Hidden Gem Wilderness of the Smokies

Hidden Gem: Wilderness of the Smokies 

FAMILY VACATION all Aboard! That is what my kids were screaming when I mention that I would be going to Knoxville, TN for work. I saw the excitement in my kids faces and I had no idea what they were so excited abut! Well that is when I typed in fun adventure resorts and that is when Wilderness of the Smokies popped up! Have you heard of the Wilderness of the Smokies? After seeing all of the activities that the Wilderness of the Smokies has to offer, I knew that this was the place my kids could have a blast during the time that I would be working!


Wilderness at The Smokies

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Join me at The Megaphone Summit 2019!

Megaphone Summit 2019!

What is Megaphone Summit?

Megaphone Summit is an annual conference held in Bentonville, Arkansas for bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and social media rockstars presented by Soapbox Influence. Megaphone is entering its 9th year, the event will gather 150 – 250 influencers from every niche: lifestyle, parenting, food, fashion, travel, decor, health, fitness and beyond.

If you are someone who works in to create content for a particular audience, whether that be for a blog or social media content this conference is for you. How fun would it be to meet other online creators who share the same interests as you, in person! As online creators we don’t always get to connect with other people in person who get our lifestyle. When you attend this type of conference you have a chance to meet new friends and have someone in your corner who understands what you do, and why you love it! We work very hard to build our online following and reputation and sometimes people in our “real-life” may not get exactly what it is we “do”.

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Our Holiday Bedroom Reveal

Our Holiday Bedroom Reveal

I am so excited to finally share our newly remodeled bedroom with you!

So when we moved into our “Forever” Home in June, I was so excited to decorate the master bedroom for the holidays. We painted the bedroom last week, and added shiplap to the main wall. There is still so much to do in this space, but we are off to a great start just in time to for Christmas. I hope this special space offers some kind of inspiration and gets you in the mood to decorate for the holidays.

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DIY Hallway Reveal

DIY Hallway Reveal

I have been busting at the seems to finally show our finished hallway landing space. It has been raining for weeks in our small town Portage, PA. The project has been completed for a few weeks but lighting in this space was not cooperating. This has truly been one of the easiest and funnest DIY projects to date. This space needed a refresh and this was the perfect project to give it just that.

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Breast Cancer…My Journey

Breast Cancer…My Journey


It’s October again, and I have decided it is time to share my journey. I guess it is more my story of my battle against breast cancer.

I recently connected with a follower on Instagram who fighting her own fight with cancer. Cancer sucks, plain and simple it is something that makes my heart-sick. I have had a heavy heart the last few weeks worrying about this individual. She is also a mother and a new breastie. She talked to me about being someone who has always been strong and has never backed down from anything. But I can relate to her broken spirit. I can relate to her sadness and her anger. I can relate to feeling defeated.

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Affordable DIY Shiplap

We recently moved into our forever home and the first DIY project we decided to tackle was the entry way.

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The Curated Farmhouse Spring Subscription Box 

Spring Subscription Box

I have been wanting to do some type of subscription box for awhile now and I am so excited about my first one. This Spring box celebrates smalls shops run by some of the most amazing makers on Instagram. I have worked side by side with these individuals and it is my pleasure to introduce each one to you, and tell you a little about each one.

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Rae Dunn Insanity

So I stopped by my local Marshall’s yesterday since I was at Target next door. I have pretty much gave up on looking for Rae Dunn on a regular basis anymore. I spent  most of the summer as we relocated with the Army from North Carolina to Kansas stopping at every TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshall’s I could find with zero to no luck. Not so much as even a mug, and my frustration was getting the best of me. The final straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak was an altercation I got in with another RD Buyer in a Home Goods in the middle of who know’s where.

(Photo by Rae Dunn)


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Vintage Book DIY Tutorial


I just love searching for old vintage books, but as a military wife, we are always on the move. I have such a hard time finding access to vintage items. So I decided to get creative and make my own. I have so many people ask me how I make them, so I decided It would be easier just to do a DIY tutorial to share.

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Our Story

A little about me….My life is chaotic and full of crafting and lots and lots of coffee. I look forward to my only quiet time which is spent with my morning cup of coffee. Once the chaos of the morning routine is done, and the kids and husband are not their way my day begins. Creating is just something I was born to do. I wake up every day with so new ideas in my head, that I have to bring to life. crafts, diy, mommy blog, blogI am always learning new techniques, new crafts, and , failing as I embrace my creativity.

My motto “Life is better with a little bit of paint on everything you own.”

Let me shed some light on the “Chaos” part of my life. It all started one day when I fell in love with a soldier. I married a military man and I am a mom to three boys…enough said.

Life is funny, things don’t ever seem to go according to our “plans.” Which is ok, because in our family “plans” are for much more organized people. When I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2012 it shook me to my core. Everything changed. I was no longer invincible. Each day, each moment meant so much more. I was not ready to leave my husband, or my children. I have always worked, since I was 14 selling newspapers. So when I was dealing with one surgery after the next, all the different doctors and medication, I found a way to channel through making signs. Well that is what brought me to where I am today.

I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration and I have yet to work one day in health care. Its just not who I am anymore or who I want to be. I want to own a little farm, a store, and grow old with my family and friends. I am simple, I want a simple life, love and be loved. Nothing else really matter in the big scheme of  things. I want to teach my children right from wrong, how to get their hands dirty, and work for what you want. I treasure every day that I get to spend with them and all those things that once seemed so important just faded into the background. You only get one life so live it….let me tell you a little about our chaos.

Our life is chaos, we are always working and creating new items. My husband has been active duty military for 18+ years. We have moved 6 times in 10 years and each time we have to set up “shop” in a new state and start over. Make new friends  and make our house a home even if it’s just for a little while.

This blog is very important to me. I love to write and I love to share my experiences and my discoveries with other people.  I have fun chatting about my daily experiences (we have some ridiculous ones) and I love to teach people how to create something of their very own.

My days are filled with painting, projects, marketing, and lots and lots of coffee.

I don’t own one piece of clothing that does not have paint or stains on it. I would love to say I spent hours on my hair and makeup each day…but I can say at least I shower every day. I am a mom and I am lucky if I don’t have paint in my hair or gum for that matter.

Crafting is my passion, I can’t  walk through Michaels or Hobby Lobby without millions of ideas running through my head. I am one of those people who can take a lamp or picture and design a whole room around that one object. The ideas are just rolling around like a marble in a jar.

Sometimes I wish I could turn off my creativity because it is almost like a craving you can’t suffice most days. One craft project leads to ten more and the ideas just keep spinning off one another. So as you can imagine most of my days are spent in my craft room. So why not start a blog and share my in and outs with other DIY enthusiasts.

mom, wife, blog, craftsThe Struggle is Real. I find myself most days trying to show the mail lady, UPS guy, or my neighbors what I have created for the day. My bubble is small and most days I am so excited to share with my creations with anyone who wants to see them. So now we have an outlet.

My very own blog where I can post tutorials, pictures, and step-by-step directions on how to do specific craft projects. Oh but wait, now I will have to put make up on and do my hair…..where will I find them time????