2019 - Dimples and Tangles

FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


 I hope you all are kicking off a great start to your weekend!  Both of our kids are on Fall Break, thankfully at the same time so we slipped away for a few days at our family's favorite spot to relax and do nothing.  I hope you caught yesterday's Jack and Jill bathroom makeover update, we're getting close to being finished!  Here are five of my recent favorite things that I wanted to share with you today.  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

These blue and white crisscross plates have been favorites for years, and I just noticed they're on sale!  I recently had a reader inquire about them, so I thought I'd pass along the good deal to you as well.

(Full tablescape shown here)


You need this darling jack-o-lantern top to wear while greeting trick or treaters in a few weeks!  The fabric weight is a cross between a t-shirt and a sweatshirt- somewhere in between.   I've seen several similar but the cute heart shaped nose sealed the deal on this one for me! It would also be darling with white or black jeans. (Excuse the glaring sun! Snapped this quickly before we left and couldn't wait for better lighting.)  The sizing reviews are all over the place, I sized up to a large and am glad I did.  My normal M would have been a smaller fit than I wanted. 

Similar Gingham Shirt here  ||  Similar Black and White Shoes  ||  Boyfriend Jeans


I came across this rug and I'm trying to figure out a place for it in my house!  I love the lighter colorway and the blue and pink accents.  It's available in several sizes at a great price, too.


I was wearing this poncho sweater in a photo I shared on Instagram and several asked for the source, so I thought I'd share with you too.  It's lightweight, long enough to cover your back side, armholes are sewn in and this color pairs perfectly with leopard!  Available in tan, black, blush, or burgundy, but it also comes in gray at a different link here.


Might seem unusual, but I asked for a pair of saw horses for my birthday a few months ago.  This is the worst photo ever, but these are perfect!  They're lightweight but sturdy and super easy to set up and take down.  Especially in a case like this, I also really like that there are notches in the top of them.  I was able to thread the lanterns I was painting on a rod and hold the rod in a notch so it wouldn't roll off the top.  Handy!


I had to throw in an extra today because of a great sale, already half off and take another 15% off of these gorgeous coats!  I'm totally tempted by the green and pink ones, but not sure that I could choose.  And that cape!  Major heart eyes.  Use code HOORAYEXTRAS for extra off each of these.






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KIDS' JACK AND JILL BATHROOM MAKEOVER- WEEK 4 PROGRESS


Are you ready for another kids' Jack and Jill bathroom makeover update?  We are plodding along getting one thing finished at a time.  The progress seems slow but at least there's forward movement!  In the last update the major thing checked off the list was getting all of the tile work finished.  Now we've checked a few more larger to-do projects off of the list!

(If you're just joining in, go back here to see the before photos and design plan, then this is the week 2 update,  then here's the latest update for week 3.)  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

We've been slinging tons of white paint around!  The cabinetry painting had already been completed in previous weeks, but now we've painted the ceiling, walls, and almost all of the trim.


It's amazing that what I thought was "white" before looks so yellow now against the bright white paint.  The walls and trim are freshly painted, but I still need to do the doors.  I didn't brighten this photo much so you can see how dingy they look.  I wasn't planning to but looking at this now I think I need to add moulding to these doors like I have on several others in the house... hmmm... my to-list is supposed to be shrinking instead of growing!


The other big piece this week is that the countertops came in!  Woo-hoo!  I visited a wonderful locally owned shop, Hōm Kitchen and Bath to look at some options.  I knew I wanted quartz and something pretty white with little pattern in it, so their helpful designers steered me towards these three options.  It's hard to tell much difference in the photo, but the left is "Titanium White" and had the tiniest little bit of a speckled dot in it.  The top is "True White," and true to it's name it's nothing but bright, solid white.  The last one is a simulated marble called "Bianca Aspen," you can see a tiny bit of gray veining in the sample but the slab had more pattern.


I brought the samples home and was able to try them in the bathroom, it's so helpful to see what it will look like in your personal space and lighting.  I knew pretty quickly that I wanted the plain ol' bright True White.  After I made my selection a pro from Hōm Kitchen & Bath came and electronically measured for a template for the countertops.  I was so impressed with his professional manner and speedy work!

The night before the new counters were to arrive, we saved a little money by tearing out the old countertop ourselves.  That wasn't easy!  Once we ("we" meaning Ray- ha!) got it loose, it was so long and heavy that the two of us couldn't lift it out of place, so he had to break it apart in place and we took it out in smaller pieces.  We were also trying to be really careful not to damage the freshly painted vanity, so it probably would have been a little easier had we not been worrying about that.



The next morning, just as promised, the guys from Hōm arrived with our beautifully cut and finished counters.  They set up everything they needed to make the final adjustments and get them installed.  Again, they were super professional and considerate.


Eeeek!  They looked so beautiful already even without a backsplash, sink, or faucet yet!  I selected an undermount sink from Hōm as well when I chose the counters, so they also had those ready to deliver and got them all installed.


The plumber came that same afternoon and installed the fixtures.  For this bathroom we decided on this single handle faucet, and since using it we've been very happy with the style and function.  The only thing that I'm not 100% pleased with is that this finish seems to spot terribly, which is disappointing.  I find it a little odd that the metal used for the drain cover doesn't spot at all... why couldn't they have produced the rest of the faucet the same way?  We'll have to get used to wiping it off after each use if we don't want the water spots, who has time for that?  ;)   I'm not sorry that we got them, they are truly beautiful and I'm pleased with their performance, I just wish that issue had been worked through in the design of the materials used.  I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this issue if any of you have a Delta faucet with the Champagne Bronze finish as well.


Apparently when an undermount sink is installed it's necessary to wait 24 hours before installing the drain assembly (just so everything cures well I believe), so although the faucets were installed the plumber had to return the next day to finish them up and get them operational.  Also, when trying to install the backsplash, the guys discovered that my giant mirror wasn't perfectly level, so the perfectly cut backsplash wouldn't quite fit.  They expertly trimmed it down slightly just on the one edge that was lower than the other, and it fit like a glove.  The difference was only just over a quarter of on inch, but enough nonetheless to cause an issue which they solved, no problem!  And no one will ever know that my mirror isn't perfectly straight.  Except all of you.  ;)

I also stumbled across the vanity light fixtures at a local surplus shop.  I originally had these cuties on my design board, but with all of the other expenses they just weren't in the budget and I was concerned that the globes would hang down in front of the mirror too much.  So, after a lot of looking in shops and online I was so happy when I spotted these and decided they just might work!  I couldn't decide if they were super retro or super modern looking, but they grew on me quickly and I was drawn to the height they would add to the wall space over the mirror.  (If you missed it, I shared 25 affordable and stylish vanity light fixtures in yesterday's post.)



One of the last bigger projects has been getting all of the baseboards put back on.  Normally, my tile installer would have done that but the old ones were in such bad shape that we opted for new ones that I painted, cut, and installed myself. Not a bad job, I actually enjoyed that one.  Any project where you get to use a nail gun is pretty fun! 


Now, we're getting really close to the finishing touches!  The biggest projects I have left are the shower curtain and cornice, painting the doors (and adding moulding?), then just some little things like towels and artwork and accessories... the fun stuff!

I think I'll have one more update for you and then I'll be ready to photograph the finished space!



*Thank you to Hōm Kitchen and Bath for providing a discount on my countertops.  If you're in the OKC metro area be sure to check out one of their beautiful showrooms for you next remodel, they offer start to finish remodeling services!  And check out their Instagram page, they post the prettiest designs and materials! 

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25 STYLISH AND AFFORDABLE BATHROOM VANITY LIGHTS


I wanted to title this post "25 Bathroom Lights That Aren't Terrible"...  Why are stylish over the mirror vanity lights so hard to find?  Especially affordable ones?  As we're working to remodel both of the full bathrooms in our house, I've looked at plenty of light fixtures.  A friend was over the other day looking at the progress in the kids' bath and we both agreed that finding pretty vanity light fixtures is such a challenge!  So, I thought some of you might be in the same boat and would appreciate seeing some bathroom vanity lights that are attractive and won't break the bank in case yours are in need of an update.

This pic is from their bathroom before the remodel- I didn't have a new pretty photo to post here yet! ;)

I'm drawn to the look of sconce lighting over a vanity that you might notice in so many bathroom makeovers these days.  But in reality, I think 90% of us have over the mirror bar vanity lighting so short of a remodel, vanity sconces aren't an option. Therefore, for this collection I focused strictly on over the mirror vanity light fixtures.  Many of these are also available in a different finish or number of lights if you like the style but need those different options.

I chose one of these for the kids' bathroom vanity (and one for my Master Bath), I'll share the kids' fixture with you on tomorrow's update post!  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)






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FALL EVENT TABLE DECORATIONS AND DIY METAL RING CENTERPIECE TUTORIAL


Most of you know that I occasionally decorate for large church events and I've been doing a few others for some church business meetings this year as well.  The goal is always to create stylish tables on a budget!  I'm usually working with anywhere from 15 to up to 50 tables, so I try to gather what I have, borrow when I can, and use simple, inexpensive supplies.  Last month I decorated 15 tables at an event center at our state's camp (Falls Creek if you're familiar with OK!).  Since it was the Fall meeting in a rustic setting, I carried those elements inside for some Fall table decorations.  I adapted an idea that I had seen and made some DIY metal ring centerpieces as well, I'll show you how easy they were!   (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

But first, here's a look at the finished tables.  The edges are still a little bare since I photographed before the caterers finished putting all of the place settings out, but let's just focus on the centerpieces!


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COLORFUL FALL MANTEL


Hello everyone, I'm so excited to share my undeniably colorful Fall Mantel with you today as part of Project Design: Fall Mantels!  Honestly, we are knee neck deep in a bathroom remodel and busy with making plans for a second bathroom remodel that will immediately follow, so I hadn't done one bit of Fall decorating until I started this project two days ago.  It felt good to do something a little different than demo and agonize about tubs and faucets and sand and prime and paint, though!  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)


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KIDS' JACK AND JILL BATHROOM MAKEOVER- WEEK 3 PROGRESS


Things are moving right along in the kid's bathroom makeover, and I need to catch you up on the progress!  I have to remind myself to take a break from the work and projects and actually blog about what's happening, I feel like we have a hundred irons in the fire right now and I'm jumping back and forth between thing to thing.  I always feel strange about saying something like that, because really... who doesn't have a hundred things going at once?  Especially you Moms, right?  At any rate, here's how things are coming along!  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

(If you're just joining in, go back here to see the before photos and design plan, then this post will show you the progress this far.)

The tile in the shower started going up.  So excited about the shampoo niche, we've been lining the edge of the tub with bath products for far too long!


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HOT PINK VELVET CLUB CHAIRS- A NEW LOOK IN THE LIVING ROOM


Out with the old, in with the new!  A while back I mentioned in this post that I had found a pair of club chairs to take the place of our leather recliners that we were ready to switch out.  Well, they're back from the upholsterer and have made quite a difference in the look of our living room!  Without further adieu... take a look at my new hot pink velvet club chairs!  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

pink velvet chairs, leopard pillows, blue ikat curtains, pair of club chairs

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday everyone!  It's toilet and shower day here... woo hoo!  The plumber is coming to install the shower fixtures and a new toilet in the kids' bath, Emily is so excited to not be sharing with us anymore!  :)  Then, we're spending the weekend painting all the things in there- ceiling, walls, trim, doors... everything.  I got it started last night and finished enough behind the toilet so we wouldn't have to work around that, and we're loving the fresh bright white on the walls.  The new countertop and faucets will be our last big piece, but after all the painting I can start on the fun stuff- accessories!  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend full of doing fun things (and maybe knocking off some things from your to-do list!), I've got some good things to share with you today.   (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

I shared this new Williams Sonoma + Schumacher collection with you a while back, but the Chiang Mai Dragon Glasses just went on sale.   They're still expensive and impractical (hand wash) but oh so special and beautiful!  I'm certain my morning orange juice would taste better in one of these!  ;)



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KIDS' JACK AND JILL BATHROOM MAKEOVER- WEEK 2 PROGRESS


Work in the kids' Jack and Jill bathroom is moving along well!  It's been nice that we're kind of doing this at our own pace, plugging along as we're able and don't have to work furiously to meet a  deadline like I have on several of our other makeovers.  That being said, a deadline does help me get it done, so I'm trying to stay on it and not let this drag on and on.  I've been finalizing lots of selections and still shopping for a few things, but here's where we are so far.  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)


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MY BRIGHT AND PLAYFUL PINK, BLACK AND WHITE HALLOWEEN DECORATING IDEAS


I normally don’t do much for Halloween but it’s a big, kid friendly, fun night in our neighborhood where my kids always enjoyed being out with their friends and neighbors to see who could come home with the most candy.  ;)  At Home Stores invited me to partner with them to feature their vast selection of Halloween decor. Since a big part of my job is to share decorating ideas, that often centers around various holidays. I thought even though we don't really "celebrate" Halloween to the extent that others might, this would be a good opportunity to stretch my creative muscles with something different than I normally do and focus on decorating for the holiday in a kid-friendly, bright, playful style for those who were looking for some fresh ideas. Because I have a feeling that a lot of you also just celebrate it as an opportunity for your kids to wear cute costumes, get candy, and walk the neighborhood with their friends like we do!  So, here's my spin on bright, preppy, fun, maybe even classy (is "classy" Halloween a thing? Ha!) pink, black and white Halloween decor Dimples and Tangles style! 

I chose a few key areas to focus on adding some festive Halloween touches to the house.  Of course, the most important spot to focus on for the big night is the Front Porch, right?  It definitely needs to be decked out to welcome all of those darling little trick or treaters!  


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KIDS' JACK AND JILL BATHROOM MAKEOVER- BEFORE PHOTOS AND DESIGN PLAN


I have a big house project that's been on my "to-do" list every year for as long as I can remember... the Master Bathroom.  We're finally tackling that this Fall, but we decided to squeeze in a "quick" kids' bathroom makeover too!  And I quote "quick", because what I thought would be just a quick and simple refresh turned into pretty much a full fledged bathroom makeover!  We didn't go down to the studs or move anything around, but short of that everything is getting freshened up.  Our kids share a Jack and Jill bathroom between their bedrooms, which is the only other tub/shower in the house, so we decided to knock out their makeover while finishing up the planning for the Master. We're all sharing the Master/Powder Bath in the process, so soon it will be our turn to share their nice, fresh, pretty bathroom when it's finished and demo on the Master Bath starts!  But let's back up and today I want to share our starting point- the before photos- and where this bathroom is headed- the design plan and inspiration!

We actually did some updating to this bathroom when we moved into the house 12 years ago. I wish I could find a photo of how it looked when we bought the house, but picture dark navy wallpaper with small flowers (if I remember correctly), shiny brass vanity lights with the glass tulip shades, shiny brass fixtures, and a carpeted floor!

Here's a pretty, styled photo that I did for a project last year...


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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday!  Here are some things I've purchased lately and liked enough to pass along to you, or things that are on my wish list right now.  I hope you all enjoy your holiday weekend!  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

I'll grab a dress 95% of the time over shorts and a t-shirt in the Summer.  They're just so easy and cool!  I've found some good ones lately.  You won't believe this under $10 t-shirt dress.  The french terry fabric is thick but not heavy and it has pockets!! I like the fabric so much better than some other jersey knit swing dresses I have.  Actually, it's clearanced out and very limited online, but I wanted to share it with you anyway because you can probably still find it in store.  (If you're in store, just be sure you're getting the french terry fabric- there's another of the same style usually on the same rack and the fabric is awful and clingy).  But yay, I just looked and it seems they have a Fall version with 3/4 length sleeves out now. The commenters say it has pockets too!


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BOYS DORM ROOM DECOR AND ORGANIZING ESSENTIALS


As I mentioned in yesterday's post, our lives had a huge change recently when we moved Caleb to college!  He chose to attend Oklahoma Baptist University (our Alma Mater) and is majoring in Nursing with hopes to work somehow with Trauma Medicine, First Response, possibly Mediflight (that would combine all of his interests perfectly!), something along those lines.  We were so busy all Summer we didn't spend much time getting ready for his room until the week or so before we moved in him, but I think it all came together well.  "Boys Dorm Room" and "Decor" don't seem to really go together right?  Ha!  But I am his Mother after all so we had to add a little spice!  We worked to give him a comfortable space though for his home-away-from-home and tried to use some thoughtful organizing solutions to maximize the tiny space.  Take a look!  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)


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A FEW THINGS- LET'S CATCH UP!


Alright friends...  I know my posting has been sooooo sporadic, but Summer is over and a "normal" routine is returning, so I'm committing to more regular posting again!  The past 4 months have been abnormally busy for us and we were gone a good deal of the Summer.  I'm no good at balancing "real life" and the blog when things get really busy.  I tried to keep everyone in the loop on what was happening over on Instagram, but I know I'm desperately behind here for those of you who might not follow there.  So, I do have lots of things that happened over the Summer that I plan to share with you, but for now I'll just catch you up on big things from the past few weeks, and we'll go from there!

First up, I stopped by a local close-out store and stumbled across this awesome cane patterned garden stool.  It was a bargain so I couldn't pass it up, and if you can look past the worst-ever color, isn't it cute?  I'll use my process for painting ceramics and it should be quite a transformation.  Sadly, I've had it for a month and it still looks just like this.  I can't decide what color I want to paint it!  Hopefully I'll have an after picture to show you soon.


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HOW TO RE-COVER AN UPHOLSTERED NON-REMOVABLE CHAIR SEAT || BARSTOOL REUPHOLSTERY TUTORIAL


Recently I squeezed in a makeover of my barstools, a project that I've wanted to do for a long time but just hadn't narrowed down exactly how I wanted them to look.  I would actually love to get new barstools at some point and keep an eye out but haven't come across anything I like better than the ones I have for now.  So, this little makeover gave them a new life!


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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday everyone!  It's been a while since I shared favorites with you so I had a super long list, but I narrowed it down to these five for today.  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

This Blue and White Dress is a new favorite, I love cute Summer dresses that actually have sleeves!  The fabric is a beautiful linen-blend jungle toile design.  There are several more colors and patterns in the same style, but I looked at them all in store and the fabric content is a bit different on the others.  Still good, but this is definitely the most expensive looking one (but you won't believe the price!).  It runs a little large, I sized down one and still had plenty of room.



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BLUE AND WHITE DRAPES SOURCE GUIDE


I have 3 sets of blue and white drapes in my home and am often asked where I got them. Since I make my own draperies, I never have a good answer for that!  So, I decided to scour the internet and put together a source guide for you if you're shopping for blue and white curtains.  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)


To start with, though, I'll share my fabric sources just in case you're handy with a sewing machine too and would like to make your own (it's really not hard, I shared a tutorial here).

The first set of blue and white drapes I added to my home were in my bedroom.  I just love this fabric and it looks good everywhere I've seen it!


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SUMMER HOME TOUR PART 3- PATIO


Welcome back to our final day of my Summer Home Tour!  If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, be sure to take a minute to go back and tour those as well.  Today we'll finish up with a look at the Patio.  We are so thankful for this space that extends the living space of our home, and love using it to entertain!   (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)


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SUMMER HOME TOUR PART 2- ENTRY, DINING ROOM, AND MASTER BEDROOM


Today I'm continuing to show you around for my Summer Home Tour.  If you missed the Living Room tour in my last post, stop by and see that here.  When you're ready, let's go ahead and take a look at the Entry, Dining Room, and Master Bedroom today.  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

The Entry dresser didn't change too much from my Spring Tour, I've really just been switching out the flowers or a plant as needed.


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SUMMER 2019 HOME TOUR PART 1- LIVING ROOM


Hello friends!  I didn't officially join up with any groups for a Summer Home Tour this year, but I still wanted to take an opportunity to share a fresh round of photos with you.  We've been so busy I haven't had time for major changes or projects for the past few months, but there's always something moving and changing around here.

We're actually currently in Hawaii (I share about our trip here)!  We arrived on Tuesday and although we're fighting a bit of jet lag have jumped in head first and hit some major tourist attractions so far- Pearl Harbor, the Aloha Bowl Flea Market, had a Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation, as well as relaxed (that jet lag!) at the beach and explored our surroundings.  I'm sharing a lot of what we're up to on my Instagram Stories if you'd like to follow along there.  Today I've twisted my family's arms for a professional family photo shoot at sunrise (took advantage of doing this early in the trip while we're still adjusting to the time change) and then we're going to hit the beach for the rest of the day.  It's beyond breath-taking gorgeous here!

So- here we go with my Summer Living Room.  I won't say much, just allow you to browse and enjoy!  I'll follow this tour up in the coming days with a few more rooms in the house and a tour of the patio.


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FRESH BLACK BEAN AND CORN SALSA DIP RECIPE


I just started the group text with my family to decide who is bringing what to our Fourth of July festivities later this week.  I made this Fresh Black Bean and Corn Salsa dip a few weeks ago when we had company for dinner, but it's the perfect recipe for Independence Day, too!  It takes minutes to assemble and is best prepared ahead of time, so it's quick and easy to throw together for a busy day. 


easy recipe, appetizer, mexican food salsa, party food

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


We've been traveling for the past two weeks (I've been sharing a lot from our trip on Instagram, but I'll share a few posts here as well when we return) and I bought these shoes for the trip.  I knew we'd be doing a lot of walking and they have been really comfortable!  They're a nice alternative to wearing tennis shoes every day.  They're the perfect nude color to go with everything and the leather is super soft.  I've worn them each time without socks- they don't rub at all and fit like a glove!  If you're in between or on the smaller side of your size, I'd probably size down 1/2 a size.
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Cute woven leather style of the same shoe- 3 colors 33-60% off!

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PARTY ALL THE TIME- SIMPLE 16th BIRTHDAY AND GRADUATION DECORATIONS


May was a month full of celebrations for us... it seemed as if we were hosting a different party or gathering every time we turned around!  Among them we had two big family milestones, and today I'm sharing some of the decorations around our house from my daughter's 16th Birthday and son's High School Graduation.  They aren't outrageous or over the top, just simple touches here and there to celebrate each occasion.

I was pleasantly surprised when my girl requested a backyard party at home with her friends to celebrate her birthday.  Alright, I can do that!  I had grand plans worked up in my head of epic decorations in the trees and scattered around the patio and yard. And, of course, it poured buckets of rain the entire day of her party right up until the time that the party started.  I was thankful that it cleared off and the kids could be outside a bit during the actual party time but any grand plans for decorating outdoors were thwarted.

So, we used what we had to make the house festive.  I generally just focus on a few areas for parties... the mantel, tables, maybe the porch or entry and maybe a bit in the kitchen.  We didn't really have a theme for her party, just bright, cheery, and colorful.  I have a variety of balloons that we inflated and then grouped in clusters to hang at the ends of banners and garlands.  I made the tissue garland years ago and the "Let's Party" came from Five Below several months ago.  Dollar Tree carries 14" number and letter silver or gold mylar balloons now, so I got a few sets of those to use.


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SPRING OR SUMMER BANQUET TABLE CENTERPIECE DECORATIONS


A few times this year I'm decorating tables for a board meeting luncheon for our state's group of churches.  My goal has been to make it nice, but as always to use a lot of what I have or can borrow, and decorate on a budget.  Today's post is short and sweet and I debated sharing this with you since it's so simple- nothing overblown or over the top- but really that's the point of why I write this blog!  I want to share simple, affordable, achievable ideas especially for church or event decorations since I've found inspiration for those events lacking on the internet.  So, here you go!

garden theme table decorations, church banquet decorations, table centerpieces, banquet centerpiece ideas

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MY SUMMER PORCH


Recently I cleaned off the front porch and got it all set for Summer.  I absolutely loved the faux topiaries that I used for my Spring porch while the temps were still too cold for live plants.  But in Summer, big ferns in the urns are my absolute favorite for this spot.  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)


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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Hello there!  I've got some things to share with you and am excited to do that soon, but today I wanted to show a few of my new favorite things of late so we can take advantage of all of the great holiday weekend sales!  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

We (along with 50+ of our favorite high school students) are off on our first big Summer adventure tomorrow, but I'm hoping to get together a few posts of projects I've had stored up to share with you along the way.  Follow along on Instagram to see what we're up to!

Trust me, get this gingham trench!  It's a really nice sturdy weight and fantastic quality.  Even with the sale on sale discount it's a bit of an investment, but well worth it in my opinion.  This will be a closet staple for years to come!  I would suggest sizing down.  I sized down one but probably could have even gone 2 sizes down.  Super sale going on site wide here!


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MY TOP 10 MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS- MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE


With Mother's Day just a few weeks away, it's time for a game plan!  Today I'm sharing my top 10 Mother's Day Gift Ideas.  You might be shopping for your own Mom or Mother-in-law, or you might just get a few ideas to pass along to your family for your personal wish list!  Many of my picks are customized or personalized, so I wanted to make sure you'd have time to order and receive them in time for Mother's Day.  (Or, if you order last minute like I too often do, a printed photo of the gift beautifully wrapped lets Mom know what to expect in the mail if it won't arrive in time.)  Many of these suggestions today are things I already personally own and love, so I think you will too.  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

1.  Child Silhouettes-  There are many different options available whether you want them printed, embroidered, cut from wood, etc. but I prefer the sweetness of hand cut silhouettes like these.   I had my children's silhouettes made many years ago, and they are some of my favorite pieces in my home.  I only wish I had done some when they were teeny-tiny as well!


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A FEW THINGS... IT'S BEEN A WHILE!


Well hello there friends!  I know posts have been scarce here lately.  I feel like it's really been forever since I've had a regular 2-3x/week posting schedule, and I've missed you!  No major explanation other than we've been in an exceptionally busy season of life.  But, in reality, things are probably always this busy, I've just been stopping to smell the roses (or the ranunculus) a bit more and soaking up life away from the computer.


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EASTER TABLESCAPE WITH SIMPLE GROCERY STORE FLOWERS CENTERPIECE


Hello there, friends!  This week has been busy as we prepare to host family and friends this weekend for Easter.  I set our table yesterday and wanted to share it with you.  This year I made our more formal Easter tablescape very simple, and kept things extra easy by picking up the flowers for the centerpiece at the grocery store.

grocery store flowers, easter table, dining room table

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14 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE "IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE" SPRING HOME TOUR GROUP


I love perusing virtual home tours.  Even if the home isn't quite my style or colors I prefer, there's always an idea here or there that I can glean to apply in my own home.  Our "It's a Colorful Life" Spring Tour just happened to be packed full of homes that love color and pattern like I do, so the ideas and inspiration were extra plentiful!  Today I thought I'd share one takeaway from each of the homes in our tour that I thought was a great idea and might be something you could do in your own home. Let me know in the comments if there was a particular idea that you picked up from one of the tours and want to implement in your home, maybe even something different than one I highlight!

  (You can see my tour here if you missed it.)

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday!  It's been a while since I've shared some recent favorite products or purchases, so I have several to tell you about today.  Have a great weekend, I'm working up to cleaning out and having a garage sale (read my tips here!) so I hope to start making a dent in cabinets and closets.  Fun times!  Not really, but I'm anxious to get rid of some stuff and Spring Clean.  Do you have big exciting weekend plans?  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

I've loved the pink rug in my Entry so much (I think you all have too!) that I recently bought it in a smaller size for my kitchen.  It comes in a ton of sizes so it's perfect for the space, and has a price tag where I don't have to worry about hurting it.  It hides things well but is easy to wipe off or give a quick vacuum (PS, if you don't have one of these, best money I've spent in a loooong time!!). Try this code for 50% off and free shipping:   ERUG50



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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE- SPRING HOME TOUR 2019


Doesn't it seem like Spring is taking it's sweet time coming this year?  It's still pretty chilly here in Oklahoma but I see peonies sprouting and tulip bulbs coming up so surely it's knocking on the door! I'm so glad you're here for my Spring Home Tour today.  I'm excited to be hosting another "It's A Colorful Life" home tour, this time with my friend Jewel from Jeweled Interiors.  We're thrilled that the  most fun group of bloggers has joined us for the next few days to all share our Spring tours dripping with color!

chiang mai dragon, coffee table styling, pagoda lantern

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SPRING ENTERTAINING WITH AT HOME STORES



I'm not sure why, but winter has seemed to be especially long, cold, and dreary this year.  I've never been more ready for warmer weather! We enjoy entertaining often, but when it's cold and dark early it's hard to want to do anything but come home and cozy up for the evening, right?  So, with Spring finally right around the corner and a brand new Dining Room, I'm excited to shake off winter and get back to hosting some gatherings.  Today I've partnered with At Home stores to spiff our home up for Spring, throw open the front door and welcome friends over!  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

First, about that front door... it needed a little refresh from the winter grime and lack of anything green.  I want our guests to feel welcome and know that we're glad they're here as soon as they step on the porch!


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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE REFRESH: THE DINING ROOM REVEAL!


Oh happy day, the Dining Room is finished, and I have the blisters and hot glue gun burns to prove it!  If you follow me on Instagram you've walked through many of these projects with me, so without further adieu, here's the Dining Room reveal!



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