House TalkN is a fun lookiloo at houses, houses, houses. It will answer pressing questions like, "When folks build a McMansion on a small lot, what are they compensating for?" or "Was the real estate agent drunk when they staged this house?" or "Why don't the Smiths' ever leave their drapes open when I am on a harmless walk-by?"

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Resolutions Are Stupid

For years, I made New Year's Resolutions. Because, that's what people do. 
For years, I promptly broke my resolutions. Because, that's what I do.
This year, I am trying a little reverse psychology on myself. If I skip the vow to "lean in," workout more, eat healthier, and be more organized, maybe I won't wind up face first in a vat of Cool Whip by January 7th. 

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Shopping At Checkered Moon!

When I visit Checkered Moon, it is a battle to not run through the shop shouting, "BUY ALL THE THINGS!" I usually keep myself in check and just take pictures of all the things. 
If you are like me during the final days of the holiday season, you might be drunk running around, getting all of your last minute gifts, party clothes, and decorations. You can finish all of these errands (while shopping local) in one stop at Checkered Moon!
Take a lookiloo...








Have a wonderful holiday season! 
*If you are married to me, consider this post my wish list. 
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Fashion PSA!

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!
If you read my "Forty-licious" post, you know how I feel about leggings. 
THEY.ARE.NOT.PANTS.
After a heated debate in the "moffice" today, let me clarify my stance.
You may wear leggings under a long shirt. It doesn't matter if the leggings are under a big t-shirt while you snarf cake workout or if they are under a big sweater while you romp through a pumpkin patch. What matters is the shirt. It must be long enough to cover your down there business fanny.





Leggings done right





Leggings done so very wrong



After much debate this morning, I had to pull out the big guns. My arguments were falling on deaf ears. I apologize for what you are about to see.
Sometimes, life lessons are hard to look at.
I'm here to help, ladies. I'm a giver like that.
Brace yourself for the cold, hard truth about leggings.


Friends don't let friends wear leggings…as pants.

*All images found during my "research" were found on Pinterest.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Things I Would Rather Hear From My Surgeon Than My Handyman

Today, I am joining forces with Peyton Price, queen of Suburban Haikus to bring you: Things I Would Rather Hear From My Surgeon Than My Handyman. Peyton brought the wit and I brought the horrified. 











Peyton Price is the author of Suburban Haiku; Poetic Dispatches From Behind The Picket Fence. You can find her at suburbanhaiku.com. Don't bother to knock. She can't hear you over the hammering.
Guess what? You can enter to win a copy of her book by leaving your own wit in the comments! What would you rather hear from your surgeon than your handyman? GO!!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A House Tour And Swooning

When it comes to house swooning, this one takes the cake. And, I know swooning and I know cake. 
From the second I entered this home, I was a smitten kitten. From the light shining through the large windows, to the open staircase, to the back staircase, to the long dreamed for butler's pantry, this house is amazing. 
Peggy Monahan and her family made this house their home in 2013. Peggy put her renovation skills to work! Peggy is the owner of Grand House LLC, Interior Solutions. While maintaining the integrity and heritage of the home, Peggy updated the home to be not only beautiful but also functional. 
Take a lookiloo:

I love a traditional dining room! 
There are at least three sets of french doors on the first floor! Excuse me while I swoon.
A butler's pantry divides the dining room and kitchen. Of all the wonderful features in this home, the butler's pantry is my favorite.
Peggy transformed this large living room 
into a cozy and inviting space.


The house has a circular layout that easily flows 
from comfy space to comfy space. 

Upstairs we go...
The upstairs has four bedrooms (one is being used as an office) and two bathrooms. There is also a fifth bedroom and bath on the third floor. 


As any owner of an older home will tell you, the project list is always long. Peggy has big visions and a long list of future renovations for the second and third floors. 
I can't wait to see the updates!
Thank you to Peggy for the hospitality and house tour! 
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Top Things NOT To Say In A Mammogram

It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, y'all. You know what that means. It's time to take care of your breasts, boobies, big girls, sweater puppies, ta-ta's, or in my case- 36Longs. 
I dealt with the stress of a mammogram the way I deal with most things- humor. I don't know if the technician appreciated my ramblings but it certainly helped me. 
Now that my mammogram is over, I feel relief and I keep thinking, "That's it? Really? That was so easy peasy!"
Go get your mammogram on and here is a list of things NOT to say.




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Thursday, September 25, 2014

I Would "Say Anything" For A House Tour!

*Join me on Instagram and share your favorite #hometownhouses.

"SAY ANYTHING"

I love this house and I MUST have a tour.
I would do anything.
 I would sweep for you.
 I would water for you.
I would be a gracious guest.

I would greet your neighbors.
Call me.
I would wait patiently.
Photos by J. Youse



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