Last Minute 4th of July Decor

It’s been so hot here in North Texas that I’ve been hard pressed to do anything but float in the pool. My procrastination is why I spent the last weekend getting all of my last minute 4th of July decor completed. Well, that and my sweet sister is coming in for the weekend.


I started with the front porch and worked my way through the castle. Sprinkling a little 4th of July cheer as I went. Continue reading →

4th of July Kitchen

Last weekend was Uncle Kahron’s annual BBQ.  Otherwise known as the Lagaly Family BBQ. The BBQ was so much fun and it was awesome to get to be with all 28 in attendance!  We slept 16 here at the castle. We joke every year that if we get anymore sleeping over we will be sleeping on the pool floats! All joking aside, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Now that the Lagaly family BBQ is over, it is time to decorate for the 4th of July.  My 4th of July kitchen is one of my favorite places.

Lagaly family BQ

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Art in the Guest Bathroom Part 2

There is nothing that will light a fire under me to get things done than having company. It’s time for The Hubs annual family BBQ, which means we will be sleeping around 16 of the 35 invited. So I’ve been working overtime to get things put together here at the castle. I recently shared with you my failed attempt at art in the guest bathroom, so I only felt it fair to redeem myself and share the art in the guest bathroom part 2!

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This was my first attempt. Ever have one of those “what was I thinking moments”? Well, this was mine! Thankfully I found something I like much better!

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Make a Floral Garden Flag

Good Morning! It’s one of my favorite days of the month – Ten on the 10th. I love this day because I get to see what all of the talented ladies in the group are doing. They do inspire me! Our theme this month is Flowers. With that in mind, today I’m sharing how to make a floral garden flag with you.ten on the 10th

Not gonna lie, I have a ton of pictures. So grab something cold to drink and find your favorite chair!

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What I’ve Been Reading

Since it is summer and a few of you will be looking for a good read, I couldn’t wait to share with you what I’ve been reading.

As a former librarian and a lover of books, I read a lot! So when I saw that Melissa Radke was looking for people to be on her new books launch team, I signed up as fast as I could!

Y’all I cannot tell you how excited I was when I got the email from Melissa telling me I was in!

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Partio Rules

Last week I shared a few things that we added to our shade patio. If you missed it, you can see those here. After we added the hanging baskets to the shed, it looked a little bare. It definitely need a little something to fill in the blank space on the wall. What better than to post the partio rules!


Yes, you read that right. Instead of a patio, we have a partio! What is a partio? It’s basically a patio, but you have so much more fun on a partio. My BFF Roxanne and I decided many years ago that we no longer had mere patios. Too proper for us for sure!

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The Week I Lost My Mojo

This is the week I lost my mojo. What? Even golfers get the yips. Or is that baseball players? Years ago tennis player Andy Roddick lost his. I know this because I saw the commercials of Andy missing the ball and bumping through life.


What exactly is Mojo? Wikipedia defines it as a magic charm. If I ever had a “magic charm”, I’ve certainly lost mine! Don’t get me wrong, I got a lot done this week. Just not that many things that I would call sharing worthy. Ever had one of those weeks? All I can say was the week started off well and then took a different direction.

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Putting Lipstick on the Patio

Morning everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We sure did at the Castle.  Fun, family, and food. We even found ourselves putting lipstick on the patio!

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Lipstick? Blame my Granny. When anything needed a little sprucing up she would announce that we needed to “slap some lipstick on it”!

This was our patio at the beginning of the weekend. Not bad, but it needed a little lipstick!

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I’ve Updated My Privacy Policy

Happy Friday morning to you!  Sorry that you are receiving the second blog post from me in one day, but I’ve got some important info for you! Yep, I’ve updated my privacy policy. I’m sure your inbox has been filled with this kind of notification over the  past few days from your favorite bloggers.

If you are really into this kind of thing you can go to my home page and find my privacy policy there. ( I did type my fingers to the bone writing that thing!) If you have better things to do, let me break it down for you!

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Getting Ready for Memorial Day

As I was getting ready for Memorial day, I could not help but be thankful to all of the brave men and women who have served or are serving our country. There is not enough thanks in the world for what you do!


I’m a firm believer that getting ready for Memorial Day should be simple and easy. Here at the castle, we definitely have a low key Memorial Day.  Not a lot of decorating. More lets get together, have fun and eat some wonderful barbecue that the Hubs grills. Maybe swim or play a few games. I love every minute with my family!

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Mini Guest Bathroom Makeover

Our house is 14 years old! We bought the house when it was a year old. So we didn’t get to choose the flooring, walls etc. I loved a lot of it, but there were a few things that I have never loved. I have to admit a mini guest bathroom makeover has been in the cards for quite some time.


This is what the bathroom looked like before the makeover. Not bad. But I hated the floor.  I knew it could be so much better!!!

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Summer Backyard

Now that the rains have stopped and the weather has warmed up I’ve been working on my summer backyard. I swear we skipped spring here and have jumped right into summer. I’m not complaining, I’ll take warm weather any day.

patio furniture

I’m not done by any stretch of the imagination and it’s taken me a good month to get this far. However, I’m starting to make some headway! I started by giving my patio a little refresh. A good cleaning, a new rug, plants, and painting my back door were the perfect starting place!

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My Dad’s Toolbox

A few weeks ago my sisters and I went through my Dad’s things. Some things we kept and some we sold. When it came time for me to choose what I wanted it was hands down my Dad’s toolbox!


Actually, I chose two of them. I think my sisters thought that I was crazy! They were dirty and beat up. The trash can was definitely calling! Continue reading →

Last Person to Give Advice

Okay, I’m going to give it to you straight. I’m the last person to give advice on fashion. Yet, here I am doing just that!ten on the 10th

It’s the Ten on the 10th! This months theme is Fashion. I have to admit that when I read the theme I almost took a hard pass until next month. On the girly scale I’m probably at the 30- 40% mark. Maybe! Let me give you a little background before I share my sage advice with you.

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Updating the Guest Bathrooms

I’ve been under the weather this week. So not much has gotten done if it can’t be done from the sofa. I hate weeks like this! Updating the guest bathrooms has been on my mind for quit sometime. Mainly, new flooring. I’m not fooling myself though. I know that once the flooring is done, I’m going to want to replace the ugly countertops. Of course, a new mirror would mean new lighting! See? That’s how it goes here at the castle.

updating the guest bathrooms


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Fun Things We Found

It’s been over a year since we lost our sweet father. My sisters and I have slowly gone through his things little by little. It was over a year ago that we had to remove everything from the house, garage and barn in less than a day! We went through a lot of stuff, threw a lot away and stored the rest in my sister T’s garage. This past weekend we went through everything and had an Estate sale. Boy, what a job! But, let me tell you about the fun things we found.

toy horse and cowboy

Like all of my Dad’s old toys! My Dad was a cowboy and apparently loved horses all of his life. Continue reading →

Spring at the Castle

For the first time in awhile, it feels like spring at the castle! I’m so excited. Normally late April would find me in shorts, t-shirts and, if I feel like shoes, a cute pair of flip flops. Unfortunately, this has been a cold and wet month for the most part.

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Today is warm with very little wind. Truly the perfect day. Tomorrow it’s suppose to rain. Again. Sigh. However, while the sun is shining I’m taking the opportunity to play a little in my garden!

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A Little/Big Boy Room

My sweet niece is now the mother of three little boys. All 5 and under! Once she knew she was pregnant with her third boy, she started rearranging and decorating the boys rooms. Her 2 year old was about to get a little/big boy room!


The first order of business was to find furniture.  Her 2 year old’s crib turns into a full size bed, so she planed on moving the crib into the new room .   We found this diamond in the rough on Craig’s List. It was super sturdy.  Pretty? Not so much!

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My Trip To IKEA

When my son recently asked if I would make a trip to IKEA with him, of course I said yes! Who could turn down the opportunity to spend time with their son and shop at the same time? Not me.  How did my trip to IKEA turn out?

My Trip to IKEA

Pretty well, if I do say so myself! I bought a towel bar, a paper dispenser, cutting boards, and a door mat. Needless to say I could have bought so much more!

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Mason Jar Door Hanger

Have you noticed all of the cute door hangers lately? They are everywhere! If you haven’t  just check out Pinterest. It certainly has a ton to look at for inspiration. I’ve been looking for a small gift to give my sweet sisters and came across the perfect thing. A Mason Jar Door Hanger!

door hangers

I found several cute mason jar door hangers but none were exactly what I was looking for, so I decided to make my own!

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New Rug On The Patio

I have a new rug on the patio! Yay!!!  I am so excited. I know, it’s crazy that something so little, can make my day. Right now I get excited about anything that means I can work outside. Abnormally cool temps, tons of rain and cloudy days have kept me indoors.

new rug on the patio

Not only have the rainy, cloudy days affected my working in the garden, it’s also done a number on my old patio carpet! As you can tell, my rug has seen better days. I blame Mother Nature.  Continue reading →

Creative Planters

Good morning! Do you know what day it is?  It’s Ten on the 10th. Ten fun bloggers sharing ideas for under $10.00 on the 10th of the month. Today we thought it would be fun to share creative planters with you!

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You know, something unusual and fun. Maybe something that you wouldn’t normally consider for a planter!

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