Patriotic Front Porch Makeover

Have you ever had time when you had so many ideas in your mind, but can’t find the energy to actually implement those ideas? That’s where I have been for several months now. But, I am done with school for the summer now, and I am hoping some of the inspiration will come back. I was able to change out the front porch and get it ready for summer!

patriotic porch bench flowers

I love changing out this chalkboard for the different seasons. I wanted things to be a little bit summer and a little bit 4th of July.

patriotic summer bucket list chalkboard

I also had to add in a little bit of the nautical look I love so much. This pillow was actually made from a child’s t-shirt.

patriotic porch whale pillow chalkboard

Lauren made this wreath for me for Mother’s day, just like she made my mom one. Here is the post where she explains how it was done using a pool noodle and flowers from the Dollar Store.

patriotic porch flags and wreath

My pillow is missing a button! I wonder which state it is?!

patriotic porch flag pillow

patriotic porch flag pillow milk can

patriotic porch door flag

I love these bottles! They look so summery. I used some foam to keep the flags upright.

patriotic porch calypso bottles and flags

patriotic front porch bench

patriotic coca cola crate bottle with flags

I at least look like I am ready for the season! Do you decorate your front porch too? I would love to know what you add to look festive! Hope you have a great week!

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Pink Flamingos = Summertime

Hello! Happy Memorial Day here in the States! I bet you all thought we fell off the face of the earth! Ha! Lauren is busy getting ready for her trip to Washington and I have been trying to get the end of the year stuff done at school. I haven’t felt very motivated either. I think I just have too much going on and the creativity just isn’t there. But I only have 4 days left (not that I am counting) and then I have my list of projects I hope to get done.

I did manage to change up my entryway a bit. I don’t know why, but I am crushing on  flamingo’s! I just love them right now! So I decided to add some pink and a few of my flamingo things. Then the girls gave me more flamingos for my birthday and Mother’s Day, so I changed it a little again!

Here is the first version. I draped some pink pom-poms across the top and hung the flamingo plaque I found at the 99 Cent store.

Pink Flamingo Entryway

I have had this pink bag forever and I added a white sparkly scarf inside. The Sunshine and Summertime printable I found at the Turquoise Home.

pink flamingo bag printable, pink puff garland

Lauren found the flamingo gift bag for me. I added some pink polka dot and some black tissue paper to it. A flowy, grassy plant and an oar finish it off.

pink flamingo bag plant oar

I snagged the sand dollar candle holder off a Ross clearance rack. Love it!

Pink flamingo gift bag and seashell candlePink Flamingo printable, sunshine and summertime

A few rattan balls and starfish were added to a cloche.

pink flamingo sunshine and summertime

Now on to the second version! I can’t believe Lauren found a turquoise tray with flamingos on it! Very unusual, but perfect for me!

pink flamingo turquoise tray, pink bag

I kept the rest of the vignette the same, just replaced the printable with the tray.

pink flamingo turquoise tray, starfish

And Haley found the perfect throw! Blue with pink flamingos! This will go perfect in the guest room after it’s done here!

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Just making these few changes has made me more than ready for summer! Are you ready too? Do you make changes around the house to reflect the summertime? I would love to hear from you! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Hello Seattle!

Hello everyone!  Welcome to another blog that I am excited to bring you.  And I have an announcement to make!

I am going to Seattle Washington for 1 week!  Hooray!!!!!

I am so excited to be going for a week with my roommate since she has never been there!  So, I have planned an exciting vacation for us.  And I am going to share some of the things that we are planning on doing.

1. The City Pass

city pass

This is an awesome thing were you pay $79 and you get 2 trips up the Space Needle, a harbor cruise, visiting a glass museum, visiting the aquarium, and visiting the zoo.  It is not a bad price and we get to see so many things.

Space Needle

2. Pikes Market

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Obviously we have to visit Pikes Market.  We will probably not buy any fish for them to throw, but we will still check it out.  And, of course we will visit the first Starbucks because we are right there.

3. Underground Tour

Underground Tour

When my family went to Seattle years ago, we took this awesome tour of the underground tunnels.  So because Amber loves history and I love the underground tour, we are going to add that to our things to do.

4. Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island is a little island not far off of the coast that only takes a ferry to get across.  It has beautiful scenery and there is a cute lavender farm that you can get lavender ice cream from.  There are cute little shops and it is an adorable island.  It is the perfect place to go for a day and relax.

5. Seattle Mariners Game

seattle mariners

Both of us are baseball fans and would love to go to a MLB game.  Neither of us have been to one, so why not go when we are there?  This is something that we would love to do, but if we don’t make it then it’s not that big of a deal.

Now of course, I will be taking lots of pictures and will write a blog post when we return.  We aren’t leaving for a few weeks, so sorry to disappoint.  But, nonetheless, we will have an awesome time while we are gone.  I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day and a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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Graduation Gifts to Make and Give

Good morning! How was your weekend? I was finally home for a weekend and it was sooo nice! Our weather is pretty crazy though. We had 100 degrees on Thursday and then yesterday, it was 65 degrees and rainy! This is the most spring-like weather we have had in years! I am ready for warmer weather, but not too hot.

Of course, this time of year, there are graduations happening. My niece will be graduating high school this month. She is the youngest of the 6 grandchildren in our family. This is certainly reason to celebrate! While I will be giving her cash, because what high schooler doesn’t want money!, I wanted to find a fun way to give it. Here are some of the ideas I found. Click on the picture to be taken to the post.

  1. A box that looks like a graduation cap. I actually made similar ones when the older nieces and nephew graduated.

2. I love these little origami caps. So cute!

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3. How about a rose? Maybe a dozen?

origami money rose

 

4. Every teenager also like pizza. I think this is such a cute idea!

Do you have a special graduate in your life? Here are some super fun and original graduation gift ideas for kindergarten through college!

5. This is so adorable? It would be cute to paint little graduation caps on the umbrella.

Graduation is an exciting time. Show your support and excitement with a fun handmade graduation gift that everyone will want. Give the gift of cash!

6. How about a jar filled with little money diplomas? A lot of us have extra jars around the house. This is a great way to use them!

grad gift idea | NoBiggie.net

7. I love this! I have done a candy gram for other events, but not graduation.

you "rock"! after completing "mounds" of homework and "piecing" together all of your knowledge, you've finally hit "payday": graduation! as you head off to college, don't listen to any "snickers": you're no "dum dum"! you are one "hot tamale" on your "way" to making "100 grand"! congratulations on your graduation "smartie"!:

8.  A 2 liter full of cash and candy? Yes, please!

9.  This little guy is so cute! Another use for those jars. Fill it with cash, gift cards, or candy.

Owl Graduation Gift in a Jar

10. I adore these! I found these on Etsy. They would be so cute to give with the city of the college the student is going to.

What do you think? Would you give any of these to friends and family? I will be getting started on a couple of these. Hope you all have a great week!

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How to Make A Mother’s Day Wreath for $20

Hello!  It’s Friday, the end of the week for some people.  Unfortunately for me, it’s my Sunday because I have to work on Saturday and Sunday.  Oh well.

This blog post contains content that is sponsored by Dollar Tree.

So Mother’s Day is a little over a week away and for some people, they are hosting Mother’s Day events.  So, how should one decorate for such events?

Well, you could always start with the door!  I am going to show you how to make a beautiful wreath for about $20!  And it only takes about 2 hours to make.

Flower Wreath Supplies

Things you need are a pool noodle, lots of fake flowers, tape, scissors, and some sort of statement decoration.  All of these items can be purchased from the Dollar Store, so it makes the wreath even cheaper!

The first thing you need to do it make the pool noodle into a wreath.  Just make it a circle and use tape to keep it in place.  I had to use packing tape to make sure that it would stay in place.

Then I started placing flowers.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to work exactly, but I thought that the easiest way would be to cut the wire to stick in the noodle.  So, after a little bit of work trying to figure out the easiest way to cut the flowers, it was able to get started on my wreath.

Flower Wreath Flower Placement

I went with white, pink, yellow, and orange for my flower choices and filled in the noodle as I went.  I didn’t fill in the back of the noodle because I knew that no one would see the back.  But, I worked for about 2 hours to fill the wreath.

Now for you decoration of choice.  I went with a wooden S since our last name is Smith.  I first covered the noodle with a sparkly silver ribbon so that we wouldn’t see the green styrofoam underneath.  I painted the S white so it would stand out against the silver ribbon and between all of the flowers.

Flower Wreath White Letter

After a little bit of hot glue, the wreath was complete!  And here is the finished project!

Flower Wreath FinishedFlower Wreath Close UpFlower Wreath Close Up 2Flower Wreath Closer

First of all, I love how the colors look against mom’s turquoise door.  It makes the pinks and yellows really stand out.  And I love how it looks!  The colors are so bright and pretty and they look great with the S on the wreath as well.  This wreath is even better because it only cost me $20 to make!  $20 and 2 hours of work to have the beautiful wreath, I think it’s worth it!

If you want to check out the Dollar Tree website, click on the link in the sidebar to find all of your supplies for $1!

If you decide to try this project, please let me know how it goes!  And, comment a picture of it below so we can see you beautiful creations as well!

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