The Home Depot DIY Workshop: Hanging planter

It’s time for another Home Depot DIY Workshop, y’all! And this time I’ll be teaching you how to build a hanging planter at The Home Depot in College Station, TX! That’s right, my hometown! Come hang out with me and learn to build a simple hanging planter that can spruce up any space in an afternoon. You’ll likely meet my mom, Andy and Max baby too! Woot! Woot!

I’ll be at the one and only Home Depot in College Station ,TX on September 12 from 10-11:30am. Sign up here for free here!

The Home Depot DIY Workshop: Vertical Planter


If College Station is not convenient for you, Boo! But, not to worry!  The free DIY Workshop will be happening at Home Depot’s across the country, click here to enter your zip code and find The Home Depot closest to you! And if you are lucky enough to live in one of the 3 cities listed below, you’ll get to meet a few of my blogging buds!

So, here are the workshop deets:

  • In-store workshops offer demonstrations with clear, step-by-step instructions for making easy home improvements to your home and yard. The workshop can give you the confidence boost you need to become an awesome DIY-er!
  • During this workshop, you can learn the skills that you need to create a grill cart, including how to safely and properly operate power tools, as well as how to calculate measurements, and follow a design plan. Y’all, sawing stuff is fun. Just sayin’.
  • DIY Workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout each month.
  • I will be in-store co-hosting this workshop on September 20th, so please let us know you’ll be attending and REGISTER HERE!

Get out the ol’ calendar, tell all of your friends, and mark down June 20th for a DIY workshop at The Home Depot!

Where: 1615 University Dr. East, College Station, TX 77840

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

When: Saturday, September 12th

Cost: FREE!

High five to building things and meeting YOU in person!

*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. This post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

11 Tips for throwing great kids birthday parties

Note: This post is sponsored by Evite and Real Times, all opinions are 100% my own!

Maxwell turned one back in March, remember his party animal themed party that was supposed to happen at the park? Yea, lesson numero uno, have a plan B if you’re planning an outside shin dig during spring. I learned a few things about throwing a party for kids, and I am excited to share them with you today. Here are 11 ways to make the big party day more enjoyable for everyone!

11 Tips for throwing great kids birthday parties

1. If you’re planning on having an outside party, have a plan B: For Max’s first birthday, we were planning on hosting at a shady park, but rain had other plans for us. I caused myself lots of extra stress the week before the party trying to figure out a Plan B. Some good plan B options are your house, a friend or relatives house, or a restaurant with an indoor playground!

2. Schedule the party around your kid: Avoid naptime and late in the day. I think it’s also smart to keep it short and sweet. 2 hours is the perfect kid party time!

3. Send an Evite invitation: To keep costs down, and party throwing stress free, send out an invite. No more buying stamps, collecting addresses or counting on your kid to hand-deliver invitations! Here are even more cute birthday for kids Evite invitations!

10 Tips for throwing great kids birthday parties

4. Designate a party helper: Have grandma, a friend, or babysitter on board to help you with set up, party flow, and younger kiddos so that you can enjoy the party, take pictures, and talk to your guests!

5. Have activities that pull double duty: Plan one or two fun activities that can either double has decorations or party favors or both! Set up a DIY photo booth with a simple peice of fabric and some hats, boas, and sunglasses. Or set up a simple craft station where kids can make and take home their creations as party favors.

10 Tips for throwing great kids birthday parties

6. Choose kid and parent friendly food: Fresh fruit and veggies are always a winner. I love the idea of putting veggies in plastic cups with a little ranch dressing. That makes it easy to grab and eat with your fingers. Sandwiches are always a crowd pleaser for both parents and kids too.

10 Tips for throwing great kids birthday parties

7. Keep a gift list: If you decide to open gifts at the party, make sure that you keep a record of who gave what gift so that your child can properly thank the gift giver.

10 Tips for throwing great kids birthday parties

8. Prep your child to say thank you: Talk to your kiddo before the party about bring grateful and saying thank you for gifts.

9. Capture and share the moments: Take plenty of pictures and video, then organize and share them with guests with a photo- and video-sharing app, like the RealTimes stories app.

10 Tips for throwing great kids birthday parties

10. Designate a picture person: Mom and dad need to be in party pictures too! Ask one person to take a few pictures of the whole family during special events, like the happy birthday song!

11. Send digital thank you cards: Refer to your list of presents, and personalize the thank-you card with a photo of your child and the friend from the party! No stamps needed!

(I know I said 11 tips, but here’s one to grow on!)

12. Consider making a birthday t-shirt: This is an easy DIY tutorial that you can do weeks before the party. It ensures that the birthday kid has something special to wear and you will never forget which birthday it was because the number will be in all of the pictures! How to make a birthday t-shirt tutorial here.

Maxwell 1st birthday

For more tips on throwing awesome kid parties and to see lots of fun Evite invitation ideas, click here!