I don’t really like sitting down and watching movies. Quite frankly, I don’t like sitting. So, when the hubs wants to watch a movie, I get everything ready with as much stuff as I can get in my arms, so I don’t disturb the man watching the movie. I tune in more to the fashion and interior spaces than the actual plot lines. If there is a show I’m actually into, I’ll find myself rewinding to listen because the first time I was engulfed in the buffet table with amazing display pieces in the back ground. Trust me, I’m getting to my point. The movie The Break Up is a wonderful chick flick movie, but what I like most about this movie is the decor! Everything from the art board, kitchen, and master bedroom is awesome. Plus, being set in Chicago, it’s all around awesome.

I was searching the internet for a headboard one night for our master bedroom and came across this craigslist find! After I searched all my favorite sites, I always end up on an estate sale site or craigslist! I highly recommend them both for bargain hunting and unique finds. This was the headboard from The Break Up which retails for around $600, and they were selling it for $150! What!?! How exciting!


I was super pumped and e-mailed the listing right away! Luckily, it was still available, I think only because he spelled headboard as two words instead of one (advantage: me)! We got it the next weekend and set it up!

Our master bedroom went from this:


To this: Sorry, I should have put down the pillows a little more so you could see more of the headboard, but the duvet and pillows were so perfect, I couldn’t move them!

DSC_0065Now, I have a little piece of The Break Up in my Dallas home! Ha. Happy finding inspiration for your furniture, friends!

6 month photo shoot


I love taking pictures, and at times I think I can pull off a professional looking photo. But, it is still nice to step down from the role of photographer/mom and hand over the reins to the real professionals. Jill Thompson of Jilly Bean Photography was up for the challenge. She did a wonderful job capturing Jack’s personality, had a super flexible schedule for two working parents, and was all around wonderful in both consultation, photo session, and photo presentation. She gave us this little photo shoot slideshow to share with our friends and family. I hope you all enjoy!



Racoon Jack

We were searching for old photos to see just who Jack looks like…. There are a lot of people saying Jack looks like my husband; then there are people that say he looks like me?

I honestly thought he looked like Paul with my “smiling eyes” – when we smile, we lose our eyes – until I got out these pictures. I think Jack got a mighty mix of us both, and I could not be more pleased!


You can be the judge, but we think he’s pretty cute either way! He’s definitely our Jack!

peanut butter baked oatmeal


I’ve been on an oat kick lately. Every time I see a recipe with oats, I have to investigate! This is no exception. Actually, this recipe came from a good friend via my inbox. She told me to try it months ago, more like a year ago, and it’s been sitting in my inbox ever since. Luckily, with my renewed love of oats combined with cleaning out my inbox, I was able to find this little gem. It’s wonderful! Even the hubs likes it!



  • 3 cups quick cooking oats  (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup of milk 
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla  
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

I mixed all the wet ingredients first; brown sugar, milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Then added the dry ingredients. After everything was mixed, I added in the peanut butter.  Stir well.

PB Oatmeal Mix

Spread mixture into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes.

PB Oatmeal Pan

If you like it a little crunchy on top, cook for a few minutes longer. Serve with milk poured over top; dairy, soy or almond tastes great, or alone! I think this would be great with some dried fruit too. Yum. Enjoy!!

PB Bake Oatmeal

6 months

Eating the Elephant

I could never have imagined what type of demanding schedule one little human could have. This motherhood gig is no joke. Between nursing, bathing, reading, talking, it can be a lot. BUT he’s been a pretty amazing addition to our lives, and I thank my lucky stars he has picked me to be his mama. I cannot quite believe it’s already been six whole months with this guy; it’s been wonderful.

Discovering Toes

Month six has been filled with fun new milestones. Jack’s able to sit up, he’s getting his first two teeth, he’s loving those toes, and we fed him his first taste of food on his birthday weekend (rice cereal and sweet potatoes!). He tolerated it well. Wasn’t loving it, wasn’t hating it… Jack’s a pretty easy going baby.

First Food - Sweet PotatoesHe’s talking and smiling so much; we’re loving watching him discover the world around him… and for the ever famous collage of Mr. Jack growing! Happy half birthday, buddy!

6 months