Monday, March 30, 2015

Hand Painted Garden Stones

Posted by Tara

A couple of months ago Devin and I decided to make some markers for our gardens. We headed straight to our local river bottom for supplies, ha! There is actually a river that runs between our houses. Anyways, we picked out as many flat rocks as we could. Devin painted hers in a very different style than mine and I love the different looks we both came up with! She posted hers on West Valley Moms Blog and you can find her post here


I really wanted my rocks to have more of an artsy look. I first wrote down all the plants I had planted in my garden. Then I wrote down what colors of paint that would be needed per plant. I had most of the colors already in my home and only needed to pick up the orange color for the cantaloupe.


For the lettering I watered down my black paint and used a fine paint brush. I wanted it to look like water-painted lettering and I love how it turned out!



To give the vegetables a more artistic look, I added highlights to them. I did this by taking some of my color and adding white to it until it was a few shades lighter. I then used that lighter color to accent the right side of the vegetable.
I actually really enjoyed making these! It was extremely low in cost to make and I plan on gifting a set to my neighbor for her garden! This would be a great project for the kids to do as well. Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I helped give you some ideas for your next garden project!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Finds Linky Party #22

LinkyMain2-04 It's time for another fun Friday Finds Linky Party and we can't wait to see what you all have been up to! Same thing as last week, add your latest creations to the link up below for a chance to be featured on all 8 blogs. While you're at it, visit a few other blogs to share the love! Let's get this party started!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Road Map Serving Tray

Posted by Devin

As you may have noticed by a few of my other posts (Hometown Map Pendant Necklace, DIY Hanging Map), I have a thing for maps. I just love them. So when I started planning out the decor for my travel trailer, I knew I was going to want to use a map or a globe somewhere... they are perfect for a travel trailer! You can check out where you're heading and where you've been! I also knew I wanted a serving tray for the convenience of another surface in the trailer and then the thought struck me: combine the two! So here is the tutorial for my DIY Road Map Serving Tray. I think it turned out pretty cute. ;)


What You Need:
Road Map
Serving Tray
Exacto Knife/Scissors
Mod Podge (I got mine from the dollar section at Target)
Spray Paint
Sponge Brush

Step 1: Measure the inside of your serving tray and cut your map to size. I cut out my map to cover the area surrounding our home state, where we will be traveling the most.


Step 2: Spray paint your serving tray your desired color. I have a real love/hate relationship with spray paint, but it worked great for this project. You don't have to worry about completely spray painting the surface where your map will be since it won't be showing.

Step 3: Apply a coat of mod podge to the top of the tray to prepare it for your map. The picture makes it look like I applied a very thick coat, but I spread it over the surface and it ended up being more of a medium application.


Step 4: Place your map on the tray, pressing the paper as you go to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. I ended up using a card to help me with the smoothing process. There will still be wrinkles and bubbles left when you're done, but just do your best and don't worry about it. I promise it will turn out nicely.


Step 5: Apply two coats of mod podge over the map, waiting 15-20 minutes between coats. These should be relatively thin coats. Here is my map (below) before the top coats and you can see it looks pretty wrinkly. The mod podge helps to smooth it out quite a bit, but I was actually happy with the wrinkles that were left in the end as I thought it gave it a cool, old map feel.


Step 6: I didn't list this in the items needed, but I finished my project off by spraying the whole thing with a clear acrylic spray to seal everything and protect it. Just a simple added step to insure that my project will withstand the abuse my family is sure to put it through in our trailer.


And that's it! I LOVE how this project turned out and can't wait to use it in our trailer. In the meantime, it will be sitting pretty in my house where I can admire it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Linking Up With: Link Party Palooza // Creative Collection //

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Julia Dress by LuLaRoe

Posted by Devin


This dress is called the Julia Dress from LuLaRoe and let me tell you, this baby is not only super cute, it's exceptionally comfortable. Perfect for a night of dancing and visiting at a country wedding reception which is exactly where I wore it!


I've said it before and I'll say it again: the way LuLaRoe uses the most stylish cuts and patterns for their clothes while keeping it comfortable for a busy mom is my favorite thing about this clothing company. A girl's got to be able to move while chasing four boys around at a wedding reception!


The Julia Dress comes in so many fun prints, it's hard to choose which to take home! But blue and yellow happens to be a very favorite color combination of mine so this dress jumped right out at me. Go Hawks! (Sorry, had to add it in there as blue and gold were my high school colors.)


This bag is a new one (a birthday present from my mama) and I can already tell it's going to be a staple. It's neutral, it's darling, it has a summer-time feel, and it will go with everything. Plus it's large enough to fit all of my stuff!


I bought these shoes about a month ago and all I can say is why oh why did I not buy yellow shoes before?! If you don't own yellow shoes, do yourself a favor and go pick up a pair. You'll thank me.


Thanks again for stopping by! To check out more great pieces from LuLaRoe, contact Sabrina, our favorite LuLaRoe distributor!

What I Wore:
Julia Dress - LuLaRoe by Sabrina (Facebook, Instagram)
Shoes - Ross
Necklace - Charming Charlie
Bag - TJ Maxx

Linking Up With: The Pleated Poppy // Because Shanna Said So //

Monday, March 23, 2015

Before Pics of "Gus" the Travel Trailer

Posted by Devin

All righty, here it finally is! The "before" pics of our travel trailer. We bought this trailer in pretty good condition so this is going to be more of a decorating project than a major make-over. Everything in these pics are exactly how it came to us and I can't wait to start adding my personal touches to it to get it glamper-tastic! I think I just created a new word for the urban dictionary. ;)


This couch folds out to a full sized bed and there is a full sized bunk that folds down above it. It tucks away nicely when you're not using it to make the room feel more spacious and provide lots of head room. The curtains and throw pillows came with the trailer and instead of replacing them, I plan on adding to them and sprucing them up a bit. 


The table converts into the third bed which is a twin size and fits my oldest and youngest together nicely. Can you believe our family of six fits in this thing?! When we were searching for a trailer we were aiming for as small as possible while still having a bed for everyone. I think we hit the nail on the head.


The little kitchen is just too cute, isn't it?! Cash loves all of the "baby-sized" appliances "just for him." Jake had to do a little work on the plumbing, but everything works great! Even the little gas lamp which I think is the coolest.


I will be keeping the carpet as it is brand new and would be a major job to get the floor ready for a laminate surface. Plus after two trips I have found that it hides travel dirt well (which you still have even though we leave our shoes at the door), is soft for little boys' feet, and is easy to clean with a quick vacuum job when you get home. 

 
I have gone round and round on whether or not to paint the paneling. I think the wood-toned paneling will go well with the Arizona Theme I have chosen (shown above) and is cool in a vintage-y way, but I just love the look of a white trailer inside and think it makes it seem cleaner and more spacious and airy. Tough choice. I am leaning towards keeping it wood-toned for now since you can always paint later but you can't go back. We'll see if I change my mind as I begin to decorate. Sometimes we women are known to do that. ;)

And now it's time to get started! Any tips, opinions, or suggestions you want to share? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Friday Finds Linky Party #21

LinkyMain2-04Welcome to another installment of Friday Finds - we seriously love seeing what you come up with each week and can't wait for what you'll have in store for us this week! Here's our picks from last week's Friday Finds:Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds

Spring Garden Pudding Cups from Shaken Together Life
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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Decorative Triangle Tray from My Love 2 Create
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Lucky Charm Treats from A Pumpkin and A Princess
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Falafel Burgers from Amy's Cooking Adventures
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Dyed Minion Easter Eggs from A Pumpkin and A Princess
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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook
Beaded Wall Mirror from Delineate Your Dwelling
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Wood Piece Basket from Vintage Zest

Now on to this week! Make sure you link back to this blog so you can be featured next week and follow our Pinterest Board and social media channels to see if we feature your posts!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easter Outfits with ModestPop

Posted by Tara


We recently had the opportunity to help style an Easter Brunch with some extremely talented ladies of the blogosphere. We were in charge of the wardrobe, accessories, and make-up for six individuals and I must say that our women's dresses took center stage. With floral prints and emerald green polka dots, they just scream spring! We worked with ModestPop to find the best outfits for our two models, Andrea and Cerita. 


Our first pick was this pink, floral Savannah Dress for Andrea. The bright colors and soft flowers added the perfect amount of elegance to this Easter brunch and we paired this dress with simple and delicate jewelry. The dress had enough visual content that it didn't need a bold statement necklace or chunky accessories. 


Don't these two ladies look lovely together?! We tried finding outfits that would compliment each other and I think they did just that!


Cerita is modeling our second outfit, wearing the Chiffon Bow Top paired with the Green Polka Dot skirt. This bold green skirt complimented Cerita's gorgeous skin color and looked best worn up high with her blouse tucked it. The fabric of this skirt feesl like butter: super soft. We added some nude wedges to finish off the look while her accessories were also clean and effortless.  


If you are on the hunt for a spring dress for your next event, ModestPop has a large selection of beautiful and stylish clothing from dresses to blouses to skirts. We love the quality of their pieces and their amazing customer service. 


Here is the entire family we styled! They all looked darling and ready for their Easter brunch. We will be sharing details for the children's fashion next week, so be on the look out for that! We hope you loved these outfits as much as we did! Be sure to pin some pictures for some fashion inspiration this Spring!

What They Wore:
Andrea
Nude Heels

Cerita
Nude Wedges