Hello? Happy New Year?

Testing 1..2..3...ahem, I'm feeling a bit rusty at this. Happy 2016, my friends! 

For 2016, I won't pretend to make promises that I won't keep, resolutions that would never last, or predictions that would only be a guess. Instead, I'm going to declare that I have no idea what this year will bring. Here's what I know for sure -

2015 was a great year for the One Room Challenge™. House Beautiful credited this shot as their number one Instagram like for the entire year! 

What's even more shocking is that this image did not go up until November, so it had a short amount of time to gain all those likes. You can read about the top 15 images for House Beautiful, here.

House Beautiful has always been great to the ORC. They often feature some of the guest participants. Melissa, from Polished Habitat has been featured several times. Her closet makeover got their attention., this round. Can you even believe this closet?

Polished Habitat
I would be so embarrassed to show you my closet. Although I did mange to find some new dressy-er pants for my dynamic career as a real estate mogul. Did I mention my daughter is threatening thinking about going to Law School? She barely finished writing her essays for her undergraduate applications. #ImNotPayingForThat

Aniko, from Place of My Taste was also featured on House Beautiful. Her living room transformation is fantastic! Be sure to read all about it on HB.

Place of My Taste

Another end-of-the-year-but-I-hope-it-is-not-too-late event going on is a sale at TPP (The Pink Pagoda). You can find all the gorgeousness, here.  

Well I made it through my first post of 2016! Thanks for hanging in with me and keeping up with all my shenanigans (had to use spell check for that one). 

I'm going to beak my non-resolution/prediction, and say that my new site will be the largest website transformation I have ever procrastinated and agonized over. I'm not sure when it will be done, but I do know that it will be finished long before my home renovation is complete. That will never be finished :).


Zen Cyber Monday

Ahh, my favorite internet shopping day! I have been holding things in my shopping baskets waiting for today. By the time you read this, I will have made several purchases. 

In Naples, the Nordstrom store is very small and selective. I usually purchase online and then return the few items that don't work. Although, most things are just fine :). I happen to notice that there was an additional 25% off on my favorite readers. At my age, you can never have enough readers lying around. 

I'm calling today Zen Cyber Monday because I am finally buying a Fitbit. Do you already have one? My daughter wanted the full size one, but I want the thin one....in part, because of the adorable Tory Burch covers. And speaking of Ms. Burch, did you see that she has a Pro Shop with sporting accessories?

Photograph via       1 / 2 / 3/ / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

In no specific order, my favorite Cyber stuff. You know it's a special day when Starbucks has a Cyber Sale. I think it is one of the safest gifts you can give someone. Although, this press is probably for me. And I will be stocking up on my favorite moisturizer during this special sale. I love this one because of the SPF 30. Big beautiful books are always a winner. This cocktail shaker would be fun to give. And finally, I would love to start playing backgammon again. I miss playing board games. 

Did you stumble upon any great sales? Do share!


Happy Thanksgiving Week

Well hello! I know we have so much to get caught up on. My home is still sllllooooooowly coming along. A crazy thing happened during our renovations, I had some sort of life-altering reality check.

My daughter is a senior in high school and my son is a freshman at the same school. She is working her way through the college application process (it makes the ORC look like playtime in the sandbox) and he doesn't want to hang out with mom. And then it hit me, how do I want to spend my time when I am not catering to their every demand assisting them through their teen years?

What was my passion?....other than design, the One Room Challenge™, and this site :).

So I decided to get a degree in real estate stalking. Yup! The state of Florida has deemed me qualified to sell real estate. During the last two months I have been working on the One Room Challenge™, coordinating electricians, painters, and everyone else who wanted a piece of this home project, working a day job (did I mention that I had a day job? We really do need to get caught up), and going to real estate school on the weekends. Whew!

I'll tell you all about my plans in a future post, but for now, let the shopping begin. I'm also working on renovating this site. It is long overdue for a fresh new look. 


My sincerest wishes to you and your family for a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of you checking in on me with your comments and emails. I will be spending the remainder of this week going through all of the One Room Challenge™ Guest Participants. I have been reading each and every post. Come by over the long weekend, and take a look. One of them has already been featured in House Beautiful

Oh, and if you can, please consider dropping something off to your local food bank. 

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