Awakening Fabric Now Available on Minted!!

I am so thrilled to announce that the Awakening design won 4th place in the Minted Child's Play Fabric Design Challenge! Eeek!! It is officially up for sale on Minted in the form of table runners, curtains, lamp shades, placemats, napkins, pillows, and of course, yards of fabric. The best news? Minted is currently celebrating their 8th anniversary so everything is 15% off sitewide until April 4th at 11:59 p.m.! 

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How to Decorate a Wall with Ribbon, Mesh, and Tape

We are so excited to have guest writer, Carolyn Clarke from Paper Mart, with us for a couple of guest posts. Today she's discussing ideas for decorating walls with ribbon, mesh and tape! 

One of the most thrilling things about styling your home is the endless possibility for creativity and reinvention. If you are a DIY maven, a decor enthusiast, or simply someone looking to spruce up your home on a budget, then Paper Mart is a top shopping resource for all of your home decor craft and project supplies. 

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Decoration Ideas for Home Walls

We are so excited to have guest writer, Carolyn Clarke from Paper Mart, with us for the next couple of posts. Today she's discussing ideas for decorating home walls! 

Your home’s walls are an opportunity to inject personality within your home’s decor. While there is a time and a place for simple, white walls, sometimes a little decor can go a long way. Specialty retailers like Paper Mart are great resources for project supplies that will help you bring color and life to your walls. Get ready to have some fun decorating your walls.

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Ornamental Favorites...

Prepare yourself for an ornamental overload, as we are about to reveal to you our first Todd Nest Christmas Tree. Last year, we had a one-foot live Christmas tree set up in our Germany hotel. Our first year looked a little something like this. Now that we've settled into our Alabama home, we decided it was time to buy our first large Christmas tree and decorate our home in true Christmas fashion.

Friends always ask us what we bring home as souvenirs from our travelling: (1) we send a postcard home from each location and (2) buy a Christmas ornament.

Our favorite is this handpainted globe from Rothenburg, Germany.

And, yes, the town looks 



 this ornament! It's lovely.

JD's sister, Theresa, and her husband brought us this stunning ornament from their honeymoon in Gatlinburg.

(1) Paris, France: Christmas 2011
(2) Tel Aviv, Israel: 2011
(3) Oahu, Hawaii: 2012
(4) Oahu, Hawaii: 2011
(5) Milan, Italy: 2012
(6) Chattanooga, Tennessee: 2-year anniversary 2012
(7) Bahamas: 2011

My mom made the amazing ornaments and sent us one. It fits perfectly with our tree!

And the NOEL banner? Her creation too. I told JD earlier that morning that our tree was missing that special something, but I had no idea what it was. I put this banner up and the tree felt so much more complete.

How precious is this sign!? Better than mistletoe.

Do you like our tree skirt? Look for it in our 2013 Jitney's Journeys Christmas collection!! 

Those are a few of our favorite Christmas ornaments...

What is yours?

Do you have a themed tree, one tree or many, large or small?

September 26: Exposure to the Filipino Culture

JD and I ate breakfast together at CJ’s again. Those macadamia nut / coconut pancakes are basically the only local food that we’ve enjoyed on Oahu.

While traveling, JD and I have both picked up reading for enjoyment. I finished the book “I Don’t Know How She Does It” while on this trip. The book laid out a vivid perspective on the working mom vs. the stay-at-home mom. Though it was eye-opening, it tended to be quite depressing at parts. This is not a book I would recommend; however, I have not seen the movie. Have you seen it? What would you rate it?


MM, JD’s cousin, and I hung out today. Our plans were to hike Diamond Head but those plans faltered a bit because of car trouble. Luckily for us, we were in close walking distance to the mall. I bought some nicely designed travel journals and a sweet driftwood birdhouse, which we gave to my parents for Christmas. It was unbearably hard to part with, but I know they will love it just as much as I did.

MM’s uncle picked us up at the mall and fixed the truck. MM then took me to Max’s, my first Filipino restaurant. It was a little different than I expected. She ordered a squid on a platter and I ordered the only food I was familiar with (thanks to Mrs. Josie cooking it for us on the holidays)… pancit. Despite my lack of interest in the food, MM and I had a blast! She was great and the spontaneity of the evening was delightful and intriguing. I’m thankful for the chance of meeting family on Mrs. Josie’s side. [If you're wondering "where JD came from" (as some people put it), his mother is full Filipino and his dad is caucasian. I can hardly wait to see what our babies will look like one day.]


Today served as a late morning and a late night for JD at work. With our travel schedule, we’ve learned that “home” can even be a hotel room. This has become one of my favorite quotes and images I’ve seen on PinterestHome is where your husband is.