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!

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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

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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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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!

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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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99 Cent Store Valentines Day

Hello everyone!  I hope you have all had a wonderful week because it is almost the weekend!  Does anyone have any exciting plans for the weekend?

Well as you may know, Valentines Day is coming up in 2.5 weeks and we all need to start the major pink and red, hearts and love decoration fest!  And for me, being a broke college student, the 99 Cent Store is a great place to pick up decorations.

And boy, do they have a lot of stuff!  Lots of pink and red colored hearts, boxes, and signs.  So, I bought some stuff to help decorate my roommate and my apartment.

The first thing I bought was this cute little white sign.  I thought it was really simple and pretty and it goes perfectly under our cute family board.

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The next thing was the awesome XOXO sign.  I love the different colors and that it is on a black background, not white.  It looks great on the table, even if the cats don’t agree.

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Next…is this adorable little mailbox!  It is tin and it’s probably supposed to hold candy, but maybe I will send secret messages to my roommate.  Or I will just keep looking adorable right inside my door.

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Now onto yet another sign.  This cute little arrow sign is perfect for any room of the house.  I love it in my room on my bookshelf.  Because, arrows are still in style right????

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And, onto the door.  I bought this red heart sash thingy that I wrapped around my wreath.  It looks great and is very festive for Valentines Day.

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Finally, this cute little box.  I bought it to fill with candy for my roommate for Valentines Day since we are both single.

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Maybe we will celebrate Galentines Day……..

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Finds and Fashions-Sept.21, 2016

I finally have some finds and fashions for you today!  I’ve been trying not to buy too much because of course, then I just have to pack it! But I did pick up a few new fall things for the house.

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I found all these pieces at the same thrift store and I love how they all went together! This white berry wreath would be good for just about any season. It’s nice and neutral for any decor.

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I love these candlesticks! I originally was going to paint them black for a Halloween tablescape, but I like them so much, I am going to leave them as they are!

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Aren’t these napkin rings the coolest! Haley thought they would make a great bracelet, but they don’t really stretch. I really like it with the turquoise napkin.

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I also picked up this dress at a yard sale for $1.50. It still had the tags on it and it fits great. This will be perfect for the cooler weather with a light jacket or sweater over it.

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FABULOUS FINDS & FASHIONS

Hi! I’m here today with some of my thrifty Goodwill finds. Sometimes, I actually find a bargain or two. Our Goodwill has some pretty wonky prices out there- sometimes, good, sometimes bad. Here is a good example. I had seen 2 of these Nate Berkus gold and white bowls, but they were priced individually at $3.99. I really didn’t want to pay that much, plus there were only 2.

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I went back a couple of weeks later and there was a stack of 4 all being sold together. The price? $6.99 for 4. Um…something isn’t quite right there. 2 for $7.98 or 4 for $6.99? Yeah, I find that a lot.

fabulous finds nate berkus gold bowls feb 2016

My next find was even better! My daughter Haley is a huge Pirates of the Caribbean fan. Well, I’m not sure if it’s the movie or Johnny Depp.:) This book was sitting way on the top of the shelf. It was put out by Disney as a hardcover coffee table book and is priced at $50.00. The Goodwill price? $2.99! I can handle that!

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The pictures are amazing! It shows sketches done by Disney artists, that depict scenes from the movies. There are also lots of storyboards. It is so cool to looks through. Here is a sketch of one of the ships.

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Here is the artist rendition of Captain Jack Sparrow. I thing Johnny Depp decided on his own rendition!!!

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My last bargain is a succulent wreath. I had read another blog where someone made one and she stated that you need about 25 succulent plants for the wreath. Well, even if I bought the plastic ones from the 99 Cent Store, it would cost me $25 just for the plants. This wreath was marked at $13.99, and it still had the Target tags on it. I figured that was a pretty good deal. I took it to the register and the cashier took 70% off because he said it was a Christmas item! What…! I told Lauren to grab the other one too and I got them each for $4.19! Thank you cashier!

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I’m excited to be able to put this up for summer! Thanks for coming by today!

Sunshine and Blessings