Backyard Balloon Party

I have the best neighbors.  Really.  That is the best blessing of our new house, all the wonderful people who live around us.  We became friends quickly and now we do everything together.  Last fall, tragedy struck our little circle when our friend Trisha lost her little baby boy at two months.  We were all devastated but we became even closer as friends.  Last week would have been his first birthday and we wanted to do something fun and special … [Read more...]

Rustic Farmhouse Centerpiece

My friend Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife invited me to participate in her Styled X 3 challenge. She chooses a decor item from Amazon and sends it to a couple  of other bloggers and we all show how we styled it.  This time she chose this little box of 12 tiny glass jars.  Stacy did something and Amy from The Happy Scraps participated as well.  Be sure to check theirs out too! This week has been crazy!  So much has been going … [Read more...]

Summer Essentials Car Kit

 Whenever summer comes, I always find myself planning activities or spontaneously going to things and without a doubt, always forgetting something or not planning for the situations.  So this year I decided to pack a Summer Essentials Car Kit.  It's a kit filled with stuff that is 'in case'. The first thing I did was to head to Walmart for everything.  I go to Walmart on a regular basis and it always has everything I need in one spot, so it’s … [Read more...]

Back to School Breakfast Ideas

School is starting soon and that means the morning routine is about to begin.  I'm always secretly excited for school to start and no--not just to get a break from round the clock parenting, but because I just love that time of year.  I love when it gets a little cooler outside and I love having a routine again.  But breakfast duty is not my favorite, especially when I was pregnant.  Let's just say my kids have eaten a lot of cereal in the last … [Read more...]

Genius Camping Hacks for Summer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® and OFF!®. The opinions and text are all mine. It's summer and it's the season of outdoors.  Whether you are planning a week-long camping excursion or just a little hike in the woods, some or all of these outdoor tips and camping hacks can come in handy!   Sunscreen:  My favorite is this Banana Boat® SunComfort™ Spray.  It has a water-resistant formula, … [Read more...]

10 Cool Summer Treats

In the heat of the summer, there is little energy left for anything but things that make you NOT. SO. HOT.  Am I right?  Swimming, splash pads, mountains, beaches.  Watermelon, ice cream, popsicles, and grilling outside.  And the food is the best!  Making tons of concoctions with ice cream makers and the freezer so they cool you down.  Here is a list of 10 cool summer treats that are sure to hit the spot with friends and family!  These … [Read more...]

Master Closet Organization

I'm a member of the BHG Live Better Blogger Network.  All opinions are my own. This month's Better Homes and Gardens post theme is "Small Spaces."  I instantly thought of my master closet.  It's a large closet that became a dumping ground from the moment we moved in.  It just wasn't pretty.  Since BHG has such a great line of organizational products, I figured this would be a great time to tackle this.  We jumped in and started the ultimate … [Read more...]

IKEA Hack: Expedit into Long Storage Unit

Check out my latest IKEA hack--in my Farmhouse Loft. I'm always pretty proud of my latest builds and this one is no different.  Though technically I didn't really build much.  But I took one tall bookcase and an IKEA Expedit and turned it into this: I love it!  It turned out exactly as I pictured it in my head...don't you love it when that happens?  It was one of those things where no one thought it would work and I kept saying, "Don't … [Read more...]