i should be mopping the floor: August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Labor Day Tablescape

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Around here, this coming weekend marks the end of summer. This Labor Day Tablescape is the perfect way to celebrate and invite company over for a cookout or casual  meal.
Labor Day Tablescape: Easy, budget-friendly, and fun ideas for a great red, white, and blue tablescape to end the summer with.  Free printable quotes and candle wraps/napkin rings, too!
Labor Day is that last little hurrah before the summer is over, no? In the US, it is intended to honor the American labor movement. To me, it's a great day to reflect on the fact that we are blessed with work. And four and a half years into it, I'm so humbled to say that this blog has provided me with work that I absolutely love

Since it's still a summer holiday, I thought it would be fun to incorporate a bit more red, white, and blue into a simple Labor Day Tablescape that's perfect for a cookout or casual dinner with friends over. Living in a military community kind of gives me carte blanche to decorate in patriotic colors year round. Check out this entire tablescape below, including free printable candle wrappers and Labor Day quotes about work and inspiration.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Inspiration Monday

August is winding down and you know what that means...it's about to be pumpkin CRAZY in blogland (and Starbucks). In fact, we're already seeing lots of fun fall inspiration pop up at the party (as evidenced by today's features). It's so much fun when the seasons change...especially in the creative world. We can't wait to see what inspiring things YOU have been up to!

As always, you can link up on one blog and your creativity is seen across all eight.

This week's features (linked up at last week's party) were chosen by

Friday, August 28, 2015

Large Printable Lunch Notes

These large printable lunch notes are easy for little eyes to find in their lunch box!

Large Printable Lunch Notes: a larger size for littler hands and eyes to find easier! Perfect for your elementary or preschool kids' lunches.

I had a request to make a few larger sized lunch box notes for younger kiddos who can't always find the business-card sized ones in their boxes. These are significantly bigger and have super bold colors so they're easy to spot!

I'm actually sharing these over at the Rhodes Bake-N-Serv blog today...along with a fun semi-homemade lunch trick. Click here for all of the fun!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cowboy Beans

This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of Ball Park® brand. The opinions and text are all mine.

These Cowboy Beans are perfect for your next grillathon...they go perfectly with hot dogs.

Cowboy Beans Recipe: the perfect easy and delicious side dish for your next grill out.
One of my favorite grilling memories surrounds this dish. These Cowboy Beans were a bit of an accidental recipe one of my friends and I came up with on the fly...or so we thought. It was a hilarious time...that resulted in a delicious casserole that is well-loved and requested again and again. This casserole is the perfect side dish alongside Ball Park Park's Finest Hot Dogs at your own grillathon. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kids' Lunch Ideas and Free Printable Lunch Notes

Thanks so much to Pearls Olives to Go! for sponsoring today's deliciousness.
All opinions, ideas, and graphics are mine.

These kids' lunch ideas and free printable lunch notes are sure to put a smile on your olive-lover's face!
Kids' Lunch Ideas and Free Printable Lunch Notes
It's a bit of a family joke just how much my younger son loves olives. At every holiday gathering, an extra relish tray is pretty much set out just for him. I love sending olives in both of my kiddos' lunches, too...they're always guaranteed to be devoured! Below are a few of my favorite olive-packed lunches...with a fun new way to pack them. AND, there's an awesome giveaway for YOU to win some lunch money to your favorite grocery store, too!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Inspiration Monday

It's party day, y'all! Have you seen the awesomeness that has been linked up lately? You guys are mind-blowing! As we head into fall (soon, right??), it's so fun to see all of the pumpkin and autumn projects starting to pop up. Let's get the fabulousness started!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Free Printable Chalkboard Banner Letters, A-Z

These free printable chalkboard banner letters are super versatile. Perfect for parties, seasonal and regular decor, classrooms, and so much more. Download the entire set below.

These free printable chalkboard banner letters, A-Z, are super versatile. Perfect for parties, seasonal and regular decor, classrooms, and so much more.
Okay, so these were actually created three years ago...when I was about to open my own printable shop (you'll notice the printed file has my old URL at the bottom corner of the pages). At the last minute, I had a change of heart and decided to just keep my printables available for free on here. It wasn't as fun to create them for money...it became a bit overwhelming and monotonous. While I do want to be transparent in that this blog does indeed earn income through ads, offering these for free versus twenty bucks is a whole lot different to me. I want readers to be able to enjoy them...no matter what their budget may be. I honestly had forgotten about this set of letters until I was cleaning out some desktop files and happened upon them. I thought I'd get them up here on the blog before they're not cool anymore (and if they're already out of style, just don't tell me, k?). Download your free Printable Chalkboard Banner Letters, A-Z, below. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Watermelon Smoothie

One last summery recipe to close out the season: Watermelon Smoothie! 
It's something I want to enjoy all year long, y'all.

Watermelon Smoothie: a healthy, delicious summery treat.
I went whole hog this summer and bought a fancy blender...not the fancy fancy one...but the fancy one (know what I mean?). I've used about 5% of its functions at this point. It's just a bit overwhelming from the $5 Hamilton Beach one that I've had since college...in the nineties. But, it sure can whip up this watermelon smoothie in all of five seconds. Five seconds...how is this even possible? Check out the recipe below.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Free Sports Fonts

These free sports fonts are perfect for football season fun...or any of your favorite sports.

Free Sports Fonts: perfect for spirit signs, crafts, parties, vinyl projects, and more!
It's just about that time of year, y'all! All things football are about to be in full force. The list of free sports fonts below are perfect for all of your sporting events. They're a fun way to add some kick to signs, printables, vinyl, crafts, and more.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hey, friends! All 8 of us are loving the INSPIRATION that comes strolling in every week.
We hope you continue to inspire and be inspired here with us at Inspiration Monday Party.
Let the fabulousness begin...

The features from last week's party were chosen by:

Friday, August 14, 2015

Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

These Free Printable Lunch Box Notes are the perfect touch to tuck into the littles' lunches.

It has been a while since I've done a set of free printable lunch box notes. So much so, that my youngest has asked for new ones. HA! What is even more hysterical is that he thought I bought these somewhere, y'all. Dude, mom made these. C'mon now. ;)

Grab this free set below.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Chalk Paint Fireplace Makeover

Our master bedroom's Chalk Paint Fireplace Makeover is done. 
This was a really easy makeover. Paint, sanding...bada bing, bada boom.

Chalk Paint Fireplace Makeover | Annie Sloan Paris Grey on a faux fireplace. | Easy chalk paint tutorial.
In the craziness that has been this summer, our master bedroom ended up getting a very unplanned makeover. It's not *totally* done. But, I am loving our new fireplace. See how easy it was to make over below (and check out the before pics, too).

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Parent/Child Communication Journal (with printable covers)

As the school year gets underway, mornings take on a new look for us. My parent/child communication journal is now becoming a part of my routine...along with a big cup of coffee. Check out how I'm going to #createdelight this school year and grab your own journal covers to create your own journal with your child.

Parent/Child Communication Journal | Free printable journal covers in several colors for mom or dad.
This journal was not my original idea...it came from a lady I attended a church retreat with years ago. We were all swapping some of our favorite parenting ideas and she told us about the journal she shared with her preteen daughter. She talked about how much the lines of communication were opened with that journal and what an amazing tool it had been. Over the years, she had saved up dozens of these journals...filled to the brim with notes between all of her children and herself. They were treasures and she suggested all of us other moms try this idea. Now that my kids are of the age to really appreciate this kind of tool, I'm excited that we're starting to put it into play. See how this is becoming a part of my morning routines (and my kids' evening routines) below.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hey-ohhhhh! Hope your weekend is going fabulously. I'm just getting back to "normal" from an amazing trip to Dallas for the Young Living Convention. We had the best time ever, y'all. So much wellness to learn about and oils to be doused in (wink!). I also celebrated my big FIVE YEAR CANCER-FREE ANNIVERSARY this past week, too! Hope you've all had a great summer and are gearing up for a wonderful back-to-school season!

So lets get to it!
The features from last week's party were chosen by Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Fifteen Free and Fun Alphabet Graphics

Today's fun post is sponsored by GraphicStock.

It's definitely the back-to-school season, y'all! These fifteen free and fun alphabet graphics are perfection for classroom decor, teacher gifts, and so much more. Check out how easy they are to get.

Fifteen Free and Fun Alphabet Graphics | Perfect for Classroom Decor, Teacher Gifts, Nurseries, and more!
I've mentioned this before, but once ago, in a land far away...I taught preschool. One of my favorite parts of the fun? Class room decor, y'all (of course!). I loved those little peeps, too...and decorating a great space for them was always exciting for me. These cute alphabet graphics from GraphicStock are the perfect way to add a little zip to any learning environment or kids' space. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Finding Furniture to Refinish

It's pretty obvious...but I love to refinish furniture. Years ago, we were all kind of limited to unfinished furniture stores and an occasional garage or estate sale. These days, there are some pretty creative solutions to obtain pieces to refinish.
Finding Furniture to Refinish: Tips and Tricks to Score the Best Finds for the Best Deals!

I have some fun tips and tricks that I use to find the best pieces for furniture redoing. You may have to roll up your sleeves and get a bit dirty...but it's soooo worth it! Check out the fun below>>>

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Life is Sweet Chalkboard Printable

This Life is Sweet Chalkboard Printable is a delicious way to close out the summer.

Life is Sweet Chalkboard Printable

I'm super pumped to be participating in the 6th Annual Funner in the Summer Series over at my friend, Mique's blog. Today is my day, y'all! I've posted this fun (and yummy) popsicle printable over there for you to download. It's available in an 8x10 size...just print and frame. Click here to head over to Mique's to download this printable.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Y'all, today is a SUPER EXCITING day. Our party is new and improved and we're so delighted to share it with you. We are welcoming two new hostesses to the fun! Please welcome, Laura from Inspiration for Moms and Christy from Our Southern Home.
We also have a pretty new look for our party:  

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