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.

From beads, to lights, to masks, to archways, and more, DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor is way more fun and affordable than you might think! [ad]

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!

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

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 always the day before Ash Wednesday, and falls precisely 46 days before Easter. For those of us who live in Galveston, it’s nothing short of a huge celebration that we look forward to each year!

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

Our latest decoration is nothing short of amazing. Pictures do not do it justice, but this 3D Bourbon Street Mardi Gras Archway that stands large and in charge in our living room over the TV is pretty freaking awesome and the perfect pièce de résistance (see how I went all French right there?) to everything else that’s going on in the house right now. This would be perfect if you’re hosting a Mardi Gras party this year because it would be great with a backdrop behind it for your guests to take fun photos in front of.

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

The decorations don’t have to be lavish, because honestly, Mardi Gras is all about the lights, the colors, the masks, and the beads; all of which are quite inexpensive and they’re the simplest way to set the mood for the occasion!

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

These backdrops we have on a few walls throughout the house are always a huge hit! I have this one behind the couch that I work from and every video meeting feels like a party because this is what everyone sees behind me. Shouldn’t every meeting feel like a party? I think, yes!

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

Our Mardi Gras DIY Dress Up Station is always a hit. This mantlepiece is fun because it’s simple to put together, it’s colorful, and if you’re having a party, your guests can just grab a mask and/or some beads and be dressed for the occasion.

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

Obviously, no self-respecting islander would let their Tiki Bar go unadorned for the celebration. Again, just some simple beads and masks turn this spot into a fun and festive place to gather.

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

It doesn’t matter where you live, it doesn’t matter if your area of the nation celebrates Mardi Gras or not. You really don’t want to miss the chance to celebrate this holiday because it’s just that fun! Make your own party, whether it just be a small gathering with your family or a big shindig with friends, it’s super easy and affordable to turn your home into a venue that just screams celebration!

If you’re still looking for DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor before Fat Tuesday rolls around, there’s still time. This year, Mardi Gras is running from 2/18 to 2/28/17. Celebrate, have fun, and enjoy the colors. If there aren’t any parades in your area, make your own! How do you Mardi Gras?

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

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!

beach house to haunted house

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!

beach house to haunted house

Solo Man is by far Bubby’s favorite Halloween decoration so he typically goes up first. The frightful banter and glowing eyes from this guy spooks passers by every evening and it’s way funnier than it should be to me!

beach house to haunted house

No haunted house would be complete without a reaper!

beach house to haunted house

This year’s new addition for our outside decor, Greta, is ready to greet all of the trick or treaters as they walk up this year.

beach house to haunted house

Making the inside of our home a little scary is always more of a struggle. I mean, there’s nothing scary about seashells, light blues and greens, and anchors, right? But with a little imagination, it’s pretty simple to change things up. Hang webs from windows and add a few spiders.

beach house to haunted house

Hang motion-activated (scary as hell) slashing bats from walkways.

beach house to haunted house

Cover antique desktops with bloody clothes and skeletons, and things start to take shape quickly!

beach house to haunted house

Placing signs and potion bottles on your tiki bar gives it a festive flair.

beach house to haunted house

And my absolute favorite, the screaming, shaking skeleton in his cage, hangs just outside my kitchen so that every time I drop, chop, or pop something, he starts chattering and cracks me up!

beach house to haunted house

Our backyard graveyard (in the jungle) is a great place for entertaining all of our ghoulish friends. Really, when it all comes down to it, it’s so simple and affordable to turn your beach house into a haunted house with the help of Oriental Trading, a few dollar store items, and after-Halloween sale items from your favorite big box store.

What do you do to boo during the month of October?

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.

family beach day

Sometimes, just letting them enjoy each other’s space is enough.

family beach day

And most of the time, just letting them be them…well, it’s enjoyable for both of you. I dig his style!

family beach dat

Bubbles! What’s a beach day without bubbles? What’s any good day without bubbles, actually?

beach family day

A day without bubbles is like a day without a beach ninja. I mean, it’s not even really a day, is it?

family beach day

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…

family beach day

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 my heart!

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And then there’s this. THIS is the beginning of a memory in the making, with a man that you adore making memories with.

beach family

It ended way worse than this, of course, but I was too busy unburying my baby (face and all) to get a photo. Sometimes, like this time, it’s not OK to just sit back and be the spectator…because…buried alive?!?!

beach family

And just when you realize you’re absent from your own online album, all of your family photos, you see that you were there all along. In their reflection. Capturing every moment. While they looked adoringly at you, and you realize you’re doing exactly what you were meant to do all along. Take care of them, love them, enjoy the moment, and capture the memories in their reflection while they reflect on the love that you give them.

In the end, that’s all that matters. The memories, their love, capturing their beauty. When you realize you’re doing what you love…while you’re watching the ones you love the most…enjoy themselves? That’s when you know you’ve made it. That’s when you know your life, your world is complete. That’s the moment you realize you’re living the life you intended, the life you’ve always wanted to live. That’s when you know love.

I know all of these things, and I’m glad my camera reminds me daily. I’ve made it. I’m happy to be in their reflections. I’m just happy. Not everyone achieves that level of success in life. I’m content that I’ve found my success from within my own little world.

Are you?