Christmas Cookie Making Basket (free printables!)

Since I was a girl I can remember wanting a white front porch with a magnolia leaf garland. This is the first year we've had a porch like this and I was not about to let the Colorado cold spoil my dream. So I ordered 400 leaves from South Carolina and made all my plantation style porch dreams come true!!!

Hope y'all enjoy how I mixed a little southern beauty into our 
rustic mid-west home this year!

Christmas: Front Porch


Christmas: Main Living Space

Christmas: Children's Rooms

Floral and Tuscan Inspired Shower for Baby Mila

-  H A R V E S T  -  G A T H E R  -  F E A S T  -  G I V E  T H A N K S  -


Thanksgiving Holiday Home Tour 2015

Graveyard Grub- Halloween Class Treats

Here are the Birth Announcements I created just for our sweet Ansley Jaye. My Father In Law owns a printing company in my home city of Jacksonville, Florida. I do all of the design and artwork and he does all my printing for me. I use for all of my photo editing and artwork. Pickmonkey is awesome and the majority of the applications are FREE!! 

I wanted her announcement to be preppy but girly. That's "our" style and I think this announcement embodies the perfect mix of both. This newborn photo shoot was super easy to accomplish and you could do one too! I used her bassinet but if you don't have one you could take pictures in baby's crib and it would be just as beautiful. I love the simplicity of these, allowing the floral design to really play out. 

Baby Girl Birth Announcement

Halloween House Tour 2015 (with free printables!)

Baby Girl Nursery- Hand Painted Floral Wall Mural

For some reason I just can't get away from the nautical bathroom theme for the kids bathroom. I have been doing it for years and I just feel like it's so perfect for this. However, as many times as I've used these decorations, in rentals, the rest of the bathroom finishings just ruined it. I am so happy to finally have faucets, lighting, flooring, and a wall color that compliment the theme!

So here is what I did: First the floors, cabinet color, faucets, and lighting had to go! I found the light fixture and faucets on ebay for way cheaper than Lowes and Home Depot! I specifically looked for ones with a nautical feel. I didn't want this room to be overly themed like the nautical section at Hobby Lobby threw up. I wanted it to just have that feel. 

The flooring is a peel and stick from Lumbar Liquidators, two 30 sq ft boxes cost me $50 and I have a bunch left over I'm sure I will use for another project. It only look me 2 hours and I just laid it right over the old flooring (as it states you can). Then I had the brilliant idea of using it to frame the mirror. HOLY COW! Look at how nice that came out! And for such a cheap and easy thing. I used adhesive to ensure a good stick. 

The towel rack is a few left over pieces of wood, secured together with a light grey stain and some boat cleat screwed in. I used a paint pen to hand paint the kid's names. I love how it turned out and how useful it is!

Wall Paint is Behr's Pensive Sky

Children's Nautical Bathroom- Series (From Basic New Builder Grade to Custom)

Kitchen Reveal (Series From Basic New Builder Grade to Custom)

$40 Carrara Marble Herringbone Inspired Backsplash Tutorial

Asher's Nursery

With Weston I was all to in a hurry for him to be a "Big Boy". I learned my lesson, babies don't keep. So I am doing everything I can to keep Asher's babyhood going as long as I possibly can. He is my sweet baby boy. I designed his new room with all of these thoughts in mind. I wanted it to be soft but still boyish. When I look at it, I really see his sweet personality shine through. I also wanted the theme to be Noah's Ark but without being overly theme-y. It's always a struggle to not go to Hobby Lobby and buy everything they have for each theme but simplicity is better in the end. 

I made the teething guard using a simple piece of canvas fabric, ribbon for the ties, and ordered a monogram patch from etsy. I feel in love with one already made and it was $150!! I thought no way, I can totally make that!

Hope you enjoy!!

Sources are listed at the bottom of the page.

Baby Boy Noah's Ark Themed Nursery

Living and Dining Room
(Including budget friendly 16 ft by 10 ft built in)

I am over the moon with how our 16 foot budget wall built in turned out! With 3 littles I knew we needed two things, LOTS of toy storage and glass decorations up HIGH! These built ins are the perfect solution for the entire family's needs. 

When I look at this room I am pretty happy with it but there are a few things that I am hoping to do in the next year: Reed roman shade for window, a blown up family picture in the window pane frame (once baby girl is here!), possibly a bigger TV to fill the big space, and new flooring. I will post updates as I add these things.

(Sources listed at bottom)

Living and Dining Room

My BIG 5 year old's Camping Room!

This room is pretty spectacular in person, it's like you leave the house and enter a different place completely. I completed this room in 24 hours (after only 5 hours of sleep that night of course) and my first born was beyond excited to show Daddy when he got home. I listened from down stairs as he walked up to see. I heard the most sincere exhale and laugh from him. I think the little boy inside him was just as excited as my son. This made my heart melt, knowing that I could give my son a dream room that any child would adore! 

Also, not pictured that makes this room that much more awesome is a night light that makes a million stairs all over the walls at night. So he can really feel like he is sleeping under the stars!

Update: Sources listed at the bottom

Camping and Mountain Themed Little Boy Room

A Seasonal Yearly Growth Chart

I wish I had thought to do this with my oldest. It has been fun to watch his growth this year. It has flown by and I can't believe my little baby boy is almost a year old!! 

First Year Growth Chart Pictures

Ok y'all this is my very first post in this Series: From Basic New Builder Grade to Custom. We recently built a brand new house. This is the first house for us to own and get to live in together. We are working hard to take this standard builder grade from cookie cutter to a little more of a custom look and add character to her. 

We felt like a full renovation on an older home was just too much for us and our budget wouldn't allow for a custom newly built home so we went in the middle by getting all the basics from the builder and adding to ourselves. I am a big fan of shortcuts. In this series you will see what we have done to take it from basic to beautiful! 

These are the first two areas I have been able to fully complete....with the exception of new flooring. With just 9 weeks to go until baby girl is here (fingers crossed it isn't any sooner!!) and then the holidays right after, the floors will have to be a project for the new year!


Half Bathroom and Entry Way (Series: From Basic New Builder Grade to Custom)

DIY Floral Crown

Baby Girl's Fall Wardrobe

Baby girl is due September 14th. I figure between 3 kids, 1 newborn, the holidays and Hubby being gone on a 3 week work trip I won't have very much time to worry about all of our outfits. I'm trying to get a little ahead of the game by getting her wardrobe squared away now.

I shopped mostly at Target, Ralph Lauren, and Baby Gap. I handmade all of her headbands!

(I'm keeping her Thanksgiving and Halloween outfits top secret for now!)

September/ Early October

Infant Fall Wardrobe

Infant Shoe Re-Fashion

Candy-Less Valentine Class Treats

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