Tuesday
May202014

Brilliant....

This indoor herb garden seems pretty much amazing. It's on my wish list and would make winter herbs possible which for me would be a huge money saver. Sometimes the dried stuff just isn't the same. I could see a never ending supply of basil happening and I think the kiddos would get a kick out of it too especially if they were left in charge. Plus the clean design would look good sitting upon my counter top. Seems like an all over win to me!

Wednesday
May142014

The Patio

It only took me 6 years to get the back yard to where I love it. HA. It took many mistrials and making my once black thumb green. The kitchen garden is just starting to fill in so I will share that later along with my wall of limelight hydrangeas. They are much prettier once in bloom. The pergola my papa built really made our yard come to life. It gave our basic box some character. He built it back in August and with the spring season I knew I wanted to put it to good use. After pricing out larger outdoor sofa's I soon came to realize we could not afford one so my papa came to the rescue and made me one! It's perfect for napping. Most everything else I had or repurposed in some way. The hammock swings on the play set are quite a hit still and I find myself using them too. Currently the wooden swings are simply wrapped around the top of the set, but the Mr had to help me with that and did not do so till after I took the pics. The roses are iceburg climbing roses that I have had for 3 or so years now. I think by this time next year they will start to cover the pergola and add some more shade. The petals do rain down, but I rather like the fairytale of it all.

outdoor sofa DIY: $55.00 for untreated pine wood sealed with outdoor stain | cushions | navy pillow | pink pillow {old pottery barn}

wicker chairs {old Lowes} similar | pillows {old pottery barn}

coffee table DIY: old plant stand base plus old table top painted with outdoor rustoleum paint

pouf: {West Elm last end of season sale} similar

hammock swings: similar if not the same

metal chairs {old Target} similar  | new navy cushions | pillows {old pottery barn}

wire side table DIY: base {target wire basket } | marble top from old said plant stand

Tuesday
May132014

A go to outfit...

Wedding days are long. We are on our feet 7+ hours with very little breaks so comfort is key. This past weekend we had a wedding in Fairhope and the weather was iffy. It was suppose to pour {praise God for another rainless wedding for us} and the air was hot and thick. Honestly I loved it, but I knew my outfit had to be quick drying and not stick to me throughout the day. Gross I know, but unless you have been in the deep south you have no idea how true the latter is. HA. I decided to go with a pair of J.Crew pants that I have had for years. I almost got rid of them, because for a brief period they got tight and they are so not meant to be. Glad I hung on to them! The top is an all time favorite. It's so incredibly soft and easy to wear. It can be dressed up or dressed down. I plan on ordering them in other color ways too now that I know how much I love it. The shoes I posted last week and are pretty much all I wear now. My summer hair is also coming out. The frizz gets intense so a bun and braid is pretty much it. Now just to get a photo strap that actually looks good!

I also realize my resting face is a *ahem* face and it's only getting worse as I get older. Oh boy.

shoes | top | pants {similar and similar}

Friday
May092014

Favorites

These very well may be my most favorite pair of shoes ever. The first day I wore them I shot a wedding for 7+ hours and they did not kill my feet! I have worn them with everything from my black romper, boyfriend jeans, to shorts. I got a half size down after reading dozens of reviews on how they run big. They are perfect. This is one purchase I will not regret.

A few more favorites...

I made a quiche version of this, had to make it paleo, and it was AMAZING!

Sherry, Christine, and the new to me blog by Erin had me blown away with their before and afters for the One Room Challenge.

I am FINALLY going to make this happen!

Another new to me blog had me at hello after seeing their Home Depot Patio Challenge. Wowzers.

Bought Ellie one of these. Love the buy one give one. Melts my heart. The sweet model is a good friend of ours too. Prayers are always needed.

Thursday
May082014

Here and There

Camera phones really were the best invention. I love being able to catch moments and being able share them, look back over them constantly, and simply knowing that they are there is quite fun. Here is our last week in a nut shell. The Mr and I went on a staff retreat that I was honestly not too eager to go on. It was during the week and well every mama knows how much prep it takes to leave the little's behind. In the end it was the best thing ever!!!! Time of worship, time with the Mr, and time to take a deep breath was apparently exactly what I needed.

left to right:

smitten with these dishes and platters

Music in the Park with Act of Congress was quite a blast

Our baby birds are growing up

wedding season is back in full swing!

our new hammock swings are a win. I bought mine here, but these just may be the same ones!

Odette in Florence is so delicious we went twice on the retreat

the Mr and I loving our couple days away

our strawberries are ready!

I bought a romper and I like it. HA. I found mine at our local Nordstrom Rack, but this one looks similar.