Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Mom's Craft Day Post No. 1.

I think I may have mentioned it before on here, but once a month I try to organize a craft day for some of my mom friends. We've been doing it for 3 years now and I look forward to it each month. It's some nice, much needed, girl time when living with 5 guys! We eat, drink, chat, and craft. During the Fall and Holiday months I try to think up a craft that pertains to the season. This past weekend we made decorative signs with a Fall/ Thanksgiving theme.
 
 
It was the most easy craft we have done to date, and there have been a couple easy ones. All of the materials came from the dollar section at Target and cost just under $7 after tax per person. 
We began with these round wood "canvases".
 
 
 
The bonus to these is they were painted with a pretty navy chalkboard paint and had pretty, copper glitter on the edges to them already.
 
 
Then we used these adhesive wood cutouts to decorate our canvases with.
 
 
A little tip when deciding how to arrange your design, the cut outs are all on the same plastic piece in the packaging so if you separate them by cutting each piece out, you can arrange and rearrange until you find a design you like. Although they have an adhesive back, they can be taken off with a little effort (if you do stick it onto the wood) and will still re-stick pretty good if you mess up and don't like where you placed it... That may have happened a few times.
 
 
See super easy right? It also came with the string to hang already attached. So really the only think we had to do with this craft was decide on how we wanted the cutouts arranged. All of these materials should still be available in your local Target dollar spot. If not, I've seen similar pieces at craft stores like Michael's, Joann's, and Hobby Lobby. I'm not sure if their cutouts have a sticky back but some E6000 can fix that.
 
Happy crafting!
 
Meg

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Summer to Fall in the South.

If you live in the South, you might be like me, craving a Fall wardrobe but sweat at the thought of wearing heavy sweaters, jeans, and boots while it's still in the 90's. The "change so seasons" always has me wanting to refresh my closet and sends me searching all of my favorite shops (and this morning I was even a little chilly walking Heidi girl). I thought I'd share some of my favorite pieces I came across recently that are not only perfect transitional pieces but most happen to be in the clearance sections also!

The top and bottom rows are all from JcrewFactory.com while the middle row items are from TJMaxx.com, BodenUSA.com, and Madewell.com. And most of these items may or may not be on their way to my closet right now...



Into Fall in the South
 


 JCrewFactory.com is also having an extra 50% off clearance items which makes their pieces an even bigger steal! Madewell.com is having an extra 30% off sale items, BodenUSA.com isn't having an extra sale ontop of their clearance but this dress used to be $118 and is now less than $35 so it's pretty crazy already!

Have you found any good deals lately? If so please share! Now if only the weather would catch up to the calendar!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Kitchen Chair Inspiration

Guess what?! We're building a house! I'm so excited, my head is spinning with ideas! I'll be sharing progress on it as it moves along as well as sneak peeks, I can't wait till they break ground! If you follow along on Instagram, then you might have seen we already had our design center meeting, and survived it. We were able to get just about everything we wanted on our wish list. There was only one detail they say they aren't able to fulfill that left me a bit disappointed but I'll get to that in another post. For now I'm thinking about our kitchen, mainly the breakfast nook area. We are in need of a new kitchen table as ours has been taken apart and put back together too many times I think that it's just too wobbly no matter what we do to fix it. Our chairs are still in decent shape structure wise but they really need a makeover. The finish is horrible thanks to all of the little hands and art projects in the house. 
I've been browsing Pinterest lately and while I've always loved mixing and matching tables with chairs, I've started contemplating going with a fun color on the chairs. Not sure if I will refinish our chairs or opt for new ones but here are some of the inspiration pictures I've found recently with not so neutral color chair options...
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These next pictures might be a bit too loud for me but I still love how they look!


Can you guess which color I'm contemplating most? I've rounded up some of my top picks below. They're all from Wayfair.com and won't break the bank. (Follow the link below to my polyvore site and you'll be given a direct link for each product)
Colorful kitchen chair round up
   
Now tell me, do you prefer neutral colors all around, or do you like a pop of color around the kitchen table?

Friday, August 12, 2016

An Apple for the Teacher: First Day of School Gift Idea.

 So yesterday my kids went back to school (imagine me as the dad in the Staples commercial singing "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"). I love them but this mama needs a vacation from the summer! If you follow along on Instagram, you may recall 2 of my kids switching schools half way through last year and deciding to homeschool my oldest after our beloved school of 5 years started heading south. We know a lot of the families at our new school but I don't know the teachers or staff that well so I thought maybe a nice little back to school present for our teachers may be in order, yes I was the teacher's pet growing up. I had the idea of taking the traditional apple gift and updating it a bit. 
 
 
 
I fell in love with a candle by DW Home called Fresh Apple Tart. It smells amazing if you're looking for a good autumn time candle soon (you can find it at Tj Maxx). When I went to pick some up for the teachers, I couldn't find that exact scent but I did find Apple Cider which smells amazing too, so we went with that option.




 
 
I wrapped each one with a ribbon (I added a little bit of tape on the bottom and top to keep the ribbon from sliding off). Also a good way to remove those pesky, sticky price tags is to use a hair dryer. Just point it to the sticker for a minute and it will come off in one easy peel.




 
 
Before we left for school we wrapped them in tissue paper and placed them in little red gift bags with this prinout I found as a little note of encouragement for the start of a new year.




 
 
And since I have apples and Autumn on the brain, I found a few more apple options that might make cute teacher gifts if you want to go with an updated take on the traditional gift. Click on the numbers below to go to each product directly.




 
 
Modern Take on a Traditional Teacher Gift
 
 
1- DWHome.com / 2- WorldMarket.com / 3- PotteryBarn.com / 4- LilyAndVal.etsy.com / 5- CopperGifts.com / 6- JonathanAdler.com / 7- MakerAndInk.com / 8- WorldMarket.com / 9- LeLuckyDuck.com
(Blogger is not letting me link to all of them, but if you go to the websites listed and search for "apple", they will pop up. I'll keep trying to set up the links if it ever allows me)





So tell me, are you ready for school to be back in so you can recoup after summer break, or are you wishing summer break would never end?

-Meg

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday's Favorite Dozen: Pillows

If you're like me, you can NEVER have enough throw pillows! In my opinion they are the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to update the look of your room. Here are a dozen I'm crushing on this week (links below)...


Favorite Dozen: Pillows



1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6.  // 7.  // 8. // 9. // 10.  // 11.  // 12.

A couple of them seem to be sold out since I created this board but I'm hoping they come back soon!

So tell me, what's your favorite way to make a quick change in your home?

-Meg

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday's Favorite Dozen: Target Winter/Spring 2016

Yesterday I ran into Target, as quickly as I could since all 4 kids are with me in tow everywhere now due to the decision to home school a couple of weeks ago, and fell in love with all a few of the items I managed to sneak a peek at before the kids fell apart. Here are my top dozen on the wishlist that I'm hoping will find a place here in my home before too long... (click on the matching numbers below to be brought to that item).


Target Dozen


1.//2.//3.//4.//5.//6.//7.//8.//9.//10.//11.//12.

Have you seen any of the new collections at Target recently? Are there any other items you would add to the must have list? Do tell!!!

*Meg

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A few snippets of Christmas around the house.

Being that it's almost Christmas and decorations will be coming down soon after, I thought I would snap a few photos of the Christmas cheer spread throughout the house this year.

In the dining room I'm growing paper whites again. A couple stems have bloomed, I'm hoping Christmas morning I'll wake to find them all in bloom!




This was how I decorated the front door chalk board for Thanksgiving and I've never changed the saying on it, but I think it still works.


My first One Room Challenge makeover has had a few changes to it. This wall now holds my large chalkboard and craft supply shelves.


These "snow globes" are the easiest thing ever. We did them last year for one of the mom craft day get togethers I host each month. All you need is a mason jar (these came from the Target dollar spot), lightly spray the sides of the inside with an spray adhesive (don't spray the bottom of the jar), sprinkle a little glitter, hot glue a little bottle brush tree to the bottom, and add some fake snow.


This area is super hard to photograph because there is no direct natural light in our kitchen and it was very overcast this morning when I snapped the photos.


We don't have a mantel so the stockings get hung on our DIY coat rack (2 hooks are missing because I broke the screw still inside the hook, oops!). Stockings came from TjMaxx a few years ago. Letter ornaments are from Target last year, also lie to me and tell me that J is really an I!


Jolly pillow from TjMaxx, and antler pillow from my shop.


This is my favorite way to hang our Christmas cards! I'm tempted to leave them up all year!!

 
Our advent calendar, just the star is left!!










This year I hung wreaths with berry garland on them, on the front of a couple of our kitchen cabinets, I love the look!!




Another win for DW Home candles!! Love love love this one!! You can find them at TjMaxx stores!


And what's a Christmas tour post without some Santa Claus? Our annual visit to Santa's Chalet at Disney Springs (although it will always be The Village to me!!)


I had to add this one in, Ev was so scared of Santa again this year and wouldn't take his eyes off him just in case he tried to pull any shenanigans! Maybe next year he'll give the big guy a chance!


Hope you enjoyed the tour! Maybe next year I'll get my act together and give the tour a bit earlier than 2 days before Christmas!! Ahhh!

+Meg