Tips and Tricks Tuesday: no-fuss summer decorating 


I’ll admit, I move at a slower pace when summer comes around. After the hustle and bustle of a busy school year, it’s nice to decompress a bit and just…be. I like to think my house feels the same way. 

My house spends so much time being decorated: we go all out for Christmas and fall, and still decorate a fair amount for spring. As a fellow blogger said, she likes to let her home breathe during the summer.

I agree. While most people do their spring cleaning in the spring, I do mine in the summer. I’m a teacher and summer is when I have the most free time. I’d have a hard time deep cleaning around a bunch of seasonal decor, you know? 

Basically, I take what’s left over from spring decorating and re-adapt it a little.

Just two months ago, this same vignette looked like this:


Seasonally appropriate seashells replace bunnies, eggs and nests, and late summer hydrangeas replace blooms more appropriate for spring. Actually, I love hydrangeas but use faux ones because I have a relative who is allergic.

I replaced the tiered tray with this wooden Pepsi crate. I filled it with a tall vase with blue flowers, a blue tea towel, a nautical candle lantern and a farmhouse lantern. I love how simple, cute and country this arrangement looks. 


Our July 4 mantle: wooden star garland, candles in glass lanterns, burlap books and a faux boxwood. Just simple, not overdone. 

Our spring mantle was similarly styled:


One of the best ways to welcome summer is to simply declutter your decor so your home looks bright and airy. 

Add in some neutral elements, such as plants, shells, moss, or a basket. 


Throw open those drapes and let the natural sunlight in. 


Break out your light colored textiles in light, breezy fabrics.



Summer is a low key time of year. Let your house feel low key as well.

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Farmhouse Friday: milk pitchers

I love decorating with milk pitchers. For many years, this farmhouse staple was used for serving milk to hungry families, not for decorating. I thought for this week’s farmhouse Friday I’d share a roundup of Milk pitcher decorating ideas.

This metal milk pitcher is being used to store kitchen utensils.


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Is there anything prettier than simple blooms in a white pitcher?


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Simple greenery looks amazing as well.


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This pitcher with cotton stems is lovely as well.


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In my own house, I have three IKEA pitchers corralling my kitchen utensils.


How do you use pitchers in your home?

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Summer Essentials: What you need when you hit the beach


It’s that time of year when we pack up our family and head for the coast. We live in the geographic center of our state, so it’s almost equal distance to the mountains or the beach. We enjoy going to both, but if you aren’t prepared, a beach trip can go badly fast. 

The following products are some things that made traveling to the beach so much easier with two little girls under six.

1. Steven Joseph rolling suitcase

We have one of these suitcases for each girl. They have tons of room and they’re so cute. Plus, both my kids can pull their own suitcase.

2. 31 Timeless Beauty Bag

Both girls have their own Timeless Beauty Bag to keep their bath stuff organized. I want one of these myself.

3.Stearns Puddle Jumpers 


Puddle Jumpers are awesome! Both of our girls have one of these, and even though our oldest can swim, I feel more comfortable with her wearing Puddle Jumpers.

4. A fine mist fan

These spray bottle/fans are a must on the super hot NC beaches. They are easy to find and readily available.

5. A sun shelter or umbrella

This pop up sun shelter folds up and can be carried in a shoulder bag. This was a necessity for our fair skinned blue eyed girls. It’s plenty big enough for all four of us to sit in.

6. Swim Diapers

I can’t make this list without including Swim Diapers! 

7. Baby powder

Baby powder is great for removing sand from your skin. Tuck a bottle in your beach bag.

8. Sun screen


And of course, bring a baby friendly sunscreen. We love Aveeno.

Happy travels! What do you take to the beach?

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Memorial Day

We are taking a break from our regular schedule to observe Memorial Day. May we all quietly reflect on the lives lost to protect the freedoms we so enjoy. “Make it Mondays” will resume next week.

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Make It Monday: Kids’ American Flag Made From Paint Sticks


Today’s Make it Monday post is for the kids! Maybe you have children, or grandchildren, or even nieces and nephews who might enjoy it. 

This cute little flag is inspired by folk art- it’s definitely different from anything I usually make and it’s far from perfect. The paint ran, the colors bled a little, but I’m kind of liking its imperfections.

All you need is this:


If you’re doing this with kids, my only advice is to use wood glue, or leave operating the glue gun to the adults.
You’ll need to lay out your paint sticks like this, alternating the notched ends.


Then, using either wood glue or hot glue, glue two of the sticks cross-ways. The notched ends will serve as a guide for getting your cross bars glued on straight.


Then, flip it over and place your star stickers however you like.


Go ahead and paint the blue field on your flag. Paint over the stars if you plan to peel them off. That’s what we originally did.


Then, alternate your red and white stripes on the flag.


In the end, we decided to use white star stickers since the paint bled a bit.


This was a fun, easy and cheap craft project. My kiddos loved it and I bet yours will as well.

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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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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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Our Christmas candlelight tour

Merry Christmas Eve to all of you. I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas season and your homes and hearts are full of love and light. 

I’m going to just let the pictures do the talking. Merry Christmas to you and yours. 




Merry Christmas!

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Wrapping paper storage ideas


This year, I did something I usually don’t do. I wrapped my gifts using wrapping paper that had a big pattern and it had red in it.


I also used some red ribbon and some vintage inspired tags I created.


But even with this boldly patterned paper, I used a touch of traditional.


You will find a few “brown paper packages tied up with strings.”

I also wanted to talk about my wrapping paper storage.


This underbed box contains ribbon, tape, scissors, small bags, and boxes. I have wrapping paper for Christmas, baby showers, birthdays and weddings. 


I just slide the box out from under the bed when I need it. 

How are you storing your wrapping paper? 

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Tiered Tray Vignettes 


Tiered trays are useful for serving, but did you know that they can be great for creating vignettes as well?


I used a simple silver tray to showcase some ornaments and faux holly and greenery. 

This tiered tray vignette took 10 minutes to create and it looks so cute in my dining room.


What Christmas vignettes have you created?

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