Adios …

Adios …

Hi friends! Well, my kiddos have fall break right now, so I decided I’d give myself a fall break too!

I’ll be back in a week with all new before and afters for you. And to be honest, I need a bit of a break. Sometimes I feel trapped within my blog. It’s very content specific. You come here to see before and after pictures! So that’s what I serve for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all week.

But I would love to branch out a little more. Not a lot! I’m not nearly that creative or crafty. But I would like to get to know you — my dear reader — better, and I’d hope you’d like to get to know me a little better too.

So, I am welcoming any and all comments and questions! (Preferably of the kind and helpful variety).

What would you like to see more of? Less of? Anything specific you’d like to see here?Any burning questions you’ve been itching to ask? Would you prefer that I not use the words burning and itching in the same sentence?

I would love to hear your feedback.

I would also love to spiff up the blog design a bit as well, so if you can point me in the right direction, that would be appreciated too.

So, for now, I thought I’d introduced you to my family and answer a few of the questions I have been asked lately. I hope you enjoy!

This is what I look like:


Where are you from? I grew up in Arizona, but lived in Utah for a short time too, specifically Cedar City, where my husband and I went to college. Now we live west of Phoenix and are just trying to survive life with our three mildly rambunctious kids. (‘Mildly’ is putting it mildly).

How old are you? I’m 29, so big plans better be in the works for next year. (hint, hint friends and relatives).

How did you get the idea for your blog? I’ve always loved before and afters, (who doesn’t!) and my mom was probably getting sick of me calling up and being like “ok, you have to go to this website, click on this tab, scroll down until you find this one post, nope, check the archives… there! Do you see it? Isn’t that the coolest thing ever?!) So I started sticking them on a blog. Early versions of Better After included a mascot. It was a sheep. Get it? BaA? Yeah…


How did you and your husband meet? My devilishly handsome husband Matt and I actually grew up in the same little town in AZ, although we didn’t date until college. He ran with his crowd and I ran with mine, let’s just say. His crowd was the type to take off their shirts at prom and dance around in their bow-ties like Chippendales, for example.

Um, he’s totally not like that anymore. He’s very supportive, although he remains a bit mystified about all that is the blogosphere. Won’t you wish him happy birthday today?

What does your husband do? He’s the assistant principal at a high school in Phoenix. Now he’s the one busting kids at prom, ha ha!

How many kids do you have? We have three, two boys and a girl. None of our kids are what you might call … calm. Or quiet. Not a one.

Blake, the big brother. Likes reading, sports and making money. He’s digging through his toybox right now to have himself a little yardsale.


Koy, the middle child. This was the only picture I could get of him: he does NOT stand still. And he needs a haircut. And he REALLY likes wearing camo. He loves to help me bake and can usually be found wearing the oven mitts around the house.

Mia, the little princess. She can go from this…


to this in a heartbeat. Especially when there is food involved. She is angry that I took away the carton of ice cream she had helped herself to. “I had my pink fork out and everything, MOM!”

Do you photoshop the pictures you post on your blog? Sometimes I do, mainly to crop out clutter in the background, or else I might remove an electrical cord or something that is distracting.
And yes, I did photoshop myself in my picture. The zit fairy has been especially unkind to me lately. Just keeping it real. But don’t plan on seeing the original picture anytime soon, I’m not keeping it that real!

Here’s a little photoshopping before and after for you, cuz that’s what I do:


So, that’s us in a nutshell. If there’s anything more you’d like to know, ask away!
Would you like some photoshoping tips and tricks? (I can help!)

Picture taking advice? (Yeah, don’t ask, that one is NOT my strong point. Did you see my pictures up there? I don’t know if the camera is supposed to be facing the sun, if the subject is or what. And Koy dropped my camera so it is being held together with electrical tape).

Just stick to the before and afters? Let me know your thoughts!
I’d love to hear from you and I’d love to hear your ideas on improving my blog.
Thank you so much for reading! I’m so grateful to have you here and love each and every comment and email I receive. Have a great week!

Loving my hopeful new Lisa Leonard necklace, which I was planning to wear in my picture, but I left it at my grandma’s! Gosh dang it!

And say hello to my sponsors, I appreciate them so much!




  1. October 8, 2010 / 10:37 PM

    I just recently found your site- and I really enjoy the before and afters. They are quick, and I can scroll through and drool while taking a small break from the kids. I can’t exactly get all wrapped up in long diy instructions and posts. I love the couple pictures, wham bam, thank you ma’am!

  2. October 8, 2010 / 10:39 PM

    Maybe some brief instructionals on how to perform some of the techniques, every once in a while?

  3. October 8, 2010 / 10:43 PM

    Thanks for sharing who you are. I check in everyday because your site always makes me feel happy and inspired. I do a lot of before and afters myself but never blog about them not worth it. LOL! I was excited to know we live in the same state. Most of the Blogs I keep an eye on are on the East Coast. Very Crafty people over there!

  4. October 8, 2010 / 10:52 PM

    I have been reading your blog for a while and now I find out we have so much in common! I lived in AZ for about four years in Glendale. My Mom lives in Surprise right now and I sooo miss it…it’s home to me. After that I moved to Layton, Utah because my now hubby was stationed there and we lived there for five years! AND, I just found a table the other day and thought to myself that I should get it, redo it and submit it to you! It looks like the 4th of July threw up all over this poor table. Somebody had a little too much punch at the parade and got paint happy all over it! Anyway, I will take some photos and try to get to it but it might be a while…I’m lazy like that…lol

    Well, it was nice “meeting” you and your family. You are all adorable! Take care!

  5. October 8, 2010 / 10:59 PM

    I’ve been introduced to so many awesome blogs though yours, so thanks for the inspiration!!

    Also, our families are freakishly similar. My hubby and I grew up in the same small town in AZ, but didn’t know each other until I was in college. We have two boys, 8 and 5, and a little girl who’s 2. 🙂

  6. October 8, 2010 / 11:03 PM

    What a beautiful family! Okay, I’m not going to read the other comments before I pitch in my two cents worth. I have just lately found your blog, and I am so loving the before and after pics with your witty comments and blog links. I think it’s perfect just the way it is. Now with that said, I’ll go read the other comments while you give that baby back her ice cream. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful fall break!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  7. October 8, 2010 / 11:11 PM

    Definitely keep your witty humor, I love it! I don’t know if this is an issue with my computer settings or not, but I wish that I could see all if both the before and after pictures at the same time. I kind of have to crop the top of one and the bottom of the other. No writing between the photos helps and you are good about that.

    An idea that still runs with the before and after theme that I think is interesting would be to show an unfinished product and how two or more people finished them. I find it fascinating to see how different paint colors, techniques and materials can make the same piece of wood look completely different.

    I absolutely love before and afters, so thank you for putting them in one place with a fun dialog!

  8. October 8, 2010 / 11:11 PM

    i like your blog just the way it is! your comments are witty and fun. and you always include the link to the actual project. which i love because i have found many fabulous blogs that way. so i say just keep doing what you are doing as far as content. but if you want to change up or jazz up the appearance…go for it! new are fresh looks are always fun!

  9. October 8, 2010 / 11:20 PM

    hey, I’m 29 too! It always makes me happy how many other amazing bloggers out there are my age!

    Content wise, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love having just the before and after in one place. I love that you link to the blog itself (if there is one), and your commentary makes me laugh.

    However, if you want to jazz up the site, GO FOR IT! Then you can do your own Before and After with your blog!

  10. October 8, 2010 / 11:32 PM

    I look forward to each new post and enjoy reading your commentary as much as I enjoy looking at the before and afters. I’m constantly amazed at how original each description is and that you are able to come up with something new and fun to say every time! Whatever you decide to do, I will continue to be a huge fan!

  11. October 8, 2010 / 11:41 PM

    I love your blog. I love the pictures but my favorite part is your commentary. You are hilarious! So if you kept it the same or wrote more I would love either way.
    It was great to meet you and your family. Have a nice break!

  12. October 8, 2010 / 11:46 PM

    I love your blog…and I don’t think you need to change a thing unless you want a change! And your family is super cute!! 🙂

  13. October 8, 2010 / 11:54 PM

    I wish I had your wit and sense of humor! I adore your site, and as talented as you are, whatever you decide to add will only enhance it. And if you decide to leave it as is, you are still a winner! Keep up the good work, enjoy your break, and love on those kids and hubby.
    P.S. I think you are just lovely!

  14. October 8, 2010 / 11:55 PM

    I really enjoy your blog. Makeovers, my favorite thing. You have a cute family and I didn’t know you’re an Arizonian too.

  15. October 9, 2010 / 12:17 AM

    I think you do a great job. Keep up the great work! I think your kids are the cutest things on the planet. They probably take after their aunt.

  16. October 9, 2010 / 12:18 AM

    I adore your blog! Don’t change a thing. Ok, and I about fell off my chair…….I live in Cedar City!

  17. October 9, 2010 / 12:23 AM

    I love your blog! I check it out all the time. I just do not comment much…sorry…I am lucky to get to look with my crazy busy life! But, I am actually looking for a black and white room/rooms pics…I need an inspiration pic for my den. Thanks for all you do here! Love it!

  18. October 9, 2010 / 12:32 AM

    I LOVE your blog. I am not a crafty or creative person, and you give me ideas!

    My only suggestions are… maybe a how-to here and there.

    And, maybe you could keep a post up for a little bit longer. I think I miss a bunch because I only check once a day!

    Enjoy your time off! We don’t have fall breaks in Florida… Maybe because we don’t really have a fall?

  19. October 9, 2010 / 12:35 AM

    You do have a great sense of writing and sense of humor. I totally think you could blog about other ‘things’ whatever they may be in between the before and afters since your wit is so enjoyable. Like the glasses post was great.

    This girl does really nice sites (not sure of your budget…and not sure what she charges for custom design)

  20. October 9, 2010 / 12:44 AM

    Hi – great blog! I echo another poster’s comments that I like the quick format of the short explanation and pics. The links to the original source are great if we are interested in more. I don’t have much time to scroll around the web for inspiring ideas – you do all that hard work for us! Plus, I sneak a peek often at work as a quick break, so I LOVE that you update these several times a day. Love, love, love your humor. Reading the intro is always worth it 🙂 Keep up the great work! Have a great hiatus!

  21. October 9, 2010 / 12:48 AM

    Love your blog, hope i survive the week without any new posts! Tell Matt – Happy Birthday, it is my hubby’s birthday today too.

  22. October 9, 2010 / 12:57 AM

    First off, thanks for your blog. It is one I check daily for inspiration. It never ceases to amaze me how many DIYers there are and how you seem to always find the best of the best.

    Second, your family is adorable!

    Third, I’d LOVE to see a tutorial every once in a while, maybe every Saturday or something. Especially on those crazy-good before/afters that probably always has people wondering, “How’d they do that?” Another thing that would be neat would be some “interviews” with some of the regular before/after masters that you feature.

    Again, thanks for blogging and enjoy your break!!

  23. October 9, 2010 / 1:11 AM

    I understand taking a break…good for you. However, I’ll miss checking out your posts! I like the befores/afters. It’s quick and to the point. I also like that you give the sites in case more info is wanted. Great family…thanks for sharing.

  24. October 9, 2010 / 1:43 AM

    I love your blog. It’s really the only ‘home improvement’ blog I follow. I’m typically a lurker, but I still check everyday. It’s so quick and easy and perfect.
    I have my Mom hooked, too.
    Don’t change a thing!

  25. October 9, 2010 / 1:44 AM

    So nice to finally ‘meet’ you! Love your blog, it makes getting ideas sooooo much easier! You have a beautiful family, have a great break!!!!

  26. October 9, 2010 / 1:51 AM

    You and your hubby make a very lovely couple…and yes, he is handsome!!! Your children are adorable. My granddaughter is named Mia! My advice about your blog is DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! I enjoy your before & afters, but I can see where you might get bored doing the same thing over and over…I would. Maybe you could choose one day each week (or 2) and let that be your B&A day. If you feel tied to your blog or feel obligated to it, then it loses it’s enjoyment for you. Even if you lost some of your readers, I can promise you there would be new ones to come along. Life is too short to do something you really don’t enjoy doing!

  27. October 9, 2010 / 2:06 AM

    I adore your blog! My 9 yr old daughter likes to read it with me. I love your witty remarks, too!

    I say take it in any direction you wish– I’ll be here!

  28. October 9, 2010 / 2:10 AM

    LOVE this blog…
    so Adios- enjoy your time off-
    please oh please come back with a vengeance 🙂

    Happy Birthday to the chippendales dancer! 😉

    p.s. cedar city is in my hometown corner of the world (St George 🙂
    which sadly I havent lived in for years….

  29. October 9, 2010 / 2:23 AM

    Enjoy your time off. You certainly have earned it! Since crafting isn’t your thing and there are so many out there already, how about letting someone guest post each week to promote their blog that falls into what your readers are interested in? You could have a designated day for that and promos and such. This wouldn’t add to your load with 3 kids and a husband and might give you a regular break. And, no, i haven’t read anyone’s comments so please forgive me if I’m repeating someone else’s ideas.

  30. October 9, 2010 / 2:26 AM

    Beautiful family! All of you.

    I love your blog and seeing the before and after pictures. You always have clever things to say along with the pics.

    Have a great fall break with your kiddos. We’ll be here when you get back.
    ♥ Joy

  31. October 9, 2010 / 2:34 AM

    If it ain’t broke…

    Of course, if you would like to post about something else once in a while then you are welcome to become a contributor over at We would love to have you!



  32. October 9, 2010 / 3:23 AM

    Oh! How do I LOVE “Better / After”
    I never miss one of your posts.
    (I will miss you while you are away)
    I followed many a blogger after reading about them here… Love your whit… your little added something to each B/A.
    I did love the post about your little princess & her tantrum… it let us see a little into your life…
    Have a relaxing time away… BUT Please hurry back

  33. October 9, 2010 / 3:32 AM

    You had better believe we bloggers photo-shop our own pictures!! Hello! That’s why it’s better after!
    Have a great week off, I will try to think of some things that I would like to see here, but honestly you are in my Google Reader honey and I will look at you whatever you feel like writing about!

  34. October 9, 2010 / 3:44 AM

    This is probably not so helpful, but I honestly love your blog just the way it is. As much as I love seeing everyone’s crafts and projects, I just don’t have the time to scroll through a whole tutorial I’m not planning to use anyway. There is already plenty of that out there, but your blog is unique, succinct, and SO much fun! And it has inspired me so much more than other blogs. I don’t always want to copy someone else’s project step by step, but I love getting inspiration from your blog to be creative and do my own thing. Sometimes your posts are like a challenge to get out there and make something over that is totally unexpected. (Quick! What else can I spray paint & modge podge? A light fixture? A doorknob? My children?) And if I REALLY want detailed instructions, you always provide links to the original posts, which usually include steps. Seriously, I think you’ve hit on the perfect system.

    Of course, having said that, I would read anything you chose to post, as long as you keep using your great sense of humor! Your intros always crack me up! And this blog is YOURS so you make the rules. Anything direction you choose to go is the right one. 🙂

    Beautiful family, by the way. 🙂

  35. October 9, 2010 / 3:57 AM

    I love to look at before and afters too. I have a friend who does blog designs. Here is her website: don’t know if thats your style or not, but she does a really good job. Have a blessed day!

  36. October 9, 2010 / 4:00 AM

    I pretty much love your blog because I think you’re hilarious. Oh plus all the cool before and afters. I like that each is linked to the tutorial on the owners blog, but you don’t have to go through the whole post on yours. Quick and simple. I think you should for sure stick with the theme of your blog, because that is what I come for. 🙂

    If I would change anything, maybe just make your two side columns on the right, and have your post column on the side, with a white background. Adding a nav bar under the header for your larger categories, about me, etc also would be cool, it makes things easily readable.

    Keep being awesome.

  37. October 9, 2010 / 4:43 AM

    I really enjoy your blog, but I imagine it takes loads of time! It’s all I can do to get one post out a day, let alone 3 or 4! I love your humor though. I think that’s sometimes the best thing about your blog. You are so witty, dahling. Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself and enjoy your week.

  38. October 9, 2010 / 7:57 AM

    I really like the way you have your blog now. But that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t like it even more if you add some more of your own content!

    What I really, really love is the way you write your posts. You have a great sense of humor, and it definitely shows through in your writing. LOVE IT! It’s always nice to come here and not only be inspired but also have a laugh! 🙂

  39. October 9, 2010 / 7:59 AM

    P.S. You have a precious and adorable family..

  40. October 9, 2010 / 12:41 PM

    Hey there! I LOVE you blog! It is one of my favs and the little paragraph you write to introduce each piece is priceless! Please KEEP doing that. I love your sense of humor and play on words (says the word nerd). Seeing all the great b&a is truly inspiring and I even have some of my own I’ve been planning on (someday) sending your way.

    Enjoy your little family this week and thanks for introducing them all to us. Oh, and Happy Birthday to your main man!

  41. October 9, 2010 / 1:41 PM

    I absolutely love your blog. I think what I love most is your commentary! You are the most clever and funny writer I know! I can’t think of anything you could change…

  42. October 9, 2010 / 2:21 PM

    I have been reading your blog for awhile now and love it. Take all the time you need. I used to feel like I had to post everyday and now I post about once a week. Life’s to crazy and the kiddos are only small for a little while. Go take a breather and you’ll come back feeling refreshed. And try not to limit yourself. Blog about what interests you too. You have to make yourself happy too, not just your readers.

  43. October 9, 2010 / 2:23 PM

    Hoorah for Cedar City! And Phoenix. It’s amazing how connected Southern Utah is to Phoenix, it’s like Sedona and Phoenix everyone’s been there.

    I used to live about 1/2 mile from ASU campus (with my fam) and I’ve also lived in St. George.

    Now I live in South Dakota… I know, wow, huh.

  44. October 9, 2010 / 4:18 PM

    I LOVE your blog, I am very happily addicted 🙂 I, too, am from a small town west of Phoenix, to be specific, Buckeye. I think it’s neat to find ppl from here to blog-stalk 🙂 My husband is in the military (currently in Japan) so I love to look at your stuff and find inspiration for the projects I will complete one day! 🙂

  45. October 9, 2010 / 6:59 PM

    Hi! I’m curious about how you pick the before and afters that go on your site? Are they your favorites? Do you post everything you can find?
    I especially like ones where I like the “before” better than the after…. It’s a bit of a shock!

  46. October 9, 2010 / 7:08 PM

    I have a question for you: When did you find out you were such a hottie? And how are you going to keep your boys from going crazy during the break? It’s only Saturday, and mine is going nuts already. *B

  47. October 9, 2010 / 9:33 PM

    I don’t have suggestions, I just have a comment… a kind one 🙂 I LOVE this blog, totally perfect and straight to the point… I think you are humorous and I like that! I guess if I did give a suggestion maybe a little more personal stuff occasionally! just like you did today! Love it

  48. October 10, 2010 / 12:39 AM

    Photoshopping help PLEASE…I am totally by my Photoshop Elements 8…so far…a total waste of my money!!!
    BUt your blog is wonderful…I keep it on my blog list and keep up with you!!!


  49. October 10, 2010 / 1:06 AM

    It was fun to learn about YOU for a change! I love your blog (and not just because you featured me)!! You are a very clever writer!

  50. October 10, 2010 / 1:45 AM

    Love your content; please don’t change this!! Love that your blog is not too wordy! You like language and use it effectively. It’s quite entertaining. (I know you won’t change that. whew!) A design change would be fun; change that all you like! But please don’t deviate much from your content. Absolutely love it!!

  51. October 10, 2010 / 2:43 AM

    1. You’re super cute. Good work on that. 🙂
    2. Love your blog… wouldn’t change a thing (though I understand your desire to).
    3. Maybe throw in a FunkyFriday kind of post- a deviation from the norm? But quite frankly, I check your blog MULTIPLE times a day for some fresh inspiration. I love that you’re short and sweet- with a bit of sass. It’s entertaining to read, but nice to not HAVE to read. Ya know?

    Anyway, you do a great job, and I’m not worried you’ll stop. I mean, hey- it’s YOUR blog (and, you know, life). Do what you want! I’ll still keep an “eye” on you- either way. 🙂

    4. Enjoy your break. You deserve it.

  52. October 10, 2010 / 2:49 AM

    Hi- Nice to “meet” you! I love your blog. Who doesn’t love before and afters? But yours is one of my favs because of your witty commentary : ) Enjoy your Fall break!

  53. October 10, 2010 / 2:51 AM

    ok…one more thing…I love your blog banner too…AND you have the ‘leg lamp’ from “The Christmas Story” in it! One of my favorite movies of all time. It was actually filmed where I live (Cleveland, OH).

  54. October 10, 2010 / 3:02 AM

    Oh, I love that you came out from behind your blog to say hi – I always wondered who ran this lovely site.

    Just wanted to say keep it up. I love seeing all these before and after shots. But definitely feel free to tell us more “you stuff” too!

  55. October 10, 2010 / 4:47 AM

    We have two things in common. I live in AZ..Flagstaff to be exact and my Hubs is also named Matt. 🙂
    I LOVE your blog. I really do. How you can make it better? Beyond me. I really love the simplicity of it. A little banter and then the Before and After. You are my quickest blog post check. 🙂 Have fun on your break. Oh and that picture of your crying Mia..well it’s a hoot.

  56. October 10, 2010 / 6:03 AM

    I don’t think you need to change a thing! I love before & after’s of all kinds!

    Also, I didn’t realize you’re a fellow Phoenician! ;o) I’m at I-17 & Greenway!

  57. October 10, 2010 / 6:55 AM

    I totally just found your blog today! So glad I sis! I love all your b&a’s. We live in the west valley also, so we are on fall break too. I am loving the nice weather so we can finally play outside again!

  58. October 10, 2010 / 4:43 PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your site- MY absolute favorite one that I follow. The first thing I do in the morning, with a bowl of cereal in hand (and before I wake my 3 sleeping girls for school) I ALWAYS take time to check in with your blog and wake up inspired by your posts. Your Wit is very entertaining and I often read them out loud to my 15 year old because I think they are funny enough to share! Recently I have started my very first “afters”! Before your blog I found old scratched things…well old and scratched, not worth anything but a thrift store tax write off. Now after following your blog for 5 months I’m in the process of priming and painting a headboard, two nightstands and a mirror for our guest bedroom. ALL because of YOU! So I happily encourage you to take your 7 day break but PLEASE come back I’m NOT a morning person and if you were to stop blogging it would seriously upset the nature of my morning routine. THANK YOU For all your hard work!

  59. October 10, 2010 / 7:32 PM

    I LOVE your blog! I love it just the way it is. I check it several times a day. I have found several blogs thru your blog that I follow now. Thanx for all your hard work.

    You are beautiful and so is your family. Enjoy your time off.


  60. October 10, 2010 / 10:36 PM

    I love your blog too. I really enjoy your witty intros to the before and after photos. I would love to see a tutorial every once in a while and more kid stuff makeovers. I really like the projects that don’t involve new counter tops or having to learn how to do upholstery.

  61. October 11, 2010 / 3:28 AM

    I enjoy your blog. It is well written and fun. I enjoy collecting trash and making something new. My friends are now calling me when they see good trash. My son is like your husband. Crazy in high school and college, now an assistant high school principal in Austin, TX. The kids cannot do anything that he didn’t do or think about doing. Well, he also heard a lot of stories from his father. I am a retired school teacher and now I spend my days creating and blogging.

  62. October 11, 2010 / 3:34 AM

    Oh my goodness I LOVE that you decided to post photos!! I’ve always wondered what you looked like! As for your blog idea/content I think it’s brilliant that you post others projects the way you do. I love it!

  63. October 11, 2010 / 6:22 AM

    I think you are doing an excellent job! Your family is adorable! I am a new reader and look forward to learning. I am an interior designer and my business is doing very well. I just really need to learn about painting and refinishing furnishings! So glad I found you. If you need any ideas I love helping and sharing. I will let you know if I can help in any way. I know you have many fans but I wanted to share my sites with you if you ever just need inspiration or funny stories about other energetic children! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful fall break!
    Melissa Clark
    Salt Lake City Utah

  64. October 11, 2010 / 9:54 AM

    I like your blog BECAUSE it consists of NOTHING BUT one Before picture and one After. That’s all I need! Because, like you, I’m absolutely addicted to seeing a good BaA. I like your comments too – short and witty. So, I think other topics would only delute what is now excellent. I liked learning about you and your family, but as far as I’m concerned, you can make that post into a permanent link “About me and my family” or something like that, for those who want to know more about you. We, the other addicts of Before and After, come to your site mainly (and only) because it consists of nothing but Before and After pics! You’re doing a wonderful job, thank you very much for this great site, please keep it that way.

    Now, as far as the look of the site itself is concerned, I think there could be some improvements. I’d love the left colon to be much narrower, or skip it and move the broad, main colon to be the first from the left. I’d keep all your regular links above the commercials, so one doesn’t have to scroll deep down through all the commercials to reach the Archives. I pretty much like what did on their site – it’s very easy and practical to find things and it looks nice too. And although I like your background pattern, it doesn’t look nice to me when it’s behind the text, or next to the light-blue boxes. I’d prefer white background behind text, or monocolor very light gray. As far as that is concerned I think did a very nice job in designing their site and keeping it easy to read and also elegant.

    Best wishes!

  65. October 11, 2010 / 12:54 PM

    love the blog! (and those cute kids!!) I really enjoy the Before & After, and along that vein I love a good tutorial. I rescue and paint furniture for a hobby (which is why I love your blog; it gives me so many ideas) so I’d love it if the tutorials were along the lines of the projects you feature.

  66. October 11, 2010 / 11:56 PM

    I came here for the wonderful before & afters you post. They often give me ideas for my own projects.
    However, I wouldn’t care what you blogged about, I love the way you write! You are so witty and funny!

    I am from NV, my husband also graduated from Cedar City (SUU) and he is also chaperoning the dances 😉
    Enjoy your mini vacation!

  67. October 12, 2010 / 5:03 AM

    Thanks for the info about yourself. Your kids are great!! I love the tantrum picture of your daughter. lol

    Nice to see a photo with a face. wow to be 29 again!! It all goes so fast. I’ll be 49 in a few weeks and I swear my 30th party was a few weeks ago. lol

    Enjoy your break and no laughing when you see a stoolio. lol


  68. October 12, 2010 / 2:11 PM

    I love the befores and afters. I think a blog redesign is a great idea … I prefer blogs that are less cluttered and more streamlined. You have a beautiful family! I have three high-energy boys (7, 6 and 2-and-a-half), so I can relate!

  69. October 12, 2010 / 3:05 PM

    Have a wonderful week off! Thanks for letting us in to your personal world a bit…you are freaking cute! Photoshopped or not!

    Thanks for this blog and the inspiration you host!

    xo, cassie

  70. October 12, 2010 / 8:49 PM

    I love your Before and Afters and think you should keep it up. But if you are getting bored than add a page of your own Before and Afters or have a linky contest each week for people to link up their own before and afters of the week and pick the one you think is best and highlight it each week. I think you could mix in anything you are interested in between the Before and Afters…but you’ve created a perfect little niche for yourself and you should not give it up.

  71. October 13, 2010 / 12:20 AM

    Well you know I love your Before and After thing you do so well! But I totally get your need for branching out a little too! Hmm do I hear a second blog tapping on your door?! Ok, that might sound crazy I know with three ADORABLE kids to take care of and all that, but it might keep the masses happy and you happy too!

    Maybe you could alternate days and do a posts on each blog on different days. Do you want to slap me yet?! 😉

    Whatever you decide to do, you will do it with grace, panache, and wonderful style…because that’s just how you are! Enjoy your little break!

    Kat 🙂

  72. October 13, 2010 / 5:37 AM

    I find myself still coming by the last couple of days when I know there’s nothing new! 🙂

    I love your blog. I agree with so many others that it is nice to have just the quick blurb- if I’m interested how they did it, I’ll go to their blog and see.

    I do think it would be fun to have some guest posters maybe who do some of the crafts- just to explain the process sometimes. I know I’ve learned so much in the past few months just by reading what other people have done. I’ve been inspired to redo my kitchen, a dining room table, and countless other “small” projects. You’ve posted a couple of them, and I’m so flattered every time! ( if you want to see some new smaller things.)

    Super cute family by the way! 🙂

  73. October 13, 2010 / 3:30 PM

    Oh how funny! I love your blog. I’ve been inspired to do numerous projects in my house because of your posts. I went to highschool with your husband, had a crush on him in junior high, and was in your ward growing up. What a trip to see your cute family and find out that you are the author of this blog I love.

  74. October 14, 2010 / 1:53 AM

    Awww, such a beautiful family!! You can do whatever you want with your blog, just don’t EVER change your writing style. Seriously, I love it. 🙂

  75. October 14, 2010 / 12:39 PM

    I’ve been reading your site daily for a long time now. I started reading for the before and afters. Now I read more because you are just freaking hilarious. I would LOVE to read about any kind of random musings you write about. Better After is a great blog though. It’s nice to scroll through the pictures and navigate the archives to get ideas. I know it’s a lot but have you ever considered starting a second blog? Just a thought.

  76. October 14, 2010 / 3:05 PM

    You are so pretty and what a beautiful family you have! I love love love the blog. It inspires me to do more and more on my home! Blogs like yours taught me that I don’t necessarily need to buy something NEW – but can find beauty in almost anything with a little bit of creativity!

    Oh, and happy birthday to your hubs! It’s MY hubs’ birthday today too! 🙂

    Keep up the good work! We all love your blog!

    Brandi Nell

  77. October 15, 2010 / 6:28 PM

    I read your before and afters all the time! I love them and am working on some to send you. Anyone can send, right? I am 29, too and grew up in Cedar City, then went to SUU. Do I know you? Anyway, I love what you do. It would be cool if you added stuff or stayed the same! It’s an awesome idea blog.

  78. October 15, 2010 / 11:44 PM

    Oh, it’s so nice to see your little face! You are so pretty and look at your sweet family! I love your blog and I know I don’t comment as much as I should but I do love coming to visit to see what has been changed to something lovely!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia 😉

  79. October 16, 2010 / 1:39 AM

    you’re very funny! sometimes I just click your blog to see the title, not even the furniture or feature.
    love it!
    I’m sure you’ll find a way to mix it up a bit. all i can offer is the person who is redesgining my blog right now…
    very creative AND afforadable!

  80. October 17, 2010 / 5:50 PM

    Oh my goodness, your whole family is freakin’ adorable! Thanks for introducing yourself to us! I love your before & afters — it’s nice to have all that inspiration in one place! — but it’s also cool to read more about the person behind the blog.

  81. November 9, 2010 / 1:04 AM

    wow – hey lindsey. I look at your blog all the time & only realized who you were when you posted it! Love your blog!

  82. January 11, 2011 / 9:57 PM

    Heeyyyy! I just stumbled on your blog and had to comment when I saw that you went to SUU…I did too! Class of 95 🙂

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