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Lots of New Upgrades, Plus I’ve Chosen New Lighting for the Garage

Welcome to the 702nd Metamorphosis Monday! Are you familiar with the children's book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? In the book, the cute little mouse asks for a cookie. The cookie makes him thirsty, so then he asks for a glass of milk. I've forgotten now what the glass of milk leads to, but each request leads to another and another and another.   This garage project I've embarked on is definitely turning into a mouse/cookie situation. lol It … [Continue Reading...]

My June Favorites: Some Practical, Some for Fun & One Almost Got My Grandson in Trouble

Floral Birthday Cake

Last month I purchased this awesome Margaritaville frozen drink maker as a gift for my son and daughter-in-law who have June birthdays just 6 days apart. I may have had ulterior motives...like hoping for a frozen drink or two on Catan-playing night. lol       I've been seeing this frozen drink maker for many years and I've always wanted to try it out. It did not disappoint! During the two-week visit, we made frozen drinks on several … [Continue Reading...]

Garage Flooring Has Been Chosen & A Back-Saving, Step-Saving New Purchase

Rolling 3-Tier Cart with Handle

Welcome to the 719th Tablescape Thursday! A few days ago I shared plans to have my garage's concrete floor prettied up. I was trying to choose between two flooring systems: Epoxy vs Polyaspartic Polyurea.   After getting estimates for both methods, I've decided to go with the Epoxy system which is also finished off with a topcoat of Polyaspartic. I know several of you asked that I share in a future post which flooring I chose and why. The "why" was … [Continue Reading...]

Planning a Garage Makeover, Here’s the “Before” and the Plan!

Garage Before New Flooring Surface

Welcome to the 701st Metamorphosis Monday! For many, many years I've been itching to spiffy up my garage. I've always hated this concrete floor. It's so depressing to look at and never really feels clean.   Last week I got a quote for having Epoxy flooring installed. Tomorrow I'll be getting a quote for another type of flooring that is also very popular called Polyaspartic Polyurea. I think both flooring types end up being finished with a … [Continue Reading...]

Celebrating the 4th of July with a Patriotic Table Setting! Happy Independence Day!

Screened Porch Entertaining, 4th of July

Welcome to the 718th Tablescape Thursday! I haven't had a chance yet to thank you for all the wonderful suggestions left on my June 24th post. They were all incredibly helpful. I will do a follow-up post very soon because I think I may have figured out what was causing the issues I've been having--more on that real soon. But I just wanted to say Thank You and let you know how much I appreciated each and every suggestion! I was so excited for this week's … [Continue Reading...]

Answering Your Questions & A Big 40% Off Summer Sale

Large Deck, Side of Home

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments you left on yesterday's post sharing Mary Anne's porch addition. She appreciated your sweet comment so much! A few of you were asking how Mary Anne's new screened porch attaches to her home so she took some additional photos trying to capture that for you. Mary Anne said, "Below is the front of a typical Saltbox style house, which I made a little bit atypical by adding a portico in front. They usually have plain flat … [Continue Reading...]

Deck Becomes Screened Porch with Seating and Space for Dining/Entertaining

Screened Porch with Sill, Ledge for Plants

Welcome to the 700th Metamorphosis Monday! This porch-loving woman sure does love it when you share your beautiful porches and outdoor spaces with me! I get so excited when I get an email from a lovely BNOTP reader with photos of a wonderful, relaxing, outdoor space they've created for their home. Recently I received an email from Mary Anne who said, "A few months ago I mentioned to you what an inspiration you and your porch were to me and that I was in the … [Continue Reading...]

Trying Out Wedge Pillows for a Better Night’s Sleep, What Worked & What Didn’t

A week or so ago I mentioned I had purchased a wedge pillow to see if it would help with my ongoing sinus issues that seem to always plague me at night. The pillow I've been sleeping on is super low, which I like, but I was concerned that it was contributing to my sinus problem since my head is at such a flat level while I sleep. I've been fighting sinus issues for years. I am beginning to suspect that part of my problem is due to a food intolerance...maybe … [Continue Reading...]

8 Patriotic Table Settings for the 4th of July

4th of July Table Centerpiece

Welcome to the 717th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Summer! I can't believe how fast spring went by. I just realized Independence Day is less than two weeks away! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing some festive, fun ways to celebrate this year. I hope you find these tables helpful as you plan for your 4th of July celebrations. Click the title of each post below to see more of that particular table setting. A "Picnic" on the Porch, Ants … [Continue Reading...]

Going Preppy, Favorite Starch/Sizing, & How I Wash Those Favorite Pieces

Yesterday I drove over to Avalon, a local shopping area that's around 25 minutes from my home. I had a Tommy Bahama dress to return that unfortunately wasn't the color I expected when I ordered it online. I never visit Avalon without stopping in to see what's new in Lilly Pulitzer. I really prefer shopping LP in person whenever possible since they offer clothes in such a variety of fabrics. It's kinda time-consuming shopping their site online because you have to … [Continue Reading...]