oh so merry. printable banner.

As promised, a festive Christmas {diy} banner that can add that little sparkle to the twinkly lights and holiday decor. Perhaps your mantel needs a little extra glam or an empty wall has been waiting to become just a little bit prettier.

The {oh so merry} banner reminds us all about the holiday season and a chance to be extra merry.  My own lil’ Pottery Barn knock-off that costs just about $3.00. Are you in?

Ready? Your {oh so merry} printable banner awaits. For less than $5 dollars and five minutes you have a fancy new holiday decoration.


{you will need}
TWO pieces of glitter cardstock {12 x 12} paper
pen or pencil
hole punch
twine or string to hang
oh so merry banner template
jute webbing and glue gun {optional}


{your task}

step 1. print the {oh so merry} template by by clicking here

step 2. cut the letters out of the template. {no need to cut out duplicate letters.}

step 3. FLIP OVER the glitter cardstock and trace letters on the back. Be sure to FLIP the letters so they are BACKWARDS. You will want to be sure your “m” for example is not backwards when you go to hang it on the twine.

step 4. cut out traced letters and hole punch on the provided guides.


step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.

merry banner

{optional steps.}

step 6. cut two  5″ pieces of jute webbing.


step 7. fold in half and cut off a triangular piece.


step 8. flip over banner and place on backside of twine, leaving a 1/2″ of space.


step 9. add multiple rows of hot glue. fold. press for several seconds to secure.


step 10. hang for all to see. happy holidays.


Get your {free} printable now. Once December rolls around you can find it in my etsy site for a small {totally worth it} fee. A simple, inexpensive way to add a little sparkle to your holiday decor. And, a chance to remind others that this time of year is oh so merry.

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Want some more christmas holiday ideas?
Take a lookey loo at what you may have missed before…

{reindeer food}


{what to do with those christmas cards}


{printable christmas tags}
Christmas Tag Button

{ruffle garland}


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give thanks banner. simple.

Should I have posted this about forever ago? Um, yes. But, life got the best of me and I am just now getting around to sharing one of the easiest Thanksgiving season decorations.

Here’s the skinny. I am in charge of the crafts for a MOPS group I belong to {perfect fit for me} and I did this craft with my girlies in October. I am sure it has been posted once or twice before somewhere on the Internet, but it is an easy way to add a little sparkle to your holiday decor. And, because I thought it was just so cute in our house I decided to whip up a Christmas one too. That post will arrive in your inbox before Thanksgiving. Scouts honor.

The {give thanks} banner reminds me of the importance of the season and all to be thankful for. And, the truth is I saw it at Pottery Barn, but was too cheap to spend the money on it. Yep, I said it.

For you, a {give thanks} printable banner that you might be the perfect reminder of what Thanksgiving is all about.
Pretty cute, if I say so myself, even if you will have to save it for next year.


{you will need}
TWO pieces of glitter cardstock {12 x 12} paper
pen or pencil
hole punch
twine or string to hang
give thanks banner template

letters up close

{your task}

step 1. print the {give thanks} template by by clicking here.

step 2. cut the letters out of the template.

step 3. FLIP OVER the glitter cardstock and trace letters on the back. Be sure to FLIP the letters so they are BACKWARDS. You will want to be sure your “k” for example is not backwards when you go to hang it on the twine.

step 4. cut out traced letters and hole punch on the provided guides.

step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.

mantel banner pic

banner on mantel

A simple, inexpensive way to add a little sparkle in a thankful sort of way. And, a chance to remember what the season is really all about.

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master bathroom redo. goodbye carpet. hello tile.

Carpet in a bathroom. Seriously, who came up with that?  It is just plain icky. And, we were lucky enough to have it in our bathroom for almost 2 years. I know, I know. Don’t be jealous.

Clearly, it needed some serious love. A few weeks ago, my amazing other half helped turn it into something that would make any girl smile. Namely, this girl.

Here is what we started with. Carpet {gorgeous}, maple builder-grade cabinets, an abundance of existing tile and white {all over} walls. Yes, the whole bathroom needed a little overhaul.

master bath 2

master before 2

master before 3

The new and improved. A place where I now smile. What would be better? Well, if I could spend more than ten minutes by myself getting ready. That just might make it even better.









{the down and the dirty.}

Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Acecessible Beige
We had to get a little creative to offset the current color of the tile. We needed a color that made it look less “pink” and more cream. I seriously went through oodles of colors to find the right match. Ripping out all the tile was not going to happen, so we had to use paint to give the illusion that the tile was free of any pinkish tones. Just call me, Miss Tricky.

Cabinet Paint: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen with a Dark Wax
If you follow along, you know I heart Annie Sloan. And, I HEART the new cabinets. The color is perfection and it pulls the whole space together. Hello, gorgeous. We used French Linen on all cabinets and applied a dark wax to give it a patina finish before sealing with a clear wax. Friends, this huge change took hardly anytime at all. I think I had all the cabinets finished in three days and that was only during nap time. Big difference. Not a lot of time. Amen.

Cabinet Hardware: Hobby Lobby 
My opinion, a little hardware goes a long way. And, Hobby Lobby can often times be an inexpensive way to update a space. Oh and did I mention, that I bought them when they were uber on sale.
For the main cabinetry we used,

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For the small vanity space we went with a circle version,

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Find more knobs here at Hobby Lobby.

Tile for Floor: Natural Timber Ash Porcelain Floor Tile at Lowes
This just might be my favorite part of all. I can’t get enough of it. Porcelain floor tile that is made to look like old barn wood. Which basically means I can easily clean it but not sacrifice the look I love. Seriously, die.
We chose to use 8 inch planks in a repeating pattern {the hubs did not love this pattern and it was a bit of a nightmare with our space because of the crazy corners and length.}. Best part? Less than $3.50 a square foot. You can find a link to the color and product we used here. It was worth the extra time it took to get straight lines because I absolutely LOVE it.

What do you think? Way better? An updated version and a more {me} bathroom space. A few quick changes and it looks like new. Well, almost new. Perhaps your bathroom is calling you to try a few of these tricks out yourself.

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don’t want to try it? just want to buy it?

You heard it right. Don’t want to try it? Just want to buy it? 

I’m starting something new. A little adventure that I hope you will come along on too. A little something to keep me sane and busy. For me? Busy and moving brings me peace and smiles. Good for me and good for you.

What’s my adventure, you ask? Well, it’s a little place I am sure you have never heard of. A little something that has been known called a ‘worldwide marketplace’. May I introduce you to my new friend, Etsy.

Yep, I have officially opened an Etsy shop. A place where you can find some of the goodies on the blog. You know, the ones that you don’t want to make yourself.

I remember talking to one of my sister’s once and she said to me, “I love your ideas, but I would much rather just buy from you than make it myself.” She reminded me that not everyone has the time, passion, desire to make those things we find all over the Internet these days. I’ve thought back to that conversation a number of time and eventually {made} the time to do something about it.

So, if you don’t want to try it? Just want to buy it? visit my new shop and pick of some treasures for yourself. Here’s a quick preview of what you can find {for now}.

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Here’s the truth. It will likely be evolving and changing as the months go on, but for now it is a starting point. We will see where it goes and how long it lasts. But, while it does last, won’t you follow along?

Just a quick plug… A Build-A-Fort kit is perfect for any little on on the Christmas list. Order your Christmas presents now and give the gift of a fort. Trust me, best gift ever. My boys place with theirs at least once a week. Scouts honor.

Visit me over at Etsy and would you be oh so kind to… tell your friends, share on social media, and TELL YOUR FRIENDS.

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S’mores Pancakes. Spooky Breakfast.

We are all about the spooky, baby. You’ve heard about our spooky dinner and now you get to hear about a spooky breakfast. I seriously can’t get enough of it because I know that sometime in the near future my kids won’t be as excited about it anymore. Oh boo.

Spooky. Simple. SO good. What more could a girl ask for?

spooky smore pancakes

{you will need.}
mini marshmallows
mini chocolate chips
pancake mix
chocolate syrup for serving


{whip it up.}

 one. heat up your griddle nice and hot.

 two. mix up some pancake batter.

 three. pour pancake batter on griddle.

 four. sprinkle on some marshmallow and chocolate chips.

five. flip pancake.

 six. serve it up with some drizzled chocolate.


Maybe you want to add a spooky breakfast to your halloween morning. Or, maybe for dinner? A chance to make your Halloween a little bit spookier. Boo.

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Want some more Halloween ideas?
Take a lookey loo at what you may have missed before…

{free} spooky dinner banners

spooky banners with label

{free} printable Halloween tags 

Treat Tags Button

{yum} double trouble cookies
Cookie Button

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spooky dinner. free printables. for you.

If you know me, you know I heart the holidays. Big or small. I like to think of it as a chance to make the kiddos smile and a way to make the days a little more interesting. Well, at least that’s what I tell myself.

Last year I posted a Spooky Dinner Menu. A little somethin’ that engrossed {get it!} the kiddies and made Halloween a bit more memorable. You can find our spooky dinner menu from last year here.


But for now, a chance to make your own spooky dinner a little cuter and whole lot easier. For you? Some {free} spooky dinner printables. Creepy and cute. I’m sold.

spooky banners with label

{you will need}
thick paper | cardstock
halloween menu template

mummy wrap

{your task}

 step 1. print the spooky menu item template. You can find it above or here.

 step 2. cut out the spooky menu items.

 step 3. fold cut banner around a skewer stick and tape the backside.

 step 4. That’s it. Easy, right?

spooky dinner

frightful bats

Maybe you want to add a new tradition to your Halloween? Want some free spooky menu banners? Now you have them and a chance to make your Halloween a little bit spookier. Boo.

try. enjoy. share.

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Want some more Halloween ideas?
Take a lookey loo at what you may have missed before…

{free} printable Halloween tags 

Treat Tags Button

{yum} double trouble cookies
Cookie Button


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diy french inspired clock. love at first sight.

I saw it. I loved it. I wanted one for my own house.

Tis’ true. While browsing Pinterest I stumbled on a clock that made my heart melt. If you follow along you may have seen it on my backyard inspiration board. If not, here is a sneak peek of the beauty.

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Needless to say, I was smitten and wanted a version of my own for our own backyard. All it took was a little time, some sanding and tracing. Do you love it as much as I do?

clock with label

Admit it. Kind of amazing. I do catch myself gazing at it while we are lounging in the backyard. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

clock #4

Just a few simple materials will get the job done. And. prepare yourself. It looks like there are a million steps, but I was trying to be detailed enough for you to try it at home.

materials for clock

clock step 1

clock step 2

clock step  3

clock step 4
{print and cut stencils.}
Roman Numeral Stencil
French Wording Stencil

clock step 5

clock step 6

clock step 7

clock step 8

clock step 9

clock step 10

clock step 11

clock step 12

step 13

step 14


step 16


It has found a home under our covered porch where I get to admire it just about every day. To hang it? We added a few screws and wire to hang it for all to see. Maybe you, too, want to add one to your own home? Will yours be indoor or outdoor?

clock #1

clock #3

clock #2

And, before you even think it. No, it is not a functioning clock which drives my sister and husband absolutely crazy. I like to call it my {non-functioning} clock. But, my other half won out after constantly asking what time it was while we were outside and I have officially purchased clock parts to turn this beauty into a {functioning} clock. That post? Well, when I get a chance to install it. Who knows when that will be.

Take a lookey loo at where I linked up you might find some more inspiring ideas…i heart naptime and design, dining & diapers.

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festive fall plate and bowls. makes me smile.

For me, it’s the little things. Most times I plan these over the top events and then it never turns out quite as I imagined in my mind. I am reminded often by the Mr. that I just might need to lower my expectations. It’s the curse of the type-a, perfectionist part of me. Sadly, it takes up a big part.

Through this journey I have learned that it’s the little things. Those are the moments I remember most and hope my littles will remember too. The moments where you wish you took a picture to capture the memory, but know that any type of movement will disrupt the perfection of it. Those are my favorite.

This is a little moment. It is so silly. It is so not important. But, I love the smiles it brings to my babies. Those are the moments I want them to remember. The excitement of it all and the magic of being a kid.

What makes me smile {like every day}? Switching out our everyday plates and bowls for something that is a little more festive and unexpected.


Today I switched out the bowls and plates and secretly placed our Halloween inspired plates, bowls and glasses in the drawer. Mr. G came home to get a bowl for his snack, opened it and yelled, “YES! The Halloween bowls are here.” See what I mean? The little things. It makes my heart melt.

Lulu loved them just as much and it entertained her for a whole 20 minutes. That is money well spent.

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Yes, it’s an investment, but I figure I only have to buy once, or at least until they are well used. But, the truth is I found this cute collection at my neighborhood grocery store. Seriously. They are the best at bringing in decor for the seasons and these melamine plates and bowls were calling out my name. I bought a few at a time and then waited until they were trying to clearance them out at the end of the month.

halloween plates

Maybe you want to add a new little tradition to your home? Switch out the plates and add a little extra festive decor to your meals. My kids love it and yours just might too.

Want some more Halloween ideas?
Take a lookey loo at the {
free} printable Halloween tags you may have missed before.

Treat Tags Button

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chalkboard wall. october. what to do.

It’s October. Yikes. And, I haven’t even put out ANY fall decorations. Life has been a little crazier than usual and I am trying to be “ok” with it. Keyword here, “ok”. The one thing I did accomplish? An October chalkboard wall, so that is at least a starting point.

Our OCTOBER chalkboard wall. A place where we wrote down a few things to check off our October {to do} list. I like to think of it as a way to stay focused and organized. Our list will be the perfect way to fill those “what should we do?” days.

The theme for this month? Things to do as a family.


{a list.}
16 things that we are determined to get done before November arrives.
I am determined to get everything on this list done before November arrives. It is the perfect way to kick off fall and keep those little monsters happy and busy. 


{a tip or two.}
You really can make it easy on yourself.
A few tricks I have up my sleeve that help that perfectionist side of me. Sigh.

october chalkboard

october chalkboard-001

 {a look.}
Just because it’s cute. A few more pictures of this month’s chalkboard wall.
Not so spooky, but a perfect way to bring a little more fall to our house.
Maybe you notice some stripes? My newest addition and pictures coming soon, well once I finish touching up.


I hope your October is filled with many adventures and a chance to create memories of your own. A chance to get carried away with the fall season and cozy up for some snuggle time.

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{If you missed it, learn how you can make your own {DIY Chalkboard and Magnetic Wall}. Take a quick peek {here} to find out just how easy it is to transform an empty space into something that will make you smile.}

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printable kids thank you cards. say thanks after a birthday.

Birthdays. So much fun. Way too many goodies. Time for thank you cards.

For me, birthdays are the perfect time for my kids to practice the art of saying thanks. Oh, how I wish they wanted to do this on their own, but the reality is that I am a mean mommy and force them to write individual thank you cards. Call me old fashioned, but I think somewhere along the way we’ve lost the art of a good ole’ card in the mail. Good for me. Bad for my kids.

Sadly, my kids are not at an age where they can write multiple sentences on their own or complete this task without some serious whining. So, I have had to transform our thank you cards into something that is ‘manageable’ for everyone involved. I use the term ‘manageable’ loosely. This task seriously took my five year old birthday boy four days to finish. It involved lots of  deep breaths, but we got through it.

For you, a two {free} printable thank you birthday cards that you can use with your own little cuties.
Pretty cute, if I say so myself.



{you will need}
scissors or paper cutter
thick paper
pen or pencil
birthday thank you card template of your choice

{your task}

 step 1. print the birthday thank you card template by by clicking below. Which one will you choose? Boy or girl version?
{note: you will want to print double sided. you can use that feature on your printer or print once and then flip over and place in printer to print the backside}

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step 2. cut the cards out using the front image to guide you.

 step 3. have your kiddos fill out their card.

 step 4. seal, stamp and mail.

boys thx card front

Give some thanks to all who helped your kiddo celebrate their big day. A little something in the mail to brighten their day AND practice the art of saying thanks.

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