Saturday Reading 

I’m going to depart from my usual Saturday reading to update you all a bit about my life and what we are up to.

Family


Our sweet girl had her recital last Saturday and she was amazing! She also truly enjoyed herself.


Then, we went swimming for the first time this year.
My parents had the girls spend one night with them and then they went fishing.

Journey back to health 


If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’m currently in an exercise program and doing Trim Healthy Mama. It doesn’t really have anything to do with trying to lose weight, but more so trying to be healthier. I’m feeling better than I have in awhile, but I still have a long way to go.

Work

I am a teacher and we are anxiously awaiting the end of the school year. More on this later.

House

We currently have a few house projects in the works…nothing too major but nothing too small either. I’m really close to sharing one of them soon.

I hope you have an amazing weekend. Weekend Reading will resume next week in its regular format.

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Farmhouse Fridays: favorite farmhouse bedrooms

 

This week, instead of sharing five things I love or a roundup of farmhouse style merchandise, I’m going to kind of combine them. Today I’m sharing my favorite farmhouse style bedrooms, as seen in magazines and on Pinterest.

I love this shiplap headboard and the ticking stripe duvet.


              Cotton Stem Interiors 

This next room is so pretty. I love an iron bed, but I also really love the tray ceiling and light fixture.


                 Our Vintage Nest

There isn’t anything in this bedroom I don’t love, but there’s just something about that beam and those lace curtains.


                  Love Grows Wild
The old door and the ceiling beams got me. Love this pretty room!


          Dreamy White Lifestyle
I like the colors in this room, but those sconces just make the room.


                    Best Homes

What farmhouse style bedrooms are you coveting? 

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Dance recital/gymnastics meet survival kit

This past weekend, our little gymnast had a recital at her dance and gymnastics academy.


She did a magnificent job and we couldn’t be more proud.

Today, I thought I’d share our backstage survival kit we created for her recital.


In Emorie’s bag, we included the following:

Clothing:

Your dancer/gymnast’s recital attire

Hair accessories or head pieces

A jacket or warm ups in case it’s cold

Hair:

Detangling spray

Hairspray

A hairbrush or comb

Hair ties

Bobby pins

Make up and skin care:

Optional: lotion

Lipstick and eye makeup. Stage lights can drown out your child’s facial features. We just used mascara, lipstick and neutral eye shadow.

Miscellaneous: (and not pictured)

Snacks

A water bottle

A small first aid kit

Safety pins

And lastly, don’t forget it’s customary to give flowers to your tiny performer.


I hope you have a wonderful Thursday.

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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Getting organized with one trip to the dollar store 


Have you ever paid attention to the bins and baskets aisle at your local Dollar General, Family Dollar or Dollar Tree? If you haven’t, you definitely should. 

For example, these little white baskets are 3 for a dollar. They are in use all over my house and they make excellent drawer organizers. Here they are organizing some hair bows in my oldest daughter’s dresser.


Next up are plastic chests of drawers. We use them in our bathroom vanities to give us a little more storage space inside the cabinets.


We also use the little plastic baskets as drawer organizers here as well.


Fabric drawers have many uses and are a steal at $4. Here we use them to organize our playroom.


Dollar Stores also have some pretty sweet deals on hangers. I bought the velvet coat hangers in this closet from the Dollar Tree and they have held up amazingly well.

Dollar store baking dishes Make awesome storage bins for your fridge. Plus, the glass ones are dishwasher safe. Plastic food storage containers work well for fridge bins, too.


The Dollar General stores have these awesome metal baskets, which I am using to store cleaning supplies. 


There are a number of different plastic bins available, which we use all over the house in a variety of ways.



These are just a few of my favorite dollar store organizing tools. Please comment down below to share a few of your favorites.

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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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A re-organized china cabinet


Every home has that one dirty little disorganized secret. It could be a closet…or drawer…or room…or…cabinet. Our China hutch was ours.

The top of it, the visible part, looked great.


But the actual cabinet behind the doors?


Not so much.

It was disorganized and I couldn’t find a thing I needed. When you opened the doors, things threatened to fall out.

I decided to get busy purging. Does anyone else have hundreds of glass vases from the florist?


I donated a few things and found new storage spots for other things.


This mostly empty cabinet in our kitchen is now housing some of our serveware.

This is better, huh? 

I’m still not done but I do think this is a lot better and A LOT less dangerous! 

What small organizing project have you completed recently?

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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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