STAY OUTSIDE!

Do you find yourself  telling your kids this on a daily basis??? STAY OUTSIDE! We want them to soak up the sun and fresh air and get off the couch. We want them to play with each other and enjoy the summer.  But often times, we don’t want to go in our backyards or invite friends over because we think our outdoor living space is not attractive.  Today, I am going to give you some easy examples to spruce up your outdoor living area so that you will be running to get OUTSIDE!!

 

  1. Organize the STUFF

If you have little ones that are playing outside, create an area for all of their toys. This also works well in a garage, but it’s perfect for summer! Label your tubs so your children know where to put things back when they are done playing.

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Shelving- HomeDepot or Lowes
Tubs- Target or Walmart
Labels- Offfice Depot
Chalk Marker- Office Depot or Amazon

2.  Towels 

If you are fortunate to have a pool in your backyard, you know that towels and pool toys can clutter up a space quickly.  Use a planter box or large basket to hold towels and toys. Wet towels can be hung on hooks along the fence. If you do not want to mount the hooks directly on your fence, metal hooks are a nice alternative and can be taken down to store once summer is over. ( Note to parents, the wet towels will not magically hang themselves.  Kids must be trained to hang them up!!)

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3. Add Color

Pillows, side tables and a strand of lights are easy ways to spruce up your outdoor living areas for very little money.  Right now is a great time to find these items at summer discounts.

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4.  Something Green

 To finish off your heard work, Don’t forget to add something living to your space. Pots are a nice way to add color to any size area.

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Happy Summer!

Mary

Run, don’t walk to Walgreens!

I was in Walgreens buying jelly beans when I came across these BEAUTIFUL white chocolate eggs! I immediately filled my buggy!! This is the perfect gift for the neighbor, lunch hostess, or  Sunday School teacher. I have included the link for you to download the tag from Love the Day.

Happy Easter~

Mary

 

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Download card here- Love the Day

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Company’s Coming!

Happy Easter and Holy Week! It is a wonderful time of celebration, but if you are like us here in Birmingham, Easter falls during our spring break so it makes things a little tricky.  We are leaving on a family trip (be on the lookout for a post!), but before we leave, we will host my family for Easter.

You may be hosting your family and friends as well this year and need an idea for an easy centerpiece or table setting. Here are a couple of suggestions that I have done in the past that make the preparation of hosting a little easier.

 

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Purchase small potted plants and place them in  a container you already own. You have an instant centerpiece that is fresh, ALIVE, and will last for weeks to come!

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If you are fortunate to have blooming shrubs in your yard, cut a few stems for an arrangement that cost you NOTHING and smells so lovely! This also makes a nice hostess gift if you have the pleasure of being a guest this Easter for lunch.

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Don’t go buy ANYTHING!! Use what you have around your home.  Here I used an old quilt, wrapping paper for my table runner and some faux birds and rocks that I had in my “catch all” closet.  The “He is Risen” card came from Jones Design Company and you can download yours here.

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Happy Easter~ “Praise be to God for his indescribable gifts!” 2 Corinthians 9:15

Fondly~ Mary
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“Lucky for Me!”

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ya! I wanted to share a cute idea that I have done in years past to let my neighbors and friends know I’m “lucky” to have them in my life! Just click on the lucky card   below to print your own. Add it to a clover plant from your local nursery and you are set!

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Lucky to have all my readers!

Fondly~

Mary

Getting Ready For Spring

It feels like spring is here with warmer weather and blooming flowers!  Spring time always gives me the itch   ( not my eyes from pollen) to freshen things up and move items around in my home. This doesn’t mean go out and spend a fortune, but it does mean clean out, de-clutter and try moving items and furniture around to give your room a new look.  Here are some easy things you can do to give each room in your home a fresh new look without breaking the bank!

  1.  Swap out pillows on your sofa and beds.  If you have down inserts, just change the covers for quick and easy seasonal changes.  Always look on the clearance isle at your favorite home store for great pillow selections.

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2.  Out with the heavy and dark fabrics of winter and in with the breezy fabrics for spring and summer.  Keep your bed light and airy. No need for animal throws at the foot of the bed!!

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3.  Add something living!  Plants and flowers give you that instant fix that many rooms need.  Take a container that you already have to your local nursery and let them help you find the perfect plant for your space.  Green plants, such as maidenhair fern, mixed with a seasonal bloom make a perfect combination.

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4. Carry your living space outside.  Walk around your backyard and find ways to spruce up your area. Paint your patio table, get an outdoor rug, add new potted plants, and even hang some party lights! By creating an outdoor space, you have given yourself, your family and your friends another area to enjoy!

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Happy Spring!

Fondly~

Mary

“Blessed Assurance”

 

 

Today I went to our church Christmas shopping event and purchased these sweet cards with a verse of the hymn “Blessed Assurance”.  I immediately began humming the hymn that I grew up singing as a child.  What a sweet reminder especially during this Thanksgiving season that no matter what I may be walking through, it is my story and my song…praising my SAVIOR all the day long!  May this time of year be a reminder that in all circumstances we can praise our Heavenly Father!

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Fondly~
Mary

 

Gotta eat on Halloween!

Growing up it was always a tradition to have a hot bowl of chili before going trick or treating.  I have since carried that tradition into my family and each year my kids know what is for dinner the night of Halloween! It just feel right to have chili and cornbread.  If you are still deciding what to feed your family tomorrow night, here are a few recipes that are super yummy and won’t leave any of your Faries and Pirates hungry!

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White Chicken Chili Barefeet in the Kitchen

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Best Chili Ever  Pipa and Debby

 Trader Joes recently opened here in Birmingham! Two of my favorite items to buy is their cornbread mix and their Cookie Butter.

32809-Cornbread-mix If you have never had Cookie Butter, I describe it as “crack in a jar”…. you can’t put it down! Here is a cookie recipe using the Cookie Butter.  The only thing I add is a warm Cookie Butter drizzle on top!

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Baking Bites

 We eat them while watching football, hence the WAR EAGLE platter!

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Happy Halloween-

Mary

Trick or Treat

I don’t know if your family is like ours, but holidays seem to “sneak” up on us while we are busy living our daily lives and doing what we do!!  So… for all of us last-minute holiday doers, here are some easy Halloween ideas that won’t leave you out in the cold with the werewolves!

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Stacking pumpkins around is a quick and easy way to get into the spirit.  The black tree is fun and could be cut out of black butcher paper purchased and a teacher supply store.

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Painting pumpkins rather than carving allows you to use your pumpkins all the way through the Thanksgiving season.  Great way to get the most bang for your buck!

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Who wouldn’t want these on their Thanksgiving table???

Happy Halloween!
Mary

Happy Fall!

Today is officially fall!! It is truly my favorite season.  I love the sights and smells that it brings.  In honor of its beginning, I wanted to share some yummy recipes that you might like to try this season along with a few ideas to bring fall inside your home.

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The Big Man’s World

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Cotton and plaid are two hot items for fall. If you have not already, you will begin seeing these two EVERYWHERE! Try and find little places within your home to add a touch of these two very fall, yet very southern elements.

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Antique Farm House

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 Dear Lillie

Just wing it!

All too often, wingback chairs have unfairly be placed in the category of something found in our grandmother’s living room!  Many of us even have one or two in our garage or attic that are family hand-me-downs. You hate it, it’s ugly, but  you don’t want to give it away in fear you will hurt maw-maw’s feelings.  I say…. Bring it out! Recover it and enjoy!!  Wingback chairs are COOL, HIP, ROOM STATEMENT PIECES.

The great thing is that they go anywhere.  Anchor a fireplace, use them in a bedroom or even put them at the ends of your dining room table.

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Have a great day!
Mary