Dream Rooms vs. Real Life (how to win the battle)

shabby creek living room

In my dreams, I live in a house filled from top to bottom in dreamy Scandinavian style. All that black and white appeal, with warm wood touches. Impeccably clean and seriously minimalist. And I'd survive there for about five minutes before I started missing all my aqua and gold leaf goodness. About a year ago, I woke up and realized that my house … [Read more...]

Turkey Club Panzanella


Hey there Shabby Creek friends, it's Christine again, from First Home Love Life, and today I'm going to switch it up on you and share a super easy summer recipe! Did I ever tell you, I went to culinary school? No? Well I did... When I went to culinary school, I thought at the time I wanted to start up a catering business. Garde Manger (which … [Read more...]

20 summery starfish projects

starfish projects

Summertime decorating around here usually involves a nod to the beach - and accents with starfish are always a great way to go. Because I'm a DIY girl, it makes me want to find interesting starfish projects so I can get my craft on. From two minute projects to more complicated ones, here are 20 starfish projects to help you get your summer game on. … [Read more...]

Summer Tour of Homes 2014 (Day Two)

handmade home

Welcome to the Summer Tour of Homes Day Two. If you're just joining in, yesterday we started with my home plus four gorgeous tours from some amazing bloggers, so be sure to go back and check it out. If you're returning for more awesomeness, today is not going to disappoint! Get ready for some major drool mopping after checking out these … [Read more...]

Freezer Meals: Make Your Own Homemade Frozen Pizza

homemade frozen pizza

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. About six months ago when I shared my freezer meals, I had no idea that so many people would find it interesting, and 5 million hits later I'm still in shock. I've had requests daily for another batch of freezer meals, so today I'm going to … [Read more...]

a small apartment with big style

new orleans rental

Last week I shared that I went to New Orleans with my bestie Roeshel. Don't throw rocks at me, but I saved the best for last, y'all. Although the city itself is gorgeous, the small apartment we stayed it took my breath away all on it's own. If I were a betting person (which I'm not), I'd say the entire space was only about 250 sq ft (if that!) You … [Read more...]

picky cats and pate

sheba cat food

As a blogger, I get a ton of requests to do product reviews. I've gotta admit, 99.9% of them just don't fit my content. But, even if they don't fit, every now and then I get an opportunity to review a product that I actually use. When SHEBA® brand reached out to me to talk about cat food I was all like, "Whaaaa?!?" Cat food? But then I thought … [Read more...]

Beignets + The Big Easy

high school in the french quarter

When I started blogging, I never in a billion years realized it would open up a whole new life for me. I never thought I'd quit my job to write full time (it's a dream, y'all). Or fall in love with my online community (that's you!) Or learn that my very best friends on earth would be other bloggers. When I met Roeshel online, I instantly liked her. … [Read more...]