New Eyeglasses - and a deal for my readers


This post is sponsored by GlassesShop.com

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!
Our Christmas was cozy with just my little family and it was

I loved every minute of it. 

I hope that yours was perfect as well.

Today I want to share with you some new eyeglasses that 
I received from GlassesShop.com

I was contacted by Glasses Shop a few months ago asking me to review some of their glasses, and since I was actually in the market for a new pair, I figured I'd give it a try.

They had a great selection of eyeglasses to choose from. With some darling glasses frames including the adorable tortoise shell frames that I chose.  They even have prescription sunglasses.  But my favorite part of the website was the fact that I could virtually "try on" the glasses by uploading a photo of myself and using it to see how the different frames would look on my face.

That has been something that always made me nervous about buying my prescription lenses online, but it took the nerves right out of it, since I had a pretty good idea of what the frames would look like on me when I received them.

If you're in the market for a new pair of glasses...either because Santa didn't bring you a pair, because your prescription has changed (like me!) or just because it's time for an update, you're in luck!

GlassesShop.com has generously offered readers of The Shabby Nest 50% OFF Eyeglasses and Sunglasses (sale frames excluded)

Simply use code GSHOT50 at check out.

Have a great day!

I received a pair of eyeglasses free of charge from GlassesShop.com in order to facilitate my review.
The opinions expressed are 100% mine.


Mini-House Christmas Ornament Tutorial


Hello Lovelies!

On Instagram, the single request that I have received the most during this Christmas season, is for a tutorial on how to make my Christmas House Ornaments.  (If you don't follow me on Instagram,  I'd love it if you would.)

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And during my Christmas House Tour I promised that I would share a tutorial, so here it is!  Better late than never.  But in actuality, although they look complicated, these little beauties are super simple to make.  You could whip out a few for some last minute Christmas gifts.  Or make some for next year!

You'll Need:  
(I've linked to several of the items for your convenience)

A photo of the house you'd like to draw
Grid paper or Regular Paper and a Ruler


Paint Brush

1. Use the photo of the house you like (ideally the photo should be a straight-on view of the house) and then draw the house.  Since the aim of the final ornament is to have a bit of whimsy, a precise drawing is not important.  Grid paper helps to keep the lines fairly straight, however.  Or you may use a ruler if you prefer.

2. After you have your drawing, place a piece of clear Shrinky Dink paper over the top and trace the house using the black Sharpie.  (Again, whimsy is the goal, so this doesn't have to be precise.)

3. Cut out the house.  And punch a hole in the top for an ornament hanger.

4.  Shrink in the oven according to the directions on the Shrinky Dink package.

5.  Let cool, and then paint Mod Podge on the roof and sprinkle with glitter while it is still wet.  (This will look like snow.)

That's it!

If you try this project, I'd love to see your handiwork!  You can tag me on Instagram with #shabbynesthouse.

Merry Christmas!


Christmas House Tour 2017

Welcome to The Shabby Nest
 I'm so excited to have you here for this year's Christmas House Tour!

For the past several years, I have been honored to take part in the Holiday House Walk hosted by my talented friend, Jennifer Rizzo.

There are always so many insanely beautiful homes that share holiday inspiration during this tour, it is an honor to be included.

If you haven't had a chance already, please make sure you visit the house just before mine on the tour...

My children and I have been living in Hydeaway Cottage since 2014.  It is our own little haven from the hustle, bustle, and worry of the world.  And I especially love to see our little home all dressed up in her Christmas finery.

Each year, my challenge is to create a different holiday feeling using primarily the decor I already have. I add a little here and there, but what I really love, is pulling out cherished ornaments and decorations and finding a way to make them feel new and fresh.

I hope you enjoy this year's tour of Hydeaway Cottage...



Motivation Monday: Getting Stuck in Planning Mode

Hello Lovelies,

Are you a goal setter?

As I have been working on goals for my "Year of Transformation", I've noticed something.

There is an insidious little behavior that tricks us into thinking that we are working on achieving our goals, when in fact, we are really not making progress toward them at all.
It seems to be worthwhile, because it is actually part of how we get started working on our goals, but if we aren't careful, it can take over and lull us into a false sense of accomplishment.

So what is this insidious behavior that is robbing us of our progress?


But not just planning...it's a bit more complicated than that.  Rather,  it's what I like to refer to as 

Perpetual Planning.


What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Lovelies!

I'm back with another edition of What I Wore Wednesday.

Fall is finally making an appearance around these parts and I couldn't be more excited!

Fall and Winter clothing have always been favorites of mine and I'm so ready to pull out the cozy sweaters and the boots.

I have a couple of outfits to share with you today.

First, one of my very favorite ways to transition between summer and fall...

I love this sleeveless dress from Old Navy and have worn it many times throughout the summer.  Transitioning to fall is very easy for a dress like this one...simply add tights, a cardi and cute ankle boots and you've got a great look that will last all Autumn long.

Cardigan:  Old Navy    Boots: Breckelle's


What I Wore

Hello Lovelies,

This is the last week of my self-wardrobe evaluation mirror selfies.   Lol!  

And I actually forgot to document a couple of my outfits...but here are the remaining four for last week.

First up,  Striped Tunic:  JCrew Factory,   Jeans:  Old Navy,   Shoes:  Gap Factory

Top:  Brass & Roe from Called To Surf,   Jeans:  Old Navy,   Shoes:  GroopDealz,   
Bracelet:  Hope Ave.


Motivation Monday

Hello Lovelies,

Today I want to follow up on my 30 day challenge.  

In a nutshell, for those of you who don't want to click through and read the post (although I would totally recommend it)  I shared a bit about my weight loss journey which began just over a year ago.  

My success has leveled off and in an attempt to jump start it again, I decided that I would issue a challenge to myself (and anyone out there who might want to join me) to exercise every day for 30 days.

So how did I do?

I failed.  Miserably.  (Face Palm)

I exercised.  But sporadically.  I wasn't diligent about what I was eating.  In short, I really didn't put in the effort...and I didn't lose any weight.  Big shock, right?

This is a before and after taken right before I started losing weight and roughly 3 months into my weight loss


What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to this week's edition of What I Wore Wednesday!

As I mentioned in last week's post, I'm in the middle of doing an "inventory" of my wardrobe.
To accomplish this, I've been snapping selfies of my daily outfits.

This last week, I was sick a couple of days, so I only have a few outfits to share with you.  But I hope that you enjoy...

This dress is a new favorite!  It's a maxi dress that I purchased from Piper and Scoot.  The empire waist is flattering on my "rectangle" figure, and the black floral will be wonderful all through fall and winter.

This outfit is bright and fun!  The tunic is from Gap Factory (last summer) and the jeans are from Old Navy.  (Yes, I buy a lot of Old Navy jeans...their mid-rise jeans fit me perfectly...and I love the Rock Star and Super Skinny styles).

This was my Saturday outfit...the same Old Navy jeans as in the previous photo (yep!  twice in one week.) and a boyfriend tee also from Old Navy which I always front tuck to give me a little bit of definition at the waist.  My watch is from Target and my Monogram bracelet was a GroopDealz purchase.

My final outfit includes a blouse gifted to me by my sister paired with a cardigan from Gap Factory (last season).  My jeans are from - you guessed it - Old Navy.   And my necklace is from J Crew.  Apparently this is the week of the brown lace-up shoes which I purchased last year from GroopDealz.   Also, for those that are curious, my phone case is from Rifle Paper Co.




What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Lovelies!

This week's What I Wore Wednesday is going to be a little bit different.
I have been taking inventory of what I wear on a daily basis because I am evaluating my own wardrobe and style.

So today, I'm going to share my last week's worth of outfits...all selfies taken in front of my living room mirror.  (lol!)  I am actually pretty proud of myself because I only wore blue jeans twice this week.  (No really, that's a big accomplishment).  I'm trying to mix it up a bit more.

One thing you'll notice is that I really do dress on a budget.  Sure, I'd love to go out and spend a fortune on clothes, but that's just not realistic for me.  I hope that my real life budget-friendly outfits might inspire someone out there, however.

Tee  - Merona for Target (a couple of seasons ago).  White Jeans - Merona for Target  (also older - these have always been a bit long, so this summer I cut the hem unevenly.  I like them much better now.)  Shoes - online - Groopdealz or Jane I think.

Dress:  Orange Creek    Shoes:  Online - Groopdealz

Dress:  WhoWhatWear for Target   Denim Jacket:  Thrifted- originally from Old Navy
Shoes:  Target ( a couple of seasons ago)

Tunic:  Sun and Shadow from Nordstrom   Jeans:  Old Navy

Dress:  Old Navy (This is actually my daughter's dress.  I love that it fits me.)

Classic jeans and a tee for running errands - I bought the tee forever ago and I don't actually remember where.  I love graphic tees however, and this one fits great!

Jeans:  Old Navy   Shoes: Gap Outlet

And because somebody will probably ask...my phone case is from Rifle Paper Co. :)

Have a great day!




What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to this week's What I Wore Wednesday.

This pretty rayon and lace top looks very elegant paired with a pair of dark wash jeans.

Top: Brass & Roe     Jeans: Old Navy    Shoes: Target (a couple of seasons ago)

Cool and Casual yet still dressy enough to wear to work. 

Top and Jeans:  Old Navy     Shoes:  Qupid