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Dining Room Re-Do for Less than $50

When we purchased our home last summer, I knew it would be a lot of work. It was not the Colonial or Cape Cod I had hoped for, but a 70’s Tudor. We fell in love with the neighborhood & were relocating from out of town, so we quickly purchased it. Rather than resenting the home or completing gutting it, I have been working to update it little by little, minimizing features that I don’t care for & maximizing those that I do. xo Julie of Coordinately Yours

The dining room is far from complete, but it has transformed from a room that I loathed to a room that I loved with just a few simple updates. Paint, of course is always a great way to make a significant impact, but the biggest transformation came when I moved furniture that I loved into it. I inherited my dining room set from my mother. When we had it moved into our home last week, it immediately gave the room meaning, which made me overlook all of those to do’s.

I balanced the dark wood of the original set with linen slipcovered dining chairs we purchased a few years ago. They make the room feel comfortable & inviting. I’ve kept the décor simple, drawing from things I already have, like my grandmother’s china & oversized vases. I treat the dining room just as I do the living room, by adding pillows for added comfort & warmth. My vintage bar cart adds a lot of function & a hint of color to the room. It’s a convenient way to serve guests or allow them to serve themselves.

I softened harsh lines of the 70’s recessed window by adding a recessed curtain rod all the way to the “ceiling” and flush to the sides of the windows. It makes the room feel intimate & up-to-date. We look forward to adding hardwoods & heavy moldings soon, but have successfully made the space our own for less than $50!

Julie Blanner

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How to Juggle it All: Mommy Style

The other day my son burst into a fit of giggles. What’s so funny I asked him. Mom, “I have a really good question…Knock, knock. The chicken crossed the road because he had poop on his head!”  And there you have it. The very nucleus of what I’m dealing with every day. My life is a mash-up of tutus and tantrums, of doctor’s appointments and DIY and while I would never claim to do the dance of mommyhood all that beautifully, I do have a few Mom rules that make life so much more doable. And you can see behind the scenes with SMP and my kiddos here!

Abby's Tips for Juggling it All...Imperfectly
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Abby's Tips for Juggling it All...Imperfectly
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And be sure to head on over to Cricket’s Circle today to check out my must have new mom picks! These are the tried and true’s that got me through three kiddos – total life savers.  Oh and their site is totally shopable now so there’s that!

A Pear Cocktail, Two Ways

Sublimely sweet pears are a treat during colder months, which is why these refreshing pear cocktails from Waiting on Martha have quickly become our tipple of choice. Craving something a little sweet? The Pear Blossom Fizz combines pear juice with elderflower blossom liqueur and bubbles and is topped off with a dash of cinnamon.

Pear Blossom Fizz
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  • 1 oz. fresh pear juice, chilled
  • 1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur, chilled
  • 2 oz. Champagne or Prosecco, chilled
  • Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
  • Pear slices for garnish
  1. Add fresh pair juice and elderflower liqueur to a champagne flute or glass.
  2. Top with champagne and garnish with a slice of pear, sprinkle with a small dash of cinnamon or nutmeg (optional).


Click here for the recipe. Whichever one you choose will get you feeling toasty in this winter weather, and we’ll cheers to that!

Recipe And Photography: Waiting On Martha