Monday, November 4, 2013


I have to say, the extra hour yesterday came in handy around my house.  The Texan worked on getting one of our guest rooms in order for company in a few weeks by finally replacing the gross old ceiling fan with a simple ceiling fixture

Flush mounts are not my favorite.  But due to the way the electrical was completed and the giant hole that is in the ceiling, a flush mount was the only option.  I think it looks much better and the light it gives off is great.

While he was being handy, I was mixing up my second slow cooker meal of the week.  We are normally not a slow cooker family.  The recipes usually make way too much for my family of three.  But, I've gotten pretty good at adjusting recipes down to a serving size that works for us.  And given that I worked all day yesterday, it was so nice to come home to a warm house with a meal ready to go!

Last night, we had Shredded Steak sandwiches and on Halloween, I made her Cafe Rio Chicken, which is TO DIE FOR.  We had no problem enjoying leftover tacos all weekend!  Her enchiladas are also in heavy rotation at our house - even The Bug will do them (without the sauce). 

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Around Here.

My house has been in a state of disarray since about May.  It started with a few touch ups to the dining and living room, thanks to my new friend Lindsay.  She really came through with the bookshelf styling - and put to good use all the random books I had sitting around.  

I also adore the Lulu & Georgia rug she selected for the dining room. It perfectly pulls together all the random fabrics I already had going on.

I finally invested in a Michelle Armas piece, which makes me smile every time I glance in that room.  

Once the little things were done, we were ready to tackle some bigger projects:

Thibaut Cheetah print in the Powder Room (now I just need the perfect gold mirror to complete the space)...

Grasscloth in the entry (nearly impossible to photograph)...

And the biggest of all - a master bathroom remodel...

Rumor has it this space will be finished this week so I am hoping to capture some "after" images to share.

Don't worry, my to do list isn't done yet!  There's always something I feel needs improving.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with my constant decorating - sharrison1028

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pizza Party.

Why, yes, it HAS been 4+ months since I last posted.  I don't know what to say.  Summer was crazy, The Bug started Kindergarten, The Texan is traveling like a vagabond and the next thing I know it's October.  Apologies all around.

The good news is I'm back, feeling rejuvenated and have some fun posts planned.

Let's kick things off with one of my favorite events of the year - The Bug's birthday!  Today is actually the big day.  6.  It's hard to believe.  I can't imagine my life before him, but I also can't imagine what's to come.  Besides The Texan, he is the best thing in my life.

We've normally hosted parties at home.  (See 3rd birthday, 4th birthday and 5th birthday recaps...)  This year, I knew I couldn't manage a gaggle of 5-6 year olds in my house, not to mention our house is a construction zone right now (more on that to come.)  So, I decided to host the big day at a local pizza spot.

Mustaches and chef hats all around.  A "spinning" lesson from the staff, dough to play with and a good old fashioned game of "Pizza Hole" and the kids were happy, full and having fun.

Happy Birthday to H!

For info on the printables featured, visit Anders Ruff

Thursday, May 23, 2013

More Laura Loves.

Last week, my friend Maria invited me to the "paint the world flawless" at the Laura Mercier counter at Nordstrom.  I really don't need to be asked twice.  Plus, it was time to pick up a new spring lip color.

Once I arrived, Maria introduced me to a fab new product launched by Laura Mercier and considered one of Marie Claire's 25 new products that will change your life...the Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact.

I am already a HUGE fan of the Tinted Moisturizer   It's my go-to for every day makeup - light weight, nice coverage and easy.  I've worn it for years.  Now it comes in to-go form?  Genius.  

Even though it just takes minutes to apply the Tinted Moisturizer, I'm a bigger fan of the new Creme Compact.  It's perfect on the mornings where I am headed to the gym and I don't feel like doing a full face.  I just smooth this on with the handy applicator sponge, add a bit of blush and out the door I go.  It makes my skin dewy and natural looking.  And for someone who is NOT a make up pro, this is THE easiest way to get flawless looking skin.

The even better news for me that day?  The compact was FREE.  FREE!!  I couldn't believe it.  A $45 compact free to me for attending the event that day.  I love it!

While there, I also picked up a Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze, which I was hesitant about as bronzer usually make me look orange and streaky, but this stuff is amazing as expected and adds just a hint of tan.  Maria also gave me great application tips, which this novice needed.  

And finally, the reason I went in the first place?  My new spring lips, Lip Glace in Baby Doll...cute, pink and natural.

Bottom line - get ye to Nordstrom (double points right now!) and get yourself the Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact.  Life changing for sure.

Check out my other Laura loves - here and here

Friday, May 17, 2013

Summer Bucket List.

Well, today is the last day of preschool for The Bug.  In just 12 weeks, he will start kindergarten.  Where has the time gone?  And what the heck are we going to do with all of our time together?!

Inspired by my blogger friend (and real life friend!) Julie, we came up with a Summer Bucket List.  Even though The Bug will be attending "camp" each week, there are still plenty of days for us to fill and memories to create before he's officially a kindergartner.  

How many of these can we check off this year?

Trip to Omaha (Zoo, Children's Museum, Air & Space Museum)
Day Camp at the Kansas City Zoo
Visit Science City
Make boats to sail at Franklin Park
Weekend at the Lake (of the Ozarks)
Visit Little Freshie for a sno-cone
Participate in Summer Reading Program
Get frozen yogurt (maybe he will eat more than toppings this year?!)
Trip to Texas to visit Nana and Papa
Trip to Lee's Summit to play at Williams-Grant Park (totally stole this from Julie - they have a pirate ship in the park!)
Get a treat from the ice cream truck
Play with my cousins
Night at Great Wolf Lodge
Eat a Shipley's Do-nut
Go to work with Dad
Take the training wheels off the bike
Day at The K
Impromptu dance party (current favorite jam?  "Mirrors' by JT, of course!)
Spend the night at Nan's house

We are kicking things off today with a celebratory picnic with our friends, followed by an afternoon at the Zoo.  Welcome Summer!

PS - Need some ideas to create your own Summer Bucket List?  Visit The Happy Family Movement for more ideas. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bronze Body.

Tis the season for exposing my pale, pale bod to sunshine.  I do tend to avoid the sun, but I don't necessarily want to look like Powder while doing so.

I've used many a sunless tanner before and just can't get in to them.  Jergens especially is bad for me (I turn orange) and it stinks so everyone's go-to just isn't my thang. 

So, at the reco of a friend, I picked up a bottle of L'Oreal Sublime Bronze last week at Target.

It is an instant bronzer, meaning you look immediately tan and then the self-tanning lotion part kicks in about an hour later.  The instant bronzer definitely helps you see where you have applied none or too heavily, which is a nice feature.  There is a bit of a subtle sheen/glitter to it that may not appeal to everyone, but there isn't a noticeable scent, which is a huge plus for me.  

I have been mixing it with about 1/2 regular lotion just to tone down the bronze a little, but for those ready to dive right in, I'd use it as is.  

L'Oreal claims that once you have achieved your desired tan, you only need to apply 1-2 days a week to maintain.  This seems like a lot less maintenance than the gradual tan lotions out there.  

Anyone else try Sublime Bronze?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


I am having a full art obsession.  I used to just run to Z. Gallerie to pick up something to fill a spot, but now I am trying to be deliberate about my choices and willing to invest a little for a piece I love that will get through a variety of decorating changes.  

A few of my faves...

Michelle Armas "Michi"

This has been an artist I have been watching for a while now and I just love how fun and whimsical her work is.  These colors aren't exactly ones that work in my house, but that is why I love it.

Janet Hill, "Mistress of Disguise"

I love this work because it's different.  I think the woman looks mysterious and the title works perfectly with how she is painted.  I think this would be fun tucked in to a little corner.
Clare Elsaesser, "Undertow"

This comes across as sort of sad to me, but I love the colors.

It seems I'm definitely in to abstract and people...odd.  What are your favorite pieces these days?