DIY Sprinkler from a Pool Noodle

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Like I said it my last post, Summer is coming and we can feel it! Last weekend, I made the cutest little sprinkler for the boys to play in. It was so easy, and they had so much fun playing it in!  Here’s how-

Supplies:
Duct Tape
Pool Noodle
Hose
Scissors
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The first thing you’re going to do is tape off one end of your pool noodle so that it’s water tight. I used four pieces of duct tape for mine, two short and two long. I went over the top cross ways with the two short ones and then went around the sides with the long ones to really seal it in. The more the better, you don’t want it to bust!
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Next, take something tiny and sharp and you’re going to poke holes down the noodle. These holes are where the water is going to come out! Using a kabob skewer made it really easy for me! I did about ten holes in a straight line down one side, but you can get creative here! Make sure you go all the way through the first layer to the hollow center that way the water will reach your hole.

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Now, if you’re kids are ready to get wet, take your noodle and you’re going to duct tape it to your hose. Slide your hose nozzle (turned off, of course) into your noodle a few inches, and then use the tape to hold it in place. I wrapped a piece of duct tape around two times up high and two times lower down and that was plenty strong. DIY SPrinkler (4)

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Now, you’re probably wondering why my sprinkler has an extra piece of duct tape at the middle. If you pick up your sprinkler while the water is on, the pressure gets too high and bust your noodle. I learned that the hard way, but if it happens to you, just tape it up and keep playing! If you need to move your sprinkler, just make sure to turn the water off first so it doesn’t bust.DIY SPrinkler (5)DIY SPrinkler (13)

Rhett probably had more fun in it than any other kid, he was running and splashing and just having a blast in it! Whenever it starts warming up outside, I make sure to have lots of swim diapers on hand for my littles. I grabbed one of the bulk boxes from Sam’s Club of Huggies® Little Swimmers® to stock up for the summer. They are my favorite since they slide on easily and have easy open tabs for taking off. We’ve been using Huggies® Little Swimmers® since Sawyer was a baby and they are great. They don’t get huge in water and they are so cute, especially all the new ones that they have for Finding Dory! Keep reading to find out how to win one of 5 $1,000 gift cards to Sam’s Club!

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Under Stairs Office Makeover

With all my blogging and photography work, I’ve been needing a space that I can keep my blog calendar, supplies, and just sit and stare at something pretty. Since all the rooms in our house are being used or are unfinished, I decided to maximize our under the stairs area and turn it into my little office space. The under-the-stairs area in our house is tiny and I had no idea what to use it for before, but I love it now! The best part was, it didn’t actually require any building or hard projects, just a little paint and some decorations!Under stairs office makeover

When we moved in, it had that shelf in there that I took out and stained the darker color to match the hard wood floors upstairs. As we moved in, it became a place where I stacked all our pictures and art to go on the walls. When I move, I take a really long time getting things up on the walls. It’s not that I don’t feel like putting stuff up, I just like taking my time figuring out what would go perfect where. For example, I almost hung these shutters upstairs and if I had, I would never have considered putting them beneath the stairs. So, when I decided to start making this spot into my office, it looked like this-under stair make over

A lot of junk, and this was after I had hung a bunch up already. There are no outlets in this area, and it is small and dark feeling, so I knew I wanted to lighten it up. The walls were a dark greige color that felt brown in that space. I had gotten a can of oops paint from Home Depot that looked light grey, so I started painting with that, but the color dried really brassy and dirty looking, so I starting dumping in leftover cans of white and light grey and just kept adding them in until it became a color I liked. Then I added back in the wooden shelves.DSC_6613

The shutters we got from a house the day before they demo-ed it. The fronts are black and originally I planned on spray painting them and putting them somewhere, but while I was spray painting them I flipped them over and really liked the natural aged wood color on the back, so I sanded most of the black (and green and red underneath) paint off the sides and put on a light coat of Minwax Finishing Paste to make them look just a little more polished and finished. Originally, I didn’t have the shutters up and had a pin-board instead. I had the shutters out moving them around and laid one against the wall here and it looked amazing. It was like Joanna Gaines was speaking to me through the universe haha I’m on the hunt for the perfect small wreaths to hang on top of the shutters.

If you aren’t lucky enough to have somewhere to get shutters free, most antique stores have some (although they tend to be just as expensive as new ones!), or Amazon has some beautiful unfinished wood brand new shutters, and some barn style ones that would be great for getting the same look.

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I love this Katie Daisy print, I’ve had it for years and always have it somewhere. I picked up the mint clipboard, little lanterns, the calendar, letter holder, and string lights all in the One Spot Shop dollar section at the front of Target. The lights were perfect since there are no outlets in this space (yet) so I can turn them on for a little extra light other than what the hall light does. My new Loretta Lynn album has been sitting there while I decide if I’m ever going to open it or not. This is the first time a real LP of hers has come out in my lifetime and I’m cherishing it like the gem it is.

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Our under the stair area went from being dark, awkward, and un-used to bright, cute, and a great place for me to be able to focus and use. I can even see as the kids get older it being a great place for them to color or do homework. At some point we might have an electrician come out and add an outlet too so I can plug in my laptop or printer  or have a light and I might have Brandon build me a drawer or filing cabinet to make some storage space, but it’s amazing what a coat of paint and a little decorating can do! I might even just buy one of those battery operated chandeliers to add a little more cute light.

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Easter Table Set-Up and DIY Mini Easter Baskets

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I’ve been getting everything all ready for Easter around here. Every year, we go to church, have a big dinner with lots of food and an Easter Egg hunt that all the adults join in on too. It is one of my favorite holiday celebrations we do all year. I’ve wanted to share with you my table décor and a fun d.i.y. I made for mini Easter baskets that I used as placecards on the table.

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I’ve been loving everything moss for Easter this year and how cute are those miss-matched cloth napkins? Easter_Table_Decor (36)Easter_Table_Decor (42)Easter_Table_Decor (41)

Did you see the little baskets I used as place card holders? I made them myself, and they were super easy!

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Here’s how I put them together-

Supplies:
Brown floral vine
Brown floral tape
Fake flowers
Parchment Muffin/Cupcake Lotus cups
Loose Moss
Candy

That’s it! Well, a pair of scissors too. The first step is simple- take out the vine and wrap it around the top of a lotus cup in a circle. While pinching your finger there, go about six inches down and cut it off. Wrap the vine around itself to form a circle.Diy mini basket

Next, cut a seven inch piece of the vine, and bend one end about an inch and a half down around the circle you made and twist it around (see the picture below). Do the same on the other side to form a handle.

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Next, take a few fake flowers, place them to the right side, and wrap the ends with the floral tape. Keep adding flowers and moving down the vine as you wrap. I added four or five to each basket, but you don’t have to add flowers or greenery if you don’t want to. Next, take a lotus cup and fold down the top edges until it’s all flat, more like a muffin cup. It’s okay if they stick out some, the moss you’re putting in will hold them down. DIY_Mini_Easter_Baskets (11)

Finally, slide the lotus cup into the little basket handle you made and add in some loose moss and top with little candies! Easter_Table_Decor (46)Easter_Table_Decor (50)

I typed our names into a word document, changed them to “Bakery” font in size 48 and shaped them to cute shapes with scissors. You don’t have to add placecards if you don’t want to. They would make a cute party favor or just a cute little treat at each plate, even without the names! For my baskets, I found all the candies I needed at Walmart. I got M&M’s® Easter Sundae (have you tried these? So good.), M&M’s® Milk Chocolate, a DOVE® Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny, a DOVE® Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny, Skittles®, Starburst® Jellybeans, and a M&M’s® Easter Tri Pack. I used the chocolate bunnies to decorate the table. I’ve seen so many pretty vintage photos with big chocolate bunnies on the table and the DOVE® ones Walmart had were perfect. The M&M’s® and Jellybeans were perfect for going in my mini Easter Baskets, and I have enough left to use in our Easter Baskets on Sunday too. Easter_Table_Decor (4)Easter_Table_Decor (5)

I love these little M&M® Tri-Packs. They are super cute colors and are made to fit perfect in Easter eggs. No more smashing bags into the eggs!
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I love the way the bunnies look on the table, I feel like they have such a time-less, classic feel. Easter_Table_Decor (31)Easter_Table_Decor (34)Easter_Table_Decor (35)Easter_Table_Decor (6)Easter_Table_Decor (18)Easter_Table_Decor (2)

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I can’t wait to have people over and love sharing it with you all! I hope you get your fill of candy this Easter, and if you haven’t tried those M&M’s® Easter Sundae, you need to head to Walmart to grab some because they are only going to be out for a limited time and are only sold at Walmart! They’ve got all the candy I showed in one easy Easter aisle and more great options for Easter baskets! They’ve got a Mixed Brand Chocolate bag with SNICKERS®, M&M’s®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, and 3 Musketeers®, they’ve got Hubba Bubba®, Bubble Tape®, and Skittles® $1 Tubes! Those all remind me of awesome Easter’s past, and I love that they will be part of our Easter memories!  InStore

I hope these gave you some great ideas for Easter, but if you need more Easter basket inspiration or recipes to fill your table, head here! Happy Easter everyone!Easter_Table_Decor (49)

DIY Mini Teepees

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I work with the middle and high-school age girls in our church’s youth program and last week we had a night to kick off our year and welcome all the new girls, go over activities for the year, and just enjoy being around each other. Our theme for this year is “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” –2 Nephi 31:20. We went with a tribal/arrow theme for the night to carry through the “press forward” theme. One thing we made to decorate for the activity was these mini teepees to go on the tables. They were so easy to make and would be so cute on the table at a birthday party, in a nursery, or in a doll house. Sawyer even brought up the Kelly doll from when I was a kid and put her in one to hang out for awhile.

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So here’s how we put them together-

Supplies: Wooden Kabob Skewers, Scrap fabric, and twine. DIY Mini Teepees (16)

The first thing we did was cut the tips off of the skewers. You could leave them on if you like the way they look, but I liked the flat look more. Then take three skewers and hold them together at the top like a teepee. Now take your twine, and tie it in a knot around where the three kabobs meet. Then just wrap and wrap and wrap the twine around the top and around the skewers until the structure feels secure. Tie a knot and cut the twine.DIY Mini Teepees (15)

Next, take the scrap fabric, and you want to cut it into a trapezoid. I wish I had taken a picture of the fabric before I put it on, but here is basically the shape that I cut it to. Don’t worry about it being too precise, there’s plenty of room for error, but it’s a good idea to make a pattern out of an extra piece of scrap paper or fabric that you don’t care about. DIY Mini Teepees (14)DIY Mini Teepees (13)

Take your fabric, and fold the top edge down, wrap it around your teepee frame, and tie it with a piece of twine. Then you can tuck or trim any edges that look unruly or out of place and add little feathers, flowers, anything. So easy and fast to make and they are so cute. We made them in all different colors to add some pops of color to the table and represent the different parts of our theme.

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I forgot to take any pictures at the actual activity, but luckily one of the other ladies shared a few of hers with me.IMG954161IMG954160

How to Make a Farmstand Flower Bouquet

Am I the only one who has been swooning over all the new farm-fresh bouquet companies popping up lately like The Bouqs farm fresh flowers and Farmgirl Flowers?
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With all their burlap and kraft paper wrapped gorgeousness, it’s no wonder they were  tagged like crazy on Valentine’s Day and I’ve been dying to have one of their pretty bouquets on my table. I love having flowers around the house year-round and decided to try my hand at making my own farmstand bouquet. Floral arrangements are a lot easier than you would think, so grab some scissors and follow along for my DIY farmstand flower bouquet tutorial!
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Alright, the first thing you do might be the hardest party of all of steps, but it’s also the most fun- head to the store. I went into the local grocery stores scouring for pretty flowers with a farm-fresh look. Most grocery stores buy from the same people and so they didn’t have too much of a variety, but, as always, Kroger had the biggest and most diverse floral section. The night before my wedding I ran to Kroger and bought my wedding flowers there; they’re that good. If you have a Kroger near you, check there first. I’ve heard that Costco has awesome flowers at great prices too, but we don’t have Costco here (horrible, right? When we go see my brother we always make a Costco trip).

When picking out flowers for farm-fresh looking bouquets, you want to make sure you get three kinds- Greenery, tiny flowers, and a couple of large flowers.

DSC_4338 copy1. For your greenery, try to find a couple different kinds. Since you’re going for a farmstand look, look for pretty grasses, stems with big wide, leaves, and anything that looks like cabbage or lettuce. If they have anything that looks velvety, definitely buy it.These are called lambs ear and they are beautiful in arrangements! You want to try and get a good variety of textures and sizes. Farmstand bouquets are usually lush with greenery and the best part is it’s so cheap; for my bouquet I bought one bundle of greenery for $4 and another for $5. Definitely look for some of those cabbage too. They’re lush and definitely farm-y looking.

2. Tiny Flowers- I can make whole bouquets of small flowers. I love their delicate details and pretty, soft colors. For this bouquet I used spray roses (I use these for any bouquet I make because they are so pretty),  very small carnations, and a few lilies. You really can’t go wrong with any color, although I loved muted, soft colors.DSC_4344 copyDSC_4334 copy

3. Big flowers- You want just a couple of big flowers to be the center point of your bouquet and to anchor it. For my bouquet I chose two stems of Hydrangeas (it was only $4 for the pair) and used my cabbage as a third large anchor. Other favorites I love to use are succulents, garden roses, magnolias, Peony’s (which are hard to come by!), Ranunculus, and Queen Anne’s Lace, which grows everywhere in South in the summer so you can just go flower picking and get it free!

Now to arrange it all! I’m going to show you how I like to arrange flowers for bouquets that I’m giving to someone or taking somewhere. It’s so easy and anyone can do it. First prep your flowers and greenery by taking it all out of the wrappers, cutting off the rubber bands, and removing all the unwanted stems/leaves. On the flower stems, you want to pluck off any dead flowers and all the leaves that are about six inches down all the way to the bottom. The picture here show a carnation stem, I would pluck off both of those leaves. Taking off the unwanted leaves makes the bouquet look cleaner and nicer and it stays alive longer since there are no dead flowers to mold or leaves that will be below the waters surface drinking unnecessary water or molding. DSC_4346 copy

Now lay down your burlap or kraft paper. Cut a nice big square of burlap or kraft paper (you can buy kraft paper at the grocery store in the school supplies section). Even newspaper makes a homey, fun looking wrap for a bouquet. Lay your square on the table and fold the top corner down.
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Now you’ll start the flower part with your greenery. You’re going to lay it on the table with the stems together, making a fan shape with a nice arch, alternating your greenery. You can see how I did mine-DSC_4364 copy

Now you’ll add a second layer made up of some of your tiny flowers. I simply alternated the stems of small flowers I bought on top of my greenery, but a couple of inches lower. I did spray rose, carnation, lily, and repeated. I used about 7 stems in this layer.DSC_4372 copy

The next layer is where you’ll add in your big flowers, going down a few inches again. Working from left to right, I added a piece of greenery, one of my hydrangeas, the next hydrangea, and another piece of greenery. Then I layed my cabbage on top of the hydrangeas right in between them.flower arranging how tofarmstand bouquet diy

Take a look at your bouquet. If you see any gaping holes, you can fill them in with greenery or your tiny roses, if not, then you’re ready to tie it up and finish! You can either tie your stems together at the bottom or rubber band them. I used an office supply rubber band. They’re 44 cents for a 100 pack bag at the grocery store, so it’s a good option that’s easy if you are going to make a lot of them.

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Next, tuck up the bottom of your paper or burlap and then wrap up the sides just like if you were swaddling a baby.DSC_4397 copyDSC_4401 copy

For your tie you can use anything from ribbon to baker’s twine to scrap fabric. I used a big red and white ribbon for Valentine’s Day. Now it’s ready to take to a friend or keep for yourself, or photograph for instagram Winking smile

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Super easy and BEAUTIFUL and it’s been so pretty on my table. All the happiness of a farmstand bouquet but from the store. If you make one, tag me on instagram or hashtag #goodmorningloretta! I’d love to see them and share them with everyone! And if your significant other didn’t get you the flowers you wanted for Valentine’s Day, email them the link to this post so they can do it right Winking smile