purging and organizing. I recently tackled our Pantry, Bathroom
Drawer and Garage,
and it’s been life-changing. We also created a Family
Command Center and Gift
Wrap Station and those have made life sooooo much smoother.
have to start every organizing project with a clean slate….so dump it all out!
Sure it’s a hot mess, but it always gets worse before it gets better! Sort
everything into Keep, Toss and Donate piles…and be ruthless! Labeling is also
key in helping everyone in the family know where stuff goes. Nobody wants to
see mommy’s head spin around!
out your throw pillows and bedding for bright and colorful patterns, add cheery
houseplants, and clear away the clutter that’s accumulated over long the Winter.
Me: What DIY projects do you have on your plate this month?
Cassie: I started on a
Craft Closet, and I’m determined to finish that. And after 8 years in our
house, the kids have each had two room makeovers, yet we haven’t had one (see
Why do we always neglect our personal spaces? I’m excited to finally jump on that
project. Oh yeah, and I just finished a table makeover that involves gold
and snakeskin….can’t wait to share that one!!
At this point, I explain to Cassie that I am craft challenged and don’t even own a glue gun or know where exactly we keep our hammer. She assures me we can still be friends.
After chatting about what a failure I am to the craft community, we move on to a topic I can really appreciate…food.
What is our favorite treat to make for our kiddos this time of year?
Me: We love making anything with lemon! For us, spring and lemon go hand in hand. My Lemon Whoopie Pies are very popular in my house this time of year.
soon as the weather heats up, we pull out the Cuisinart Ice Cream maker. It’s
the most genius little machine ever…dump in a few ingredients, and BAM…homemade
ice cream. Oh, who am I kidding…we use it year-round. We even made cinnamon
ice cream to go with our pumpkin cake last Fall!
up our back patio, we grill and eat outside a lot. And fortunately, my
husband is not a meat-and-potatoes only kind of guy…he’s just thrilled I made
dinner! So when the produce sections start exploding, our favorite meal is
fresh corn on the cob, bruchetta with crusty French bread, and fruit salad.
Don’t be fooled, we aren’t that healthy…we usually round out the meal with a
berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
ready to ditch the itchy sweaters and coats, and replace them with colorful,
lightweight blouses and scarves. My
fitted denim jacket will be in heavy rotation, too, since it looks great
with almost everything, and is a great transitional piece.
are also big on taking kid-free trips, and have done so every year we’ve been
together…it’s a great time to reconnect, and remember we’re more than just
‘mommy & daddy.’ In fact,
traveling is why we’re so big on budget decorating and DIYing…we’d rather spend
the money eating our way through Italy. Our kids sometimes wish we had a bigger
house or newer cars, but we prefer to give them experiences and memories that
last a lifetime. You can read about some of our favorite trips here.
What is your favorite cosmetic?
almost always have on mascara….Falsies by Mabeline is my favorite.
What is your favorite beauty product (not
certainly not the perfect in-between beachy wave. So unless I plan on wearing a
hat, I have to tame the beast with a curling wand.
What is your favorite TV show?
TV, instead we get hooked on past series and watch them as a marathon. We
recently stayed up waaaaay to late with Breaking Bad, Dexter and Homeland. We
just started House of Cards, and we’re already hooked. There was one season of
the The Bachelor we watched, but I can’t remember which one. 😉
What is your favorite vacation destination?
trip, I think to myself, ‘That was my favorite place we’ve ever been.’ But,
really, I just love to go anywhere! We tend to travel to places that are so
completely different from what we live everyday…so if I had to choose, I’d say Santorini,
and Cinque Terre.
What is your favorite pair of shoes?
on the shortie side, so I like a little more height. My favorite boots this
winter were these,
and I can’t wait to pull these
out for Spring. After I get a pedicure, of course, yikes! Ain’t nobody wants to
see what’s been closed up in boots for 5 months!
What is your favorite nail polish?
colors, but when I organized
my polish last year, it was pretty clear I leaned towards the reddish-pinkish-coral
family. Opi ‘Cajun Shrimp’ has been my go-to since high school. (So like, 5
years, in case you’re wondering.)
I tell Cassie how I’m Cajun Shrimp obsessed too! It’s the perfect reddish-pink color!
What is your favorite chick-flick movie?
say, ‘The Notebook.’ When Ryan Gosling says, ‘It wasn’t over! It still isn’t
over!’ then proceeds to maul Rachel McAdams…I get all short-of-breath. And
let’s not forget the other Gosling scene in ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ where he does
the dirty dancing lift with Emma Stone! Speaking of ‘Dirty Dancing,’ I might
know every single line. Okay, I totally do.
What is your favorite book?
reader. Now I find myself reading about my ‘virtual friends.’ But my fave
Summer reads are Laura Hillenbrand…and it’s hard to beat a good James Patterson
or Nelson DeMille thriller.
What is your favorite ice cream?
peach sorbet. With sugar cookies on the side, of course. Everything is better
with a cookie. You can knit that on a pillow if you’d like.
Who would star in a movie based on your life?
Witherspoon taking the lead. Although, my husband thinks he was able to scoop
me up because the first time we met he told me I looked like Meg Ryan. Let me
clarify…pre-injections Meg Ryan.
I’m laughing really hard right now. Just sayin’…
What is your least favorite household chore?
over and scrubbing. And the dishwasher…why is it always full?! When my son got
old enough to pitch in, don’t think that wasn’t the first chore I put on his
list! Finally, a kick-back for having kids! #ikid
What’s one quirky fact about yourself that most
people don’t know?
hidden quirks…they are all out there for the world to see!