Fall Blog Rewind


Warning: If you’re still hanging onto the last bit of summer by your fingernails, you’re going to want to skip this post. Fall lovers, however, proceed with absolutely no caution. We have the most gorgeous, fall-like temps in KC today. I have all the windows open, I’m wearing a sweatshirt (!) and I’m pretending that […]

Painted Pine Hutch

pine hutch painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Years ago I had a friend named Kathy whose sons were in the same classes as my kids in elementary school. Kathy and I were in a bunco group together, and she was also in our book club before she moved out of state. Kathy had a unique, effortless sense of style. She was a […]

Have a Charming Weekend


I’m pretty addicted to charm. My favorite vacation memories are of charming places: Savannah, Georgetown, San Francisco. My list of places I want to visit is full of charm too: Martha’s Vineyard, Maine, Paris. But I don’t want charm to be just for vacations, so I’ve been looking for it in my everyday life too, and – surprise! – […]

It’s Kind of a Funny Story


Note: This post – about a very surreal moment at the end of several very surreal days in my life – was originally published on The Family CEO. It took place two years ago today, and I’m reposting it here as a #TBT. So, funny story. A year ago this week, Lindsey and I were […]

Things I Love: Library Tables

Office Library Table

I’ve been in love with the idea of a library table since I first knew what one was: a large writing table or desk, big enough for more than one person, like you would find in – well – a library. Antique library tables are made of wood and, while some (many?) were made for home libraries, […]

August Updates and Links for Your Weekend


It’s definitely August. The heat is unending, the lawn is showing signs of stress, and my flowers are crying uncle. It’s at this time of year – every year – that I start craving fall. If fall didn’t also signal Grant going back to college, I would be trying to channel it in earnest. Are […]

Book Giveaway Winner

The Castaways

Happy Monday! Just popping in to let you know that Tricia was the winner of the Elin Hilderbrand book giveaway from last week. I used the Random Number Generator to select her comment from the comments left. Congrats, Tricia! And thanks to all who entered and who read Creating This Life. I appreciate all of […]

Links for Your Weekend: Hometown Edition

Kansas City Country Club Plaza

Several times when our kids were little, Tom and I celebrated our anniversary by lining up my parents to watch the kids, booking a hotel room, and treating ourselves to an anniversary staycation of shopping, movies, and dinners out. I can’t say for sure how many times we did it, maybe it was only once or […]

Summer Reading Book Giveaway: The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

The Castaways

When I pre-ordered The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand this summer, her publisher sent me a free copy of The Castaways as well. I’ve already read The Castaways, but it’s one of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand books, so initially I thought I would dive in and read it again. Instead I’m giving it away here to someone who […]

Dining Room by Craigslist

Dining Room Decor

Nixa, Missouri is about three hours from Kansas City. I tell you that because six or seven years ago I sent Tom an email asking: “If I wanted to buy a pine hutch I saw on Craigslist, and it was in Nixa, MO, could we find a way to get it home?” Luckily, Tom is a good sport […]