Decor, DIY, Home

Home Improvement Plans for 2018

Home Improvement Plans for 2018 | www.thestarknest.com

When I started this blog a year ago, my plan was to share all of the projects we’ve been working on around our house, and hopefully inspire others who are wanting to improve their own homes. My goal was and still is to teach others how to create their dream home. Continue Reading

Decor, Home

How to Add Warmth to Your Home After the Holidays

How to Add Warmth to Your Home After the Holidays + Decorating After Christmas | www.thestarknest.com

As I took my Christmas decorations down this year, I couldn’t help but feel the disappointment setting in. All those weeks of baking and decorating and shopping and watching Christmas Vacation on repeat, had come to an abrupt end. Those things that brought me so much excitement just a few days ago now brought me sadness. It’s the post-Christmas letdown, and I’m sure most of us know it all too well. Continue Reading

Cleaning Tips, Home

5 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Cleaning Routine

5 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Cleaning Routine | www.thestarknest.com

Keeping a clean home can be a difficult, never ending job. Between work and all of the other commitments that we all have on our plates, it can seem impossible to find time for house cleaning. I’ll be honest – I blog about this kind of stuff, and I still struggle with it from time to time. There have been many days in our house where dishes went undone, laundry was piled up, and our living room looked like a bomb went off – and we don’t even have kids yet! Continue Reading

Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

The Ultimate Self Care Gift Guide

The Ultimate Self Care Gift Guide | www.thestarknest.com

Whenever I’m shopping for a gift, I try to think about things that the recipient normally wouldn’t buy for themselves. Usually it ends up being some kind of self care related item. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with this type of gift because a) most of us enjoy them and could definitely benefit from them and b) many people don’t often think to spend money on these kinds of things for themselves. Continue Reading

Desserts, Recipes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie | www.thestarknest.com

Sometimes, the simple things in life really are the best things. Take, for example, chocolate chip cookies. Few things in this world are better than a warm, gooey, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie dunked in a glass of milk. Something about whipping up a batch on a rainy Saturday afternoon is just so soothing to the soul.  Continue Reading

Dinner, Recipes, Vegetarian

Baked White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Baked White Cheddar Mac and Cheese | www.thestarknest.com

There’s nothing like a bowl of cheesy, gooey, melty mac and cheese. It has to be one of my favorite foods in the world. I think I’ve enjoyed just about every kind around, from the boxed stuff to fancy steakhouse lobster mac and cheese, and everything in between. I love it all, but what I really love the most is a classic homemade recipe, one that you can share at family parties or make as a special treat for dinner. To me, the perfect mac and cheese should be super creamy, extra cheesy, with a sharp, tangy flavor. It really is the ultimate comfort food. Continue Reading

Entertaining, Home

How to Prepare Your Home For Overnight Guests

How to Prepare Your Home for Overnight Guests

It’s officially November, and that means the holidays are coming up fast. This time of the year often gets so busy and chaotic that sometimes it ends up being more stressful than it is enjoyable. On top of the holiday cooking, party planning, and gift buying, many of us will be hosting out-of-town guests for at least a few days. This can add an extra element of stress, especially for those of us who also work full time. Continue Reading

Decor, Home

How to Hang A Gallery Wall

How to Hang A Gallery Wall | www.thestarknest.com


I received a free canvas print from Photowall in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


So, I have to admit that I am absolutely horrible when it comes to ordering photo prints. Actually, I’m pretty bad at even remembering to take photos most of the time. This may come as a surprise to some considering that taking photos is definitely something I do often as a blogger, but it’s true. Usually, I rely on my husband to capture important moments, because I just never seem to have my phone ready at the right time. Plus, it seems like the photos I do manage to take never seem to make it past my phone, anyway. Can anyone else relate to this? Continue Reading

Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Soups, Vegan, Vegetarian

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup | www.thestarknest.com

As much as I love fall, I don’t always love what comes after it. In Michigan that often means below zero temps, white-knuckle driving conditions, and a strong desire to want to hibernate in bed for the next three months. Sure, waking up to that first sparkling white snowfall of the year can be pretty exciting. But that feeling tends to fade pretty quickly as the beautiful new snow turns into endless amounts of gray slush, you forget what dry feet feel like, you have to plan an extra two hours to plow the driveway and start the car before work, and the cold air turns into “omg it hurts to breathe” air. Continue Reading