A House, a Home~

You may have noticed it's been a couple of weeks since I posted anything on the blog.  I apologize for my absence - I've been a bit under the weather.

I don't know about you, but when I'm not feeling my best, I get somewhat introspective.  And I have been giving a lot of thought to things over the past few weeks.

I've written similar posts before, but I feel that this is a sentiment that bears repeating.

Like most of you, I love a pretty house.  I love to see a well-decorated space.  I want my house to be a lovely place.  And there's nothing wrong with feeling this way.

But ultimately, what's really important to me... what I really want...is for my house to be a home.  I want it to be a place that's chock full to bursting with love!

As I sit in my home, I've found that the thing I really love about it are the people who live inside.  I love to hear their voices as they play together or yell from room to room. I love to sit around the dinner table each evening and hear the day's events.

I believe that having a home that is welcoming, comfortable and attractive helps everyone feel more at ease.  And I also believe that doing our best to keep our homes clean has the same effect of making others feel welcome in our space.  And I do my best to have my home reflect these things.

But ultimately, I want my home to be a refuge.  I want it to be a haven from the day to day stresses of life.  I want it to be a place where my family wants to be.

And so today, I want to issue a little challenge.  Do one thing today that will  make your family (or friends or roommates) feel loved and appreciated.  It doesn't have to be anything big.  A note...a plate of cookies...maybe straightening up the kitchen.   Just let your people know you love them.  Because, my friends, without those you love, a house is just a house.  It's the love inside that makes a house a home.



A Couple of my Favorite Kid Decor Items in my Home~

Thank you to The Land of Nod for sponsoring this post.

Today I wanted to share a couple of my favorite kid decor items in my home.

I have had an infatuation with the teepee craze since it burst on the scene a couple of years ago.  And I knew that I wanted to add a teepee to  my little boys' room when we moved to Hydeaway Cottage.

In my search for teepees, I ran across this adorable teepee from The Land of Nod.

I loved the black and white stripes and the fact that it is portable and easy to set up and take down.  My boys often carry it to different places in the house and set it up as a "fort". 

The rug in my daughter's room is the Color Static Rug also from The Land of Nod.  

I had originally planned on using this rug in my boys' room as well, but once I got it, I noticed that it had a lot more pink in it than I had originally thought.  It turned out to be absolutely perfect for my daughter's space though.

I really like the rug because it is thick and soft and even though it is a kid's rug, it has a level of sophistication to it that I love in the space.  In addition, the fact that there are so many colors in this particular rug means that it can be used in an entirely different space and look just as good! Since I love to switch decor around periodically, items that can be used in many different spaces are always a good idea in my book.

The Land of Nod provided the teepee and rug to me at no charge.  The opinions expressed about them are 100%  mine.  I love The Land of Nod!



Final Frugal Favorites~

Welcome to the final Frugal Favorites post!

I'm loving this great built-in hall table linked up by Lehman Lane.  Such a great space-saving idea!

Scavenger Chic shared this cute chalkboard buffet.  I love this idea!

Thanks to everyone who has linked up to Frugal Friday in the past!  I'll miss hosting these parties and seeing all of your Frugal inspiration!




Autumn Living Room Refresh~

Thank you to RugsUSA for sponsoring this post.

Hello Lovelies~

Fall is in the air and I'm so excited! I just love the cooler air and the changing leaves...and hot chocolate.  Don't forget hot chocolate.

I recently gave my living room a little refresh for fall.

The refresh really centered around this pretty rug, the Treasures rug, that I received from RugUSA.  I thought it would be nice to add a rug that is a little bit darker than the one that I had previously been using in the space.

I looked at a lot of rugs on the RugsUSA site before settling on this one.  The gray-blue hue is perfect for the colors I already had in the room - tying in the throw pillows on the sofa perfectly.  It's nice and thick and I'm very happy with it!

I moved my vase with the twigs from off of the console table and added in some cute stems with wooden disks.  They feel so autumn-y!

I love the subtle change in the space!  Bring on autumn!!

RugsUSA provided the rug to me free of charge for review.  The opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.



Final Frugal Friday Link Party~

Hello Lovelies!

Today is going to be the FINAL FRUGAL FRIDAY LINK PARTY!!

I've enjoyed hosting these link parties, but I feel like it's time to retire this particular party!
I'll miss having you all visit and link up, but life is all about change, right?

And you probably noticed that I didn't post Frugal Favorites yesterday.  Sorry!  Here's one of my favorite posts from last week's party...

Anderson & Grant shared a great DIY to create these realistic looking berry branches!
Love them!!

See more after the break...

Thin For You Thursday~

Welcome to this week's Thin For You Thursday!  This week's post is going to be short and sweet....

How'd it go last week?

Were you able to give yourself some positive affirmation?  Were you able to find the good things and make sure you reminded yourself of them?

Remember...we all  have wonderful qualities.  Look for them! Nurture them.  And most of all remind yourself of them.  And do it daily!

Did you make time to work out this week?  Celebrate that!
Did you make a healthy food choice when you could have had junk food?  That's a victory!
Did you get enough sleep?  Give yourself a pat on the back.

Weight loss is work!  But it has big pay offs!  So keep going!