DIY // No Sew Bible Cover

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No Sew Bible Cover
Sometimes I get these urges to redo or completely make over something I already have.  My ideas stretch from small things, like a picture frame or a wallet, to big things, like a complete bathroom redesign.  Recently I landed somewhere in between and decided that I was tired fo the way my bible looked.  (Does that sound bad? I love the Bible, I just want mine to be pretty!)  I wanted something new without losing all of the notes, highlights, and my new tabs.  The only option was to create a new cover that I could personalize as I saw fit.

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Easy Eats // Ham and Cheese Sweet Potato with Roasted Broccoli

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Ham and Cheese Sweet Potato with Roasted Broccoli
I’ve really been trying to add more vegetables into my diet.  I know it’s not been a very popular idea with my boys (hubby included) but I really want to be healthier and spend less money at the same time.  This means making more myself instead of relying on the microwave and finding new ways to make vegetables taste delicious.  Don’t get me wrong, I like vegetables.  I love salads.  But it does get old after awhile and I also like variety.  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite go to meals that incorporates two veggies and can be made Whole 30 compliant!

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Our Visit to the Sunflower Farm

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Gav + Ro - Brother Sunflower Session

Two years ago, about this time, I shared our amazing maternity session at a local sunflower farm.  I knew that I wanted to go back and when I saw that the farm was about to open for this year I knew I had to take the boys.  You have to be quick out it too because they are only open for two weeks.  Sunflowers don’t last very long.  Then I found out that this was it’s last season as they have sold the land to someone else.  Devastation!  Ok, I’m being dramatic, but still, I was bummed.  So off to the sunflowers we went to capture some sweet brother pictures.  It was so funny to me to see that Ro was a little afraid of the giants blooms, just like Gav was two years ago.  I guess flowers as big as your head can be pretty intimidating.  Enjoy!

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10 Things Your Dance Teacher Wants You To Know

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10 Things Your Dance Teacher Wants You To Know

Yesterday marked the first day of the new dance season.  This season makes my eighth year as a teacher at my “dance alma mater”.  I love teaching dance.  This artistic expression is one of my passions in life and I get to share that with kids from ages 3-18.  Three nights a week I get to train young dancers and teach them about this great art form.  I also like to think I teach them a little about life as well…#lifelessonsfromMsKelly.

I teach kids from all levels of experience as a recreational dance teacher.  What does that mean?  It means the kids that I teach take class for fun and have a recital at the end of the year.  The classes I teach are not like what you may or may not have seen on Dance Moms.  My kids don’t compete, they take their time learning their end of the year routine, and are simply doing it for fun.  With all of this said, there are still some things that I feel that parents and students should learn about this dance world.

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Mommyhood FOMO

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Learning to let go of my anxieties and not missing out
FO·MO –ˈfōmō/ noun
informal

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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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