.  A candle burning, fresh flowers and my favorite music on the turntable only feels right in a cleaned up space.  I will take what I can get and this is a bit of heaven on earth for me.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We run a business and homeschool our kids and the best thing I have done lately is to find an affordable cleaning lady to help out.  She comes every other week and takes care of some of the things I am not getting to.  She is within our budget and she makes me wish I could have her as my live in “Alice”.
7. One of my biggest tips that works and truly keeps our home feeling clean enough for me is this one tip…The main floor is always picked up before I go to bed.  Always.  It takes just a few moments but if we are keeping up with the house throughout the day then this is not a big deal.  I am not talking sparkling, eat off the kitchen floor clean but beautifully picked up.  This does so much for my own space and peace and productivity.  No dishes in the sink, washed down counters, nothing on the stairs, the living room picked up, chairs pushed in.  The reward is that when I come downstairs in the morning for that cup of coffee I was telling you about earlier….I get to enjoy it in my beautifully picked up home.  Maybe it is just one floor but I am OK with that.  Maybe all of the bedroom doors are closed upstairs and I will only let guests use the main floor bathroom and maybe my own bed hasn’t been made all week.  If the main floor is tidy then I invite people over more, welcome in unexpected guests, feel more peace in my own space and isn’t that what home is supposed to feel like.
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An Action Packed Monday!

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What a Monday we are having!

I am not even on my first cup of coffee and look what is already going on…

1. Week four of Studying Under The Masters III just launched and it is FULL of videos by artist Kelly Berkey!

This course has lifetime access and it is so full of content that you will be studying, learning, re-watching and growing as an artist for a long time.

2. My week with Life Book 2015 launched today!  I gave the the class tons of videos and loved creating for this year long, online, journaling course!    There is still time to sign up.

3. Even though it has been raining like crazy here in Colorado (I am not complaining though because I love the rain) I hear that it is acting like summer in other parts of the country:-)  Today is the first day of the Summer Tour of Homes 2015.  Our home will be featured later in the week but you will not want to miss this line up!

I would like to take this time to thank my Grandpa Benjamin, Grandpa Loran and Kenneth Oliver for serving our country and for making a day like today possible.  Thank you to all the men and women that serve and to all the families that sacrifice so much for our country. I think and pray for you often and no words are ever adequate.

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Things I am Loving Right Now

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This time of year is so fun with the changing of the seasons, the extra rain we get in Colorado, finishing up school and the excitement of pool days and vacations around the corner.

I have mentioned many times how much I love music playing throughout the day, candles lit, books everywhere and the little things that make our home pretty and cozy.

I always like sharing some of these little things that make the day to day beautiful and fun!

Here are some of the little things I am loving right now…

* Amber and Moss candle

I pretty much am obsessed with this scent and have these burning all day long.

* The Big Picture by Kat Edmonson

Such a fun album and I may be driving my family nuts with playing this over and over. That is the fun of a new album though!

* Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin Cologne

Kelly got this for me for my birthday and I love it so much. I also love the Earl Grey.

* What Katie Ate on the Weekend Cookbook

My friend Lissa bought this for me for my birthday and this is the only cookbook I have been using the past few weeks. Everything I make from it has been a hit!

* Temporary Tattoos

This will hold me over on getting the real thing!

* Butterbean Studios

Not only is this so yummy but it has become my go to gift!

* Masala Chai

Addicted!  So good!  Makes cutting back on coffee a lot easier.

* Alla Prima

Just starting this book but so inspired and can’t wait to play!

* Ink and Elm Photo Backdrops

With all of the videos we make and all the product shots we have to photograph we love getting different backdrops. I highly recommend this shop on Etsy and all of their products.

* I Will Go Send Me Cuff

I love me some cuffs but when I saw this one it just spoke to me. I want to always be ready to be person that is willing to go where the Lord wants me to go.

* Jesus + Coffee Mug

A good way to start the day for sure!

* House of Belonging Sign

I have Tiffini’s signs all over our home and they make me smile all day long.

* Hammock

We can’t hang this until it stops raining (I am not complaining too much because I love the rain) but THIS means summer is here when it goes up!

* Jane Austen

Perfect book/cover design combo.  Anyone else just buy books with amazing covers? Don’t lie!

* Quiet Paris

Getting excited to be in Paris this fall.

* Rodan + Fields

The past four months I have had my skin acting crazy!  I have even had cysts and the most bizarre breakouts. This has been hard because my skin has usually been really clear and healthy.  I have been using the Unblemish at night and the Soothe in the morning for the past month and the difference has been incredible!  I also do the microdermabrasion once a week, use the eye cream 2 x a day and once a week use the overnight redefine eye pads. I am so happy with the results and I only expect my skin to get better and better.

I would also love to hear some of the things you are loving right now.

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Top 6 Social Media Tips For Creating Balance {For Home and Business}

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(These photos have nothing to do with the post but what fun is a post without photos? I thought you would understand.)

When you are a stay at home mom, homeschooler and entrepreneur with a home office… your worlds start to collide.

There are days that without everything right here at home I know I wouldn’t be able to do all that we get accomplished.

Then there are the days when everything coming at me can be a little too much.

The most frequently asked questions that I receive are about how I get so much done, how our family works with a business and how I stay organized.

Over the next months I thought it would be fun to share some of the ways that I have found to bring focus, balance (is that even real) and intention to the day.

I wanted to first talk about social media and the pull that we can feel all day from Facebook, blogs, Instagram, email and just having a phone with us.

Whether you run a business or not…the above pulls are a part of our lives (whether you like it or not) and we need to learn to manage it without letting it manage us!

Here are some of the top ways I TRY to keep social media from running my life.

I know this sounds silly but it is a major time saver.  Sometimes we just need to check one thing real quick BUT if you sit down you could lose more than a few minutes.  Facebook goes to Pinterest goes to email goes to….you get the picture. Unless you are working on an actual project or need to do some serious writing my recommendation is to do it standing and then get on to better things.

 

 

Imagine constantly checking your phone, Instagram and email over a two hour time. Now imagine setting a timer for two hours and at that time checking everything and then getting back to better things.  That is what I do ALL OF THE TIME!  I don’t want my children to remember me as the mom always texting, checking emails and instagram while we were hanging out. I want to be present and that means setting boundaries for myself.  I get lots done because I am very intentional with my time. Now don’t get me wrong…I can waste a day with the best of them but I don’t want that to be my norm.  It is about being distracted and I need when I am making art to really make art, cooking a meal to be engaged with what I am doing and when I am spending time with my family that they know they have my attention.  When the timer goes off I check work stuff, personal stuff and within 15 minutes everything has been taken care of and to think that I could have spent that two hours constantly checking. The sad thing is…I would have!

 

 

Lose your phone. Leave it in the car when you go to a restaurant, leave it upstairs while you are watching a movie and tuck it into a drawer while you are reading.  Give yourself a break to not worry who is calling, texting etc.  Losing your phone intentionally may be the best thing you do for yourself each day. The world will live. Promise. Unless you are a brain or heart surgeon…then you can keep your phone on you:-)

 

 

I will call you out on this if you are my friend (and they know it).  When you are eating dinner with your family, at a restaurant with clients or having coffee with girlfriends…for the love of all that is good…keep your phone in your bag!  You have someone right in front of you that wants to talk to you.  Let them know you love and appreciate that by actually listening to THEM!

I interviewed a man not too long ago for a small job for my business and the whole time we were talking he kept checking his phone.  I felt invisible and we never really made it past the interview process.  This is make and break stuff in business and definitely with relationships. Don’t just save your attention for clients and friends.  Keep it in the bag with your family the most!

 

 

Remember when people used to read a book in bed or get it on at bedtime?  I am serious…this stuff happened!  Nothing like the soft glow of your phone to lull you to sleep. In all seriousness, as a business woman I need to not have work being the last thing on my mind before bed.  I can’t see at 10:45pm that someone can’t get into their class and then feel like I need to get out of bed to see what is going on. Remember that whole brain and heart surgeon thing from before?  I promise you that most people will live until morning.  I have excellent customer service but we also can sleep too.  Do you remember working hours?  It is healthy to have a time of night when work stops and rest begins.  Don’t let your phone be your last contact at night and the first contact in the morning.  This has made a huge difference in how I sleep and the peace I feel as I am going to sleep.   Maybe we can all read more books and do some other things too:-).

 

 

You want to know the biggest game changer for our family?  We have chosen Sundays to be our family and no tech day. No joke.  That means no computer, phones, texting, work etc.  There have been a few huge deadlines when we had to do some work after the kids went to bed but for the most part we really honor this.  We go to church or hike or watch a movie together or play games…but together.  No one else is interrupting our day and no one is going off by themselves to work, text, face time etc.  I love what I do so much and I could work 24/7.  When you love what you do it can be hard to stop working sometimes.  This day was put in place for Kelly and me as much as it was for the kids. We are trying to teach our kids all of these things about social media and technology because they are the ones that are growing up in it.  One of the mottos in our home is “People before technology”.  How can we say this if as parents we don’t live it and they don’t believe they come before work or distractions.    Giving up technology for one day a week can be hard for everyone at first but after awhile you just may love the freedom you feel.

 

Technology and social media are here to stay and I LOVE them!  I am so glad I can keep up with friends that live all over the world, see glimpses into the lives of the people I admire, work from home, take creative classes no matter where I go and instantly know where my kids are.  I just want to also read, take walks, create art, have a quitting time each day and to look at my children and husband when they are talking with me.

I am still working on these things but these are some of my most useful tech and social media tips that have made the biggest impact in my day to day. What about you?  Do you have some tips to share!  Please leave your thoughts below.

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Step by Step Kitchen Cabinet Painting With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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One of the questions I get asked the most is regarding how I painted our kitchen cabinets and what do I think of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

I have waited until now to share my opinion because I thought we needed to really live with the cabinets to see how they wore with daily use and to give me time to give an honest opinion.

Before we start let me be honest that if I had contacted many people to come and give us quotes to paint the cabinets. I have the worst track record of getting contractors to either show up or get back to me with quotes. I did NOT want to do this job. Not even kidding.  I really tried to find someone else but I didn’t have any luck and that is when I decided that the only way I could do this was by using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP).

The reason I had the guts to undertake such a huge project was because with ASCP I wouldn’t have to sand all of the cabinets.  Maybe a silly reason but it was the one thing that really helped me to feel like I could do this.

I am a hugely externally motivated person and the main reason I had the motivation to FINALLY get this project started was because Fifi O’Neill and her crew were coming to photograph our home for different magazine.  They were arriving just days before I was leaving last summer to teach in Italy and I had some huge time constraints to get this job done.

Before we started the project we first met up with the owners of Shades of Amber and they gave us private lessons to put both Kelly and I at ease.  They gave us such confidence and shared exactly what we needed to start. I am so grateful for their kindness and patience with us!

So, first I will share all of the step by step instructions and then at the end give you my honest opinion about our cabinets and if I would do it again.

Trying to figure out what colors to go with.

(Sorry for the dark photos but most photos were just on my phone. Without these I wouldn’t have taken many progress photos.)

Step One:

Wipe down all of the cabinets using Krud Kutter. This is to make sure you don’t have grease and oils on the cabinets before you paint. Don’t skip this step. I did this while they were still on the hinges and hanging to make it easier.

Step Two:

Take all of the doors and hardware off the cabinets.  Make sure you are careful in how you organize and save the hardware to make it easier when it is time to put it all back together.

Step Three:

I bought the two sizes of ASCP paint brushes and I am glad I did. I ended up mostly using the smaller one though.  Before you start I would recommend flipping through the brush a few times to get rid of loose bristles.  Make sure you shake the can well (in our case we mixed one part Old White with one part Pure White).  You may not believe me until you do this but the best thing to do at this point is to just dive in.  The paint is forgiving and even thought the first coat may have you freaking out…the second coat will make you start seeing where this project is going.  We started with the cabinets (Who am I kidding? I started with the cabinets) and did the doors last.

I waited until each coat was dry before I added another coat.  I ended up doing three coats to everything and I think I should have done four.  Without our deadline I know I would have done that. I was so sick and tired of painting and I just wanted it to be done. Don’t do this. Don’t skimp during the process because you will regret it later.

Step Four:

Once your surface is painted you can choose to age the wood a bit with 120 grit sandpaper. I wasn’t sure if I would do this or not but because of the shape of our cabinets it actually looked good.  Keep in mind that we have three kids and they were going to do it anyways with daily use and it makes the new marks just look like part of the charm.

I used the 120 grit sandpaper on the edges only and never on a flat surface.

Step Five:

At this point we put the whole kitchen back together before I waxed all of the cabinets and doors.  I think it made the process easier but that is a personal preference.  We used the ASCP clear wax and I LOVED it!  I have used it on so many other things since (including my art).  To apply the wax I recommend working in small sections (2 ft x 2 ft sections). I also recommend purchasing the wax brush because it is just soooo nice and makes the process easier.  You dip the tip of the brush into the clear wax (dark wax too if that is your thing) and in circular motions you get into all of the nooks and crannies of your piece.  You then take rymplecloth (cheesecloth) and wipe the excess wax off.  Your cabinets and doors should not be gooped with wax. This is a sealer and you want to treat it as such.  Using the wax is gorgeous!  It not only seals your cabinets but also gives is an awesome matte appearance.  After 24 hours you can add a second coat.  I have to be honest that we still have to add our second coat (more about that later).

Step Six:

Buff the wax if you want a sheen.

Those are the nuts and bolts and now to the raw truth about the whole process, what we think as a family and would I do it again.

The process is a biggest pain in the butt! Serious! So much work and it is easy to start to rush things because you just WANT TO BE DONE. I have heard people say that just broke it down over months to make it not as bad. No way!  I wanted this done and I wanted my kitchen back together. That is so not my style. That being said…I should have done that forth coat. Dang it!  It is not something that anyone else has commented on and my husband doesn’t know what I am talking about but I see it.  After 10 months I have to tell you that except for the cabinets where the garbage and recycle cans are…they have held up AWESOME.  I have some touching up to do on a few cabinets but not anything that will take me too long.  To do a touch up after you waxed just use the ASCP mineral spirits to take up the wax, touch up, let dry, re-wax.  Not too tough.  I am planning on doing the touch up within the next few months and also finally get that second coat of wax on whole thing;-).

Would I do it again?  In a heartbeat!  It transformed our kitchen!  Our home is so much brighter and now our whole house flows better.  It was hard to convince my husband to paint over our expensive cherry. Keep in mind that we built this home and we both still remember how much of an upgrade the cherry cabinets were.  If we ever get sick of the paint then you can strip them and do something different. It is just paint. Serious. Live a little!

I would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

If you are interested in more posts about our kitchen remodel (and we still aren’t finished)…

Ikea Hack: How We Built our Kitchen Island

Kitchen Remodel Before and After

My Thoughts on Our Marble Counter Tops

Adding Open Shelving

Ripping out the built in desk

Living Room Makeover

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Just Dreaming About It Won’t Get You There

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In the new year there can be long lists of dreams for the year and maybe even a yearly bucket list.  What I have found to be true is that me just dreaming about something has never led to the actual doing and experiencing.  If I want to learn something, go somewhere, spend time with someone… I have to make a PLAN OF ACTION.

There have been more times than I can count that I had no idea how I was going to make something a reality but I jumped in anyway.  When I know something is important to me, my family or my creativity I get really creative to make it a reality.  That “dream” doesn’t need to stay that way.  What fun is an incredible “dream” if you don’t walk it out and make a plan of action?  That dream can become a reality through planning, sacrifice and just jumping in.  That whole just jumping in is really the first step of action that leads to more action and then something wonderful being accomplished.

I get to travel to some pretty incredible places for my business and to teach art.  I also have traveled to beautiful places just for me or for my family.  I hear many people say to me, “I dream of going there too or someday I hope to have the money to…”.  The thing is that we never know how long we have on this earth and there is never enough money.

I remember the first time I went to France and I remember originally showing my husband the retreat and just KNOWING this trip was for me.  My pretty amazing husband took one look at my face and said, “I don’t know how we will do this but we will figure it out”.  Guess what?  We did!

Going to France that first time and spending time in the south of France and then Paris changed my creative heart.  It CHANGED it!  What if I hadn’t asked?  What if my husband wouldn’t have said that we would figure it out?  That first trip has opened up more trips and relationships.  It has made my world smaller and more intimate.

Did you know that I found one of my closest friends on that first trip to France?  I actually met one of my closest friends that also happens to be a lover of travel, family, art and the Lord!  I now believe with my whole heart that I was supposed to go on that trip to meet HER.  The Lord knew I would need an artist/heart friend that I could grow, travel and create with.  I don’t know what you have been “dreaming” about lately and the things you want to do in your life.

I would just encourage you to take steps of action this year.  Don’t wait.  What is waiting for YOU if you step out and figure it out as you go?

I have some pretty incredible heart, exploring, creative retreats coming up this year.  These are trips of a lifetime.  I will tell you about each of them below.

The thing is if you have an exploring, adventuresome, creative heart you don’t have to go on one of my retreats…just find one!

Maybe you don’t need to travel across the ocean and maybe you just need to open your home, step out your front door, go to a museum or find those women just like you in your community.

I just want you to not regret not doing things that are a part of your heart because the timing isn’t perfect.  It never will be. Believe me..I know. We make it perfect by our actions and sacrifice.

* If you are looking for something creative, here in the United States, historic, full of good food, warmer and within the next five weeks…

You might be interested in joining me in Savannah, Georgia for the first stateside Living Studio Retreat! If you do not sketch or paint please do not let that stop you!  This retreat is for the creative heart. This is for the painter, photographer, writer, entertainer, cook etc.

This retreat is February 23-28th, 2015.  We are staying at the artsy and stunning Brice Hotel!

To read more and/or to register click HERE.

Price is based on double occupancy, $2150. Single occupancy is an extra $550.  Local price for those not staying at the hotel, $1650.

* If you are looking for something creative, in Italy, with time at the pool, incredible food, history, time on the lake, faith based and sure to leave you with your faith and creativity at a new level…

You might be interested in joining Stephanie Ackerman and me along Lake Como this summer for Laura McCullough’s art and faith creative retreat!  Laura knows the town of Bellagio intimately and takes you on a luxury adventure that will leave you dreaming of the food, people, the pool, Lake Como, smells and villages long after you are home. I should know…this will be my third year teaching in Bellagio!

This retreat is July 11-18th, 2015. We are staying at the apartments of the world famous Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni and neighboring Hotel Florence.

To read more and/or to register click HERE.

This retreat is $3250

Attention to detail, people focused, life long friends made… The ONLY way to see Italy is with Laura.  No other time spent will you make friends, feel the cobblestone streets, meet the butcher, the baker and the leather shop owner, all friends of Laura’s, and sip Prosecco under the stars as you thank God for every Italian moment… ~ Lora-Lori Rutt

*If you are looking to explore France in the fall, experience the Paris flea markets, stroll the villages of Normandy, sketch along the beaches, stay and create at a French chateau walking distance to the ocean, tour ancient ruins, experience true French cuisine, be escorted by locals, study local art, visit the markets of the countryside, be invited into a local art studio and so much more…

You might be interested in joining me for The Living Studio Normandy.  I am collaborating with Cat Bude and her husband of Sunday Brocantes at Rabbit Hill to bring you a truly luxurious and inspiring retreat. If you do not sketch or paint please do not let that stop you!  This retreat is for the creative heart. This is for the painter, photographer, writer, entertainer, cook etc.

This retreat is October 9-16th, 2015.

To read more and/or to register click HERE.

This retreat is $3995 double / $5495 single US Dollars

I can’t wait to see what you guys do this year!  I know that so many of us sit on the fence waiting for things to be perfect or for things to settle down or for the money to appear.  Whether your dream is to plant a garden, write more, find creative friends in town, paint, cook, take a class, learn a new language…I hope this year is your year to take stop dreaming and to start doing.

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2014 Holiday House Walk

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{If you like the images on our mantle you can print them out HERE. We are all crazy for them and love how whimsical they are! Alice, I think you are the bees knees.}

I am so glad you have stopped by and I can’t wait to welcome you into our home.

I have loved home, making home and loving on the people I love for as long as I can remember.

The older I get the more I know…truly know…that loving on others and loving on my family is far better than a pretty home.

In this home you will find that art is made often, music is usually playing, a candle is burning, books are being read, the house is rarely really clean and I forget about dinner until around 4:30 each day.

More than anything I hope that our children remember how much they are deeply loved and accepted.

I hope they always carry with them their faith and how it will guide their steps all of their days.

I hope they will also know that a pretty house is nice but the people in that house are the best!

Welcome to our home.

Our whole family wishes you the most Merry Christmas!

I am so honored each time Jennifer Rizzo has asked me to be a part of her Holiday House Walk.

It is so much fun to be included with such a talented group of women that love family and making home comfortable and beautiful!

To begin the walk from the beginning click the icon below or go directly to Jennifer Rizzo.

If you are stopping over from Four Generations Under One Roof I am so glad you are here. Jessica and her family create such a gorgeous home!

Go grab something to drink and I hope you will take a moment to look around.

I decorate pretty simple for the holiday and over the years my Christmas bins have gotten fewer and fewer.

I really love to pull the outdoors in and use what is easily available out my front door.

We decorate our tree as a family and at least this year the ornaments seem to be scattered out evenly.

We have had many years where the tree almost fell over from having it too weighted from the front or they were all really low.

This year we are hoping for the tree to stay up!

Last year we made an Acts of Service Advent Tree and we all loved it.

This year we are also going to use it again because it really helped our days to be more focused on others and not just what we were hoping to receive.

I had to throw this shot in because I play my record player all day long. It is one of my favorite things and brings me oodles of joy.

This on the other hand brings my husband joy:-)

During my fall house tour I created a drink cart out of my IKEA art cart.

I loved it so much I decided to do it again but this time make it a permanent part of the living room at least through the holidays.

Just a peek into our library.  This is where we hold some of our books and the piano.

This is where my littlest loves to play on the floor and we all love it when the fire is going and it is toasty warm.

See that pillow?

That is from Craftberry Bush and her home is next!

We made the star our of twigs, tied them with string and strung copper lights from Anthro. It is truly one of my favorite pieces.

I use it year around all over the house.

The gorgeous Advent cards are from Naptime Diaries.

Go get yourself some twigs and twine and make yourself giddy happy.

Honest.

For those of you that haven’t seen the kitchen since last year’s house walk I bet you can’t believe the difference.

We aren’t done yet but we are getting there. I hope we are getting there. Things take WAY long in this house to get finished. I like to say that we are fashionably late. Are you buying it?

You can read more about it here, here, here and here.

One of my favorite things to change up each month is our hanging paper roll.

This month was inspired by the art work found HERE.

Pretty much one of my favorite Christmas songs!  Beautiful and powerful song. THIS is one of my favorite versions.

This sign is from my dear friend House of Belonging.  It is always a little hard to put this one away each year.

This is my studio and where I create and tape many of my online courses.

I love that this room used to be our dinning room and it is so close to the rest of the house and my family.

That is not always true…but most of the time.

I am so excited to tell you why this tree doesn’t have an ornaments on it yet.

We just started Unwrapping The Greatest Gift and each night in December the kids will decorate the “Jesse Tree” with ornaments we printed out.

We already have placed the first ornament on during our first night of Advent.  It was thought provoking and meaningful.

I am excited to see what the Lord reveals to us over the next month.

I usually include more of our upstairs but I was taking photos the morning we were leaving for our Thanksgiving adventure trip and there was nothing up there you would want to see.

Please check out our previous Holiday House Walks so you will know that the bedrooms are cleaned every once in awhile!

Thank you so much for taking a look at out home all dressed up for Christmas.

Please come back again!

You are going to love, love the next home.

Have so much fun going through Lucy’s home at Craftberry Bush!

I would love to have you check out my creative network where I have over 35 free and paid for online courses.

It is truly a lifestyle network with courses about home, cooking, bee keeping, art and so much more!

Come on over…

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