Pots and stumps {Front porch makeover}

We spend a lot of time on this front porch. It’s one of Max’s favorite spots. It’s a tie between anywhere in his nursery, the hammock, and this rocking chair. Since I spend a generous amount of time out here, I decided it was time to spruce it up a bit. Plus I needed a table for my paraphernalia that I carry around with me (phone, glass of wine, you know the important things, ha)! Here’s my fancy pot and stump finished.

Front porch makeover

Here’s proof that we spend a lot of time on the chairs. I seriously have so many pics of Andy and I in these chairs! (If you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen bazillions!)

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And another…

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And sometimes I sit out here without baby boy…

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Point is, we like our porch! So, I found the pot underneath our house (remember this?)… and for whatever reason decided to give it a polka dot effect last summer. Well, it’s been sitting empty since last summer and I deicded to give it a quick makeover!



I gave the entire pot a few coats of white spray paint, and then I used painters tape to tape off the angle. You can see how far up I taped… see the blue-ish mist on the top half of the pot? So, I taped a few pieces of paper over the blue and sprayed more white. An easy fix!

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And for the stump, we found it in my parents neighborhood a few months ago, all I did was pull off the bark and voila! Ok fine, Andy pulled off the bark… but it only took him about 15 minutes! We have plans to sand and make it more glossy, but we’ll see if that ever happens!

Front porch makeover

Then I took a little trip to Home Depot, bought some flowers and ivy and fancied up my pot! I’m excited to not kill this plant and watch the ivy grow down my stump!


Here’s our little spruced up front porch now… For the record, those pillows are from Target and the cute little table is from World Market! The patio furnuture came free with the house and we gave it a little spray paint makeover!

front porch makeover

Anyone else sprucing up their porch area? Painting pots? De-barking stumps? I’d love to hear…


Monday Funday #78 {Crafts}

I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday! We had a low key weekend just hanging out in Austin with friends and family. You can see some of our weekend adventures over on instagram. Speaking of instagram, did you know that you can print those suckers out and make really awesome crafts with them? Check out 23 instgram crafts here! And here’s how I display instgrams in my house! Can;t wait to see your crafts! Link ‘em up, baby and if this is your first time here, welcome to the Monday Funday Link Party!


The Monday Funday party is hosted each week by 8 amazing blogs! You can link up your latest craft and diy projects, even recipes to be seen on all 8 blogs. What a perfect way to discover new blogs and get new followers.


Our Monday Funday team of bloggers is…

C.R.A.F.T. ~ Lines Across ~ Uncommon Designs ~ That’s What Che Said ~ Creatively Living ~ Club Chica Circle ~ A Night Owl Blog ~ Setting for Four

You will love visiting each of their blogs….crazy talented!


This week’s features were chosen by Trish and Bonnie from Uncommon Designs. You can follow along with these two sisters-in-law on…

Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Facebook~ Email ~ Google +

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Hey Y’all! We are excited to show you our picks from last week’s party! We are true crafters at heart so we are happy to feature these 10 Adorable Craft Ideas for you…



Nate Berkus Pillow Knockoff by View From The Fridge ~ Vintage Map Travel Journal by The Pin Junkie

DIY Retro Patio Lanterns by Fynes Designs ~ Tassel Tea Towel by Homey Oh My!

White and Gold Striped Napkins by Mabey She Made It ~ Dip-dyed Kool-Aid Tassels by Coco and Cocoa

Matryoshka Tote Bag by Over the Apple Tree ~ Simple Watercolor Gift Tags by Live,Laugh,Rowe

DIY Tassel Key Chain by Made in a Day ~ Fishtail Loom Bracelet and Printable by I Should Be Mopping The Floor


Thank you to each and everyone one of you who shared your talents with us last week! If you were featured, please grab a featured button to display!

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A few things to remember:
  • Please link to a specific post on your blog. Please no Etsy shops or items, and please click through to the tutorial and pin from the original source!
  • By linking up to Monday Funday you are giving the 8 blogs, listed above, the right to feature one of your photos on all of our SM outlets and blogs.
  • Click on lots of links and leave some comment love on posts you adore! That puts the FUN in Monday Funday!
  • We love to pin your projects to our boards and to the MONDAY FUNDAY PINTEREST BOARD!

1st day of school teacher gift

Note: Although I was not directly compensated by Cricut, this post is being considered for a prize.  This post contains affiliate links.

I did a craft, y’all! I’ve actually been doing a lot of crafts, the hard part is getting them on the ol’ blog! Baby boy only sleeps so much!

So, here’s the deal, Cricut teamed up bloggers from the Cricut Explore launch event and gave us a challenge. I’m always up for a challenge!  I’m part of team 5 and this is the paper craft round! Oh and our theme is 5, thus my high 5 notecards! Y’all this craft so stinkin’ easy. I made 40 notecards in an hour! They make really cute 1st day of school teacher gifts if you wrap up 10 or so with envelopes and a cute ribbon! Teachers can use them to send home to kids or parents or even give to other teachers!

homemade teacher gifts

I uploaded the hand image (tutorial here) and cut out 40 of them on hot pink card stock. I did this with Maxwell sleeping in his rocker right next to me. True! The Cricut Explore is quiet! I used a paper cutter to cut sheets of card stock in half and folded each one. Then, I glued my hand on the front of the card! So stinkin’ easy. I used a sharpie to make the conversation bubble and write “high five!”

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Here are the high five notecards in all of their glory!

homemade teacher gifts


After you get the cards made, wrap them up with a ribbon and a little to/from card. I also made that on the Cricut Explore. Again super simple! I used the “boys will be boys” block font and the same little hand image from the card! After it was cut, I glued it to a piece of black card stock!

Teacher gift notecards

Teachers, likey? Useful gifts are the best in my opinion! Here’s another fun 1st day of school gift… and ironically enough, I used Max on this gift over a year ago! Do you bring teacher gifts to the first day of school? I’d love to hear…

DIY Teacher appreciation gift


Be sure and check out my team members Cricut posts: DIY clip boards by Jill, napkin rings by Skip to my Lou, fridge photo frames by Jen, and a vinyl frame collage by Jonie! And if you’d like more info about the Cricut Blogger program, here are the deets!