my favorite cookie

If you've been around my side of the family for long, you've probably had my mom's chocolate chip cookies. She actually got the recipe from a friend years ago, but they've been a family favorite ever since! The recipe makes a very large batch, so sometimes I cut it in half, or freeze half.


hall bath makeover

Since moving into our home, we have worked little by little on the hallway bathroom. When we first saw the bathroom it looked like this:


living room switch

We spent a little over a week with my family in Memphis over Christmas break. We had a great time, but were excited to be back in our home. While in Memphis, I visited the Pottery Barn Outlet a few times. The first time I found an 8x10 rug that I loved, but it was still $400. The next time I went in with my mom & aunts, all the rugs were 20 percent off! I started looking through the different options again, & found a 5x8 I really really loved. It was marked all the way down to $180! My sweet aunt Lisa said she would pitch in by paying half if I would paint her a large custom painting. Of course I agreed & am now a proud owner of a Samantha rug! :)

As soon as we got home & unloaded the car I started setting up our living room with our new rug. I also purchased two pillow inserts at the outlet to go inside two additional pillows for our couch I scored online for $10 each!

Don't you just love when that happens? They were still selling them at the outlet for a marked down price of $25. 

Here is our living room before the rearranging began: