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the grand finale (at least for now!)

I have been blogging now at The.Refurbished.Life for SEVEN MONTHS! Seems like much longer on some days, and like I just started yesterday on other days. When I began, I had absolutely NO idea how much work it is to maintain a successful blog. The hours of writing content that is hopefully captivating enough to… Continue reading the grand finale (at least for now!)

entertain · entertain: holiday

cinco de mayo party ideas

Around Cinco de Mayo timeĀ each year I can hear the sounds of La Cucuracha playing in my head. I don’t know any of the words or the tune except the one part, “La cucuracha, la cucuracha…” The rest just ends up sounding like, “la la la la la la la la.” I grew up in… Continue reading cinco de mayo party ideas

entertain · entertain: holiday

diy name place cards + holders for easter

I can’t believe tomorrow is Easter! We had an amazing Good Friday service last night at church called “Come To The Cross.” It was so inspiring and moving. Several people fromĀ our church wrote original music for the evening, and it was absolutely beautiful. I pray that as you prepare for Easter Sunday that you set… Continue reading diy name place cards + holders for easter

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easter centerpiece round-up

Today is Good Friday. We watched The Passion of the Christ last night as we prepared to meditate throughout this day on the sacrifice our Lord Jesus made on the cross. I am freshly riveted and sobered by His great love and His overwhelming death and resurrection. My perspective on what’s truly important has been… Continue reading easter centerpiece round-up

diy: printables · entertain

table etiquette + free kitchen printables

Growing up I can remember sitting around the table practically every night for dinner. My mom would cook the most amazing meals (minus the lima beans), we would sit in our designated seats, pray and then dig in. I can remember sitting at the table for an unusually long amount of time until every lima… Continue reading table etiquette + free kitchen printables

entertain · entertain: events

wedding planner with free printables

I’m thrilled that there are not just one, but TWO weddings that I will get to help plan this season! {See who’s gettin’ hitched here!} I’ve done my fair share of wedding planning and coordinating through the years (I work for a church, so there’s lots of weddings all the time!). I loved planning my… Continue reading wedding planner with free printables

entertain · entertain: parties

engagement party invitations & decorations

‘Tis the season for love! My husband and I have several adult-kids we’ve “adopted” over the last several years, and two of them have recently gotten engaged. Yay! Cyndi, who I have been a spiritual mom/mentor to for the past 4-5 years, got engaged to Brian, who just moved here to Nashville last summer and… Continue reading engagement party invitations & decorations

diy: printables · entertain · entertain: parties

housewarming gift + invitations + we’ve moved postcards

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m pining a bit for spring (it snowed this morning… well, almost), or maybe it’s that several people in my life are looking to buy new homes, but I love the idea of throwing a house warming party. There’s nothing like lavishing love and gifts on friends who just dropped… Continue reading housewarming gift + invitations + we’ve moved postcards

entertain · entertain: parties

feature: kelli trontel & a house warming party

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I love a good party. There are several younger people in our lives who are finding one another, getting engaged and then married, and having babies. It’s a wonderful time of life. And, I’m excited for some of them to begin the process… Continue reading feature: kelli trontel & a house warming party

diy · entertain · entertain: events · entertain: parties

diy paper lanterns

I’m not only a party-nista in my home, but I attend a church that throws a great party as well. With so many creative friends in our church family, each event is sure to have some WOW factor goin’ on. Last year was our church’s 20th anniversary and I co-hosted a soiree with my kindred… Continue reading diy paper lanterns