Make it Mondays: a farmhouse style chalkboard 


You may have seen this “chalkboard” hanging in my dining room.


It’s actually not a chalkboard at all. It’s a framed piece of black foam core board that I stenciled before I knew what I was doing. 

I decided to make it a legit chalkboard and use a hand lettering technique I’ve recently learned. 

First, I whipped out some chalkboard paint and applied to coats to the board. I wanted it to be a legit chalkboard so I could change it up if need be.


After using two coats of paint, I let it dry and then “seasoned” it. If you want to be able to erase, you must do this. Just rub the chalk all over the board twice, completely covering it.

Then, erase it once. Leave the dust and DO NOT CLEAN it.


Print out what you want it to say and then trace the letters with a pencil. When you trace it, you should see your word, very faintly, in the dust.  


I used a Bistro chalk marker to trace and fill in the words. This is awesome because if you mess up, you can erase with a wet paper towel. You’ll have to reseason the board though. 


I love how it turned out.


Don’t you think that’s way better?

And, best of all, I can erase it and change it up if I want to.

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Scripture Sunday: Colossians 1:13-14


I chose this verse as it’s something I’ve really been thinking about lately.  Last week, during our Easter service, the youth did a skit in which they depicted a young woman walking with Jesus, facing all sorts of temptations, getting pulled away from Jesus, and ultimately finding her way back to Him. It was a beautiful depiction of the life some of us have lived. So is the verse I have chosen for today.

I was raised in church and saved at a young age. I attended church as a kid, but when I became a college student, I found all sorts of temptations and I allowed those things to take me further from His kingdom.

I drank a lot of alcohol and did so frequently. I stopped going to church and quit praying. I listened to and watched horrible things. I said and did a lot of inappropriate things. I met, dated and became engaged to a young man who did not follow God and considered himself to be agnostic.

I was fully immersed in the kingdom of darkness. In fact, I remained in this kind of lifestyle until a few years after college, when I began to attend church once again.

A few months after my return to church, I vividly remember sitting in church and realizing I’d been just going through the motions. I might have started going to church again, praying and reading my bible again, but I wasn’t really living like God wanted me to do. 

Lately I’m finding myself just going through the motions again. I am praying and going to church, but not as much as I need to. I’m not reading His word enough and I’m not completely given to the things of God.

This Easter, I decided to make a concentrated effort to give my whole life back to the Lord and to stop going through the motions. If you’d be willing, I’d like to ask you to keep me in your prayers as I reaffirm my commitment to Christ. 

Thank you for allowing me to be transparent for a bit. Have a wonderful week.

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Saturday Musings

Last Sunday was Easter.


Believe it or not, that is one of the better pictures we took as a family. This was seconds before Aubrey decided to smack her sister on top of the head. 


And of course any weekend spent with this girl is a good one.


We went to visit my grandma and encountered this lovely view.

This week we went back to school after Spring Break, which was hard. It was a good week, if a really busy one. 

This weekend, we are visiting family and enjoying a mini vacation. Here is what I’m reading today:

  1. Country Living: Paint colors you’ll start seeing everywhere 

House Beautiful: Backyard Ideas You Should Steal
Have a wonderful weekend!!
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Five favorites Fridays


Every so often I like to share some of my favorite things with you. It could be beauty products, clothing, cleaning or household items, and even children’s products. 

This week there is no theme, nor rhyme or reason to my list. They are simply five things that I love.

1. Clarks wedges


I own a brown pair and a black pair and I LOVE them! They’re so comfy I teach in them. This particular model isn’t sold anymore, so here’s something similar.


Lily’s No Sugar Added chocolate bars. I’m slowly transitioning to 100% on plan with Trim Healthy Mama. THM is sugar free and these chocolate bars offer a way for me to still eat chocolate and stay on plan. 


I love Essie nail polish, and I especially love this color. It’s called “in the cab-Ana” and I’m wearing it in the picture above of my sandals and feet 😜


This is so not a picture of me. I love Spanx Undie-tectables. Those things are awesome and perfect for my summer dresses. 

Lastly, I’m loving Burts Bees moisturizing lip shimmer. It’s cheap, it looks good and it works really well. 


I hope you’ve enjoyed this Five Favorites Friday list. Have a great weekend!!


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Thursday tips and tricks: Simplifying your cleaning routine


I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have a clean house. In fact, with two children in single digits, it’s almost never clean. 

If you come to my house and it looks clean, it’s probably put away and straightened, but not spotless.

I used to be the mom who’d spend all of Saturday morning cleaning the house, but then I realized we’d lose our entire day to house cleaning. 

I realized I needed to do some sort of daily cleaning. I found this cleaning schedule on Pinterest, and I liked the idea of it, but I needed to adapt it so that it met our needs.

Source: Little Green Notebook
I came up with this:


You won’t be able to find a one size fits all solution for your family, but you can find an idea you like and adapt it for your needs.

So, is my house perfectly clean now? No. But it is cleaner than it used to be and I don’t have to lose my whole Saturday to cleaning. 

Which gives me more time with these sweeties:


And that’s a win in my book. 

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Wordfull Wednesday 

Each Wednesday I’ve been trying to post a quote that speaks to me or makes me feel inspired.  This week I’m sharing the following quote: (graphic created by Canva).


Spring and fall are my favorite times of year, for various reasons. Spring is a time of regrowth and renewal, so it isn’t any surprise that I myself feel renewed and recharged.

I generally feel more upbeat and positive during the spring as well, which is why this quote spoke to me. Why wait until Spring to be positive and uplifted?

That’s something that should last all year. Why wait until spring to be renewed and recharged? To be positive and uplifted? Let’s live like it’s spring, no matter the weather.


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A farmhouse gallery wall…revealed


Last week, we published this post to ask your advice about our living room gallery wall.

You guys even helped make our decision by participating in my poll.

And after mulling it over for a bit, we chose to do this:


I love that cute little B on the top right, but I feel like it doesn’t really go with the rest of the gallery. I will probably change it out, but for now, isn’t this wall a hundred times better?

Have a wonderful week.

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Make it Monday: DIY personalized wall art and how you can make it!!


I saw something similar to this in a catalog earlier this week and immediately thought about how easy it’d be to make.

All you need is word processor and to download some fonts that you like.


My finished product looks like this, though I’m thinking of ordering it on a canvas.



I used Bookman Old Style for the big B and the “Boone,” but used Brush Script Demo for the “established,” and Bradley Hand for the year. Dafont.com  and Freefonts.com are a great place to get free fonts if none of these appeal to you. 

This printable is super easy and lots of fun to make. 


Now, where to hang it?

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Weekend Reading

This week has been crazy busy. I was on spring break, but managed to clean out closets, paint the living room, clean out the out building, and wash the porch furniture. I also got to volunteer at my daughter’s school for her Easter egg hunt. 


Isn’t she cute? She’s growing up way too fast. 

This little stinker fought a nasty virus this week but is feeling much better.


Here she is modeling her sister’s rain boots.

We are off to an Easter egg hunt at church today, and then back home to get ready for Easter Sunday. I hope the Lord blesses you and your family. 

Here is what I’m reading this weekend:


Country Living: Old fashioned plants you need in your garden right now


Country Living: Small Mountain Towns to Visit this Summer (#1 is Jackson County, NC, which is home to my alma mater)

Southern Living: 21 DIY Easter egg ideas

BHG: No-dye Easter egg ideas
Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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