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Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Woodland Themed Baby Shower for Baby Fox!

My adorable friend Erin (seriously though, who looks that cute prego!?!?) is about to have a sweet baby boy and I had the honor of throwing her a little sprinkle last weekend!  

Her last name just happens to be "Fox" so we decided on a woodland themed baby shower! 

I got to partner up with the amazing Sweet Bee Design Shoppe and had these cute little invites personalized for Erin's party!  She also designed matching food labels, cupcake toppers and a banner!

Tori is sooooo great to work with and has some of the cutest designs in her shop!
If you're planning a baby shower, bridal shower or birthday party - you NEED to stop by Sweet Bee Design Shoppe!!!

It was just a small get together of Erin's closest friends and family so we just had it at my house.  

(You'll have to excuse the quality of the photo's.....I blocked my only source of natural light with my table setup!)

I made the welcome sign for the door on Picmonkey so that guests knew they could just come on in without knocking! 

I also made this little favor bag tag on Picmonkey and everyone went home with a smore kit! 

I found most of my food ideas on Pinterest of course! 
The toad stools were string cheese, tomatoes and french onion dip!

The Forest of Trees was a yummy broccoli salad! 

The Tortellini Trees were just skewers of cheese tortellini and tomatoes with moss dip (pesto sauce)!

Salad...aka Rabbit Food!

Hot dogs and croissants for 3 Pigs in a Blanket!

And, chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing for the Black Forest Cupcakes!

I served regular ol' H2O (morning dew) and Green Apple Kool Aid (pond water) for refreshments!

I picked up this book and had all of the baby shower guests write a special message inside for Baby Fox!  Hopefully this book will be something Erin and Baby can always hold on to and look back and remember their special day! 

We had so much fun showering Erin and baby and it was so fun for this Girl-Mom to do something a little boyish for once! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!!!!

Don't forget to check out Sweet Bee Design Shoppe for your next party!!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Thank You Card for Wedding Reception {Free Printable}

Y'all remember my beautiful friend Brie, right?

And, her amazing rustic wedding covered in burlap and lace?!?!

Well someone in Pinterest world when buck wild on that post recently and everyone's dying to have the Thank You Card printable file!  

I'd love to take full credit for the beautifully written note, but in all seriousness....I found it on pinterest, too.  I designed one for my wedding about 4.5 years ago (<--holy crap? Was it really that long ago???) Then, designed another for Brie and Tim's wedding last year.  

People have been asking daily for the file, so in an attempt to get the file to you quicker than me emailing it.......HERE YA GO! :) 

We used the purple and yellow version for Brie's wedding but I turned it black and white for you just in case that would work better.  Just right click and save to your computer.  You can use Picmonkey or any editing software to add your names at the bottom.  Or else of course, just cut that part off if you want!  We printed them in 5x7 size on Kraft cardstock paper.  They turned out beautifully and gave such a nice personal touch to all of the tables.  

I hope they work for you like they did for Tim and Brie!  

Have a great week everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ollie Swaddle Giveaway!

Welcome to The Ollie Swaddle Giveaway!

Sponsored by The Ollie World and hosted by Game On Mom
Although you and your little both wish you could cuddle all day and night, there are times when you have to put him down to rest. Swaddles are a perfect solution for keeping infants cozy, but many don’t stay put as your baby snoozes—or aren’t snug enough to provide that comforting pressure babes love. Thanks to the mama behind The Ollie World you can wrap your itty-bitty burrito with a swaddle that moves with him through the night, while keeping him comfy and cool.

  The Ollie Swaddle 

 Named after and invented for Oliver, a foster baby that wasn’t thriving until Ollie Swaddle founder (and his foster mom) Hindi developed The Ollie Swaddle. Stretchy, soft and breathable, this swaddle is designed to reduce overheating and improve quality and duration of sleep. We know the security of swaddles helps keep infants calm—and the Ollie swaddle is perfect for keeping them tucked in all night long and encouraging self-soothing skills. Depending on your baby’s size, the top Velcro closure allows you to wrap him tightly when he’s younger, but is adjustable as he grows and has more mobility. (And don’t worry about diaper changes—they’re a snap in this wrap. When you finish the dirty deed, you can fold the bottom up under the Velcro closure, or you can use the handy elastic loop to keep little legs tucked in—but free enough to kick those feet!) Your babe will be happier when he sleeps, and you can rest easy knowing he is safe and content in The Ollie World’s capable swaddle. To learn more about this amazing swaddle or to make a purchase, visit The Ollie World. Now for the giveaway! Winner will receive one swaddle, value $48. Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older. Ends February 24th, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck!  

  Ollie Swaddle Giveaway

Friday, February 6, 2015

Finally Friday {Take 12}

We're bringing back Finally Friday!!!

If you have no flippin' clue what I'm talking about, you can get caught up here.  
And as in caught up, I mean the last Finally Friday post was a year and a half ago!!!!  ooops.  


1)  Me and the girls at my office started a work out session during our lunches on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.  One of us brings a healthy lunch and we work out together.  It's awesome.  And it hurts.  Hurts so good.  Follow along on Instagram to see what we're up to each day. 

2)  We're planning a little getaway around some training I have coming up.  We'll be in Nasvhille, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and then finally Atlanta.  Any tips on what we should see while we're there???  (More info on Facebook, too.)

3) We're almost finished with our master bedroom. FINALLY. And, I cannot wait to show y'all.  Charlie gave some sneak peaks in his previous post.  Just a little more work on the trip and a few more finishing touches to the fireplace and it will officially be done!  You can't tell I'm excited, right? 


1) My parents live in Northern Illinois and this past week they had 10 inches of snow. Have to admit I was kind of jealous.  I like snow. 

2) With that being said, I am really looking forward to spring getting here. This year I plan on planting a larger garden, since my girls absolutely love fruits and vegetables........And of course fishing season starts!!!!!!!!

3) Our little girl Guthrie is 10 months old and is seriously only a couple weeks away from full out walking. Just this week she has been standing straight up off the ground and staying there without holding onto anything. I'll have my hands full once she's off walking. An almost 3 year old and almost 1 year old running right past their dad. 

Favorite pin of the week:


Because seriously.  
Y'all know we have like a huge, huge, huge gun safe taking up way too much room in my house, right?  
It's big and bulky and ugly.  
But, this.  
THIS is surrounded by gold itself.  
gold = barnwood.  
THIS is a safe I could get on board with! 

Printable of the week:

This was part of our "Year of Printables" gift post.  
See the rest HERE

Favorite meal of the week: 

Our Healthy CrockPot Chicken Enchilada Soup!  We took a few recipes we found online, made them healthier and quicker, with less ingredients! Nothin' easier than throwing a bunch of stuff in a crockpot! Am I right!? 

Thanks for hanging out with us today! 
We hope you stop by again soon! 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On The Go in 2015 - GIVEAWAY!!!

All moms understand that it's really hard to travel with kids, even if only going to the park or the store. Here are some great products to make getting out of the house a little easier, whether it's just for an afternoon or for a whole weekend. We are excited to bring you this awesome giveaway in collaboration with Green Scene Mom!
Green Scene Mom On The Go in 2015 Giveaway

Make taking kids on the go a little easier, and definitely more fun!

Wally Inflatable Bed Rail, from The Shrunks giveaway
The Shrunks Wally Inflatable Bed Rail - $25
At The Shrunks, we believe that kids are cool. Creating stuff that makes bedtime fun and safe for them, wherever they are, is what we love to do. Keep your child safe from rolling off the bed with The Shrunks Inflatable Bed Rail! Its slim design allows the bed rail to slip conveniently under any fitted standard sized twin, queen or king size bed sheet. Each package comes with a bed rail, foot pump, and a carrying bag for easy transport to all of your destinations. Recommended for kids 2 years and up. Shop @
Milkdot Popdots Go Pouch giveaway
Milkdot Popdots Go Pouch - $20
Popdots Go Pouch is the perfect carryall for everyday or for travel. Plus, it's insulated so it makes a great snack bag too. Use it as a toiletry bag, storage bag or quick change diaper bag. With one large elastic pocket and three smaller elastic pockets, your items will stay in place and organized. It's the versatile pouch for children, teens and women to take on the go for school, work or travel with plenty of room for school supplies, arts and crafts, toys, cosmetics, medicine, toiletries, first aid, baby essentials, snacks, drinks and much more! Shop @
Poncho Baby Pack-N-Run Organic Diaper Pouch giveaway
Poncho Baby Pack-N-Run Organic Diaper Pouch - $35
This eco-friendly and portable organic diaper bag pouch is perfect for those times when a diaper bag is too big. Made in the USA with 100% Cotton Muslin Imported. Use it for a quick trip to the supermarket, the park or an airport bathroom. It's been carefully sized to hold just the necessities. Also works great as an insert in a purse or diaper bag. Shop @
Poppy Drops $30 Gift Certificate giveaway
Poppy Drops $30 Gift Certificate
Poppy Drops was created due to a dilemma lots of us face — when to pierce a little girl's ears? Poppy Drops earrings really are the perfect solution that is practical for parents and super fun for kids! From our signature earrings came other solutions for modern kids! We now offer Tattoo Nail Art, Mix & Match Tattoo Jewelry, Perfume Sticks & Lip Luster — all of which are designed for little ones but are great for EVERYONE! All of our products are made with natural ingredients — 100% safe for any age. We make staying young even more fun than growing up! Shop
yummi pouch reusable food pouch giveaway
Yummi Pouch Reusable Food Pouches set of 6 - $15
Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches combine style and convenience in an eco-friendly container you can fill with homemade smoothies and blended snacks! Yummi Pouches are easy to fill and clean through the top zipper opening and are great for taking healthy snacks on the go. Shop @
Zippyz Baby Footed Pajamas
Zippyz Baby Footed Pajamas - $27.99
Zippyz are baby footed pajamas with a patented design to make diaper changes quick and easy. Zippyz have a zipper from foot to belly so parents can change diapers quick and easy while keeping their baby covered and warm. Shop @
Pacidoodle Personalized Pacifiers set giveaway
Pacidoodle Personalized Pacifiers set of 2 - $12.50
Pacidoodle Personalized Pacifiers are the Cute, High Quality Solution to Accidental Paci-Swapping! Baby's name, monogram or cute saying is engraved on pacifiers and will not rub off or fade. "A little paci love made with a lot of His love". Shop @

Enter to win this Amazing Prize Set!

This giveaway is open to United States and Canada.
Green Scene Mom On The Go in 2015 Giveaway

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SLOW DOWN.............and sip your coffee.

As I sit here, on this couch of mine, with no TV, no kids a stirring, just silence...... it hits me that life doesn't have to move at the speed of light. Life moves at the speed in which you make it move. 

Slow Down.....and sip your coffee.

One day last week was probably one of the scariest moments I've experienced in my life. I went to the ER last week experiencing chest pains, arm numbness and indescribable pain in the back of my neck. Heart attack at age 30? How could I be feeling like this? Why is this happening to me? What about my girls? Who will teach them the things they need to know about life? Who will protect them from the boys that will break their hearts as they grow? What about my wife? How will she go on? We are on a journey together, we are a team, there's no I in team.... Then I think,  I've got to much to do to be dealing with this right now. I've got too many projects that aren't complete? 


I've got too much to do? 

Who says that?  

Well. This guy says that. WHY? I don't know, but as I sit at home today, I know I won't ever say it again. Long story, but it wasn't a heart attack I was experiencing but some other health related issues that I've been putting off for a while. Side Note: when your body tells you something, don't put it off, it's a lot smarter than you give it credit for.

At the age of 24 I lost my best friend to a motorcycle accident. We were 2 modern day, Bo and Luke Duke friends (minus the badass 69 charger with rebel flag roof). We ran hard, experienced life like any midwest 20 something year old kids should. One thing that set him apart from me, was his Life's a Garden, Dig it!! mentality.  I envied that quality in him.  Now that I look back on it, I think he knew that he would not be on this earth for a long period of time and wanted to make the most of it. From the day that I carried him to his final resting place, I vowed to carry that trait into my daily life.

What happened? Life Happened? No, I chose to let it go by too quick. I read Emily's last post and realized that she was thinking the same thing. So now, under this roof we will be moving at our own speed. We will enjoy watching our kids grow and will not be the ones who in 20 years tell new parents it goes quick they don't stay babies for long. No, we will tell them, enjoy them, it will be the best years of your life. 

Under this roof, we will do things we enjoy. Things that bring us great joy. 

Under this roof, we will not be afraid to try new things and experience life. 


Okay, enough of that business. It's been a while since we have shared some DIY projects with you. I figured I would take some quick pics of the things I've recently built and some things many moons ago.  This is one of the things I love most about our house. Almost all of our furniture in our house I have made. Basically, Emily says I saw this (insert some sort of crazy idea off Pinterest) and I was thinking that you could make it for me...But better. That's where she gets me hook, line and sinker. Always up for a competition. I always give Em a hard time about having to make another project for her (shhh...I actually enjoy doing it but don't tell her or Pinterest will be the death of me.)

I made this hutch soon after we built the house. All of the barn wood came from an old barn that a friend was tearing down at his new property. (Word of advice - if you are getting barn wood in the middle of the summer; take a gun for snakes, spray down for ticks, and have plenty of ice cold beer. Barns built back in the day were built when men were steel and ships were wood.)

I also built these tables soon after the house was built.  My lovely wife said "we just have to get us some end tables. None of the ones at the store are what I like!" Cue Charlie out in the garage making some end tables. 

I found this saw milled log in our creek behind the house.  I had a couple buddies hook a chain onto it and we pulled it out with my truck.  It was water logged beyond belief, weighing close to 400lbs. I let it sit in the garage for about a month to air out.  Emily came home the night I pulled it out and said I know where that's going......

We just hadddddddd to put a gallery wall in our house (or seven).............we wanted something different then just your standard picture frames, so i decided to make a large frame with pictures in it!

We like Wine......Could've guessed huh? Well Em always wanted to have a Chalkboard in the house. So I decided to surprise her and make her one with a wine shelf.  Check out the tutorial on how to build one for yourself.

This is probably my favorite piece in the whole house.  Im not quite sure why, but it just seemed to fit perfect in our house. The barn wood came from the Nashville Flea Market and the guys I got it from said they removed it from the old stalls at the Kentucky Derby years ago. (My little helper was asleep on the couch today while I was taking the pictures)

I built this as the guest book signing table for our wedding.  The wood from this also came from my buddies barn.  After the wedding I had this pretty cool table and didn't  want to get rid of it.  So we decided to ditch our old entertainment center and put this in its place.(Notice how fixer upper is on the TV. Yea, its on almost all the time at our house and I frequently give em the superman shirt pose that Chip gives JoJo)

Those end tables I made for the living room, well yea we needed some for our bedsides.  When we remolded our master bedroom I built these to go with our decor.  Check out how I made the Flea Market Lamps here.

This is our latest project.  With the recent addition to our family with Baby Guthrie, we needed to add on. So, I lost my garage and a master bedroom was added in its place. So we went with vaulted ceilings, fireplace, wagon wheel chandelier and barn doors.  This is by far my favorite room in the whole house.  Stay tuned to future blog posts and we'll show you how we transformed the garage into the Master Bedroom and some step by step instructions on how to add a fireplace and barn doors to your house.  

That's all for today.  Since we're pledging to slow down and spend time doing things we love, you'll want to stay tuned.  We love building and creating and making our house into a home and we plan on showing you a lot more real soon!  

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