Friday, August 22, 2014

My State of Mind - Five on Friday

Morning sunshines!  Happy Friday!
Thanks for the sweet comments on my $6 Large-and-In-Charge Car Art from the James Dean Style Soiree yesterday. I love the sweet reminder of my Grandpa every time I am in Mr. Big Stuff's room!

Here is what is on my mind today...

You know I love a good before and after. How's this one for you? :)
Before the kiddo wakes up... and about five minutes later! 

Today I am doing an extra happy dance because I am beach bound- yay! However, it is just me with the littles. Yes. As you read this, I am attempting to drive 450 miles with a three year old and 8 week old. By myself. #prayforme

3. Brooks is TWO MONTHS OLD!
Well, it wouldn't be a state of mind post without a cute baby picture! 
Here is a recent shot of the little guy. 
Can't. Stop. Kissing. Him. 

4. 10,000 Step Challenge
It's on! In an effort to get refocused on exercising after the pregnancy I have challenged myself to 10,000 steps a day. I literally have no more excuses to not exercise. Literally. I have tried to come up with one but now it is even starting to cool off in Atlanta, so I can't blame the heat. :)

I am officially wearing my new FitBit (which was actually a Mother's Day present that I shoved in my drawer until now) and found a double jogging stroller on craigslist.  So while I am still eating half a bag of Golden Oreos a day and justifying it with the nursing excuse (geez, do NOT buy these unless you want to become addicted), I am at least going to start moving. 
Baby steps, y'all. 

I stopped in Swoozies (one of my favorite stores here in Atlanta) this week and the place is oozing with amazing tailgate gear. It really made me excited for the season to start! Because obvi I care more about setting up the tailgate than the game. Can you relate? :)
(If you don't have a Swoozies near you, they have lots available online too!)

Here are a few things on my wishlist this fall:

A Dawg Wine Glass Sippy Cup. Love it!

This made me laugh:
Um, these napkins? Yes please!

And this burlap pillow? Come to mama!
And of course, a Lilly planner would always be welcome. Because staying organized can be cute, too! 

What's on your wish list this fall? 

Happy weekend! 
- Heather

Thursday, August 21, 2014

{James Dean Style Soiree} How A $200 Car Inspired $6 Artwork

Can you believe the second annual Summer Style Soiree is coming to a close? I have really enjoyed flexing the creative muscle to create projects inspired from our style icons this year.  I think we are going out with a bang with the coolest cat of them all - James Dean!

Last week my mom sent a picture of my Dad and Uncle in my Grandpa's 1935 Ford... and immediately my James Dean inspiration struck!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Creamy & Dreamy: New Moroccan Shag Rug

Today we are going to chat about a new rug. I must say this is seriously THE most comfortable rug I have EVER set foot on! And one of the final projects we did to get the nursery ready for baby #2. 

(And yes, if you are paying attention, baby #2 is almost two months old. Better late than never... right?)

Now if you are like me, you have a hard time making a decision on a rug. It is just such a big part of the room, and usually a big investment!

Monday, August 18, 2014

{Back to School} DIY Lunch Creation Station

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS

It has been so fun seeing my friends post first day of school pictures of their kids. Such cuties! And the kicker? The tiny flower girl from our wedding is going into 8th grade this year. Seriously, how is that even possible?!?!

Anyway, with back to school on the brain, I am going to share a simple DIY lunch station I created to help with the chore of packing lunches every day. Little man will be heading off to "school" in a few weeks. I have really enjoyed the past few weeks on maternity leave and have been soaking up every minute I can with him. I know his school will be great for him, but I am dreading the task of getting out the door every morning. 

In an effort to reduce the chaotic mornings, I created a Lunch Creation Station. This system will allow me to spend a few minutes prepping at the beginning of the week and be ready to rock and roll all week!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Butterscotch Pudding Cake Recipe

I know I don't normally post recipes on here. 

A, because I am not really a creative cook. 
B, because I don't really like to bake.
and C, because dinner time around here is usually a hot mess. 

It's true, I am a 3-5 ingredient girl. Anything with more than that and I am like, what? what? what?

So this recipe fits my requirements. 

EASY? Check.
FAST? Check.
TASTY? Check. Check. Check.

Truth: I am nursing therefore I am justifying desserts. 
More than I should. 
OK fine, daily.
Moving on... :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Limelight Love

Do you love hydrangeas as much as me? I am a huge sucker for blue, but lately I am obsessing over the limelight variety.

I was so thrilled this year when our limelight hydrangea FINALLY bloomed! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

{At Home With} The Thinking Closet

Morning! Today we are back for another "At Home With" guest post- this time with Lauren from The Thinking Closet. We met last year and it has been super fun keeping in touch with her ever since. She is super creative, has a way with words, is a drama queen (literally), and a Silhouette Machine Queen. Oh, and a fun bonus is that she lives in the same area we lived in for several years so it is fun to live vicariously through her Instagram feed

I hope you enjoy your time At Home With The Thinking Closet

Monday, August 11, 2014

How We Gained a Bedroom (No Moving Boxes Involved)

Are you loving the "At Home With" series as much as I am? If so, hold on to your crafting britches because tomorrow the Queen of the Silhouette Machine herself- Lauren from The Thinking Closet - will be joining in!

But first, I have a confession for you all today. Yes, I haven't been completely up front! You see, we had some renovations done on our house this past spring and I have YET to blog about them! #badblogger

So, today I am going to remedy that and I will be bringing you up to speed over the next couple of weeks.  Today I am going to share how we went from having a three bedroom house to a four bedroom house. 

With no moving boxes. Yes, you read that right. 

We went from having a three bedroom house to a four bedroom house with very little money and very little headache!


Read on to see how we converted our three bedroom ranch home to a FOUR BEDROOM!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Housewarming Gift in a Jar

It's Wednesday! And that means today baby boy is 6 weeks old. Wow, time flies... which is why it has taken me over a month to share this little project with you. I hope you enjoyed getting to know Abby from Just a Girl and her Blog yesterday! 

We have new next door neighbors and I am just so excited to welcome them to the neighborhood. Have I ever mentioned how much we love the street we live on? 

So, when they moved in I knew I wanted to drop them a housewarming gift. But you know how I roll. I love to give gifts that are functional. Things that people USE. If I was a good cook or baker, I would make them a yummy dinner.

But, I am much better at shoving things in a jar and decorating with fabric. 

Hey, you can't be good at *everything* right?!?! :)

You know that this is not my first rodeo using a Mason Jar for a gift. Or using a jar for a housewarming gift for that matter.

There is just something adorable about using a glass jar for a gift.

I just can't help myself!

This time I went with a preppy look - green with black and white polka dots.