How to start a blog in 100 hours

So, those articles on Pinterest titled, “How to start your own blog in 15 minutes!”… NOT true for me. It’s taken me hours. Part of the reason is that we have older laptops that are slow and they needed some troubleshooting, but there were also setbacks with purchasing the domain, the theme, etc. Not to mention figuring out Word Press. I am not a computer genius, so this has been a good (hard?!) challenge for me. My patience has been tested. I have been so anxious to get this site up and running… and I have been frustrated that it didn’t just take me “15 minutes” like the articles said. I mean, I guess I could have just gone to posts, written something, closed my eyes and clicked publish. I would have had a post up, but been in complete darkness about how to navigate and customize the site.

There have been a few days were I have had to put this project aside because my mind was too consumed. I wasn’t fully present for my family. I ended up taking my kids to the zoo one day so I could have fun with them and not think about blog stuff. 

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I’m so excited and have so many ideas swirling around in my head, but sometimes I have to take a deep breath and realize I have to work at a slower pace than I would like. It’s hard to balance time as a mom. There are some things that I have to get done and the kids need to wait for mommy to finish (cooking, cleaning, caring for a sibling, etc), but there are some areas that are more flexible. When I’m gardening, blogging, getting ready, or decorating and start getting frustrated at them because I’m “in the zone”, I sometimes ask myself, “In 20 years from now will you wish you would have stopped what you were doing to be intentional with them?” Most of the time (sometimes reluctantly), it causes me to stop what I am doing to give them some quality time before finishing my task. When it comes down to it though, when I get past the initial “annoyance”, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love being needed and caring for my little family.

So, with all that said, this has taking me longer than I thought, my patience has been tested, and the site is not where I want it yet, but I’m trying to be ok with that! If you’re interested in starting a blog, just contact me and I’ll give you my tips on “How to start a blog in 100 hours”  😉

I’d love to hear ways you try to find balance as a mom!

DIY Succulent Centerpiece

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I want to share with you how I put this succulent centerpiece together for our patio table! My husband made the basic box out of some extra wood we had, however, you can use any sort of container. My mom has a lot of succulents in planters around her house so she gave me enough for this whole project (thanks mom!).

succulent clippings

I went to Hobby Lobby in search of something to add to the centerpiece. I was thinking I would use Mason jars, or something similar, but came across these cute little lanters and thought they would be perfect. One thing I like about them is they open from the top, so it’s easy to access the candles. I used LED candles…so no fire around the plants! I needed something to put under the lanterns to bring them flush with the top of the box so, I went digging through my recycling. I found that tuna cans, along with a piece of thin scrap wood was just the height I needed! Reuse and recycle!

succulent paint and layout

To give the box a more worn look I watered down some grey paint we had and brushed on a quick coat. I was pretty happy with how it turned out! I lined the bottom and sides of the box with a garbage bag (its what I had) so that it would contain the dirt. Then I went to our side yard and gathered some pebbles to put on the bottom of the box to enhance drainage and help prevent the roots from rotting.

succ dirt and pebbles

The fun began as I spaced out the lanterns where I wanted and starting filling it in with succulent clippings and potting soil! I wanted to leave some room for new succulent growth, but there were a few spots that looked a little spars, so…shhh *I added a few fake succulent pieces I had*. For the final touch I added some small pebbles to the top and covered most of the dirt.

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A few weeks later there is new growth and the succulents are doing great! I’ve been known in the recent past to have a brown thumb, so this new growth is very exciting for me 🙂

Thanks for reading about this DIY project! I hope this inspires you to make your own succulent centerpiece…have fun and be creative!

 

 

 

 

5 Steps to Decorating a Space

nursery dresser

Hi! I just wanted to share with you how I go about decorating a space…how I find my inspiration. We all want our homes to be cozy, and sometimes it seems hard to know where to start. This system has helped me as I decide what I want to do, or what style I want to go with. It’s pretty basic but I hope it helps you too!

I am going to use our nursey/guest room as my example. Because the nursery also doubles for our guest room, I wanted it to be calming and relaxing for our guests.

First, I cruise pinterest and use other people’s beautiful ideas. There are some talented people out there so why not use their help! I probably pin about 10 or more pictures that I like..images that jump out to me and spaces that seem calming and peaceful to me. Below are a few pictures that caught my eye (and the room ended up looking very different, but they started the idea).

Second, I go back and look through those pictures and see if something catches my eye. In this case the “Let’s be Adventures” print jumped at me… especially because it was a *free* print out! I am all about spending the least amount of money possible to get the look I want! I was able to have this printed at staples for $2.99! The frame was about $18 dollars, but I still was pretty happy that the whole thing cost just over $20 for my main piece of art in that room!

Third, I gather pieces of art or décor that I have around the house and see if anything I have will work with the look I’m wanting.

nursery lamp

 In this case I already had a basket and a desk lamp. I liked the idea of a basket to hide the wipe warmer in, but the basket seemed too small. I liked the color and style of the lamp, but felt like the lamp on the dresser sort of made it cluttered. So, back to pinterest I went searching for wall light ideas. I came across this post from LizMarie, a very talented decorator. Check her out at http://www.lizmarieblog.com/

liz marieIn her tutorial she talked about how these lights were from Home Depot for $29.97! So, off to Home Depot I went. Which is part of my fourth step, buying some items to work with. Of course when I got back from Home Depot I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like so I got some Velcro and stuck it on the wall. (This is a very handy trick if you’re a visual person like me but don’t want to put holes in you wall as you’re figuring out where things go!) My husband may or may not have rolled his eyes at me 🙂

nursery dresser with ikea

I then went back through the items I had at home and tried out a few things. I had an Ikea wall shelf lying around so I also used Velcro to try that out too. Sometimes I just leave things for a while to see if I like it. As I was “leaving it to see if I like it” I happened to run into an antique store near my husbands work. (And no, I don’t often just “run into a store” to browse, this was a rarity!) I found a crate that said “Made in Australia” for $10. I was so excited! For those of you that don’t know my mom is from Australia, and I’m a dual citizen (US and Australian). So, the crate was just perfect because it had meaning.

nursery box

I really like the look of the light wood, so I went to hobby lobby to try to find something to put over the crib. I found this wooden Owl piece (50% off) and thought that would be my main piece over the crib.

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 I decided on a black frame, a light wood “W” for some personalization, and some hooks we did a DIY project with. At the time I was working on the nursery my handy husband was making some wooden arrows. The one I used was supposed to go in my oldest sons room, but… I stole it for the nursery! I also remembered we had a light wood TV tray laying around and thought I would just use that as a night stand for now.. because I didn’t want to spend anymore money and it gave the look I wanted.

And fifth, I take what I had and what I bought, and after a little tweaking, re-arranging or painting, I come up with the final product!

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nursery bed

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We took some individual hooks and attached them to a painted piece of wood to tie in the wall light fixture!

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Emersyn playing in her brothers room!

I hope this helps you even just a little as you are decorating your home to make it yours!  🙂