Fall is Here! Time to Spruce Up the Backyard with DIY Painted Pots, Colorful Flowers

This weekend in Little Rock, the weather was gorgeous. After a hard, long rain on Friday, we woke up Saturday to fall temperatures, sunshine and a cool breeze. It was heaven. I started my weekend with Mrs. Aubri Duran – … Continue reading

Summer Favorites

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I feel like summer is slipping through my fingers with all this talk about school starting (FYI for the first time in our marriage Matt is NOT starting school this fall… woohoo!) and this amazing fall like weather. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the fall. I can’t wait for pumpkin lattes, mums on my front porch and college football but that’s for a different post. Today I want to talk about some of my favorites things from this summer.

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1. Grilling: Every house needs some kind of grill, right?! Well since we’ve been in an apartment the past 4+ years we’ve been holding out on a proper grill till now. We found a great deal on one at Home Depot and use it several times a week. And lucky for me Matt has seriously mastered the perfect grilled chicken, steak and burgers. I’m not even kidding. I’m going to be sad when it’s too cold to eat like this for dinner every meal.

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2. Crepe Myrtles: Also since buying house and learning about the world of keeping up with a lawn I have fallen in love with Crepe Myrtles. Pictured above are the beautiful ones in front of our house. I love laying on our bed or sitting on our front porch swing (when it’s a little cooler) and just staring at all the pretty colors. But really I’m not just a fan of my own Crepe Myrtles, I love seeing these colorful trees all over town!

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3. La Croix: I can not get enough of this drink. I drink one at least once a day. Lindsay introduced me to the lime and coconut flavor. I TRY to keep the sugary drinks to a minimum (I save the sugar for my coffee… it’s a must!) but with no sugar and no caffeine I can drink these, as Lindsay would say, “like it’s going out of style.”

4. Fresh produce: Summer can bring some incredibly hot heat but the gift of fresh produce almost makes it worth it. Just as I mentioned above about our love for grilling this summer it also goes with our love to grill or roast summer veggies. We love tomatoes, corn, squash, zucchini, okra, bell peppers, cucumbers and probably whatever else you put in front of us. Thankfully we’ve gotten most of our produces from either our neighbor’s garden (who also happens to be our pastor and his wife) or my in-laws garden.

5. Salsa: I make Pioneer Women’s restaurant salsa about once a week. It makes a big batch and it’s my go-to snack. I’ll tweak her recipe here and there with making it a little warmer but it’s a definite staple to my summer eating.

Summer is almost gone so be sure to enjoy those things you love most about summer while you still can!

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“Repo”-ing your own lawn!

Inspiring song of my day today: “The Forgotten Overture”, Finding Neverland You will never know the emotions first time homeowners experience until you purchase your first house. Its been one week since we’ve had the keys to our new home. … Continue reading

The BIG move!!

So I haven’t told you readers, but we bought a house. 2 months ago! You could say my excitement has been somewhat delayed because we did a “rent-back” to the previous homeowners, as their new home was in the construction process. But as of today, we will be able to walk inside the house. We are not actually moving in YET because we are having some work take place over the course of this next week, so our big move  will actually be next weekend. If you are a regular reader, you know, I was feeling discouraged for a long time , mostly in part to this crazy Dallas housing market, but, also due to a bad attitude. You see, I suffer from a “want now” mentality when it comes to houses. I “wanted” everything to be already done, or looking exactly how I always envisioned my future house to look, within a couple of weeks. However, I had a “self” attitude adjustment, and thank God alone, got myself out of the “discontent spirit” that had taken hold of me. A house is what you make it, and not everything is going to be the way I want it, right away. Projects take money, and when you first buy a house, its not going to look like that “dream house” you found one night on HGTV. Everyone has different incomes in life, different backgrounds, and stories, and one of the things that I am personally addressing is to be just thankful with what God has blessed me with RIGHT now.  I might not have that “perfect” kitchen right away, or beautiful bed, or amazing backyard like the ones I see in my Southern Living magazine ALL the time…But, I have to remember I have other things that God has blessed me with instead. Like my health, and family.  I am working on not comparing my life (stage) to others, or sinking into the “I need-Must have” pit of despair, but focusing on being patient and appreciative of life and the little moments. I am excited that you get to share in this next big step with me reader, and hope that you too, realize all the things you have to be thankful for.

Ciao!  Till next week!!

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Country Chic Bud Vase

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This Memorial Day, we decided to throw a fairly last minute cook-out (I’m now suspicious that my husband put the idea of this in my head as an elaborate scheme to get a new grill) but anyway, I needed some decorations quick and made … Continue reading

Flavored Ice Cubes

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My husband and I both being from the south, we drink a good deal of sweet tea. Having brunch on our back porch last weekend I decided to spruce things up a bit and offer some flavored ice cubes with tea and lemonade. I did … Continue reading

Discouraged, but not giving up!

Its not as easy as it looks on HGTV! House buying, that is. Last week you did not hear from me, reader. I was a little melancholy for a couple of days, AND it takes ALOT to get me down. Typically … Continue reading

We Have a Bun In The Oven!

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I’m excited to announce that baby #2 is COOKING! I am so, so ,so SOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!! Our son Presley will be 2 1/2 and I know he is going to LOVE having a little playmate 🙂 I think it’s the … Continue reading

Hippity Hop, Hippity Hop, Easter’s On It’s Way

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Everyone loves a cute Easter wreath right?? Well, one of my friends introduced me to Chevron burlap at Hobby Lobby and I knew I had to make a wreath out of it. It’s SO simple and I think it’s adorable! … Continue reading

Furniture Style: Out With The Old, In With The New.

I bet if you looked around your house, you have at least 1 piece of furniture that you dislike. It could be because you’ve had it forever, that it was a hand-me-down, or if you’re like me, it’s just plain ugly.

I’ve had these 3 little tables in our garage forever. A few years back I used them outside and the table tops weren’t meant for it. I knew that eventually I would recover the tops and I FINALLY did it.

Here’s what they looked like before. So ugly…but I knew the “bones” of the tables were solid.

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I’m glad these didn’t end up in my last garage sale…

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It was one of the easiest projects I’ve done in a while. I just had to unscrew all the screws, scrape off the tops of the tables and then use hot glue on the bottom side of each one. I ended up finding a fabric I loved at Joann’s on sale for $13 and it’s all weather material made for outdoors!

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My goal for this spring is to get fun pillows and really decorate our back patio. I want a whimsy vintage feel so this fabric fit right in. I can’t wait to get some potted plants for the tables and really make them feel complete.

After about 20 minutes this was the final product! Bye bye old ugly tables 🙂

I scattered them a little so they aren’t all in a single space. I love how they turned out!

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