Hello friends and welcome to The Inspiration Gallery! This week has flown by and I shared some posts that I really enjoyed getting personal and creative. I talked about our New Year goals and then how easy it is to arrange flowers in a bowl. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please enjoy linking up your recent projects and recipes down below too!

New Year Goals and What is Working for Us…

How to Arrange Flowers in a Bowl

How to introduce Hygge into your home
DIY Gold Olive Wreath Sculpture
Painted Book Covers

Affordable Women’s Clothing Options : Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Powder Room Makeover
How to Organize Spice Jars

Pink, White and Oh, So Soft (Nursery Reveal) with Restless Arrow

Winter Mantel

DIY Spice Rack by Refresh Living

Winter Mantle and Living Room

Hey you all and glad to have you here today =). I recently found some beautiful faux Anemones and couldn’t wait to dress them up for some type of winter arrangement. As I debated how I would display them I thought it would be fun to show how easy it is to put them in any type of bowl.

At first I thought I was going to do a mixture of faux and real, but as I continued through with my plan decided it was best to leave the real ones out this time.

Because you will be using styrofoam for this project, you would not be able to “keep” the real ones thriving for long… Although, you could do it for a short amount of time or a dinner party.

Here is what you will need to make this easy floral arrangement:

  • A bowl
  • A half sphere of styrofoam (available at craft store and not the floral foam type)
  • Faux flowers/foliage and even faux fruit with stems

Here is how I began arranging:

Begin by fitting your half sphered styrofoam into the bowl. I didn’t need to trim but if you didn’t have a great match in size for bowl/sphere you may need to trim some off.

Then start inserting the stems straight into the sphere. I didn’t worry about trimming the stems as I wanted to keep them longer for reuse later, but this job would be a little easier if you shorten the stems.

I did find that as the longer stems filled the inside center of the bowl/sphere it made it more manageable to open some longer holes and bend stems in half as if they were trimmed.

Keep filling the sphere up and I didn’t worry too much about how I was putting pieces in. As usual, I wanted things to be organic and look natural.

In fact, I liked keeping some pieces longer and droopy. Some foliage draped long over the side and some shorter stems and fillers were holding things up around the border. Really anything goes!

And there you have it! A centerpiece that took about 15 minutes, was budget friendly and looks festive for the season. I was able to use mostly what was on hand which is another big bonus to faux flowers.

I think Wyatt enjoys them too or maybe he just enjoyed taking naps all over the house ;)…

p.s. the styrofoam is helpful for arranging like this because it strongly holds the flowers in place.

We have had this sitting on our table all week now it is still in full bloom (wink wink).

I hope you find this little tip or tutorial useful and thanks so much for visiting today!

Don’t forget to stop by later as we share for The Inspiration Gallery…

Hello Friends, I hope that you had a nice long weekend. We sure did, we ate some of our favorite foods, relaxed, took it slower and of course crossed a couple things off the everlasting “to – do” list ;).  These last couple weeks I know there has been so much talk about New Year resolutions… While I don’t typically make very many myself, I have been trying out some things since the start of January. I thought I would share what has been working well for us around here. Not because these resolutions are a one-size fits all, but I think it is fun to occasionally drop in and let you know the more personal side of our home – what we are up to and the behind the scenes.

So for starters, let’s begin with lunch making!!! I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this one. I always say I am making it the night before, but when bedtime rolls around – all I want to do is put my feet up… I procrastinate and save this lunch making duty for the morning. Which in turn makes the morning busier and even a little more stressful to watch the clock ensuring all is done in time.

So instead, lately I have been assembling lunches when I make dinner. This has been working out so well for us, as it is really convenient when I already have ingredients pulled out and a messy kitchen. I either just use leftovers or I quickly pull together a sandwich etc. and it is ready to go in the morning. It feels kinda fantastic as if I am doing two things at once… lol I know it isn’t that exciting but it truly has helped! (P.S. I think these food containers are the best from Pottery Barn Kids! My mom bought them for my oldest and they are such wonderful quality/size).


Next, if I am being honest… As of late I have found myself a bit burned out. I have felt challenged to find the time I need to do what’s most important and have felt like I have let some of the joy slip away. I have shared a little here and there that our family has been facing a few hiccups and I am encouraged to say that we are finding renewed strength. I am not looking to worry anyone and it will all be ok, but in fact it is a season for us and we have faith to face it.  With the gift of a new year, I started to do what warms my heart again… I went back to simplicity and homemaking – working from scratch. Literally baking and cooking; taking the time to care for my family with these acts of love and servitude.

In doing so I couldn’t believe how rewarding its return was. We picked up our favorite recipes and made the things we missed enjoying. Instead of buying the bulk bags of granola, we baked up the easy version – we have indulged in the chocolate chip cookies and muffins we all crave. To say it has been a treat is an understatement.


With my type A personality I tend to want to do everything myself. But in doing so I can sometimes leave those most important to me out of the process. I love having my children help around our home and sometimes I forget to ask. We are making the routine of letting the kiddos help with the day to day.

And oh my have they enjoyed it too! It is good for all of us and they treasure getting to do so alongside me. How much better is it to unload the dishwasher together instead of apart…


So it is no surprise that I love flowers and having flowers around the home is important to me. Even still, it is not always friendly on our budget. I have found that keeping a good supply of faux flowers works wonders when mixed with real. 

Too many times I have run to the store looking for something specific and can’t find it. Having fake varieties at home saves us money in the long run, lasts longer and these days is very hard to tell the difference.


Last night on Instagram I shared how much I love to make the bed each morning with a large cup of coffee in hand (carefully in hand I should say with all this white bedding, haha.) Anyhow, I really do love how it sets the tone and this is something I have continued doing throughout the new year. Making your bed is a great way to start the day!

And just as true, it is always great to let it go too. This is one of my new practices for the year, to slow down, to let go and just be. With all the hurry we can so easily miss the importance right in front of us.


Even though I mentioned how we have been baking and cooking more from scratch, another routine I have picked back up and am LOVING is to Meal Plan (more efficiently).

We started to get in a rut and make the same things over and over each month, everyone was so ready for a change. For January, I used a Dinner page from my gifted set of Get Paperworks. I mapped the month out and it has made cooking life much easier. I am motivated to cook, don’t have to think about it and we are being considerate of our budget. You can read more about how we did meal planning a couple years ago and we still do to this day.


Dinner around the table is one of my favorite times spent with my little family. We have enriched that time more with some “Dinner Questions”…

While at my MOPS group a couple weeks ago, it was a craft meeting and we used the time to organize wonderful little jars. In each jar is a set of questions designed to give some intentional conversation between the meal. Every question has brought out the sweetest and most interesting answers and the kids eagerly await the questions too. It is teaching good listening skills plus it really draws out thoughtful feelings and reflections. Not to mention we have had plenty of good laughs as well!


With the hustle of holidays done and decorations stowed away, we found ourselves craving more quiet. Now we have been putting devices away longer and making time for Games and Play Together…

Everyone has been better for it, including the grown ups too. Our kids don’t own devices or spend much time on them, but we as parents find ourselves doing too much. I love sharing what I do through social media and here on the blog, but like anything else, I have found the need for balance and moderation. This sweet reminder has been nourishing to our family and we intend to keep this goal around.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about some of our ideas and how things have been looking through the very early part of this year. I also hope you will continue to join me here as well because I am so excited for this year and sharing it with each and every one of you through stories, projects and all things “home”. Zevy Joy is so special to me and what an honor to have you all be a part of it, thank you!


*Thank you to Get Paperworks for the set on Monthly printables and all opinions are 100% my own.


Hi Friends and glad to have you here today at The Inspiration Gallery! It has been a full week as we get back into routines and start the new year. I shared our home with some simple winter updates and some tips on how to decorate with all white bedding. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please enjoy linking up your recent recipes and projects down below!

Winter Home Tour  – 2017

A Fresh Start in the New Year and Decorating with All White Bedding 


Watercolor Matchbox Printable
A New Gallery Wall
January Desktop Calendar
Favourite Post of 2017
Crepe Paper Flowers
How to make a crepe cabbage rose

DDD 1.13

Winter Porch Decor : Cinnamon Roll Crescents : Winter Home Tour

Asian Broth Bowl – Twenty-Minute Meal
(with options to make Whole30 or Paleo!)

Auntie Alice’s Top Secret Mini Pecan Tarts Recipe Revealed with The It Mom

Easy-Paleo-Weeknight-MealsEasy Paleo Week Night Meals

lifenreflection_winter pine spray_2

DIY Winter Natural Room Spray

Free Printable Labels for Natural Cleaning Products


Hello again friends and welcome back… As the new year starts, I feel excited with anticipation, ready for changes and in major cleaning mode, ha! I also enjoy the fresh start that comes with decorating around the home, by either moving things around, decluttering or changing out colors.

Today I am excited to partner with Boll and Branch as I share some simple tips on how to decorate with all white bedding in your bedroom! I was sent their beautifully hemmed white pieces and will be using those to show you how you can recreate this look too.

When using the monochromatic look of neutrals and more so, bright white neutrals you can…


Layer on Textures: The antique white throw laying atop the hemmed duvet cover brings interest in with its’ plush cable knit. Everything is white but there are also different sheens, knits and tones grouped together here.


Mix in Warm Wood Tones through Trays: Varying wood tones break up the look and allow the elegant linens to shine. These blankets are cozy and fit right in next to a breakfast tray as if both are calling your name for breakfast in bed.


Bring in lots of Greenery: This freshens the space and adds life to the room. As with the wood tones, it really pops next to the snowy white pieces.


Use Baskets and Woven Pieces: These will relax the feel of the room and again, add to all that texture mentioned above. The smooth cotton bedding pairs lovely with the ridges and movement of accent pieces.


Have Coffee and Tea Make the Space Inviting: Don’t forget to make the room ready for enjoying on all those luxurious sheets. Adding a simple coffee or tea station/spot is perfect for a Sunday afternoon and good book engulfed in all the billowy layers.


Use Contrasting Pieces (Darker in Color): Bring in darker colors to surround all the white. This grounds the space and allows your pretty bedding to be the statement.


Stagger White Objects around the Room: Repeat the white intentionally through objects such as vases, bowls or books. It makes the look or style of the room cohesive.


Decorate with Metallic Accents Throughout… Metallics such as gold, bronze or copper can really warm up a space and look striking against all the white.


Incorporate Varying Shades of  White or Cream: As seen above, I used all white for the look in our freshened up bedroom, but using natural (seen with the Natural Cable Knit Throw) is a fun way to mix the neutrals and can diversify the look a bit more.

Bright white linens are the perfect mix of elegance and relaxation….


They make a room feel like a retreat, a place to get away and settle in. I especially love how open and clean white sheets/bedding are.


These ones from Boll and Branch really are exceptional as I have never owned bedding this nice before working with them. Each and every set we have used has held up wonderfully and I am continually impressed with the quality.


They are soft as can be when you sink your tired feet in at night and they look crisp and regal when made up each morning to start a new day. This company speaks for itself and I love what they support in their business; it is fair trade, organic and made to give back in partnership with Not For Sale. It is truly always a pleasure to work with them.

Here is a list of the Boll and Branch items seen on our bed:

Hemmed White Duvet Cover

Hemmed White Sheet Set

Hemmed White Pillowcases

Hemmed White Shams (Euro and Standard)

Antique White Cable Knit Throw

Natural Cable Knit Throw

*Thank you to Boll and Branch for sponsoring this post today and all opinions are 100% my own.



Hello, as always I am so grateful to have you here today as I take part in a fun Winter Home Tour hosted by my sweet and talented friend, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers! Welcome to those of you who are visiting from Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage whose tour I am sure you left feeling inspired!


I am excited to show you how we “winterized” our home and just how inexpensive/easy it is to decorate through the seasons. When Christmas is over  I find that decorating for winter is really quite simple when you declutter by putting the trees and decor away.


I purposefully keep out the chunky knits, textured pillows and all my favorite neutrals as these go well with the cold winter days.


By this time of year I prefer the simplified changes and love leaving all the “cozy” elements around to stay a bit longer.


While snow and bright whites are clearly perfect for winter, I wanted to also share how other things work nicely during this season too. Such as some of the greenery you may have had hanging around from the Christmas season.


For example, magnolia leaves, eucalyptus, citrus fruit and dark juicy berries. All of these describe the winter season to me as they are moody tones and delicious in part for all that snowy baking you may be doing ;)…


I just as easily swap out all of the Christmas trees everywhere and replace them with this type of greenery.


You may also notice a couple new additions to our kitchen… We are really enjoying the upgrade of these Kichler Sayre Pendants from Lighting Design Company! You may remember the copper spray painted ones we had here before


And as much as we loved that DIY fixture for a long time, it has been so much fun to have something that now better fits the size of our kitchen/island and the style of our space. These antique pewter finished pendants give off a nice light in a central part of our home.  A little change is always good sometimes (thanks so much to Lighting Design Company for providing these new lights)!


As you move away from our kitchen into the family room/sunroom you will see the same decorative ideas here.


More texture, bright whites, festive metallics and more greenery.


Little pinecones scattered throughout are the perfect addition as well.


Nothing says winter more than layers of blankets and faux furs. We certainly have had some cooler weather around here and we can’t get enough of our throws. Everyone probably has at least two covering them at a time, lol…


None of these changes required a lot of work to make the transition from Christmas to winter and I was able to just move around most of what we already had.



I find so much joy making up our home throughout the seasons and sharing those ideas with you, most importantly I am just so honored that you take the time to look at them and hopefully you leave with some ideas that are useful =).


Please make sure to enjoy your next stop over to Amanda at The Tale of an Ugly House, I just know you are going to see how beautifully she dresses up her home. And here is the entire tour listed below! Thank you again for stopping by today!



Design, Dining and Diapers

Hamby Home Decor

PMQ For Two

A House and A Dog


The Posh Home

Christina’s Adventures

Fox Hollow Cottage

Zevy Joy

Tale of an Ugly House

1111 Light Lane

Life of Alley

Lauren McBride

*Lighting Design Company provided our kitchen lights and all opinions are 100% my own.


Inspiration Gallery

Hello Friends and welcome to this week’s, The Inspiration Gallery. I had taken some time away during our Christmas vacation and enjoyed slowly coming back to things this week. I shared some of the most viewed posts of the year and here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please enjoy linking up your recent projects and recipes down below. Have a wonderful weekend ahead all!



Best of 2016 with Zevy Joy



Shelf Organization



Cozy Winter Mantel : Gluten Free Mini Berry Pies : The Best of 2016 : Most Viewed Posts of 2016 : Personalized Keepsake Box


The Top Ten of 2016
2016 Report Card and 2017 Project Plans




DIY Holiday Placemats with Meaningful Spaces





Winter Living Room by Making It In The Mountains


Spicy Cranberry Meatballs

Hello Friends, welcome today as I join a group of very talented friends and we share our top ten posts for 2016! Thanks so much to Cami at Tidbits for organizing this fun recap! I loved putting this list together and seeing a year in review, it makes me excited for the year to come. As I look through each and every post and list out which ones were enjoyed most, I wanted to express my gratitude to each and every one of you. It is because of all of you that I get to share our little home and the day to day. I am humbled you take the time to join me here and I am flattered that you return. I look forward to many more decorating/DIY adventures ahead…

Here you will see the posts ordered from most popular at #1 and finishing with #10.


#1 – Before and After at our House 

*I recently updated this post with newer “after” photos because so much as even changed within a year =)…


#2 – Fall Home Tour 2016


#3 – Summer Home Tour 2016


#4 – Fall Inspiration


#5 – Spring Home Tour


#6 – Spring Flowers A Free Floral Printable


#7 – A Warm and Neutral Fall Home Tour BSHT 2016


#8 – Fall Home Tour Part 2


#9 – Cozy Neutral Christmas Decor – Here Comes Santa Blog Tour


#10 – A Royal Pumpkin

Thank you again for stopping by and hope that maybe some of these posts will give encouragement or inspiration as you take part of your own home journeys! Happy New Year friends!

Don’t forget to visit all of these amazing friends below and each of their top ten posts as well… Their creativity and talent abounds!




The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Instant DIY Pure Vanilla Extract by TIDBITS | Farmhouse Breakfast Nook Reveal by Nina Hendrick Design Co | Real World Organizing: How to Keep Your House Tidy by The Happy Housie | How To Clean Your Home In 30 Minutes A Day by StoneGable | Modern Farmhouse Paint Colors by A Burst of Beautiful | Summer Tour of my New House by So Much Better With Age


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Before and After at our House by Zevy Joy | How to Build Industrial Shelves by Beneath My Heart | Is the Family Room Your Shining Star? by Decor Gold Designs | My Fresh New Blue Kitchen Reveal by The Wicker House | How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror by Cherished Bliss | Dramatic Kitchen Renovation without Removing Cabinets by Designthusiasm


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Why Won’t My Hydrangeas Bloom by Kelly Elko | Sherwin Williams Poised Taupe – Color of the Year 2017 by Setting for Four | How To Make A Farmhouse Mason Jar Chandelier by Shabbyfufu | U-Pick Apples Free Printable by Paint Me Pink | Christmas Home Tour 2016 by Town and Country Living | How to Organize Every Space in Your House by Just a Girl and Her Blog


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Paint Color Home Tour by Maison de Pax | My Home Tour by Nesting with Grace | DIY Sign for Fall by House by Hoff | Floral Printable Birthday Gift Tags by Live Laugh Rowe | How to Build a No Sew Teepee by Julie Blanner | How To Design A Room You Love by Life On Virginia Street


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

How To Get A Beautifully Organized Closet On A Budget by Fox Hollow Cottage | Entryway Essentials by Lindsay Hill Interiors | Summer Home Tour by Migonis Home | 13 things to do before you list your home by Style House Interiors



The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Decorated Office/Craft Room by Sunny Side Up | Summer Home Tour 2016 by Finding Silver Pennies | How to make a tufted headboard by Place of My Taste | Tips and Tricks for an Organized Pantry by Not Just a Housewife | Back To School In Style by She Leaves a Little Sparkle


32 Bloggers share their Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016. Study trends and plan ahead for 2017.

Inspiration Gallery

Welcome to the Inspiration Gallery friends! This week I shared our home all dressed up during the nighttime and then today I shared my Grandma’s special cookie recipe… Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home.

Please enjoy linking up your recent projects and recipes down below, have a Merry Christmas all!



Christmas Nights Tour

Bloggers Cookie Exchange – Old Fashioned Cookies


thisweekHeated Throw
Painted Cookies



Easy Reindeer Cookie Sandwiches : A FULL Christmas House Tour : Our Everyday House Tour


The Last-Minute Shopper’s Gift Guide



Cranberry Pear Flatbread Recipe


Woodsy-Popcorn-WrappersFree popcorn wrapper printable



DIY Wood Star Ornaments by Hawthrone and Main


Upcycled Gift Wrap


Good Morning friends! I am thrilled to have you here as always and joining me today as I share a sweet recipe for the Bloggers Cookie Exchange! A big thank you to my very talented friend Randi from Randi Garrett Design for having me along today and welcome to those of you who are coming over from her beautiful blog…


I love sweets and I especially love cookies, so the opportunity to share a special recipe with you is one I have really been looking forward to.


Growing up my grandma (on my dad’s side) was quite crafty, clever and the very best cook/baker. So much of what I share or what I do here on Zevy Joy makes me think of her. She would delight in craft days and she would show her love so much so through her kitchen. Friends and family couldn’t get enough of her treats or meals.


One recipe in particular, was her Old Fashioned Cookies or what we fondly call, Grandma Cookies. The original was baked with raisons and nuts, but it being Christmas, I chose to make these with a small twist (you can see modifications below).

Here are the ingredients you will need:


  • 1 cup of shortening
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 7 cups of flour (reserve a cup at the end for kneading and rolling)
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of nuts (I substituted with white chocolate/peppermint candy – chopped in large chunks)
  • 1/2 package of raisins (I substituted with dried cranberries)

To make these cookies you will:




Measure and prep the ingredients… Then cream the sugars and shortening together.


Add the eggs one at a time and then finish off the wet ingredients with the milk and vanilla.


Begin to pour in the flour a couple cups at a time (I used a kneading hook attachment for this part of the recipe – not necessary, just helpful if you have it).


Roll out your cookie dough onto a floured surface (using some flour from the cup that was set aside).  This will be a large batch of dough so you can roll it out in two or three turns.


Using your cookie cutter about 3 inches in diameter (I used a small plastic cup) cut out your circle shapes and line them on your cookie sheet.

Set the oven at 350 degrees and cook them for about 6 minutes (if you cook till brown they will be too dry).


They should look something like up above =)…


For another fun variation, we added some cookie icing and crushed peppermint. Because more sugar is never wrong with more sugar – right?! 😉


I hope you enjoyed this recipe and please do let me know if you try it out! I can’t tell you how much I cherished making these cookies with my family.



It brought back the most precious memories of this sweet lady who left us this recipe. My kiddos got to hear more about her as we constructed her creation. They asked questions and got to know her a little bit even though she is gone now.


I loved the tender expressions on their faces as they took their first bites and now this will become our tradition to carry on each year… A place to have my grandma in some of that Christmas magic, she would have absolutely treasured the time we spent making these cookies together and that alone warms my heart.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas sweet friends! Hope you know how I appreciate you all coming to visit with me this season and how very much it means.

Don’t forget to make your next stop over to my amazing friend Jennifer at Decor Gold Designs… You won’t want to miss these gorgeous red velvet cookies –


And you can find the entire tour listed here below!

Randi – Randi Garrett Design

Annie – Zevy Joy

Jen – Decor Gold Designs

Kelley – Kelley Nan

Tamara – Citrine Living

KariAnne – Thistle Wood Farms