are you guys on instagram?  its my favorite.  no joke.  its such a happy place for me – all the people i love, all the people i’d love to be friends with, all the people who inspire me.  i share sneak peeks of my projects, ask for opinions, and give glimpses into my real everyday life.  i’d love for you to join me!  i’m thepleatedpoppy on insta-g.

every friday i link my weekly phone pics up with my friend, jeannett.  i love having a record here on my blog that feels like a weekly diary for my family and i.


sean travels pretty often for work, but is rarely gone for more than 2 nights.  last week he was gone for over a week, and then before he got home i left for a few days for a trip down south with behr paint.  we were like ships in the night, missing each other.  but after parenting solo (with my parents’ help), as much as i wanted to see him, spending a little more time all to myself seemed like a really good idea!  i had a 4 hour drive home (alone!) and made a stop by ikea and anthropologie.  and it was wonderful!  also, i think i was allergic to color that day – all black and white.


our old chore charts were getting a bit outdated, so i made new ones for the kids.  this picture is so lily.  she was so excited when i made these new charts!  she is type-A all the way!


after visiting the behr paint headquarters and learning about their new 1-coat Marquee paint, i was kind of sold on it!  i tested it out on the back of our shelves surrounding our fireplace and was so happy with the results!  i’ll give all the details soon in another post.


and then of course i had to redecorate the shelves after taking them all apart.  and then i hit a wall.  a decorating wall.  i got this one set of shelves done right and nothing else went well after that.  i have been madly rearranging all of my house and i feel like its all backfiring on me.  grrr its frustrating!  i’m taking a break to rethink it all and just live in the disaster.


the boy’s hair was getting out. of. control.  i love his hair all shaggy, but the kids have been swimming a few days a week and its wreaked havoc on his hair, making it stiff and nappy.  this new cut keeps the length on top, but is so nice and clean around his cute kissable neck!


and a little throwback for you from the 4th grade me.  you’re welcome ;)



  1. 1

    Excited to see more of your decorating updates! You have that one shelf looking fabulous! I’m following on insta now! But I have to admit I’m not the best with Instagram, oops!


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    That paint looks great! I’m going to have to give it a try. Best makeover ever….a can of paint!
    And more importantly — I believe I had that same jacket when I was in the 4th grade!! Memories :)

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    OMG that little guy of yours is the cutest!!!!!!! And your “throwback” pretty darn cutsy too:) LOVE your new paint job on your built in’s…love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Seriously Lindsey, you are strait out of Full House! Adorable:) I still love that show! Why can’t they make Friday night t.v. shows like that anymore?
    Everything you’ve accomplished and continue to show us is always an inspiration, please don’t question yourself on that. Even if it’s a thousand to a handful of people, you’re doing an amazing job:)

    The new paint color, fabulous and fresh in the nooks and I Love the display. Great haircut on the boy too and clever chore charts! I wish I would have enforced that…I have a bad habit of doing things myself..

    Thanks for sharing xx

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    Oh My…you in the 4th grade…. HILARIOUS. LOVE YOUR HAIR. ANd you’ve just inspired me to cut my son’s hair, it is out of control!

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    Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

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