Friday Fonts

I’ve been designing a few personal things lately (some of which I may end up sharing here!) and have been smothering myself in the font world again. I figured it was time to post a little roundup of some of my favorite FREE fonts and graphics I’ve been using here and there! I’ve shared two other posts in the past that you can find here and here. You can also follow my “Fonts” board on Pinterest for more fun links!


Signerica Medium

Halo Handletter



Soft Script

Mighty To Save

The wreaths I used can be found here and here…a really awesome blog with lots of free, hand-drawn graphics!

Happy Friday, everyone!

2 years later in the same red wagon


I don’t have a lot of time today to write a long post or share much detail about our vacation last week because I’m busy unpacking from the trip AND just as busy packing up random things around the house in preparation for our move in a few weeks. I also don’t have time to fix that run-on sentence. I do, however, have a short bit of time to share this adorable picture of my girl from last week while we were in GA. It’s the same picture I took when she was only 8 months old. It’s the same red wagon my sister and I played in when we were kiddos.

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Here is the first picture I took back in May of 2012. My aunt and I were a little bummed that the hydrangeas weren’t in bloom for the photo last week but that’s okay! She steals the show anyway!

I can’t believe how much older she looks but at the same time, how much she still looks like my little 8 month old baby! Whhhhaaaaaaa!!! Slow down, baby. But keep going. I’m sure all you mommas out there know what I mean. And the fact that she’s sitting here with me looking at the pictures saying, “baby Lydia in the wagon” and “aww, so cute” is rocking my world.






dear lydia: my sky full of stars //vol. 9



Dear Lydia,

Today is Monday and we’re trying really hard to get back into the swing of things after July 4th weekend. Right now you’re playing with your stickers and I’m sitting next to you writing this. It’s the most amazing thing, the way you can brighten up even the darkest of days. In the words of Coldplay, you’re my sky full of stars. You get lighter the more it gets dark. And you, my dear, are the reason I’m able to conquer the dreaded Monday blues.

I’ve been thinking about how you will be turning 3 in a little over 3 months. It’s hard to even comprehend sometimes just how much you are growing up and how so very fast it has all gone. Here’s a list of a few new things lately:

-you call motorcycles “mocky-does”

-you now want every stuffed animal and toy you can get your hands on to be in your bed with you at night. only a few months ago, you would cry if anything else but your blanket was in there with you.

-you love stickers. stickers are every where. they are in everything. even on my rear end as we walk around Target but I don’t know about it until we get home…

-you call helicopters “happy-cockers” and I laugh every time.

-you know the colors green, blue, pink, orange, red, black, and yellow.

-you love to play in the sand at the beach and you definitely love fireworks! “mommy, fireworks go BOOM!”

-your favorite foods lately are grapes, turkey & cheese rollups, “chock-it” ice cream.


I can’t wait to see what year 3 has in store. I love you more.


nursery must-have & preparing for a big girl room

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery

 If there is one nursery item that has stuck by our side the last 2 years, it’s got to be the beloved Diaper Genie and it’s handy dandy refills! And every time I’m perusing through Target (see also: trouble), I will pick up a few refills. Lydia is growing up quickly and is definitely close to being out of diapers. But I honestly don’t know if I could have survived without this diaper pail all this time. It’s one piece of Lydia’s original nursery that has probably been put to use the most, aside from her crib and changing table. I’m sure you moms can relate to that overwhelming feeling of relief you get when the dirty diapers are wrapped up tight and stuffed down in that thing, never to see the light of day again. I mean really, this thing can pack some serious diaper heat.

Once we make the big move to the new house this month—fingers crossed—Lydia will be well on her way to a big girl bed! This also means a completely new, big-girl room design–no more nursery. This is a little bittersweet for me. I’ve sort of teared up thinking about it. I’ve already packed pretty much all of her original nursery decor and it’s a very emotional time for me. She’s no longer my newborn baby in need of all the wonderful things a nursery offers. And she’s ready for a big girl room in so many ways! One of those things being transitioning into big-girl underwear, which will mean the end of the diapers and diaper genie. We’ve always kept it to the right of the changing table for easy diaper discarding. And Lydia has even learned to pop it open herself, which I’m sure will become handy with the next kiddo. So we are definitely holding onto the genie and all it’s magical goodness.


I also like to joke with Mitch that it’s the only way I can get him interested at all in diaper changes, lest he be stuck with a dirty diaper and no idea what to do with it. But in all honesty, he changes diapers genuinely out of the goodness of his heart. But I know the genie helps in his endeavors. But without it, he’d still survive and diaper-change away. But still. It helps.






So next time you’re in Target between now and July 31, 2014, grab a few diaper genie refills. Want even more of a reason to stock up on those lovely little things? Well, you are eligible to receive a $25 Spa Finder Wellness gift card after purchasing 3 or more varieties of Diaper Genie at Target! Just save your your Target receipt and go here to claim your gift card: (while supplies last).


project home: sunroom tour //before + progress//

Today’s little stop on the home tour is the sunroom. This is one of my favorite rooms because of all the gorgeous natural light. AND it’s going to be home to Lydia’s first playroom! I’m very, very excited about it! I have so many plans for that room and a lot of pinning has been done on Pinterest these past few months. I’m dying to get my hands on that room and make it a place where Lydia can blossom and grow creatively in her own space. We’ve already completed a few projects on the list for this room which will be listed below. But here is the before:

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Finished Sunroom Projects:

-leaky roof fixed (no more water in there like you can see in the pics!)

-ceiling repaired

-walls primed and painted

-exposed brick painted white to match fireplace in great room

And here are a few in-progress photos:

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Sunroom Projects:

replace receptacle covers

replace light fixture

paint floor

install french doors to separate sunroom from great room


Be sure to follow along our little journey on here or Instagram. We are using the hashtag “MLsecondhome” for this project and “MLKShouseflip” was used for the investment property.

Other PROJECT HOME posts to read:
// Front Door Paint Color
// House Remodel Update – includes a small list of projects already completed and a lot to be done!
// A peek inside our great room BEFORE
// The guest bath BEFORE
// The kitchen BEFORE