Now that we’ve lived here a year and I feel RELATIVELY CERTAIN I’m not going to run into our home’s previous owner, I can be honest: They were pigs not the tidiest folks. Before our movers arrived, we spent a good 2 days scrubbing, cleaning, removing glass from the garbage disposal, gum from under the […]

  • Cari Skuse - All I can say is “WOW!”

    Looks great. I can never get my old grout that clean, even using bleach and my handheld steamer.

    This time when I grouted in my kitchen (we replaced the floor) I used the grout from Lowe’s that has stainguard in it (sold in buckets to be specially mixed with their colors). It has worked great and the grout is still clean!ReplyCancel

I love happy customers…and love even more when they share pictures of their art once it’s displayed! Renee recently ordered a 16×20 gallery-wrapped canvas of my vintage starch crate for her laundry room, and was nice enough to send me a picture of it on the wall. It looks so great with her other accents, […]

We graduated from high school together (ugh, I know, RIGHT??) but didn’t run in the same circles, even though there were only 360 kids in our class. Several years after graduation, on Travers weekend in Saratoga (a BIG DEAL in our hometown), he didn’t want to go out…I didn’t want to go out…but our friends […]

  • Cynthia - Happy anniversary! It seems like more and more, the world would have us believe that happy marriages are a myth. I love hearing stories like yours that prove that idea wrong. Congrats on 20 years!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Happy Anniversary! Loved reading this. We are coming up on 20 years as well, except that we DID start dating in high school. First date was Sept 15 1989 and we’ve been together ever since!ReplyCancel

  • Addie - Happy Anniversary you guys! Great post! Hubby & I also went thru school together but weren’t friends! I remember actually disliking him in high school! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Rocco LaTorre - Congratulations you two goofballs! You guys always made me smile in elementary school, middle school, and high school. It is so fitting that you are together and spreading joy where ever you go. Best wishes for health, happiness, and continued success.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie C - This is such a beautiful story, Lisa!!! Travers weekend at Saratoga. Ha. Congrats to you two! You have something very special. All the best…ReplyCancel

In one of the many articles floating around these days about introverts (holla!), I read that we tend to over-think. That we leave a party and agonize for a week the whole next day about something stupid we might have said (or didn’t say, but should have said, or might have said…). That’s me. x10. […]

  • LeAnne - Hi Lisa!

    I just sent my one and only off to college! It was a tough couple of weeks (and understatement) but she has grown tremendously in those 2 weeks and now, now I just miss her. (BTW, I am allowed to text and snapchat).

    I decided when she was a junior to have as much fun as we could for her last 2 years of high school. We went to NYC, Cozumel, Paris, London, San Francisco and drove across the county gerring her car. I relaxed and enjoyed her as a person.

    The other day she told a friend – my mom and I used to butt heads, but now we are best buds. Be still my heart!

    My philosophy was that my job was to prepare her to be a responsible adult – and I think I (we) have done that.

    The kiddo came home for Labor Day – we enjoyed every minute of it – and this time when she left is was not with the heavy gut wrenching pain, but looking forward to seeing how much she has grown when we see her again.

    Chin up – and enjoy these last few years as much as you can!

    • Lisa - Oh my gosh, that’s so helpful LeAnne!! I am so jealous of your travels – Vic and I want to do so much with them these next 3 years. Passports are on the to-do list, and I think you just bumped it up in my head a bit! Love what she said – that’s amazing! And it’s such a relief to know the pain does subside a bit…ReplyCancel

  • Becky - As one whose daughter just left for college and have always secretly worried about every weird horrible thing that could happen to her it’s nice to know I’m not the only one. I too have spent much of the last couple years trying to enjoy time with her traveling, doing things just us, etc.

    What I’m trying to say is I understand your fear and emotions and the key is to enjoy the time. Mine’s been gone 3 weeks and I won’t see her for a couple more weeks :( but thanks to facetime, texting etc we keep in contact which does helpReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Becky, thank you for that. I’m really trying to focus on enjoying the time, rather than counting it down. Hard to do!ReplyCancel

  • Cari Skuse - Lisa, I totally understand where you are coming from! I have the same introverted tendencies as you — I over think everything and worry. I have tried to become better at stopping the conversations in my head and for the most part I am doing better, but some days are just bad!
    I am currently reading two very interesting books that you might like. The first is “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. I just started it, but I found it very interesting and reassuring to find that there are other people like me with all the same personality traits, and that those traits can be an asset instead of a hinderance.
    The other book is “Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood.” I’m not saying that you have issues with Aidan, but it talks about letting go and letting your teen learn to make their own decisions so that they can be the responsible adult that you want him to be. I have a hard time letting go of power, so this is a real hard process for me from switching from the parent of a child to the parent of a teen!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Cari, my friend Margie always recommends the Love and Logic books and site; I’m going to take a look at that! I’ve been re-reading my favorite John Rosemond book about teens, sounds like it’s similar: changing from parent to mentor.ReplyCancel

  • Leonie- Australia - I have a quote for you Lisa. ” worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere”. Having said that yes it is painful when they leave home, but yes like all things in life over time you adjust, & you make the most of the times you do spend with them.ReplyCancel

The Story: Every summer, we head up to Lake Placid for the annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament. Vic’s played for 20+ years and – fun fact – I went into pre-term labor at the 1999 tournament. Boy, did that give the 10 guys in the condo with us a fun evening! This year we had to […]

  • Leonie- Australia - Wow this is beautiful Lisa, I wish you would do a course on your editing process as they always look lovely, till then though I am enjoying ” The details ” thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

When we visit Upstate New York in late summer, I can’t get enough of the amazing gardens. While the area spends much of the year covered in snow, everyone’s yards BURST with flowers all summer. I photographed this lovely garden of yellow flowers against an old grey barn at Lakeside Farm, one of our favorite […]

As a) the mom of an elementary-school kiddo and b) someone who *loves* organization, imagine my joy to find a big display of these in my local Kroger. I’m no Jamie Schultz, but I DO try to be environmentally-conscious and healthy with Ava’s lunch, which is packed every day except for the occasional Friday. Last […]

  • Elizabeth - Ha! We switched away from the Lunch Blox to the Sistema ones last year… I kept some of the Lunch Blox smaller containers but the girls were always complaining of mildly soggy pretzels (or whatever was supposed to be crisp) if there were apple slices in there, etc. We were using the taller kind with an insert, though. I still use the ice part, but everyone is happier with the Sistema containers (and I only put sliced strawberries in thermos containers now because NOTHING can keep them from getting leaky). : )ReplyCancel

  • Heather - We are using our set of Lunch Blox for the second year in a row. Ours is different though – it has a sandwich size container and then the ice click on top of that and then two small square containers and a longer container click on top of that. With this one all of the items (ie apple slices and pretzels) are kept totally separate so no sogginess!ReplyCancel