Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hippity-Hop…Easter’s On Its Way!

Easter is right around the corner, and I have been busy coming up with some ideas to decorate the house in hopes of the spring weather I wish for every freezing day.

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Since the Easter bunny only gets paid once a month, he has to think ahead of time when planning a certain little boy’s Easter basket. For those of you looking for some ideas for a toddler and an 8 month old, I’m going to share Landry’s basket from last year along with what the Easter bunny is thinking for this upcoming year.

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For the eight month old, the items were kept fairly simple. The main focus was food and bath time. In this basket, you could find the following things:

  • Bath toys
  • Vtech Bath Duck
  • Gerber Puff and Lil’ Crunchies snacks
  • “Happy Easter, Little Critter”
  • “The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs”
  • Sock Easter Monkey
  • New socks for a growing baby

Oh, how things have changed in a year!

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For this year though, the Easter bunny is still thinking about spring and all of the fun water activities and sunshine this cutey of a little boy will be soaking up.

OB-Easter Basket Ideas

Smocked swim trunks

  1. Wayfarer sunglasses {fake, of course}
  2. Foam letters for the bathtub…we love to stick things to the side of the tub
  3. Mr. Bubbles Bubble Bath….brings back memories of having bubble baths at my Maw Maw’s
  4. Melissa and Dough Cookie Dough play set
  5. Floaties for the pool
  6. Pool ring
  7. Welch’s Fruit Snacks….Landry loves these
  8. Brica Bath Toy Scoop

I didn’t include it, but the Easter bunny might just throw in some color tablets for the bath water. Might as well have a little fun in the tub while we wait for warmer weather!

Hopefully this will give you some ideas for the 8 to 18 month old kiddos in your life!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Little Pink with a Dash of Sparkly

My niece had her very 1st birthday today, and y’all….it was absolutely precious! My sister and her co-worker worked their magic and created the perfect first birthday scene. I was loving capturing the details before things got started.

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The theme was all about some pink and gold. Even the cupcakes had gold sprinkles!

Of course, Isabella’s smash cake was a giant cupcake with a little sparkly on top as well.

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When you walked in, she had a place for guests to leave sweet messages for the birthday girl that will be framed in her room now.

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And the gift table was just as cute with the cutest pink tassel garland!

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And then there was the birthday girl!

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Who definitely enjoyed her smash cake and all of the cool gifts she received today! She was completely overwhelmed and wasn’t quite sure what to play with!

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And there you have it! The best pink and gold sparkly party I’ve ever been to!

Happy Birthday, Isabella! Aunt B loves you!

And just for good measure….I’m adding in a quick photo of Landry.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dreaming of Spring…

Our yard. Oh. Our yard. The sight of it makes me cringe right now.

It’s not that it’s that awful, but I never like our yard during the winter. Winter just makes yards look blah.

Technically, our yard has probably looked better than it has since we moved in since we’ve gotten all of the overgrown mess out of the way. Now it is nearly a blank slate.

Did I mention that my husband and our neighbor took care of some trees in our yard and that my husband has had the flu and that the remains of the trees are still laying there?

Ugh. It’s all I can say. Spring…if you’re out there…will you please hurry up and make an appearance? This ole girl is tired of winter.

I dream of beautiful green grass and blooming flowers….

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and a cute place to dine outside…

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and lovely planters….

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and a cozy porch….

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The good news is that my awesome BIL is working on a plan for our yard to give it a total southern makeover! Y’all, it will be the answer to my prayers! I trust him 100%, and I know my heart will sing when I see his plan. I’ll probably be doing back flips in the yard when it begins to resemble it {if I could do a back flip….maybe I should settle for a cartwheel}.

Spring, I’m begging you with every ounce of my being to speed things up, so the grass can return to its lushness, and I can be excited to go outside again.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fixer-Upper

Oh yes….you know the show. Every Tuesday night I’m camped out in front of the television waiting for Chip’s latest shenanigan and Joanna’s latest design that says “Brenna’s style” all over it!

Farmhouse = Check

White distressed paint = Check

Light airy colors = Double check

O.M.G. I think we could be best friends. For life. I would work in her shop for merchandise to decorate with. How great would that be?

Anyhow…I was thinking last night how I have my favorites of her designs….and then there are a few {and I mean like 1 or 2} that just don’t suit me. But why bring those up?

Let’s move on to my favorites from all of the episodes. Prepare yourselves. You’re about to see lots of kitchens and living rooms.

First of all….the next few pictures are from my most favorite episode because it’s the most like our house in the layout . I could see how I could easily implement a few of the changes they made and make a major impact on our house. If you’re wanting to watch the episode, it was season 1 episode 9.

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The kitchen is almost our same floor plan. It would be easy to make ours resemble this with some paint, new countertops, and maybe a few other small changes.

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They made this adorable table for the kids in this episode as well. If you’ve seen my instagram posts, you know I had my handy dandy daddy make one quite similar to it. He even made the toolbox for crayon storage as well!

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We also have a fireplace in our dining room that needs a makeover. The mantel is great, but the brick around it is U-G-L-Y. Like yellow brick. {insert puke face} This would be a great way to update it and give it that amazing fresh and clean look that I love so much.

Now….for the rest of my favorites without all the commentary. I think if you hover over the picture it will tell you what season and what episode the pictures are from {Example: 1-9 is Season 1 Episode 9}. Of course, you can find these same pictures on the Fixer Upper Blog.

My favorite kitchens….I think you’ll find the trend rather quickly.

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The living rooms…

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And my favorite little laundry room!

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So how many of you are standing by waiting on Tuesday nights and record every episode on your DVR? I know I’m not the only one. Were any of these your favorites? And if you haven’t discovered this show yet….and I don’t know how you haven’t….tune in Tuesday nights at 8 on HGTV. You won’t regret it!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the new season holds!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Get Your Reading Glasses Ready

I like to read a blog called “Life in Grace.” The other day she was spreading the word about a new book that her good blog friend wrote. Surprisingly to all {even the author}, the book came out before the presale had even ended. Like three weeks early!

From the moment I read the title, I thought it would be a book I would love.

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Then, I listened to the podcast between Edie {from Life in Grace} and Sophie {from boomama.net}. If you like to chitty-chat about everything Southern, this podcast is a must to listen to! I listened to all 20 minutes of it and could have listened to more.

Anyway, I ordered the book, and it is set to arrive on Friday. In the mean time, I’m planning on reading the first chapter they offer for free online.

The real good news is that right now Amazon has put her first book up to download for FREE all week long! So, of course I did that, too! I just wanted to spread the word in case you’re looking for a good book to read. I haven’t read either, but her personality alone is enough to base a good assumption on the book. Plus, who doesn’t like a free book?

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Seriously, just click on the links below to read some great things about her book and her! You won’t regret it!

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon {the free book….read the info and reviews}

Home Is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong
{the book you should buy}

Edie’s review on the book {from Life in Grace} and the podcast

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Knock-Off Bulletin Board

For the longest time, I have drooled over Darby’s pretty awesome bulletin board that she made at Fly Through Our Window. Unfortunately, at this point in time, I can’t justify spending $$$ on a bulletin board of all things when I have bigger priorities around here that need some cash thrown its way.

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While I have the perfect wall for it, it’s just not in the stars for me right now. If you see some school tossing one to the dumpster or something, give me a call ASAP. I’ll be glad to crawl in their dumpster to save a little moolah.

Lucky for me though, I had two cheap bulletin boards already from Wal-Mart. I even had the fabric I wanted to cover it in. It was left over from a curtain project from our old house and has been patiently waiting on a new project so it could find its purpose. All I had to buy were a couple of boxes of silver tacks.

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All I had to do was cut my fabric to size, lay it flat on the board, take a little time and patience to push in all of those tacks around the edges as straight as I possibly could, and then hot glue the extra fabric to the back of the board {tightly wrapped, of course}.

It was a project under $5 since I already had most of the materials. Easy as pie!

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And a close up…

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Now we have an awesome place to post reminders, goal lists, and random coupons that we {meaning I} just can’t seem to part with in case I need a good deal.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Big Boy Room Progress

Knowing how long things seem to usually take, Landry’s big boy room/ guest room seems to be moving along quickly….until I go in there and look around. I’ve already made huge progress though!

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So far, I have gotten the bedding ordered and on the bed! That was a huge step! I’m having the shams from the duvet set taken in and made to fit standard size pillows.

Thanks to my cousin from Atlanta, Meg, I now have the fabric for the curtains to be made! They are going to be floor to ceiling curtains that flank three windows. I’ve already talked to my handy seamstress from the school and brought the fabric to her today.

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I also placed the order for the artwork that will go over the bed. The headboard is a major purchase that will take some saving. Not too happy about that, but that’s the life of a teacher’s paycheck.

While those are some major things off my list, the list is still quite long.

  1. Purchase the headboard from Overstock.
  2. Get curtain rods and rings to hang curtains from.
  3. Have curtains made.
  4. Buy Euro pillows and have covers made for them.
  5. Paint the room Pale Oak
  6. Find some lamps.
  7. Paint the speakers.
  8. Accessorize
  9. New light fixture
  10. CLEAN OUT THE ROOM!

And I’m sure I’m leaving something off!