Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Decorating For Back To School

Summer is quickly fading around here. Hannah has just 2 more weeks of summer break and then it's 

I thought it would be fun to get everyone into the school spirit by decorating my hallway shelf. 

If you've been following my blog for a while then you know this shelf very well! Handyman Hubby built it for me several years ago and I LOVE to change out the accessories on it.

I always try to use what I already have by "shopping" my house instead of buying new. 

I used some old school books that belonged to my Grandpa and added washi tape to a flameless candle.

I just love these old books! His handwriting is in most of them along with other relatives that used the books.

I found the "Back to School" subway art here. This is one of my favorite decorating ideas. It's such an easy and FREE way to decorate. Just print the art onto card stock and pop it into a frame!

So are you ready for Back To School? It's a big change from the lazy carefree days of summer. Back to getting up and going to bed earlier, schedules and homework.  This year will be different because Taylor is starting college and is on a completely different schedule than Hannah. I think I'm ready though.

I thought it would be fun to show you what it looks like behind the camera when I'm working on a project....

Just keepin' it real!! 

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Family Room Updates & New Chairs!

I hope you are having a great summer! It's going by way too fast. Hannah starts 8th grade in 4 weeks and Taylor has about 6 weeks before starting college! 

I recently went on a mini vacay/road trip with my 2 sisters. That's the first time we've all gone away together (with no hubs or kids!). We drove to St. Louis, MO and then on to Fort Leonard Wood to attend my nephews Army graduation ceremony. We had a blast and stayed up way too late and ate way too much junk food! Good times!

Now we'll get to the real reason for this post. 

My new chairs from Target!

I have wanted new chairs for the family room since, well, forever. I've been eyeing these for the past year and when they recently went on sale I decided it was time to order them. I ended up getting a really good deal on them too. They're regularly listed at $159.00 each but I paid just $111.99 each plus free shipping!

My family room is the one room in my house that I just can't seem to get "right". It's a long and narrow room with a sliding glass door on one wall. It's open to the kitchen and eating area as well. I've moved the furniture around in there so many times but it never looked right to me. However, I think I've finally found an arrangement that is the best for the size and shape of the room. 

Working with the brown sofa isn't easy. It's staying so I tried to lightened everything up around it and make it fit in. In my dream room I would have a light gray or white sofa. Right now that's an unnecessary expense and isn't practical with kids and a dog. You know, the typical stuff.

The blue and vintage pillow covers and gray & blue throw are all from H&M.

The chairs are very comfortable and help add some much needed seating and color to the room.

This is looking into the family room from the eating area/kitchen. The sliding door that leads outside is on the left.

I'm really happy with the addition of the chairs and furniture placement. I would still love to add crown molding someday and the hunter green ceiling fan needs updated. I always crop it out of the photo's because it's so dated and ugly.

Tell me what you think of the furniture placement. Would you do something different? Do you have a room that's hard to decorate too? I'd love your feedback!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Celebrating the 4th of July with Ball Jars - Part 2

I'm back with some more fun ideas using Ball Brand Jars. If you missed my last post about decorating for the 4th of July with Ball Jars you can check it out here.

One space that I always change around for the seasons and holidays is my hallway shelf. 

I rarely buy anything new for this shelf. Instead, I love to "shop" my house to create a unique and fun display. The vintage aqua jars are my favorite and are always used somewhere in my decor.

Another area that gets changed around a lot is the console table in our family room.

Of course my Drink Station had to get in on the July 4th decor too! 

There's nothing like a glass (Ball Jar!) of freshly brewed sweet tea on a hot summer day!

A Dollar Store silver tray is perfect for holding Ball Jars ready for lemonade or iced tea.

Right now I'm using the 1-Gallon Decorative Jar as a cookie jar. I'm sure it will get moved around and used for a variety of things! I think it would be great in my craft room .... maybe to store washi tape or stamps?

Our Keurig is used a lot in the summer. We love the brew-over-ice
 K cups!

One more thing before I go .... I promised to share the tutorial for the painted pot I shared in my last post. It's a super easy project and perfect for the 4th of July!


Terra Cotta Pot
 Paint - white, red, blue
Painters Tape
Sand Paper
Hot Glue Gun
Burlap Ribbon

How cute is this?!

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!  

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Celebrating the 4th of July with Ball Jars. . . . .

Hey friends! Can you believe the 4th of July is almost here? This summer sure is flying by!  I love to decorate for the 4th and have been pinning some great ideas to my 4th of July Pinterest Board

You all know that I love Ball Brand Canning Jars. So when I was contacted by Lauren at Jarden Home Brands to sample some products I jumped at the chance! I decided on the Wide Mouth Pint Jars and the 1-Gallon Decorative Jar.

I love using Ball Brand Jars for craft storage, drinking glasses and food storage. However, I've never used them for a recipe. Until now. Of course I had to make one of my favorite desserts .....

No Bake Cheesecake in a Jar

This recipe was so easy and my family loved it!

I used the wide mouth pint jars but you could use any size jar. The recipe called for strawberries on top but I opted to serve fruit (blueberries, raspberries & strawberries) on the side. That way everyone can make their own personal cheesecake! How fun would these be at a 4th of July picnic!

Here is another fun idea using Ball Brand Jars ....

Personal drinking glass, utensils, straw & napkin all in one!

You know how hard it is to carry a paper plate and a drink and a fork and a napkin without dropping or spilling anything. 

Here is the solution .... fill individual Ball Brand Jars with a napkin, utensils and a straw. So easy! 

See that red, white & blue flower pot holding the sparklers? That was a Pinterest project that I finally got around to doing. It was super easy to do and I'll share the tutorial in another post.

Be sure to stop back soon. I'll be sharing some ideas using the Ball Brand 1-Gallon Decorative Jar.

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