Top Five Shade Loving Plants for a Summer Garden

Imagine this... You've just moved into a home with tall shade trees surrounding the property. Those big hardwoods provide plenty of privacy and protection from the sun, but there go all of your plans for that sunny perennial garden. Never fear, m'dears! I have been in your shoes, and I'm here to shine some light on the darkest parts of your yard. Finding the right plants for a shady garden can be a challenge, but there are plenty other shade-loving plants besides just lichen and … [Read more...]

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Donut Teacher Appreciation Printable

It's teacher appreciation week, and what better way to say "Thanks!" than Krispy Kreme donuts? If they've survived a whole school year of loud classrooms and chaotic playgrounds, there are not many teachers on Earth who will turn down some free donuts, I guarantee. I bought a dozen to take to all the teachers at Caroline's preschool, but I gave her actual teacher something extra special just for her. Yesterday I went to the wedding and cake decorating aisle at Walmart and found these … [Read more...]

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What Might Have Been

The day started like any other--a lazy weekend when my husband took the kids to visit his parents at their lake house. I stayed home to work on projects and get the laundry put away. But as soon as he walked through the door, I could tell something was different. Something had happened. His eyes were shining with excitement as he pulled out his phone and said "I found a building today." Ok, let me back up a bit. I had been toying with the idea of opening a brick and mortar store to … [Read more...]

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Addicted 2 DIY {a fun Blog Swap}

Today's a special day! I've joined up with a group of talented bloggers to do a monthly "Blog Swap".  That means each month I will be posting on their sites and they will be sharing their posts on mine! This is a fun way for you guys to be introduced and inspired by some talented DIY bloggers that you might not know already. For April's swap, I'm excited to be teamed up with Katie from Addicted 2 DIY. Her projects are AMAZING and I cannot wait for you to see them!! And her tailgate story made me … [Read more...]

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Screened-in Back Porch Makeover {+ a new swing bed!}

It's been a long time since I've shared a good before and after decorating post with y'all, so get excited, because today's post is gonna be awesome! Our house came with a hot tub on the back porch that was used approximately 2.5 times in the 3.5 years we have lived here. I thought we would enjoy it more since our Master bedroom opens right onto the screened-in porch, but I was totally wrong.  It sat in the corner, covered in a thick layer of dust, taking up too much space on my porch. … [Read more...]

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11 Hacks for a Stress-Free Road Trip

Spring Break is almost here which means summer is just around the corner. We are planning our first major road trip with the kids, so I've been frantically searching the internet for all the best kid-friendly road trip tips I can find. We are headed to the middle of Texas for Spring Break, which is a 12-hour drive from our house. That's a long way to go with a 10 and 2 year old in the backseat, but we are up for the challenge. My husband--God bless his brave, brave soul--is driving out alone … [Read more...]

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Put on Your Positive Pants {Spring Printable Blog Hop!}

It's official. Caroline is finally sleeping in a big girl bed. We are two nights into a toddler bed and she hasn't taken any midnight strolls over to Grandma's house yet, so that's good. Hopefully, she will stay put, at least until she's 16 or so.... To celebrate this momentous occasion, I bought her this cute pillow made out of scraps of old quilts, hand-stitched with the words "put on your positive pants".  I knew as soon as I saw sitting on the shelf that it was perfect for her little … [Read more...]

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Spring Porch Decorating 101

Winter is finally giving way to warmer weather, so it's time to start doing some Spring cleaning around here. My pitiful front porch has been sitting here since the day after Christmas looking all sad and dejected. I never really removed all my Christmas decor. I just took down the dead evergreen wreaths and left the rest sitting out there in the cold. But finally, this weekend, I got around to making the porch presentable for the Spring and Summer months ahead. Here is what it looks … [Read more...]

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Harry Potter World Part 2: Hogwarts Here we Come!

Yesterday I told you all about our very special first visit to Universal Studio's Harry Potter World where we got a private audience with Olivander the Wandmaker and explored every inch of Diagon Alley. The next day we went to Islands of Adventure to visit Hogsmeade village and see Hogwarts castle. Unfortunately Universal was SUPER crowded on this day, which meant he had to stand in line just to wave his wand and cast spells on the storefronts. It was totally packed, so I recommend … [Read more...]

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Our First Trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

When my son Garrett turned 9, Harry Potter came into my life for the first time. Up until that point, I had never even cracked open a book or seen a single movie in the series. I was in college when the first book came out in 1997 and a newlywed by the time the series ended in 2006, so I totally missed the original phenomenon because I was busy doing, um... other things. But that all changed rapidly when my little muggle boy became obsessed with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We … [Read more...]

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