Patriotic Summer Beach House Decor

Holiday decorating is a family tradition that everyone can enjoy. Thanks to my partnership with Oriental Trading, I was able to transform my home into a special Patriotic Summer Beach House to celebrate the summer holidays!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

If you follow along here, or on Facebook, you probably already know that I’m obsessed with decorating for the holidays. Inarguably, Christmas is my favorite (I am actually an elf in mommy clothing after all), but I don’t discriminate against the other holidays. Whether it be Halloween, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, or really any other holiday, I’m always down for making the house fun for the kids, and for me if we’re being honest!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

Patriotic Summer Beach House Decor

Although Christmas is my favorite, summertime decorating is a total win all around; a lazy busy mom’s decorating dream come true so to speak. Why, you ask? Because what’s better than THREE patriotic holidays in a row? That’s right, one set of decorations, a one-time set up, and BAM…you’re done decorating for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day…just like that!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

Red, white, and blue everything…all summer long. From Patriotic Hanging Lanterns lined neatly (hello OCD) in your beach den with tiki bar, of course…

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

To Patriotic Windsock String Lights lighting the way on entryways throughout your home, you really can’t go wrong!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

This year, I went with an American theme and I’m glad I did because this heavy-duty Cloth Americana Bunting and matching Cloth Vintage Pillar Buntings have really been standing up well to these crazy storms we’ve been having in Galveston so far this summer. Seriously….so much wind and rain, it’s insane!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

Although I do primarily do all of my holiday decorating for my kids (and me), I really want anyone that stops by to feel welcome, so a patriotic welcome sign (or any other welcome sign) should always be on every home door…all the time. That’s my tip for the day; you’re welcome!

Celebrate summer when you transform your home into a Patriotic Summer Beach House so you enjoy Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day the festive way!

It’s not too late to decorate for your patriotic summer! The 4th of July is right around the corner and we still have Labor Day. Oriental Trading has everything you need at affordable prices with quick shipping. Your kids will thank you and you’ll enjoy knowing you don’t have to decorate again until Halloween. Show everyone how proud you are to be an American with your Patriotic Summer Beach House Decor. It doesn’t take a long time or a lot of money, and it’s SO. MUCH. FUN!

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?

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.

never underestimate the power of a good deed

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 someone heard me cry in the bathroom after that phone call. Someone knew that I didn’t even have a tree. Someone KNEW that my heart needed to enjoy my favorite time of the year, despite my circumstances. Someone, her name was Julie, changed my life that year, in 1988, and I’ve dedicated my life ever since to paying it forward.

Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Deed

I walked into my office that next morning, sat down at my desk, and there was an envelope just staring at me, with my name on it. I opened it. I read words that warmed me like maybe no other words ever have. I cried.

$50. A cool $50 and a simple note. Doesn’t seem like much, right? Change in your pocket. So wrong.

So, so wrong.

Those words…everyone deserves a Merry Christmas…forever changed my life. And it’s changed the lives of many others since.

You see, that Christmas, that year, I was ready to throw in the towel. I didn’t want to bring a child into a cruel world that didn’t understand how much I loved this season…how much I loved humanity. I thought bad things, alone and pregnant in my little apartment that week. I wasn’t sure if I could go on…or not. I wasn’t sure if that baby girl had a future with a mom like me. That note, that kind and thoughtful note, changed my entire life and the life of my unborn baby girl.

I went out that very night and bought a tree, a fake one that didn’t make me sneeze, and blue ribbon with pink bows because at the time, I didn’t know if she was a boy or a girl. I decorated my tree. I cried, I laughed, I rejoiced in life, and in the season. I was excited for the first time in a long time. Julie, little did she know, changed (possibly saved?) our lives.

still believe in the magic of christmas

With a kind note, $50, and love in her heart, she saved our lives and made me love Christmas again. Thank you, Julie, wherever you are. I still have your note. I still read your note. That note meant so much more than the money you tossed my way, so much more than that blue and pink Christmas tree that year, so much more than you’ll ever know.

NEVER underestimate the power of a good deed. Someone, somewhere, might still be fueling their Christmas spirit, their entire life in fact, off of that one good deed nearly 30 years later.

I often think of Julie. I often hope that her life turned out as good as mine. I’m pretty sure it did. Today, I’m glad that I don’t have to worry about how I’ll afford a tree; how I’ll provide for my children. I’m in a better place. I thank the Julies in my life for putting me here and I’m determined to constantly pay it forward because I learned in 1988 that a simple kind deed can change someone’s life.

My life is better now, Julie, thank you. I hope you’re living the good life too; you earned it many years ago, whether you know it or not!

PS – Julie, I never told a soul back then, but I’m telling everyone now because they really need to know. Everyone needs to know. Your “simple” gesture way back then is too powerful to conceal anymore!