Our home tour

I’ve been working on putting together an official home tour over here for some time, but until it’s all complete, I thought I’d share a mini home tour with our lovely readers! Many of you are new. Thank you for joining us and please enjoy! And so many of you are loyal readers who may have seen these rooms before.

I hope these rooms inspire you to make your house a home. While we love our house, we don’t go all out on big DIY projects. Our home projects and home decorating is all approachable for almost anyone. While I’d love to add a planked ceiling, amazing wallpaper and all sorts of other details to our home, that’s not where we’re at.

We have many projects in the works in our home, but this is where things stand right now. Our powder room, master bedroom and formal living and dining are next on the project list, along with my office.

Click on the title or image to see the entire rooms and be sure to pin images if they give you ideas. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Family Room

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It’s October and officially my favorite month of the year.

Boo Kit party table setting

It begins with our anniversary (tomorrow) and ends with Halloween which is such a fun time now that we have little ones. I love everything about this month. But one of my favorite things about it is our neighborhood’s tradition of “BOOing” each other.

Boo Kit buffet

Today I’m thrilled to share our BOO Kit party I put together to prepare for BOOing later this month. A BOO Kit party is simple.

BOO kit ideas

You could invite a few friends over (and their kids if you’d like) to enjoy Halloween treats and prepare BOO Kits with a fun “BOO Kit buffet.” I filled our BOO kit buffet with baskets, pencils, tattoos, glow sticks, Mars Chocolate Mix Fun Size candies (Save $2.00 on on ONE (1) 6pk 8oz Cans or TWO (2) 2L and 2 bags of Mars® Candy), A&W 8oz Halloween cans, a Boo Kit printable (get yours here for free) and more. Read More »


This post is sponsored by the brand new to Minnesota grocery store Fresh Thyme. 

Fresh Thyme

Hey all! I’m in for a quick post today that is an exciting one for my fellow Minnesotans.

Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market is a new full-service specialty grocery store featuring fresh, healthy and organic value-priced offerings and they are now open in Bloomington, Minnesota.

I love so much about this new market. Fresh Thyme is committed to improving the way our communities eat by combining the spirit of a weekend farmers market, and the convenience of a neighborhood store, with the nutritious offerings of a natural food marketplace. This is such a cool concept. 


I’m heading that direction on Monday for a big home project with a brand (which I can’t wait to share with you) and plan to grab lunch at the Fresh Thyme Kitchen which features prepared salads and meals as well as a full salad bar, made-to-order sandwiches and a bakery featuring artisan breads.

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Today’s post is sponsored by U.S. Bank. U.S. Bank offers a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) for homeowners.
Our home tour: Neutral comfortable family room
We have lived in our new construction home for more than three years now. When we built, there were many things that didn’t quite make the budget and things we thought we would do later. As you probably know, later doesn’t always happen or happen when we want it to. We are just now getting around to so many of the projects on our list.
A home tour: Our white kitchen
From adding board and batten to our formal living and dining space to creating our dream laundry room, the list never ends and time, money and vision aren’t always in place when we want them to be.
A home tour: A bright mint and marble laundry room makeover
Today I want to share the projects we have taken on so far as well as our list of things to come.

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Running essentials: a new runners guide

I’ve mentioned here a few times that I’m now running five to six days a week. I finally feel like I’m in a good groove with running for the first time in my entire life. The funny thing is, though, that it never feels easy. I’m clearly in better shape. I can run faster and longer than before, but I still find it mentally really hard some days and physically, I’m still out of breath and have sore legs sometimes.

With that said, I started off doing a 12-13 minute mile a few months ago and felt completely defeated but kept on going. I just did a 5K last week at a 9:22 mile. That’s a huge change in a  couple of months and so even though it feels hard still, I have proof that I’m getting in better shape.


You can too. Maybe walking is better for now. Or maybe you can make time for an exercise video at home. Whatever it is that can work for you, I encourage you to start today. I made every excuse in the book for myself for nearly a year until I felt physically just bad. I felt heavy and had frequent headaches. I had low energy and was kind of irritable. I wasn’t my best self so I just started. Read More »


Our porch

We chose our house style because it has a double porch in the front. Is there anything better than a big porch on a hot summer day or a crisp fall afternoon? Our upper porch comes right off of our master bedroom. It’s lovely.

Our porch

We LOVE our porch. And I always get thinking about ways to decorate it around this time of year because fall decor is so much fun!

Our porchI’ve had dreams of decking it out with pumpkins and mums and creepy crawly spider things. So far we’ve kept it simple though.  Read More »


Cuddly Animal Costumes for Toddlers part 1

We are traveling in October, so I’m planning ahead for all of our fun fall traditions including costume-buying. For Mr. Ezra, I’m all about having something cuddly and sweet for his Halloween costume again this year.


These toddler years go by quickly and before I know it, I will have two boys who want to be superheroes or skeletons every single year. I know the drill.

Today I’m excited to share the first in my annual Halloween Costumes for kids series, beginning with cuddly animal costumes for toddlers and babies, part 1 (because there is a part 2 coming as well).  Read More »


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Cigar and Scotch Football party

I’ve been wanting to put together a party for my husband and his friends for some time. This Cigar and Scotch football party was the perfect opportunity.

Cigar and Scotch Football party (11 of 11)

Keeping parties simple is one of my favorite things lately. I used to spend too much energy on every single detail. Now, I focus on one main table or area and keep the rest easy. Ordering pizza or putting out a few cheese platters is more than enough when it comes to an afternoon party for the men in your life.

Cigar and Scotch Football party

I planned the color palette around the fun chevron wood wall hanging in the back. I added other wood tones and kept everything dark and moody. I loved working with this very different color palette (for me). I like that the rustic metal football adds texture other than wood, but blends so well.

Cigar and Scotch Football party

Serving scotch and Havana Honeys Cigars is the perfect way to set the tone for a fun guys night or day.  My husband’s perfect day would include friends at our house, the kids and I out of the house, good food, great dessert (this cake is  a chocolate peanut butter mousse cake—simply amazing), scotch and of course, a cigar is a fun option for the guys.

Cigar and Scotch Football party (10 of 11)

With the NFL season starting last week, now is the time to think about ways to gather friends for football Sundays. Read More »


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Fall Favorites Harvest party and Apple pecan crumble cake (dump cake) recipe

Friends! Boy do I have a treat for you today. I’m sharing a Fall Favorites Harvest party and everything in it is so approachable and easy to recreate at your own home.

Fall Favorites Harvest party and Apple pecan crumble cake (dump cake) recipe (24 of 29)

From our Apple Pecan Harvest Crumble Cake (like dump cake) to our Harvest Apple Cider and even our decor, you can do most of these things in less than 20 minutes (other than baking time).

Fall Favorites Harvest party and Apple pecan crumble cake (dump cake) recipe

I love Fall. It is a beautiful season filled with amazing scents, flavors, colors and just generally feels cozy. Creating a fall themed party was such a joy.

Fall Favorites Harvest party and Apple pecan crumble cake (dump cake) recipe (16 of 29)


Read on for all of the party details, five tips for throwing your own harvest party and some great recipes.

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Why I run and my favorite post-workout snack

I shared half of my weight loss journey with you all last week. Today I’m sharing more because I think it’s important to be real about the struggles, the reasons we make decisions we make and our triumphs too.

In June, I started feeling tired all the time. I wasn’t comfortable in my body. I was frustrated that I still hadn’t lost all of my baby weight. And I was addicted to sugary sweet treats, particularly ice cream. After listening to Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin,  I simply started running.

Why I run and my favorite post-workout snack

The first day was half a mile. I was exhausted, out of shape and miserable. The next day, I made it a mile, but walked some, still not feeling great about running or my changes.

Zing and Chobani (6 of 8)

The next day I tracked my food on an app for nutrition and calories. I continued with this day by day, week by week and gradually built up to running two to four miles every day and eating around 1600-1800 nutritious calories a day. I slowly lost weight. Now, nearly two months later, I am down 14 pounds and am actually below my pre-Ezra weight, 5 pounds from my pre-Bodhi weight and 10 pounds from my wedding weight.

Why I run and my favorite post-workout snack

I feel healthy, energetic and happy. Running gives me a huge energy boost which makes me a happier wife, a more energetic and patient mom and a better me.

My mind is clear. My body feels healthy. And I plan to wear a bikini in Hawaii this fall for the first time since before having children. But for me, the real reasons I run are the important ones.

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