• DIY Outdoor Sectional Couch

    Fall always brings to mind very specific thoughts: hot chai tea lattes, cozy sweaters, snuggling around a bonfire or wrapped up in a blanket on our patio. Over the summer while working on putting together a comfortable and fun patio to hang out on we realized we needed to have adequate seating for the large parties we host throughout the summer and fall. What better seating than an outdoor sectional couch?! A new patio set easily runs $2,000-$3,000 which seemed outrageous to me so I looked into what it would take to build a DIY outdoor sectional from scratch. About a week later I created this! Here it is in all its pillow…

  • Organizing for Back to School

    It is that time of year when stores open their gates to neverending supplies, the mailbox starts getting letters with school info for the kids, and I start looking at the calendar to try and squeeze in a few more days of outings with the kids before summer ends. This year I will have two of my four kiddos in school, a middle school first timer and a second grader. I wanted to share some hacks and tips I have in organizing and preparing for school to make the transition into this fall easier and better (or at least a little bit better! lol). I’ll also link some of the items that help…

  • Minimalism: Our Journey on Simplifying Our Life

    Minimalism. What does that word mean to you? For many people it sounds scary, a way of life that forces you to be rid of all earthly possessions and live with absolutely nothing but two outfits, one coffee mug, and your tooth brush. Or maybe you think it is living with only a certain number of items and getting rid of everything else. Perhaps you think it means living in one of those tiny houses that has been trending on television shows lately. I know for me, these are what I thought minimalism was and it did scare me. A lot. When I came across articles on social media promoting minimalism I would…

  • This Week’s Top 5

    This week everything that surrounds me is full of fall: the colors, the smells, the sounds, the food. ¬†What solidified the season change and made it official was our family visiting the local apple orchard which included a pumpkin patch. ¬†As we all enjoyed the beautiful (dare I say hot?!) day at the orchard this past weekend, I started thinking about the savory meals, decor, and accessories that include fall produce such as squash, apples, and pumpkin. ¬†Here are my Top 5 things I’m obsessing over this week. 1. The Soup Via My Recipes I was perusing through a health magazine online and came across this¬†recipe for a Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup.…

  • This Week’s Top 5

    As the temperatures begin¬†to cool off I am seeing¬†new products tailored to the change in¬†season everywhere including food, decor, and of course clothes. ¬†Here I have rounded up my top 5 things I am loving for this transition into fall. 1. ¬†The Bootie. Octagon Wedge Bootie Via Ok, all bootie(y) jokes aside, booties seem to be the hottest shoe for the season. ¬†They are comfortable, stylish, versatile and also keep the toes warm in the cool air. ¬†Keep an eye out for an upcoming post dedicated to the bootie for the next Fashion Friday. 2. The Mantel. Via Sandansisal.com The change in seasons is always a great excuse to change up home decor…

  • This Week’s Top 5

    While summer feels like it is quickly slipping away, there are things I am just not ready to let go of. ¬†Here are the top 5 things that I am loving this week and am holding on to tightly as summer is not gone yet! 1. The Summer Dress ‘Renley’ Lace Fit & Flare Dress This dress is light, airy, and a beautiful color. ¬†As the cooler temperatures set in this could easily transition to fall with some knit tights and a sweater. 2. The Go-To Summer Food   Via MyRecipes Taking out the grill and serving up some burgers is always a summer favorite for our family. ¬†What I love about this…

  • This Week’s Top 5

    Hello everyone, I hope¬†you are enjoying your summer as I am! ¬†I wanted to share my top 5 things I am crushing on this week. ¬†Each week I like to cover some of the things that have caught my eye over the past couple of days¬†and am absolutely dreaming about. ¬†Remember to keep your goals and dreams in front of you and I encourage you to go through magazines, Pinterest, and blogs to find things that you love. In no particular order: 1. ¬†The Watch¬† Michael Kors Chain Bracelet Chronograph Watch, 38mm $225.00 You know when you put together an outfit and are ready to accessorize, then realize you cannot decide between wearing…

  • Top 5

    There are so many great things out there that I have had my eye on- clothes, places to go, decor, projects, and more. ¬†So each week I am going to compile the top 5¬†things I have been obsessing over lately. ¬†Sort of like a wishlist of things, or a dreambook. All the pictures of things¬†you would like, or rooms you love looking at, or places you imagine yourself at. ¬†As you go through these five¬†things¬†that I am loving¬†think about what five¬†things you would put on your wishlist. So here they are, in no particular order: 1. The White Kitchen. Via I LOVE THIS KITCHEN. Period. ¬†The clean lines, the crisp white cabinetry, the…

  • Healthy Snack… and Art

    Hi everyone, hope you had an amazing weekend! Ours was filled with sun, some rain, a car show, a flooded park (Mississippi River is slightly overflowing in some places right now) and veggie art! Veggie art? Yes, who knew that vegetables could make way to some fun kid art! Now that the kids are home for the summer I’m always on the lookout for snacks to have on hand that are easy for the kids to grab and go, but are also healthy and inexpensive. ¬†I have¬†been working on getting into the habit of washing and cutting fruits and vegetables as soon as we bring them home from the store because I know…

  • End of School and Teacher Gift

    Wow, its that time already where school is coming to a close and summer is ready to begin! My oldest had his last day of school on Friday and of course wanted to give¬†his teachers a special¬†personalized gift. As a teacher myself, its always nice to get a personalized gift from a student! We thought long and hard and came up with a quick and easy teacher gift that we know they’ll love and be able to use. All we needed was¬†some Glade candles, ribbon, and foam stickers. The Glade candles were about $5 for two and the ribbon was $1 in the dollar section. ¬†The foam letters were from our craft closet.…