Hello and welcome!  I’m Melinda, and I’m so thrilled to have you here!



I’ve been married to the wittiest guy I know, Mark, for 13 years.  We have three handsome boys.  Drew is 11 and Tyler and Bryce are 9.  They are smart, fun, creative, witty, and love to keep us on our toes.  

We have a Havanese named Bella.  She is fun and playful, but sometimes thinks she’s a goat.  She is by far the friendliest dog I’ve ever had, and I would highly recommend this breed if you have young kids and need a hypoallergenic pet.  

We live just south of Nashville.  We are an adventurous family, and enjoy finding new places to explore.

When Drew was born, I decided to leave my job as an accountant to be a stay at home mama.  It is amazing how fast the seasons go by.  The boys are all in school now.  This has given me a little more free time, so I decided to follow a dream and start Make This Day Count. 

Inspiration behind the blog…  

Growing up, my father was a minister and my mom stayed home with us.  We lived on an extremely tight budget.  If something broke, my dad figured out a way to repair it.  We grew our own fruits and veggies and cooked most everything from scratch.  

This stuck with me.  I am a DIY enthusiast and lover of all things creative.  There is just something VERY rewarding to me about coming up with an idea and seeing it come to life.  

I am also very frugal, so most of the projects I share on the blog are budget-friendly.  My goal is to provide you with affordable projects, and to give as much detail as possible so you can re-create what you see.  I hope to inspire you to pick up a paint brush and paint your first piece of furniture or to tackle your first DIY house project.  You can do this!  

It sounds a little out-dated, but I would consider myself a “homemaker”.  I believe it’s important to create a happy and healthy environment for my family.  From time to time, I will share tips on living a healthy lifestyle, encouragement for living mindfully, and inspiration for creating peace and joy at home.  

My greatest desire is to trust and follow Jesus and to encourage everyone I come in contact with to do the same.  The last command Jesus gave to his followers was to go and make disciples of all nations.  I am passionate about sharing “the Good News” with other women and helping them to deepen their relationship with our Savior!  I hope that when you visit my shop or blog you feel encouraged and challenged. 

Words are powerful!  As women we speak life into our children, husbands, friends, coworkers, neighbors and new acquaintances on a daily basis.  Proverbs 16:24 says, “Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”   

In the fall of 2018, I created a jewelry line using scripture, song lyrics, or inspirational phrases designed to encourage you with a message of hope every time you wear it.   It is my hope that the piece you choose will encourage you throughout the day as you MAKE THIS DAY COUNT!

A portion of all proceeds from Make This Day Count go to support a local women’s outreach ministry.  You are not only supporting a mama, but lots of women who are trying to find their way back to a Godly lifestyle. 

A little more about myself…

  • I am a perfectionist, but can also be messy.
  • I love the smell of sawdust.
  • Chocolate is my weakness…especially dark chocolate.
  • I love to travel and try new things.
  • My hubby and I binge watch Netflix series.  Let me know if you’ve seen something good.
  • Home Depot, Lowes and Hobby Lobby are my absolute favorite stores.
  • My favorite color is teal, as I’m sure you will see throughout the blog.
  • I would love to live on a farm…maybe some day.

Let’s Connect… 

Thank you so much for being here!  I truly appreciate each and everyone of you that drops in to read my blog or to shop for jewelry!  You. Are. AMAZING.