All about Courtney

Hi!  I’m Courtney, and I’m so glad you’re here!  This is my little slice of blog heaven where I can post about all of the things that I love most: crafting, home decor, baking, and organization!!

Three words that others often use to describe me are: creative, organized, and a planner.

I consider myself to be a pretty creative person with an extreme passion to create new things.  I love decorating (and redecorating) a house until it feels like a home and I am always looking for the next project… if only our budget allowed me to do it all in the time frame I originally had in mind.  Anyone else out there have this problem?  :)

Some say I’m OCD when it comes to organization… Everything has a special place and I love to  group and color-coordinate like items!  Containers, buckets and baskets are my friends… I am always on the lookout for ones that can add to a beautiful home decor when displayed.  I am also known to label EVERYTHING because I believe it makes life easier… especially when you want others to help put things back where they belong!

Lastly, I was born a planner and I never leave the house without my planner or a notebook in tote (yes, I do it the old fashioned way because I love to write and I’m obsessed with colored pens)!  Ever since I was a small child, I’ve mapped out my entire life far into the future.  This plan has changed a number of times along the way and I’ve recently accepted that as just a part of life.  I have this dire need to have a plan in place at all times… even if it’s just a temporary one.  Without it, I feel completely lost and it usually results in a brief panic attack (luckily this has only happened a time or two in my whole life so far).

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I’ve spent the last 8 years as an Elementary teacher teaching grades K, 1, 3, & 4.  First grade is by far my favorite… I have taught it for five years and it holds one of the dearest places in my heart!  Due to a serious passion for all things literacy, I am also currently working on my masters in Reading Education as well as undergoing a dyslexia therapist preparation program.  On the side of teaching, I have plans of continuing to grow my portrait photography business and I plan to continue writing my blog.  I do love it when my plate is full!

I am happily married to the man of my dreams!  He means more to me than words can express.  He is my rock, my complimentary other half, and speaks for the left-side of my brain when I’m constantly overtaken by the right.  I couldn’t imagine life without him!

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We have the sweetest dog one could ever hope for.  His name is Hurley.  He is some kind of pit bull/great dane/lab mix.  We rescued him when he was about 3 months old after my sister-in-law found him in the feed shed at the animal wildlife sanctuary she worked at.  He has enriched our lives since day one!

 

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In June 2013, we expanded our family by rescuing another puppy. We call him Django {the D is silent}. He is very sweet and super snuggly,  but a little on the crazy side at times. He has a lot of anxiety when he’s alone, so we are trying to find a solution to keep him from destroying the house when we’re gone. He absolutely loves Hurley and likes to copy cat whatever he does.

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Here are a few extra tidbits about me:

  • I LOVE the holidays!  Christmas, Thanksgiving & Halloween are my absolute favorite!
  • Fall is my favorite season… I just wish we had it here in Texas.
  • My favorite things to do are photography, decorating, organizing, scrapbooking, and crafting.
  • I try to follow a Paleo lifestyle… I’m pretty good until the holidays hit.  Then, I have a hard time getting back on the wagon.
  • I love to bake!  Baking pies and cupcakes are my favorite.
  • My favorite food is fruit… strawberries, pineapple, green grapes, oranges, and apples with almond butter {yum!}
  • I love chick flicks… Sweet Home Alabama and The Holiday are two of my favs.
  • I love a good mystery book.  Mary Higgins Clark is my favorite author.
  • I’ve never had a cavity or broken a bone.
  • And last but not least, I have a HUGE fear of water and sharks thanks to watching Jaws at the early age of 4!

Well, that’s me in a nutshell.  Thanks for taking time out of your day to get to know me better.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog and come back to visit often!

Crafting a life homemade,

{courtney}