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Happy New Years Eve, my friends! I’ve got big plans to sit on the couch with a glass of wine before retiring well before midnight tonight, but today I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at what we did this year (accompanied by my favorite instagram photo from each month). Without further adieu:

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looked back at 2012 / DIY’d cute invites for my sister’s wedding showerreorganized our tiny master bath / painted the laundry room white

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got punked by the city sewer department / got a cushy new rug for the office/playroom / revamped a thrifted desk into a storage-packed dressing table / watched my lovely sister get married to a great guy

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turned the ugliest corner in our house into the cutest with a wood counter and a fabric skirt / made yarn-block cafe curtains for the kitchen / knocked out the door to our front porch (should’ve done that sooner!) / confessed that I’m far from perfect

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put our pet food into pretty jars / planted a veggie garden / celebrated three years in our house / dished about our unconventional approach to baby food / traveled to Amarillo and Austin, TX / made a new compost bin for only $9 / mounted bamboo shades in the laundry room / hung a swing for Jack in the front yard

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moved some plants into my front yard flower bed (they’ve done surprisingly well!) / restored some rusty outdoor furniture with spray paint / hosted a baby shower for my friend Cassie / added some meaningful items to Jack’s nursery / planted some succulents (still alive!) / spruced up our laundry room shelves with fake “art” and diaper boxes painted to look pretty / updated our house tour page / petted a baby goatplanted an herb garden / gushed about my vacuum cleaner

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shared what a day in my life looks like / wrote on some sticks / talked about how I obsess over the colors of our clothes / created a tea towel decorated with a recipe written in my late grandmother’s handwriting / showed how I hide our modem and router / took our first ever family photos / celebrated four years of marriage / tried my hand at macrame / celebrated Jack’s first birthday

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we made a road trip to Atlanta / we said hello to one pawpaw as he moved back to Louisiana after eight years away and goodbye to my other pawpaw when he passed away after a brief illness / I painted our front door navy

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I painted an old nightstand to be a play table for Jack (and talked a bit about how I’ve learned to accept criticism in that post) / reorganized the pantry / became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker / took Jack to the beach for the first time / replaced the old sofa in our dining room with a sewing table and two chairs / shared photos of a friend’s home that’s fun and super kid-friendly

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shared a glimpse behind the scenes of blogging /  added another old chair to my collection / turned some tacky thrift store art into an antiqued mirror / shared my ideas for creative babyproofing / opened up about my struggled with weight loss / began working on a frame wall in the dining room

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whipped up some DIY closet dividers for Jack’s room / made Jack an adorable shark costume for Halloween / used inexpensive shelves to create some Montessori-style toy storage / bought my first pair of glasses in probably ten years / shared some of my tips for shopping estate sales / became a contributor to the brand-new Red Stick Moms Blog with my very first post about Louisiana themed children’s books / shared ten things you may not have known about me

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figured out that I could repair scratches in my wood floor with olive oil / taught myself embroidery / made some adorable notecards for my shop / created an awesome wood and copper nightstand with the help of a friend who knows how to weld / shared about my experience with pain during pregnancy on Red Stick Moms Blogcreated some cool chalkboard clipboards / shared about how I rotate toys to preserve my sanity / made several little things to sell out of mother of pearl buttons / made a wreath out of rolled paper flowers

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got a bunch of fun items listed in my shop just in time for the holiday season / finally finished the frame wall in my dining room / got our Christmas tree and made a moravian star topper and finger-knit garland to decorate it / shared about my favorite toys for babies and toddlers / posted about embracing simplicity during the holidays on Red Stick Moms BlogDIY’d our holiday photo and card / shared about Jack’s delay in learning to walk

2013 has been good to us. I’ll be taking tomorrow off to spend some time with my guys, but I’ll be back Thursday to share my plans and goals for the new year–I’ve got some good ones!

Happy Friday, party people! We’re celebrating here at Casa Tryforos because Nick is off work today and all next week. Which means a lot more TV watching and a lot less diaper changing on my part. Here’s hoping I don’t devolve into total laziness with him around. But in order to kick off a lazy weekend followed by a week that’s cut short by Thanksgiving here in the US let’s spend some time getting lost in the internet, shall we? Here are some links that caught my eye recently:

A Lion and Tiger and Bear; Oh My! (and a video!). We are so going to visit them next time we’re in the Atlanta area.

10 Simple Strategies for a Clean and Organized Home. Sound advice that I could have written myself.

There are Better Things to be than Rich. In that case, it’s a good thing I’m a stay at home mom slash social worker.

The Forgotten Giant Arrows that Guide you Across America. The coolest thing I’ve heard in a while.

When Pregnancy is Painful: How to Deal. This is a pretty personal post that I wrote for Red Stick Moms Blog.

5 Veggies With An Undeserving Bad Rap. I am much more into nutrition now that I’m in charge of a tiny human. I told myself last night that I was going to relax and read a book while Nick watched the Saints game but I actually spent the whole time googling toddler nutrition.

Salmon Rissoles. Speaking of nutrition, I can’t wait to try making these! Canned salmon for the win.

I hope you each have a wonderful weekend! Smooches!

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Have a happy weekend, everybody! I’m hoping to spend most of it cuddling precious babies, soaking up the stories of the old, and sneaking out for a dinner alone with my main man. Maybe I’ll even have time to fit in a DIY project or two! I miss my paintbrush and glue gun so desperately, but I just haven’t felt motivated lately. My mind has been preoccupied with thoughts of family and friends, which I guess is a good thing. I do have a project or two in mind that maybe I’ll get to before too long, but in the meantime I hope you all have a fabulous weekend full of joy and splendor! Thanks  for reading!

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With the arrival of warm weather I’ve been spending more and more time outside and dreaming of ways to beautify our outdoor spaces. All photos from (which I totally lurve). Click on the pics to see them in their natural habitat.

Jean Allsopp Photography eclectic porch

Marielle eclectic patio

Romantic Tarrytown Terrace eclectic landscape

Decatur Bungalow Remodel traditional porch

Quaint Hyde Park Exterior traditional exterior

Bonk - kitchen and addition traditional exterior

Cole Residence traditional exterior

Midtown traditional patio

Cape Cod Outside Spaces traditional landscape

Hollywood Residence - 01 tropical landscape

Duggan residence traditional landscape

Garden eclectic landscape

Projects traditional landscape

Frenchflair traditional landscape

A GARDEN THAT TELLS A STORY traditional porch

Hope Designs traditional porch

Debra Campbell Design traditional porch

Acadian Home traditional porch

Covered Porch traditional porch

Acadian Home Dining Porch traditional porch

Garden contemporary porch


Houses modern landscape

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Banyon Tree Design Portfolio contemporary landscape

AMS Landscape Design Studios mediterranean landscape