Summer 2013 Bucket List

I've been seeing 'Summer Bucket List' all over the internet for awhile and decided to give it a try.  I'm hoping this will motive me to be a little more adventurous with Jake and not just do the same ole same ole.  So far, we've only accomplished making ice cream and go to the pool, but we're planning to knock a few big ones off the list over the next few weeks.  What are you planning this summer?

I have a small bucket list of things I want to accomplish this summer too...

Learn to sew
Read, Read, Read
Organize our closets and cabinets
Get my haircut (It's been over 2 years, yikes!)
Paint the bonus room

Hopefully I can get motivated and start checking activities off our lists!


Bits of the week via the iPhone

Thrift store finds.
Krispy Kreme
National Doughnut Day
New range.
Someone likes the new rug. 
Pinterest success.
Truck hoarder at the park.
Georgia Aquarium
Chillin' with Uncle Jay in Atlanta.


Over the Weekend: DIY Doormat

Over the weekend I finished up a little DIY doormat project, and I think it turned out great!

(do you see a little face peeping through the window?)

It started with a trip to ikea where I picked up a plan ole boring doormat.  I knew I could paint something on it, I've seen similar projects all over Pinterest.  I wanted to do our monogram, but it took be a little time to figure out how I was going to do it.  I ended up printing out our monogram, cutting it out, and tracing it onto the doormat.  Lastly, I grabbed some black indoor/outdoor paint we already had and filled in the outline.  I'm happy with my $15 custom doormat and upping the curb appeal a little.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

PS - Excuse the blog appearance as I do a little updating.



I'm thankful...

I got to celebrate Mother's Day as a mother.

I have a mother that who has become a best friend.

for a mother-in-law that treats me like one of her own daughters.

for the 2 most important boys in my life.

for a beautiful day to spend with my little family.

for God's many blessings!

Hope everyone had a nice day celebrating the special women in their lives yesterday!


My baby boy is 2!

One of life's distractions recently was my sweet little boy's second birthday.  He's two!  That's crazy!

We had a beautiful spring day to celebrate Jake with a 'Tool' birthday party.  It was a great day with family and friends.


Bits of the week via the iPhone

Look Mom! I'm sitting on the table!
I'm not going to smile
Glad his daddy is home and has ice cream
It's cold


A couple of things...

I'm ready for spring.  I bought everything to make an Easter egg wreath a year ago.  I finally made the wreath and I'm happy with how it turned out.  I had some leftovers, so I got extra crafty and made an Easter egg garland.

The hubs is doing a great job on the built-ins.  I can't wait to start filling the shelves!


Bits of the Week via the iPhone

frozen yogurt date
pulling weeds for mommy
go Wolfpack!

Happy Friday!



Two weeks ago half the household got the stomach bug!  I didn't get the stomach bug, but did get a nasty cold.  That's why I fell off the blogging bandwagon.

We barely recovered and were off to the mountains with friends.  It was a good time.  It snowed 11+ inches where we were staying at the top of the mountain.

We got back from the mountains and had some play dates.  Lunch at the State Farmers Market Restaurant and Marbles.  Jake just wanted to drive drive drive the fire truck (it was really an ambulance).  We've been taking advantage of the warm weather and playing outside as much as possible.

And last...the Hubs has started our built-ins!  They are going in the 'formal living room', which we are turning into a study/library/dan room.  I'll have more details in the coming weeks!


Bits of the Week via the iPhone

Snow & Trucks!
Naptime in the hallway
Not going to look at you
Chillin' in my friends chair
All the clothes from my dresser


Etsy Shop of the Week - the little gentleman's closet

I do love a good bow tie!  The men in my life don't generally have a good excuse to wear one, but the littlest of the men may get the chance to wear one this summer.  Loving all the bow ties in etsy shop the little gentleman's closet.


Real Snow!

Jake got to experience some real snow this weekend during a 30 minute blizzard!

It melted the next day!.


Bits of the Week via the iPhone

Meeting Dixie
Chillin' in Christmas Jammies
Sand Play
Loves Swinging
Roses from the hubs!
Homemade Fried Chicken - Yum!


Around the House: Guest/Kid Bathroom

Finally, posting a little bit about making our house our home.

First up, the guest/kid bathroom upstairs.  A few weeks ago I was finally able to put some paint on the walls (BM: Gray Owl), and I think it freshens the room right up.



The previous owners were nice and update some of the hardware in the bathroom, so one less thing we have to do/purchase.  Most of the fixtures in the house are the original builder grade stuff - not my 
favorite!  I did buy a new shower curtain (Target) and put some artwork up (my grandmother painted the canvases/plate from anthropologie/small painting from etsy).  What's left to do:

Soon: Paint the cabinets

Someday: Replace the light fixture and faucets


DIY Headboard Update

The DIY headboard in my sisters bedroom.


Bits of the Week via the iPhone

Afternoon Fire
Crock-pot Chicken
Rainbow of Monograms


Etsy Shop of the Week - Little Hip Squeaks

What a great baby shower gift?!  I think the colors and patterns are so fun and cheery.  I love that you can personalized the blankets.  Check out more fun items at etsy shop Little Hip Squeaks!


Valentine Decorations

I don't decorate for every holiday, but Valentine's Day is one of the holidays I do enjoy putting some decorations up.  I don't know why, maybe it's being able to be a little more girly (I'm not normally too girly when it comes to decorating).  Maybe it's because I have special people in my life that I love dearly.  Anyway, here are a few snippets of the simple decorations.

PS - They are all handmade decorations.


A little DIYing this weekend...

My sister moved into her first post-college place a few months ago and she's been gradually making it feel like a home.  It being her first place, means a tight budget and some DIY projects.  She commissioned her brother-in-law (aka the hubs) and me to make her a headboard and we finished it this weekend!

The hubs created the design and cut the wood...

And I upholstered it, with a little help from my sister...

I thought it turned out pretty good for it being my first headboard.  Let's just say the sister better enjoy it!

It still needs to be transported to my sister's place and I'll get a few pictures of it installed.  So, stayed tuned for more pics.