Thursday, December 31, 2015


We made it.... Christmas has come and gone and we are now trying to get the most out of our time off before the start of the new year.  This past week was a complete blur - I honestly can not even believe all that we have done in just 1 week.  We made about 3 trips halfway across the state, spent time with a lot of family we haven't seen in awhile, visited the ER (we thought - for a hot second - that Gwen broke her arm; she is just fine), ate waaaay too much, managed to organize and go through all of the kids toys (old and new), as well as throw in the normal day to day house stuff, and work.  My super sweet MIL did have the kids for a few nights, so the husband and I were able to have some serious couch time, and went to an amazing dinner date night to this French inspired restaurant in Clayton (Bar Les Freres - anyone local should so go; request table #8;)), it was so good, and the service was the best we have ever had.  

Because we only have one more day left of 2015 - I have started thinking about our life, and prioritizing the things I would like to work on come 2016.  2015 has been such a whir, I do know that one of my first new years resolutions is to start saying the word, "no".  No to anything additional, because I decided it's time to be honest with myself - I simply do not have the spare time left in my daily life to be successful at my current obligations (like being a good wife, Mom, running a business, etc). a nutshell, I hope to say "NO" more in 2016, lol.

I do not like making numerous statements regarding resolutions, because honestly I feel like it jinx's the resolution and discounts it from the get go.  Instead, I just want to work on continuing to be the best version of myself I can be.

One of my biggest goals that I accomplished during 2015 was seeing this blog come to fruition.  I thought and thought about this blog for about 2 years before I wrote my first post this year.  I am no where near where I thought I would be...however, then again I am so much further than I was when I first started;).  The hopes and dreams I have for GLG during 2016 are huge; I mean come on Pottery Barn - are you ready for some collaborations yet?!

With that - cheers to 2016!



Monday, December 21, 2015


Hi ya:)  I wanted to start a new series here on GLG: MIMIC MONDAY.  MIMIC MONDAY is dedicated to highlighting a style, design, room, layout, etc and we will dig into it, detail it, and try to describe how you could get the look in your own home.

For the first MIMIC MONDAY I wanted to hone in on the gallery wall.  We all know what a gallery wall is, and we all love them.  However, what makes a good gallery wall, and what makes a not so fabulous looking gallery?  In my opinion, here are my top 5 tips you should think about when considering installing a gallery wall:

1. Consider the entire wall you intend to place the gallery on.  How wide/tall is it?  This is important, and the first tip that came to my mind.  I personally do not care for a small gallery wall placed on a larger scaled wall.  To me it feels out of place, and not thought through.  If you have a large wall, use the space up and fill it up (which almost always make the space feel larger).  

2. What will you fill the gallery wall up with?  Will you use all frames?  Or will you include clocks, monogramed items, initials, etc?  While I have seen awesome gallery walls that include miscellaneous knickknack items, my go to is a frames only gallery.

3.  What is the color scheme?  i.e. will you use all the same frames, or vary them; silver, gold, etc.?  Will you introduce different colors in your photos?  Or use B/W photos?  

4.  What type of photos will you place in the gallery wall?  Is this an area where you can hang personal, family photos, or will you stick to random photos of favorite places, maps, etc.  I know I will get a lot of people that will disagree with me, I am honestly not a huge fan of gallery walls filled with family photos.  I mean I get it - I love displaying photos of my family, and if they are memorable to you, and you love them - than by all means do it.  You just probably won't see a family gallery wall in my own home.

5. Lastly - what is your budget for this project?  Picture frames can get expensive fast.  Stating your budget from the get go - will help you narrow in on the size of the project, as well as how many photos you can realistically use (if using the majority of frames in the gallery).  Side note - I would definitely recommend hitting up Ikea for your frames; cheap and simple. 

My inspiration for this post came from one of my BF's who was texting me examples of her gallery wall she was working on with her husband.  Below are the various layouts she sent. 

I like this one, however, the photo does not do justice to how large the wall is.  I would rather see something that filled the wall better:

Here is a better pic of the entire wall space she has to work with:

Another layout - I love how it fills up the wall space so much more than the ones above.  The individual frames could be moved up or down slightly, just to vary them a bit, but overall - I like this one the best:

Lastly, here is another option.  I am not a huge fan of this one at all.  Too tiny for such a big wall:
Below are some of my favorite gallery walls I have seen:

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Monday, December 14, 2015


Tonight we made the trip to go see Santa.  Michael has been saying for weeks that he didn't want to go see Santa.  When we asked him why he just said he didn't want to...but I know it is because he is scared of him.  Michael has always been scared of Santa.  His first visit to the big man was at a studio in Jeff City.  The photographer had to photoshop him sitting next to Santa because we couldn't even get him into the same room as him. So...Michael fully understands that he can email Santa, or better yet he can write down what he wants and have his baby sister hand it to Santa when she sits on his lap.  

Well....considering this is what happened when it was Gwen's turn, I ended up handing Santa the request list myself.

However, the funniest part of the night was we showed up expecting to walk up to Santa, do the deal and leave.  Maybe taking 30 mins max.  Well, apparently it was bring your dog to see Santa night, so there were more dogs there than kids.  I honestly was a little shocked at all of the  dogs there.  Double that with kids, long lines, and zero snacks - it was slightly chaotic. But- we survived and got that awesome picture you saw above;).  

While we were waiting the 2 hours to get through the line, I couldn't stop drooling over the brand new Kendra Scott store in STL!  It is gorgeous.  Here's a pic I took with my iPhone, while in line.  The light fixtures were just perfect.  And what was even better- was that they did three in a straight line horizontally across the front store space.  I wanted to go in so badly, but I had to man our place in line while Mike was chasing the two crazy ones around.  Next time:).  


Friday, December 11, 2015


I have another gift guide for you all - this time it is for that Decorista in your lives.  This year, I have had quite a few girlfriends/family members either build, renovate, and or purchase and move into new homes.  Therefore, the gift giving this year, for me anyways seems to be focused on finding gifts for the new home owner.  But, not just any homeowner, one that wants to have unique, modern, budget friendly, yet classic pieces in their home to make it their own.

I also wanted this gift guide to be accessible and realistic - therefore, I kept all items under $100.

This post was featured by Havenly on their blog.  I was beyond excited and honored when Havenly invited me to put together a guide for their readers.  Havenly is an uber-awesome online resource for decorating your home.  Prices start at $79/room, which includes your own personal designer and tons of decor inspiration and ideas.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


While shopping this year, I have begun to take notice of all of the amazing items you can buy at Nordstrom's.  I would almost say it is very "Target-esque" - a one stop shop.

I spent about an hour today just browsing the site.  I did want to keep the gift guide today focused on "her" - there were tons of items for the guys on your list as well;).  This post is not sponsored in anyway, I just couldn't stay away after I started shopping!

Below are my favorites I saw today while perusing the walls of, enjoy:).  All items can be found at Nordstrom.

Friday, December 4, 2015


Here is the start of my Christmas gift guides!  I have been working on compiling all of my favorite products of the year to share with you all... and honestly kept coming across so many awesome tech related gifts this year.  My Mom is a huge tech junkie, so she is always keeping me in the loop on the latest products...;).  #__ below is on her Christmas list.  So without further ado - below are my favorite gifts for the techie in your life.

ps. I always try and stay below $100 with my gift guides, because let's be realistic - I am probably not going to push the $100 mark on any of my gifts this year.  It is hard with tech items though - and I know with my family, we will all chip in on a big gift every once in awhile.  So there are a few items below that are slightly above or right at $100.

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Monday, November 30, 2015


Hi ya:).  My family and I just got back from our annual Thanksgiving vacation these past 10 days.  It was awesome - great weather, family time and food.  I tried to stay off of my computer and phone as much as possible, but am back at it this week.

I took 549 pictures with my iphone while there, and probably 99% of them are of the kids.  There is no way I could possibly pick out my favorites, so instead here is my favorite picture that is a non-kid pic; Mike fishing.  Love this one.

I am fully aware it is NOT summer here in the midwest, however, hopefully a lot of you are able to take warm weather vacations like we did this past week and half.  Here are a few of my top go to's from this past week.

Birding Bag - A large bag to carry all of your stuff, kids stuff, husbands stuff, and everything else.

Piggy Paint - Love this stuff, but don't expect it to stay on too long.

Sound machine - So much easier to put your little one to sleep when there are others staying with you.

Swim cover-up - Same one I used - in blue (on sale right now).

Moisturizer/Sunscreen - This stuff is amazing - you can wear it alone.

Rodney Strong - Because you will need this and it is delicious.

Waterproof bag - I used this everyday in my bag to put my cell phone, wallet, extra diapers, etc. in.

Hat - Wore this all day.

Shirt/cover-up - I wore this a lot as a cover-up on the days it was chilly, (i.e. in the upper 70's).

Monitor - Luckily our house was close enough to the pool, which allowed this monitor to work poolside. 

Keens - How cute are these?!  Functional as well - Gwen wore them a ton.

Beach towels - So cute and my kids love having their 'own' things.

Friday, November 20, 2015


Okay you guys - I found this amazingly delicious enchilada recipe.  It is so good - I could not wait to share it with you all.  I made it the other night when some friends of ours were coming over, and forgot to snap some real life photos of how it turned out.  However, my only comment is do not use the large tortillas as the recipe calls for.  The large ones were waay too big and would only let me fit 4 in each 9x13 pan; versus using one pan for all eight.  And each enchilada was pretty large.

You have to make the special enchilada sauce when making these, it is truly what makes the recipe; and is SO easy.  I honestly can not believe how delicious they turned out - I just mentioned them to my mother in law, and we are planning on making some this week while we are in Florida...super quick and easy to make for a large group.

Again, because I totally slacked on taking photos the night I made these - all photos are via Ali over at Gimme Some Oven.

Recipe link is here.  Enjoy!!


Monday, November 16, 2015


Our family is leaving for a beach vacation this week, and we started packing the kids today.  My mind started getting excited about the sunny skies, warm weather, relaxing days and all things beach.  While I would never think of decorating a room in my day to day home based on teals, blues, wicker, ropes, waves, etc. I do think it would be so much fun to decorate a lake/beach house when the time comes (keeping my fingers crossed it is sooner rather than later).  

I put together some inspiration photos I keep hanging onto for that 'one day' house.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015


Today was the day...  The reveal day for all 20 of the One Room Challenge participants.  If you all missed my first post a few days ago regarding the ORC, click here to go back and check it out.

Quick recap: One Room Challenge is a 6 week interior design challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.  Linda selects 20 bloggers bi-annually to participate - and it is intense - like crazy awesome intense.

Here are a few of the highlights from the final reveal day - these bloggers all did such a great job.  I can't imagine the stress these lovely ladies have been under these past 6 weeks.

This living room reveal by Cassie at Hi Sugarplum! I think has to be one of my favorites.  Cassie stated she enlisted the help of the uber-talented, Kristin Jackson of The Hunted Interior (one of my favorite blogs to follow - by the way).   The second you see this space - it has Kristin written all over it - I love it!

Here is a shot of Arianna Belle's finished room.  If you click here, and see the before and after shots of her space side by side - it is a perfect example of taking a space and making slight changes that produce a large impact.  Another awesome room - love how that light fixture does double duty by bringing these two spaces together. 

Check out this awesome wallpaper in a bathroom project over at Design Darling

I love this bright and airy sitting room done by Sherry at Design Indulgence

I could never design a space like this, but wish I could.  The purple sectional is awesome with that detailed nailhead, and that large ottoman takes the cake.  This room was done by The English Room.  

A bright and neutral nursery done by Honey We're Home

Up next is Simplified Bee's foyer renovation.  I love the wallpaper and light fixture in this one.

LOVE these nightstands used by Style your Senses

There is my very quick and dirty recap of the ORC.  I included a link to the above bloggers, which at the end of every post they have each detailed a list of the participants so you can easily follow along. These posts give me the inspiration I need to wrap up this bedroom project and be able to share all of my after photos.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015


While searching for art for our new bedroom, I came across this print from Stephanie Vovas:

I mean...I want bad!  Would be perfect in our new space, and I just love this photograph.

While I was on her site, I came across so many more sexy, exotic and unique prints.  Stephanie has a unique style that you will notice as soon as you begin viewing her work.  Her photos have a cool, 70's, artistic vibe.  These are statement pieces, you should probably use, like a few of the more nude-esque ones.  I am not an art connoisseur by any means, but I can really appreciate her photos for what they are - making a beautiful, unique, in the moment statement.

Love this one -

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And this one -

Do you have a go-to artist?!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015


The other night, while I am making dinner Michael asks me, "Mommy can we make a dessert maybe one like that has apples in it".  My first reaction was, no way - lol.  I am lucky to be making dinner right now, let alone have time to "make" something for dessert...I mean don't you have piles of halloween candy in the cabinet you could grab?!  

After I spent the next 10 minutes day dreaming about an apple crisp with ice cream, I got online and found this recipe from The Kitchn.  So simple, quick and I had all of these ingredients at home - and I am sure everyone does - simple.  

They did take about an hour to put together and cook - but with this daylight savings time change, it seems like we now have all this time in the evenings.  So it actually gave us something to do until bath and bed time.  

Here is the finished product - they were SO good, and I did not feel that guilty about eating one - there really is not a lot to them.  

And yes...I love having a boy and a girl;).

My little baker wanted to lick the sugar out of the bowl.


Let me know if you guys try this - we will definitely be making again.


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