Freestyle Friday

*This post contains affiliate links. I’m back and better than ever temporarily disabled!  In seriousness, I apologize from the lack of attention the blog has been getting. Writing took a backseat to some other opportunities (Check us out in the April Issue of Design & Living) and to some DIY projects around the house, namely our basement stairs. Then a week ago, I broke my foot stepping off the side of those just about completed stairs, minutes after meeting with a contractor to finalize the railing measurements.  In my defense it’s less than 2 ft high. I thought my bones could handle it. I was wrong. (Get the whole story here.) It was a very “Katie” thing to do, and I… Read More

Operation Build Gingerbread House

Looking for a fun holiday activity that your kid-at-heart self and your actual kids will love? It’s time to hit the shelves of Target! I love Christmas and I really love treats, so when I saw Target carries several gingerbread kits, I knew it would be a great weekend activity for the whole family. E has definitely inherited my sweet tooth, so to kick off the holiday spirit, we set up a gingerbread construction site in our kitchen a few weekends ago. While I bake from scratch every once in a blue moon, I am a big fan of pre-made, especially when it’s a kit that helps you skip the messy part and jump right to the fun part — decorating. I… Read More

Freestyle Friday

*This post contains affiliate links. How cute are these kiddos? Daren’s sister and brother-in-law came to visit with this week, with their kids. It was chaos, but the good kind! As far as we are concerned family is everything! Another thing that is everything in my book is Alice & Ames! My favorite dress shop for littles re-released their fall collection Thursday. I set an alarm and had all my selections in my cart 4 minutes after the release, and still didn’t get my favorite dress before it sold out! Don’t cry for me! I still managed to snag two rompers and two dresses! There are still lots of dresses available in size 6 – 8, and rompers in a range of sizes. Alice & Ames will… Read More

Freestyle Friday

Things aren’t always as calm in our home as it may seem. I routinely take pictures of E cuddling on the couch because these moments are precious and fleeting. Very fleeting. Sometimes our house feels like it is being taken over by kid things, but we make a conscious effort to design our spaces in ways that make everyone in the household feel welcome, including the adults. Decorating with kids can be a challenge, so this month I shared my best tips with Design & Living Magazine. Spoiler – My biggest secret is closed door storage. You can read the full article here.     In other news. I swapped out a piece of abstract art from Home Goods with a unique Clare Elsaesser… Read More