Sunday, June 29, 2014

Patriotic Mantel

I had a little fun with some .99 duct tape (you can read about here), and created this 4th of July table setting and patriotic mantel, as we get ready to celebrate our nations independence this week.












Our 4th of July tradition around here is a backyard barbecue with tons of watermelon and messy popsicles, accompanied by a firework display hosted by dad in the backyard. One of his favorite highlights of the year....kids too.



We top our evening off with smores around our firepit and talking about our favorite highlights and fireworks of the day, and hoping that the day would not have to end. 

What do you have planned for the 4th of July this year?


Grateful~
For this great nation 


PS- to make my stars and stripe pillow before the holiday, click here





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Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekly Wow's

Happy Friday! 
Was it a good week?
Did you work smart, play hard and love more? Hope so...I did.
Hard to believe the month is winding down. I am hoping that July goes at a snails pace since my kids go back to school the 1st of August. Nooooooooooo....Not yet!

Here's some amazing stuff to get your weekend started.

oh my....love it. all the details here.



When's the last time you put one of these in your hair?

Great way to infuse color in a white kitchen...colorful plates on the wall. From BH&G



PB inspired mirror from The Everyday Home


Yes please. I get a tad bit excited every time I look at this space. The blues, the mix of patterns, the windows, the art piece, the accent chair. 





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Can't wait to pick some blueberries this summer, to whip this up.


Pretty cool picture. Makes me wish we were still at the beach. sigh


source unknown

Have a wonderful weekend. Make sure to do something you love, surrounded by the people you love.



Grateful~
ice cream, splashing in the pool and giggles 



PS- to see more of my Weekly Wow series, click here



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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

4th of July Apple Cobbler



I promise you, the Apple cobbler is not going to get up and start singing the Star Spangled Banner. That would be far too predictable. What I can assure you is, that this is going to be the best Apple Cobbler..... Patriotic Style, that you have ever tasted.


I imagine our founding fathers nibbling on this, with a bit of vanilla ice cream, as they were declaring their Independence back in 1776. Years later....just a mere 238, this is such a popular treat around my house and at family gatherings . The reason....it is so simple, easy and requires just a few ingredients....and it feeds a crowd.


What you will need:
8 x 8 baking pan or 1.5 quart baking dish
1 cup Biscuit Mix - any kind
1/2 cup of soft butter
Spray butter- for the bottom of your baking dish. You can also melt some butter to coat the pan.
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of raw/cane sugar- I used 'Sugar In The Raw'
3/4 cup of milk- I use 2%
1 can of pie filling- I used apple but I have also done this with cherry. just as delish.




Here's what you do:
Spray or coat your baking dish/pan with butter
Mix butter, biscuit mix and sugars together
Add milk and continue stirring until completely mixed
Pour into your baking dish
Add pie filling over the top, distributing evenly. DO NOT MIX the two together.
Bake 30 mins at 350 temp.






Taste so good that after that first bite, you'll be seeing fireworks!
Do you have a favorite desert that has you seeing fireworks?


Click here if you missed my 4th of July tablescape. 




Grateful for~
lazy summer days and a house that looks just as lazy!







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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

4th of July Tablescape...using .99 Duct Tape




For the record, I have never used duct tape for decorating or crafting purposes...ever. There I said it. It's out there.
I have sat back and ohh'd and ahhhh'd over all the ridiculously creative projects done with duct tape, in hopes of one day being accepted into the duct tape Hall of Fame...... by giving you that same ohhhh and ahhhhh moment.  
So here goes.


I thought maybe that time could be today, and the project could be my 4th of July patriotic tablescape . A project where I was inspired by a pack of duct tape that I picked up at Home Depot....for .99.


I was hoping that you might be inspired by these green plastic plates that I turned into patriotic chargers with a little white spray paint and duct tape around the perimeter.


And with it's festive flair down the middle of the table, my very used burlap runner ......with some duct tape.


The glass jars that use to hold pickles, spaghetti sauce and beets, will now be used to hold utensils and then for serving up some of my famous Georgia sweet tea, got the once around with some tape too.


And remember those fun wooden buoys that I used in my Summer mantel here, well they got a little dressed up for the soiree too.... with a little duct tape. They are sitting on top of an old wicker charger that I sprayed painted red and then placed what is technically a candle holder, but using it as a vase, for some hydrangeas and ferns that I cut from here


 Duct tape perfection.

So tell me, did it work..... am I in? I will be back tomorrow for some more of my 4th of July ideas....just in case.

Are you apart of the Duct tape Hall of Fame? If not, you should be. But hurry, I don't know how long that tape will be in stock.


Grateful for~
To live in such a great country, that I love





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Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Breakfast Room

It was about 6 years ago.




I remember the conversation between my husband and I, like it was yesterday. I was fairly to the point. He was watching TV and the conversation went something like this.......

"Honey, ummm..... I have been thinking, (in which he rolls his eyes) Why don't we turn the family room into the breakfast room."
I felt like I needed some distance between the cartoons, and hubby's shows while in the kitchen cooking, monitoring homework or just enjoying a quiet moment.


Needless to say, the conversation turned out a lot better then I thought it would.
One of the best decisions we ever could have made for our home...and kitchen. You can read more about the transition from family room to breakfast room here.


It's not like I am flip floppin rooms in my house on a regular basis, in fact this is the only one that has seen such a dramatic change in it's purpose. The reason....this table. 


The original plan that we created when we built our home was centered around this table, however the architect was a just a tad bit off with the measurements on the day he was working on that room ....and it didn't fit. Eventually, that room transitioned into my keeping room. Win win for me.



With no place to put an almost 8 foot table, we put it up in my husbands office,  and I got a smaller replacement table ( which is now in this room ) and we continued to eat our cereal each morning happily ...until that day 6 years ago and that conversation. 


Eating cheerios, has not been the same ever since. We still enjoy eating them......  only much better. And these days, much better since we moved the original 8 foot table back into this space, just like it was meant ...... all along.

Have you had an major room flips in your home?


PS- To see our recently transformed kitchen click here.




grateful~
what i didn't know then, i do now



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Friday, June 20, 2014

Weekly Wow's- bunting idea, home tour and more

Happy Friday friends. If you follow me on Instagram or facebook you may have seen this post this week
"I have decided that I will not clean the house until the kids go back to school...pointless."  

Well, I am on day 3 and so far ....no cleaning. It is actually quite liberating and relaxing to see the house get "kidded up" and just sit back and watch. Ahhhh. I don't know exactly how long I can last, but I will enjoy it while I can.
Make sure to follow along to see my progress....and or my mess.
Here's a few things that caught my eye, while I was sitting around watching the house get destroyed this week.

I love this idea of using bandanas for bunting.




I want to do this in Lily's bedroom makeover



I love my white tees, so I am gonna try this 



How do your kids describe you? If you are a mom raising children...this one's  a must see. 

Beautiful home tour here


And I leave you this week with this.....



Have a great weekend doing what you love with people that you love....laughing!





grateful for~
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Porch 2014...5 things every Southern porch should have

Welcome to one of the most popular hangouts at my house....The Front Porch. 
The other.....The back porch. My typical summer rant "out front, out back, in or out"
From Friday night date nights, to afternoon chit chats with friends......this is the place to be. Where all the cool people hang.






I have rounded up my list of 5 things every southern summer porch should have.....although all other porch loving friends regardless of where you live, should take note.

1. Comfy seating paired with pillows. This year I bought some cute striped covers from here  (they were super inexpensive) to mix in with my already paisley cushions and pillows. Since this porch is covered, I buy indoor fabric and spray with scotch guard to protect from the elements, dogs and kids. Don't want your guests sitting on something nasty.


2.  Something to drink. From sweet tea to cold water with lemon, to homemade moonshine...okay , not really about the moonshine, please have a cold beverage for your guests to sip on.  This is a must, especially when its hot outside.


3. Ferns, and lot's of them. It's like the staple for the Southern porch. Ferns are the easiest, fullest and inexpensive porch plant to have. I buy them as annuals at the beginning of the season and they will hang in there until the first cold snap. I have Boston ferns on my front porch.


4. Color. Mix in a favorite color or two for your containers, flowers and accessories. I sprayed the containers and monogram yellow and then added some yellow lantana in with my Eugenia Toparies. These Eungenia's are so easy to grow and make a great statement by the front door. 


5.  Conversation, laughter and fun. No restriction to how much, time of day and how often. Although, the more the merrier......especially after a few shots of that moonshine.


So, where are you hangin out this summer?

Regardless of where you are sitting or where you will be, I hope you will enjoy the Summer time. Come back anytime...you know where I will be! To see last years summer porch, click here.


I hope you will visit my other Southern Pals for more Outdoor Living Ideas.


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