DIY Sunglasses Holder for $5

DIY Sunglasses Holder for $5

**Pssssttt...don't miss the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer giveaway or the Velvet Finishes paint and O'verlays giveaway!** We have an Aunt Rochelle. I hope you have an Aunt Rochelle too.  You see, Aunt Rochelles always send the good stuff. It is not uncommon for multiple packages (sporting color coordinated designs & patterns) to arrive on the front porch anytime of the year. It may be Christmas. Or it may not. It may be a birthday. Or it may not. Said packages will contain not one, not two, but multiple ensembles for the … [Read more...]

The Zero Effort 4th of July Drink

Zero Effort 4th of July Drink: Prosecco + Rock Candy Suckers / Cocktails / Red White and Blue / Summer Drinks

While its no secret around here that I love me some cheap beer, I also won't shake my head at other forms of libations. You, too?  I figured just as much. That's why we are kindred spirits, friends. Case in point - these zero effort 4th of July drinks. Not only do these require zero effort, well you will have to pop a cork and unwrap a sucker, but I'm sure you can get someone else to do all that for you if you offer them one as well, but they also double as 4th of July decor. Zero Effort 4th of July Drinks • Menage a Trois Prosecco … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #14

Home is where the naked is.

From Monday thru Wednesday, our house resembled a nudist colony. Grunt Labor is potty training the circus and the book I bought him for this says to keep your kid naked for the first few days. Yes, I said Grunt Labor is training her. I know I have no patience for this so I'm just trying to be as supportive as possible.  I did buy him the book. That counts for something, right?  So for three days, there was a circus streaking through our house. source On day two, we couldn't keep her inside any longer. So we, along with her portable … [Read more...]

Liquor Cabinet Makeover + Adding Fretwork to Furniture + A GIVEAWAY

Vivid Red Hutch Makeover / How to Add Fretwork to Furniture / Velvet Finishes Paint / O'verlays / Brass Lion Pulls / Chippendale Fretwork

**Don't miss the giveaway at the end!** Something happened after I stripped and re-stained the buffet in the living room. After a few weeks, I started missing the red. Not the red on the buffet itself, but just the color red in general. Apparently, not only are my beloved colors kelly green and navy, but also a bold red. This really isn't surprising. Red was always my favorite color growing up. I'm quite sure it became my favorite color when Reba wore the red dress. If you know the dress I'm talking about, then we are kindred … [Read more...]

The Southern Family Reunion: Where Your Exes Are Never Forgotten

Home is wherever my bunch of crazies are.

I love being a southerner. More specifically, I love coming from a family of country farmers. I love that I grew up knowing that land wasn't just where you built your house, but it was also a part of your history - a part of your soul. Being in the middle of a big old field littered with cow patties is still one of my favorite places in the entire world. Southern families are the best at keeping up the annual family reunion. Every year, Lord willin' and the creek don't rise, one side of my family gathers at a little community building, … [Read more...]

IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack: DIY Dress Up Closet + Giveaway

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**Don't miss the giveaway at the end!** The circus has discovered princesses. Specifically Belle and Cinderella. She's also discovered ballerinas and cowgirls and doctors. And she wants to be all those things. Numerous times throughout the day. Luckily, she hasn't morphed into a total girly girl. Let's be honest - I don't know if I could handle that. Its more like tutu one minute and mud the next. I'll take that any day over constant tea parties and tiaras.  I thought I had the dress-up department confined to one box. And then her … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #13

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We have been at the beach this week. Which usually translates to "All is right in the world." Except for the fact that I was sick for the first half of our vacation. And my usual Jack and coke remedy failed me. I know, right? After picking up multiple medicines at the Target pharmacy and sporting a Vick's Vapor Rub slathered nose for a few days (yes, I'm that person), I finally started to feel better. At dinner one night, the kid wanted to not only wear her green dress (its a jumpsuit, but she calls it a dress), but also wanted me to … [Read more...]

The Ultimate DIY Outdoor Sectional

DIY Outdoor Sectional with Built-In Umbrella and Drink Coolers

Grunt Labor is working on creating the ultimate backyard. Last year, we built the deck and made over the screened-in porch. This year, we added on a patio. And if this summer heat gets any worse, there's going to be a new pool with me in it on a pink flamingo float. After said patio was finished, we looked at it and asked ourselves what in the world we were going to put on it. Didn't think that one through. So we built an outdoor sectional. Ok, I came up with the idea and Grunt Labor mostly built it. Oh, and Nicky helped a little. He … [Read more...]

Grow Your Blog Giveaway – Times Two!

Grow Your Blog Giveaway

**There are TWO giveaways here - don't miss them!**The Launch Girls reached 1,000 fans on Facebook!And to celebrate that, we are giving away over $1000 worth of prizes!• One Hour Coaching Call with Cindy• One Hour Tech Tutoring with Lesley• One Hour Blog Consult with Jenna• One Hour Social Media Mentoring with AmyThere will be four lucky winners!To enter the Launch Girls giveaway, you will need to go here and use the Rafflecopter!And......A while back my friend Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog asked me to do an interview about social media for … [Read more...]

14 Stunning Home Ideas I Found in One Place

Opt for lots of windows in the bathroom.

Last Wednesday they let me into the Nashville Symphony Show House. Builder, Castle Homes; Architect, Wade Weissman I know. Its gorgeous. Go ahead and take a minute to close your gaping mouth. I'm quite certain the powers that be must have never read my blog before to know that this gal is borderline redneck and hadn't set foot in such a fancy house before - otherwise they may have thought twice before sending my invitation. I walked out of that house scolding myself for using inappropriate language in front of people who never met me … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #12

Country Playlist

I realize there was no Freak Show last week. Well, there's always a freak show around here, but there wasn't a Freak Show Friday post. You see, I was doing this instead. Posing for a selfie with Grunt in front of a giant guitar outside the Opry House. Because he declared it the weekend of selfies and wouldn't let anyone else take our photo. And later on, we wondered into a bar with live country music. The old stuff and a little new stuff and a little Tom Petty. And I was as happy as a pig in slop. You will never believe what they … [Read more...]

Summer Home Tour: The Details Make The Space

Sconces on a gallery wall. Summer Home Tour: The details make the space.

It doesn't matter how many times I paint a piece of furniture or upholster a chair - if the accessories around it don't look good, the furniture or chair won't shine and the space will fall short. The details make the space.  It took me a really long time to realize that. And a lot of backaches and wasted paint.  I get it now though - and even if we are just talking about decorating - the pain was worth the reward. As dramatic as that sounds.  So this summer home tour is about the details. The quirky little objects that I love. That … [Read more...]

Collected Modern Living Room: After 4 years, its done.

Modern Living Room Ideas: Black & White Gallery Wall

After four years of living in the beloved foreclosure, the living room is finally done. For now anyways.  It may have taken four years, but I can finally say that I know my style and I love my living room. Of course, its all subject to change on a whim. For now, I'm calling it the Collected Modern Living Room. I'm sure that isn't the correct design technical term for this living room, but I don't care.  Its a mix of vintage and thrifted pieces that have received a facelift with some modern elements. You saw the super big change - the … [Read more...]

How to Remove Rust (Mind Blowing! Even Grunt Agrees…)

How to remove rust! You WILL NOT believe this!

About a month back, I dragged the kids out of bed early one Saturday morning to go yard saleing. Yes, saleing is a word. That's when I got the paper sorter that became a rainbow. Before I found the paper organizer, well before I even got out of the neighborhood, I also found a leopard print rug for $5, a rattan side table for $2, and a mid-century modern chrome chair for $2. We had to make a pit stop back home before proceeding with yard saleing. The rug was in great shape, I had to fix a leg on the table, but I was worried that the chair … [Read more...]

9 Ways to Say I Love You Grunt Labor Style

Ways to Say I Love You Grunt Labor Style

A while back Grunt Labor and I were laying in bed. I was trying to go to sleep when all of a sudden he said, "You're the thinset to my tile." If you haven't laid tile before, thinset is what holds the tile to the floor. I laughed out loud and kissed him goodnight. The next night, and the night after, and so on he had more quirky ways to say I love you. And finally, I started writing them in my phone every night when he said them because they were just too good to ever forget. In celebration of our 5th wedding anniversary today, a.k.a. … [Read more...]

DIY Pink Flamingo Wreath

How fun is this pink flamingo wreath???

Its the official symbol of summer. I don't care if you think its tacky or not. All hail the pink flamingo.  I can't get enough of this pink feathered friend of mine, therefore I am proclaiming it to be the official symbol of summer. I fully realize I may be the only one involved in this proclamation. That's ok. I'll own it.  It started with the DIY Flamingo Sprinkler. My fun friend has recently shown up once more. In the colorful screened-in porch. On a wreath. This fun and colorful wreath fits in perfectly with the rest of the … [Read more...]

12 Outdoor Furniture Makeovers That Are Easier Than You Think

They used a paint sprayer to paint outdoor cushions, wicker furniture, metal furniture and more!!! Outdoor Furniture Makeovers that are easier than you think!

Its that time of the year, friends. Time for sipping drinks, preferably ones with little umbrellas, on porches, decks and patios. Furthermore, we should all be enjoying those beverages in pretty outdoor chairs, chaises and other comfortable perches. No? If you are like me though, as you were dusting the three inches or so of pollen off your outdoor furniture, you may have discovered the furniture needed a little facelift of its own. These outdoor furniture makeovers have my head brewing with ideas. The best part - they were all done with a … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #11

Thirty-licious

I wasn't worried about turning 30 at all, but you guys totally rocked my world and eased any sort of worries I could have ever had about turning the dirty thirty. You are so my people.  I'll be celebrating with Garth Brooks this weekend...and Grunt Labor too. ;) Oh, and I got all these amazing gifts. 1/ Kate Spade Beware of Sharks Tote, because I'm a shark. And because my Dad is amazing for buying me this fantastic tote. I have no idea how he knew exactly what I wanted. ;) 2/ Lilly Pulitzer Pink Colony Tumbler, currently drinking a … [Read more...]

Dear 20’s

Dear 20's....thank you for all the hell you put me through and all the hell we raised.

Dear 20's, Thank you for all the hell you put me through and all the hell we raised. The former taught me more about myself than I ever knew existed and the latter was quite fun. Thank you for the moments of self-doubt that eventually led me to embrace my inner freak. Thanks for teaching me that more than four jack & cokes isn't really a great idea. Thank you for putting me through five years of college to discover only that I was in the wrong career, but so that I could find the right man. Thank you for two brothers by marriage. Even … [Read more...]

A plumber I am not.

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Grunt Labor and I did a make-up only makeover on his bathroom not long after we moved into the beloved foreclosure. Sidenote: The "make-up makeover" already needs a complete overhaul, so learn from our mistakes and just pay the money up front. The make-up makeover consisted of a new vanity. Which meant we had to do a little bit of plumbing work. There was one pipe that leaked no matter what we did. Said pipe resulted in multiple fights, at least ten trips to The Home Depot and nearly an entire weekend lost on the bathroom makeover. After … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #10

Chuck E. Cheese's

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that last night we went here for the circus' actual birthday. The place where a kid can be a kid and parents come out ready to board the van to the insane asylum. I was certain I could do this. I had heard rumors of beer being served at Chuck E. Cheese's. We went to the one location that didn't serve beer.  WTF. Shockingly, we made it out unscathed sans any meltdowns and picked up a six pack on the way home. Kareem graduated on Sunday. And then he left for Arizona the very next day. We turned … [Read more...]

On the day you were born

On the day you were born.

This is not a sappy birth story. I'm not "that" kind of mama. However, its a quite entertaining one.  I ate a chicken salad sandwich at McAllister's before we went to the hospital that evening. It was really good. Their chicken salad sandwiches are always my favorite. As we were checking in at the hospital, your father pointed out a girl he had once dated among the framed photographs of all the doctors in the Labor & Delivery unit. Nice, Grunt Labor. Real nice.  I explained to the guy who was checking us in that your father doesn't … [Read more...]

When it doubt, use all the colors.

Vintage Paper Sorter Makeover - Those colors!

About a month ago, I drug the kid and Bill out of bed early one Saturday morning to go yard saleing. They hate love it when I do that. ;) I decided to be nice for once and give Grunt Labor the Saturday morning off. He usually gives me Saturday mornings off, so it was long overdue.  Before leaving the neighborhood, we had lucked up on a bamboo patio table for a whopping $2 and a 5x7 leopard print rug for only $5. Luck was on my side that day.  It quickly ended when there was a meltdown with the kid when I refused to buy a creepy $7 … [Read more...]

Semi-DIY Party Decorations

Such a great idea! Save yourself time by getting store bought party decorations, but then customizing them with items that fit your party theme! Birthday Party Decorations

Did you ever watch that television show, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee? I'm not even sure that its still on anymore, and I only watched it a few times but what I loved most about it was that she always made a great cocktail during the show, oh and that some of the actual food was already made. But mostly that she always had a cocktail. I worked on discovering my inner Sandra Lee with these semi-DIY party decorations for the circus' upcoming third birthday party. The circus even helped me with them. Which explains why cocktails were … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #9

Circus and Nixon

Our big event this week was the circus' year end program at pre-school. We were really hoping our red-shirting her was going to pay off this year (we kept her in the 2 year old class for 2 years). For every other program, she has stood there and done nothing. Except for the one time she saw me as soon as she walked out and came and sat down with me instead of doing anything. Seriously? This whole week her teachers kept telling me how the kid was the star of the show. She was movin' and groovin' during every rehearsal, even with the big … [Read more...]

9+ Must Read Cleaning Tips

Had NO CLUE on most of these! Must Read Cleaning Tips

If we're being honest, and since I'm always honest with you, my house is not clean right now. Its not clean at all.  May is a whirlwind of events for us and cleaning is not one of those events that tends to take place during the month. Until there is a mad dash next Friday to clean right before the kid's birthday party so that our guests don't turn and run screaming out the door... I can hear the circus talking to her therapist in ten years, "Everyone showed up for my birthday party that year, but then made a beeline for the door when they … [Read more...]

3 Easy Ways to Update Your Furniture Hardware

3 Really Simple and Cheap Ways to Update Furniture Hardware without paying a fortune for new pulls and knobs!

I'm the farthest thing from a tree hugger you'll ever meet. You already knew that didn't you?  But I do like to re-use and recycle things. I'm just cheap, really.  My favorite thing to re-use is furniture hardware. This is for two reasons. 1. I don't want to spend money on new, expensive hardware. See, cheap? 2. I don't want to have to potentially drill holes for new hardware. Ok, I'm lazy too.  These are my three favorite ways to update furniture hardware while doing as little as possible and spending as little as possible. 'Cause … [Read more...]

DIY Flamingo Sprinkler

This is so fun and quirky! Super affordable too! DIY Flamingo Sprinkler

I have a thing. For pink plastic flamingos.  Some consider them tacky. I consider them fun. And the perfect symbol of summer. Since I have a deep love for this plastic being, Grunt Labor decided we should make a pink flamingo sprinkler. We did.  But the really cool thing about it is that its not only a sprinkler, but also feeds your plants at the same time. World rocked.  Isn't that just the most fun sprinkler you ever did see? I thought you would agree.  To make your own sprinkler & plant feeder, you will need: Plastic … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #8

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In honor of Mama's day on Sunday, I felt the need to honor all the moms out there. Well, all the moms like me trying to actually be a decent mom, even though you have no clue what the hell you are doing.  Anyone else? source source source source source Also, you'll want to read this article from In the Powder Room. Happy Mama's Day, Y'all.  You know you don't wanna miss any of this crazy. Sign up to get my posts delivered to your inbox here. Stalk Me Here: Bloglovin / Pinterest / Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / Instagram … [Read more...]

The Perfect Navy Paint

Look no more! Not only is this the perfect shade of navy, its also the perfect paint - no priming or topcoat required! The Perfect Navy Paint

The part-time child, Bill, and I have formed a sort of business partnership. I find furniture for him to paint. He paints it. I write about it. We sell it. I get my initial investment back and he keeps the profit for his labor. When I first presented this idea to him, he was ecstatic and couldn't wait to jump on the two end tables that I had already picked up. I even let him pick out the color, which in my opinion is the perfect navy paint... But then something happened. I brought one of the finished tables upstairs to photograph. And … [Read more...]

How to Clean Concrete Blocks

Wow! Gotta check this cleaning method out! How to Clean Concrete Blocks

Typically, I leave the outdoor arena to Grunt Labor. He is amazing at growing flowers. He loves to keep the grass looking good. He puts his heart and soul into our garden. He's currently working on building a new patio. However, cleaning outdoors isn't necessarily his thing.  That's usually left to me - and that's ok - especially when its as easy as it was to clean these concrete blocks. Just before you go into our garage, we have a retaining wall full of these concrete blocks.. And up until just a few days ago, they all looked like … [Read more...]

Shocking I know, but…

Cooking with Blue Apron

**Don't miss the giveaway at the end!** I cook. I know.  I know what you are thinking - never once have I posted a recipe on this blog. You're right.  You know I know how to drink. But yes, I can also cook. And I'm not too shabby at it.  Here's the thing though. For the last, oh, say, three months, I've had no desire to cook. At all.  My answer to "What's for dinner?" in the last three months has been, "Ummmm....frozen chicken sandwiches?" Said with a tired smile on my face in hopes they'll let me get away with it.  They … [Read more...]