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ULTIMATE AMAZON GIFT GUIDE FOR MEN!

This has probably been the most highly requested gift guide ever, and for good reason. Guys are just super hard to buy for! Especially men like mine who don't really like "things." Nick is the most blue collar guy ever,  he likes fishing, his boat, and working and that's about it. So I'm always on a mission to find functional, affordable gifts for him he will actually ENJOY! I worked really hard selecting things for this gift guide and I hope ya'll find something your man will love! I'll be putting together a few more manly gift guides but this one is strictly items from AMAZON! 




Because we all love Amazon and it just makes life so much easier! ;) Hope you guys enjoy and find something that would make a great gift for your guy! To help you, I took some time to explain the selections and why we love them below. I'll keep my eyes on deals on these items throughout the season! 






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How To Create a Thanksgiving Table On A Budget!

Hey guys! Happy Thanksgiving, oh wait, it's October and it's not even Halloween yet. My bad. But is it ever too early to start game planning for the holidays? I think not! If I don't start early I feel like I can't get to everything I want to do. And I also want to give you guys some inspiration if possible. 

Today, I wanted to give you some tips and tricks on putting together a tablescape for Thanksgiving, or whenever really. I have to be honest and tell ya'll I was REALLY intimidated at first when it came to tablescapes, I don't feel like I'm great a them, and we hardly ever eat at the table. plates and chargers sitting around just felt like something that would need to be cleaned and dusted and I'm all about having LESS to clean! Not more. 

However, we DO host Thanksgiving and it's the one time of year I actually get to set the table and I really enjoy doing it. I also don't even mind doing a few test runs;) I like playing around with different colors and schemes every year but this year I kept it pretty traditional with things from THE WAL-MART! I'm super obsessed with Wal-Mart's seasonal and Holiday decor lately you guys! Super affordable, really trendy and way cute! I picked up almost EVERYTHING {INCLUDING THE REAL PUMPKINS!} there! 

So let's get started on your Table Scape you guys! Put on some good music, play around with some different colors and gather what you need or want to use! 

Step 1: Clear off your table (obviously)

Anytime I'm decorating a new space for a new season or Holiday, I remove EVERYTHING and start fresh, lots of times I'll incorporate the same things into the space but I'll also add and subtract too. This allows me to see the same spaces with fresh eyes and can be super inspiring. I cleared off the table here and dusted it to make sure it was all clean and ready to go!

Step 2: Add a layer
I love to use table runners, I don't feel like any space is really complete without that first layer between the furniture and items. I love table runners of all kinds and really think they warm up a space! This one is from {Wal-mart} and I really like the neutral color and the texture of the fringe detail that can work in everyday decor or through the seasons as well! When shopping for new pieces to decorate the table, I like to stay on a budget because I change it up pretty often!

Step 3: Add your charger plates
You'll be surprised at how different this first layer can make a space! I'm crushing so hard on copper right now and these are so fun for Fall, I got them at Wal-Mart online and you can find them {here} there are several options on the site and the prices are great. I like mixing up the charger combinations on the table and not keeping everything so matchy. So I flanked the ends with some textured chargers to break up the look a bit.

Step 4: Add plates 
I like using plain white plates for basically all of my tables, I got this Pioneer Woman set from Wal-Mart (notice a trend here!) and I love the scallop detail, I've actually had these for a few years and still love them just the same, these are bit more creamy than white and I really love that on this table, it warms up the space. Having white plates on hand keeps me from worrying about finding matching chargers etc. and we can use them every day too! 

Step 5: Focal Points


It's Thanksgiving, and when the time comes I'll remove the Pumpkins and the turkey will become the display here, but for now! I just used a bunch of different sized and style pumpkins to put together a centerpiece in the center of the table, I got them all from Wal-Mart, even the real ones! I love the light green look and the copper stems on these faux ones. Since I'm a candle holder hoarder I don't think any space is complete without some cozy candles, I gathered up some of my favorites and put them all together to display in the center of the table. 

Step 6: Add Garland or Greenery
I found this garland at Wal-Mart last minute and really loved the Fall Vibes it gave off, and well, the price as pretty fab too! I got a set of 2 but only used one, I worked backwards in a 3 shape around my items to fill in the empty space. And I LOVE the outcome!

Step 7: Add your place settings, cups and light your candles!

That's it! You're all done! See how easy it is when you break it down into steps?

 I find I can decorate any space when I just break it down into layers and steps VS. being so overwhelmed thinking about the overall outcome. 

I hope ya'll found this helpful! Come say "Hey!" on Instagram and let me know what you think! did you find this helpful? Would you like more tutorials like this in the future!? I'd love to hear from ya'll!

{this post is sponsored by wal-mart but all product selection, thoughts and opinions and sourcing was my own! Thank you so much for supporting my little blog, ya'll are amazing!}




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4 tips on how to easily transition your decor for the seasons!


Hey Babes! Can ya'll believe it's October already?! I know I always say that, but seriously. HOW. this year has flown by so dang fast and I can't even believe it. I'm excited for spooky season though! Even though the temps here in Maryland say July 74th and not October 1st. Ya'll know I'm not complaining, I'm totally a warm weather girl at heart! 

However, I do love that with the change of seasons and Holidays it means new colors and decor to decorate and play with! I love seasonal decor so dang much. But I know it can feel tricky or overwhelming on where to start when you want to add some seasonal decor into your everyday decor. I have a few tips today to help you get started! And hopefully help you with seasonal decor in general in the future. Decor should be fun, and should totally be a reflection of your personality. Don't you agree?!

Of course I had to hit up THE WAL-MART for some fun Fall Decor this season! I'm so freaking impressed with Wal-Mart and their awesome decor selection lately, and well honestly, clothing too! They have super cute, ballin on a budget friendly decor that is so fun to play with. I'm obsessing over all of their Fall Decor especially this year! 

This season I opted for lots of fun Fall colors like, orange and purple, to get me into the spirit. Which brings me to my first tip when decorating a space for a season or Holiday...

Tip #1- Stick with Basic Neutrals-


One thing you probably notice about my home is that most or all of my furniture is super neutral, my porch furniture is no different! The gray wicker, and white cushions make it so easy to switch up my decor for the seasons. I follow this rule throughout our home, All my big furniture, beds, couches, tables, are super neutral, that way I can add things to make the space feel fresh and fun without painting or buying new furniture. It's a great thing to stick with taupe, gray or white paint colors and furniture. 

Tip #2- Opt for a throw blanket in a fun color or texture-


When adding seasonal decor into a space in my home, The first thing I do is usually switch out my throw blankets, sometimes I opt for color, or texture and sometimes I even keep these things neutral as well. But I typically like to add a fun throw blanket in to instantly rejuvinate a space! Wal-Mart has such an awesome selection of throw blankets lately! Super cozy, soft and crazy inexpensive! I snagged this yummy super soft and cozy white throw to add on our porch but it could easily work anywhere in our home throughout Fall and Winter! Pillows are another great way to do this, in general I usually only switch up one or two pillows for a seasonal change. And keep my everyday pillows neutral so the seasonal ones can easily be switched out. 

Tip #3- Add decorative seasonal objects-


When it comes to Fall is any space complete without pumpkins?! Let's be honest. I loved the soft muted green color of these I snagged from Wal-Mart, but they had tons of different colors too. Even real pumpkins if that's your thing! Adding pumpkins to a space for the season is a MUST. In the Winter I love pinecones and faux snow, together they look really great in lanterns, lanterns are a seriously awesome way to change up your holiday decor. I love filling mine with all sorts of things. Wal-Mart has some crazy cute ones that are super inexpensive as well! I'll link a few below! 

Tip #4- LAYERS-

I have a thing for layers, layers in my decor, layers in my clothing, just layers in general. HA! When decorating seasonally, I love to switch out my wreaths and signs for seasonally appropriate ones. Keeping the basics simple, like a mirror or old window, and then adding a layer with a wreath, or sign, is a super easy way to switch up your decor for the seasons. I like that I don't have to change an ENTIRE space to get a fresh look. Keeps things easy, AND FUN! 

Tip #5- Twinkle lights and Candles never hurt anyone ;)

Last but not least, when decorating a space, especially for the cooler months, is anything complete with some twinkle lights or battery operated candles? I think not. I love how easy it is to add coziness to a space just with something as simple as candles, or twinkle lights, I snagged {these} from Wal-Mart and these battery operated lights and love them both! They will totally be a staple here as the cooler months creep up on us. (not ready by the way).


So there ya have it, some simple and easy tips when decorating for the seasons. It doesn't have to be overwhelming if you look at smaller scale spaces and then work on spaces individually instead of tackling everything all at once. Add a banner, hang a wreath, throw up some lights and call it a day! 


Have ya'll shopped at Wal-Mart for decor lately? Or just in general? Would love to hear from you! Drop a comment for me below or send me a message on Instagram

{this post is sponsored by wal-mart, but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own. this post may contain affiliate links. Thank you so much for your continued love and support always! I couldn't do this without you!}

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5 Ways To Add Personality To Kids Spaces!

Hey cuties! Blogging three times in one week? Who even AM I?! I'm slowly trying to get out of my Summer routine (which is basically just me being lazy, laying by the pool most days) and trying to get back to being productive. I love blogging, I really really do! And I feel most like myself when I'm doing it, but sometimes life get's in the way, ya know? 

This will always be something fun for me, that I'm thankful I get to do and that I get to connect with so many people along the way! However my kids and family will ALWAYS come first, sometimes that means we might need to take a little break to get our minds right again. 

All that being said, I'm anxious to get back to my creative roots, so to speak. I have so many house projects I want to tackle here at our casa and so many creative goals I've set for myself over the next few months, I'm excited and nervous! 

One of the things I've been wanting to do for quite a bit was update Savi's bedroom to fit her personality a bit more, before this renovation here room was very vintage, but Savanna us spunky and full of character and I wanted her room to reflect that and where she is right now in her childhood. I wanted it to be neutral with pops of color so I was SO excited to when I saw the {Flower Home Kids} collection at {Wal-Mart} ya'll. HOLY FREAKING CUTENESS. I teamed up with them a few months ago to announce the official launch of Drew Barrymore's new line at Wal-Mart and I was and still am as obsessed as ever with EVERYTHING! 

The kids home line is full of such fun prints, and patterns and the cutest things to decorate a spunky little girls (or boys!) bedroom! I had Savanna pick out a few things she liked, which was a little hard for me but I'm learning to let go a bit. After all it's just decor, and it's HER space so it should totally be a reflection of her and I want her to enjoy being in her own space. 



I know some mama's can relate on struggling with giving kids say over the way a space comes together so I decided to put together some easy tips and tricks you can follow so littles can feel like they have a say and so mama can be happy too! 

1. Bring in a fun throw pillow with personality-
Savanna is obsessed with rainbows and flamingos right now and her room reflects it! {this pillow} probably isn't something I would have selected on my own but she loved it and it's actually SUPER cute and reminds me so much of her. Pillows aren't permanent! And they can easily be switched out. There such a cute and fun way for you to allow littles to bring personality into their spaces. 

2. Add Some fun art work.


Like pillows, art work isn't permanent! It can easily be switched out and I love that the artwork in this {line} is budget friendly and super bright and colorful. Totally reflects youth and childhood in the BEST way! I like to keep things like paint colors and bedding simple and neutral that way most art work matches no matter what. 

3. Throw Blankets are always a great way to add personality!


I love throw blankets and throw pillows, ya'll know this! And I love the pretty blue color of this one! The tassels are so cute and fun and I also love that this one can be used in any space in our home. When buying throw blankets, try to think of more than one use for it. And don't be afraid of color! 

4.  Wall Decals-

Similar to removable wall-paper wall decals are a fun way to change up a space! Most place even sell wall stickers that peel right off and this is a great way for kids to show personality in their own spaces. They're also usually SUPER inexpensive. 

5. Twinkle Lights-

The SMALLEST thing ever but I swear they make Savanna so happy. What is it about twinkle sparkly lights or some glow in the dark wall stickers or stars that bring back so many memories from our youth. They were just the finishing touch we needed for this space and instantly added some cozy vibes to the space! 


So there ya have it! 5 ways you can allow your littles to have a say in their spaces! Savanna is so happy with her new room and spends SO MUCH time here reading books or coloring, next up is the playroom that hasn't been remodeled in like, 6 years. And it's time for a refresh! Stay tuned to the blog for more info on that too! Hope ya'll enjoyed this post and I can't wait to hear what you think of Savi's new room! 

{this post is sponsored by Wal-Mart but as always, all thought and opinions are my own! Thank you so much for your love and support always!}
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