Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Liam: loving his bubble baths these days
Anne: learned to tie her own shoelaces this week

A portrait of my children, once a week every week.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013


On a whim we decided to make peanut butter cookies and on a whim I thought it'd be a good idea to add some cocoa.  And yes, it was good.  It tasted like a Reese's peanut butter cup inside a cookie.
So I thought you might need the recipe.

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 c. sifted all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
*add about 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to the dry ingredients

Cream butter, peanut butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla. Sift remaining dry ingredients then blend into creamed mixture.  Shape into 1 inch balls; roll in granulated sugar and place two inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Criss cross with fork lines, then bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  

I'm telling you, they were so yummy and easy!  Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!


Monday, July 29, 2013


I mentioned before how our friend and pastor, John, built our doors upstairs...he also built our entertainment cabinet.   I am amazed at what he's doing with repurposed wood.  I am dreaming of this latest piece living in our upstairs...seriously.
 The casters and hardware have me a little giddy.
"This piece was once an old farm house from Sandersville, Mississippi built in the 1920's.  I've utilized portions of the front porch, the original weathered siding, and pieces of the structural framework.  The top is made from Cyprus cut from a local sawmill.

I am the largest fan of Briwax, which makes pieces like this come alive with their own unique personality.  And, the steel casters give it the Restoration Hardware influence that continually catches my eye."
The good news is that this piece hasn't sold...yet!  And it's only $900.  You compare that with pieces from restoration hardware and you'll see you're getting a steal let alone the history this one holds.  
If you live in our area and are interested in this piece, feel free to contact or email me.  I'm sure it won't be around long!


Saturday, July 27, 2013


What are you guys doing this weekend?  We're packing/leaving for Boston, and hopefully taking some family photos if the rain will hold off.  It's really nice having a photographer/sister that lives two blocks away!

Here's a few of my favorite reads from this week:

I wouldn't call myself obsessed with the royal baby
...but loved this article I read about Kate's dress after baby.

This was a very interesting read.

I was sad and shocked at this news.

I'm not a walking dead fan, but Erin's latest post made me want to be!

This video of Liam laughing will definitely make you smile.

Hope you all have a great weekend!  Say a prayer for us as we travel :)

xo, Dawn


Thursday, July 25, 2013


There is one last room that I wanted to share on our house tour.  Remember when this room was in the middle of being renovated???   Here and here is a little peek of a before picture.  It was just one big open space and was very overwhelming to create different spaces within it.  You can see it's come a loooong way.  
The half bath still needs window treatments...I just can't make a permanent decision on what I want.  In the mean time I made this curtain from drop cloth so we don't moon the whole town!
I'm SO in love with our track doors.  Our friends John and Shauna made them out of old wood.  They make this room feel warm and cozy.
I also bought this custom slipcover for the couch from these guys.  I can't tell you how pleased I've been with it.  They also made it really simple to take measurements and get all the info to make a great fit!
It feels like we bought a new pottery barn sofa!
We all love to spending time up here, and I can't tell you how happy we are to be done remodeling least, until I find the perfect claw foot tub to add to the bathroom!
xo, Dawn

Also, if you missed our other house tour posts just click the link on the left side that says house tour!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013


I don't know how you guys do dinner, but at our house it's usually a bit chaotic.  Anne has always been a really active child and easily distracted, which makes sit down meals challenging for her.
I read this article yesterday and feel compelled to try a little harder to make dinner time an enjoyable experience for everyone.
One thing that was pointed out in the article was not to badger your kids to eat, sit down, don't play with your food, etc.  Make it an environment that they want to be in.  This makes so much sense to me now...why didn't I think of this already?  If we're having fun and enjoying each other, she will want to as well.
One thing I am trying to do better at is meal planning.  We subscribe to emeals and for the most part everything has been really yummy.  We just haven't been very consistent in using it.  I have a terrible habit of waiting until 5pm and for the first time all day think "what will we have for dinner?" ...this is such a bad idea.
1. It usually ends up with us ordering out (which means we spend way more money than we want to on food.)
2. We'll eat whatever we can find quick in the cabinet or fridge (which means we fill up on snack type foods and never actually sit down together for a meal.)

placemat survey
I saw where Ashley over at LBB did a family survey and thought it would be a fun dinner topic.  Now I know Michael's all time favorite show is Bugs Bunny and Anne would buy a limo if she could have any car!  I bet we sat there for 30 minutes: laughing, talking, and sharing our whats and whys to each category.
And after we were all done, everybody just stayed in the kitchen.  I cleaned, Michael turned on the new Daft Punk, and we all had an epic dance party right there.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Some of my favorite blogs have been doing a weekly portrait of their children throughout the year.  I have loved seeing these and just now decided to join them.  It really is amazing how they change from week to week.
There are only 25 weeks left in this year hence the title: 1/25.

Liam: looking handsome and surely about to devour his toy
Anne: daydreaming 

Monday, July 22, 2013


We spent most of our days on the lake, but when we weren't we were relaxing at the camp.  Michael's dad has this amazing Airstream.  Liam and I slept in the air conditioning while Anne and Michael enjoyed the tent.  Luckily, we were having lower than normal temps and the weather was very pleasant.

This baby was the best little camper.  Since he was a little too small for the boat, we took turns hanging out with him at camp.  

And here's a few pictures from inside the Airstream.  It's so retro and cozy in there...I love it so much!

Until next time lake Okatibbee!


Saturday, July 20, 2013


Next Sunday we'll be taking off to Boston.  Michael is going to a conference, so the kids and I will be hanging out on our own during the days.  Neither of us have ever been and have been pouring over books and websites trying to make plans for the kids and me.  Do you have any must see spots or favorite places we should go?  So far, we're planning to walk the Freedom Trail, visiting Boston Common (kind of a central park in Boston and also right around the corner from our hotel), and maybe going to the aquarium.  I'm not sure about the aquarium yet; I've got to figure out how far it is from the hotel.  I'm really nervous about traveling too far with the kiddos alone.
I'm also hoping to meet up with Chelsea.  She's from Hattiesburg, but lives in Boston with her husband.  She and I have been internet friends for a while, but have never met in person.  The internet makes the world not seem quite so big, doesn't it?  She has such a beautiful etsy shop where she sells gorgeous vintage trinkets.

I'm also taking notes on traveling with a baby....any of you moms out there have tips for flying with an infant?
xo, Dawn

Friday, July 19, 2013


I had the best time making this quilt last week for my niece that will be here soon!  Her bedding is really neutral and didn't come with a quilt so I tried to make one that would go well with her room. 

This is the first quilt I've made in such a long time.  It was therapeutic to sit and quilt for a few hours each day.  It's gotten me in the mood for quilting...maybe I'll finally start quilting Anne's!


Thursday, July 18, 2013


We are home from the lake and moving slooowww this morning...this could be from all the tubing/knee boarding we've been doing.  The past three days have been a breath of fresh air (physically and mentally) for all of us.  It's really good to just unplug for a few days and focus on the people around you.  
We are still in our pajamas and soaking up being home today.  It's 10:30 and I'm just now having my coffee.  It's weird how reality hits like a ton of bricks after a vacation, though.  I have so many things I need to get done.  School will be starting soon, and I'm feeling the pressure to get all my ducks in a row there.  I am really excited about this school year and know it's going to be great.  It's gonna be hard to enjoy these last few weeks of summer anticipating the start of something fun in just 3 1/2 weeks!  I'll try my best though! ;-)
I've got lots of pictures to share from our days at the lake...will hopefully get those up later today!

Also, today is a big day downtown if you're looking for something fun to do with your family...farmer's market at 4, third thursday (live music) right after, then downtown movie night at 8!  It's a great day to live in Laurel!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


We are having a fun getaway at the lake and wishing all our friends and family could be with us!!
Hope you're having a great week too!

PS...I'm also blogging with my phone for the first time...not sure how these pictures will show up!