Making Our House a Home: Fall Style

It’s getting cooler and I am celebrating the last days of summer by prepping for fall. I’ve always loved ushering in the seasons and altering our home décor to match the natural beauty outside. I set aside a day to begin bringing in the warmth of Autumn and have especially enjoyed decluttering some as well.

After dropping D off for work I stopped and clipped several branches of the beautiful flower, Golden Rod. It’s such a lovely thing to bring living, natural things into the home. I’ve snipped several stems and now our home is overflowing with this little beauty. (If you have allergies you may want to avoid sniffing too closely! 😉

I’ve been having a blast utilizing the Cricut cutter my mom bought for me a few years ago. Don’t you just *love* the cute hello and get naked? Ah!! So cute and so snarky I can’t wait for D to see it … so fun! I have just discovered the joy of vinyl and have so many craft ideas and uses up my sleeve it keeps me up at night.

Glass jars are a weakness of mine so I’ve filled many of them with candles, pinecones and flowers. I wanted to keep the fall décor light in color since Autumn is still in her earliest days. Once leaves begin to change I’ll usher in more color.

Sweaters, coffee and blankets are also key characters in our home and like always they provide a bit of warmth and coziness.

How/when do you alter your home with the seasons? Are you traditional or do you try new styles each year? Let me know, sweet folk!

With lots of love and coffee,

Frannie

How To Properly Pamper Your Partner

Dalton is the warlord of pampering.

Did that come out correctly?

I mean, D has pondered, studied, practiced, and executed the most perfectly planned pampering a girl could receive. He’s the king, the bomb, the warlord of treating me well.

I’ve got you curious don’t I? Well, let me explain.

Occasionally, we like to sanction a day for the each of us where we plan to pamper, bless and spoil the other. It’s a lot of fun. Think of it like your un-birthday that happens whenever we have extra cash in the budget; honestly, we’ve thrown pamper days when we had zero to spend (those days just require a little more creativity). 😉

A few weeks ago we sanctioned two days for our fun and my day came first.

I woke up to the sound of my Beloved leaving the house. I knew he had something up his sleeve! I dressed and tidied the house while I waited for him. He came home with two fresh, delicious doughnuts! I LOVE DOUGHNUTS! He had noticed that I had been drooling over the local bakery’s selection and picked the two he knew I’d like best. What a guy!! 😀 He also finished making my coffee and we settled down for a glorious, slow morning.

I prepped to leave for school when he told me that I’d find something yummy in the car. And there, in the passenger seat, lay a king-sized Reese’s peanut butter package! YUM! I LOVE REESE’S! It was the perfect treat to carry me through my 5 hours of p.e. class in the smoldering sun.

I came home, showered, was massaged and then asked to pick where I wanted to eat. We journeyed on to our favorite Thai place and had a delicious meal. I had two (2!) Thai teas … I think the calorie count of the day was high. But hey, it’s pamper day! It isn’t the same as every other day of the month! 😉

My Darling Man had set several candles throughout our bedroom which made for a very romantic evening … what a guy! (blush, blush!)

Yes, my Man is the king of pampering. And I am one very blessed girl.

But this post isn’t just a brag on D, it’s a how-to for pampering your partner perfectly. Here are five (5!) steps to becoming the best pamperer!

  1. Know your person

Love languages are very real and very easy to follow. I’m a gifts and quality time person so D knows that to really impress me it takes just a thoughtful gift and a little of his time. D is quality time and physical touch. What’s your person’s language? Figure it out and aim to meet it and you will be one step toward perfectly pampering your partner!

(By the way, check out this site if you want to take the quiz and read more about your love language! 🙂

2. Plan Ahead

This *is* important. Of course life is spontaneous and flexibility is key but if you want to perfectly pamper someone a little thought goes a long way. D had figured out my favorite type of doughnut, left a treat in the car and sent sweet texts throughout the day. His thoughtfulness ensured success!

3. Pursue the Heart

When pampering it is important to remember that all of the gifts, time and care you give will pale if you forget to pursue your partner’s heart. This means that it is important to care about their spiritual and emotional needs as well as blessing them physically and maybe even materialistically. D conquers every day because he always cares about how I am doing; he doesn’t wait to pursue me till date night. He pursues my heart always.

4. Be creative

To perfectly pamper your partner you’re going to have to put on your thinking cap and be creative. We’ve done pamper nights often throughout our marriage but they rarely look the same. Variety is fun and meaningful!

I’ve found it fun to plan a theme around D’s day. One day may be movie themed or Minecraft themed (we’re nerds). Another may be all about food (think meals they will love) … I think that day involved taking my guy out for sushi.

5. Don’t be afraid to be cheap

In real life money is tight and you may think setting aside a day for your mate may be costly. Don’t buy that lie, folks! Blessing your spouse (or friend, or parent, or …) can definetly be done with little to no money.

For D’s pampering day I knew the budget would be tight. So, I planned ahead, prepared a menu I knew he would *love* with ingredients we already had on hand and then told him he had $15 to spend on whatever he wanted. I think he bought a small container of icecream, a pizza from Aldis and a watermelon. The rest of the day was spent relaxing, getting massages and enjoying homemade meals.

There you have it — five ways to perfectly pamper your partner. I would love to hear how you pursue and bless your people. Do you follow any of the steps? Or maybe you have your own original recipe for pampering? Do tell!

One very happy girl,

Frannie

Keeping the House Clean Requires Coffee in One Hand and a Dishcloth in the Other

One of my most calming (weird?) ways of settling and adjusting  to our new schedule is setting aside a day for house work.

Every Friday I set a date with the dirt and grim which like try to settle in throughout the week. I start the day out slow with coffee and Bible reading then I get down to business, dirty business that is, and work my way through the house.

Having a set date for weekly cleaning not only ensures a cleaner, more organized house but my own heart and life feels more settled and  knowing that cleaning day will come and I can accomplish great things in it.

First I sweep the floors and begin a load of laundry. I try to limit washing clothes to this day so we often have large piles which I routinely wash, fold and put away throughout the day.

Meanwhile the bathroom has been sprayed down with my homemade vinegar cleaner. After wiping down all fixtures  I empty the trash, wipe out the cabinets and sweep.

Moving on into the living room I shake the yummy smelling dust cleaner and dust the cleared, wooden furniture. Before the end of the day I’ll vacuum and then try to float around as to avoid stepping on the pretty, fluffy carpet. 😉

Next are the bedrooms I change the sheets, organize the closets, and wipe down furniture.

The kitchen‘s weekly venture includes wiping down/out the appliances, writing the week’s menu, pulling out any frozen items I may need, watering the inside plants and taking out the garbage. I mop monthly unless there are splotches which need to be wiped.

I try to keep our porch/driveway/container garden area clear of leaves so I’ll venture outside and sweep. I’ll also take the time to prune or cut back the flower bed and water the veggies.

Typically I end my cleaning spree by going over our budget, logging receipts (yes, were those kind of people 😉 , and paying bills.

Bigger chores like washing windows, decorating, and scrubbing the shower happen every month. 🙂

How do you keep your home clean? Are you a weekly cleaner? Monthly? Or maybe you’re one of those folks who the chores divided up by days? Tell me your secrets! 🙂

With love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

p.s. please click on the pictures for the proper credit/pathways! 🙂

How to Have a Peace-filled Home on a Budget

Peace-filled Home on a Budget

 

Peace-filled Home on a Budget

We’ve all been there before.

That special friend’s house where, upon walking in, you feel peace filling every nook and cranny. It’s a home full of love and you know that no matter how busy life is you’re glad you took the time to stop by and be welcomed in.

Sweet friend, you can have that too.

No matter you’re budget, home size or personal style (or lack thereof, haha!) you can have a peace-filled home and I’m going to share with you the three ways I’ve discovered for accomplishing that goal.

First, and most difficulty, to have a peace-filled home you must have a peace-filled heart. A relaxing color scheme and decluttered living space will not matter if your heart is discontent and full of fear or anger. I promise, your home will feel that way too.

“But we can’t always be happy and contended, Frannie! Life happens and sometimes it just stinks!”

I know, I’ve been there. But I believe that it is possible to be at rest even when life is crazy, frustrating and downright draining. How? By choosing to rejoice in the Lord and trusting that He is able to work all things for good. When we choose to be grateful for the little things and trust in our Lord Jesus’ care then even the hardest of days cannot take our peace.

Secondly, start small and practical. Our homes are one step closer to being peace-filled when we take little steps in that direction. Light a yummy smelling candle, donate the extra things that clog your hallway and closet, wipe down the bathroom sink. Make your bed every day —  it’s a small, practical effort that will make your whole bedroom appear cleaner than it may be (hehehee … we all have a few dustbunnies yet to be conquered). Start small and soon your home will begin to feel peace-filled.

Finally, be yourself. We feel most at home and most at rest when our homes are decorated in a way that reflects our true selves. I know because I’ve tried it! 🙂 When we copy the latest fads, Better Home and Garden’s cover or our best friend’s style we might end up with a cute house but it will not be peace-filled. So, if you love burlap use burlap! If you find the beach-themed décor totally adorable then use it. Never compromise your personal style for the sake of fashion.

Sweet friend, it is totally possible to have a peace-filled home on a budget! Remember that peace begins in your heart, starts small and blossoms when you stay true to who you are. In what way have you created a peace-filled home? Share with us! I know we’d all love to hear!

// p.s. for photo source click on individual pics //

With love, coffee and blessings,

Frannie

 

 

diy: Recycled Frame Project

diy recycled spray painted frame

I love recycling old things into new treasures. I also love sharing my silly, fun finds with you!

This spring, Dalton and I joined the whole city in “junking.” It’s an amazing thing where everyone tosses out their old, sometimes dilapidated, furniture, clothes and such onto the curb to be picked up. We didn’t set anything out (I recycle things too often to have junk lying around! 😉 ) but we did set about the city looking for finds that could be made beautiful again. We had so much fun and at the end of our search we had gathered wood for D’s whittling, a beautiful (brand new) basket and 3 large, empty frames.

I’ve been itching to repaint a frame and did just that last week.

With a can of gold spray paint I already had on hand I repurposed this to-be-tossed frame into something we can’t get over. What do you think?

diy spray painted frame

I’m just crazy about it! I thought it was going to be too large for our living space but it seems to fit the entry wall perfectly. I recently added a burlap banner I made last fall. Isn’t it just the cutest?

What “junky” project have you made beautiful lately? I’d love to hear about it!

Love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie