Southern State of Mind

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Our Family Garden

Happy Tuesday! Hope your week is going great.  Gotta love a short week that ends with a bang, right?

Today I am sharing our family garden. When our oldest, Parker, was baptized, the pastor told us that the meaning of his name was the keeper of parks. He has definitely lived up to his name as he would pretty much live outdoors if we let him. He absolutely loves digging for worms, playing in the dirt, pretty much anything having to do with being outside.

I've had fun putting this little area of the yard together with him. In true fashion, I didn't spend any money and we had fun getting creative on ways to make a garden using organic materials. 

Since we've enjoyed our garden so much, I thought I would share a couple ideas with you so you can start one with your family too! 



First up, every family garden needs an official sign. On one of our walks, I grabbed this piece of wood from a neighbors trash pile. When we got home I wrote  "Our Garden" on it with regular orange acrylic paint. This took all of 3 minutes but really makes the garden feel complete. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Wave Your Flag - Our New Neighborhood Tradition

Happy happy Monday! I hope your weekend was full of SUmMer!!! We were having a MAJOR heat wave here in the south but this weekend it finally cooled off a little. We did manage to log lots of pool hours and the best part is that the boy started swimming without floaties! It's so fun when things start to click with the kiddos isn't it?

With July 4th only days away, today I am sharing a long time dream of mine that I recently made happen. Now, I realize most people dream of world peace or winning the lottery. 

But I have weird dreams.

This particular dream was that our entire street wave an American flag at their mailbox to celebrate America during Fourth of July.  

It all started 5 years ago when we first moved back to Atlanta- it was the last week of June. A dear friend of mine and I met up to go walking and her entire neighborhood had these darling little flags at every mailbox. I was smitten. Turns out this was a (brilliant) ploy from a real estate agent who also conveniently attached her business card to each flag she put out. (details, details)

Fast forward five years. One of the things on our Family Summer Adventure List was to plan a neighborhood parade and I figured the homes needed to be festive too! I purchased 29 medium size American Flags from the Dollar Tree. 


American Flag Neighborhood Tradition

Fortunately, we live in a very small neighborhood so this was affordable. The boy and I went for a walk one night after dinner and stuck a flag at each mailbox on our street. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

June Pretty Preppy Party Features- DIY Art Inspiration

Happy Friday! Time for features from the Pretty Preppy Party! I know I've said it before and I'll say it again.

There is just so much inspiration out there. I loved looking through all of your link ups and was especially drawn to a couple... and they all had to do with DIY art. 

One of the questions I am most asked is where I get my art. Specifically, people seem to love the Atlanta Subway art I created years ago. It's funny because when I made it, we hadn't even moved into the house we live in now, and I wasn't sure if it was something we would even be able to use. It has been around for 5 years and I still love it.

Another DIY art I created was the Octopus Triptych. I knew I wanted it but didn't want to spend the $$ to purchase it, so as usual I figured out a way to make it for about $60 framed. 

Art is such a personal thing but I do believe no matter your taste, there is a way to add art to your home without spending much.

So today it's all about inexpensive DIY art. 

First up-
Brenna at Domestic Charm showed us how she framed colorful Lilly Pulitzer bags.  This is a really fun idea and really could be done using wrapping paper or scrapbook paper. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

When Your Baby Turns One

Today is baby boy's first birthday. How on earth is this possible? 

Has it really been a year since we first met this little guy?



Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Home Tour {2015}

Hi friends! And surprise, I'm ba---aaaack! We were actually in Hilton Head, South Carolina last week. I absolutely adore the low-country and can't wait to tell you all about it. We had a great time and I will be reporting our adventures once I get the beach gear stowed and laundry pile sorted.

Since it is now "officially" summer, I figured it was time for the seasonal house tour.  And summer to me automatically means beach so there is a hefty dose of coastal touches. 

Well, come on in! 

As you know, the foyer recently got some loving including a navy wall, new "driftwood" dresser and stripes. Pretty much everything that makes my heart go pitter-patter. The wreath is a DIY from last time we were in Hilton Head- complete with Spanish moss and oysters. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Style Fix Friday: Get Your Red, White & Blue On

Happy Friday friends and time for another Style Fix Friday. SFS is a series where I am sharing real outfit ideas, for real people, with real budgets. This time it's all about Star Spangled Style, just in time for the Fourth of July. 

Have I ever mentioned that my second favorite holiday is Fourth of July? It is a close second only behind Thanksgiving. I just love how it's low-key, casual and festive, and usually hanging out with family and friends. If you are lucky, you are near a body of water. And if you are really lucky, there is a spread of delicious food. 



June Pretty Preppy Party

Hi everyone and welcome to the June Pretty Preppy Party! This is your chance to show off what you've been up to this month by joining in the link party. We'll each be featuring our favorite links on our blogs and social media, we can't wait to see all your pretty and preppy projects this month! Before we start the party, here's a bit of what the hostesses have been up to this month... 

The most exciting thing is that Pretty Preppy Party clan has a new little "Prepster"--A special congratulations to Brett from Being Bianca for her new baby boy! In between baby snuggles, Brett shared the room reveal of the Littlest B's preppy, nautical nursery. Check out the room and sources over here
nursery 1
Brett@Being Bianca

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer in a Vase

Well hello there and hello Monday. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Here we are already half way through the month. Oh, and have I mentioned the baby will be one next week. ONE! He is growing up so fast and my baby days are coming to an end. Cue the ugly cry. 

Last week I shared a quick tip on how to keep your cut hydrangeas from wilting. Today I am showing a quick tip on arranging grocery store flowers for summer. 

I am not a high maintenance girl. I don't regularly get manicures. I don't take a long time to get ready to go somewhere. I don't have a pricey purse collection.

But sometimes I just need flowers in the house! 


Usually I can get my flower fix with a couple bouquets from the grocery store and I love Trader Joe's selection for cheery options. 


This go round, I mixed some white hydrangeas and sunflowers. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Style Fix Friday: Get Your Romper On

Happy happy Friday friends! We are shifting gears a bit today and talking style. 

I definitely don't claim to be an expert when it comes to decorating my house. I just use things I love and enjoy the overall house tweaking experience.

The same thing goes when it comes to style. I am definitely not reading style magazines to keep up with the trends. I just buy what I like and what makes me feel good when I'm wearing it. 

With recent pregnancies and the decision to stay home full time, my wardrobe is a bit confused. Lots of items are ... Too big...Too small...Too dressy... Too frumpy... does this sound familiar? I bet many of you can relate.

I decided it really needed a shot in the arm and have been working on rotating in what fits (and that I actually like on me), getting rid of things I no longer wear and adding any missing ingredients. (Finally tackling the big issues in life, you know, like that skirt I love but have never figured out what to wear it with.) So I figured I would bring you along for the ride with the new Style Fix Friday series. Hey, what are blog friends for? My hope is to inspire you to look at your closet in a new way tomorrow morning! I sure have through this process. 

First up - the romper. I have always loved these on other people- usually petite adorable people or adorable 4 year old girls. I never thought I could pull it off, but when I found this plain black linen romper at Old Navy, I decided to give it a whirl. 


Black Romper Outfit Ideas

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How to Perk Up Wilted Hydrangeas

The kiddos and I hopped into Trader Joe's the other day. Of course I couldn't resist grabbing a couple bunches of hydrangeas. 

They just looked so pretty and summery.


How to perk up wilted hydrangeas

Here is my little helper at TJ's. 
So thankful for him. 
He is so thankful for adorable tiny shopping carts. Because we all know who is the actual boss around here. #threenager



When we got home I popped them into a vase and admired them as I did dishes that evening. 




Friday, June 5, 2015

Ferns & Flags- A Southern Summer Front Porch

Happy Friday! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? We will be pooling, boating and eating our way through the weekend. Not bad. Not bad at all! 

While we are on the subject of porches, I figured I would share my front porch with you, too. 

Ferns and Flags? Must be summer!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Back Porch Kid Zone

Hi friends! Thanks for all of the sweet feedback on the black trim in the family room. I agree that less is more and I am happy with the statement just the door frame painted black makes. #somebodystopme

As usual this week is zooming by. I don't know if it's not staring at an Outlook calendar all day anymore, but if I didn't periodically glance at my phone to check the date I would swear it was still March. 


Last week I shared our back porch spruce up with you. I love this space for our in-home date nights, and hanging with the kiddos. Today I am showing you how I created a kid-zone.