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Patio Reveal

Today I would like to show you the transformation of our patio.  With a lot of work, it has come a long way since we moved here ten years ago. 

In the picture below you can see how it looked after we had replaced the ugly brown shingle siding on the house and added the patio doors. There was actually no direct access to the patio before this. The concrete blocks that made up the patio always looked dirty and they were uneven in many places.  They also went right up to the house so there was no space to plant anything between the patio and house.  

Do you see our kitty waiting to get back in the house?  I don't blame him for not wanting to spend too much time our there.  We didn't want to either! 
A few years ago, my son and hubby tore out the old concrete blocks and laid new pavers.  Such a huge improvement!

With some landscaping and pretty flowers, it has become a space we can really enjoy.  

It's been especially nice this summer. We have had a lot of really nice days fo…

What Mom Does On The First Day Of School

Today was the first day of school for my kids so I did what
any self-respecting Mom does when their kids head back to school.
I made a trip to Homegoods of course!
I was just going to stay home and clean but the lure of
Homegoods only 10 minutes away just kept taunting me.

The temptation was too great so I went and came home with 
two items that I just can't seem to ever resist.

A nice sized white pitcher . . .

and a white wire basket.

For now I placed both of them on my little bench in the foyer.

Tomorrow they may end up somewhere else.  : )

Maybe I will stay home and clean tomorrow . . . maybe.

As always, thanks so much for visiting ~



  1. I would have bought both of those.

    I am glad that Home Goods is a 40 minute drive or I would drop in all the time.

  2. They look great. You can never go wrong with a basket and white pitcher. School started here last week, when I went it was always after labor day.

  3. They look AWESOME!

    Were you at the one on 23 by any chance? We may have been there around the same time and didn't even know it. : - )

  4. I am a white pitcher junkie. I have to close my eyes as I walk down that aisle. Your treasures look lovely!

  5. Oh, I love this little vignette!! Great finds :)

  6. Love Home Goods!!!! You got some wonderful things. They look so pretty.

  7. Both are very pretty. It's good to have some me time once in awhile too.

  8. I am so jealous of both your prizes from Home Goods. Am afraid if we went to Salt Lake or Denver I'd go crazy at all the great stores in both towns. Think I'd rather go to Salt Lake than Denver, hate that ride over mountains, people drive like maniacs. I love, absolutely crave, white pitchers and wire baskets are another crave of mine. Hubs will say " why do you need another wire basket"? Need has nothing to do with anything. Love your vignette on bench, we make those benches and other styles of them.
    Now that's what I would say is a smart woman, When in doubt, go to Home goods, oh if we only had one. Don't have Home Goods, IKEA or World Market. Do have Pier One but not as easy to find really good bargains there as other stores might have. I've been enjoying Target but you have to be there often to score good deals as they go quick. Our Target in Grand Junction doesn't have cute stuff in $1 bins either. If they do they're long gone by time I get to go there. We live out few miles from G.J. so going to town isn't something we do all the time or that often. Happy week

  9. Great finds! I don't have a HomeGoods where I live but when I'm in a town that has one I have to make a pit stop. I love that white pitcher. I'd like to invite you to share some of your posts at my Inspiration Thursday link party this week. I hope to see you there!
    -Lela @

  10. Shopping at HomeGoods beats cleaning any day!! Love that white pitcher!

  11. Great finds! We don't have one Home Goods in the entire state of OK!

  12. I love home goods. I just went there today and all the shelves were kinda empty. Guess they are waiting for a huge shipment. Yeah! Only 10 minutes away so I definitely will stop back.

  13. The white jug is really lovely and I love how you styled your new finds.

  14. The perfect place to visit with your new found alone time!! You certainly can't go wrong with a white pitcher and wire basket either!! Enjoy them both and enjoy these back-to-school days. Our schools don't open again for another few weeks so I'm still in the thick of it. Had some time alone today for the first time in a week and made a trip to The Christmas Tree Shoppe. I could go nuts in that store but exhibited self control for a change. : ) xo

    ~ Wendy

  15. What a fun way to spend your day. I think the first day of school is just a lead in to Fall. I'd love you to come over to The Fabulous Fall linky party and share your new treasures. The Fall party goes until Halloween.
    Come over any time and link your posts!
    Here's the link to this weeks party.
    Hope to see you. So what you gonna do on day two? Skip the housework. It'll wait! I hope the kids have a great new school year.

  16. Thanks for sharing at SYS #27. I wish there was a Home Goods closer to me.

  17. I love your new finds! I completely understand the lure of HomeGoods calling your name. I have one about 20 minutes from my house.

  18. HomeGoods would definitely be a big temptation, and I adore your purchases! My close friends and I always went out to breakfast on the first day of school. We had truly missed the camaraderie of simple friendship and chatter, after a summer filled with swimming lessons, family vacations and all the other myriad of things that kept us all so busy. Besides, HomeGoods didn't even exist way back then!

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog. In looking back through your older posts, I see all the photos from your fabulous trip to Europe. I lived in Germany for a while as a kid, so I particularly enjoyed those. Some of your London pictures look very similar to some of ours from several years ago. Guess we tourists hit the same high spots!


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