Making a “sound” impression- Why I chose Ultrasound as a profession

Making a “sound” impression- Why I chose Ultrasound as a profession

Several readers have reached out to me with questions regarding my career in Ultrasound, such as how I ultimately decided to become an ultrasonographer and what it is I enjoy most about my profession.  So today, I proudly reply to that question in hopes of answering everyone's inquiries as thoroughly and honestly as possible!   [...]

Confessions of a Perfectionist

Confessions of a Perfectionist

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt the need for everything to go and be…. perfect.  It's like I have this continuous need to control the outcome of every possible situation-- To make the best meals, keep the house clean and organized, do my best work, maintain my blog, push myself to be prettier, [...]

Before and After: Family Room

Before and After: Family Room

When we decided to purchase our second home, the basement was framed, but unfinished. We had our agent put in an offer to include the finished basement for the asking price.  Long story short, they accepted and here we are with a 5 bedroom, 3 bath home! The original plans showed a layout much smaller [...]

Fall Family Photos: What to Wear

Fall Family Photos: What to Wear

Fall is such a beautiful time of year!  The leaves are changing, the sunsets are gorgeous, and the lighting is perfect for photographers!  It's the most desirable time of year for taking those (Holiday card worthy) family photos.   Choosing what to wear for family photos can be a challenge! But with some time, and a [...]

Autumn Entertaining: Simple Fall Inspired Tablescape

Autumn Entertaining: Simple Fall Inspired Tablescape

Disclaimer:  Our formal dining room has maybe been used a total of 5 times since we built our house....maybe, so this decorative tablescape is basically just for aesthetics!  I'm sure many of you will agree that today's pristine dining room's role is similar to that of a museum or diorama of how our ancestors use [...]

A Methodical Garage- Tips to create AND maintain an orderly, neat, and substantially clean garage

A Methodical Garage- Tips to create AND maintain an orderly, neat, and substantially clean garage

To some, a garage is a shelter for their car, and for others it's just additional storage, but  most of us, I'm guessing, use it for little bit of each.  Though your garage may be one of the most overlooked areas in your house (or used primarily as a dumping ground), the reality of it [...]

The snack that’s “everything”

The snack that’s “everything”

I recently saw this (similar) recipe on another bloggers instagram and just had to try it out because it looked so good.  But before we get into my latest snacking obsession, can we just take a second to talk about this amazing seasoning!?  Holy cow!  I'm putting it on everything!  Addicting. You have to get it! [...]

Fall Mantel Décor- Steps to adorn the perfect Fall Mantel

Fall Mantel Décor- Steps to adorn the perfect Fall Mantel

It's the most wonderful time of the year.... I can't stress enough just how much I love Fall!   Bring on the pumpkin spice, football, hayrides, pumpkin patches, food and family gatherings! Last week, I shared with you, pictures of My Fall Front Porch, and this week, I'm sharing some before and after pictures of [...]

My Fall Front Porch

My Fall Front Porch

I can't put my finger on exactly what it is about Fall that I love so much, but I've known for a long time that it's my favorite season.  Perhaps it's a combination of scents, sights, tastes, and cooler temperatures; the spicy, earthy scented candles, the vibrant colors of the trees, the delicious pumpkin spice [...]

Project “Pergola” from Start to Finish

Project “Pergola” from Start to Finish

A little over a year ago, we decided to build a pergola in our back yard.  My husband's good friends with a handyman who's specialty is stonework.  He came over and measured out the yard to determine the best location for the structure, drew up some plans, and gave us a list of building materials [...]

An open letter to my childcare provider(s)…

An open letter to my childcare provider(s)…

Dear Childcare Provider(s), Just 12 short weeks after the birth of my children, I reluctantly and timidly left my children in your protective care.  Forgive me for being an emotional wreck that first day.   I didn't sleep the night before that dreaded day, and I arrived for drop off sooner than I should have [...]

Be Our Guest! Tips to create a warm, cozy, and inviting room for your overnight guests to call “home” for the duration of their stay

Be Our Guest!  Tips to create a warm, cozy, and inviting room for your overnight guests to call “home” for the duration of their stay

I come from a large family who visit often.  When they come to visit, I want them to feel right a home. Here are a few tips I use to create a warm, cozy, and inviting room for our overnight guests. Keep a Neutral Color Pallet Keeping the paint color a neutral beige or grey [...]

Pass the Guac! My Favorite Guacamole Recipe

Pass the Guac! My Favorite Guacamole Recipe

I know, I know, there are sooo many different recipes out there for the "perfect" guacamole, but what's one more?!  If there's a better dip or appetizer out there other than a fresh bowl of guacamole and chips, will someone please let me know!  I'm over here eating guacamole on my burgers, salads, and just [...]

A Welcoming Front Porch- Come On In!

A Welcoming Front Porch- Come On In!

Knock, knock!  Who's There? What better way to welcome your guests into your home than a bright and inviting front porch! It takes several key elements to make a bright, colorful place to hang out... a chair (or chairs if the space is big enough), flowers, pillows, and an inviting outdoor rug that wears well [...]

My “Hygge” Lifestyle

My “Hygge” Lifestyle

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a new term for me. I came across in a magazine recently and it sort of stuck.  Basically, it's a cultural idea, based on a Danish lifestyle, that focuses on the benefits of being content and embracing the little luxuries in life. I've come up with a list of my 8 hygge favorites aka things that make me [...]

Annual once-over cleaning checklist- 10 things you should clean at least once a year

Annual once-over cleaning checklist- 10 things you should clean at least once a year

A clean house gives me peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment.  Sure, I try to keep my house clean and tidy on a regular basis, but I tend to forget about the less obvious places to clean rather than the usual floors, countertops, toilets, and mirrors.  Though these places are not pertinent to [...]

How to Effectively Decorate a Console Table

How to Effectively Decorate a Console Table

This particular console table was purchased for the sole purpose of filling an empty wall or void in my basement.  The functionality of this console table provides a horizontal surface to display miscellaneous decorative items such as family pictures and memorabilia and it's the perfect place to add a non-hard-wired lamp to provide a soft [...]

The Sympathetic Sonographer

The Sympathetic Sonographer

There has recently been a growing focus on patient satisfaction which is playing a more important role in health care than ever before.  Patients want to feel like they matter, that their problems or concerns are being addressed, that they are being heard, and most importantly that they are being respected. Think about why you chose a [...]

Making an Entrance

Making an Entrance

Make the most of your hello's and goodbye's with a 'welcoming' first impression! You decorate all other interior spaces of your home, why not extend the decor into your entryway?  After all, it is the very first thing your guests see as they enter you house. As usual, I decided it was time up change [...]

Parenting- Just keep swimming

Parenting- Just keep swimming

Parenting is hard.  Anyone who tells you otherwise, is lying.... Every parent has it tough, whether they have one, two, three or more kids.  Every time a couple has a baby, there is a new learning curve and life is harder than its ever been before.  Life, with kids, is a balancing act.  We all [...]