pet crafts – easy diy cat toys

DIY Cat Toy - Directions Not Included

Lemur is a mischievous cat, always getting into stuff. She keeps us on our toes so I'm always looking for things to keep her out of trouble. This is about as simple as it gets in tutorials. You know you all want easy DIY cat toys that are also extremely successful for entertaining  your naughty cats. I bought a few dowels and a feather-like boa at the craft store. This cost me all of $3 or so with coupons. Thanks to the Haven Conference and Scotch Brand, I ended up with some stylish … [Read more...]

getting somewhere – family room update

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The never-ending room remodel. That is exactly how I feel about our family room update. Yes, I know we are STILL not in our master bedroom after three years but the master isn't used. We use this space all.the.time. I love this room. It is one of the reasons we fell in love with this house, but I want it DONE! We are not done, but we are definitely getting somewhere. Here is the space today with some of our most recent updates including the new windows (hurricane impact ones! woohoo!), the Henry … [Read more...]

haven maven – 2014 haven conference recap

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Oh Haven, how do I actually describe you? First off, as a delinquent blogger, I shouldn't have even made an appearance. My posting schedule is shameful, and I am for the most part an introvert who hates crowds. That doesn't really translate to blog conference attendee status. Somehow, Haven brings out another side of me that makes me a Haven Maven. It yields an awesome, inspiring, and electric few days. How is it possible that throwing me into a huge crowd like this could actually lead to an … [Read more...]

harry potter always – harry potter baby gifts

Harry Potter Baby Gifts | A gift box from Directions Not Included

It was no surprise that when the bestie had her first, our love of Harry Potter would turn into tons of Harry Potter baby gifts. At her baby shower, I shared my Harry Potter box of goodies. I may have gone a bit overboard. And if you've been around the last few months you've seen a few of these projects pop up on the blog. We have a feeling the little one will have a better grasp on Harry Potter before his own name. What can I say? I'm a proud Tia (Auntie)! Between that and loving to make all … [Read more...]

dreaming of miami – cuban food care package

Cuban Food Care Package 1

Some good friends of ours were supposed to spend a sunny, fun-filled weekend with us back in March. They had to cancel their much needed trip at the very last minute. It is the strangest thing to be happy that your friends cancel a trip to see you. That sounds odd, right? Well, it was for the BEST reason. They got word that they were bringing home a sweet little boy of their very own. They got the adoption call the same week they were scheduled to come down here. Baby > Miami. This has been a … [Read more...]

it’s a boy – what the duck is it gender reveal & baby shower

What The Duck Is It Baby Shower & Gender Reveal

Oh hi there. I won't even say I'm back for real or try to excuse my absence but my day-job has put definitely put a damper on my blogging the last few months. Why do I have to be a grown up? Yeah, so...just before my most recent hiatus, I was blogging about my bestie being pregnant. We hosted her what the duck is it gender reveal and baby shower this past weekend. All inspired by a cute invite we found on TinyPrints. It was an unconventional baby shower and gender reveal at a bar. Yes, a bar. … [Read more...]