At the Thanksgiving Table

I know that Thanksgiving tables are on the minds of a lot of people with officially one week until turkey day. We aren’t formal in our house so place settings don’t usually make an appearance on our tables. But that didn’t stop me from praying around and dressing up our table for the occasion. chalkboardpear2

I came up with these really fun chalkboard pears that can bear the name of your guests. I love pears. They make an appearance all over my house. So why not at our dinner table as well?

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And stay tuned for these and other pears because I’ve decided to open up at Etsy store! Pears and paintings and other handmade goods will be coming your way very soon!

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It’s Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey!!

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A Simple Breakfast – Baked Avocado & Egg


This is one of my favorite breakfasts — mostly because it’s so easy.

My mornings are pretty hectic with trying to get two girls out of the house and homeschooling my 3 year old. Sometimes I don’t eat breakfast until lunch time. #seriously

But this breakfast is so easy, it takes no time and I get protein and some healthy fat all in one.

No recipe is really needed but I’ll share my method.

I half an avocado, drizzle with olive oil, and crack an egg into the hole. Season with sea salt and bake at 350 until the egg is cooked the way you like it.

It is so good.

What do you make on those mornings when you’re low on time? I could use a few more ideas!

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Styling a Table for Fall


The other day, I attempted to style this small table in the hallway. But it felt flat. So today, I pulled some things from around the house to give it a little more life.





I added a tall greenery filled white vase atop two gold boxes, an orange candle, a white pumpkin inside a silver vessel, and a wooden plaque.

I love the little “moment” it creates in an otherwise empty area of the hall.


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Stairway Gallery Wall


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Right now I feel like I’m in the planning stage. There are lots of little projects I want to do but haven’t had the inspiration to do yet.

Sprucing up our boring stairway would be one of those things.

I really loved these black and white framed photos hung organically in the stairway.

I’m on a mission to make this happen.

Sooner or later.

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My Favorite Corner

This happens to be my favorite corner. It’s nothing super special. But this is where I come to sit and think.


Just a rocking chair I found on the side of the road that my mother spray painted gray when I was 9 months pregnant. The pillow I DIY’d makes me smile.


This $7 wooden table that I painted and added a faux nail head trim to is the perfect spot for a writing notebook, a book or two and a steaming hot cup of coffee. And I can’t forget the greenery. I’ve come to love the life that plants bring to a room.

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Super Quick Fall Vignette


I scored the iron pumpkin last year at Hobby Lobby for about $3. I threw a gold painted bud vase with some faux lavender inside. And a little white pumpkin on the side.

I plan to layer on some more things but my husband has been out of town since last Friday so my attention is elsewhere.

I’ll share the finished look next week. Have a great weekend!!!

The Secret to Crunchy & Delicious Pumpkin Seeds


You can’t carve a pumpkin without roasting up a few pumpkin seeds. This is my favorite part of all when it comes to carving a pumpkin. Just give me the guts and I’m a happy lady.

I remember as a kid — my mom used to make us roasted pumpkin seeds. The nutty smell of them roasting in the oven just does something to spark the nostalgia of my younger days.


Watching my mom all those years — I learned a trick or two about how to roast the perfect pumpkin seed.

This is the secret: boil the pumpkin seed for about 10 minutes in salted water before roasting. 

I called my mom to ask why she did this since most recipes have them going straight into the oven. I looked at a few recipes beforehand — since this was the first time making them as an adult — and she said that it will prevent the inside from burning before the outside has gotten the chance to turn a crispy, golden brown.

So that’s what I did. After washing all the pumpkin guts off — I found the best way to do this was to use a colander. Next I poured about a teaspoon of olive oil and stirred together with a teaspoon of salt. The ratios will depend on how many seeds your pumpkin yields.

Next pour onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Give them a stir at 10 minutes in so they don’t burn on one side.


They came out so crunchy and delicious. My girls pretty much gobbled them up in one sitting. Pumpkin seeds are definitely one of those foods that take me right back to my childhood. And I love it!

Are you a pumpkin seed fan? Got any secrets on how to make the perfect pumpkin seed? 

Fall Around the House

Fall in Houston is so pleasant. I’ve been wanting to spend every day outside. As I’ve said before I don’t usually decorate for the fall holidays much but I thought that this year I’d add a little something.

I picked up a bag of $3 mini pumpkins and tossed them around the house just to remind myself that fall is actually among us. Not to mention — the girls get so excited every time I add something season related to the house.


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Halloween on the Front Porch

I’m not a huge Halloween fan. I usually never decorate — but this year the girls convinced me to do a little something. wpid-img_20141020_180001.jpg wpid-img_20141021_094604.jpg

I threw up a wreath I used indoors for Christmas last year and added some spider web and a few spiders. Instant (and cheap) Halloween wreath. And once I remove the spiders and the web — it goes back in the Christmas bin.


Believe it or not — I severely neglected our yard in the last year. These beauties bloomed on their own from a pot of what I thought were dead flowers. I didn’t even provide water. Nature is amazing.


And I even carved a pumpkin for the first time. There’s some other decorations lurking around that I didn’t photograph but this is pretty much it.

So do you do the Halloween decorating thing? 

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