Using an agenda as a bullet journal…and being more organized as a result


I used to create and print this eleaborate calendar. It was great, but too big and too bulky, and it wasn’t very durable. It was also time consuming to design and assemble.

Enter this pretty little $14 agenda from Anthropologie.

It has whole month calendar pages

And weekly pages as well.

There are also blank pages in the back, which I’ve used for a number of things. Some of them I have used to paste in my own pages.

And on others, I draw or write in whatever I need it to be.

Now that I’m getting into bullet journaling, I can see how these boring, handwritten lists will be much more eye catching in the future.

I met a girl at a teaching workshop I attended earlier this year who had a gorgeous bullet journal. She graciously allowed me to photograph it.

I am learning to use my agenda to organize the things I am scheduled to do, the things I need to do, and the things I want to do. I am also using it to set some goals and keep track of other things.

Each evening, I look back over my day and I look to tomorrow to get a good idea of what I need to accomplish. I also make sure I’m ready for the next day.

I am encouraging my readers to share their agendas. How do you use your agenda? What does it look like? Do you make your own from scratch or customize a pre-made one like I do? Please comment and show me your agendas.

Have a wonderful Thursday.

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DIY Tips and Tricks: prepping for painting 


I recently painted our living room walls. It’s a big room and painting it was no easy task. 

In fact, prepping to paint it was no easy task. There were old nails sticking out everywhere from the previous owners, scuff marks, holes…you name it, we had it.

I was in a big hurry to get those walls painted, but I also knew I had some prep work to do first.

1. Fill any holes, dents or cracks with spackle. Allow it to dry for about a day, then sand it and make sure you clean away the dust.

2. Take off the electrical outlet covers and light switch plates.

3. Don’t shake the paint! Stir it with a stir stick or stir it by rolling the can.

4. De-fuzz your roller with a lint roller or tape.

5. Cut in around your ceilings, baseboards and trim first, and then paint the walls before it dries. This will prevent what’s known as “hatbanding.”

I hope you have enjoyed DIY Tips and Tricks this week.

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From old chair to unique plant stand


So many people have asked about the chair with the fern that I recently shared.


I decided to revise and repost my original post about the chair, especially how I acquired the chair. It’s actually kind of a cool story.

It all started when my grandpa gave me this old chair:

He gave it to me because I wanted an old chair to put a flower pot in, and hadn’t found anything I liked at the thrift shops.

He received the chair from a friend of his. You see, my grandpa is named Roy. His friend’s dad, also named Roy, had used this chair in his workshop.

I liked this chair, though, with its ladder back and its metal slats. I decided I wanted to paint it a color they would stand out. 

I painted it bright yellow and then sanded it down with sandpaper to rough it up.

As you can see, I liked the metal slats but decided to remove them. They were a bit sharp and I was worried my children might hurt themselves. 

I wanted to add some chicken wire and a coconut liner to hold in the potting soil. To save money, we decided to use some wood scraps we already had on hand. 

These wood scraps turned out to be the perfect height for this potted fern I bought a few weeks ago.


I really love how much color and cuteness this project added to our greenhouse landing

Hope you like my plant chair! 

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Tips and tricks Tuesday: Hanging a gallery walk


Hanging a gallery wall is something we enjoy after we’re finished, but stress about while we are doing it.

You stress about hanging everything straight, about spacing everything equally, and about tearing up your walls 

Here are a few tips and tricks to help make your gallery wall hanging experience much less stressful.

1. Lay everything out on the floor so you can see how it will look before hanging it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this and changed my mind about half of the things I had planned to hang. You can also do this to check out your spacing.

2. Use a level to space your pictures.

Everyone knows you should use a level to make sure your pictures and objects are hanging straight, but did you know you can use it to space pictures as well? The pictures in the gallery above are exactly “one level width” apart. Our small level is about one inch, so we just lay it flat and use it as a spacer. 

3. Command Strips are way better than nails

Unless it’s really heavy, everything in our house is hanging by 3M Command Strips. They don’t damage your wall, so if you make a mistake, just pull the tab, and they’ll pop right off. Plus, you can put them on the back of whatever you’re hanging, press it to the wall, and you’re done. It’s so much faster than driving a nail.

4. If you must use nails, use a stud finder

There’s nothing worse than damaging your wall because you hung something that was too heavy and you didn’t hang it on a stud. 

Stud finders are cheap and are a tool everyone should have. We have one with a laser level and we’ve used it so many times that the batteries are often dead. 

5. Group similar looking things to create a cohesive look, but it does not have to be a perfect match.

In fact, it’s more visually pleasing if it doesn’t match. Varying frames and objects will add interest to your gallery because it keeps the eye moving. Here, the frames match but the art coordinates. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these DIY Tips and Tricks. Stay tuned for more wall decor tips next week!

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DIY Tips and Tricks Tuesday: unique flower planters


A few weekends ago, I spent an entire day just planting flowers. It was a fun, relaxing day, but it also made our outdoor spaces look a lot better. We had a lot of dead, brown plants that needed to be replaced. I’m certainly no landscaper but I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learned.

1. Don’t settle for the cheap flower pots. 


In the past, I’ve used just the cheap pots that the flowers came in. Recently, I realized these flower pots were dry rotting, so I replaced them with these blue pots. While these look like expensive clay pots, they’re actually inexpensive resin pots from a local discount store. Not cheap nursery grade pots but not hugely expensive either.


2. Vary the heights of your plants 

Just like indoors, you should vary the height of your planters to keep the eye moving. Here I’ve used logs as plant stands.


3. When it comes to planters, think outside the box.

My grandpa gave me this old chair a long time ago. I painted it yellow, took the seat out, put a few old boards in the bottom of the frame, and then dropped a potted fern in it.


4. Choose planters that show off your plants

This little flower resides on our back porch. This simple, white flower pot lets that cute little flower be the star of the show. 


5. And finally, use an interesting planter that matches your decor.

This cute aqua planter came from Walgreens and it matches our porch pillows and rug perfectly.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and tricks. Have a wonderful day!

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Make it Monday: Turn an ugly painting into a cute chalkboard 


It all started when I went into a local thrift shop last week.


I apologize if you like this sort of thing, but I do not. I did like the frame, though, and at barely $10, the price was right.

I took it home and started painting over the ugly painting with chalkboard paint.


I put on one coat


I let it dry, and then added a second one.


Then, I used chalk paint to paint the frame white. It took two coats.


Then, I rubbed chalk all over it to season it, and erased it. If you don’t do this, you can never erase your chalk board.


And then I hung it in my pantry, and I’m using it to help plan meals.

What thrift store makeovers have you done recently?

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Revamping our outdoor spaces


We’ve been slowly but surely working on our outdoor spaces. This past week, we had our front flower beds re-landscaped and re-mulched.

What used to look like this…


Now looks like this:


We’re getting a sidewalk poured soon and adding a lamp post. We are also going to paint the shutters.

In the backyard, I added some new plants and replaced our cheap, broken flower pots with some bright, colorful new ones.


I got some zinnia hanging baskets.


Our back porch was looking like this: cluttered and dirty



I put away the things that didn’t belong, washed the porch, and then I washed the patio and porch furniture. 


I also added some plants and cushions to the porch.


I am eyeing a rug for the back porch but I’m waiting for it to come on sale.

I am super excited about sitting out here this summer, though. 


What spring planting and refreshing have you done? Please comment and share 🙂
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Upcycling old decor: the pedastal bowl


I have had this pedestal bowl for years.


While I love the shape of it, I just couldn’t seem to make it work with my current decorating themes.

I whipped out my trusty Waverly chalk paint and added a coat of farmhouse white.


Just like most projects, this one certainly has an ugly stage. 


But after the second coat, it looked a lot better.


I got out the sandpaper and roughed it up a little.


Then, I added some spring fillers in the form of moss balls and I put it on the sideboard in our office.


Just because something seems like it won’t work doesn’t mean you can’t make it work. 

Sometimes all it takes is a little paint.

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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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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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