Waves + Whales Bathroom Makeover

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Waves and Whales Bathroom Makeover

I am so stinkin’ excited to share this room makeover with you today!  It’s been on my to do list for months now and I’ve honestly wanted to do something new and fun for this bathroom since we moved in.  This is our main bathroom that all of our guests use but it’s also Gav and Ro’s shared bathroom.  I wanted them to have a bathroom that was kid friendly and fun.  The old one was definitely neither…Continue reading

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Staying Cool This Summer

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Gav + Ro // Staying cool and hydrated with Nuby

It goes without saying that summer is just hot.  But here in the south, we get hoooooooot!  So we’re always trying to find ways to stay cool during these humid and hot summer days.  One thing we have a lot of around where we live are splash pads (or fountains) and my boys love them!  All I have to do is pack up the sunscreen, towels, and our favorite Nuby water canteens to stay hydrated and we’re off!

I think Gav and Ro would play at the splash pad until their whole bodies were nothing but one giant wrinkle.  But every now any then they will take a break for some water and, of course, a snack.

The Nuby Thirsty Kids 12 oz. Freestyle water canteen is made of durable tritan from Eastman and is ideal for kids on the go! The water canteen features a silicone band that allows your child to get a firm grip while drinking and a push top that keeps the straw clean when it is not in use. The water canteens are NEW at Babies R’ Us stores!

Gav + Ro // Staying cool and hydrated with Nuby

These water canteens from Nuby are great for both my boys.  Even though Ro is 3+ years younger than Gav, these bottles are easy for him to hold onto and he can/will do it while running too!  Also, they have a great variety of prints so I was able to chose something that both boys would like.  (Because heaven forbid they look the same or *gasp* share!)

What’s also great about this particular splash pad is that it’s a stone’s throw from my parents’ house where we like to go for lunch on occasion!  (Ok, ok…we go a lot.) This also happens to be where we keep Ro’s Nuby Silicone Mat.

The Nuby Sure Grip Miracle mat features super gripping action that keeps the mat on the table and not on the floor! The 100% silicone mat allows for easy cleaning and the fun characters and design make mealtime fun!

Shop the Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat range in store at: Target, TJ Maxx, Babies R’ Us, Walmart and coming this summer to BJ’s Wholesale Club. Shop the item online: Amazon , Target, and Babies R’ Us.

My parents have a glass table, perfect for making finger prints and banging on with little hands!  Nuby to the rescue!  My little destructor can have his own plate now that involves no banging, no throwing, and easy clean up.  He tries to pull it up but after seeing that it’s not budging, he goes back to eating.

Nothing beats these easy summer days in the sun!  (and staying hydrated, of course!) Be sure to check out my INSTAGRAM for a giveaway for your very own Nuby Thirsty Kids 12 oz. Freestyle water canteen!

XO, Kelly

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Guest Post // 10 DIYs Using Old Car Parts

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Hey there!  Today I’m so excited to be sharing a really unique post by Cait from Cait’s Cozy Corner.  Being a boy mom, I know my boys would love to have some of these projects done in and around our house!  Hope you enjoy it!


When it comes to amazing DIY projects, I love thinking outside the box. Using materials to make into something else has always fascinated me and I’m always inspired by what others can do! A friend of mine loves going to junk yard and finding inspiration there from used car parts and I thought was a fabulous idea. So many old car parts can be upcycled into some of the most phenomenal and creative DIY projects I’ve ever seen! A friend had made a wheel rim fire pit to add to their other patio decor, so it got me thinking about more projects and crafts to make from old car parts. I was astounded to find awesome DIY decor, upcycled furniture ideas, and projects that will go perfectly in the backyard.

I love looking at the different car parts, the rustic and tailored finish that these projects can take hold. In fact, the more I think of it, the more I’d love to add some of these projects to my my own home decor. Some even for a man cave that my husband is thinking of putting together in the next few years. I bet your man would love these projects too! Some of these projects don’t have all the tutorials attached to them but you could purchase or buy them for your own cool DIY inspiration!

So what are these cool projects you ask? Well are 10 of some of my favorite motivational projects to work on this summer!

Coil Spring Mail Organizer – This is probably my favorite of all the car parts because I love it’s industrial look! It’s super simple to use the coil spring and without having to do much to it’s detail.

Seat Belt Key Holder – With this new idea of keeping the keys safe and intact, everybody is surely going to be benefited and feel secured at the safe handling of the keys of either his home, locker room or of his car. Another striking factor about this buckle up key holder is its look which makes it attractive, easy to hold and good to be kept hung.

Tire Rim Hose Reel – I’ll be trying to do this at my house this summer because I hate having our hose in one big pile. How cute is this tire rim reel. All you need to do is spray paint it your favorite color, find a rod and grab study nails to put it together! One simple and easy clutter free projects ready in minutes!

Car Ramp Bar Stools – I love how fun and different these bar stools are! Using car ramps adds a bit of flair to each stool and makes for a great statement piece in your home!

Patriotic Bench – This is one of a kind, quite whimsical & won’t blow away in a major wind storm! Using an old tailgate, coils & leaf springs. The wooden seat is recycled old painted outdoor deck boards in a cheery patriotic. Each bench is a little different in size & with the use of one of a kind materials but they are so fun and unique just the same!

Car Hood Head Board – If your son is a huge car lover why not add it to his bedroom with this car hood head board? I love the old rust and the ease of adding this as a fun piece that you know he’ll love and talk with all his friends about. Plus the extra storage in the back is great to hide favorite books!

Car Door Handles – My son would love this simple project to add to his dresser instead of the boring handles he has. Vamp it up with these car door handles!

Headlight Lights – Need extra lighting but not sure where to put them? Why not grab some headlights and mount them to the wall. How unique and easy is that? You can put them high or low depending on what you are wanting to do!

License Plate Garden – One of the most creative ways to use license plates; create a gorgeous flower! You could make one or a whole garden of them to add to your backyard! Better yet, get your children to help too!

Coil Spring Lamp – Another way to use coils is to repurpose it into a lamp for your side table or nook area! Although I’m not an electrician, I’d probably ask for help with this one from a friend who knew a bit about lamps! I just think it’s a great nick nack to add to any room!

Image: Sanford and Son Junk Cars

Are you feeling inspired now but unsure where to start? If you’re a local of Atlanta like myself, you need to check out Sanford and Son Junk Cars. They are the premier buyer of junk cars in the metro Atlanta area. Their competitors are networks with random towers whom they haven’t met. They in turn give out personal information for a fee. Everyone from the phone representative to the tower is a trusted individual, licensed, insured and most importantly an employee of Sanford and Son Junk Cars. They have been buying cars in the metro Atlanta area for decades and understand the importance of trust, comfort and safety in this process. The company also understands the importance of speed and efficiency. Sellers of junk vehicles sometimes need cash for very important life events or maybe just local code enforcement issues or the apartment leasing office wants that car off the property. Whatever the reason may be, Sanford and Son understand this is personal and want to make your experience as positive as possible.

What projects would you tackle?

How to Make a Party in a Box

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How to Make a Party in a BoxIt’s that time of the school year already…the end!  Summer is approaching (if you live in the south like we do, it’s already here) and it’s time for teacher gifts.  Now, I’m a teacher myself and get a few gifts and I’m not one bit opposed to getting a gift card.  Those are awesome and so appreciated!  With that said, I just can’t stop my creative side from wanting to do more.  I got this crazy idea in my head about a party in a box for Gav’s teachers and I had to run with it.  It’s so simple, can be relatively inexpensive, and it so fun!

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It’s that time of year again, Easter basket time!  For a while, to be honest, I was a little against Easter baskets.  It felt almost like Valentine’s day to me.  Easter is a time of rejoicing and celebrating our risen savior, not bunnies and baskets and eggs filled with sugar.  But, eventually, the excitement got to me and I figured it was all in fun, we definitely teach our kids about the meaning of Easter (well, right now, the 5 year old), and I decided I was being an Easter scrooge.  Today I’m getting in the spirit with some cute and easy DIY bunny baskets. Continue reading

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*This post was sponsored by Party City and the majority of the products that you see were supplied for use in planning this party.

I love celebrating holidays.  Not necessarily in huge ways but I do enjoy heart shaped items for Valentine’s day, green colored things for St. Patrick’s day, pumpkins, and fireworks…you get the idea.  That’s why I started my cookie tradition with Gav.  I was able to take those little pieces that I love and turn them into a tradition.  There are a few holidays, however, that I enjoy more than others.  Christmas is pretty obvious, but I also really enjoy the Easter season.  Continue reading

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Celebrating Our Time Together With JORD

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JORD Conway Series Wooden Watch
I don’t often talk much about one of the most important people in my life.  He was there before the boys and he is one of my biggest cheerleaders.  He is my companion and my partner for life.  This is Chase, my husband.

Celebrating your Husband with JORD wooden watches

This year marks a special one in our marriage.  Like many (dare I say ALL) marriages, ours is not easy.  We fight, we argue, we complain but we love.  Through it all we love.  Last year we were coming out of one of the hardest years of our marriage yet, through our faith in the Lord, we have come out of it stronger.  Our relationship is by no means perfect, we are still learning, but keeping God at the center has brought us to a new, more understanding place.  We are now coming into our best year of marriage.

November 20, 2017 will mark our seventh anniversary and I never really thought much about the seventh year until recently.  Seven, in biblical terms, is a significant number.  Many sources I’ve found say that it symbolizes completion or divine perfection.  We are by no means divine or perfect and we certainly aren’t complete, but I love knowing that it is a complete number for our God.  It is a good number, a holy number.  So this year I wanted to do something special.

JORD Conway Series Wooden Watch JORD Conway Series Wooden Watch

In November we will be doing a photoshoot that I can hardly wait for but in the mean time, I wanted Chase to have something special to celebrate our time together.  Enter this gorgeous piece by JORD.  Chase is not one for jewelry, but he loves watches.  He likes them mainly just for practical purposes but he has to like the way they look too.  When I showed him the Conway collection from JORD, I knew it would be the perfect fit.  He loves the wooden body and darker colors.  JORD’s wooden watches come in a variety of finishes that are beautiful but he was definitely sold with the darker options like his piece in sandalwood.

Celebrating your Husband with JORD wooden watches

Now, let’s talk about wardrobe.  Chase’s dark piece doesn’t exactly scream spring but it definitely goes with just about everything he owns.  He does have a neon orange fishing shirt (that I never let him wear!) that I don’t think would go very well, but that’s about it!  He can also attest that, while great for looks, it holds up during play time too.

Celebrating your Husband with JORD wooden watches Celebrating your Husband with JORD wooden watches

He loves showing his new wooden watch off and I love seeing him wear it.  And while this year is pretty special for us, I look forward to many more!

JORD Conway Series Wooden Watch

Want to win a JORD piece for your handsome honey?  You’re in luck!  Enter the giveaway below for you chance win a piece from the JORD Conway series. Everyone who enters but does not win will receive a $25 gift code.  Contest ends 4/23/17 at 11:59pm.

Wooden Wrist Watch

  Can’t wait until the end of the contest?  Use the code j17gavandro15aa for 15% off all Conway watches. (code expires 6/30/17)   For more gorgeous wooden watches from JORD, check out their women’s collection and more from there’s men’s collection. XO, Kelly

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I’ve been making over the boys’ creative corner in our basement for a little while now.  I revamped the art supply stash with some pallet storage and I rehung some of the art that was already there.  But it was definitely still bare.  It needed some color and character.  What better way to add some character than with the two characters I gave birth to?!  I got some paints and let my little Picassos go to town.Continue reading

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You Don’t Need Me Like You Used To

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It feels like yesterday that you needed me for just about everything other than walking.  I would wake you up, change your diaper, get you something to eat or drink, give you cuddles when you were tired, get you dressed, etc.  I would push you on the swings and you would crawl up in my lap when you started to get sleepy.

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If you’ve ever looked for a product mockup, you know that free ones are very hard to come by and most you have to pay for.  These can range in price starting at $8 depending on the quality, the shop itself, or how many you get, the price goes up from there.  I love creating free printables but just didn’t want to shell out the money for versatile mockups.  That’s when I decided that I would just make my own and share how to do it with you!Continue reading

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