March Favorites - The Outside & In

Hi friends! I hope all is going well in your world. Last month we went on a family road trip for Spring Break. The boys got to see snow coming down, which, for Florida people is a big deal. The cherry on top is that on the way home we picked up our new puppy! “Doug” joined our family last month and he has been such a good, chill little guy. Thank goodness for that! Wait til he eats one… Read more »

Looking Ahead: Plans & Goals for 2017 - The Outside & In

I don’t know about you, but I am never ready to make plans for the new year on January 1st. December is usually the absolute craziest time with so much going on. How does anyone find time to reflect on the past year and decide what they would like to change during all the hooplah? It takes a few weeks into January for some productive thoughts to come out of this jumbled mind. Finally, I am ready to start reflecting… Read more »

My friend Bonnie reached out to me last week to see if I could help her figure out how to decorate her new classroom. She is switching roles from teaching middle school social studies to the middle school guidance counselor. Bonnie was nervous about the room having no windows and feeling claustrophobic. We met at school last week to take a look. Here’s what the space looks like right now: Yikes. Quite the challenge. Let’s start with the positive. The walls have just… Read more »

Ask anyone with kids in school, and they will have a lot to say about summer vacation. Summertime is such a relief from the pressures of getting up early, packing lunches and doing homework. Most parents and kids alike are happy to take a breather from all that. On the other hand, there seems to be a lot of real or made-up pressure to have a “fun” summer. Having the kids home for 2 1/2 months can be stressful if the goal is to… Read more »

Ben's Bedroom Refresh - taking one month to refresh and update the room

As I mentioned in THIS post, I am experimenting with a new approach to home projects around here. Instead of tackling a huge list of “to do’s” for the entire house, I am experimenting with focusing only on one room at a time. Not a complete makeover, mainly just tackling as many improvements as I can within a limited time and with limited budget. January’s focus was my oldest son’s bedroom. Up until December, both boys shared this room. They agreed that… Read more »