Since we moved I have loved decorating the house. The apartment was small, crowded, and everything smooshed together. Since our house is open and bright I have been trying to find my new style.

I really enjoy the rustic farmhouse look but without the farmhouse part. The animals are cute but they aren’t me. I love the older looking finish on furniture but I also love my neutral grey… a little too much I think. So, I decide to add navy blue into the mix.

Lucky for me, navy blue is now a popular color and it has been pretty easy finding accent pieces and different odds and ends that match. I also had to make the decision if I wanted to do a taupe or white to go with it.

I naturally went with white because I think it feels cleaner and is easier to match. Getting taupe is great but then it becomes impossible to match the right shades.

Since the living room and dining room are together I decided to decorate them the same. I recently bought these beautiful circle placemats to match the navy blue and I bought a wonderful table runner to match.

Deciding on the center piece was harder. I had the hexagon tray for the coffee table I decided to paint black to put the accent pieces in. I love repurposing pieces to match what you need.

The last thing that needs to get taken care of are the chairs. Since we got our table from my mother-in-law it was well used. I decided to reupholster the seats black as well.

Simple Mushrooms

I love quick and easy recipes to add to dinner. My kids don’t generally like mushrooms but this recipes adds a great flavor to them. White mushrooms are like a blank canvas ready to absorb all the flavors that we give them.

This recipe is simple and leaves room to add more flavors to it. This would be great spiced up to give it a little kick. Adding a peppered spice would make these the perfect topping to go with steak. Give them a try and let me know how they taste!

  • 12 oz White Mushrooms
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/2-1 Tbs Italian seasoning grinder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic powder


  1. Heat pan with butter
  2. Slice mushrooms to desired size
  3. Once pan is hot add mushrooms and stir them around
  4. Add seasoning
  5. Keep stirring for about 20 minutes

Gardening time

Who plants a garden… or at least tries to? This is the first year in a very long time I can plant one and give it a good shot. I have the sun, soil, and fertilizer all ready.

My first problem is that I have no experience and the answers online can be confusing. There is so much out there to think about and to use.

My second problem is that I want to plant it all! There are so many seeds and my girls (minus one) loved to eat veggies and fruit. Especially straight out of the garden.

The third problem is that I have to make sure I keep up with it. I have to make sure that I have time everyday devoted to gardening and making sure they are doing well. I might even sing to them to encourage them to grow. On the second though they might die to avoid my voice haha

My solution is to cut the garden into 4 squares. I want to plant it in a way to rotate it every year. I think this will be the best way to make the soil last the longest. It is important to replace the nutrients as well or the soil will not be good after a few rotations. I hope I get a good crop this year. Wish me luck.