The Ice Castles~

This post is sponsored by The Ice Castles at Midway.

This past weekend, the kids and I had had an adventure!  We went to see the Ice Castles in Midway, Utah.  I have been wanting to see this amazing site for the past couple of years...and I finally had the chance!  

The castle sits on about an acre of land.  It is HUGE and has all kinds of tunnels and pathways. There was even an ice slide...and yes, I was brave enough to go down it (wish I had a picture).  Elsa and Anna were even there for photo ops with the kids!  It was absolutely magical.  But rather than try to explain it to you, I'm just going to share an overload of photos.  ENJOY!

I think I'm going to make this a yearly tradition!  It was certainly cold (the structure is made entirely of ice and snow!) but it was definitely worth it.  

This post was sponsored by The Ice Castles at Midway.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  We love the ice castle!!


Simple Valentine's Decor: A Heart Garland~

Hello Lovelies!

Ever since I was a kid, I've loved Valentine's Day.  It's a bright spot in the middle of the winter months where we can share our love with our families!  So adding a bit of Valentine's decor to my house every year is something I always do.

And because I believe in Honest Decorating, I wanted to add some Valentine whimsy to my daughter's room without spending a fortune.  Here's what we did...

We created this darling heart garland out of some paint chips and twine.

It didn't require any special tools...and honestly, anyone could do.  It was so simple, I really don't even need to post instructions.  But I'm going to anyway....'cause that's the kind of friend I am. Lol!

I just cut some hearts out of pink and red paint chips.  Then punched a hole in each one and tied them onto a piece of red and white baker's twine.  See what I mean?  Easy.  So easy.  

Then we just pinned them to the wall above her bed and voila!  A little bit of Valentine fun!

Want some more super-easy Valentine Decor ideas?  Check out this post.


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How To Create A Pretty Bed On The Cheap~

Hello Lovelies!

I'm so glad you can join me today!

Today I wanted to share with you a little secret.

I'm going to share with you how to make a bed look pretty without spending a fortune.

We all know that the bed is the focal point of any bedroom.  So having a bed that looks pretty (and dare I say - luxurious) is very important for the overall feeling of the space.

But, bedding can be very expensive, so finding a way to make your bed look pretty - and luxurious - without spending a small fortune can be challenging.

But that's why we're here.

It's pretty simple actually.  Just follow these few easy steps and you'll have a pretty bed before you know it.

  • Choose a color scheme. Perhaps this seems like a no-brainer to you.  If it does, that's good!  You're halfway there.  A coordinated bed is a pretty bed.

  • Layer.  Layers=Luxury....at least layering makes a bed feel more decadent, and that creates the illusion of luxury without all the expense.

  • Pillows.  Some may accuse me of using too many pillows...but honestly, pillows add personality.  And pillows are one place you can splurge a little bit.  You can add one amazing throw pillow made from an expensive fabric and you won't have to sell off your jewelry to afford it. ;)  I also suggest using Euro pillows as a back drop...they're big so they look expensive...but they don't have to be (I'll get to that in a minute.)

  • Mix it up.  You can certainly buy a bedding set...and that's not bad....but don't use it exactly as it is straight out of the bag.  Mix it up by adding in different prints and fabrics with pillow shams and throw pillows and sheets.  Having different patterns or textures on your bed automatically gives it a more luxurious feeling.

  • Find Inexpensive Bedding Options.   I admit this part can sometimes be tricky.  So I'm going to share with you what I did to create the look you see on my bed.


The Botanical Hand-Lettering Workbook~

This post is sponsored by The Botanical Hand-Lettering Workbook.

Hello Lovelies!

I love paper.   I love paper planners.  I love paper calendars.  I love stationery, and cards, and lists.
And going right along with my love of paper, is my love of hand lettering.  There is just something so personal about cards or notes that are hand written.  I am so glad that there are people out there that agree with me, and that there is currently a trend toward the personal, paper and hand-lettered items that I love so much.

When I was a young girl, I took a calligraphy class.  I learned how to do the traditional calligraphy strokes, and I got pretty good at it...for a ten year old.  And I've been intrigued with calligraphy ever since.

So as one of my New Year's Goals this year, I decided that I wanted to learn the art of modern calligraphy.  I want to be able to do some beautiful hand lettering.

I am also a huge bookworm.  I adore books.  It is this love of books combined with my love of hand-lettering that made me jump at the chance to review a copy of  The Botanical Hand-Lettering Workbook by Bethany Robertson.  It's not a book about modern calligraphy, but it is a whimsical guide to hand-lettering with a floral flair.

Read more after the break...


Getting My House Ready for Bed (A Simple Evening Housekeeping Routine)~

Hello Lovelies!

Earlier this week when I shared my Wake Up Your House Routine, I promised that I would be back to share my routine for getting my house ready for bed.

This routine is simple and short, much like my morning routine, and is designed so that I can go to bed with a reasonably clean house...and my family can wake up and have an easier morning as we all get ready for our various activities.

Read more after the break...


Waking Up My House~

Hello Lovelies!

Last week, I shared with you my new philosophy, Honest Decorating.  As I have been contemplating all of the different facets of what I consider Honest Decorating to be, I started thinking about the ways I honor our home.  Honor our home.  What does that mean, exactly?  

Well, I believe -  as I've mentioned numerous times - that the home should be a haven and an escape from the world.  Because it plays such an important role in our lives, we should treat our homes with respect.  One of the ways that I do that, is by "waking up my house" each morning.

Read more after the break...