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Sunday, March 29, 2015

2 Simple Ideas for Easy Easter Entertaining

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Good morning and happy Sunday! Can you believe we are one week away from Easter? Um, where did March go?!?

Today I am here with 2 simple ideas to help you with your Easter gathering. These are semi-homemade, super-inexpensive and sure-to-please. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

{Preppy Eclectic} Big Boy Room Reveal

Y'all. I am SO excited that Boy Mom Madness is finally here! 

To recap, Boy Mom Madness is something I started working on before the holidays and I can't wait for you to be COMPLETELY inspired! Seriously, if you are a boy mom you are going to be rocked this week because 15 bloggers with 36 boys will be weighing in on what makes their boy mom world tick. And if you are a girl mom, that's cool too because everything you see will rock anyone's world!  Be sure to click on the links below to see all of the other rooms!

Today I am sharing Mr. Big Stuff's (MBS) room. MBS is our threenager and he makes our family awesome. He makes me laugh out loud at least once a day, but actually usually more like ten. I honestly am a terrible blogger seeing as how I technically pulled this room together about a year ago before the baby was born. Along the way, I shared many of the DIYs but as I was putting this Boy-Mom Madness campaign together, it occurred to me that I have never actually shared the whole room in one post.

OK. I am feeling kind of wordy so I guess I better get on with the show!

preppy eclectic big boy toddler room

Obviously I finished this room before I defined my official "Preppy Eclectic" style, but I'd say it pretty much fits perfectly. So, we will call it the Preppy Eclectic Big Boy Room. :) Sound good?!? 

And without further ado, here we go! 

                            preppy eclectic big boy toddler room

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boy-Mom Madness=> Week Long Celebration of "All Things Boys"

We are watching the Carolina game right now and figured I would write this post to distract me. I. cannot. take. this. stress. !!!!


To say I am exited is an understatement. 

Next week is going to be a blast! Because it is BOY-MOM MADNESS!

We are all familiar with March Madness, but have you ever heard of Boy-Mom Madness? OK, probably not because I made it up, but trust me, it's going to be BLAST! 

So you are probably asking yourself "what in the world is Boy-Mom Madness?"

So glad you asked! 

15 Boy-Mom Home/DIY bloggers have partnered up to celebrate all things "Boy-Mom". Like me, these bloggers are the Queen Bees of their household and together we represent a whopping 36 boys in our brood. 


I will sit back while you imagine a room full of 36 little guys. 

That's a whole lot of dirt, noise and sweetness! 

We will be kicking things off Monday and for the entire week, we will be blogging all things "boy-mom" with a theme each day. 

Pretty Preppy Party March Features

Happy Thursday! Thanks for your words of encouragement about the One Room Challenge announcement yesterday. I guess now that I have officially announced it, I am on the hook to do it!! Ha, I guess that is one advantage of this blog, it makes me accountable to GET STUFF DONE! But, the pressure is on! 

Alrighty,  we had a GREAT turn out this month for the Pretty Preppy Party and I loved going through all of the posted links. It was hard to choose my favorites but here are a couple that really caught my eye:

This darling green twin bed makoever started out as a side of the road find over at Heathered Nest. You know I cannot resist a side of the road makeover. And I am also a fan of green furniture for little ones.
I pretty much adore this room. 

This cute stencil art over at Bre Purposed. This is seriously a DIY anyone could do as it requires very little DIY skills and supplies. 

Y'all. This is just genius. Do you have any windows without panes? Well Seeking Lavender Lane used WHITE ELECTRICAL TAPE to add panes to her boring windows. You know I am a sucker for using electrical tape, and could not believe this transformation! 

That's all for today. I will be back with another exciting announcement tomorrow. Stay tuned!!!!!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Exciting Announcement! One Room Challenge Participant

Y'all. I am so excited to share some news with you. The master bedroom is about to get whipped into shape. 

I will wait while you give me a virtual high five! 

While I love piddling with crafts and small projects, doing an entire room gets me beyond giddy. Stay-awake-at-night-dreaming-about-the-possibilities giddy. Pin-until-my-finger-hurts giddy. Wrap-myself-in-fabric giddy.

Oh, and did I mention it's going to happen over a six week period? Say what? Why the tight timeline you ask? 

Our master bedroom was listed as one of my MUST DO's for 2015 and I am so super excited to be participating in the  Calling it Home's One Room Challenge to give this room a makeover.

As a reminder, here is what our master bedroom started as.
It's not offensive, but it sure isn't anything special. 

For anyone that isn't familiar, the One Room Challenge, also known as ORC is a 6 week program that follows along with interior designers for six weeks on the makeover of - you guessed it - one room.  

But here is the fun part- wanna be decorators (yes, that's me) can play along too! Each week, we will be linking up so everyone can follow along on the progress. Y'all, this is like a virtual HGTV makeover show. Except it happens in the rooms of every day people doing their every day spaces. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Magic Garden Gift in a Jar

Hey hey hey! I hope the "magic" garden post yesterday inspired you to do something similar with your little ones. 

If so, why not share the love with your friends and neighbors? Today I am going to show you how I shared some spring magic with this inexpensive "Magic Garden Gift in a Jar".

Easter Gift in a Jar

To make a Magic Garden Gift in a Jar, I just rummaged through the recycling bin to find some glass jars. I was able to find three different jars and went to town creating a some magic to share with our neighbors.  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Magic Jelly Bean & Dum Dum Lollipop Garden

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was super fun! If you follow me on Instagram, you already know we had some spring fun around here creating a magic garden. 

Magic Jelly Bean & Dum Dum Lollipop Garden

This fun and simple idea is 100% spring and 100% guaranteed to make your little ones smile. Because anything that involves "magic" jelly beans, Dum-Dum Lollipops and digging in the dirt gets a high five around here!

I was SO excited when the Spangler company- the makers of Dum Dum Lollipops- contacted me about creating a Magic Garden for their "Magic of Spring" campaign.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Udder Madness Chair Makeover

Woo-to-the-hoo it's Friday y'all. As painful as the daylight savings time change was to muddle through, I am absolutely loving these longer days. That mixed with the warmer temps has kept us outside all week. I almost forgot what it felt like to play outside and it has me super excited for our spring and summer adventures. 

OK, so I've said it before and I'll say it again. Paint is a powerful thing. Today I am here to show you a before and after that involves paint and some pretty fun fabric. 

I have to admit, I am sort of in LOVE with this project! You will either love it or think I have lost my mind, and that's cool. Because I know faux cow print is not for everyone. 

Actually, I didn't even realize it was for me. Until now.

But it is. 

In fact, I'm wondering where it has been all my life! Doesn't it look moo-velous?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party {March}

Hi there! Sorry I have been MIA this week. know...happens. But it has actually been a great week with the good kind of busy! Oh, and I turned 35 on Monday. Still not sure how that happened. But it did. And you know what? 
It doesn't feel any different than being 34.  Phew. :)

Alright, now let's get on with our March Pretty Preppy Party. 
Show me the goods y'all!

Pretty Preppy Party Blog Linky Party | 11 Magnolia Lane  

Here is what your hostesses have been up to:

This month at 11 Magnolia Lane Amy showed her full home tour. This sassy and classy entry way is just the beginning! #shutthefrontdoor
11 Magnolia Lane

Heather at Southern State of Mind gave her style an official identity. After thinking long and hard- it officially has been named "Preppy Eclectic". Read about her Preppy Eclectic style- mixing traditional interiors with pops of the unexpected and why she believes the "charm is in the mix of it."  
Heather @ Southern State of Mind

This past month, Brett over at Being Bianca shared her little boy's "big boy" room reveal with us. (Just in time, actually, since she's expecting baby #2 later this spring!) This space is full of DIY projects and tons of great ideas to make the use of your budget. 
Big Boy Room Reveal  
Brett @ Being Bianca

Sarah revealed her guest bedroom that was 58 weeks in the making. And no, that is not a typo! Definitely worth the wait though- it's beautiful! Read all about it here. 
Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street

Julie is back this month with her seasonal shelves styled for Spring, along with a chalkboard reminder that's appropriate for any day of the year!  Click here to see more and to download the free chalkboard printable!

 Julie @ Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Now it's your turn, feel free to link up any preppy projects! You only need to link up via one blog and your post will show up on all five blogs. We can't wait to see what you have been up to. Please be sure to include a backlink to the party in your post somewhere as we can't feature your project without one. 

Not a blogger? No problem! Just post a photo on Instagram, be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag ‪#‎prettypreppyparty‬ so we can see your preppy goodness!

- Link to your specific post, not your home page.
- Your project must be pretty and preppy! If it doesn’t fit this category, it will be removed.
- Please link back to one of the hosts in your post. Only those with a link will be considered for a feature! Use the button below, or a text link.
– Be inspired! Visit and comment on other links in the party.

Grab a Button:
11 Magnolia Lane
Each hostess will pin our features to our Pretty Preppy Party Pinterest board each month, so make sure you’re following along to see the best projects and inspiration! Let’s see those Pretty & Preppy projects: