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How to: Build Raised Garden Beds

It’s almost fall here in Florida, which means I’ve been getting my garden ready!

I planted cucumbers and pumpkins inside our house starting in August (it was WAY too hot here to be growing ANYTHING here).

In September, I moved them onto the patio and moved the sprouts to bigger pots.

Hubby and I (with a little help from the girls) put up a fence next to our chicken coop. It’s 16 feet by 16 feet off the side of the coop, which is 4 feet wide. The entire “garden” area is 16-by-20.

Hubby tilled inside this area and we put river rocks 1 foot around the edge of the inside of the fence.

Inside the fence, we are putting 4 foot by 6 foot raised garden beds. We used 1x6x6 and 1x6x4 and screwed them into 4×4 posts stacked three high. To make the beds 18 inches high.

We then stapled landscape mesh underneath each bed.

We then filled them with potting soil and we are starting to put out sprouts in it!

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From this…To that!

Last year for Halloween, my girls were Snow White and a Bumblebee.

And it was adorable. See for yourself:

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But I wanted them to have matching candy holders for each of their costumes.

I wasn’t finding what I wanted online or anywhere for that matter.

So I made them myself.

When I was younger, we just used good ol’ pillowcases for Trick-or-Treating.

1) There’s no way my kids can carry a big pillowcase

2) They don’t need that much candy

So I went to Wal-Mart and bought two regular orange Jack-O-lantern pumpkins. Then, I got brown packing tape and some red duct tape.

When I got home, I wrapped each pumpkin in it’s respective tape until the orange and the faces were no longer visible.

For Emma’s, I did an apple since she was Snow White and finished it off with some green ribbon wrapped around the handle.

For Addie’s, my bumblebee, I took black permanent marker and wrote “HUNNY” on it (like Pooh).

All in all, the project probably took me a day to complete (during nap time and after bedtime)

And my kids had one-of-a-kind Halloween treat bags.

This year, we are going as the Sanderson sisters (from Hocus Pocus) so they will have little cauldrons as their treat bags.

More on our costumes and those in a later post!

Happy Halloween!

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How to Survive a Hurricane…with Toddlers

I’ve lived in Florida all my life (all 31 years) so I’ve seen my fair share of Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.

I was 7 when Hurricane Andrew hit.

I was in college when we had 4 hurricanes hit in 2005.

I’ve seen streets flood.

I’ve had the power go out.

I’ve got kind of a “been there, done that” attitude about hurricanes, as most Floridians do.

We throw Hurricane parties.

Until we have kids.

Then, we have to figure out how to keep them (and us!) sane cooped up inside for DAYS…

Here’s a list of things we do on Hurricane Days:

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DIY: Stand-Up Craft Table

I’ve been asking for a craft table for I don’t know how long. 

For my birthday, my husband came home with wood. LOL

And built me a craft table for my new Cricut.

For the legs of the table, he used 2X2s. For the top piece, he went to a local lumber yard, Lakeland Lumber, and got a 22×36 piece of white wood.

We (meaning he) attached the legs of the table with these nifty little things:

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You screw these plates to the bottom of the table. Then, you pre-drill holes in the 2X2s and screwed in the threads. After that, you just screw the legs into the plates. Easy peasy!

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At first, I thought I wanted my table to be 40″ from the floor. Once we put it in the room, I changed my mind (it’s a woman’s right!) and decided I wanted it to be 36″ so we took it back to the garage and out 4″ off the legs with a mitre saw.

My craft room is teal and white, so we bought spray paint and are going to paint the top teal and the legs white.

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Birthday Party: Flamingo & Pineapple

Hello, August!

Which also means it’s MY BIRTHDAY (month)!

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This year, I decided to do a Flamingo & Pineapple theme, which was SO FUN! And very apropos because it’s the summer!

Plus, the Dollar Store had TONS of party supplies!!

I started by printing out several printables and putting them in picture frames all around the house.

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Then, I created a banner for the fireplace. I hand-cut flamingos and pineapples.

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Then, my husband gave me my birthday present: a FUCKING Cricut!!!!!!!!

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Complete game changer.

Every day for 4 days after, I made something for my party. So far, I’ve made a pineapple and flamingo shirt, plus a flamingo mug and a cake topper.

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For the food, we had TONS of pineapple! I made a strawberry tree with a pineapple top, Hawaiian tortellini salad, sausage and pineapple bites, spinach and strawberry said with poppyseed dressing, plus watermelon and grapes.

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Here are some more details from the party:

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Pineapple sunglasses: Oriental Trading

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Pineapple cups: Party City

Hair Clips: Peace Love and Glitz

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Aloha Cake Topper: Jolee Studio

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Flamingo cookie cutter & pool float: Amazon

All in all, it was a great party!

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If you have any questions about anything, please let me know! Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

 

Contributing Blogger!

Guys! I’m super excited to reveal that I have been asked to be a contributing blogger for a local Tampa Bay mom’s group, Everyday Moms. 

I recently published my first blog over there on some back-to-school DIY “Pinterest Picks.

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Head on over there to check it out! And keep a lookout for more DIY blogs from me!

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Madeline Dresses

 “In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.”

For a while, I had been eyeing some cute Madeline dresses I had seen on Pinterest.

I happen to be lucky and have a very crafty grandma who can sew, and I asked her to make them for me.

She offered to help. 

Oh grandma, you cruel, cruel woman.

So I reluctantly bought a pattern from Etsy and cut it out.

And there it sat for about two months.

Right before my grandma left to go back to Michigan (snowbirds. ugh), she had me over to her house and we busted out one of the dresses in a few hours.

Then, she left.

And I had the sew the next one. By. My. Self. *gasp*

With a little help from the hubby, we finished both dresses (we had to sew on buttons and make button holes) in about 2-3 days.

Then, I bought some hats from Amazon and added a little extra long black ribbon.

Let me just tell you: They. Were. Presh.

Don’t take my word for it. See for yourself:

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Side note: these pictures were taken in Downtown Plant City. GREAT place for taking pictures!!!

Fourth of July: Food Ideas & More

This Fourth of July, we had a ‘Murica pool party at our house.

I started by looking for some red, white and blue food on Pinterest.

I also got some pretty sweet balloons from Publix.

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Watermelon, raspberries, cherries and strawberries were the red.

Blueberries were the blue.

And the white was yogurt-covered pretzels.

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I made some brownies and used a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut them out and then drizzled them with some red frosting and blue sprinkles.

I also used the cookie cutter for the watermelon.

For our drinks, we made Peach Iced Tea Whiskey from Tasty and it was delicious!

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7-Year Anniversary Present: Copper

This year was my 7-year anniversary, which I found out was the copper anniversary.

This meant I could used pennies! Cheap and cute!

I have a Pinterest board for Love & Marriage, where I pinned some ideas for a copper/ penny anniversary present.

Here’s what I came up with:

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I have two pennies on the left (which are from our birth years); the other pennies start from the year we met through now. I’m still missing years 2009, 2010 & 2014 (if you happen to find one let me know!!!)

I just used my handy dandy hot glue gun and stuck them on!

Here are some of my past gifts I have done over the past seven years:

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Dollar Store Decor: 4th of July Edition

I am all about saving money, BUT I’m also all about parties. I mean, who isn’t?

So, one of my go-to ways to throw an awesome party but still have a budget is to visit the dollar store.

I just went to one last week and picked up lots of stuff for our upcoming 4th of July ‘Murica Party.

The dollar store is always good for: paper plates and napkins! But this time I also found some super cute (and on trend) paper straws.

We also got the kids Pop-Its (remember those? I used to think they were magic!) and Party Poppers.

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I also picked up some decor for my birthday party in August, but I’ll save that for another post! (hint: it’s flamingo/ pineapple themed!)

Happy Independence Day, America!

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