Clothes Rack





I’ve been looking for a clothes rack but couldn’t find anything I love and was getting frustrated.  I have a little desk and office spot set up in my bedroom and that’s where I wanted my clothes rack so I didn’t want it to look cheap or out of place.  After complaining enough, Joel told me he’d just make something for me.  It was the easiest thing to put together and was completed (start to finish including painting everything) in a few hours.

We used 1 piece of 12″ x 10′ plain board cut in half and stained mahogany and metal piping that we sprayed black.  We purchased everything from our local hardware store.  Joel attached the coordinating piping and screwed it into the wood and it was complete.  Had I know it would be as fast and easy as it was I would have had him make it long ago!  I love how it turned out and have so much fun styling it.  I wish I would have taken some pictures of the process but Joel finished it too fast.  If you want any more details on how we made it just let me know.

If you’re not up to making one on your own I found a couple online that are really cute.

World Market (this is a great price!)  –  PB Teen  –  RH Teen


**These pictures are taken from my instagram @calicrest

Advent Calendar

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Happy December 1st!  Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?  I’ll be sharing a few little traditions we do this month and today I’m starting with our advent calendar.  The kids love counting down the days until Christmas and they always get excited to have a little treat each day.  A few years ago I decided to add a little something to it, they still get a treat but there’s also a little paper for each day that tells the kids what they get to do that day.  It can be as simple as pay your friend a compliment at school, do a good deed, or a traditional thing like making a gingerbread house or watching a Christmas movie as a family.  I love watching my kids do little acts of service and hearing how great it made them feel after.  Let me know if you have any questions, I posted some of our to-do’s that go in our calendar (I left out a few surprises in case my kids see these pictures).

Hope you have a great day!


**I purchased the red and white striped bags from Target and used a gold Sharpie paint pen to write the numbers.  It doesn’t show up very well in the pictures but looks great in real life.  The blanket and pillow are also from Target.

Flowers for the Hostess

Today I’m sharing the perfect gift to take along with you when you’ve been invited for dinner. I don’t drink alcohol so taking wine is not my thing, flowers on the other hand are everyone’s thing!  I picked up these flowers from the grocery store but can’t give them with the bright plastic wrapper on it so here’s what I did….

Start with your flowers, butcher paper, bakers twine, and scissors

DIY make store-bought flowers look like they came from the florist

Cut a square of butcher paper, place your flowers in, and wrap them up…

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Wrap your bakers twine (or ribbon) around a few times and tie in a bow.  And there you have it!  A cute little bunch of flowers that look twice as nice as store-bought!

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I’ll be sharing a few other gifts I love to give next month, neighbor gifts, friend gifts, you get the picture.  Thanks so much for readying, I hope you have a great weekend!




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Every November right after we have family prayer we sit in a circle and share a few things we’re thankful for.  I don’t know why we only do it in November, it should be year round because there is too much to say in just one short month.  Last year I decided I wanted to list a few things we’ve said so we can see it and be reminded of it throughout the month.  I found something similar to our “GRATEFUL” board on Pinterest and then came up with what we do now.

One thing we’re so thankful for is this beautiful country we live in and the brave men and women that protect it.  Over the weekend Joel and I went to the Auburn football game and although we lost we were happy to be there for Military Appreciation Day.  I can’t help but feel so much pride for our country and gratitude towards the men and women that fight for our freedom.

I hope you all have a great Veterans Day.


Glammed Up Locker

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This is the last week of Summer for my kids so we’re going to be busy getting ready for school to start up.  Today we went to Elle’s Middle School to decorate her locker.  Apparently this is a big thing for Middle School girls, who knew?   We had fun picking out some cute wallpaper (it’s magnetic so it won’t ruin school property), we also picked out a rug, a chandelier, a few accessories, and even a monogram to glam it up.

Everything was purchased at Target expect for the Monogram, we found that on ETSY.  It was super easy, inexpensive, and so much fun to do together!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll check back for some cute back to school outfit inspiration this week!



It’s raining and cold here today so Tommy and I are staying in and I’ve been doing a little crafting. Valentine’s Day is almost here but it’s never too late to work on a few projects.  I made a pink glitter kiss on a gold and white canvas.  I love this one and will probably keep it in my office (if Elle doesn’t sneak it up to her room) after the 14th.

Here’s what I started with…

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Here are the “lips” I found on google and printed from my computer, just cut them out and use them to trace.  You can use any lip tempate you find, I liked the size of this one.

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First I taped off my canvas with the tape shown (it’s not painters tape so it bled a bit but I’m okay with that, I kind of like the not so perfect lines look on this one.

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Next I spray painted my canvas gold…

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Once it’s dry, peel the tape and start tracing your lips.  Once they’re traced fill those lips with glue (I used Elmer’s Glue and it worked great).

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Pour your glitter, dust it off and wa-la!  You’ve got your Valentine’s Day lips canvas.

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Hope everyone’s having a fun Valentine’s Day week, tonight we’ll be working on the kids Valentine’s that they’ll take to school on Friday.