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My Craft Room



We are finally getting done with the modifications on our home. We converted our garage into living space.  We will have space for 2 small bedrooms and a closet.  I will take one of the bedrooms for my craft room and move my daughter into the other room. The room my daughter is currently using is really an office.  My husband will have finally have his “man-cave” once we get rid of the pink and purple walls. The boys won’t be left out!  They will get new paint, flooring and closet doors in their rooms. Check out the pic of the sewing table I just bought.

I am so glad to get these extra rooms.  My home is small and there are 5 of us.  We planned on this being our starter home, but after the economy crashed it is now our forever home!  Plus we had a couple of floods and the people who did the restoration repairs did an awful job.  The floors in the boys’ rooms are peeling up, paint is flecking off, etc.  It is not true when they say they will restore it back to original.  We very much need these renovations done.  Plus, we’ve been here for 10 years and my house was a base house – built with the cheapest materials and much of it is falling apart.  Almost all the closet doors have fallen off, the kitchen cabinet doors are falling off, we’ve had to replace flooring 3 times, etc.  Ugh.  It is depressing when I think about it.  But now I see a light at the end of the tunnel!

sewing table
Sewing table. It folds up into a small cabinet. I can’t wait to use it!



Welcome to my blog!  I am a 40-something year old wife and mom of 3 wonderful kids.  We make up the Five Holts!  I am also step-mother to a grown daughter and neighborhood “mom” to a few other kids.

This blog was sparked by my interest in health, wellness and providing a nurturing home for my children.  As a registered nurse, I am well aware of the effect that nutrition, or lack there-of, has on the body, mind and spirit.  My own body has been a bit of a science experiment.  After spending most of my life morbidly obese, I was able to get within a stone’s throw of a normal weight.  Then my weight began to creep back up again.  I kept a food journal on my phone and my calories remained a consistent 1400-1700/day.  I couldn’t see why my weight was increasing at alarming rate until I examined what I was eating, not just the number of calories.  My diet went from a protein, vegetable and some fruit diet to a simple carb overload diet.  Ugh!  I hadn’t eaten bread in almost 2 years, and as soon as I did my weight went up, up, up!  For a short while I tried a vegetarian, grain based diet and could literally see my abdomen getting larger every morning.  Plus I was starving all the time!

I will be documenting my attempt to get back to a normal weight and gaining terrific health for me and my family using Real Food.  Along the way you can also read my attempts to learn to do some of the womanly arts that I so far, have not attempted or mastered.  This includes sewing, crafts and gardening.  I hope you enjoy this blog.