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Chit Chat, Happy New Year

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Happy 2014 to you!! Can you even believe how fast 2013 went? I don’t know if it was because we had a baby around the house or if I’m just getting older, but time flies!! Hope your Christmas and New Years were great. We have been enjoying this time off with the boys. Lots of sleepovers with the cousins, zoo trips and play time. New recipes coming first thing Monday morning! Looking forward to some healthier options after sooooo much eating that took place in November and December, lol!

Christmas Pics

So, my Father in Law aka Santa came over for a visit and Pax flipped his lid, lol! He did not want anything to do with Santa. I didn’t torture him too long, just a quick picture then I saved him ๐Ÿ™‚

What a treat it was watching my older boys help Pax open his Christmas presents. They all melt my heart!

Last week, we watched 2 of Pax’s cousins who all happen to be under 2 weeks apart from each other. How sweet are they?!


Everyone has New Years Resolutions to get fit for the New Year, right? I am motivated to get moving everyday. I plan to go to the gym or do my favorite heated yoga class at least 5 days a week. That’s the goal, hope to stick to it this year!!

The WE Project

My cute Sister in Law recently started The WE Project, these adorable badges that stand for “It’s Cool To Care.” 100% of the net profit of the badges will be donated to their cause in changing kids lives and bringing awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. With each new run of badges, they partner with a new cause. LOVE this! Be sure to check out their Website and follow them on Instagram!

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As some of you know, we just moved to Arizona in November. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind with unpacking and getting ready for the Holidays, but I finally got a few rooms of our home decorated, yay! This is my entry way picture wall. I’m kind of addicted to chalk board pictures, they might be all over my house, lol!!

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Found this accent chest/buffet from American Furniture Warehouse in Gilbert. I believe it was under $150. The chalkboard and clock both from Hobby Lobby. Don’t get me started with Hobby Lobby. LOVE that place!!

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Left side of my living room. Neutrals and stripes! Furniture all from American Furniture Warehouse. Bookshelf and chair from Ikea ๐Ÿ™‚

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Found this “i wheelie like you” pillow from Nordstrom last week. How fun is that?! Had to have it ๐Ÿ™‚


Here’s the left side of my kitchen. Love the space I have and can’t wait to update the cabinets,countertops, appliances and flooring if we decide to stay in this house long term. I think it would be a really fun project!

Still working on my family room and bedrooms. Lots to do, but having fun in the process.

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Found a chalkboard print of Pinterest I tried copying for my chalkboard. My boys always crack up when I get my chalk out. Not bad for my second try, lol!

Have a wonderful weekend! See you Monday for new recipes!

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  1. 1
    Raci Beck says:


    I just wanted to Thank You for inspiring me to want to get in the kitchen. One day I was just searching the Web for things to give my “picky eater” (he was 3 at the time) and came across your Picky Palate site. It inspired me so much and I started cooking different dishes and to my surprise, I LOVE TO COOK!!! I even got myself an apron. I know that may sound a little silly, but… I used to avoid the kitchen because all I knew how to do was the staples of BORING. Long story short… I no longer have a picky eater, he eats (or at least tries) everything I make.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
    Raci Beck

  2. 2
    Liz says:

    Your new home looks lovely. Hope 2014 is a great year for you and your family.

  3. 3
    Traci says:

    Love your entry way and living room decor. I stink at arranging pictures. Now I’ve got some great inspiration, thank you!

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    Bev says:

    We bought a winter home here in AZ last spring and when we returned this fall, we discovered American Furniture Warehouse too. Most of the furniture in our ‘new’ house came from there too. Love your living room, how fun getting to pick new furniture for a new place!

  5. 5
    Steph Nelson says:

    Where did you get your black table. I love it!!

  6. 6

    Happy New Year! I love the house! And that bike pillow!!!

  7. 7
    Sharie T says:

    Jenny, I am so touched you posted this. You let us in your personal life and obviously would never let just anyone walk in your house and show them around. Makes me so glad I started following you back when ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad we’re “friends”. Sharie

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    You have such a beautiful family and a beautiful home! I love your photo display! and this is the kitchen where all the magic happens! I wish you and your family a happy healthy new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 9

    I’ve definitely been out of the blogging loop lately, and now trying to catch up. I had no idea you moved back to AZ! Praying you transition well and settle in quickly. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gonna go check out The We Project now! xoxo

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