Southern State of Mind

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

16 Ways to Celebrate "No Spend-tember"

Happy happy September! I LOVE summer, but I sure do love fall too. If you are like me, summer was a whirlwind of spending money, eating out, and pretty much all things gluttonous. That's why summer is so fun! #duh

A fun summer can only mean one thing... it's time for "NO SPEND-TEMBER"!!! 
You may remember that last year I declared the month of September to be "No Spend-tember"? I am challenging myself again and encourage you to join me!

What is "No Spend-tember" you ask?

Well, it's something I made up. :)

16 ways to save money

I figure if I give it a cute name it will be way more fun! It's a challenge I give myself for the entire month of September- if it is not a necessity, I will not be buying it. 

But "No Spend-tember" isn't just about saving money. 
It is a state of mind.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

{Mom's Garden} Blue Bottle Tree

Back when I was a junior in high school my Dad came home and said he found us a new house. It was two miles away from our current house and we were going to love it. 

Um.... I didn't realize we were looking to move? 

Yep. We were going to move from a 6 year old house to a 30+ year old house. That looked 30+ years old. 

Let's just say he had vision. 

While the house needed lots of work he knew the lot was priceless. You see, it is nestled on a small lake with a beautiful view and backyard.  An oasis right smack dab in the middle of the busy city. 

They have since updated the house and now their little oasis has become a fun playground for the boys. The backyard remains the center of attention and Mom has added a couple fun yard art pieces over the years. 

I thought you would enjoy seeing her blue bottle tree.

How to Make a Bottle Tree

Dad built the "trunk" using a post hole digger and a 4x4 post.  For the "limbs" mom nailed in various rebar, stakes and nails to hold the blue bottles. 

How to Make a Bottle Tree

Mom put the word out to her friends to save their blue bottles and before she knew it, the tree had grown. 

How to Make a Bottle Tree

Bottle trees have a long and interesting background here in the south. Similar to my Haint Blue ceilings on our front porch that I shared a few years back, folklore believes they ward off evil spirits. 

How to Make a Bottle Tree

While Mom certainly isn't trying her hand at voodoo, she does love blue and this is a fun addition to the beautiful view from their porch. 

So what do you think? I am tempted to make one for our backyard but pretty sure the boys would turn it into a toy. Or a ladder. Or a baseball bat target. So I will just enjoy hers for now! 


Monday, August 31, 2015

{On the Road Again} Ponce Inlet Florida Trip Recap

Hi friends! Thanks to everyone who filled out the Reader Survey. Your feedback has been super helpful to me and I REALLY appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts. If you haven't yet- please do! It will only take a minute and it's so good to hear from you!

Whew it feels so good to be back here talking with you. I took an unexpected blog hiatus because mom, wife, daughter-in-law duties are always my first priority.  Honestly, I don't really want to get into the details right now but everyone is ok and let's just say I'm ready to get back to our routine. Oh how I've missed this little corner of the blogosphere. Missed creating and crafting and zhushing and tweaking. And then blabbing all about it to you! :)


Let's just pick up where we left off, shall we? 

As you know the boys and I were very fortunate to spend some time with my family down at the beach...22 days to be exact! It was a wonderful experience so I thought I would share some of the highlights from our trip. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

{Reader Survey} Southern State of Mind Wants to Hear From You!

Well hi there. Thanks for sticking with me over the past month! I didn't realize how chaotic summer would be... and then surprise- hubby is having back surgery next week. The good news is that a chaotic summer means lots of fun, and hubby will hopefully be on the road to recovery and out of pain soon. 

While I haven't had much time to post among the chaos, you have still been on my mind! I hope your summer has been wonderful and for those of you with kiddos I hope the back to school process hasn't been too painful. I am really excited to get back into the rhythm here and have some fun things planned for the next couple of months...

But this is where you come in.

Southern State of Mind Reader Survey

This blogging "break" has been a great time for me to step back and evaluate where I want this lil' blog to go. After attending the Haven conference my head was spinning and I have really enjoyed processing all of the fun things I learned. 

But I am missing one important piece... YOU! 
I would love to hear from you. 

What inspires you?
What do you want more of? 
What do you want less of? 


I created a nifty little SURVEY for you to share your thoughts with me. It will only take you a few minutes and your answers are anonymous. Your responses will hopefully allow me to give you more of what you want- more of what makes you coming back here! 

I've said it before and I'll say it again- thanks SO much for your support. :) This blog has become such a fun source of community and inspiration for me and I appreciate each and every one of you! 

Happy weekend! Make it fun. xoxo-

Thursday, August 20, 2015

August Pretty Preppy Party

Welcome to the Pretty Preppy Party, where we gather each month to be inspired by each other's amazing preppy projects!  As a fun surprise this month, Marty from A Stroll Thru Life is joining us as a guest hostess!

Marty recently did a fabulous makeover on her bathroom vanity and it turned out beautifully!  Be sure to click here to see how she did it and then take a look around her blog for more inspiration!

Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SSOM Featured in Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine

Good morning! I know many of you started back to school this week and I sure hope everything is going smooth for you. We are enjoying our last few days of Vitamin Sea and will be back to the real world soon. We miss the Big Sweet (hubby) but he has been holding down the fort back up in Atlanta for us- we can't wait to see him!

Today I wanted to pop in to share a fun feature that Southern State of Mind was recently published in. It's always so exciting when a project gets featured! This particular magazine was published earlier this summer and I am just now remembering to let you know.

You may recall the cow chair redo from a few months back? Well I was delighted when Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine wanted to show their readers my 5 Simple Steps to recover a dining room chair. Atlanta Home Improvement is a local magazine all about home and design and available all over Atlanta establishments. 

That's me! That's my fireplace!! :) Oh y'all, it's the little things!!!

I am so thankful for you- all of my supporters and readers. Thanks for showing up every day! I appreciate you. 

If you missed this project be sure to check it out here.

Hope the rest of your week is great!

Sunday, August 09, 2015

My State of Mind

Hi friends! How was your weekend? 

The boys and I are still at the beach and have one more week left to soak in the sun. This past weekend was extra fun because my sister joined the fun. I just don't see her enough and treasure every moment we get together. It has been a great couple of weeks and my boys really love everything about the ocean. I am amazed at how much Sweet P enjoys the sand and surf. The days have been so full and I am totally wiped out every night. (Which is definitely the sign of a day well spent.)

Y'all. I have a whole bunch of randomness goodies to share with you today.

My Dad and I have enjoyed a couple fun kayak trips since I've been here. Sister joined us over the weekend and I (of course) piled mine up with these treasures. I see a craft in my future!

I wore these shorts to the Haven conference and they were the perfect amount of dressy. And perfect amount of comfy. 
Awkward bathroom selfie alert!!!
But these shorts are on mega sale at Old Navy.
You're welcome.

Monday, August 03, 2015

10 DIY Coastal Home Decor Ideas

Good morning, good morning. Rise and shine sunshines!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We are still breathing in salt air and have been enjoying our time at the beach and visiting with family. One of the highlights of the weekend was a kayak excursion with my Dad and Sweet P- it was a fun adventure and I came home with a boatload of oyster shells and driftwood. (insert heart eye smiley emoticon)

If you've been around here long, you know by now that I love adding coastal touches to my home decor. So today I decided to round up my top ten coastal inspired projects to catch up on in case you are new around here. Or maybe you have just been at the beach yourself. #hereshoping

DIY Coastal Home Decor Ideas

Friday, July 31, 2015

{Style State of Mind} 15 Favorite Basics Under $100

Hello and happy weekend! Can you believe that Atlanta schools start back on Wednesday?!?! Yay for preschools that are holding off a few more weeks! But boo for all of the kiddos that are soaking up their last weekend of summer. 

While I am the FIRST to want to hold on to summer as long as possible,  the reality is I will be sitting in carpool in a few weeks and the temperatures will be starting to cool down. As much as I love summer and how relaxed things have been, I do look forward to getting back into a routine around the house...and wearing jeans. Can anyone relate?

This weekend isn't only the last weekend before school starts for my Atlanta peeps it's also the last weekend of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  Have you shopped it yet? Now is definitely the time to grab a a few pieces you may have had your eye on because prices hike back up on Monday. 

Today I am sharing 15 basic pieces that will be great for back to school and transitioning from summer to fall.  Having a few key staples in your closet is key to building a functional wardrobe and avoiding that feeling of never having anything to wear. For me, layering is key for the next couple months as well and these pieces really mix and match well together and give a good foundation for building outfits all season. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

{On The Road Again} Hilton Head Island

Hi there! Is summer whizzing by for everyone else? Seriously, I feel like I am still in the thick of it and WHOMP WHOMP it's all about back to school everywhere I turn. I am holding on to every last minute of it though and we are enjoying our time at the beach with my parents. I can't believe we have already been here a week. I guess time flies when you're a beach bum. 

Before summer gets away from us I wanted to share some of the highlights of our trip to Hilton Head last month. It was a great time despite the fact that we were there during some crazy high temperatures. Seriously, it was like the heater was blasting you every time you stepped outdoors, but that didn't stop us from soaking in everything Hilton Head has to offer. 

Hilton Head Trip Recap

Monday, July 27, 2015

How to Host a Low-Country Shrimp Boil

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EDWARDS®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EdwardsPies

Hi friends! How was your weekend? If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen that we've had a great first weekend at the beach complete with a sunrise, rocket launch and a turtle hatchling release. Y'all. COOL STUFF!

But the best part was hosting Sweet P's pirate themed 4th Birthday Low Country Shrimp Boil. 

Is there anything more fun, casual, and yummy than a good ol' fashion shrimp boil? This has become our favorite meal to serve when we have company or are hosting a party. 

It really is more than a meal. It’s an event. And a super fun and social way to enjoy a summer evening with family and friends. 

how to host a shrimp boil

There is one very important thing to keep in mind when planning your low-country shrimp boil...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Printable Octopus Triptych- Now Available In My Etsy Store!

Hey y'all! Happy happy Friday! 

SURPRISE! The boys and I are beach bound... for THREE WEEKS. #sorrynotsorry Sadly the hubby will be staying behind (you know, to bring home the bacon) but I will be getting two extra sets of helping hands from my parents. #wootothehoo

Today I have some fun news to share- Southern State of Mind now has an Etsy shop

If you've been around here long you know I have a thing for salt life and love sophisticated touches of the coast around my home. A project I did years ago was this DIY Octopus Triptych.

DIY Printable Octopus Triptych Art