How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

how to survive a kitchen remodel

Remodeling is not for the faint of heart. I know, because I'm living through one right now. As I write this post, my kitchen is without a functioning sink or dishwasher and I'm missing half of my counter tops.  A few days ago, everything that belonged in my kitchen was all over my house and my refrigerator was in my living room.  A … [Read more...]

A Summer Wreath, Painted Kitchen Cabinets and the Wild West

summer wreath

Quick, what do a summer wreath, painted kitchen cabinets and the wild west have in common?   Not much. I know it's kind of a random post title, but that's sort of my life these past few weeks. Today, I'm giving you a quick update to some of the happenings around here. First, I want to show you this  quick and easy summer … [Read more...]

The Best Way to Install a Tree Swing

disc swing installed on a tree

One of our favorite features of our backyard is a huge oak tree that has to be at least 100 years old. It provides fantastic shade in the morning and is a unique find in a neighborhood where so many mature trees were taken down when the neighborhood was developed. This week, our tree got a little update. A tree swing. We took the … [Read more...]

Summer at Home

jumping in the pool

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. We get to put away the pencils and backpacks and trade them in for swimsuits and sunscreen. Good-bye alarm clocks and car pool! Hello swimming pool! At our house, we like to swim until our hands and feet turn in to prunes. It is the only way to beat the Texas heat! We are in the season of … [Read more...]

Crafting with Kids {Flip Flops}

crafting with kids

I have crafted with my kids since they were old enough to hold a crayon. We would paint, paste, bake, decorate cookies and create all kinds of things to pass the time together. Sometimes it got messy. (Okay, that really isn't a crafting mess, but I couldn't resist sharing this picture from way back when!) My 12-year-old son isn't that … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Garden Markers – Make Something Monday


When the kids are home during the summer, we like to make something on Mondays.  It gives us something to do and plan for so we don't sit around with nothing to do and nowhere to go.  Sometimes we make a craft and other times we bake something.  It just depends on our mood!   This summer, on the blog, I've decided to bring … [Read more...]

DIY Raised Garden Beds


I have a gorgeous garden.  It's full of beautiful flowers, herbs and vegetables.  I'm talking about the garden I have on my garden Pinterest board, that is.  Do you have one of those, too?!  Everything is perfect, weeded and beautiful there, isn't it?! In real life my garden is coming along.  I've spent hours and hours … [Read more...]

2 Slabs of Marble and Love Will Keep Us Together

love will keep us together

Love, love will keep us together Think of me, babe, whenever Some sweet talkin' girl comes along Singin' his song, don't mess around You just got to be strongJust stop, 'cause I really love you Stop, I'll be thinking of you Look in my heart And let love keep us together  Do you remember that song from the 70's sung by the … [Read more...]

Wishing You a Blessed Memorial Day

memorial day

Wishing you a blessed Memorial Day.   … [Read more...]

How to Make a Potting Table

dragonfly hooks

Several months ago, I walked in to my local Goodwill and spotted an old sewing table.  It was missing some wood in the front, the sewing machine that used to reside inside was long gone and a few pieces of wood were nowhere to be found.  No matter.  At $12 it hit me as the perfect candidate for my next project. When I unloaded it … [Read more...]

An Easy Solution for Hanging Up Towels by the Pool

hanging towels poolside

When we built our pool five years ago, it became quickly apparent that we didn't have a good place to hang up wet towels after swimming.  They either landed on the pool deck or on the backs of chairs and it made me crazy. The problem was, we have a stucco house and my husband was wary of affixing anything to the walls.  Screws or … [Read more...]

You Can Find Me Digging in the Dirt

shade garden

I am a total sucker for a beautiful garden. Each and every spring I vow that I won't go crazy at the garden centers.  And every year, I break that vow. This year I was certain it was going to be different.   Even though I lost a lot of plants throughout the year due to the colder-than average winter and the extreme heat and dry … [Read more...]

It’s a Woman’s Prerogative…

Carriage House chandelier

You've heard the's a woman's prerogative to change her mind? Well, I've changed mine a million times.  I'll just get settled on one thing and then BAM, I've changed it again. BUT, I have finally settled on my kitchen lighting choices and I have ordered them -  hooray! Over the kitchen table will be this simple … [Read more...]

Our Southern Home


Just popping in to let you know that I'm guest posting today over at Our Southern Home. You will love browsing around Christy's blog -- if you don't know her already -- she is as sweet as they come and you will love her home and her style!  You won't be disappointed! I'll be back soon to update you on some projects around my yard that I … [Read more...]

Kitchen Progress, My Front Porch and Quitting Sugar

wicker settee

To say that things have been busy at my house would be an understatement.  I think it would be safe to say that I have too many irons in the fire right now.  Even so, it's high time that I gave you a little progress report and got you up to date on what's going on here at the L & L house. As you know, we are updating our kitchen … [Read more...]

Outdoor Spring Tablescape


I adore sitting outside when the weather is nice.   Wouldn't it be fun to have a light lunch or brunch with a friend under the shade of a big oak tree? I think so.  That's why I set up a special outdoor spring tablescape just for us under my big oak tree in the back yard.  I've always thought a pretty table in this spot … [Read more...]

5 Gorgeous Spring Tablescapes and a Tour

Bird's Nest Napkin Place Setting

I love spring and I think I can finally say that it's here.  The leaves are on the trees, flowers are blooming and the temperatures are a little more normal. Hooray! Even if it hasn't warmed up where you are, you can take heart by finding all things spring in blog-land.  Today I'm so thrilled to be taking part in a blog tour of Spring … [Read more...]

How to Find Affordable Lighting Solutions

via Restoration Hardware

If there is one thing I'm learning while browsing for all the different elements for our kitchen update, it's very easy to bust the budget. I have a special knack for choosing the most expensive item before even knowing the price.  Why is that?!  It's always a little deflating to get excited about something only to learn it's not even … [Read more...]

Easy Sharpie Monogram Art

sharpie monogram art

I started off this year by embarking on a room makeover for my oldest.  He just turned 12 and was living in a room that was a hodge podge of furniture and fabrics.  At one time, everything coordinated but as he grew things kind of became a jumble so it was time for a change.   His room is almost finished -- there are still a few … [Read more...]

Choosing Cabinet Paint Colors – Gray or Creamy White?

Nine & Sixteen blog

You have probably noticed that I have kitchens on the brain and it's going to be a hot topic for awhile.  As my regular readers know, I'm planning a small kitchen update and I am deep in the heart of choosing lighting (see my lighting post here), backsplash tile, appliances and paint.  I'm currently going around and around about paint … [Read more...]