Our Deck Makeover

If you love the outdoors as much as me and my family, you NEED an inviting space outside. I shared some of our back yard makeover in my last post, but this post is featuring our deck!

As I mentioned before, we’ve been settled in our home for over a year, but we weren’t utilizing our nice fenced in back yard! I decided that it was due time to create a space for the family to enjoy! With the kids having their new play space, it was important to me that Joshua and I have a space to relax, as well as entertain!

We kicked off our finished deck project by hosting our first college game day. The kids were entertained and the adults had lots of viewing options. It was a win win and we are more than happy to have this project under our belts!!

I’m going to be linking products under the photos below in case you’re interested in any of them for yourselves!!

Thanks for stopping by, it really means a lot! I love sharing these things with everyone 🙂

Serving Tray: Pottery Barn / Succulents: Lowe’s / Cactus Plant: Lowe’s / Cactus Planter: Burkes Outlet

Outdoor Rug: Hayneedle

Pouf Seat and Table Set: Amazon

Sectional: Jos and Main / Fig Tree: Hobby Lobby

White Coffee Table: Amazon

Back Yard Play Ground

So we’ve lived at our current house for a little over a year. We aren’t planning on it being our permanent location, so I made a vow that I was NOT doing ANY renovations! We have done updates to every house we’ve been in and flipped 4 other rental properties, so I surely didn’t want another home project. You would think! However, my inner HGTV loving, Joanna Gaines wanna be, couldn’t take it any longer.

The Summer days were getting longer and the evenings were so pretty, and we weren’t using our back yard at all. Adler is almost three and definitely wanting to be outside, so I decided to create him an inexpensive play area, with the space we already had.

Joshua removed the lattice from under our deck, and cleared all the things growing under there out! We simply added a 2×4 down the middle to create two different play stations!

We made an outdoor chalkboard which I’ll share at the end, but used part of the board we had to cut and drilled it into the deck to give Adler and Leland another small chalk board to use at his dump truck station.

For the “dump station” I found foam play mats at Lowe’s. They are 4×4 and 4 to a pack for $20. I believe we only used 2 packs!

For the road, I bought acrylic paint in the craft section at Walmart for $3. I used sponge brushes and painted lines on.

Joshua had an extra tire we put in the center and then we filled it with 4 bags of pea gravel. (Those were $4 each).

For the sand box, we lined it with landscaping liner and stapled it up around the 2×4’s so the sand wouldn’t spill out. Then we dumped 22 bags of play sand in there from Lowe’s! That was the most expensive part, each bag was around $5, so a little over $100 for the home-made sandbox. I did my research however, and most pre-made sandboxes cost at least that much to purchase and are half the size!

Lastly, Joshua and I made this outdoor chalkboard to hang on our fence. I am linking the tutorial we followed here. If you have a handy man, or know someone handy, it really wasn’t a bad project. Painting takes the longest, because the board requires 3 coats, but assembling it was not so bad.

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments. I’d be happy to answer them :).

The Flip House

Let me start out by saying that as easy as HGTV makes it look, flipping a house is no joke! Since Joshua started into the real estate business with his brother, we have done some renovations to smaller units, but THIS, this is our first full flip baby. If you would like to test your marriage and/or relationship of any kind, then I encourage you to flip a house together. This particular project has taken about 3.5 months with a lot of lessons learned along the way. There have been laughs, there have been tears, there’s been sweat, there’s been changed minds, mistakes and corrections, hugs, joy, frustration, agreement, disagreement, and the just about any other emotion that exists. However, when it is all said and done, the hectic journey is soon forgotten and the finished product was so very worth it.

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How To Style Your Built-Ins Like a Pro

I am excited to be able to say that I am working with TJ Maxx! I decided early on that I would only blog about brands and companies that I used and believed in. I’ve used TJ Maxx for several spaces of our home, but one of my favorites is in our built-in shelves.  They always have a great and ever-changing selection of home decor, which I love! It doesn’t hurt that it’s affordable.

I’ll be honest and say that decorating has been a learning process for me. I owe a lot of thanks to HGTV and guidance from friends, so I can’t take all of the credit. Here’s a few things I’ve learned:

  1. Mix textures: You can add so much character to a space by just mixing metal, wood, glass, rock, etc.
  2. Mix colors. This one was hard for me because I love symmetry. I was shocked at how copper compliments galvanized metal and dark brown wood looks good with light brown wood. (Mind blown).
  3. Mix sizes. You don’t want everything the same height. Tall flowers look best next to a short candle holder, etc.
  4. Mix styles. I love that you can use classic pieces, such as a flower-pot along with a rustic wooden candle stick.

Here are similar products you can use for your next shelf makeover!

Galvanized Lantern / Faux Topiary in a Ceramic Pot / Grass in Cement Pot / Succulent in a Terrarium / Metal Lantern / Honeycomb Vase / White Flowers

One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure

Today Adler and I got into another antiquing project! I love to re-do furniture, so we finally got to the basement table. I’ve been putting it off for months now, because it is time-consuming and a little bit of work 😊. I put together a short “how-to” guide because if you’re like me, you don’t want in-depth details, you just want to do it! Soooo…… Continue reading “One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure”

Home for the Holidays 

When we were growing up my mom would transform our house into the North Pole. It was Christmas everywhere you looked! I remember the warm fuzzy feeling it gave me to have our house all festive. My dad would spend an entire Saturday hanging ice sickle lights and wrapping the shrubs.

I never realized the work the two of them had to put into decorating, but I’m glad they did it. Now that I’m grown and have Adler, I want him to experience Christmas the way I remember it. We didn’t get too crazy with decorations this year because our house has been an ongoing project, but we got a little festive! Here’s some decorating tips and a look into our cozy little home 😊.  Continue reading “Home for the Holidays “

Pumpkin Party

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It’s almost time to get in the Christmas mood, but today I’m sharing a couple of ideas for a Fall Birthday or get-together. I made these cute pumpkin party favors for Charlie’s first birthday and had to share. They are so easy,and could still be used for a Thanksgiving party.

I got the idea from Pinterest originally, but kind of made it my own with switching the materials up a little. All you need is:

  • One pack of orange plastic table clothes (Mine were from Wal-Mart)
  • A 9 inch baking pan
  • Green duct tape (picked this up at Michaels)
  • Candy of your choice

This makes around 25 pumpkins.

Trace a circle around your 9 inch baking pan onto your table cloth.

Next just place a handful of candy in the center, wrap the cut out around the candy, twist the top to secure, and hold in place with a strip of the green duct tape. Just like that you have cute little pumpkins filled with candy. Yes, it was really THAT easy. Also this is a super affordable party favor. The most expensive part was the candy, and you can be creative with that, like only using bubble gum instead of mini candy bars. Whatever fits in your budget :)!

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Secondly, I’m sharing a centerpiece idea for Fall entertaining. This pumpkin centerpiece was inspired from the Cinderella party theme. However, we all took one home and used them for personal decor afterwards. I like to switch colors up and be a little different sometimes. These would be so cute if you are entertaining for the Thanksgiving Holiday. It does require a little extra work. We used:

  • Light blue acrylic paint. One small bottle covered three medium pumpkins and 10 mini pumpkins.
  • Glitter spray paint (again I found this at Michaels, but I’m sure Wal-Mart would have it).
  • Empty food can
  • Fresh flowers

Cut a small hole around the stem of the pumpkin, gut it, place the empty can in the center, add water and fresh flowers. *An important step is placing the empty food can in the center. This will hold the water to place the flowers in and preserve the life of the pumpkin. If you for-go this step it will cause the pumpkin to rot rather quickly, so I highly recommend doing this if you want your centerpiece to last a little longer!