Camping Themed Tier Tray

Sometimes you need to explore outside of your comfort zone. ⁣⁣

I am part of the Let’s Go Camping challenge this month and let me tell you, I was struggling for inspo! I saw several things at Hobby Lobby that got my creativity juices flowing and here is one of my projects. To see the rest of them, you can check out my latest YouTube video, and let me know what you think! ⁣⁣⁣⁣

Also, my idea of camping is a place that has 💨 air-conditioning, a mint on the pillow and a 🚿 hot shower.

When life gives you 🍋 lemons, make lemonade. ⁣

And also try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a 🎉 party! 😂⁣

My lemon inspired tiered tray was so much fun to create. You can find the tutorial on my 📺 YouTube channel.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey

🍋 I had so much fun collaborating with hosts @SavvyCraftsWithSavannah and @TheCraftyQuinn along with some other awesome DIY YouTuber friends on this #FRUITYSUMMERPICNICCHALLENGE ⁣⁣

This tray was actually from an estate sale. The item did not sell and they were going to just toss it, but I said wait! I can make something out of it!   ⁣⁣

⁣⁣I painted the tray using Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte paint in the color Linen White. I added the vinyl that I had cut out using my new Cricut Explore Air 2 and wrapped the handles with jute twine. So easy to do! Check out my YouTube video for the rest of my DIY’s.

Jute Rope Mini Planter

I made this cute little planter and filled it with fake lavender. One time I went to Trader Joe’s and bought an actual, real live lavender plant. I envisioned planting it in my yard and watching it grow. In realty, it did not take me long to kill it. I am not a good plant 🌿 momma so this artificial plant will have to do. 🤷🏽‍♀️⁣

Check out my YouTube channel, for more budget friendly DIY’s like this!

Cozy like Captain

Raise your hand if you want to be lounging on your bed like Captain? 🙋🏻‍♀️ As a realtor, my weeks and my weekends can get filled with showing 🏠 houses, meeting clients, and prepping 👩🏻‍💻 for the next week.


We all are so “busy” being busy but are we really accomplishing the things we want to?  Are the things that are taking our time, day in and day out, furthering our goals?

And then there’s the balance piece.  Because I usually have a pretty full schedule, when I get home I want to be just like Captain and put on comfy clothes, catch up on Netflix and just relax.

I time block on my calendar so that I can do my best to give all the things that I have going on their proper attention.  But I want to hear from you.  How do you get all the things done AND have balance?   Let’s chat in the comments below⬇️

Avocado Toast

See this? It’s avocado toast. It’s what we had for dinner the other night.


It’s just since last year that I ever even tried avocado toast and now I am hooked.  While you certainly can jazz it up a ton and get super creative my recipe is easy.

You just need some bread of your choice and an avocado that is ripe.  So many thoughts on what kind of bread is best and how ripe the avocado should be.  I’ll leave that up to your discretion.

I toasted four slices of sandwich bread and then sliced an avocado in half.  Half went on my two slices and the other half went on Marvin’s two slices.


Not sure if you noticed or not, but we also sprinkled Trader Joes “Everything But The Bagel” seasoning on it. Basically, at this point, we are pretty much a trendy couple now. Like Instagram couple goals. If you need any tips, let me know. 😂


Have you tried avocado toast before?  What is your favorite way to make it?

Spirit of Giving

This year Marvin and I wanted to be more intentional about our support of our friends in our community.  We wanted to show up for them in different ways.  On two different Fridays in January,  one of my preferred lender partners, Jen Aleman Salazar with Fairway Mortgage, and I delivered 60+ Sonic drinks to show some LOVE 🥰 to the staff at Beasley Elementary and 100+ Sonic drinks to the staff at Achziger Elementary.


Shoutout to the staff at Sonic who helped prepare the 🥤 drink order for us. We appreciate your hard work! The drinks were boxed up for us when we arrived to pick them up and they helped us load them into my car.

P.S. also, am I standing in a hole?


I am thankful for my partnerships with my lender and Sonic and that they were willing to also show some love to two local schools.

How are you intentionally showing some love and support today?

Christmas Home Tour

Decorating this year for Christmas was a bit different.  Quite a lot different actually, since we are celebrating our first Christmas in our new house.

It was kind of interesting trying to figure out what I wanted to put where.  I didn’t even use all the decor that I had but I think that it all turned out fine.


We started off with a new 9′ pre-lit tree from At Home.  Our old one had a whole section of lights that didn’t work and it was shorter.  We wanted a bigger tree to fill the space better .

My theme this year, I mean if I am going to label it, is “woodsy Christmas”.  I have always enjoyed decorating with snowmen and now I am adding Christmas trees to the mix. I like to keep things simple. 🌲⛄️ The snowman on the left was a gift from years ago. My friend bought it for me at Canton First Monday. The baskets are mostly from Hobby Lobby, most of the trees are from there as well. The house on the right side is from another dear friend, and the basket on the bottom right holds all of my travel patches.


The gorgeous table in my entryway was handmade by my dad.



On this bottom shelf, on the far right, is a closer look at the wire basket filled with sew-on patches.  I spy one from the Ford Theater in D.C. and another from Dick’s 5& 10 which is from our recent trip to Branson, MO.


In the corner of our dining room I have a small pencil tree from At Home and then I arranged some little snowmen underneath it. I think it adds a little fun to my dining room area.


We have a built in hutch in our dining room area and I have this little tiered shelf with some little snowman, mugs and ornaments as decor.  I absolutely LOVE a tiered shelf!

This year we hosted our first ever Christmas party.  I hope to be able to do more entertaining in the coming year.


We have a side table in the living room so I used it to hold the desserts for the evening.  I made Brookies and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.


I also hosted Bake N Take which is our annual Christmas cookie exchange and baking party.  The ladies in our family gather and we have such a good time.


Obviously my mom was the hardest worker there. 😉


No holiday season would be complete without a special treat from my mom.  Her delicious date-nut bread.


We had such a good time welcoming family and friends into our home this holiday season.  🎄🥰

I’d love to hear how your holiday season went!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Lambert’s Cafe – Ozark Missouri

I’m going to tell you about the ONE place you need to eat at if you are ever in Missouri.  Also please don’t eat for about 3 days before going….you’ll want to go with an empty stomach.


Several friends recommended the “roll throwing place” and as it turns out, that’s not the official name.  The restaurant is called Lamberts and it’s on the way to Springfield from Branson.  

We expected a wait but it actually wasn’t that long until we were seated.  We were hardly at our table more than a minute before the roll throwing began.  They say that they started throwing rolls because they used to hand them out, they couldn’t get to one of the customers and the customer said just throw the darn thing.  And so they did.    

The portion sizes for the entrees are generous but another unique thing about the Lamberts experience are their side dishes.  In addition to the sides that come with your entree, several of the employees walk around with various additional sides such as fried potatoes and onions, macaroni and tomatoes, fried okra, and black-eyed peas that they heap onto your plate.  They also come around with molasses for your rolls.  I told y’all you better come hungry!


I had the roast beef and it came with mashed potatoes and gravy, AND two sides.  That is in addition to the sides they were serving us while we ate.


Marvin had the fish with french fries and green beans. I don’t always like green beans but these were nice and seasoned.  So yummy!

We asked about sharing entrees and they said, because of all the additional sides that are given, there is a $10 charge for a plate.  Either way you go, you won’t walk away hungry.  If you do, it’s probably your own fault. 

They do not take reservations, it is first come first served so get there early and expect a wait.  It is worth it though!

Lambert’s Cafe II
1800 W State Hwy J
Ozark, MO 65721


La La Land Kind Cafe

Have you tried La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas? My friend Jessica told me about them and then I went (without her…oopsie!) and I took one of my daughters and one of my sons.


They have a really amazing story and their mission is Bettering the world through value based business and kindness. That is gold y’all!!

Located on lower Greenville, they employ young adults who have aged out of the foster care system AND they serve all-organic products sourced locally every day!  Another nugget of gold for y’all!

The store itself is cute and just the overall aesthetic is Instagrammable. So go check them out and while you are there, grab a cup of coffee and have a super yummy La La Cookie. You will thank me later.


La La Land Kind Cafe
📍: 5626 Bell Ave, Dallas TX 75206
☎️: 214.579.9550

(((hugs))) ~lisa