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Welcome to A + Life!

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Red Velvet Cake is a Spena family favorite. It has been Jim’s favorite forever and always- every single birthday (although let’s try to forget the year that I wrecked the car on the way to go pick up the ingredients….) and holiday, it is his number one request. (here is an old post of the […]

DIY, Other, Parties

November 6, 2021

Red Velvet Cake With Gravy Icing

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I haven’t even shown y’all what our Kansas City house or our new-to-us log cabin looks like, but Jim tackled this bathroom project last week and I’m so excited about it, I’m taking a brief pause from recapping life to share it with you! The house we live in now was built in the 80’s […]

DIY, Home Tour, Our Home, Projects

August 19, 2021

Half Bath Refresh!

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So, I know that I still owe you a post about moving away from Joplin and moving to Kansas City. And also, another post about moving from Kansas City to our new/current house (I’m not sharing our new town- but we’re still in the KC metro) But, before I do that. Let’s talk about what […]

DIY, Family, Home Tour, Lifestyle, Other, Our Home, Projects

August 6, 2021

The Garden

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It’s hard to believe that we have almost reached the end of the year(and the budget- ha) but I thought it would be fun to put together a little before/after house post to share how we did with our house goals for 2017! Here we go! The Kitchen The before: For 2017, our kitchen to […]

DIY, Home Tour, Our Home, Projects

December 1, 2017

House Goals For 2017- Updated List!

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Our kitchen was featured in a post onĀ 50 kitchen cabinet ideas! While the girls and I were away in sunny Arizona, Jim was busy figuring out how to plank a ceiling and build a faux beam for our kitchen! As I’ve said before, I’m a terrible DIY blogger. Try as I might, I’m just not […]

DIY, Our Home

July 28, 2017

How To Plank A Ceiling & Build A Faux Beam

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This past weekend we had SO much fun celebrating our sweet Mabel with an adorable Mickey Mouse Birthday Party! Initially, I had thought of going the girly pink and gold Minnie Mouse route for her party, but ultimately, had to go with classic black and red Mickey Mouse! Because this little girl loves herself some […]

DIY, Family, Miss Mabel, Parties

May 17, 2017

Oh TWOdles! Mabel’s Mickey Mouse Birthday Party!

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I’ve shared before about my group of friends and our favorite thing to do whenever we get together- Pinterest parties! (You can read an old post HERE!) But if you don’t want to read that, I’ll give you a brief rundown of how we do things: Someone offers to host the party at their home […]


February 8, 2016

How To Throw An Awesome Pinterest Party

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