Edible Flowers ::: Pansies in Our Salad
March YLEO Freebies
Cottage in the Oaks Spring Home Tour
Unique Spring Door Wreaths

Spring Front Porch {2015}

Cottage in the Oaks  Spring Home Tour

If you were here on Monday….you've already gotten a peek at the porch. If not, you can check out the whole Spring Cottage Home Tour HERE. It's always so nice to clear off the porch, clean everything up….and freshen it up. It's our favorite place to be and it's where we welcome friends. I'm so glad 'porch sitting' weather has arrived! =)     You can find the details of the Continue Reading

How to Make Beautiful Salads ……..

Edible Flowers ::: Pansies in Our Salad

   This is pansy season here where I live. They are blooming in abundance usually beginning this month through mid-May.  Once it gets warm pansies don't fair so well. I love to make fun little bouquets to put around the house and we also use the them for our salads. Adding edible flowers to your salad makes them so beautiful…..and tasty! Did you know that pansies are edible Continue Reading

March Special + Freebies !

March YLEO Freebies

I wanted to let you guys know about a special I'm offering this week! Essential oils have been an awesome addition to our healthy lifestyle….we've used them for just about everything: sleeping better, asthma, allergies, migraines, muscle/joint pain, adrenal fatigue, energy, etc. Such a blessing! If you've been wanting to jump into essential oils…now is a great time. I'm Continue Reading

Spring Cottage Home Tours

Cottage in the Oaks Spring Home Tour

I'm so honored to be a part of the Spring Blog Home Tours that has been organized by the wonderful Jen Migonis of Migonis Home. Welcome to our cottage! I'm so glad to have you! If you are visiting from Erin's lovely blog, DIY on the Cheap….it's so nice to have you. There are so many wonderful Spring home tours this week….be sure to not miss them. I've listed them all by day Continue Reading

Unique Spring Door Wreaths

Unique Spring Door Wreaths

Still springifying over here….how about you? I wanted to do a little something different for the front door this year. I've always had fun using my gardening/rain boots for flowers and arrangements….usually just sitting on the floor. But, I thought it would be fun to do the same thing with them….but hang them on the front door instead. Definitely something different from the Continue Reading

Taking Time to Savor ………

Savor ::: A Devotional

Savor. I love that word. It was almost my word for this year. Savoring is not exclusive….you savor the bitter with the sweet. You squeeze every moment out of each day…intentionally. I have always felt a bit of a kindred spirit with Shauna….and enjoyed all of her books. BUT, I will have to say that this is one of my favorites so far. Her new book: Savor: Living Abundantly Continue Reading

Inviting Spring Mantel Ideas


   I'm so glad Spring is here! I'm ready for fresh breezes, time on the porch, digging in the dirt, the smell of fresh cut grass….and GREEN! Yay! I'm in the process of Springifying our home ……. and clearing off the mantel, tables, etc. {And wrangling the dust bunnies that were under all of it! ha!} I put together a fun board of unique, fresh Spring mantel ideas. You can find Continue Reading

DIY Built-In Sideboard

ready made curtains

As we prepare to switch out our dining room and living room…..I've been looking back through posts of how those rooms have changed. Wow…they've changed A LOT! All in good ways. =) This is a post that I shared three years ago….and we are still loving the 'built-in' sideboard that Handsome made…and it's fun to see how it's evolved over those three years and all the different Continue Reading

Sprouting in the Manure


It is almost the greatest season to be in the garden----Spring is almost here with perfect weather, just enough water, everything blooming. Abundance. Fresh. Life. New. While planting seeds this past week I started thinking---Wow! this teeny, little, puny thing is going to turn into a lush, beautiful perennial in my garden this summer. I didn't see it as a sprout--or even Continue Reading

Italy {Part 1}

The Colosseum

   I've been wanting to share about my wonderful adventure in Italy for a while, but it has been hard to start. So many wonderful parts and pictures….and my heart. Be still. It was such a wonderful adventure….and, I will have to say, the first time in many years that I've truly felt myself. Around me there seemed to be so many people talking, but I found myself to be very Continue Reading

Cottage Laundry Room

Cottage Laundry Room Makeover

   Well. I've been scrambling for weeks trying to find the 'before' pictures. They were probably so bad in some fit of hysteria I deleted them….hoping to never remember how this room was 'before'. ha! And, then, I've been trying to take decent pictures….there is no natural light in our laundry room. It's the only room in our cottage that doesn't have outside windows and/or Continue Reading

Shipping Crate Kitchen Island

kitchen island

Happy Monday! While I'm trying to get these laundry room pics edited and ready to post on here….I thought I'd share a fun project that we did about 3 years ago. We are still loving our 'shipping crate kitchen island'…..you can check out our whole kitchen HERE. For sources of where you can find items….. You can find the vintage French cup/glass drying rack HERE. You can find Continue Reading