The Tale of the Chalkboard

The Tale of the ChalkboardFramed Chalkboard / Zinc Card Holder

Thought y’all might like to see how festive my chalkboard is for the holidays (excuse the grainy pic, I grabbed this photo from my phone).

It’s festive alright! But in case it helps anyone out there who is maybe feeling a bit overwhelmed when it comes to keeping all of the holiday expectations in the air, so to speak, I thought I would mention a little something.

This chalkboard board literally had fall leaves drawn on this board since LAST YEAR.

I know.

Not fall leaves that we just drew on the chalkboard a couple of months ago fall. No, no. FALL LEAVES WE DREW LAST YEAR in the fall. As in 2016 Fall.

So that means we had fall leaves on our board in:

Christmas 2016

Winter 2017

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Fall this year … again (note my logic that if you keep a season up long enough, at least you are totally on your game once a year).

So yeah. Don’t let your chalkboards don’t define you or tell you who we are.

The Tale of the Chalkboard

I know I had our tree up at Thanksgiving. Maybe that made me feel accomplished at the time. But remember, we also had fall leaves up on our chalkboard at Easter.

And if it makes any of you feel even better about the state of your holiday preparedness, our house is literally pitch black outside.

We were trying to install a new porch light and something went amiss. So when I say it’s dark, I mean not only do we NOT have Christmas lights twinkling up the dark, but NONE of our outdoor lights or porch lights work.

Our house is probably actually scaring the neighbors right now. They must think we are members of the Scrooge family.

But y’all. I’m just gonna OWN IT. It is what it is. I’ll walk inside with my HEAD HELD HIGH saying OUR LIGHT COMES FROM WITHIN. LOL!

So I clearly do not have it all together, but I’m going to make myself cozy by the tree anyway and just enjoy the season we have in front of us (and I hope you do the same, no matter what it looks like on your chalkboard or from the street, for that matter).

Hope you all are having a cozy Wednesday!

Post sources: Framed Chalkboard / Zinc Card Holder / Hallway Wall Color is Swan White by Glidden

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Greetings, friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of my phone and Instagram pics in a Life Lately post. So today’s the day I will catch up a bit and invite you into our home with some behind the scenes photos.

We had family here over the Thanksgiving holiday so we’ve been totally living life to the full (and loving every minute of the crazy). With our work and projects and family and lots of family pups all gathered under our roof, it’s a little wild around here sometimes.

But savoring that wild and crazy life is what home and holidays are all about.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

If there ever was a time of the year to let go of stress and just enjoy the season, it’s this one.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, if I ever start feeling overwhelmed or Scrooge-like this time of  year, I remind myself to picture Christmas through the eyes of a child. Don’t overthink it. A tree with twinkling lights on the counter may not be practical, but that’s what makes it magical.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

My husband makes fun of all my furry blankies in every room, but hey, they make me feel snug and cozy. This is our guest room so we created a little winter retreat for visitors to enjoy.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)Kitchen Details

We do a lot of cooking now that we have our fully functioning kitchen! You might remember that last year we didn’t have a kitchen for Thanksgiving, so it was a special time this year.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

There’s no where we’d rather be than gathered together in our cozy little home.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We definitely feel blessed to be able to do so much together as a family right here in our home! We work, play, eat and repeat. This is our life and we are grateful for it.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Christmas Houses // Stockings Source // Stool Source

We’re always surrounded by projects in progress! For example, as we were cooking  Thanksgiving dinner we were preparing to pack up these gift boxes for our growing Pure & Lovely Tribe (y’all are invited to join us!).

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Jack was in his element on Thanksgiving, he loves the activity and commotion of people and pets gathering. He’s very much an extrovert. :)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

With friends and family around, there is always a lot of good food!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)
Goldendoodle Plate (this one may be sold out but hopefully will return soon!)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

And of course, we are fans of festive drinks! My sister’s special Spanish coffee has become a tradition. I’ll see if I can get a recipe from her, it was good!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We may have to squeeze in tables, chairs and pups but we always make room for more!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We are grateful for so much, so many blessings and a happy healthy family.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

This furry friend is my sister’s dog, Luna. They got to hang out together for a couple of days. Jack and Luna get along great and are good buds.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We had a camera crew here just before Thanksgiving to film videos for my books! I can’t wait to show you once they are complete.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Since our home is also like our studio and our warehouse (haha), rooms sometimes have to change from Christmas to spring or winter all in one day.

It can be a little chaotic at times. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about embracing change and going with the flow.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Speaking of going with the flow, Bella decided this table would make a comfy spot to curl up (on a backpack?!) even though we have a no dogs on the table rule (hahah, apparently I didn’t make that clear enough).

We were just as shocked as you probably are to see here there smiling like she was the most clever dog on the planet. You just never know what might happen when you have dogs. They they bring laughter to our home everyday.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

I also have a no TV in the living room rule (well, it’s more of a personal preference), but we set up a TV in our main room over Thanksgiving so our family could play the fun group game I told you about recently (called Drawful on the PS4–you can all play with your phones!).

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We pulled up chairs, snuggled up and played for hours! I’m terrible at it, but it’s fun anyway.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

All the dogs were exhausted by the end of the day.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

But the next day, everyone was up and out for more adventures!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Hope you all are embracing all the simple joys in each season.

You can follow along with all of our Instagrams below:

The Inspired Room // Jack the Goldendoodle // Doodles at Home // Pure & Lovely // Kylee // Courtney

See more of my home here, and sources here.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)
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