a yard clean-up is my fave (giveaway!)

June 28, 2013


you are my fave: small yard makeover

you are my fave: small yard makeover

you are my fave: small yard makeover

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you are my fave: small yard makeover

We have a tiny little side yard that was looking rather dismal due to very dead grass and no hint of blooms so a couple weekends ago we set out to change that. The grass was replaced with a raised garden bed (built by Ryan), side flower beds, and a gravel trail. The patio welcomed a table for some al fresco dining and a couple flowering pots landed there too. Not that the updates made it cover of Dwell worthy or anything, but I’m happy it isn’t such an eye sore anymore.

If you’re feeling like your outdoor space could use a little summer clean-up, you’re in luck! Today I’m giving away a package of goodies to facilitate just that. One luck winner will get:

· $100 Lowe’s gift card
· Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Spray
· Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Outdoor Pro
· Bounty
· Tide Pods
· Duracell AA Batteries

To be eligible to win all you need to do before eod Tuesday, July 2nd is comment on this post telling me how you would put the prize to good use. Winner will be chosen randomly and then contacted by me via email.

Disclaimer: Procter & Gamble provided the prize for this giveaway. Visit this site to learn more about making your outdoor space sparkle. 

sunny yellow fab finds are my fave

June 27, 2013

Maybe it’s because it’s summer or maybe it’s just the plain cheeriness of the color but I’ve been finding myself drawn to all things yellow lately. In fact, I would say it has now bumped green out of my #1 favorite color spot. So as I was browsing for some yellow chairs for our house the other day, I was delighted to find that you could search by color at one of my favorite curated online shops, Fab. In fact, I may have found a little more than chairs that I want to purchase in the happy summer shade.


sources: molded fiberglass chair in sunshineslice necklaceyellow trayshoes in goldenrodgeometric napkins, flavored marshmallowsball lampscitrus printmini cake stand

If you haven’t already, sign up for Fab to start shopping their colorful deals.

a market cart is my fave

June 26, 2013

Today’s post is from sweet Joy, the gal behind Frock Files. You could use this tutorial for a cute clothes hamper redo too.


Two of my favorite things about summertime: visiting the farmer’s markets and going on picnics. For both, we always end up carrying way more than we expect, so last year we got a black collapsible cart, which was really helpful but totally utilitarian.

After falling in love with a bunch of pretty vintage bicycles on Pinterest, I decided to give my cart a similar look with some spray paint and handlebar tape. A burlap bag keeps the small items from falling through the grates, while the empty space in the back is just right for heftier items.

– Wire cart
– Sack (burlap, twill, or even a heavyweight pillowcase)
– 1 yard ribbon, divided into 4 parts
– Grommet kit
– Spray paint (Krylon’s Catalina Mist)
– Handlebar tape
– Washi tape


1. Following the instructions on the can, spray paint your cart. Krylon’s paint dries within a minute, so it doesn’t take long to do five or six even coats.


2. Since the paint takes an hour before you can handle it, head inside to work on your sack. Decide on where you want to place your grommets. I chose to place mine 2” down and 1.5” out from the seam. Place your grommet in the spot; mark an x inside the center of the grommet.



3. Using fabric scissors, cut a hole where the x is located. Then install your grommet according to the package instructions, or watch this video. (Don’t be intimidated – it’s really simple!)


4. Once the cart has dried, it’s time for the handlebar tape. Remove the paper backing to reveal the sticky side. Make one straight revolution around the cart’s bar, then pull the tape at a 30-degree angle to continue wrapping down the bar.


5. At the end, cut your handlebar tape at an angle then use washi tape to hide the end.


6. Loop your ribbon through the grommets and secure the sack to the cart.

7. Load up your gear and find a shady spot for your picnic, or head out to the farmer’s market.


See more from Joy on Frock Files

an ice cream party is my fave

June 25, 2013

This post is sponsored by Disney Story. To find out more about this brand-new story-creation app – and how it puts the power of storytelling in your hands – click here.

Having an ice cream party to celebrate the summer solstice has become a tradition in our family. Here is what the longest day of the year delivered us this time around.

you are my fave: ice cream party

you are my fave: ice cream party

you are my fave: ice cream party

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you are my fave: ice cream party

you are my fave: ice cream party

you are my fave: ice cream party

you are my fave: ice cream party

you are my fave: ice cream party

you are my fave: ice cream party

you are my fave: ice cream party

you are my fave: ice cream party

you are my fave: ice cream party

Every year this party looks pretty much the same (with variations in toppings, decor and location) but it’s always my most successful planned celebration of the year. While the ice cream is delicious, my favorite part has to be all the kids digging in. I used the Disney Story App to compile the photos of all the sticky, happy faces this year to easily share it with the parents.

How did you celebrate the arrival of the season?

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photography by Nicole Coleman and my niece
supply sources: tissue decorations, colorful spoons, Meri Meri ice cream cups, aluminum scoops, beverage dispensers

a light up popsicle is my fave

June 21, 2013

diy marquee sign

diy marquee sign

I guess the light up 1 for Beck’s birthday wasn’t quite enough. Now I feel the need to make every shape marquee like and what’s happier than a yellow popsicle to welcome summer? If you need a giant popsicle for yourself, I followed Jordan’s tutorial right here. The popsicle shape is pretty simple to replicate.

Hello summer. I love you.

And for some summer crafting goodness:
DIYs for your backyard
Concrete and cement projects are kind of all the rage
The 4th of July is coming!
Hack it, IKEA style

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