The Sunflower Field

I've driven down a lot of Alabama back roads in my lifetime, but up until this point, none of them were quite as memorable as the one I drove down yesterday.  It was a perfect day for a mini-road trip.  The sky was a brilliant blue.  The clouds were puffy and white. We tossed our sunscreen and snacks in the car and headed off with the kids on a summertime adventure. We left our house around mid-morning and trusted Siri to get us to our destination. … [Read more...]

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Caroline’s First Year Finally Documented. Guilt Averted.

Guess WHAT? I got Caroline's entire first year of life documented today. I've been meaning to do that for a YEAR. Now I'm glad I procrastina- ahem... WAITED for this steal of a deal that is happening this weekend only. I just ordered a 77 page 8x8 Shutterfly book of Caroline's entire first year of life for just $31.00!! I'm doing such a happy dance over here. Seventy-seven pages, y'all! $31.00! For the first time ever, Shutterfly is offering a never-before-seen UNLIMITED amount of … [Read more...]

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Top 3 Ways to Stop Wasting Time Online

Oh, the irony that a blogger like me would be handing out advice on how to stop wasting time online when my entire livelihood kinda depends on people wasting time online, right? But, considering I am forced to stay on the internet and social media pretty much 24/7 in order to write and promote my blog posts, I have become an expert on this subject. There comes a point when I have to force myself to stop chasing internet rabbits and focus on the task at hand. Sometimes I need a little extra … [Read more...]

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Free & Cheap Ways to Read (or listen) to Books this Summer

This post contains affiliate links which help pay my mortgage and put food on my table.  If you click them and purchase through my links I will earn a small commission.  Thanks for clicking! :)  Summertime is here, which means I get to enjoy quiet, lazy afternoons in the hammock, swaying in the breeze with my nose buried in a paperback. Ahahahahahaha Just kidding! Summertime around here means that the kids are enjoying a rousing game of  "Smack your brother upside the head with your … [Read more...]

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DIY a Vintage Flag with Ribbon and a Handkerchief

A few years back I found this set of vintage baby crib springs at a local junk shop.  It was chipped and rusty and moldy on one corner, but I loved the harlequin shape of the springs. At the same time I also saw an old weathered mantelpiece that called my name in a major way. I had NO idea how I would use either item, but I knew that I loved them both and would eventually find a way to work them into my house.  My husband gave me some major side-eye … [Read more...]

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Decorating the {new} Dining Room Table for the 4th of July

Sooooo remember when I thought it would be a good idea to have my home office in my dining room when we first moved in this house?  Welp. I was wrong about that.  Very wrong. Here is a cleaned up picture of the office dining room.  It looked this nice for about 2.4 seconds while I took this photo. And then the crap piled right back up in this room so fast it made my head spin. The dining room is the very first room you see when you walk through the front door of my house, … [Read more...]

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Dear Diary: Confessions of an Old-School Blogger

In an effort to get this here blog chugging along again, I have decided to post more updates of the behind-the-scenes parts of our lives like I did in the olden days of blogging. I'm ignoring the rules and going back to my roots. Unskinny Boppy will turn twelve years old this year. TWELVE. That means I have been sharing our lives here for a dozen years, which seems impossible when you consider social media was barely even invented back then. In the early days this blog … [Read more...]

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Garden Updates and Summer Projects for Kids

Tomorrow is the first day of summer!   I'm so excited summertime is here again so we can get outside and soak up some Vitamin D the all-natural way. We have been taking full advantage of the outdoors this year before it gets too hot to move. How 'bout you? My backyard raised garden beds turned one year old this month and still holding up great.  The cedar has weathered out a little bit, but otherwise they are fine. I'm planning on painting the back deck soon if the … [Read more...]

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Caroline’s Nursery, Take 2

We have a small second bedroom on the main level of our house that started out as Garrett's bedroom when we first moved in. I was pregnant with Caroline at the time and Garrett was a 7 year old little dude who still needed some "nighttime support" to get to sleep in his own bed (especially in a new, unfamiliar house) Before she was born we decorated a nursery for Caroline on the second floor, which I blogged about in this post.  It was a really pretty room, but she never even … [Read more...]

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The Money-Saving Cure for Drafty Windows

When I was a kid we lived in this drafty little house with single-pane windows that did nothing to prevent cold air in the winter and blasts of heat in the summer.  We could not afford storm windows, so when the weather got cooler, my dad would head outside with a roll of opaque plastic and start cutting it into huge rectangles.  Then he would take his staple gun and Ka-CHUNK, Ka-CHUNK, Ka-CHUNK a whole bunch of staples around the plastic on each window in a feeble … [Read more...]

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