Floral · Home Decor

Thrifty Fresh Flowers

I enjoy having fresh flowers around our home; however, I do not like to pay a lot of money for these little beauties, considering they don’t have longevity. Many flower-carrying stores will mark selected bouquets to half price, at least once a week. These bouquets may have a few dead flowers, or some of the stems will be a bit mushy, but I just pull out the bad apples and keep the rest.

I have found that my local Kroger store will sometimes have expired bouquets for FREE up by their registers. I suggest calling your local grocery store and see if they can give you an idea on schedules for their flower discounts, so you don’t miss any good deals!

I would like to proceed this next paragraph with a short note: I am not a florist. I have not spoken with a florist about how I care for my fresh flowers. I am simply a woman who has read a few tips online, and who has also come to find what helps my flowers live to their fullest potential. My next tips are brought to you solely by my own experience.

When I bring my flowers home, I measure the vase and then cut the flowers accordingly, so that the blooms sit just above the edge of the vase. I then cut the stems diagonally with a sharp set of shears and trim off any greenery that is too low to stick out the top. I also change out my water every day or every other day, and I don’t use the packaged flower food that comes with the bouquet. In using these methods, I am able to get at least a good week out of the flowers.

In the photo that accompanies this post, the roses were originally $10, my husband picked them up for me for only $4.99 and I only had to pitch one rose of the bunch. They will last several days! I am using a plastic Target pitcher that I got on clearance several years ago. It was originally only $3.99 (the little price sticker is still stuck to the bottom). This purchase was awesome, because it gives me dual uses: an actual drinking pitcher and a vase for flowers. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call a twofer.

DIY · Kids · Organization

Summer Bucket List Organization

Most of us have heard the old saying that there are not enough hours in the day and, as I am experiencing adulthood with small children, I can attest that this adage could not be more true. My little family likes to stay busy, and I cannot count the number of times that a season has busily passed, as all seasons do, and we realize we had not done an activity we had discussed or gone on a trip we had mentioned.

Cue the summer bucket list.

First, we sat down as a family and made a list of all the things we want to do before summer ends. Most of us were on the same page, and my little guy even suggested we go to Target. Way to speak my language, little dude. I think we’ll probably mark that one off the list several times. 🙂

Second, I put all our ideas on a couple pieces of poster board with big check boxes that we can satisfyingly mark off each time we complete a bucket list item. I left plenty of room on both pieces of poster board to add more activities as we think of them, and hung the list in a central part of our home for easy access.

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Third, I split our list into two categories: rainy day activities and sunny day activities. I then labeled two jars with these attributes.

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Lastly, I wrote all of the activities from our list on colored craft sticks and sorted them into their corresponding jars. As we add more activities to our “master” list, I will jot them down on a craft stick and add them to their designated jar. There will never be any “I’m bored” conversations around this place. If we’re bored, we’ll choose a stick. If we can’t decide on an activity, we’ll choose a stick.

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We had a lot of fun creating our list and I’m excited to stay on track with a little organization amongst our madness. I’m hoping that, when summer winds down, we will proudly be able to say we did every single thing on our list, and that we made the most of our summer break with no regrets about what we may have forgotten.

DIY · Home Decor

Simple Independence Day DIY Lantern

Well, hello there! I know it’s been a while since my last post, but now that my oldest has graduated Kindergarten and we are basking in the summer break sunshine, I have a little more time on my hands to get crafty!

I recently saw this Independence Day DIY on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. It was my first time using Mod Podge (let’s count how many times I say Mod Podge in this post, shall we? Hint: it’s a lot) and it really could not have been more simple. First, the supply list:

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~Mod Podge (I chose the matte kind)
~Glass Jar
~Craft Brush
~Small American Flag
~Battery-Powered Votive

I bought most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby and decided on the bigger bottle of Mod Podge, just because I had a feeling that once I used it I’d continue using it for other fun projects; however, I’ve seen small bottles of Mod Podge at Dollar Tree and I think you’d probably only need 1 of those for this project. Honestly, you may be able to get all of your necessary items at Dollar Tree! If you head into Hobby Lobby, don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon!

Let’s get to it! First, I removed the flag from the rod and then trimmed off the excess:

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I then laid the flag flat and front-side down and applied a pretty liberal coat of Mod Podge to the back:

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Next, I turned the jar on its side and placed the flag Mod-Podged-side-down. A little bit of the Mod Podge had soaked through the flag to the front so I used a damp clothe and ran it over the flag and around the edges to remove any excess glue. On the edge where the extra fabric had been trimmed (the part that originally wrapped around the dowel rod) I did have to apply a little extra Mod Podge because it was a bit thicker than the rest of the material.

Lastly, I placed my battery-powered votive in the bottom of the jar and screwed on the lid! I chose a “fake” candle because I like the look of a lidded jar, but if you have a jar without a lid, you could use a regular votive or tea light.

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I was able to use my lantern immediately after assembly, even though it wasn’t completely dry. Final result:

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Look at that glowing symbol of freedom! I love “mood lighting” around the house all year long, so this soft glow is exactly my style. Happy crafting!

Soul Food

He Is Risen

I recently found this super cute Crazy Train baseball tee at Farm Girl Mercantile – isn’t it adorable!? Love the vibrant Spring colors, the floral-printed church and, most importantly, the message.

He is risen. We hear this a lot during the Easter season, but what does it mean? It means that Jesus died for my sin (and yours). It means that He did not stay dead. It means that Jesus is very much alive and offers the gift of salvation to all who accept. Friends, I’m not perfect. Far from it, actually. Do I still mess up? Oh, yeah. Do I still worry? Absolutely. Am I immune from tragedy? Nope. But I can tell you that I cannot imagine a life without Jesus. With Jesus, I have hope. I have a peace that passes understanding. When I find myself worrying, I can talk to my Heavenly Father and He will take my burden. I am the daughter of a King.

The awesome thing about God’s grace is that He meets you where you are. You can be saved today, right this moment, there in the quietness of your own home or wherever you may be. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. It doesn’t matter how you’re currently living your life. God’s love does not discriminate and His salvation is not withheld from anyone. Here’s the story:

We Are All Sinners
Romans 3:23 – We have all sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Eternal Life Is A Free Gift – but it did come at a price, which has been paid in full by Jesus
Romans 6:23 – The payment for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We Must Trust & Surrender
Romans 10:9-10 – If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Our Assurance of Salvation 
Romans 10:13 – Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Prayer for Salvation
I know I’m a sinner, Lord. Please forgive me of all my sins. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Please come into my heart. Thank you for saving me! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Did you say the prayer above? Did you mean it? Then it’s done. God is not a liar, and His word never returns void. And the best part? You can’t ever lose your salvation, no matter how many times you fall (because, friend, you will fall). In John 10:28-29 Jesus says, ” I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

I hope you all have a blessed Easter weekend!

 

Home Decor

Wall Collage Wednesday: Part IV

This week’s wall collage is in our master bedroom, above our bed. Our bedroom walls are a darker color and so is our furniture in this particular room, so I tend to go toward lighter wall decor, like whites and golds.

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Initially, the only item on this wall was the “When we have each other, we have everything” canvas. The next addition was the gold dream catcher, which I found at Marshall’s for around $10.  It is outlined in faux pearls and is so whimsical! When I first saw it in the store I thought it was beautiful, but decided against it. The next day I could not get it off my mind so back to Marshall’s I went. Then came the “Bloom where you’re planted” canvas which I’ve had for a while, but was in a different spot in the room. The last and most recent addition was the wooden heart, which I found for $3 at Target amongst the Valentine decorations.

For having all been bought at different times and not necessarily chosen with this wall in mind, I think all of the pieces come together quite nicely! My husband does think I’m a little bit extra with my dreamcatcher, my himalayan salt lamp and my essential oils, all of which are kept in this room of the house, and I agree! I think it’s all EXTRA cool. 🙂