Securing the Perfect Statement Chair…with One Kings Lane!

**PLEASE NOTE: While One Kings Lane DID provide me with the request to review their online resources, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

Do you  have a favorite chair at your house? (My hubby has been on me about getting him a recliner so he can have a chair that’s only his! Oh dear…) But more the kind of chair I’m speaking about is what is called a statement chair. Something like this one.


I don’t have one of these, but I have several spots around the house in which I’d like to place a cool statement chair like this one!

So when One Kings Lane contacted me regarding helping them introduce their new Home Decor Resource Guide via a statement chair, I was intrigued! But I wasn’t sure I had a chair to use for the process.

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Creative Wedding Ideas! (Part 1)

Most of you know that I work full-time in insurance, but I also have a photography business that I own/operate, as well. I was working on editing some wedding photos this week, and I started thinking about all the creativity I’ve seen at weddings over the years. There’s some really cute ideas I’ve had the privilege to photograph! So I thought I’d take a post (or two, at this rate) and share them with all of you! All photos to follow taken by: ME!

1. See if your venue will pay tribute to you! (This couple’s reception location gave them a shout-out!)


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Made-to-Order Lampshade

About two months ago, our cat was flying around the house being ridiculous, and knocked one of our matching lamps off the end-table in the living room. She broke the dang thing. Did I mention that they were matching?

Since I couldn’t find another lamp to match the non-broken one, I bought two new lamps, kept the lampshades (which were not damaged) and everything was fine. Except I still had one lamp with no shade left. And no place at home to put it.

But with a new office at the insurance agency where I work full time, I knew I could use it there. The problem was, I still had no lampshade.

So I spent several months looking for said lampshade, finally found the perfect one on Walmart’s website, and I ordered it (on clearance) for about $6. Wohoo, right?

Except when the box came, here’s what it looked like:

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Yeah. So you can imagine what the shade itself looked like. Pitiful. Unfixable. Sold out. Returned.

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Essential Kitchen Accessories – forget all the STUFF!

Those of you who’ve been reading the blog for a while know that I despise clutter. Especially in the kitchen. There’s nothing I hate more than going into the kitchen and having to clean it before I can even cook in it…because then I have to clean it up when I’m done, too!

So when Jerin Marina approached me about doing an article for the blog about the essential items to furnish your brand new kitchen with, I loved the idea! I mean, come on, what woman would not want to suddenly have a brand new kitchen and furnish it with the necessities…and that’s IT! Jerin herself is a passionate cook and blogger who specializes in providing information on and reviews of food processors (which I think is fantastic – considering I don’t have a food processor *gasp* and I’ve learned a lot from her site! Check it out at when you can! Tons of fanatic information and side-by-side comparisons, the works!)

And so, without further ado, here’s Jerin!

Moving into a new home can be pretty nerve-wrecking for some people, as they have to deal with a lot of things so they can settle in comfortably. It has been found through studies and surveys that people take about two weeks on average to get settled in a new home, which, when compared to people living in fast cities, like New York, is pretty slow. People in New York take about a total of three days to get settled in a new home. The main reason for that is that people living in fast-paced cities know what tools, equipments and accessories are required for them to get settled in easily. The most important portion of a new home that takes up the most time is the kitchen. Here is your guide to the essential kitchen accessories and tools for your new home.


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And So…I’m Learning…

This has been a very odd week. (And dear Lord, it’s only Wednesday). So I thought I would write an odd post and share some of the things I’ve learned so far. Ten things, to be exact. Take note, why don’t ya?


1. My brain is like an interstate. There are lots of cars (or thoughts, or tasks or ideas), and they can go fast or slow or change lanes…but they all move at once. Until ONE car wrecks…and then it backs up the entire interstate. **SIGH**

2. Do a little bit every day. Even if you have 25 different projects, if you do a little bit of each one every day, you’ll start to see progress being made, and you won’t feel so far behind.

3. Make sure you stay on very good terms with your HOA, if you have one. Bake them cookies, send them flowers, whatever it takes.

4. Look for opportunities to do something nice for someone else. And then DO IT. No matter how small. Just do it. You will never know how much it might mean to them.

5. Back up your backup. And then back that one up, too.

6. Take time to walk outside and look at the stars.

7. Hold your family close.

8. Hide a spare key where you can always get to it if you get locked out.

9. Don’t burn your bridges.

10. Take the pain reliever when your head FIRST starts hurting – don’t wait.

How about you? What have YOU learned so far this week? Do share!