by laura janning

Create A Spring Coffee Table....using what you have

March 26, 2015

So this is the final installment of the challenge to decorate the same space, 3 different ways, using what you have. Thanks for tagging along. If you missed the last two months you can find them here

and here

 I hope some of my ideas have provided you some thought and inspiration on how to take something from lets say the kitchen and use it on the bookcase in the family room, or maybe something from the family room and use on the dining room table.

Since this month's challenge is close to Easter and officially marks the start of Spring, I went for a very simple 'Springiness' look with a bit of Easter for the coffee table in the living room. And although we don't sit in this room as much as others... it is the first place your eyes might land when they walk through my front door.

Gadgets that are spoiling me in the kitchen

March 25, 2015

I feel like a kept woman in the kitchen these days. Spoiled....just like a queen.  Especially when I am standing right in this spot, at the kitchen sink.

The faucet switcheroo probably would not have happened if I hadn't gotten lucky last summer and won a faucet at a conference I attended. I know right, too exciting! Who wins a faucet?
Not being very experienced with faucets, ( the last time I bought a faucet for this space was 13 years ago when we built the house and that was the one and only that I have ever picked out and bought)  I picked one out.... it was so pretty but just wasn't the right look and feel for the kitchen, so I gifted it to a friend and we bought this one instead. 

How to boost your confidence even though you want to hide..... and a giveaway

March 23, 2015

I’m excited to share a post with you today that’s all about staying confident... even when you’re battling a cold sore and don't feel or act like yourself.  When a special occasion is approaching, I don’t want a cold sore to dampen my spirits or slow me down.  That is why I keep Abreva® on hand to treat my cold sore at the very first sign. Read below to discover other simple ways you can keep your confidence high.

As much as this post is about cold sores treatment, it is also about how to feel your best even when you want to just hide and not be seen. I have been there. I get it. Not exactly your crowning moment.
Cold sores have plagued me more than once in my life. The mere onset of one, immediately changes my demeanor and attitude... quickly.  Insecurities are front and center.

As I got older I realized that my beauty and how people saw me was not being judged by a mere sore, my body size or the color of my hair. My confidence is what defines my beauty. I learned that regardless of an imperfection that I was temporarily sporting around, my ability to not hide from those imperfections is what people saw.

I realized that I needed to put a plan together to help build confidence, when confidence wasn't there. Here are some things that have worked for me.
Change the way you think. Instead of looking in a mirror and immediately freaking out about your imperfection, accept it and do something about it. I am sure that what you see is a far bigger deal to you then anyone who will see you. 
Smile.  Did you know that smiling reduces stress, which is actually a trigger for cold sores. It also ups your immune system. Smiling makes us more attractive to those around us... with or without our imperfections.
Invest in your overall health and appearance. Eat right and exercise regularly. Pay attention to what you are wearing. It's a lot easier to feel good about ourselves when we think we look, so put a little effort into feeling put together. You can still look fabulous in your tee shirt and jeans, just don't wear your jammies to the store. Be true to YOU. It's really hard to be confident when we're trying to be someone we're not. You have imperfections. So what. Everybody does. Now move on.
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Weekly Wow's- Spring touches, projects and wreaths

March 20, 2015

Spring touches in green over at Refresh Restyle. Loving how the green and black are working in her room!

Remodelando la Casa has the most amazing projects. Love this latest one above her spring mantel.

Spring Kitchen Mantel...using kids artwork

March 18, 2015

I love it when the kids bring new art work home from school. To see their creativity and imagination expressed through art is so amazing. I decided to use one of Lily's prints as basis for my Spring mantel in the kitchen. 

A couple of weeks ago Lily brought home her interpretation of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting that she did in her school art class. That beautiful pink bloom painted by her sweet little hands, went immediately on the mantel in the kitchen.  I sure do hope they continue to keep art and music in the schools...forever.

I  added a vase of  pink carnations and a few blue eggs to pull the colors from the painting and to Spring it up a bit.