Simple Friday's No.2

I can't believe it's already Friday, if you missed last weeks Simple Friday's you can catch it here. I wanted to share with you what I am loving these days.  "Leaves" a perfect fall candle from Bath & Body Works.  I'm an avid candle burner and there's nothing better than the warm smell of red delicious apples blended with toasted cinnamon and mulled cider.  I'm getting hungry now!  Bath and Body had a 2 for $20 sale on all large candles so I stocked up.  These three wick candles burn clean and smell wonderful.  Two thumbs up!   

 Here's another one of my all time favorites.  These candles are the bomb!  I'm partial to Gold Canyon Candles because they smell incredible, offer a huge selection of scents, and I use to sell them.   If you haven't heard about Gold Canyon Candles it would be worth your time to try one.  They are sold on-line and through Fragrance Consultants throughout the United States.

Do you burn candles in your home, if so what is your favorite scent? 
 I would love to hear from you... 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

***This blog post is my personal opinion and I did not receive compensation or free products from either company. 


Simple Friday's.....

Oh happy day everyone, it's Friday!  I'm starting a new series here at Our Blue Front Door called "Simple Friday's".  I won't get too technical on you, but this series is going to be about pretty much anything and everything.  It could be about an inspiration I have, recipes(would be a first for me), thrift store finds, guest bloggers, or even random, funny thoughts/memories to share.  Simple and easy, just sayin!! 

The Lockhorns- "All of Leroy's bright ideas have a dimmer switch"
We are the Lockhorns, no kidding!  Maybe I should change my name to Loretta, he he!!

Anyways, I was working on a project the
other day and saw this....we like to cut them out of the paper
and leave them for each other.  They are kinda like a love note, right?  Small, cute reminders
to each other about how our marriage is fun-loving and always full of laughter.

Thanks for stopping by,


Hello Fall, goodbye to summer

It's official, our pool is closed for the season and I am in the mood for Fall now.  I don't sound like I am very excited about that, but I am, really.  Besides it was in the upper 80's last week and now it's barely 60 today, umm yeah, bring it.....Mr. Weather Man!!  You watch we'll have an Indian Summer soon and it will feel like summer again. Craziness in the Midwest!

So I thought I better get moving on taking down summer, but here's one last look at my summer mantel and all the great memories that are still fresh in my mind.  Goodbye summer, see you in about 7 months.

Here's my first attempt at my fall mantel 

 Since my fireplace is mammoth with a ton of red brick, I needed to break it up a bit. Someday I am going to paint my fireplace like Ann's beautiful fireplace.  Until then I use these awesome shutters as a back drop from our local architectial salvage yard.  I gave them a fresh coat of paint and they were ready to go.   

 Didn't have to buy anything for the mantel except for the print which costs me $2.99

 I took this picture last fall in my back yard and thought it would be perfect in a frame for the mantel. Plus, I've been into "yellow" lately, not sure why but just liking me some yellow! 

Are you getting ready for Fall at your house?
Have a great weekend

Linking up at The Inspired Room


My where abouts?

"WOW", I can't even believe Labor Day has come and gone and my girls have been in school for over 3 weeks now.  Life needs to slow down a little, please!  To top all of the craziness off I haven't blogged for about 3 weeks now and I'm feeling a little sad and disconnected.  Here's what I've been up to these last three weeks and why I've been MIA.....

 Our month started with my hubby's 25th high school class reunion.  He was feeling nostalgic and wanted me to get some pictures in front of his old high school.  We had a great time catching up with everyone.

While summer was quickly coming to an end, we had to celebrate my youngest daughters(she's the one in the black and white polka dots) birthday with a good old swimming party.  It was a perfect day for a party.  Memories I hope she never forgets

 First day of school and she wouldn't even let me get a good picture of her. They leave home and don't even look back at you...makes me want to cry.  My 7th grader ran to the bus stop and pleaded with me to not take pictures because I was embarassing her, please mom!!

Labor Day weekend, a long road trip to Colorado Springs for one of our best friends wedding and hubby was in the wedding too. It was a 30 hour round trip for us and most of the drive was through Kansas.  You know it's an adventure when the GPS says in 508 miles you'll reach the Colorado boarder, uhg!  We had a lot of family bonding time and it was the first time the girls had ever seen the mountains, especially since we are from the midwest. All we ever see is corn fields so a change of scenery was great.

 Garden of the Gods! With the limited time we had because of the wedding we drove through the Garden and stopped to walk some of the trails.  We all were in awe of God's work.  It is simply beautiful.  We didn't make it up to Pikes Peak, but we enjoyed the view from our hotel.  Maybe next time!    

 Doesn't my hubby clean up well?  I know I am little biased......the wedding was gorgeous and the reception was a blast too.  The girls danced and danced until they were plain tired.  Our trip was short, but we took in as much of Colorado as we could. 


Our Home and our blue front door

Welcome to our home and to Our Blue Front Door! 
Now you know how my blog got it's name. Today I'm sharing
a look at our home from the exterior, not sure if the interior
will ever be photo ready, but I'm working on it

My perennial garden in the front of the house is full of colorful cone
flowers, day lilies, and boxwood's.  

Nothing says "Welcome" than a personalized doormat.

Our house was built in 1992, when oak trim was all the rage. If we ever win the lottery the first
 thing I would do is change out all of my oak trim to crisp, clean white. Until then...the oak is staying. 
We purchased it in 2001, and have lived here for over 10 years now. It's your traditional two story home with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. The main floor has an eat-in kitchen and opens to our family room.  We have a dining room off of the kitchen and a formal living room in the front of the house. We don't use it as a formal living room, but instead we use it as a piano room and office space for me. 

Our basement is partially finished and is home to my hubby's Man Cave, his office, and storage.  

Our back yard, deck, and the view of our pool where we spend ALL of our time
in the warm months. We love to entertain almost every weekend.

Thanks for stopping by and catching a glimpse of the outside of our home.