• Fun in Oceanside {Gypsy Magpie}

    Oceanside, CA.

    My family just enjoyed a week at my family reunion in sunny California. Needless to say, we are all going through withdrawals now that we are home! It’s soooooooo nice to have a few days where you are free from all the day to day crap and can just relax, have a blast, and be […]

  • 60 Years

    Do you know what this week is? The 60th Anniversary of the releasing of one of my all time favorite movies… The Quiet Man Nominated for seven Oscars, and 60 years later, it is still among Hollywood’s favorite romantic comedies. I mean, seriously, how could you go wrong with these two? Maureen O’Hara and The […]

  • Celebrating August One

    Yesterday was a special little holiday for our family. It was what we lovingly refer to as August One around here. Remember THIS POST from last year, when I told you all about my Auntie Ella and my very first deliberate tradition? Well, yesterday was “August One” 2012… and it was “perfect, like Janet” in […]

  • My favorite cheap painting tool {Gypsy Magpie}

    Spray Paint Wonder Tool

    This may be common knowledge to many of you, but I just wanted to share one of my favorite tools I use for DIY around here… via Sears     Did you hear angels singing or was it just me? This is one of the cheapest and best DIY tools you will ever own. Seriously! […]

  • What Matters Most

    Today, I went to the funeral of a fun, rambunctious, sunshine of a 5 year old boy, named Carson. Carson loved trucks, sports, jeeps, going fast, and laughing. He learned to ride a bike before his 3rd birthday, and was one tough little cookie. He had courage… Carson Courage. He lived life to the fullest, […]

  • Faith

    This past week has been a rough one, and this week isn’t looking any easier. I’m not going to get into it, so, let’s just say that I am getting a crash course in faith. I’m learning about fear and inadequacy and all that junk like never before. You know, being pushed out of your […]

  • Orange Oil Vinegar

    I have been trying to clean a lot of the chemicals out of our home the past couple of years. I figure with an nearly 90% chance for breast cancer I don’t need to play the odds! I tried plain vinegar, and that worked ok, but wasn’t fantastic and my hubs hated the smell. So, […]