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Written Goals

Do you love podcasts? Me too. Although I’m a little late to the game in realizing how informative and uplifting they can be. I’ve been listening to Awesome with Alison and she recently quoted her dad…

“A goal not written is only a wish. If its to be, it’s up to me!”.

This resinated with me for a few reasons but mostly because I read recently you are 95% more likely to achieve a goal when it’s simply written down. The times that I have been diligent in writing down my goals and I’ve looked back on them, almost 100% were achieved. Pretty crazy, right?

The same concept can apply to our homes. If you’ve got a lot of ideas to make your home beautiful- write them down and make a plan! This is my number one priority when working with clients, giving them a plan so they can save money. If you have no direction and you keep buying things just to see if they work- it’s a waste of time and as the saying goes: Time is money! The only instance in which you should make a random purchase for your home is when you REALLY LOVE it!

I’m showing you today my plans/goals for our backyard. It’s not big and we live in a HOA neighborhood which limits us… meaning no chickens or pigs. However! We are still able to have a small box garden, a trampoline, playground and a patio … and I love it! Especially the easy access from the kitchen.

I always make a design board to help me visualize the space and the pieces together. You can do this in Word, Photoshop or Keynote (Apple program)- I use all three in various capacities.

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Let’s start with the table. There’s really nothing wrong with the existing table except that the chairs aren’t super convenient with the kids. I fell in love with a vintage German Beer Table a few years ago but they can be super pricey. This is where Amazon comes in handy. I found a set for only $105 and envision painting the table and benches to look more worn and vintage. Probably in my favorite kelly green color.

I found this striped umbrella for only $40 from Ace Hardware.

Does it seem odd to have a painting in my exterior design plan? I have some left over plywood in my garage that I want to give a makeover to with some bright colored paints. Stuff I already have lying around. #usethecrapyougot ! To give it a finished look I will frame it with pine using Young House Love’s Tutorial. I’ll hang it using these hooks from Amazon to the left of the french doors. My hope is that it will add a fun pop of color and coziness to this plain patio.

photo credit: Young House Love

I’m not completely sold on the rug and pillows I have shown- but it will make shopping easier since I know what I’m looking for. Same goes for the planters. Who knows, I might get a bee in my bonnet and DIY a few concrete planters to place on each outside corner of the patio. If they are tall enough I can plant some beautiful flowers that will flow over the edge.

To the right of the table we have some bushes that provide privacy but want to plant my herb garden vertically on a horizontal fence that will also allow a place for lights to be hung. I found this simple tutorial and it couldn’t fit the bill better.

photo credit: Always Rooney

If you haven’t noticed already the back of our house is super flat. Nothing exciting happening there- but I saw that Nesting with Grace put up a metal awning and knew it was a great solution for above the french doors. Not only would it add some dimension to our homes flat behind, it would give some cover from the rain and it’s been raining a lot here in Georgia.

photo credit: Nesting with Grace

Since we’re talking about long-term goals here, I want to include a new trampoline and play-set. The play-set came with the house and from my understanding it was rebuilt and I’m not entirely sure how safe. Or maybe the sway of the entire set is just adding to the magic of playing. My oldest daughter is in gymnastics and is doing really well with it so I’d love to invest in a rectangular trampoline for her to practice or learn flips on. Those things may not happen for a while but at least I know what I’m working towards…

Do you have goals for your home that you’re trying to reach? May I suggest making a design board or at the very least- writing them down?(!) I’m excited to take you on this adventure with me to make this back patio more of a colorful, friendly and cozy spot. First things first… a good power-wash.

Microcephaly + Jesus

Microcephaly. Do you know what it is? Or even heard of it? It almost sounds like it could be a type of STD, right? Well it’s not. It’s a medical condition where the brain doesn’t develop properly and our son has it. He’ll be two in April but developmentally is around 3-4 months old. Our days are filled with therapies; PT, OT, ST and Feeding to name a few.

This condition can be caught in the womb but we didn’t find out until he was five months old, after lots of different tests. It was an MRI of the brain that finally gave us the answer. Everyone’s story looks differently, mainly because the spectrum is so broad – some only have a speech delay while others can’t walk, feed themselves or ever talk. Our son is getting stronger and stronger and I fully plan on him walking one day… until then we’re enjoying all the cuddles and working with him at his pace.

As I learn, I hope to share it in this space in hopes to help others. Because I’ll be honest… it can be a lonely road. Especially if you don’t know anyone personally dealing with this particular condition. But if you do know someone but know nothing about what they’re dealing with- don’t hesitate to ask… it shows you care!

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Recently I had a conversation with a friend about what worshipping truly means and I loved her perspective on it- She loves to craft and make things and she said that’s her way of worshipping God when she’s not in church or praying. Isn’t that so good? Using the talents God gave us and doing something that brings us happiness is a way of worship! So thankful I have smart and insightful friends I can learn from.

That conversation inspired me to share a few of my favorite art pieces of Jesus (links below). I consider myself a spiritual person and because of this I believe it’s important to fill my home with inspirational art and/or sayings. Spirituality will look different for everyone. Some consider being outside their way of worshipping- if that’s your case- an idea would be to fill your home with photographs you’ve taken on your outside adventures or maybe a souvenir you found on a hike. It all circles back to filling your home with sentimental and meaningful pieces that represent you! Doing simple things like this will help you and others feel like they’re being hugged the moment you walk through the door.

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1.Christ Portrait VII

2. Rescue of the Lost Lamb

3. Sunshine in My Soul

4. Christ in His Red Robe

5. Christ Painting

6. Agony in the Garden

Rainbow Roundup

Who loves a good rainbow decoration, pattern or accessory? My daughters are obsessed with rainbows (and unicorns) and I consider it a perk to being a mom to girls. In fact, when my oldest was opening her presents on her fourth birthday she informed me she wanted a rainbow+unicorn themed party the following year. We don’t do birthday parties every year but she clearly understood she was getting one the next year on the big f-i-v-e. I didn’t hold too much stock into this conversation until months passed and she was still talking rainbows+unicorns. Being a frugal shopper this delighted me because I was able to pull the party off because of random clearance finds- at HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Target. Etsy helped a lot too.

You’ve probably noticed there is no shortage of rainbow inventory out there- either in a brick & mortar store or online. It was difficult to narrow it down, but here are just a few fun items any girl or gal young at heart would be thrilled to add to their space.

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  1. Poloroid Camera Strap $5.87
  2. Watercolor Digital Download $4.90
  3. Rainbow Pillow
  4. Fiber Wall Hanging $185 – At Home with Ashley also has a great tutorial on how to make one if you’re crafty!
  5. Floral Bracelet
  6. Unicorn Piggy Bank and Rainbow Piggy Bank
  7. Wall Decals $89- comes in different sizes too!
  8. Dinner Napkins $46
  9. Rug/Runner $56+
  10. Mural $439+
  11. DIY Balloon Garland Kit $18+

As a bonus, here are some highlights from the birthday party (nearly 3 years ago!)- we hosted at a friends barn and it was a perfect backdrop. She even provided a white horse dressed up like a unicorn AND let us paint her with handprints…using tempera paint. It was a dream come true- even for me.

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