DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

Just so you know, I did receive product from Oriental Trading Company to facilitate this Mardi Gras home makeover, but I promise I'd be sharing our DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor as I do every year, regardless. As always, all opinions are entirely my own. As soon as you walk in my front door at this time of year, you know that we're approaching the Mardi Gras Celebration! Every nook and cranny is adorned in DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor so that our house dazzles in the traditional colors of purple, green, and gold. It's a little gaudy, it might even be a bit over the top, but it sure is a whole lot of fun, and we love it! From masks, to beads, to archways, and more, if you're looking to decorate your home to celebrate this year, it's way more affordable than you might think! Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and I couldn't be more excited. Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, has a moveable date that occurs on any Tuesday between February 3rd and March 9th. It's … [Read more...]

Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Deed

Never underestimate the power of a good deed, especially during the holidays. You never know whose life you'll change forever. My life was forever changed thanks to a good deed back in Christmastime of 1988. It was Christmas time and I was a 21-year-old expectant mother of my first child. It should have been an exciting time. I should have been full of wonderment and joy. I was full of fear, and I was alone. My then (sorry I ever met him except for the fact that he gave me my first two true loves) husband got locked up for a DUI, again. I had just started a new job. I really didn't know anyone there and I surely didn't share my insane personal life with them. My mom had called, after hearing of the news. I was at work, at my new job. I did my best to be quiet. No, mom, I don't need anything. I'll be fine. He'll be out in a few days. I'm fine. I'm totally fine. Yes, I know it's Christmas, but I've got this! No one heard, it was cool; I was fine. But apparently, someone heard and … [Read more...]

I Still Believe in the Magic of Christmas

Do you still believe in the magic of Christmas? If you're like me, you'll want to turn your beach house into a Winter Wonderland with affordable decor from Oriental Trading. Just so you know, I did receive free and festive decor to facilitate this post, but all opinions and photos are completely my own. Do you remember when Christmas was magical? You woke up on Christmas morning when you were ten (or younger if some jack wad ruined it for you before then) and all in the world was right? There was a Muppet Drum Set (the EXACT ONE you wanted...the ONE you asked Santa for) sitting under your tree, just waiting for you to make beautiful music (and drive your family insane). You'd asked Santa, he listened, and you were happier in that moment than you had ever been in your whole life, and possibly happier than you'd ever be again. THAT is magic; that is the magic of Christmas. Let me let you in on a little secret: I still believe in the magic of Christmas. The exact minute I realize … [Read more...]

Beach House to Haunted House for Halloween

Learn how to transform your beach house into a haunted house for Halloween with affordable decor from Oriental Trading. Just so you know, I did receive free and freaky decor to facilitate this post, but all opinions and photos are completely my own. Beach House to Haunted House on a Budget Halloween is my second favorite holiday, coming in as a very close second to Christmas of course. Since Bubby is basically a Halloween baby, we like to "do it up" around here and we tend to start early. Our house is full of beach decor in hues of blue and green so it's kind of tricky to give it that scary feel that we want for the month of October. But with the help of affordable Halloween Decor from Oriental Trading, we can easily transform our beach house into a Haunted House for Halloween! Reapers, and skeletons, and spiders...oh my! With just a few simple touches, you don't have to makeover your house for Halloween, just creep it up a bit! Solo Man is by far Bubby's favorite Halloween … [Read more...]

A Family Beach Day, A Day in Photos

A family beach day is so cleansing to the soul. Sometimes, words aren't necessary when the photos tell their own story. This is one of those occasions, and I'll enjoy this photo journal for years to come! Random thoughts from a mom after a day at the beach. Sometimes, just letting them enjoy each other's space is enough. And most of the time, just letting them be them...well, it's enjoyable for both of you. I dig his style! Bubbles! What's a beach day without bubbles? What's any good day without bubbles, actually? A day without bubbles is like a day without a beach ninja. I mean, it's not even really a day, is it? The only sad part of the day is when you look through the lens and realize they might be growing up too fast. It all goes by too fast. Until... You realize that one of them is looking back at you, from inside of a sand hole, enjoying life like only a small child can, and you realize that there are still many years of joy, and frustration, to come. Be still … [Read more...]

Make Family Memories in Your Own Back Yard

Stop spending all of your money thrill seeking at amusement and water parks. The best family memories are made in your own back yard and Backyard Ocean has you covered with their Float to Fill Ring Pools. Note that I did receive this product to give to my extremely precious granddaughter in exchange for my honest opinions, and memories none of us will ever forget. Children are actually very simple to please, before we teach them otherwise that is. I think we often forget that in our quest to keep up with the Jones. That Jones family that has all that great stuff and goes on lavish vacations? They aren't happier than you. They are just maxed out on credit cards, and quite honestly, they're probably trying to keep up with you too. Toss all of that aside, stop spending copious amounts of money on amusement parks and water parks (that probably stress you out anyway...wait, that's not just me, right?), and make affordable and fun family memories in your own back yard! Your kids, and your … [Read more...]