Monday, May 21, 2012

It's All Good in the Hood

That's's all good. That's what I tell myself when things are crazy - when I find myself trying to do too much at once, "it's all good". And there's a lot going on with us. I'm going to be taking a step back from the blog - I'm not going away at all but posting will be a lot lighter. I'll post when I have project updates or other fun news to share with all of you.

Here's what's going on with us...

~ This little munchkin is just cuter than ever. Every day is a new adventure. And here she is just last night enjoying one of life's simple summer pleasures...corn on the cob.

Sheila loves doing her ABC puzzle and puzzles in general. Her favorite show is Fu's Su's (aka Blue's Clue's) and Fresh Beat Band and of course ELMO! She loves being outside, going to the park, watering the flowers. She talks about her friends and calls them by name, and she has opinions about her clothing already (how is that possible?!). She's an absolute joy.

~ My husband got the official word that his office will be moving to Jersey City effective September 1st. What does that mean for us? We're not sure yet. We're still trying to figure out the details and the logistics, so another reason I will be taking a step back.

~ I also have been trying to devote some time to tackling a few projects of our own at our house - in an effort to get organized and for an eventual move and placing our house on the market. This includes finishing up our bedroom, organizing our basement, and lots of other small jobs (you know the ones that build up over time that eventually need to get tackled at some point).

~ I've been fortunate to have picked up some wonderful clients since starting my business, and I've really been devoting my time to those projects and my family. But, I'm also still working full-time at my financial services job. So time is precious to me - especially as we have a lot of important decisions to make in the upcoming months. Speaking of clients, here is a sneak peek at one project I'm working on...

This was not a project that my clients anticipated at all. They had an issue with their septic recently, so their family room literally got turned upside down. They had to vacate this room and get new flooring. Since they had to remove the floors, they decided to paint the walls, replace the built-ins, and freshen up the space a bit. I'll share more details on this project with you soon.

~ Last but not least, I passed my year of blogging milestone a few weeks ago. I've been drafting and redrafting a post about the past year and everything I've learned. It's certainly a lot to take in and to reflect upon, but one of these days I'll get that post up. Thank you for reading and for your constant feedback. Sometimes I can't believe how much this little blog has grown and evolved over the past year.

~ Oh, and I can't end this post without a big shout out to my friend Sarah for keeping Mood Board Monday alive. Our next mood board extravaganza is inspired by chairs - how fun! Check out more about Mood Board Monday over at Pewter + Sage. I hope you'll join us for the fun. 

I hope the weekend treated you all well. We went to the zoo. I checked out a not so exciting flea market with my Mom but the plus side was spending time with my Mom. We also met up with some friends for lunch down in Northern Liberties. All in all a fabulous weekend with friends, family, and good weather. I posted a photo on Twitter this morning of a coffee cup with the word Monday crossed out on it - Monday's aren't so bad after all it's just getting back into the weekday routine again after great weekends.

What's going on with all of you? I know I say it over and over, but thank you for your support!


  1. WOW, you might be moving?! That sounds crazy and exciting all at once! Sounds like you have your plate full -- but don't worry, I'll still be reading when you have time to post :)

  2. Oh my goodness Holly, that's a lot to have on your plate! I'll be sure to check in for updates, but I understand completely about needing a blogging break. It's just not easy to do it all! Good luck with your husband's job situation and a possible move! We're actually kind of in the same boat, and the thought of getting my house ready to sell scares the daylights out of me! :) You're doing an excellent job and can't wait to see what's in store!

  3. I can't even imagine how you do it, Holly! You need to enjoy that sweet baby every chance you get. We'll all be here hoping for glimpses of your design projects and understanding life's priorities. Congrats on your one year blogiversary, the community wouldn't be the same without all of your support the past year, thank you sweet friend!

  4. You are one busy - and talented - lady! Happy Blogiversary as they say...looking forward to many more years of your inspiring and enjoyable posts!

  5. You've certainly got a lot going on and lots of potential changes, but a fantastic attitude to ensure it is indeed "all good".
    Best of luck with everything and know that when you post, we'll all be here :)

  6. the photo just made me smile ear to ear (get it!?!?!).


    best to you.


  7. Oh, Holly, hang in there. You have so much going on right now! I really understand the feeling of being spread thin and I don't have a full-time job outside of my kids/home! My blog often ends up on the back-burner lately because there are just so many other every day things to accomplish. Good luck with everything and we'll be reading whenever you do post.

  8. Holly, you are busy and it sounds like you have a lot of life changes going on. You do what you have to do and we'll always be here ready to cheer you on. I, too, have stepped back a bit from my blog. Time is precious!

  9. Hi, Holly!!! Thanks for the update. Do not worry about us...we will be here for you no matter what! Family always comes first...and then exciting new design projects:) Sounds like your new venture is really taking off, congratulations!!!! (I'll be psyched to read more about your projects if you get a chance to post, but don't stress it.) I can't imagine how you manage to work full time, work on the side, blog and take care of a toddler!! So thank you for being honest, it actually makes me feel better that you are trying to balance all this too (like I am not a complete failure for wondering how I'm going to get it all done and I don't even have a real job!)!!

    We lived in PA and my dad commuted to his office in NJ every day. How far a drive would it be for your husband? Would it be at all doable to stay where you are?

    Sheila can eat corn on the cob?! Wow, that is super impressive! Maura loves corn (one of the only veggies she'll eat, but I always give her just the kernels) but I can not see her eating an ear. Hmmm, we'll have to try and practice that this summer!

    Thanks for the MBM shout out and support. I should get started, I don't have anything done for it yet!

  10. Wow, Holly. You have some big changes coming up from the look of things. I'm with Sarah, don't worry about us - we'll be here! I have also stepped back from my blog a bit. I've dropped back to posting 2 or 3 times a week now from a dedicated 5. Maybe it's the season, maybe it's just in the air, but I also need more time for my family, for our projects, and for my clients. I'm sensing this more and more in the blogging community right now. And I think it's a good thing. Our blogs are about being supportive, but it's not good if the balance in our life is out of whack. I really admire you for taking the step back now. That photo of Sheila says it all. Moments like that are gone in the blink of an eye. I think you are really amazing, and I look forward to your posts... as you post them. xo Sheila

  11. Wow! First, Happy Blog Anniversary! Congrats! Second, I can't believe you're a mom, work in the financial industry, and have a design business! How do you do it? Seriously? Congrats, again! Good luck with all your future endeavors - looking forward to hearing the updates!

  12. Wow Holly you have a lot going on! We will certainly be here when you do have to stop in for an update. It is really hard to juggle everything. I too have no idea how you handle a full-time job, raising a toddler, your design business, your blog and manage to be so supportive on our blogs.

    Happy Bloggiversary!

  13. One thing that I have learned is to set up systems. Devote yourself to the systems in place and work a few hours each day.
    Being consistent helps and before you know it your business will be running - The same systems for working at home help.
    It has taken me a long time - but things are working much more efficiently now.

  14. Congratulations on one year of blogging! It is such an amazing accomplishment! :) You are a busy girl! Take some time and have fun, and we'll all be here when you post! I feel so lucky to have found you in this crazy blogging world! It's always great to have supportive, honest and fun blog friends out there! You're the best and congratulations too on your successes so far with your design business. So exciting! :)

  15. Holly, you are one busy lady! I didn't realize you work full time also. I have really enjoyed getting to know you the past few months and I will certainly be here when you're ready to give us some updates. Good luck with everything going on!

  16. Holly, since I am new to your blog, I really enjoyed reading this post to learn more about you. And learn a lot, I did! Everyone understands when you need a break, and we'll be here when you return!!

  17. I feel the same way about corn on the cob :)

  18. What a huge job putting a house on the market. I have lived in mine 20 years [the longest by far that I have lived in one place for so long] and I could use a "move" clean out! Good luck getting organized and taking a break.....:)