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My New Business Cards and a GIVEAWAY!!

Howdy! Today, I am sharing my new business cards. The fab people at are also giving away business cards to two lucky winners!! You can enter the giveaway at the end of the post.

I was so delighted when contacted me to review some of their business cards. With the blog redesign, I wanted cards that had my new logo and had a sleeker look. I decided to design my own cards so that they would reflect my brand. It was so easy to use their website. I uploaded my design and they even had an option to add a QR code to my cards. Love that!  card-case-storage I also went with a front and back design.

Once I placed my order, my cards were shipped out within a couple of days. I received 50 Classic Business Cards and they came in a nice card case too! That was a bonus. The case is great for holding all my cards and I can take it with me when I’m out and about. There is also a spot to keep cards from other businesses. It fits nicely in my desk drawer too.


They had a lot of selections online if you don’t want to design your own cards. You can also use their templates and add in your own images and logos. The QR code option is great, especially for bloggers and website owners. So handy for blogging conferences!


I love my new business cards! You guys are getting a very tiny sneak peek of my office space today. I love to keep some business cards in a bowl on top of my desk for mailings.

business-cards-in bowl

The front of my cards have all my contact and blog info. On the backs, I decided to add a little saying to them that fits my style.


The Classic Business Cards are a really nice weight too. They also feel nice and smooth to the touch and are thicker than the business cards I have ordered in the past. desk-top-styling

Now it’s your turn!! Enter to win a set of 50 Classic Business Cards from Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. You can get up to 5 entries. 2 winners will be selected and contacted by email when the giveaway ends.

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I’d like to thank the folks at for offering such a great giveaway! Good luck you guys!!

This is a product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

My Super Top Top Secret Project that Rhymes with “Schmoffice”

If we had cameras on us 24/7, things around the Cadwallader household would look like an intricate dance of continual furniture moving and finding places to work and store supplies. I figure we have to be half crazy to take on all these projects at once. Some have risen out of necessity and others are things on the original list of home improvements. Needless to say, that making over two bedrooms, a bathroom reno, and a kitchen reno at once is a lot to work into our lives.

Good things have come out of moving the boys into separate rooms though. My office was going to be Sam’s “now” room. So, I got stuck in a corner in the living room for a while. Not so bad really, but not a lot of work space. So, we have looked at our basement in a whole new light. Our basement runs the whole length of the upstairs so it’s like having another house below us which is great. So, I’ve been joking with you guys about my super top top secret project that rhymes with “schmoffice”. The space downstairs is actually really ideal for my workspace since half of it is an open layout. Dave and I both agree I need a decent place to work so, yes, I am going to have a proper office! Yay!

Here are the before’s of this space:


This is pretty bare bones right now which is great because I can make it into anything. The flooring needs updating but the rest is pretty much cosmetic. We have chosen not to cover the rafters but they will get a fresh coat of paint and some finishing details.


This side of this open room is equipped with a kitchenette. It is pretty new and in great shape so that is a bonus. Half high walls separate the office side from a family room and kid’s play area and another fireplace. There is so much potential down here!

BEFORE-OFFICE-3 I will have 3 different zones in this office. 1)  I will have a desk area for my computer. 2) A workspace complete with storage and a table to work on projects and crafts.3) The kitchenette. I will also have a spot to sew and cleverly hide my sewing machine when it is not in use.

I plan on injecting a lot of my personal style in this space through the use of wallpaper, paint, architectural details, new lighting, new furniture, and decor.

I will be revealing it in 3 phases:

Phase one will be the desk area.

Phase two will be the workspace/storage area.

Phase three will the kitchenette/sewing space.

What is going to make this my super top top secret project is that I will be working on it behind the scenes while our other projects are going on. I won’t be sharing details until each phase is ready to reveal. So, we are having a little fun with it!

FYI- I HATE SECRETS!! So, this is really really hard on me because this space already looks so different!

Chic Office Chair Sources

Don’t hate me, but I’ve been holding out on you guys! I’ve been working on something behind the scenes. I’m going to be revealing this project in 2 phases. Let’s just say it rhymes with “schmoffice”.  If you are over the age of 2 and can crack that code– yes, I’m working on my home office. It’s in a part of the house I’ve never shown you guys before and I am really, really excited about the design.

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve had to make some decisions and source some items. Today, I wanted to share some of the stylish office chairs I’ve come across.



All of the chairs are at different price points so I am going to feature them Low $$$ to High $$$.

under 100

ghost chair

Ghost Chair 

under 150

target office chair

Acrylic Rumor Chair

home decoratorsKnot Chair in Black Home Decorators 

under 200


Hi-back Office Chair in White Zyder Stores

cb2 chair

Stratum Office Chair CB2

under 500


Eames Style DSX Fiberglass Chair

west elm

Saddle Office Chair West Elm

over 500


Viceroy Chair Ballard Designs

I will be keeping you up to date on some progress on this space…but I am saving those big reveals!

You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine click here.

Workspace and Office Pretties

Today, I am sharing my organized and freshened up workspace. With a new year, I wanted to be on top of my game. I organized all my desk drawers and added a few things to keep me tidy.


On top of my desk, I like to have flowers– especially roses. They don’t cost much for 3 or 4 and I love the fragrance while I have to sit at the computer. I found some good things in the Target dollar spot like that pen you see there. I decided to use my DIY chalkboard as an inspiration board and hung a few things on it and will add to it as time goes by. I added my by Luciana print.



Another Target find is that striped basket. I am using it to hold my files right now. I don’t have a file cabinet and I’d like to keep it that way for now. That little vanity stool I picked up over the summer at a resale shop for $7. It is really comfortable and the right height. I don’t want anything too large for this desk. My brass Goodwill lamp works great here too. I just added the new shade and finial to it.

desk-organization That little pencil holder was another Target dollar spot find. I like to have little things that make a more personalized space. Fun pencils, pens, and gold paper clips. I picked the clips up at Staples.

desk-styling It’s not a huge space, but it works for what I need it for.

desk-blogger Have you refreshed your office space for the new year?

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New Organizher and a GIVEAWAY for you!!

It is no secret that I have been a fan of the Organizher products at Target. You’ve seen me post about them in our family command center and I shared some new Organizher products here.

Well, today the lovely people at Organizher have sent me the new Organizher all-in-one memo book to review.

And…I got one for you too! At the end of this post you can enter to win your very own Organizher all-in-one memo book! YAY!


I just started using this Organizher all-in-one memo book and it is fantastic! Perfect timing too, because it’s just in time for the kids going back to school! That is busy-crazy time in my house! There are tons of planners and trackers out there, but I need something that multi-functions. This is a godsend! It has an area for meal planning, tracking monthly expenses, a calendar for family scheduling, and a place with folders and blank lists for organization. Perfect for the busy mom on-the-go!


I am a meal planner, and this is great because it is divided up weekly and that is how I like to shop and plan. I can plan my meals in the meals section and then make my grocery list and store my coupons in the organization section.



In the scheduling section is a weekly calendar to keep track of all your family member’s schedules. The expenses section tracks all your monthly expenses.


This is exactly what I needed for the start of the school year. Everything in one place, just like I like it!



Now is your chance to win an Organizher all-in-one memo book!  

 Enter Here:

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To get the latest on Organizher products check out the Organizher website and the Organizher facebook page. Organizher products are on sale now exclusively at Target.

This is a product review for Organizher. All opinions are 100% mine.

Happy Organizing!!

P.S. I just wanted to share that my new friend Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is sharing our home today for her Feature Friday series!! I got to meet Rhoda last week at the Haven Conference and she is just as sweet, beautiful, and gracious as you would think she is from reading her blog. She is an amazing DIY/design blogger, but I’m sure most of you already know that ;) Go on over to Southern Hospitality and see all of Rhoda’s great projects and say hello for me! xoxo

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DIY Monday: Desk Reveal

I have had a whole weekend to work from my newly made over desk and I love it! Today I’m going to show you how I took a regular old computer desk and turned it into something chic and stylish.

DIY Desk Makeover

I started with our ten-year old computer desk. It’s your pretty standard inexpensive desk. It was one of those we need a computer desk and we are buying groceries purchases.  I am actually surprised at how well it has held up over the years. It only had a few scratches on the table top. Not bad for always being used, going through 3 moves, and two kids later!

This was our starting off point if you remember:

Desk Before

1. Clean It! The first thing I did was give it a good cleaning with TSP paint prep. You can buy this at any home improvement store and it is usually right in the paint aisle.

Painting Prep

2. Sand It! I let it dry thoroughly and then sanded the top of the desk since there were some fine scratches and I wanted to make sure the paint would be smooth. After the surface had been prepped the fun began!

3. Paint It! Since this piece will eventually be against a library wall of white shelving I wanted some contrast. I chose black because I love black and white together. I also chose an eggshell finish. I removed the old hardware and started painting.

DIY Desk Makeover

I opted to roll on the paint on the desk top for an ultra smooth finish. I really like Purdy brushes and rollers. I selected a roller for smooth surfaces and it worked like a charm. I did two coats (I let it dry 3 hours between coats) and then let it dry overnight.

4. Measure & Design It! I wanted a very customized look for this desk. This was the most tedious part by far. I designed a simple pattern to paint on top.

DIY Desk Makeover

Once I marked all my measurements, I taped it off and then traced my pattern. To get ready to paint it, I taped outside the pattern.

DIY Desk Makeover

DIY Desk Makeover

6. Add a Surprise! I was so happy to find this black and white contact paper at TJ Maxx. They had so many great patterns and colors. I actually picked up some others for future projects. This is exactly what I wanted. It’s a nice unexpected surprise when I pull the drawer out.

DIY Desk Makeover

7. Change Out That Hardware! I found a whole bag of these vintage brass and ceramic knobs at a flea market. They wanted $1.25 for the whole bag! I’m sure I can find something else to use the rest of them on.

DIY Desk Makeover

8. Protect It! This desk is going to be used daily so I wanted to protect my handiwork and make sure the top was easy to clean. I measured the desk top and went to my local glass store and had them cut a piece of glass to my specifications. This ran a little over $30. I am so glad I did because I love the added shine and it really is so easy to clean. I think it also gives my little desk a more expensive look.

DIY Desk Makeover

Here’s the finished product:

DIY Desk Makeover

DIY Desk Makeover

I wanted something that would blend in with the room when I’m not using the computer. I didn’t want it to look like an office. I think it’s coming together.

DIY Desk Makeover

My laptop fits nicely in the drawer and the chair is the perfect height for it. That was a lucky find indeed!

DIY Desk Makeover

DIY Desk Makeover

DIY Desk Makeover

Here’s a shot from the other side of the room.

DIY Desk Makeover

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What I’m Loving Right Now: Books Books Books

Dave and I have been planning our library wall (which I will reveal the plans for soon) and we have been on the hunt for books to fill it with. We are picky book buyers though and this is a problem when you need to fill up an entire long wall of shelves. We only buy ones that are hardcover and that we will read, have read, or the kids will read. When we reveal our library I fear it will not look like a library at all but just a wall of shelves. Hopefully, when the time comes we will have enough to play with.

Here’s some inspiration and a glimpse of the direction we are going with our own library plans. We have decided to put the library wall behind my desk in the living room. Here’s my desk inspiration that I shared before…

Desk Styling



We are thinking of a library wall something like these…

Library Plans


Library Plans


Library Plans



…but on a budget. We will have to take a day trip to the magical land of Ikea (YAY!) and get the shelving. We have come up with some great ways to make it look built-in and upscale. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Happy Thursday!!


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Romanian Pens

Romanian Pens

I am taking a detour from DIY Monday today to introduce you to something near and dear to our family’s heart. I’ve shared in the past pieces of our faith and walk with Christ. Dave has been so blessed to be able to go on 2 missions trips over to Rast, Romania. The team he was a part of  has helped build a church and a soccer or “fotbal” field for the community and church’s use. They have also provided VBS for the kids on these trips too.  His first trip over to Rast was a game changer. He felt God’s presence in a way he had never felt before and our lives have been forever changed.

Dave in Romania

In that particular part of Romania, work is hard to come by. A lot of times adults have to travel far away for work and be away from their families for long stretches of time. One of the members of our church has supplied equipment and has been teaching the art of wooden pen making to a few of the resident church members in hopes that this will supply them with needed income. Damastin is one of the artisan pen makers. To read Damastin’s testimony click here.

Damastin & Dave working

Dave with Damastin working at the church.

Here are a couple of the pens that we have purchased. They are absolutely beautiful and very high quality. They would make a perfect gift.

Romanian Pens

Romanian Pens

Romanian Pens

Aren’t they just beautiful!?! These pens start at just $20 and you would be making such a difference in the lives of a people who are part of God’s family. I would love for you to consider supporting them with a purchase of these pens.

To visit the Romanian Pens website and learn more or see all the pen offerings and make a purchase just 


Romanian Pens

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I also have a link in the sidebar.

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Week in Review: Organizing, Spring Color, Office Plans, & More

It has been a gloomy week weather-wise in these parts.  The rain has washed most of the snow away and it is just gray. Then it was just cold and snowed off and on again but nothing stuck. It’s been a great excuse to get some things organized around here. Thank you for all your kind words on our new site and layout. You guys are the best!  If you want to see a new post about it click here. Here’s our weekly recap so grab your coffee and enjoy!

DIY Monday.

drop zone

I shared our newly organized drop zone. You can get details on how we built our coat rack, our fabric pinboard, and all the scoop on what products I used to organize it. Just click here.

Great Reads.


On Tuesday, we featured another great DIY/Design blog. Lo blogs at A Lo and Behold Life and has some really great ideas.  To see the details click here.

Little Things.



On Wednesday, I shared my new favorite line of organization supplies. See what Organizeher products I used in my Organization Station and links to their product line. Just click here.

What I’m Loving Right Now.

After: A Pop of Color

On Thursday I shared my latest color obsession for spring. I love this pop of blue in our bedroom. Bright and cheery!  To see more click here.

On the horizon…

This weekend we’ve kicked around a couple of things. A possible day trip to a town we love or working on the kitchen some more. I vote day trip! Dave and I must discuss. We shall see…

I am also going to be moving some furniture around to accommodate my little desk. Here’s how indecisive I am about the office situation: First, I was going to make an office space in our basement family room. Then, I opted for it to be in the kitchen. One morning, I thought I’ll just move the guest room downstairs and make that my office. Now, I am toying with having it in our bedroom or living room upstairs. I’ve finally settled on this idea:  that I really only need a desk and chair since I blog on my laptop and that we will have the family computer downstairs with the printer, etc. I like the idea of keeping it upstairs and having it blend in with our surroundings and not look like an office.

Here’s my inspiration:

Desk in Living Room


Desk in Living Room


Desk in Living Space


The first image wins me over.

And as chances are…

I found the perfect lamp on an impromptu Goodwill stop.

Thursday, I played around and finally settled on the desk in the living room. Boy, do I have my work cut out for me! I have a desk to paint and make fabulous,  an awesome Goodwill lamp to fix, and two ottomans to reupholster and other little things to make it how I want it. It will be fun and of course I’ll be blogging those projects soon!

And Look! I actually blogged from my new UNFINISHED workspace the other day. YAY!

New Workspace

If you want to see lots of photos of my cute kids, the food I eat, clothes I wear, Dave and his obsession with buying old projectors, or glimpses of upcoming projects I invite you to connect on Instagram.

I mean, why wouldn’t you want to see all that, right?

I wish you all a fabulous weekend and the office drama is to be continued….


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You can still vote for my nightstand in Emily’s contest here.

I’d love your vote!

Nightstand Contest

Little Things: Organizher

Little Things

As simple as…



Today I am featuring Mead’s Organizher product line. For DIY Monday I showed you our new Organized Drop Zone.

drop zone

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I wanted to share with you the Mead Organizher products I used on the side of my fridge. I needed something magnetic and these products rock!

Organizeher Products

The Organizher calendar is perfect for a busy family. It has a spot for each family member’s schedule and a place to plan out your meals. Plus, it’s large, which I like. You can use the magnets or hang it up.

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The magnetic notepad is perforated and gives a spot for two lists. One for shopping and one for “to-do’s”.


The magnetic mail holder has dry-erase labels. It is also magnetic or has hooks to hang on the wall. Super Handy!


I also purchased the Shopping Companion to keep in my purse. It has lists for groceries, shopping, and lots of folders to hold coupons.

shopping companion

When I find products I love, I just want to share them with everyone. The Mead Organizher line is sold exclusively at Target stores. It comes in several patterns and color options.

To view the full product line:

Organizeher by Mead

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You can still vote for my nightstand in Emily’s contest here.

I’d love your vote!

Nightstand Contest




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