Friday, August 29, 2014

Dirty Little Secret

Ok ladies.  It's time to get real at A Lo and Behold Life today.  A lot of my readers ask me, "How do you keep your house so clean with 4 year olds running around?"  Well, friends, here's my secret… my house is not perfect.  Just like you, there are dishes to be cleaned, clothes to be washed, floors to be swept, toys to be put away.  All day.  Every day.  Just last week my parents were visiting from Boston and after a few days of being here my mom said to me, "Lo, I couldn't take it anymore.  I had to sweep the floor!"  LOL!  I mean, it doesn't get more real than that - my mom had to fly 3,000 miles across the country to clean my kitchen floor.

My house is our home, and I love it and all it's imperfections.  I hope this message isn't long over due but needless to say the majority of pictures you see here on the blog are rooms and projects that I've spent a lot of time perfecting.  Why?  Plain and simple… my passion is making things pretty and I truly enjoy styling a newly finished DIY project with things around the house.  The result, a pretty picture to share and encourage and inspire my readers.  The reality. It's usually destroyed by two energetic (nicest word I could think of) 4 year olds no more than 10 minutes after the jpeg is saved to my desktop.

Who?  These angels??? Yup… those angels.

Case and point, the house was clean yesterday. Today is another story.

This photo of the kitchen… taken while the boys were at school.  I'd love to tell you it looks like this all the time...

but it doesn't.  The sink seems to always be full of dirty dishes and there are groceries still to be put away (I went shopping yesterday but apparently got side tracked).

and remember when I revealed the newly renovated laundry room?

Not so pretty today… is it?  After a week straight of summer play dates someone needs to do some laundry.

You'll love this one.  My craft closet was in perfect working order.

and 2 years later.   Oh me, oh my!  I know where everything is - I swear.

And the biggest dirty little secret of them all.  I've never shared our "Playroom/Office" on this blog before.  No matter how many times I clean this room it usually ends the day looking like this.  Even Woody & Buzz are judging me… sometimes I'll walk into this room and Buzz will spontaneously say "This is an intergalactic emergency!!"  Yeah, I get it buddy.

Here's another angle of this disaster.  Sponge Bob, shut your face!  I can feel your googly eyes burning into the back of my head as I type.  Jokes on you, dude, I have plans for this room and they don't include you!

There you have it.  Lo and behold, Lo's house is not always perfect.  But it's our cupcake and I'm constantly searching for inspiration.  So Tell me, are you glad I shared this dirty little secret with you today?  Or do you think I should keep my mess to myself?!  Regardless of how you answer I still have nothing but love for ya!



  1. I think most of us all enjoy seeing the living that goes on behind perfect blog pictures. I am always afraid to show the imperfect, yet I also always enjoy seeing everyone elses mess. Go figure!

    By the way, your energetic angels are ADORABLE!

    1. Thanks Jamie - glad to hear that I'm not the only one! xo

  2. Oh thanks for sharing! I can totally relate. I have 4 boys so I'm always like, "my house was clean 5seconds ago!" :))

  3. Thank you! I feel better about my playroom now. Looking at your playroom project for inspiration, but love the before photos too!


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