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...]


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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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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Tiptoe Through the Tulips at American Village in Montevallo

If you're looking for a fun southern road trip idea this weekend, come tiptoe through the tulips in Montevallo, Alabama. The 2nd annual Festival of Tulips begins this Saturday and it is truly a sight to behold. There are THOUSANDS of tulip bulbs planted in a huge field that you can go dig up and take home to enjoy for years to come. My mom and I went to the tulip festival last year and I was able to take a bunch of pictures. Check out how beautiful they are! If you've never … [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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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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A Backyard Makeover with Raised Garden Beds

When we bought our house last year, the backyard left a lot to be desired.  It was one of the major makeover projects I dreamed and schemed about over the winter as I waited impatiently for Spring to arrive. After months of imagining what the back yard could look like, I am finally able to report back with some MAJOR progress! Here is the back of our house before the makeover began.  This shot was taken in winter so the weeds aren’t knee-high in the flower bed, but you get the picture. In … [Read more...]

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The Grand Bugapest Hotel + Crafting with Nature Book Giveaway!

When I was a kid my mom would take me to the library at the beginning of summer where I would check out all the books I could find on nature crafts. Then for a few weeks I would take my books outside and try out all the projects that caught my eye. When my friend Amy at A Nest for All Seasons told me she was writing a book called Crafting with Nature it was like she was writing it just for the little girl in me. So, today I'm excited to offer you a Crafting with Nature book giveaway along … [Read more...]

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Cozy Spring Home Tour Blog Hop

I know, I know. I just posted the Hallelujah Home Tour a few weeks back. Is it too soon for another one? Maybe. But my daffodils are in full bloom, and they have taken over my house right now, so I might as well show them off, right? I also couldn’t resist joining some of my very favorite bloggers for this Cozy Spring Home Tour today, hosted by my friend Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors.  As a gardener, Springtime is one of my favorite times of year. And this year I have a … [Read more...]

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Fall Gardening: It’s Bulb Planting Time!

It's our very first Fall in the new house, and I’m DYING over the color of this Japanese Maple in my front flower bed right now. Even though our Alabama weather has been so warm that all the trees turned from green to brown within a few days, this tree is crushing it with the fall colors. We planted a Japanese Maple years ago at an old house that we left behind, so I’m thankful to discover this gem in my new garden! What a beaut, Clark! In other news, I have decided to go a little … [Read more...]

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