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I'm the not so simple housewife. I cook, I clean, I serve, I decorate, I teach, I bake, I shop, I dress-up...I feel like I do it all! I love the Lord and He is the reason and purpose behind all I do. I believe that everything we do should be service as unto the Lord and so as a housewife that is my ultimate goal. My life isn't so simple, but I love it!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Frame Collage

I've always loved the look of several different sized frames arranged together on a wall and that is why I was so excited when my mom asked me if I would help her hang a bunch of photos in her stairwell.

My great grandfather was a famous horse jockey and we have have some amazing original prints from his career.  A few years back for Christmas we had them all framed and we gave them to my dad and hung them up in his office.  For the past year and a half though, they have been sitting in my parent's garage as my father no longer works at that company.  My mom had really wanted to get them up and asked for my help in arranging them and getting the up onto the wall.  I was so glad to be able to help!  First of all we arranged all of the frames on the floor to determine where they should go and make a "map" of what we hoped the wall would look like.

I just love these prints.  They are so interesting and such a reminder of our family heritage (and why I am such a shorty!).  This photograph is my favorite one.  It is a picture of my great grandfather after a big race and it is the center piece of the collage.  It is the most unique as it is the only one with color and it also shows both the race and a portrait of my great grandfather.  I love that the color was hand painted onto the print.  

Once we did we got to work.  We first hung the three photos on the small wall as you are coming down the stairs.  We thought that it would be easier since there were only three photos, but quickly realized it was going to be the more challenging feat since we wanted to line them up straight.

Sorry about the glare!
Next we tackled the collage wall.  We went frame by frame and slowly but surely, the wall was completed.  It looked great (even our cat had to stop and admire it)!

I love the way it turned out and the tribute it plays to my family's history.  It is a great addition to my parents home and I'm so glad I got to be a part of putting it together!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Seaside Summer Home

It is a beautiful Summer Saturday and although I wasn't able to make it down to the beach today, the beach is still near.  Its days like these that having a touch of the beach in my home is much needed!

One of my favorite parts of this summer season has been adding touches of the beach into my home.  I think it is so nice to have a little nature inside to really help you feel each season and summer is no exception.  Ever since I was in high school I've always dreamed of having a seaside home with seaside decor.  Now reality has set in and as a pastor's wife that dream will most likely never be a reality, but I decided I don't need to live near the sea to incorporate a fusion of seaside decor into my home.  Elements of the beach are sprinkled throughout our house this season.  It all began with my mantel.  

I then added a few touches to my bookshelf.  Shells and sand dollars are such a precious part of the sea.

I love how this piece puts each shell on display and allows you to focus on the beauty and intricacy of each shell.

I've also added a bowl of sea treasures to our table.

Additionally I put a few of my favorite shells in a milk glass pot.

I'm loving the seaside feel to my home.  The a hint of the sea is a perfect reminder of the things I love.  It keeps me in the summer spirit--which is perfect for this lovely Summer Saturday!

Happy Summer Saturday friends!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


One man's trash is another person's shelf?

My husband fortunately is a fan of my decorating our home and trying new things.  Not only is he a fan, but he fans the fire (no pun intended)!  About a month and a half ago my husband took out our trash and came back with a few pieces of distressed wood from the dumpster.  He said that someone was throwing out an old chair and he just thought that I might like to use the wood for something.  Well the wood sat on our patio for about a week.  We toyed with a couple of different ideas and then inspiration struck.  My husband came up with a great idea- he thought we should make a wall hook fixture so that we could hang our keys and my purse when we first walked in the door.  We'd mount some decorative knobs on a piece of the wood by the door and that would solve our problem of my purse and our keys always cluttering our family room.  

Our inspiration for the color scheme came from a gift my brother and sister in-law to be gave me for my birthday.  It is a cute decorative sign that says happy at home (which is so true-they nailed it).  We thought we'd hang it above the wall hooks to anchor the piece.  

Our mission the next few days was to find some cute decorative knobs.  We searched through a few stores before we found them, but once we did I loved them.  Originally we had wanted four or five knobs, but we were only able to find four that we liked.  Ultimately, we ended up ruling one of the four out as super "grandma" and so we were left with three (and now I think three was the perfect number)!

When it was time to assemble our little project, I had the idea to make the board into a shelf instead of just a display of wall hooks.  We then could put the hooks on the edge of the board and hang things down the front of the shelf.  Josh loved the idea too and so our project was slightly changed.  Instead of mounting the knobs to the front of the board, we attached them to the edge.

Once we mounted the shelf to the wall in our entry way, the shelf needed a little paint touch up.  The ends of the wooden board were not painted and so once we added a little paint it was time to decorate!

After playing around with different arrangements, this is what I came settled with (for now).  Of course the sign was a given, the rest of it sort of fell into place starting with the lanterns.  The lanterns really added that extra pop of color and I just loved that it tied into the sign as well.

I then wanted to add a picture that my father in-law's girlfriend gave us a few months ago.  It is a painting of the place where Josh proposed to me.  I love that it tells a part of our story as you enter our home.  

The frame looked a little lonely and the shelf just didn't look complete.  I leaned a starfish up against the frame which really completed the look.  I love that it gives the shelf a beachy undertone while still tying in nicely with the rest of the decor.

Of course the sign was one of the first pieces to grace the shelf and in combination with my tea cup succulent it provides a bit of life to the shelf. 

I'm loving the way this whole shelf turned out and I'm glad I've been "shelf-ed!"

{re}create into something new #3

Welcome back ladies!  Today is in fact Wednesday which means it is time for the third {re}create into something new.  I've been a little bit out of the blog world these past few weeks, but I'm coming back and I've been working on a few {re}creations that I can't wait to share with you all, but before I do that, let's get this party started!!

This {re}creation party is just like the first three where we can share all of our {re}creations!  Share what you have made uniquely yours by either repurposing, recycling, revamping, reusing, redoing, or reorganizing something to make into into something new!  If it has changed at all, we'd like to hear all about it!

So follow me, link up, and visit some of the other entries and be inspired!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Keep it Clean!

I don't know if I'm the only one who has a hard time finding the motivation to clean my entire house, but it is often a struggle for me.   When the mood strikes, I'm certainly able to get a lot of cleaning done.  Generally, though, I find the thought of all of that work to be daunting.

For that reason, I decided to make a weekly cleaning schedule, so I can keep my home nice and clean.  The daunting task of cleaning one whole house is quickly diminished when it is broken up into bit size pieces.  Each day I have scheduled a few tasks for me to accomplish.  It is never too much and it prevents me from feeling overwhelmed.  I also was sure to put a reminder on my schedule of this I should be doing daily and monthly in addition to my daily "chores."

I also wanted to create a page with reminders of "focus rooms."  This is a way to keep the sometimes problem areas of our home in check.  These aren't things that need to be addressed weekly or monthly, but giving them some attention every couple months keeps them in check and prevents them from getting out of hand.  

I hope you can gain a little inspiration from my cleaning schedule and give me some support with a little accountability to stay up to date with everything.  

Happy Cleaning!

Friday, July 22, 2011


Fondue-Cheese Fondue!  It says it all.  

My family is a cheese family.  We love cheese.  The more I encounter other people, the more I realize that we as a family eat a lot of cheese.  It is a good thing Josh too likes cheese and we are now a Saenz cheese family too...the second generation of a cheese family.  Okay so a little weird, I know, but what I'm trying to say is...we love cheese.  Naturally when Josh and I invited my sister and her new boyfriend over for dinner, she requested that we have cheese fondue.  

What I love about fondue is that it is a great meal for entertaining.  Essentially all of the "cooking" or prep is done ahead of time and so you can really enjoy your guests while they are there and you aren't stuck in the kitchen trying to get everything together.  Yesterday I was able to wash, chop, and prep everything before they arrived and didn't have to worry about setting anything up--except for making the cheese.

We made an Italian fondue which was so tasty.  It was made with Gorgonzola cheese, mozzarella, basil, and sun dried tomatoes.  We had quite a few items to dip--bread, carrots, broccoli, apples, and chicken.

We had a really fun night together.  Enjoying some cheese and spending some great time with one another.  We even talked about doing a weekly fondue night...different cheese every week...it could be tasty!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

{re}create into something new #2

Welcome back my friends to my weekly blog party where we celebrate the {re}creations in our life!  Last week was my first weekly party and I was pleased to have 53 fabulous entries!

My favorites and yours were shared with us by

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Great job ladies and thank you to everyone who shared their {re}creations last week!  I was deeply inspired!

A reminder of what this party is all about: We want to celebrate the victories we've had in {Re}creating something drab into something new.  In this little blog world we live in, we are always reinventing everyday objects to serve as unique pieces of decor.

Whether it is repurposing, recycling, revamping, reusing, reorganizing, or redoing something--share what you have done.  Let us inspire one another to be good stewards of what we have and make a world of new and improved things.  I can't wait to see what you have {re}created!  So join me on this adventure! 

 Follow me and link up! Be sure to link back to me so your friends can join us in all the fun as well!
Let's enjoy this journey together as we inspire one another to {re}create!
Be sure to check out some of the other links and be inspired!

Be sure to check back next week for more {re}creations!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Novogratz

I am just in love with the Novogratz!  I loved their show on Bravo 9 by Design and was so sad to see that there wasn't going to be a second season.

Last week though, I saw that they had a new show on HGTV and I was thrilled!  It is called Home by Novogratz and it is great.  The first episode aired this past Saturday and I was able to watch it yesterday.  This show has a different feel than their first Bravo show, but I think it will be good.  I was a hard core fan of the first show and so it will probably take me a little while to adjust to this new style, but I know that the HGTV version has a few benefits to it.  Home by Novogratz has a more "here's how to" feel.  I think I will end up loving this show as it will give me some great inspiration and give me a clue as to how to do those things I'm inspired to do!

I think the Novogratz are an exceptionally inspirational design team.  Their design is so unique and it always just seems to make sense.  I can't wait to journey through this new season of their show!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Musical Monday

I recently heard a song by The Autumn Film.  I really liked it and it really reminded me of this group Josh and I have come to love, Page CXVI.  Page CXVI is a band that Josh and I discovered and they have three albums of hymns.  We just adore them!  I have always loved hymns and this modern take has been great.  We listen to them often and their voices are quite relaxing and I love how it keeps me centered and focused on what really matters.

Well when I heard The Autumn Film song I decided to go listen to a bit more of their music on iTunes.  As I listened I kept saying to Josh this sounds so much like Page CXVI.  As I looked a little deeper, I saw the "Listeners also bought" section and that it's first hit was two Page CXVI cds and so I investigated.  I found out that the two are in fact one band.  I was rather excited!

I found that they have a few free downloads (and when I say a few, I mean 14-score).  I was pleased to get a few samples before I decide to buy the rest of their albums.  So be sure to check it out!  There are no strings attached and the music is great.  There is also a free download for Page CXVI.  So enjoy your free downloads and let me know what your thoughts are!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sew Excited!

I am just one lucky girl!  I've been dying to sew for awhile now and my husband picked that up.  For my birthday he got me a sewing machine and I couldn't be more excited!  The fact that this is just now gracing my blog is extremely strange to me as I am in love with this thing!  Please excuse the I just woke up look...but I had to share the moment I opened up my sewing machine because I was in shock/beyond excited in that moment.  My husband did a great job!

Target had these fabulous bright napkins for summer--4 patterned and 4 solid colors.  I saw them from afar and was drawn over to them instantly.  They were on sale and so I decided to transform them into pillows.  I have been wanting some Trina Turk looking designs in my home decor for awhile and this has motivated me to start to redecorate my den!

My first real sewing project was easy enough for me to conquer, but cute enough that I'm rather proud of it!  Now let's take into account the fact that I've only ever sewed in home ec in 8th grade...where I made an apron.  Not super impressive, but enough to let me know that I want to learn to do more.  So, my sewing adventures are going to be a little rocky at first, but my hope is that one day, I will be sewing some pretty fabulous things!  As for this first project I transformed some napkins into pillows.  The fact that these napkins were already cut took a lot of the stress out of the situation as I didn't have to cut the fabric or anything, just simply pin and sew!

The napkins with designs were a little longer on one side than the solid napkins and so I had to be creative in how I was going to close off and finish the pillow.  I originally thought that I would use buttons finish off and close the opening, but eventually decided that I would use ribion to tie it closed.  This ended up working well and it prevented the baggy look and finished off the pillows nicely!

I love the way they turned out and how bright and fun they are!  They just scream summer and I am very well pleased!

Here's to many more sewing projects in the future and to the Trina Turk look that these pillows give my house...I love them!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Beach Cruisers

It has been another fabulous Summer Saturday!  The sun was out and it was a beautiful day!

My husband and I joined the rest of my family for a day down in Newport.  We took some beach cruisers out and enjoyed the tremendous weather.  We hopped on our bikes over by the Balboa Bay Club and rode down onto Balboa.  We took the ferry over to Newport and rode around.  It was a fun day to be out by the water and enjoy the beach!

I'm so glad I got to go out and enjoy this day.  I got sick on Wednesday and was out for a couple of days (I missed you all)...I slept a ton which most likely made it possible for me to enjoy this super Summer Saturday!  What'd you do on this fine Summer Saturday?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

School Supplies

Maybe it is just the teacher within me, but I love school supplies!  Freshly sharpened new pencils, and new pens and paper make me so excited!  Yesterday Josh and I were at Target to pick up some prescriptions and as we had to wait, I wondered over into the Back To School section.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't think that these things should be out already.  When you just take a step back and look at it all, it truly is a beautiful thing--when everything is still so organized.  The masses haven't destroyed its order yet and I find it so pleasant!

So if you have a chance to wander over to Target before chaos hits the Back to School section, enjoy the beauty of the extensive amount of organized supplies!  There is something lovely about everything being so new and perfect--it truly is the simple things in life that bring me joy.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

{Re}create into something new ---blog party

I'm super excited to introduce my new blog party!  I had my first party for the 4th of July and it was a hit!  Now that I've got a better idea of how blog parties work...I'm ready to launch my first weekly party. I've been dreaming of this for sometime...so get ready to {re}create!

Have you ever seen something and just died thinking of the possibilities.  Knowing something's potential is a decorator's biggest gift.  This new blog party is all about that.  We want to celebrate the victories we've had in {Re}creating something drab into something new.  In this little blog world we live in, we are always reinventing everyday objects to serve as unique pieces of decor.

Whether it is repurposing, recycling, revamping, reusing, reorganizing, or redoing something--share what you have done.  Let us inspire one another to be good stewards of what we have and make a world of new and improved things.  I can't wait to see what you have {re}created!

So join me on this adventure!  Follow me and link up!

Be sure to check back every Wednesday to share your {re}creations!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I'm flattered!

So I'm home from my trip and just saw that I was given a blog award!  This is truly amazing me!  I am so excited and honored to be noticed as a blog that brings a little sunshine into someone's life!  I am truly overjoyed!

I'd also like to pass this award along to those of you out there who bring sunshine into my life with your blogs and support of my blog.  If you have been given this award please pass it on to someone who brings you a little joy and know that you are an inspiration!

A big thank you goes out to...

Home Again

We are back!  I am excited to get back into my blog world, but I'm still feeling a little out of sorts.  Maybe it is the feeling of still being on a boat, but I'm just feeling a little off.  I can't wait to get everything back in place and be fully back.

The houseboating trip was incredible!  I really had such a great time getting to know the girls and getting to share a fun weekend together.  It was great to get away, be in the sun, and most importantly experience God.

We are back and I'm just waiting for some inspiration to strike...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

We are off...

I'm going on a little blog vacation.  You will all be missed.

My husband and I are going on a houseboating trip with our high school youth group.  We are leaving in the morning and it has been crazy busy trying to get everything together.  I'd hoped to get a few posts scheduled for while I am gone, but instead my husband was in crisis mode at work and asked me to go help him out to make sure everything was situated for the trip.  We got it all done!  Everything is ready for the trip, but that means I'll have nothing to share with you all until next week when I get back!

See you next Monday!