7 Quick Takes — Grass Edition


This week’s quick takes are inspired by a quote I came across recently which has been stuck in my craw for a while now.

The grass is greener where you water it.


I discovered an awesome blog, Homestead Revival. She posts lovely ideas for the home, garden, and chickens! I wish we had chickens. Maybe someday.

Anyway, the post I linked to above is inspiration for doing a “simple kitchen” makeover. I spend a lot of time each day in my kitchen working, and just about an equal amount of time wishing it looked better.

Well, thanks to that post, I realized the importance of surrounding myself with pretty and functional things. If something is ugly, even if it’s super-functional, I will hate it.

So I spent the better part of Thursday afternoon scrubbing, cleaning out cabinets, and moving things around. With three baskets purchased from Target, and a few glass canisters added to my wish list for future purchase, I’m on my way to having a pretty and functional kitchen.

Watering my grass.


This is a new goal for our home; to fill the rooms where I spend most of my day and do a lot of work into spaces that are pretty and functional.

The laundry room will be the next space to makeover. It’s in our basement, which means there’s only so much I can do. However, our basement is being painted, and I’m going to be on the hunt for ideas to make a basement laundry room as pretty and functional as possible. If you have any ideas please share them!

This post has some great ideas as well.


Sometimes in order to “water the grass”, you need to step back from your home and travel to places which “water” your soul. This weekend Atticus and I are doing just that. We’re spending tonight with his parents, and then he and I are going to the second most beautiful college campus in America for the day:

Now, I’m sure this assertion has you wondering, “Well, if Notre Dame is second most beautiful, which is the first?” Friends, let me tell you. My alma mater, Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD.

Founded in 1808, it’s the second oldest Catholic college in America, and has been on the Cardinal Newman list for the last several years as well for strong Catholic identity. It’s also home to the National Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes.

In fact, the grotto at Notre Dame is a replica of the (larger) one at Mount St. Mary’s. No big deal.

Anyway, even though I love ND, I love the Mount more. But alas, South Bend is closer than Maryland. *wistfully looks east*


Going back to my pretty and functional goal, I found some words that I want to post in those areas where I need inspiration.

I LOVE that!

What words inspire you?


Friends, I have a baby girl into everything, and so I’m going to end these quick takes with some more shots from our fall photo shoot.



Isn’t she so cute? Well, I guess I might be biased.

That’s all folks, and I hope you have a very “grass is greener” weekend.

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  • http://thenerdywife.com Kendra @ The Nerdy Wife

    Oh my gosh your baby is just the sweetest :-)

    I love the pics of the universities, especially the Mary grotto. I want something like that in my backyard someday.

  • http://hereisthechurch.wordpress.com Allie

    I have to ask – is the Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland the same as the St. Mary’s mentioned in this article? http://wapo.st/uDzZ8c Also, those pictures are adorable. ^_^

  • http://thatmarriedcouple.blogspot.com/ That Married Couple

    These are great! And yes, she is so very cute :)

    Also, I’d like to see home pictures, please!

  • http://www.joyinthemorning-joy.blogspot.com Joy

    What a great concept ~ Love the quote!!

    Have fun this weekend!

  • http://www.theroadhomewv.blogspot.com Rebecca

    Love your sweet girl :). And I love that quote from Proverbs 31.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  • Laura

    This 7 quick takes was awesome all around :)

  • http://catholicmutt.blogspot.com CM

    Awesome photos!

  • Pat

    Those are quotes to live by. And the second one is especially good for grandmothers. Thank you for the wisdom. I copied both onto stickee notes and they are on the frame of my computer.

    And a great reminder about housekeeping that can help us better enjoy our surroundings. I remember how moving furniture around or improving the lighting perked up my house. And I can still use some decluttering so that I can better focus on the simple points of beauty that can be photographs or favorite momentos or gifts.

    Thank you for the ideas in the post.

  • http://nowealthbutlife.com Rae

    She isn’t cute, she is absolutely adorable! I love the pictures.