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No way, José!


No way, José that it is MAY 1st.
No way, José that this little blog was mentioned on the Washington Post yesterday for that orange bathroom redo!
No way, José that my MOM, COUSIN, & AUNT will be here TOMORROW for 10 days!

We’re busy cooking, baking, cleaning and preparing for our guests! I’ve got recipes to share and I’m almost done with Round 3. Justin is looking over the post and hopefully going to answer 1 question himself! Stay tuned!

We’ve been busying ourselves outside…






Ok… before I go please accept the following PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT regarding the health of your children’s skin…

I am an absolute SUNSCREEN FANATIC. My kids rarely go outside {nor do I} without it. I’ve tried every kind of sunscreen on the market. Most types will burn the children’s eyes. FINALLY I have found a sunscreen that I can rub all over their faces that doesn’t burn their eyes at ALL. The other kind is for their bodies, it’s called Quick Dry… it’s lotion but dries in about 30 seconds. I love both of these! Coat your kids up in these before sending them outside, there’s no reason for them to suffer from burning eyes… or sunburns!

Banana Boat Kids TEAR FREE for their sensitive little FACES & Banana Boat Kids QUICK DRY for their bodies…


Be back soon!

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  • Dianne
    May 1, 2009 at 6:31 am

    I am so happy for you that your family is coming for a visit. Enjoy!!!

  • Dave and Mandi
    May 1, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Wow! I’ll have to check out the Washington Post. I really need to come to Dothan and visit that fabric store. It is in Dothan isn’t it?

  • anna and geoffrey
    May 1, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Darby! How fun?! I’m still voting for you and E to publish a book togeher 🙂 Happy May!

  • Susan
    May 1, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Congrats on the Washington Post props. That is big time!

  • Elizabeth
    May 1, 2009 at 6:43 am

    You are famous!!! YIPPEE!!!

  • Elizabeth
    May 1, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Wow, that’s awesome Darby! I’m so glad you mentioned the sunscreen. I’ve been looking for something new. Looking forward to round 3.

    Enjoy your family visitors. Can’t wait to read what you all get into:)

  • The Harris Family
    May 1, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Thanks for the tip, I’ll be needing that, too bad they don’t have a spray….I’m diggin the sprays! quick quick quick!

  • Jaime
    May 1, 2009 at 6:58 am

    thanks for the sunscreen info. i was looking for a good one this year and your post came at the perfect time! 🙂 anyway, you don’t know me, but i found your blog through frugalcouponmom (i think) and i really love reading your blog.

  • Carrie
    May 1, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Congratulations on the Washington Post mention! That is awesome : )

  • Anonymous
    May 1, 2009 at 7:01 am

    way to go on the Washington Post mention! Enjoy every moment your family is in town!

  • Becky
    May 1, 2009 at 7:07 am

    DARBY!!!! how cool is that? the washington post?? wow!! and super thanks on the sunblock. you know i have some fair ones. and can’t wait to hear about your visit.

  • Melanie
    May 1, 2009 at 7:34 am

    That is great about the Washington Post! Thanks for inspiring us again with the orange bath redo!

  • Jill Pope
    May 1, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Washington Post?!?! THAT’S AWESOME!

  • JSchroeder
    May 1, 2009 at 8:04 am

    FWIW, I swear by a combo of Aveeno Baby and Mustela for faces. I got a bit whigged out by all the bad press sunscreens were getting a few years ago and these have really high SPFs (50+) and mostly natural ingredients- zinc oxide,etc. No tears, complaints, or sunburns.

    I'm enjoying reading your blog quite a bit. My m-in-l turned me onto it after she caught your reference to the Tim & Sally books a few months ago. She did the PR campaign for them. I also have two girls exactly Morgan and Paige's ages and your photos reminded my m-i-l of my girls. I try to blog as well but I'm not as prolific as you are! = )

    Congrats on the Post recognition. The bathroom project was fun to read and I am happy to learn that there are more heinous bathrooms than our northern VA pink, lime green 1950s specials out there!

  • Anonymous
    May 1, 2009 at 8:05 am

    It’s definitely “Post” worthy! I was going to suggest sending it to BHG magazine. I think they do a feature now each month on decorating on a budget…

    It is so much more interesting and fun to see a bathroom re-do like yours, than someone who has an unlimited budget…like who couldn’t have a fab bathroom for $75K??? Yours looks like million bucks, but you didn’t have to spend it:)

    Congrats! Keep the home stuff coming, I love seeing your creativity:)


  • Anonymous
    May 1, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I totally agree about the sunscreen! I used the Banana Boat Kids Tear Free (SPF 50) all summer at my MIL’s pool last year. I prefer the Ultra Mist that sprays on quickly. I have 3 kids, too and the lotion takes longer for me. Of course, I use lotion for faces. It’s the only thing I’ve ever found that doesn’t make my 3 year old’s eyes swell shut.

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog! I live in Nashville now but I’m originally from Alabama.


  • Cherish Stockdale
    May 1, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Wow that is so awesome! The Washington post! Yay for you, and it is so nice that your family is visiting…It is hard to be away from ppl you love. Have a great time 🙂

  • Laina
    May 1, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I came across your blog yesterday and I love it! Thanks for sharing wisdom, decorating tips, and scripture!

  • Natalie McGough
    May 1, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Your orange bathroom looks great! You, your sister and your mom are so creative. I’ll have to try that sun screen.

  • erika
    May 1, 2009 at 11:17 am

    i love you and wish i was lathered in sunscreen and swimming in your pool right this minute.
    i love you,

  • Kaysha Patel
    May 1, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I am so anxious to see if Justin answers my question!! 🙂 Congrats on your mention in the post!

  • Pink Wallpaper
    May 1, 2009 at 11:18 am

    hey darby, congrats on the washington post! i love your blog and your name (it’s my last name)…seriously, you make me wish i was a more creative mother! great job on your bathroom redo! love that fabric on the skirted ottoman.

  • tarheel
    May 1, 2009 at 11:21 am

    wow, congratulations, Darby! You deserve the recognition for that fab makeover. Ooh, how I wish I had a pool in my backyard. Your babies are too beautiful! Have fun with your family. Y’all are sweet.

  • andi
    May 1, 2009 at 11:26 am


  • Jessica Ranjbari
    May 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    That’s so exciting you were in the Washington Post! I’m loving the pictures your new camera takes…I always thought your others were so good, but now I see the difference and I want one (I’ll need to have a yard sale too though if I want to buy one!). Have fun with your family! 🙂

  • Kellie
    May 1, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for the tips on the face sunscreen – doesn’t bother EC much, but Wilson gets it in his eyes EVERY TIME!!!! I usually use the stick, but I’m going to try that now – at least on him and Henderson! Have a super duper weekend – can’t wait to hear and see all about it!

  • Michelle
    May 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    congratulations on the Post mention…totally deserved! I would love to see a blog on landscaping as I am betting your yard is as beautiful as your home on the inside! and I could always use some creativity with planting!
    LOVE your blog- thanks for the tip on sunscreen!

  • Adrienne
    May 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    The Washington Post referenced your blog? How cool is that?!? Congratulations! Enjoy your family….

  • Melissa
    May 2, 2009 at 4:26 am

    The Washington Post….too cool! Congrats! You’re becoming a blog celebrity!

  • megan
    May 2, 2009 at 6:56 am

    It’s hard to believe it is May! Congrats on the Post! I can’t wait for round 3.

    May 2, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Have fun with your mom and guests! I know you will! Congrats on the Washington Post “orange”spread!

    That is big time, girl!

    I am in love with that fabric!! So savvy chic!

  • katydid
    May 2, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Darby – I’m new to your blog and blogging in general. It’s an interesting, yet funny way to “get to know someone” w/o ever actually meeting them. Nonetheless, it’s filling the void created by the disappearence of some of my favorite magazines! On that note, you have a wonderful sense of design and homemaking skills and better than any magazine offers, a wonderful understanding of the importance of faith and family. Thanks for sharing a bit of your journey (and where did you find your wonderful schoolhouse lights?!) Best. Kate

  • Jennifer
    May 3, 2009 at 3:56 am

    That sunblock has been in use in our family for a few years now…love it!!! However, I recently discovered that Target came out with their brand of this sunblock (it even says compare to Banana Boat on it)and I checked the ingredients on both tubes. They are indentical – word for word! So, since the Target brand is $3 or $4 less – and the tube is bigger – I tried it. It was just as great as the beloved Banana Boat and there was absolutely ZERO stinging…eyes or anywhere else! I know you’re always looking for a good deal, and this is definitely one of them! 🙂

    Congratulations on the Washington Post!

    Enjoy your time with your family!

  • number17cherrytreelane
    May 3, 2009 at 8:59 am

    The photos are so colorful. I just love your blog!!!

  • La Donna Welter
    May 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Just found your blog, how beautiful! : )

  • Anonymous
    May 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Congrats on the Washington Post! That’s great for you! I adore your bathroom re-do. It looks fabulous! Your blog is great and I love all of your ideas.

    I just wanted to pass this link along: https://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/index.php. It rates the safety of different products: lotions, sunscreen, wipes, makeup, etc. against cancer and things like that. It’s interesting. We’ve always used (and been very happy) with Banana Boat but finally deterred this year for something with a lower risk rating. I hope it helps a little.

    Thank you again for the fabulous ideas, thoughts, and pictures!

  • simply seleta
    May 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    You are amazing. Just now catching up on reading and can’t believe that chic bathroom! $500 budget??? Now that’s talent. You and E should have a design firm with offices in Dothan and Santa Rosa Beach. Or just write that lifestyle design book that’ll fly off the shelves.

  • melissa richie
    May 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm


    thanks for your comment! i am glad to hear that there are so many other chaco lovers in this world and that yours have treated you well for 9 years 🙂

    i make it over to your blog almost every day and i love it.

    thanks encouraging us to make life beautiful for ourselves, our husbands & children and our community…and by the looks of it…the world! you're quite a popular lady! 🙂

    happy sabbath!


  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    May 3, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    You have got to be overboard about the washington post???!!! Awesome! How cool!! Hope y’all are having a fun visit and thanks for the sunscreen tip.

  • Jennifer
    May 4, 2009 at 8:28 am

    congrats on the Post!

    hope you have lots of fun with your family!

  • Jessica {lovely jubbly london}
    May 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Congrats on the Post mention- you deserve it!

  • momof3girls
    May 5, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Enjoy the time with your family! I am so jealous that you are having nice enough weather to be in the pool – it has been mainly in the 60’s and raining all week long here in Oklahoma -sob!

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