Paint Dipped Ladder DIY and Hygge

Hello Lovelies!

Perhaps you have heard the term Hygge which has been floating around the interwebs for the past several weeks.  It refers to a Danish practice of making their homes cozy and comfortable.  It includes things like candlelight, books, cozy socks and blankets.

I loved the idea of incorporating Hygge into my own home during these long, cold winter months.  And so I set about finding ways to cozy up our home.

You may recall a couple of posts back that I added an electric fireplace to my master bedroom.  I've loved having it in there (as my bedroom is one of my favorite places to be in Hydeaway Cottage).  I've also made sure that we have plenty of reading material handy.  And I love candles (burned only under close supervision of course)!


My New Laminate Floors - The Final Reveal

This post is sponsored by Quick-Step.  I received Quick-Step flooring and accessories free of charge to facilitate my review.

Thank you for joining me for this fourth and final installment of my series on installing laminate flooring in Hydeaway Cottage.  I am literally bursting at the seams with excitement to share the final reveal with you all today!  

If you missed any of my previous posts, you can find my first post on why I chose to install laminate flooring here, my second post on choosing the style and color of my laminate here, and my previous post on the installation process here.

The gorgeous laminate that I chose from Quick-Step flooring  has entirely changed the feel of my main floor and I couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome.  But before I share the AFTER photos with you, I want to share the BEFORE photo with you one last time.


You can see that the dark carpet really didn't do anything for the space.  I tried to lighten it up with an area rug, but it was still very dominant.  It also was not very functional in our main living area. The amount of traffic that we get through the main floor is crazy, and the carpet wasn't ideal.  The laminate solved both of those problems.

Now for the AFTER photos...there are a lot of them and I'm just going to let them do the talking...Enjoy!


A Pink, White, and Gold Valentine's Room Tour

Hello Lovelies!

Today I'm excited to be joining with several other bloggers as a part of the Valentine's Day
Room Tour being hosted by my friend Stacy Risenmay.

I just love Valentine's Day.  And I love adding touches of the holiday to my home.  This year, I focused on pink and gold - inspired by this pretty gold leaf wooden bowl that I found while Christmas shopping this past holiday season.

I added a couple of love notes to the bowl...and some pretty pink grocery store flowers in a hobnail vase.


Thin For You Thursday - A Little Weight Loss Hack

Hello Lovelies!

It's been a while since I shared a Thin For You Thursday post.

I'm pretty excited about this one because it's a fun little weight loss hack that I learned from my adorable younger sister, Holly!

Here's a before and after  photo of Holly and me.  The first was taken two summers ago, almost a year before we started to lose weight.  When we actually started our weight loss journey we were both a bit heavier than we were in that  photo, but it gives at least a little perspective on where we've come in our journey.  The second photo was taken just before Christmas when she was here visiting with her family.  We've both lost over 20 pounds since starting our respective weight loss journeys.


My Word of The Year 2017

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to a new year!  I can't believe it's 


I just love the beginning of a new year and the clean slate that comes along with it.  I'm a goal setter by nature.  I love to have things that I am working on, and as part of my goal setting for the past several years, I have chosen a word of the year.

I don't take choosing a word of the year lightly.  It is something that I think long and hard about.  I ponder on it.  I try and find a word that really encompasses my goals for the year.
And this year, I have the perfect word for where I am in my life...

With my weight loss journey this last year, the power of being devoted to something really hit me, and I decided that I want to bring that same level of devotion to all the areas of my life in which I want to improve.

Making changes and making progress is hard work.  Nothing will change unless you work to change it.  

And so this year, I am going to be wholeheartedly devoted to the goals I am  striving to achieve.

How about you?  Do you have a word of the year?

Check out my previous Word of The Year posts...

Wendy Hyde