Sunroom Ideas

Sunroom Update – Outside

It's been a while since the last sunroom update and a lot has happened! The outside is this close to being done and we just need paint and furniture on the inside, Whoop-whoop! We are almost there people! Today, I'm just sharing the outside.  Cross your fingers the inside may be painted by the end … [Read More...]

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$200 Ace Hardware Giveaway

You all know I love shopping at my neighborhood Ace Hardware store.  Not only do they always have what I need, but they  are always so helpful! I mean, most of the time I walk in there and I'm all: "I want to build this thing, that's like this big and about this height and I'm not really sure … [Read More...]

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Lake House Tour – My parents house

The little muchkins start school on Monday, although I can hardly call them little munchkins anymore - how do I have a first grader? And little man starts pre-school too?!? The teacher may have to pry my curly haired little baby out of my hands...deep breaths right? Basically, this last week of … [Read More...]

DIY Round Mirror

DIY Round Mirror

Today I'm going to show you all how to make a mirror... out of a mirror... Yes, ground breaking stuff around here, as usual. I mean, I'm sure you all remember waaay back when I got all crazy and made a bookshelf out of a bookshelf right? I know, I deserve some sort of creativity award, … [Read More...]

Garage Organization Tips

Garage Organization Tips

The Mr. is laughing hysterically at the title of this post because if anyone needs garage organization tips it's me.  Apparently I'm not qualified to be doling out advice on this one, but I'm trying! One corner at a time, I'm getting the mess under control. This month Ace Hardware paired us up … [Read More...]

Window Box Tips

Window Box Tips – my former black thumb

I have long joked about my black thumb and my ability to kill almost anything, even unkillable succulents have bit the dust in my house. BUT guys! I was watering my flower boxes yesterday and noticed something, wait a minute, they are not brown, or crispy, or weirdly yellowing … [Read More...]

Greek Salad Chicken Flatbread

Greek Salad Chicken Flatbread

 Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Pacific Foods, but all opinions are my own.  You guys, this is my new fave sandwich - ever!  It's the perfect light and easy weeknight meal in the summer.  I promise you my Greek Salad Chicken Flatbread will be a hit in your house too. Pssst... … [Read More...]

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How to install Laminate Flooring

Disclosure - I received product for this post from Armstrong Flooring, but all opinions are my own. This past weekend the Mr. and I installed our new white washed laminate flooring in our sunroom and I'm totally in love with it.  Like, the Mr. has walked in on me several times lying in the middle … [Read More...]

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No Sew Bed Canopy

WARNING: This tutorial is a complete re-enactment, the materials are real, the actors are fake, and the end results are fab. Ok, ok so we all know I'm not the best at writing tutorials, mainly because I always forget to take photos of the process. Mainly because I'm too busy winging it … [Read More...]

Sunroom Progress

Sunroom Update – 2 steps forward, 1 step back…

Sorry I've been a little MIA this past week, I was down in Atlanta for the Haven DIY bloggers conference.  It was so much fun seeing old friends and new and hanging out with other crazy bloggers like myself!  I had so much fun in fact, I took approximately 4 lame photos because I was too busy … [Read More...]

Sunroom Selections

Sunroom Selections

Since there isn't a whole lot of DIY I can tackle yet in the sunroom, I've decided to do the next best thing - shop! I'm sharing a few things I've bought so far, which is a little bare bones.  I obviously still need some accessories, more color etc...but at least you can see what direction I'm … [Read More...]

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Red Accent Table and a Giveaway!

My house is still a complete wreck - here I'll show you.. Yup, still no sign of our new windows.  In fact, we just got a call that now they won't be here for another week, grrr, not a happy camper. So to soothe my DIY soul I did a quick and fun project to brighten a little spot of my … [Read More...]

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Family Photo Time – welcome to our chaos

It's that time again... You know what I'm talking about.  The time where you try to scrub the peanut butter and lake water off your kids, brush their hair just so, dress them in something cute and then pray they keep themselves clean for the next hour... Then you need them to be in a "happy … [Read More...]

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Rain Rain go away…sunroom update

It's raining. In my house. No biggie. Sigh. The rain this week and last has not been our friend.  Especially since whompp, whomppp, our windows came in wrong.  We have another week to go til they come in again (right this time hopefully!) so the guys are trying to do as much as they can … [Read More...]

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Summer Home Tour

Hey all!  Today I'm sharing a little updated summer home tour, along with 23 other fab bloggers, since you know, I change things around about every 5 minutes.  True story.  There are actually a few things in these photos that have been swapped in the 3 days since I shot them...I know it's a … [Read More...]

Lake House Living Room

Living Room Decor – Finally Revealed!

The fireplace tile is in! The walls are painted! The new throw pillows are fluffed! All in time for the living room wall to get knocked down to make way for the new sunroom, whaaa, whaaamp.  But that's ok, I'm too excited about the new sunroom to care about the disaster it's going … [Read More...]

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Melon Prosciutto Salad

If you follow me on instagram then you know I'm all about easy salads for summer time.  The last thing I want to do is hang out in the kitchen when it's gorgeous outside, so that means everything we eat is either grilled or simple and fresh. Or peanut butter and jelly if you are little man, since … [Read More...]

Sunroom Plans

Big Announcement!! The Lily Pad Cottage is growing…

You guys, I could not be more excited.  Like jumping up and down, first day of summer break excited!  We have been planning and planning this since December and it's finally happening... ready? Ok, so it doesn't look like much right now, but that my friends is the start of our sunroom! It's … [Read More...]

100 Summer Ideas

Favorite Summer Projects

School is finally out here in Michigan and summer is in full swing!  So I thought I would share some of my favorite summer projects from this year and last (just in case you're new around here!) and bonus some of my fave bloggers are sharing their's as well! Yup, we are all sharing our Top 10 … [Read More...]

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Pinterest Link up and Features

Hey all time to link up your favorite pins this week and check out my fave features from last week! Meet our team: Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs~Pinterest, Lindsay from Makely School For Girls~Pinterest, Kelly from Lily Pad Cottage~Pinterest, Adrianne from Dream Book Design~Pinterest, … [Read More...]

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