Thrifty Finds: Random Number box

You all know we LOVE a good thrift store find here at HSE.  There is something so exciting about the “hunt” and then the “what if” when you find an item that needs a good home and a little love.  Sometimes you find things that you have the perfect place for, sometimes you find things that just need a little cleaning and are good to go.  Other times you find things that you are unsure of their function…but they are just too cool to pass up.


Enter random number box…I was purusing  the aisles of my local Goodwill when I stumbled on a very cool looking, beat up wooden box with these random number dials.  I had NO clue what its original function was…but I just knew i needed to have it!!  What i loved about it is that it happened to have 4 number dials…just the right amount to display a special date perhaps?!?
number box combo

This was a SUPER simple update that gave this cool found object a new life!!  CLEAN IT / SAND IT / PAINT IT.  Seriously does not get easier than that!!  Once he was showing off his pretty new color, I turned the number dials to our wedding date (10.04.2008) as a little nod to a very special day!!  Right now he has the perfect home adding a little pop of color to my white framed collage wall (i promise i’ll get around to some pictures of that wall someday soon…promise!) and I must admit I smile a little extra when i catch a glimpse!!

081What kind of thrift store finds have you scored lately??  Any fun and easy DIY projects?? SHARE your projects here on HSE, we might just highlight them on the next episode of Thrifty Finds!!  Oh an P.s. Anyone know what this random find was originally used for?

Happy Crafting
~ Jillian

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Monday Mantra: will be

Happy Monday to you!  It is rainy and cloudy here in Georgia, which makes it a little bit tougher to get out of bed and get moving on a monday morning!!  We gambled with mother nature this weekend and decided to go Camping despite the nasty weather and not so sunny forecast.  Well we LUCKED out and the weather agreed with us!  A little chilly (especially for July) but we stayed dry and were able to enjoy a beautiful night camping right next to the water!!  Not going to lie, there were moments in the morning as we were packing up to head out that we thought we were crazy (thunder crashing in the background and TONS of rain falling down), but we were determined to get out there and make the best of the not-so-ideal conditions.  In the end we enjoyed a fabulous night with friends, sitting by the campfire enjoying our beautiful surroundings!  Just goes to show that sometimes when things seem like they are not going your way, hang in there, have faith and you might just be surprised at how fun the journey can be!!

“Whatever will be…will be”

camping(View from our campsite Sunday morning)

Happy Monday
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: trust

Happy post-4th of July weekend!  I hope you had a fabulous time celebrating.  We got in our fair share of Independence Day shenanigans and added a little extra to our “reasons to celebrate list” with a birthday bash for a very special birthday girl!  Lots of friends, family and good times!!  SO much good times in fact, that I’m still feeling a little tired today…All worth it though!  Spending so much time laughing and catching up with so many wonderful people reminds me of all of the blessings in our lives!  That no matter if things aren’t going the way we’ve planned them or how we think they should be, life is good!  We are fortunate and blessed with so much love around us.

“Trust that when the answer is no, there’s a better yes down the road”


Have a fabulous week
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: step

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend…we did!  It was a scheduled – unscheduled weekend!!  Meaning we purposely didn’t make any plans so that we could just roll with the punches and do what we felt like doing!  (those do NOT come along often!)  So we spent some time with friends, enjoyed the outdoors  (i have the sunburn to prove it) and caught up on a little relaxation!  When the husband and I take a few minutes to breath and stop running around…it gives us the chance to think about what we want next in life.  Wether its the next house project to tackle, next step in our lives together or even a fabulous vacation to plan.  Sometimes the best ideas come from those moments that you let yourself dream.  For some its finding the time or the money to accomplish them, for others its finding the courage to take that first step.  Dream BIG and go for it!

The vision must be followed by the venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps
We must step up the stairs.
~ V. Havner


Happy Monday
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: new beginning

Happy Monday and Happy summer!  We kicked off this summer with some seriously HOT temperatures, a little down time and a lot of fabulous time spent with family and loved ones!!  It’s hard to believe how quickly this year is flying by…I feel like we just celebrated the new year!  The faster time seems to fly, the more I want to stop, slow down and enjoy!!  We never truly know what is around the corner or what the universe has in store for us.  Life is full of surprises…which is what makes it AWESOME!!

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”


Choose Joy!
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: the Dance

I don’t know about you…but I could use a little extra kick this lovely monday morning!!  We had a great weekend enjoying a little fresh air, some extra relaxation and lots of laughs with great people.  After such a fun weekend traveling, I feel like I need just one more day of rest to recharge for a busy week!  BUT instead how about a little moment of inspiration and a super cute little girl to get you going??

“Our lives are better left to chance, I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance”


(Be sure to check out the inspirational blog Enjoying the Small Things to learn all about this adorable little one and her sweet momma! Such a joy! )

Happy Monday
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: the Meaning of Life

Happy monday to you.  I hope you had a great weekend, we spent it catching up with family, playing in the yard and just relaxing in general (so nice to have weekends like that every now and then!!)  It’s safe to say that the past year has been a bit crazy for me and the boy.  We have made LOTS of changes, from where we live to where we work…no rest in these parts!!  But thru it all we have  come one step closer to finding our “happy place”.  I hope you and yours are enjoying your journey down the path of life and finding happiness and meaning in all that you do!!

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.”
~ William Shakespeare


Happy Monday
~ Jillian

Summer Succulents

There is no denying it…I’ve got the planting BUG!!!  I’m slowly but surely turning my brown thumb green (I’d say i’m at a greenish-orange at this point).  One of the best ways to start working on your plant-growing-skills is with succulents!  They don’t require a lot of maintenance (which is perfect for a gardening newbie), they are inexpensive and can be found at your local hardware store, there are so many different varieties and they look exceptionally cool in unexpected containers!!  Fill up a birdcage with them, plant them in a shallow wood bowl, let your “creative container brain” run  wild with these babies!!  Here are a few pin-teresting inspiration images to get you going…

DIY Showoff
















bird cage














Happy Planting!
~ Jillian

Happy Memorial Day!!

Happy Memorial Day!!

I hope you and yours are enjoying a long weekend celebrating with family and friends!  Thank you to all who have served!!

barn flag


Happy Happy
~ Jillian & Brittany

Yummo – Jalapeño Corn

These days dinner has to be quick, still healthy but QUICK!  Life has been crazy and spending hours in the kitchen just isn’t going to work!!  I also have to get creative when it comes to finding recipes that both me and my hubby can enjoy together.  He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy while I tend to be the veggie, gluten-free kinda lady.  So recently at a neighborhood pot-luck and we both had this corn dish on our plate…i knew we had a potential winner!!  I of course made a few HSE modifications to the original recipe…but its quick…easy….healthy…and super delicious!!

Jalapeño Corn


  • 1 bag of ORGANIC frozen yellow corn (corn is one of the top GMO crops…so GMO free and organic is a must!!)
  • spoonful of diced jalapeños (or diced green chilies if you want to tame it down)
  • 2-3 spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt
  • salt


  1. Cover frozen corn in water and bring to a boil
  2. Pull greek yogurt out of the refrigerator (allow it to get closer to room temperature)
  3. Drain water and add jalapeños (or green chilies); simmer for approx 5 mins (just enough to allow the pepper’s flavor mix in with the corn)
  4. Add salt and remove the the corn from the heat
  5. Stir in a spoonful of greek yogurt (until you reach desired consistency)
  6. Enjoy!!

jalapeno corn

Happy Eating!!
~ Jillian