DIY Rustic Flower Pot

Guys!  I did a DIY project and I remembered to take pictures from start to finish! :):):)

I saw a super cute DIY flower pot on pinterest.  I apologize, I don’t know who posted it first, I’ve seen several different styles of this particular project, but I didn’t really follow any instructions.

I go through a TON of these things.  We have 3 cats.  These containers are piling up.  img_4686

I’ve been wanting to make use of them, but I couldn’t figure out how.  I remembered this idea I had seen on Pinterest and got to work.

You will need:

  • Large bucket/gigantic cat litter bucket
  • Brown spray paint (optional), I like Rust-Oleum
  • Burlap sack (I bought these, they are huge, but I think they will be perfect)
  • Plants/seeds/something to plant (Mine is a Christmas cactus)
  • Drill (not pictured)img_4691

The first thing I did was have my Hubby drill holes in the bucket for draining.


Next up, paint the tub!  You don’t really have to do this.  Last night I was so excited because I had everything I needed, I ran outside as soon as we got home and put the tub in the burlap.  Because of the bright yellow color, you could kind of  see it through the burlap.  I could have doubled up the burlap, but I thought this was easier.  img_4688

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After the bucket is painted, just place it inside of the burlap sack, tuck the top part of the burlap into bucket, fill with dirt and add your plant!  So simple, the most time consuming part was waiting for the paint to dry.

Finished product:img_4693

I had the twine laying around the house, but you could use any kind of ribbon, rope..whatever!

I feel so good that I got this project crossed off my list for the week.  I was able to get my Christmas decorations put away and make a practice batch of cookies.

Have a great day!

❤ Courtney


Happy New Year!

I just love the feeling of a new year.  A brand new year with no mistakes, just waiting to be filled up.  It’s like a new book that you’re writing.  🙂

I have a lot of goals for this week.  Our Christmas decor is down and put away, for the most part.  I would like to go through all of my tubs and organize.  Get rid of anything useless, broken, etc.

I also need to organize and tidy our bedroom.  It always seems to become a dumping ground, and with the holidays and being so busy, it became even worse.  I have some decorating ideas that I would like to use in there, but first I must clean.

I was also thinking about doing a backyard/garden tour.  I wonder if anyone would be interested in seeing that.  We have a very small vegetable garden but I’ve started trying to grow things in pots in the backyard.  (That’s what I meant by garden tour.)  We’ve lived here in Tucson for almost 4 years.  I love learning about all of the things that will grow here, and trying to grow them myself.

Otherwise,the kids are off of school this week.  They go back 1/8.  It has been so nuts around here.  Kids in and out, their friends have been here pretty much nonstop.  I love having my kids home, but the older they get, the more time they spend with their friends.  At this point, I’m ready to get back to our normal schedule.

What are you guys up to this week?  Kids back in school?  Any plans for the new year?

Talk soon!

❤ Courtney

Catching Up..Again.

Annnnnnd…I did it again.  It’s been almost a month since I posted anything.  I have been crazy busy.  Tying to get all my Christmas shopping done, lots of cooking and baking and the kids have been out of school.  In addition to all of that, I attempted to try a work from home job.  It was supposed to allow me to set my own schedule…it did not.  Needless to say, it did not work out.

I’ve been keeping up on Instagram, posting pictures and updates of what we’ve been up to.  It’s a little easier to upload a picture from my phone than to sit down and type up a blog post.  Sigh.

Today, I’m trying to get back into some type of routine.  I’ve been keeping up with my housekeeping, but I’m ready to get Christmas put away and get back to normal.

This morning, I started with a walk around my neighborhood.  Isn’t this gorgeous!?!  Hubby wants to hike up this mountain sometime.  Yikes.


After my walk, I did my devotional.  I love that my Holy Bible app includes devotionals.  If you like to spend time with God and study the Bible, I highly recommend this app.

I’m getting ready to do my floors, do some more laundry and work on getting Christmas decor down.  The kids are hanging out with friends today, so I’ll have to retrieve them at some point.

Are you guys doing New Years Resolutions?  Mine are always the same.  Be healthier and be more organized.  I’m trying to think  of something new and more original.  I’ll keep you updated if I change it.

Dinner tonight will be shrimp enchiladas.  There is not really a recipe, I’m just winging it.  If they turn out yummy, I’ll share how I made them.

I realize this blog was all over the place.  I’m trying to remember what’s been happening around here.  Maybe my New Years Resolutions should include being more intentional with my blog.

Anyway, have a great day everyone!  Thanks for reading.  I hope everyone is well and had a wonderful holiday season!



Blessing Your Husband

As a Mom, it is so easy to put your marriage on the back burner and focus on the kids.  They are only going to be in your home for a short time, and they really do need a lot of attention.  But it is so very important to make your marriage a priority.  I try to find small ways everyday to show my Hubby that he is important to me.

I wake up with him before he leaves for work.  He gets up at 3:30am, gets dressed and heads downstairs.  I wake up between 3:30 and 4am and go with him.  I like to get his coffee ready, make him breakfast (if time permits), and pack his lunch.  I’ll make his breakfast fresh for him- eggs and bacon, a breakfast sandwich, but sometimes we’re rushing (MONDAYS! ugh, lol) and I don’t have time.  Just getting a bowl of cereal for him is helpful.  He likes having someone to talk to in the quiet before he leaves.  And because I’m up with him, helping him get ready, we get to sit down and chat for a bit or watch the news.

Another way I bless my Hubby is by doing his laundry.  Yes, he is a big boy.  Yes, he knows how to do his own laundry.  But, I have the time, I’m home, and I like to do it.  I also try to get done any other chores that will help him have a more restful weekend.

I also like to let him sleep in on the weekends.  I’m always up early to get the kids to their activities, getting the house straightened up, or getting breakfast ready.  I won’t wake up Hubby unless absolutely necessary.  My thoughts on this, I do get up early with him through the week, but if I’m tired during the day, I take a nap.  He can’t nap during the week, so he gets to sleep in. 🙂

He doesn’t expect any this, but I would be ok with it if he did.  He works hard for his family, and he deserves to be pampered.  I think *some* women feel like preparing meals for men, bringing them coffee, etc is demeaning, because for a long time- women didn’t have a choice.  Those things were expected of them.  They are not now, and I’m grateful that I have the choice, but this is the choice that I’m making, and it seems like a lot of women are doing the same. I’m happy to see homemaking becoming more popular.  I see lots of stay at home wives…not just moms, but women without children.  As I’ve said before, homemaking has always been very close to my heart.  I love everything about it.  It really warms my heart to see so many wives falling in love with it, as well.



Using up Turkey Day Leftovers

Here we are, five days after Turkey Day and we are still eating leftovers. I have no problem with it, I’ll eat turkey and stuffing every day. My kids and Hubby.. not so much.

I like to use my leftovers in new ways. Instead of just heating up the same Thanksgiving meal for another week, I’m recreating some of our favorite dishes with our Turkey Day leftovers.

Last night, (and you know I forgot to take pictures. I even reminded myself throughout the day) I make turkey and dumplings.

On Thanksgiving, after the bird was carved, and everyone had eaten, I put the turkey bones, along with some of the meat, back into the roaster. I covered it with water and let it cook for hours. Tada! Turkey stock.

For dinner last night, I put about half of that into a soup pot and let it simmer, uncovered. That allows a lot of the liquid to evaporate and the broth to become more flavorful. (Bonus: your house smells like turkey again!) Thirty minutes before dinner, I added veggies and started on my dumplings. Once the dumplings were in the soup, they had to cook for 20 minutes, and then it was done. So delicious!

The other dish I made last night with my leftovers- pumpkin spice bars. I just found the recipe in one of my old cookbooks. I had some leftover canned pumpkin from the cheesecake I made. It was the perfect amount. I added some cream cheese icing and it was a delicious fall dessert.

How are you using up your leftovers? Anything you’d like to share?



Weekend Breakfast: Egg Scramble

Ahh, the weekend. Lazy days, sleeping in, nowhere to go, and nothing to do but enjoy your time.

Hahah, yeah right! As a housewife, I am running my kids back and forth, running errands…you know the drill. This morning I was up at 6 to take my daughter, M, to her volunteer activity. I got home around 8 and got breakfast going for Hubby and I.

I made an egg scramble. Scrambles are awesome because you can literally make it with whatever you have on hand. I used Colby jack cheese, bacon, a leftover baked potato and a jalapeño from the garden.

I started by frying the bacon.

Then I shredded the cheese.

Next up, I sautéed the jalapeño and tossed in my chopped up potato.

I added the eggs directly to the pan with the potatoes and the peppers, and once they were set, I added the bacon pieces. Scramble everything together, transfer to your plate or bowl and sprinkle the cheese on top.

Another of my favorite combinations is sausage, onions and peppers.

I’m glad I remembered to take pictures this morning. It’s been a while since I shared a weekend breakfast with you guys.



Happy Day After Thanksgiving!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Ours was wonderful.  All the food turned out perfect, everything was done on time, everyone showed up on time, everyone got along, and no one discussed politics (haha).  That’s usually not a problem here, but you never know.  🙂

In the morning, while I was getting the turkey ready, peeling potatoes and working on some last minute things Hubby and I watched the parade.  I think I have watched it every year since I was a little girl.  My kids have no interest in it now  😦  Our family started showing up around noon, dinner was ready about 1, by 2 we had everything cleaned up, the boys were watching football, and my sister, my mom, the kids and I were playing games.  We had dessert a little later, and I think everyone left around 6.


What time do you eat?  My grandma always served our big meals as a late lunch, and I guess it just felt natural to do the same.  Also, I like to eat early so we can have a nap, and then have leftovers for dinner.

We picked at the  leftovers all night!  And of course I was so stuffed that I didn’t feel like cleaning up.  So this is what I came down to this morning-

Such a disaster.  I promise it was clean as soon as we finished eating (the first time, lol).

After everyone left, Hubby and I watched Wizard of Oz.  Actually, he slept, and I watched it with Milo. img_4351

Isn’t that funny??  I have never seen a cat watching tv.  He didn’t sit that way for long, but he watched it for a good 15 minutes.

My plans for the day are cleaning up that mess of a kitchen, undecorating for Thanksgiving/fall and DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!  I am so excited!  I have been planning out my decorating pretty much since April.  We bought our house then, and I have been picturing it ever since.

I did a little bit of Black Friday shopping online, but it’s never been my thing.  Hubby and I went out once to find some good deals, but didn’t really find anything worth all of that craziness.  So we haven’t done it since then.

I hope you all enjoy your day, however you are spending it.  Hubby and the girls are still sleeping, so I will watch one more Hallmark Christmas movie, drink another cup of coffee, and enjoy the quiet for a little bit longer.  Then I’m going to scrub that kitchen and get this house ready for Christmas!  Find me on Instagram to see more from me..not quite daily, but a little more often than I can blog. 🙂

❤ Courtney