DIY Beard Oil and Beard Balm {Easy Father’s Day Gifts}

Father's Day is almost here! Are you looking for an essential oil -ish type gift idea for your bearded manly-man? Make him some homemade Beard Balm or DIY Beard Oil. These two simple recipes are easy to follow with just a few ingredients to tame that rugged beard for Father's Day. … [Read more...]

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Sucker for succulents- a DIY Succulent Wreath Tutorial

This week I finally got around to a project that I've been wanting to accomplish since... um.... 2001? 2002? A DIY Succulent Wreath! Yeah. I'm not a procrastinator at all. Better late than never, right? I created these DIY succulent wreaths today in just a few hours, and I wanted to show you how to do them yourself. I'm just so completely in love with the way that these turned out. If you can't tell from the first photos- they are initial wreaths! One letter for each person in our … [Read more...]

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How to Arrange a Bouquet of Flowers from Your Garden

At our big family events growing up, my mama would put me in charge of the flower arrangements. She said I had the magic touch when it came to arranging a bouquet of flowers in a vase, so that was always my job. Once I used her crystal punch bowl filled with cranberries and fall flowers for our Thanksgiving centerpiece and I thought she was going to cry, she loved it so much. I wish I had a picture of that bouquet, but it was way before the invention of social media when every little detail … [Read more...]

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DIY Fairy Lights Pouring from a Watering Can

A few months back my mom sent me this picture she found on Pinterest with a text that said: "Please make me one of these!" It's a rare event that she requests something like this, so I decided I had to make one ASAP. The inspiration photo she sent me looked simple enough-- a watering can hanging from a porch with a strand of lights dripping out of the faucet into the plant container below. Your wish is my command, mama! How cute is this idea? So, for Mother's Day this year, I made … [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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Heartfelt and Handmade Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Hey friends! Today I'm joining 27 of my blog friends for a big Heartfelt and Handmade Valentine's Gift blog hop. Please stick around to the end of the post to see all of their gorgeous Valentine gift ideas-- you will NOT be disappointed! Little Miss Caroline has been absolutely obsessed with anything that makes her bath pretty lately.  Bath bombs, colored tablets, bubble bath-- you name it, she LOVES it. Here was her reaction to getting a bunch of Crayola colored bath tablets for … [Read more...]

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Productivity is Overrated

I try to be productive. Really I do. Some days I am at the top of my game, whipping up amazing videos for facebook that get 1,000s of views and doing a happy dance over my creative achievements. And then there are days like today, when I have a Nickelback song stuck on repeat in my brain and I cannot focus on diddly-squat because I'm repeating "I'll have the quesadilla." over and over in my head all day long. These are the days when I feel like a useless lump of a blogger. An utter … [Read more...]

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How to refinish an old wooden deck

Our back deck had seen better days. The wood was not rotting, but it was SO weathered and cracked that Caroline couldn't walk across it without getting splinters all in her sweet little feet.  This was a big issue for my anti-shoe-wearing, barefoot-loving little girl. She loves running around outside barefoot and playing in the hose, so we had to do something about all the splintered wood ASAP. It's been on the never-ending to-do list to try to refinish the back porch for a while now, … [Read more...]

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Tales of Painted Basement Ceilings and Pole Dancing Woes

When we sold our old house, one of the things we were most sad to leave behind was our finished basement.  We put in so much work to make that basement beautiful, so it really hurt to give it up. The movie room with all that amazing molding and those gorgeous cabinets?? I was sad to leave them behind. Click here to tour the basement in the old house. BUT... our new house had a large unfinished basement space that we knew we could make functional for our family. We knew going into this … [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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