DIY Headband Holder for $5

DIY Headband Holder - Full tutorial on how to make this cute addition to a little girl's room for only $5. No sewing required!

Remember our Aunt Rochelle? The aunt that you wanted for yourself? The one who sends the circus ensembles complete with matching shirts, pants, dresses, cardigans and even sunglasses. Well, that amazing Aunt Rochelle, she also sends headbands to match every single outfit she's ever bought for the circus. She's pretty much any little fashionista's dream.  She is 100% the reason why the kid wins best dressed at preschool every year. Well, there really isn't an award for that, but if there was, she'd have it in the bag.  While the circus … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday


I'm walking with a limp. Apparently, when you turn 30, you don't just get to have one possibly cancerous growth taken off your body, but you get two taken off. And one was on my foot. The bottom of my freaking foot. Specifically my heel. Which is needed in good condition to walk properly. This all occurred just days before we go to Nashville for the weekend with friends. If you see someone with a gangsta swag going down Broadway, its me. Only I have no idea how to look gangsta. Or make a limp look like a swag. Maybe I can turn it into … [Read more...]

It’s hip to be geometric.

Easy DIY Geometric Table Design - gives full tutorial to make the design. No measuring required - a really simple design!

I don't consider myself a hip person. I'm sure others don't either. That's cool. I think this table makeover should increase my hip level a tad bit though. Because its hip to be square geometric. Especially when it looks this good and is so easy to do... How could one not be just a little bit hip when they just made this awesome table with a simple geometric design? I'm glad you agree.  Here's where we started: See, she was once on the opposite end of hip. To achieve her new level of hipness, I used:  150 Grit … [Read more...]

Own You

Own You.

A year ago I wrote a post about Flying Your Own Freak Flag. I put it all out there. I owned up to every one of my imperfections. I aired all my dirty laundry. And then I embraced it all. And that's what I want you to do too. Almost two weeks ago, I went to Haven Conference. While there, I paraded around in my Hee Haw Yacht Club t-shirt. And my Stones t-shirt. With a blazer and holey jeans. I'm sure that broke a fashion rule or two. My mouth spewed forth obscenities. I bought my own cheap beer to store in my room for the … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #18

True Southerner

Thank you. Thank you so so very much for your sweet comments on my #NoogaStrong post. I started to reply to all the comments, but couldn't stop crying. Thank you for being my people.  ------ They say that you are a true southerner if you know where you will be buried when you die. Well, last weekend I got a text from my uncle saying that marijuana plants had been found at our family cemetery. Apparently, I'm going to be buried next to pot, y'all. When I die and you come to visit me, you can have a party at the same time. That's a … [Read more...]

The View from the Floor + Giveaway

Yellow and White Striped Painted Ceiling Design • Circus Tent Ceiling Design • Painted Ceiling Designs • Tips for Painting Ceilings

Sometimes I lay on the floor. For no good reason at all. Sometimes I close my eyes. And daydream. Sometimes I stare at the despicable popcorn ceiling and try to find the strength to remove it. I usually decide I'll pay someone to do that before I scrape ceilings again.  Sometimes I just ponder life's mysteries. Either way, the ceiling is usually ugly. And most of the time, my wondering leads me down a rabbit hole of painted ceiling designs. via Should I go for a bold, yet classic black? via Or an un-expected punch of purple? I … [Read more...]

When everything to say has already been said, you say it again.

Nooga Strong

Last Thursday, in a hotel room, two hours south of home at a conference, I got a text. Chattanooga was on the national news. That's where I call home. I scrambled to open my laptop and pull up live streaming of a local news station. Someone had opened fire on two military sites. An officer was injured. Multiple other victims had been taken to the hospital. The hospital was on lockdown. And at that time, the status of the shooter was still thought to be active. All these events took place less than 20 minutes from my home. Where my … [Read more...]

Don’t forget to tip your hat to Hank.

Things to do in Nashville TN • Nashville Attractions • Fun things to do in Nashville • Nashville Tourism • Nashville TN Attractions

I remember being about four or five years old, in the kitchen with my Grannie one day, when we heard country music and line dancing start playing on TNN. All biscuit making halted. She swept me into her arms. Carried me into the den. And we did our own version of line dancing right then and there in front of that tv. She knew the song. She knew the steps. And she held me as we danced. And in those moments, my love affair with country music began. From Loretta & Conway to Garth & Trisha, I love them all. Furthermore, I firmly … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #17

Beer in Fridge

I was elected president of a random guy's Cool Club. Yep, I'm pretty much awesome.  As I was paying for my cheap beer at the grocery store the other day, the man behind me asked if I was the one drinking the champagne of beers. You better believe it. I told him that most of my friends made fun of me, but it really is my favorite. He agreed. Then I told him I was in town for a conference and stocking up on my champagne of beers because I was sure the hotel wouldn't have it. That's when he deemed me the president of his cool club.  It … [Read more...]

DIY Confetti Tray

DIY Confetti Tray / Make your own confetti tray in under an hour.

If you didn't know this already, let me tell you now. I screw up projects all the time. All. The. Time. Seriously, like out of 10 project ideas, maybe 3 or 4 actually become what I had envisioned in my head. The failures go into a scrap pile. Waiting for when they can be made into something awesome. Except for those tassels I tried to make out of clothesline. Those went straight to the trash because they looked like ramen noodles hanging from my lamps.  I'm not even kidding. Straight up ramen noodles, except thicker. The beginnings of … [Read more...]

Sparkly Horses Birthday Party

DIY Birthday Party Hats / DIY Party Decor / Horse Birthday Party

Every year around the end of April, I feel the need to start drinking a tad bit more. Because a birthday party is on the horizon. And that means lots of planning. And organizing. And making. All in a specific timeframe. And I've never been good at any of that stuff all together at once. Thus, why the sparkly horse birthday party was two months ago and you are just now hearing about it. I needed time to recuperate. While many stuffed animals come and go around here, the horses never leave. The circus has an unwavering love for … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #16

Man Riding a Cow

If you were wondering if its possible to ride a cow, wonder no longer. You can ride a cow. This man did it with not only perfect poise, but also with coordinated hats for both cow and rider. By far, it was my favorite part of my hometown's 4th of July parade last Saturday. Also, I have a new favorite song. Its called Summers Like That by Karyn Rochelle. If you are a girl who grew up loving country music in the 90's and 2000's, then you will love this song. Essentially, its a song about all the great songs of summer. Think Maybe it was … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Daybed

DIY Outdoor Daybed / Simple Build / Make it for $200 or less

*Affiliate links may be contained in this post. Remember how I made over my screened-in porch last year? For the second year in a row? Well, its gotten more changes this year too. I never intended to change it any. But we built a patio. And the patio got custody of the chaise lounge. And that meant I had no where to lay down and relax in the porch like I did before. Even though that only happens a few times during the year. When Furniture Medic challenged me to build an outdoor furniture project, I happily accepted and knew exactly what … [Read more...]

To paint or not to paint. That is the question. {Colored Trim}

Black Painted Trim

I have waited four years for this. Four long years. I have waited four years to ditch our ugly, old school, squeaky sliding glass door. Ok, I know its really not as dramatic of a situation as I'm making it sound. But I'm a big fan of emphasizing matters... It wasn't terrible, but it was so heavy and did I mention squeaky? Think nails on a chalkboard squeaky. Nope, I'm not kidding. Now, we have this: I know. Its not exactly what you were expecting. Well, that's because I can't decide what to do with the space. As my former … [Read more...]

How To Get a Yard Full of Beautiful Hydrangeas

How to Get a Yard Full of Beautiful Hydrangeas

**I would love it if you popped over to the HomeRight site and voted for my DIY Dress Up Closet from an IKEA bookcase! Pretty, please? Vote HERE, and you'll be entered to win your own paint sprayer and other goodies!** Once. A long time ago. I was thumbing through an issue of Southern Living. And I happened upon the most beautiful image of a yard full of gorgeous hydrangeas - my most favorite flower in the entire world. I told Grunt Labor, "You know, if my yard looked like that, I don't think I'd ever leave it." But I had tried … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #15


It doesn't happen often around here, but I need to get political. I need your vote. For my IKEA Billy Bookcase turned Dress-Up Closet. IKEA Billy Bookcase turned Dress-Up Closet Tutorial Pretty, please? Vote here! You can vote once per day through July 15th. Bonus - when you vote, you are entered to win a HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer, Rapid Clean and a Spray Shelter. Pretty sweet, huh? And if you do want my opinion on all the things going on in our country right now, I'll give it to you. In fact, I think I have the ultimate … [Read more...]

The Bold And The Beautiful Furniture Makeovers + Giveaway

Bold and Beautiful Furniture Makeovers / Colorful Furniture Makeovers / Easy Furniture Makeovers

**I would love it if you popped over to the HomeRight site and voted for my DIY Dress Up Closet from an IKEA bookcase! Pretty, please? Vote HERE, but come back for a giveaway!** Yes, I did try to make that title sound like a soap opera on purpose. Why? Because these furniture makeovers deserve a title that is just as dramatic as they are. Because they are bold and beautiful. The Bold and The Beautiful Furniture Makeovers Add a punch of color to your headboard. Of course its no surprise that I would be quite smitten with that kelly … [Read more...]

DIY Sunglasses Holder for $5

DIY Sunglasses Holder for $5

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 circus. Each ensemble is complete with a top, pants, cardigan, usually a skirt, socks, matching beret, and my favorite - matching … [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

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

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 spirits.  So I started hunting for something to … [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


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 birthday happened. Suddenly, it was as if … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #13


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...]