i should be mopping the floor: September 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Free Candy Corn Halloween Printable

This Free Candy Corn Halloween printable is one of my favorites, yet. 
Because anything in a mason jar totally has my heart, y'all. Especially if it's sweet. 

Free Candy Corn Halloween Printable | 8x10 Mason Jar and Candy Corn Print | Instant Download

Free Candy Corn Halloween Printable | 8x10 Mason Jar and Candy Corn Print | Instant Download
Okay, so I went a little overboard with not doing much for Halloween on the bliggity blog here. So much so that I'm hoping to make up for it with the sweetest printable around.

A little watercolor, a little mason jar...and a lot of candy corn.
Download yours below.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Best Rae Dunn Pieces on Amazon

Calling all Rae Dunn junkies! I've rounded up the best Rae Dunn pieces on Amazon to make acquiring your favorites a bit easier. Because we can't all stalk Homegoods every morning when they open (since they sell out within minutes!).

Rae Dunn Pieces on Amazon | Having a hard time getting your hands on Rae Dunn clay pieces? This guide will help you find your faves right on Amazon!

Rae Dunn Pieces on Amazon | Having a hard time getting your hands on Rae Dunn clay pieces? This guide will help you find your faves right on Amazon!
I first fell in LOVE with Rae Dunn pieces over on Instagram. Seriously, if you have a minute, be sure to check out the #RaeDunn and #MondayDunnYet hashtags over on Instagram...they're full of soooo much eye candy! I started acquiring a few pieces here and there, but this stuff is a hot commodity. Homegoods is usually the best place to find it, but it's gotten to where it is gone as soon as they put it out. Kind of tough when you don't even have a Homegoods in your city. TJ Maxx and Marshalls sometimes have a few things, too, but also sell out lickety split. So what's a collector to do? Well, I tell ya...I took to searching Amazon and found some really great pieces. Granted, they're just a bit pricier than the discount stores, but a lot of them are straight from Rae Dunn (wha?!?). So, I rounded up some of my faves over there for you to shop through, too. 
But, if I do see you at Homegoods, I may be the one throwing elbows for a mug. ;)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

How to Make a Drop Cloth Envelope Pillow Cover

This shop and tutorial for a Drop Cloth Envelope Pillow Cover has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone. #FreeToBe #CollectiveBias

I'm super excited about this tutorial today, y'all. I made two of these Drop Cloth Envelope Pillow Covers and can't wait to make a few more (I have big plans for some holiday ones, too). Check out the entire process below...it's very simple to duplicate.

How to Make a Drop Cloth Envelope Pillow Cover | Simple beginning sewing project with step-by-step photo tutorial. These pillow covers are perfect to give ordinary pillows a festive look for the holidays.

How to Make a Drop Cloth Envelope Pillow Cover | Simple beginning sewing project with step-by-step photo tutorial. These pillow covers are perfect to give ordinary pillows a festive look for the holidays.
The beauty of an envelope pillow cover is that it doesn't have to be sewn closed by hand...and it's easy to take it on and off of the pillow form for washing. I actually didn't even use a pillow form for mine...I used old throw pillows that I had on hand already. These are perfect for changing out the look of your decor seasonally. Using a drop cloth for the fabric makes them quite budget-friendly, too. Check them out below.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Inspiration Monday

Hey, friends! Hope you're having a good weekend, where ever you are! It rained for like five minutes yesterday...so I'm hoping that means cooler temps are on their way to Texas soon. This whole 97 degrees at the end of September is just not any fun any more. 

Glad you're back to party with us!
Don't forget that we continue this party over on Instagram tomorrow!


Wanted to make sure you were all aware of my once-a-week free newsletter, too! I send it out Saturday mornings. AND, there's an exclusive free printable every week for subscribers only. You also have access to this entire gallery of freebies (pictured above) that are only for subscribers.

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On to the PARTY! Now that we're *officially* in fall, it's time to pull out the autumn decor, y'all! To help get you inspired here are 5 Fun Ways to Dress up a Pumpkin selected from last week's party!
(This week's features were chosen by Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Free Thanksgiving Printable

This free Thanksgiving printable is actually a good one to display the entire season long.
It's just a lil' reminder of what our hearts should be full of...really, every season.

Free Thanksgiving Printable | This free (instant download) 8x10 printable is perfect for all season long.
I know I may catch a little heck for skipping Halloween prints and going straight to Thanksgiving. But honestly, (and...don't be mad), I'm not a big Halloween person. I've decorated on the blog for it before, but this year, I decided to just stick with what I really want to do. To simplify, I just decorated for fall, in general, this year. 

And letmetellya...it's ridiculously liberating, y'all. I actually get to enjoy it for a while before having to switch it up again. You can check out my fall home tour here. And then click below to download this fun free fall printable for your own decor. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Refrigerator Breakfast Bin

This shop (and post for a Refrigerator Breakfast Bin) has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  
All opinions are mine alone. #BetterBreakfast #CollectiveBias

This Refrigerator Breakfast Bin is a great way to make sure my family gets fed in the busy mornings before everyone heads their own separate ways. Keeping it well stocked and front and center is a must.

Refrigerator Breakfast Bin | Put together a "grab-n-go" breakfast box in your refrigerator so your family can help themselves to breakfast items on the hectic mornings.
The weekday breakfast hour can be a daunting one, y'all. We're all trying to get here, there, and yonder...grab backpacks, lunch boxes, homework, and look like we didn't just roll right out of bed. Sometimes, a good breakfast can be hard to come by. If I can do a little pre-planning, our situation in the morning isn't nearly as bleak as it has been on some previous days. This breakfast bin is proving to be a life-saver.


Not only is this bin helping me make sure that my own kids get a good breakfast every morning, several of the items in it are a part of a special cause right now to make sure other kiddos get fed as well!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Six Black and White Scripture Printables


These Six Black and White Scripture Printables are the perfect addition to any home decor. They're the latest edition of my Printables for Purchase and are bundled together for $5. Click here to purchase these (or scroll down to get a more detailed look).

Six Black and White Scripture Printables: Bundle of six 8x10 scripture prints to frame for your home or office.

Six Black and White Scripture Printables: Bundle of six 8x10 scripture prints to frame for your home or office.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

DIY Bathroom Floating Shelves

 

  These new DIY Bathroom Floating Shelves we just installed in our half bathroom are pretty much my favorite things in the whole house right now. I feel like this nook and these shelves were MFEO (made for each other).

DIY Bathroom Floating Shelves: tutorial to build these simple shelves that are perfect for a tight spot.

DIY Bathroom Floating Shelves: tutorial to build these simple shelves that are perfect for a tight spot.
If you come here regularly, you might know that I just posted our half bath makeover in June. It was totally great and all...just missing something. See below how we filled in the blank (literally)!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Recipe Remix Ideas

Today's post was brought to you by Martha Stewart Living.
All opinions are mine alone.

Tired of the same ol' thing on your table every day? These recipe remix ideas will give you some ideas to change things up a bit. And they're all super delicious.

Check out some unique twists on some classic dishes and snacks below.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Inspiration Monday

Hi, party friends! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend wherever you are. I just got back from a blogger conference in Arizona...it was so much fun, but I'm pooped!

I have borrowed these photos of one of my good friends, Jennifer, from Jennifer Cooks (we actually knew each other before the blogging days, y'all!). It was great to travel with a friend. I also met so many bloggers that I've loved forever (some of YOU!). What a lovely time. Be sure to check out the Blended Conference and join the fun next year!


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Oh and don't forget...the Inspiration Monday Party Girls are bringing their weekly linky party over to Instagram, too (like two parties in one). We will all be posting our picks over there on Monday under the #InspirationMondayParty hashtag, so be sure to check it out here!

This week's blog party features were selected by Meegan from What Meegan Makes.
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So many fun, fall ideas to check out below.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hey, Pumpkin Free Printable

This free printable HEY, PUMPKIN 8x10 is the perfect way to bring a little HAPPY to your fall decor. Because, who doesn't love being called 'pumpkin'? And...pie. Because pie, y'all.

Hey, Pumpkin Free Printable

While I'm not ready for fall baking yet, I am ready to start wrapping my brain around it. I was also wanting a fun and whimsical print this week...and pumpkin pie certainly fit the bill. Grab this one for your home below.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DIY Vintage Football Sign

Today’s post is brought to you by Bounty.
 I’m a member of the #QuickerPickerUpper team. All opinions are mine alone.


This DIY Football Sign was a fun craft to work on…just in time for football season. 
This is perfect for kids’ room decor, locker rooms, or at your football party.

DIY Vintage Football Sign : Fun painting technique to create this fun sports artwork for any room!
I wanted to make a nice, neutral sign that could be used all throughout football season…a black and white one fit the bill perfectly. It can be out on display at a pizza party before the local high school game or even used as decor in one of my kiddo’s rooms. Check out how simple it was to put together below.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DIY Hot Cider Sign

This DIY Hot Cider Sign was made from some three dollar thrift store art, y'all!
I gave it a little paint treatment and am sharing the tutorial below.

This DIY Hot Cider Sign was made from a thrift store canvas for inexpensive fall decor.

This DIY Hot Cider Sign was made from a thrift store canvas for inexpensive fall decor.
I *think* I'm turning into a sign junkie, y'all. My parents were over here recently and my mom complained that there were just too many things to read on the walls. So, you know, it seemed totally appropriate to add to our plethora of wall reading material by throwing in another sign. For good measure, no? 


This DIY Hot Cider Sign was made from a thrift store canvas for inexpensive fall decor.
And, this is part of this month's Thrifty Style Team series. Check out the fun below.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Inspiration Monday

Hey, y'all!! Today is a FUN one...we have a big announcement! We're taking this party to Instagram as well as keeping it on the blogs. That means if you're not a blogger, you can link up to the party on IG now! More details below!

We will now be sharing the party on IG, too, y'all! Still partying here, as well!
Come join us over there for the Instagram fun starting tomorrow.


This week's blog party features were selected by Christy from Our Southern Home.
Some super fun ideas to welcome others into your home...

Friday, September 9, 2016

Gather Here with Grateful Hearts Free Printable

This Gather Here with Grateful Hearts Free Printable is perfect for your fall decor.
It was a reader request that I was super excited to design. Hope you enjoy it, too.


 Are you ready to break out all the fall things in your home? I actually am all decorated up (check out my fall home tour from yesterday here). Something about being in a new home has made me even more excited to see how my fall things look out of their storage boxes. This printable is somewhat Thanksgiving-ish, but you have my full permission to go ahead and throw it out there now (I certainly did!). Download your free 8x10 printable below.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Vintage Fall Home Tour

Forgive the earliness, but today, I'm sharing my Vintage Fall Home Tour.
The house was clean from top to bottom, so I pulled out the pumpkins...as well as the camera to capture it all. Bada bing, bada boom. Grab a PSL and stay awhile. 

It's been really fun decorating our new (to us) home for fall. I did have a rule...no new fall decor purchases. I *almost* stuck to it, but did find some good deals here and there that I just couldn't pass up (thanks a lot, TJ Maxx). But, I also kept it fairly simple, as well. I may add a few more things as we get closer to Thanksgiving, but for the most part...welcome to our Vintage Fall Home Tour.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

How to Reset the House for Back-to-School

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.
All opinions are mine alone. #FallIntoClean #CollectiveBias

After a summer with all of my family at home with me, our house always needs a major reset as we head into the school year and fall months. Check out all of my tips to reset your own space.

While I adore summer, it can wreak havoc on my home. Mid-June, I start noticing that it just doesn’t stay as clean as long as it does during the school year. With my boys home all day, every day (and my husband, who is a principal, home a lot more, too), we just have more dirt and clutter in and out of the house. As the fall approaches, it feels great to do a big ol’ reset and get everything organized and back in order for the year so we start off on a good foot. I love to use Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products to help me get the place back in shape. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® believes that your home is what you make it. That’s why they make Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® for all the beautiful things you grow in your home.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Inspiration Monday

Welcome to the party, y'all! We're enjoying a fun labor day weekend with family in town.
I've got all the pumpkins and fall stuff out and I'm officially ready to welcome the FALL!
Hope you're feeling fallish, too!

While the calendar doesn't *officially* say it, it's the start of pumpkin season this weekend. Which is PERFECT for features...and you all delivered with tons of projects and recipes from last week!
Pumpkin Everything Collage Features
This week's fun, fall features were picked by Laura from Inspiration for Moms.
Just look at all this pumpkin goodness Laura found....

Friday, September 2, 2016

Hello, Autumn Free Printable

This Hello, Autumn Free Printable is all about the wheat, y'all.

Hello, Autumn Free Printable | 8X10 Printable | Instant Download
Are you in a wheat-y mood this time of the year, too? I love it as a fun, natural alternative to foliage in the autumn. I thought it would be fun to make a frame of it and do something all kinds of fall. Grab this free printable below.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

1970s Living Room Makeover

Today, I'm sharing our complete 1970s Living Room Makeover.
This is now my favorite room. It's a bit eclectic and funky...and totally us. 
And yes, we're bringing popcorn ceilings back. Boom. 

1970s Living Room Makeover | See the transformation of this fun space in a quirky 1970 fixer upper.
This room sat empty after we moved in. We were trying to be super cautious with the budget since, at the time, we still owned our previous home (it's sold now...AMEN!). It was super awkward for a bit...this big, empty, main room that connected the house (bedrooms on one side of it, kitchen and tv room on the other side). It was the first room you walked into from the front door...and it was empty. At night, I'd walk through its darkness on the way to bed and I was a bit sad. I knew one day that it would be a special place...it just took a little patience. Prior to moving in, this room also gave me a few minor heart attacks with all its issues. Check out its story below.