HOW TO INSTALL A BOARD and BATTEN WALL WITH HOME DEPOT

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How to Install a Board & Batten Wall

I have been wanting to create a board and batten wall for quite some time now. I jumped at the chance when The Home Depot reached out and asked if I would be willing to work with them! I knew exactly which room would be the perfect spot for a board and batten wall! My number two daughter and I had just re-decorated her room in a boho style so I knew that by adding texture to the wall, that it would add  more of the bohemian flare! This is a quick weekend project and budget friendly as well! You can use the link above and enter code “THANKSGIVING20” at check out for 20% off select Furniture, Textiles, Mattresses and Decor from October 22nd-28th, 2020. 

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Let’ s Build a Board & Batten Wall

Products needed for the wall:

* 1×2’s for the Vertical Primed Wood 8 Foot

* 1×3’s for the Horizontal Primed 8 Foot

* 1.5 inch Brad Nails

PPG Timeless Paint

*Paint Brush, Paint Roller Assembly and Tray

*Tape Measure

*Pencil

*Level

Tips on Buying Boards

When buying boards, hold the boards to your eye to make sure they are straight. We chose the primed boards because they were already sanded and primed, thus making this project a easy weekend project!

Step 1

Measure  the length  of your wall to find out where your center of your wall is located. Once you find your center of the wall, you want to mark that center measurement. 

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Step 2

Decide how far apart you want your boards to be apart and mark that measurement with a pencil. Ours will be 16 inches apart.

Step 3

Measure the height of the wall. 

Step 4

Now that we have all of our measurements for the width and the height, that will tell us how much material we will need, based on the length of the boards, at The Home Depot. 

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Step 5

After shopping at The Home Depot for our supplies, the next step is to add your board along the top of the wall and ceiling.

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Cut your pieces based on your measurements. We cut our boards with a miter saw. 

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Step 6

The  next step is placing the vertical boards on the wall.  

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Place the vertical center board on the wall first and make sure the board is level. We chose to have our board and batten, 16 inches apart. We made a 14.5 inch board, for a spacer board, to go in between each board and batten. It will help keep your board and batten on center and helps to keep them straight as well.

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Next, begin placing your board and batten on both sides of your center board, making sure each board is level. 

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Step 7

The final step is painting! We chose PPG Timeless Paint in the color, Chinese Porcelain. It is the 2020 Color of the Year paint! PPG Timeless Paint is a innovative new formula that makes it even more washable! It has a complete one coat hide, coverage and durability, making it perfect for a weekend project! It also has outstanding washability, scrubbability  stain resistance, making it perfect for our family! You can pick it up at The Home Depot.

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The first step in painting is to trim out, all around your wall, baseboards and around the board and batten pieces. My oldest daughter helped me paint! 

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After trimming everything out, I used a small roller to roll the remaining area of the wall.  This was my first time using PPG Timeless Paint and I absolutely loved the one coat coverage and the vibrant colors, they have to offer! I also appreciated the low odor and low voc.

The finished wall, as it was drying! I could hardly wait for it to dry so I could style the room! 

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Finished Board and Batten Wall

I am loving this weekend project of our Board and Batten Wall with The Home Depot.

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It was quick and budget friendly! I love the texture that the board and batten adds to our daughter’s room! It definitely gives a beautiful flare to the bohemian vibes of this room! 

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Final Thoughts

Have you ever thought of doing a board and batten wall in your home? Do you have any board and batten walls  in your home? I’d love to hear in the comments below! if you have any questions, please let me know in comments. I hope you have enjoyed following along with us on our DIY with  The Home Depot! 

Love, Shae

An Open Letter to My Daughter on Her Wedding Day

There are so many things I want to say to you on this special day. Let me start off by telling you how much I love you. From the moment you were born, your Daddy and I have loved you unconditionally. We love you infinitely. You are loved by God and by so many people. You are loved by those of us here on this earth and those of us not. Learning to feel love takes a lifetime for many, me included. Please promise me that you will keep your heart open for love, ok?

WHAT IS MARRIAGE?

”So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one seperate.”-Matthew 19:6

Marriage is beautiful, yet it can also be hard. Marriage will have a little bliss and a little heartache but the heartache will make the sweet times seem so much sweeter. The rough moments will teach you about yourself. You will begin to understand your needs and wants, as well as your spouse’s needs and wants. You will learn to weigh your needs and wants, against your spouse’s needs and wants. Wanting it to be your way is human nature and does not make you a bad person, but you will need to set that aside sometimes and do what is best for your spouse. Your spouse will need to do that sometimes too. 

CHOOSING GOD FOR THE CENTER OF YOUR MARRIAGE

Choosing God for the center of your marriage is very important! Pray togther, studying scriptures together is great ways to help keep Christ in your marriage. I believe that you will find that love doesn’t just sit like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade new all the time. It is constantly carving out time to cultivating your relationship with your husband; whether that be making time for an at home movie night, a candle lit dinner at home, going to one of your favorite places together or a special night out to a nice restaurant or even making his favorite dinner or surprising him with a special gift, making time for one another is essential in your relationship. 

WAYS TO KEEP YOUR MARRIAGE STRONG

Be available and be joyfully available for your spouse. You are the only one that can meet your spouse’s special need of intimacy. Don’t forget that he needs you.

If you have a disagreement, step aside and make sure you talk about it privately. Never have a disagreement in public, it can wait until your home. 

Never tell your parents what your spouse has done to hurt you. It is easier for you to forgive your spouse than it is for your parents to forgive them of their wrong doing.

Seek marriage counseling when needed. We’ve all been there and at times, we need others to give counsel. Be willing to seek it together.

Let divorce never be an option in your marriage, even when your mad at each other. Always seek to work out your differences and keep Christ centered in your marriage. 

HAVE FUN and LIFE TIPS

I know you will be that wife, cooking in the kitchen, singing into the spatula. You were made for this and God has given you an amazing man to spend your life with. Don’t ever forget when times get tough to have fun. Don’t let life dull your sparkle. 

Live your life and laugh! Laugh so loud that your neighbor’s can hear your joy outside! 

Don’t forget to surround yourself with good, Godly women. 

Work BESIDE your husband, helping him to pursue his passions. 

BE REAL, BE AUTHENTIC. Let your life speak for itself in how you live authentically. 

BE TRUTHFUL. Never fear being the one who stands on truth. Lies always have a way of coming out. It is ok to make mistakes, but don’t live on those mistakes. 

ASK FOR FORGIVENESS. We are all sinners. We all make mistakes. Not one person on this earth is perfect. Our Lord is so gracious!

Let God be first and you will be the wife you were meant to be.

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

And on your wedding day, I’ll be standing there, watching you put on your makeup. Your bridesmaids will hover and the photographer will click and they will be helping you, including me. After all, you are my baby, my daughter and also my best friend. I will love you til the ends of the earth, my dear. There is no greater joy than having a daughter.

I love you with all my heart!

Mommy

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY FUTURE SON-IN-LAW

You scare me. If you can understand that I already love you more than I am adequately able to express. I have been praying for you for many years. I could not even imagine who God had planned for our daughter’s spouse but I am thankful that He chose you. The power and role you will have in our daughter’s life can strike up more fear in my heart that I have ever been prepared to deal with. You have the ability to help our daughter flourish into the woman she will become or the ability to crush her. Can you possibly understand how scary that is for me, as her mother?

I pray about you frequently. I will admit I have set high standards for you. I don’t mean that as a daunting task. For me to entrust you with our daughter under your leadership is one of the hardest things I will ever do. Raising her has been one of my greatest joys. Watching her marry you will be bittersweet. It is so hard for me to let her go. I love her so much.

I pray that you are a strong man of faith. I pray you are full of integrity and true character, along with honest and brave. I pray that you are gentle with my daughter. I pray that you will be an awesome father and that I will also pray that my daughter encourages you. I pray that you will be thoughtful and caring and I believe you are because I think my daughter has chosen wisely.

I have been married for quite some time now and I know how hard the work is. I understand, by watching my own husband, the burden a man has to provide, lead and love his family. I do see the fear and uncertainty a man must deal with. I pray that God will give you the necessary skills to lead gracefully and that God is always first in your life.

I believe I have done my very best to raise a daughter who will love you with her whole heart. I raised her to understand that marriage isn’t a fairytale but understands the true commitment of marriage and one that you don’t give up on easily. I have taught her to honor and respect her husband, to be a voice that builds you up. I have done my best to give her the knowledge I have. I know I won’t do it perfectly, I know she’ll make mistakes. Will you please handle her with grace and care? Will you please lead her gently to resolution and purpose? Will you please lead her to heaven?

At the end of your life-it is you son-in-law-whom will give an account for the way you lead and loved our daughter. Will you be given a good account for helping her like the servant-leadership of Jesus Christ? At times in life, you are going to feel like your wife is wrong. Please gently let her know she is wrong and not ignore her wrong-doings.

I am sure your Momma has done her very best as well. That is what Momma’s do! I pray for your Momma, that God has given her the grace she needs to raise you to be the man that God has intended for you to be. I pray that she and I can always love one another and can be both yours and our daughter’s biggest cheerleaders. I also pray that your Dad is a beautiful reflection of our heavenly Father. I pray you have learned becoming a man from a trusted, Godly man.

I said all of that to say, yes son, you scare me; entrusting you with our daughter will be one of the hardest things I will ever do. I am choosing to believe you are the spouse that God has chosen for our daughter and to whom she is called to marry. I am choosing, along with my husand, to continously pray over your relationship. Marriage is a sacred covenant. I am blessed to see the two of you in a truly, beautiful commitement, that leads your family to a beautiful, happy life!

Your future Mother-In-Law

HELPING OUR CHILDREN DEAL WITH GRIEF

When we experience loss or grief, it can so often catches us by surprise. Grief can come in many forms, including job loss, death in the family or non-death losses, natural disasters, developing a life threatening illness, death of a family pet, being exposed to combat or warzone, break-in or robbery, family seperation, ect. These things hit us out of nowhere and we feel utterly helpless as to how to deal with them, let alone how to help our children deal with their hurt.

HELPING OUR CHILDREN DEAL WITH GRIEF

This past year, we experienced grief in our family.  This experience was heart breaking and I wanted desperately to take away my children’s pain. I immmediately knew that our children would need age appropriate information about what was happenning. Our kids needed to know that we loved them and that they could speak openly to us about what was going on. I openly wept with my children and feel that it is ok for children to see that adults cry sometimes too. 

I know that I don’t have all the answers. It’s hard, I know. I do find myself a step ahead of my children-leading them as I learn. Often times, this is our greatest teaching, when we are showing as much as we are telling. When we are learning bravely and trusting bodly, we are right beside them!

I am choosing to trust God with my hardest hurts, my greatest questions!  I know He will use this for His good. That trusting becomes a quiet showing as our children have a front row seat to see how we respond to all the things that shake us.  THIS is actually an opportunity to further introduce our children to the very grace that is healing my heart. 

THIS IS A GIFT

I believe the key to navigating hard, desperate, painful places with our children is to let them know we are here. We do not need to have all the answers. We just need to grab their hands and help to gently point them in the direction to the very Lord that is healing our heart. I believe that trusting our All Mighty God that is big enough to heal all of hearts at the very same time. 

BOOKS TO HELP WITH GRIEF

*The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

*My Big Dumb Invisible Dragon by Angie Lucas

*Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

*The Rabbit Listened by Cory Doerrfeld

SCRIPTURES THAT OFFER COMFORT

”In this world you will have trouble, but take heart..I have overcome the world.”-John 16:33

”The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”-Psalms 34:18

”You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears and recorded each one in your book.”-Psalms 56:8

QUOTES THAT HAVE HELPED ME UNDERSTAND GRIEF

”We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.”-Brene Brown

”It’s crazy the amount of time we spend trying to avoid these hard topics when they’re really the ones that can set us free.”-Brene Brown

“Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness-an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as feared. The wilderness can often feel unholy because we can’t control it, or what people think about our choice of whether to venture into that vastness or not. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”-Brene Brown

FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope that as you navigate through your grief and your children’s grief that are you are able to find comfort in the Lord and have found help here on the blog! I think that by sharing our experiences with each other, that we can only help others that are dealing with similar experiences. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Love, Shae

 

 

 

 

Natural and Simple Fall Home Tour

Gather autumn inspiration from our natural and simple fall home tour that is loaded with farmhouse, rustic charm and lots of diy’s.

Fall Front Porch 

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Although the fall weather is just beginning here in Alabama, I am loving the crisp fall days and watching the leaves begin to change. Fall is by far my favorite season! I am excited to join a few other ladies on instagram to share their fall home tours as well! Please make sure to visit the other fall homes over on instagram! For my fall front porch, I added fall mums, pumpkins, pillows and a cozy blanket! Add a couple signs and your fall porch is ready for the fall season!

Fall Dining Room

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If you dropping by here for the first time, welcome! My name is Shae and I live in Birmingham, Alabama with my husband and our four daughters, along with our pup, Tinker Belle. We have worked so hard to transform our house into a home. Lots’s of diy’s fill our light and bright home, characterized with farmhouse charm. One of my favorite projects in our home is the designing and building of our farmhouse table in our dining room. We even designed and built the light fixture as well.

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Since it is just beginning to feel like fall here, I really wanted to have a more simple, natural approach to my fall decor. Plus, I knew we would be moving in mid October, since we just recently sold our home! Simple sounded like a breath of fresh air with the swirl of moving in the back of my mind! I kept everything as neutral as possible then added a couple muted tones of orange with fall pumpkin pillows, a blanket then several multi-colored fall eucalyptus pieces. I always enjoy styling my dough bowl for each season.

Fall Kitchen

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I really wanted to keep my seasonal additions in the kitchen neutral and simple. If you are a regular, you may have noticed how we have completed this space as more of a rustic farmhouse look. If you haven’t caught the posts about our kitchen, check out the renovation process HERE . We painted the CABINETS inside and out, with my diy chalk paint. It made an incredible difference! I even did the concrete countertops by myself! Of course, the farmhouse sink is my favorite thing about our kitchen renovation! For the fall decor, I added the muted toned, eucalyptus in a hanging basket and kept everything neutral from the wood colored baskets to the live plants! I also added a few pumpkins on the counter and one of my fall curated candles that you can purchase here.  Sometimes simplicity is best! 

Fall Family Room

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One thing that I am really going to miss about this room is our ship lap wall! This wood is around 100 years old and I love the white wash that I added to it! The white wash just brings in so much more texture to the focal wall! In this room, I added several fall pillows in that same muted orange. I also added another fall blanket that helps tie in the colors of the room.

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I can’t forget about the fall florals on the mantel from Kirkland’s! You can find that post  HERE.  One of my favorite smaller diy’s that my husband and I did a few years ago was our Pumpkin Patch Sign. Lining up and gluing on all of those letters, just above drove our OCD-selves crazy but we did it! This sign also doubles as a Christmas Tree Farm sign on the back! I have used this sign in our decor for the past three years and I still love it! DIY’S with my husband will always be my favorite because we create in together and with love for our home! 

Fall Half Bathroom

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This little farmhouse half bath still gives me all the heart eyes! This was one of our first diy’s in this home! You can read all about how we transformed this Half Bath Makeover Under $180! Whites and woods are definitely apart of my love language when it comes to decor. My husband and I made the frame and the shelves from 100 year old barn wood. Leaving them with this house definitely makes me sad but knowing that the new homeowners will appreciate their beauty makes me happy!

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Fall decor was definitely kept simple in our half bath, as I added the muted eucalyptus and a couple glass vases with fall florals from Target.

Fall Laundry Room

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I feel you can never go wrong decorating any space in your home, as long as it gives you joy, go for it! That is exactly what I do, when decorating this little shelf in my laundry room! I love having a beautiful space to wash and  dry my family’s clothes! It is such a blessing to me!

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For this space, I added a fall wreath along with a few pumpkins and that beautiful fall eucalyptus! Simple, budget friendly and you can use it every year and even add to it yearly as well!

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I hope ya’ll have enjoyed our Natural and Simple Fall Home Tour! I sure have enjoyed sharing our fall spaces with you!

Laura over on her blog

Adriana over on Instagram

Rachel over on Instagram

Divya over on Instagram

Suman over on Instagram

Please let me know if you have any questions! 

Love-Shae 

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Autumn Inspired Mantel with Kirklands

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Adding Autumn Inspiration:

I am in appreciation of Kirklands beautiful and bold fall florals this season! You will love their bright assortment of fall florals on display in your entryway , mantel or dining room. It is simple to add small fall florals to spaces throughout your home. I chose to use several fall bushes from Kirklands for my fall entry mantel.

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 Kirklands Fall Florals: 


I knew I wanted to add our Pumpkin Patch sign with some of Kirklands stunning fall florals!!


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The first floral piece that I started with was the Wildflower Bush, which is my main center piece for the fall florals. Its beautiful and bold , setting the tones for my fall colors in my home this season! The next two pieces are the Yellow Foam Berry Buds Bushes. The yellow compliments the Wildflower Bush, perfectly! I added each of those to eiter side of te Wildflower Bush. I also picked up two of The Flower Bar Green Bushes. They no longer have The Flower Bar Green Bushes but the Lemon Stem would make a great alternative! wanted some greenery to drape over the cedar mantel.

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Kirklands Fall Pillows:

I knew I wanted to help welcome the crisp, cool days of fall into our home with a few of Kirklands fall pillows. You will love how their pillows will help add that autumnal touch to your entry, mantel or couch! Perfect for snuggling up with a soft blanket and a movie. Oh, and dont forget a cozy fire right beside the ones you love! My favorite time of year begins now with fall through Christmas. I love decorating our home for the fall season for our family to enjoy!

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White Knit Pumpkin Pillows

The White Knit Pumpkin Pillows makes adding a few cozy fall accent pillows to your harvest collection, a festive autumn addition.  I love the pop of muted orange with the texture of the white knit pumpkin. Perfect for your entry, dining room chairs, couch or even your fireplace. Add a cozy fire and a few smores and your all set for the season!

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Welcome To Our Pumpkin Patch Accent Pillow

The Welcome To Our Pumpkin Patch Accent Pillow is perfect for our fall entry mantel. I love that by adding a autumn accent pillow, how it brings a festive fall touch to any space! Hues of orange and cream with a featured embroidered border. The Welcome To Our Pumpkin Patch Accent Pillow ties in seemlessly with the our mantel’s orange fall tones, blending with all the fall florals. Muted oranges and yellows along with creams and a hint of green!

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Plaid Pumpkins Stitched Accent Pillow

The Plaid Pumpkins Stitched Accent  Pillow just gives me all the fall feels, as it makes the perfect autumn addition to our fall pillows from Kirklands! With hues of gray, orange, red and green, it could be used in your autumn decor, throughout your home. Try it in your entry, your bedroom or your couch. 

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Fall Entry Mantel Complete:

I am thankful to be enjoying these beautiful pieces in our home from Kirklands. They have decor to fit so many different styles and at great prices too! If you have any questions, please let me know! Which item is your favorite? Please let me know in the comments!

Love~Shae

Staycation with Vulcan Park and Museum

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Staycation with Vulcan Park and Museum

When I think of a fun activity with a little history in Birmingham, Alabama, I think of Vulcan! I can remember going here as a child on field trips and sometimes with my childhood best friend. Vulcan definitely holds some nostalgia for me! Our oldest two daughters, who are now adults, grew up visiting Vulcan. We were excited to have the  opportunity to take our youngest two daughters, recently!

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Vulcan History

Vulcan is Birmingham, Alabama’s statue and is the world’s largest cast iron statue. It is also considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Vulcan was designed by an Italian artist, Giuseppe Moretti. Vulcan was cast in 1904 and has overlooked Birmingham from atop Red Mountain since the 1930’s.  The photo below was from 1906-1935 when Vulcan was located at the Alabama State Fairgrounds. 

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In 1999, Vulcan was in need of repair. The 10 acre park that surrounds Vulcan was closed and Vulcan was removed from its pedestal. City leaders sought public support for its restoration, forming the non-profit Vulcan Park Foundation., which would oversee the plan to restore the statue to his 1904 grandeur. They also created a educational park complex to interpret Alabama’s industrial history. 

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Vulcan Today

Today, public-private partnerships and a $15.5 million campaign, our city’s beloved statue, stands rehabilitaed, along with the expanded park, now  referred to as Vulcan Park and Museum. 

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Our Visit to Vulcan Park and Museum

Our family was so excited to have a staycation here in Birmingham and to be able to visit Vulcan Park and Museum! It is  a beautiful park overlooking the cityscape. We decided to check out the museum first! The museum has many different exhibits about the history of making Vulcan! Our favorite exhibit was the Furnace Room, where you can see raw materials needed for iron production. We also enjoyed reading about the  Women’s Suffrage Centennial on their fight to have rights to vote. We finished the museum quickly, as our littles were chomping at the bit to go up top of Vulcan! 
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Vulcan

The elavator ride to the top of Vulcan offers breathtaking  views of the Birmingham region. You can see Red Mountain as it stretches to the east and west.

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Facing north, you can see Jones Valley, one of Birmingham’s earliest business districts. To the south, you can see Shades Valley and even further south lies Oak Mountain.  

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We had a few people in our family that were a little nervous of heights but hey, that did not stop us from being atop of Vulcan! Absolutely one of our favorite spots here in Birmingham to have a staycation! 

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Final Thoughts

Vulcan Park and Museum is absolutely one of our favorite spots here in Birmingham to have a staycation!

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Grab your tickets here!  I would love to know if you and your family have come to Vulcan Park and Museum, here in Birmingham? Please let me know in the comments!

Love~Shae

Styling a Full Length Mirror with Greenery and Florals

It’s always fun when I challenge myself with Thrift Store Challenge. The rules are that I  have to find an item from a thrift store, garage sale, estate sale, flea market or heck, even from the side of the road and share how I styled it in our homes!

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One of my favorite ways to fill a wall or add extra light to a space is through the use of mirrors as decoration! I love hunting for mirrors when I go browsing estate sales or on our local trade sites, but this time, I found a larger scale Kirklands mirror on Facebook Marketplace for $40. This mirror retails for $100 at Kirklands! Score!

I knew I wanted to place the mirror on my staircase landing, plus I decided to style my mirror with greenery and florals! I had the greenery on hand but purchase the Vintage Peonies from Amazon.



 For the greenery, I used Frosted Eucalyptus Garland  from Hobby Lobby.  They are only $10 when on sale for 50% off! I used two of these.

 I also used  Eucalyptus Leaf Garland from Hobby Lobby.  They are also only $10 each when they are on sale. I used two of each of these.  I took one of each of the Frosted Eucalyptus Garland and one of the Eucalyptus Leaf Garland and intertwined those, then placed over the top of my mirror. I tucked a few pieces of the Frosted Eucalyptus Garland behind my mirror to help secure it. Then I used one thin nail to hammer into the wall.  Next, I added the second set of combined Frosted Eucalyptus and the Eucalyptus Leaf Garland. I also tucked pieces of the Frosted Eucalyptus behind the mirror and I also sort of “hooked” on the second eucalyptus to the first eucalyptus pieces. You can also use mini command hooks to hook onto the mirror.


Next I grabbed my Vintage Peonies that I purchased from Amazon. I took apart all the Vintage Peonies and decided where I wanted to place them. I wanted to have several in the left hand corner as my focal point of the floral and greenery. I decided the best way to attach the flowers would be to add a tiny dab of hot glue to each flower and press in place until dry.


I have a video tutorial over on my IG.  Check it out to see how it all came together! I hope y’all have enjoyed this tutorial!

❤️-Shae

Sertodo Copper

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked, in this post is provided by Sertodo Copper; opinions and reviews are my own.]

Sertodo Copper: Benefits

Did you know that copper has anti-microbial proberties? I also can appreciate that 65% of all copper mined today has been recycled over and over to make new pieces! I enjoy having a product in my home that is anti-microbial and is recycled!! 

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Sertodo Copper: History

Over 23 years ago, Jonathan Beall founded Sertodo Copper and began selling it throughout the United States  from the back of his truck! He even nicknamed his truck “El Macho”.  Since 1997, Sertodo Copper has been bringing the highest quality copper goods made by the master artisans in their shops located in Austin, Texas and Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan.

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Sertodo Copper products are designed to become heirlooms for generations to use with cooking, socializing and enjoyin with family and friends. The first pieces that Sertodo Copper sold in 1997 are still in use today because the first customers are still customers today!

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Whipping Egg Whites in Copper Bowls

The really cool thing about whipping egg whites in a copper bowl is that as the whisk hits the bowl, tiny bits of copper break off from the surface of the bowl and mix in with your egg whites. Since copper can bind sulfur groups, those tiny bits of copper bind to the egg white proteins and therefore, sulfur groups are unable to form the strong disulfide bonds that can leadd to gritty, dry whipped egg whites. The egg whites whipped in a copper bowl stay glossy and firm without as much risk of becoming grainy or overwhipped. Pretty cool, right! So tell me, have your tried whipping egg whites in a copper bowl?

Recipe: Whipped Egg Whites

It is best to use fresh eggs, since the proteins are more conductive to forming an airy, porous foam when they are new. Seperate your egg yokes from the whites.  If you accidently drop some yolk into the egg whites, the fat will prevent the egg whites from foaming up.  To avoid this, use two seperate bowls-one for yolks and one for whites.  Place your egg whites in your copper bowl and begin whipping the egg whites with your whisk.  As you beat, do not rush adding the sugar. The slower you add your sugar, the better it will dissolve.  I recommend using one tablespoon at a time.  Also, take weather into account, as it is best to make meringues on a dry day. On humid and hot days, they can become limp or sticky.

Ingredients:

* 4 large egg whites

* 1 cup sugar

*1/2 tsp of cream of tartar IF you do not have a copper bowl.

Directions:

Beat egg whites until foamy with a whisk or mixer. If you do not have a copper bowl, now is the time to place the cream of tartar into the foamy egg whites. Try not to overbeat the egg whites at this point or they will have a harder time combining with your sugar.  Slowly add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until you no longer hear the sugar in the egg whites. (No sound of the sugar hitting against your bowl as you mix.) Once all of the sugar has been added, you can stop worrying with overbeating. Beat until stiff peaks form. How to tell if you  have stiff peaks? Test by lifting your whisk from the bowl. The peaks of the egg whites that rise as you lift should stand straight up.  Also, as you tilt the bowl, the whites should not slide. You should not see any clear watery egg at the bottom. Double check to make sure the sugar is dissolved. Pinch some meringue between your fingers. It should feel sliky and smooth. 

Sertodo Copper: My Favorite Copper Pieces

I am loving their Bisotun Water Pitcher! I think it is a great conversation piece as well! 

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I also love their Alicante Paella Pan. Perfect for whipping up something for dinner! 

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Of course, I love my Sertodo Copper! Perfect for the meringue recipe!

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I hope ya’ll have enjoyed reading about the benefits of copper, the meringue recipe and  about the history of Sertodo Copper. Please check our thier website. I know you will love  their copper!

❤️~Shae 

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Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

Making your own homemade powdered laundry detergent may take a few extra minutes of your time, but it’s a lot cheaper than store bought. Plus you’re keeping your home chemical free. Continue reading for full instructions and cost break down.

 

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Ingredients:

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for years! It saves so much money plus y’all know how much we try to live without those yucky chemicals! Plus, it’s super easy with just three ingredients: washing soda, borax and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap .

What you will need to purchase:

• (1) 3 pound box of Super Washing Soda

• (1) 4 pound box of Borax

• (2) Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap Bars

• Container for the detergent

• Grater

• Wooden Spoon for stirring

• Tablespoon for measuring

Directions:

 

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Pour the washing soda and borax into a large bowl. Grate both bars of the Dr. Bronner’s soap, on the fine side of the grater, then add to the washing soda and borax bowl. Stir the detergent until it’s all mixed in really well.

How Much Detergent to Use Per Wash? 

I use 1-3 tablespoons per wash, depending on the load size and how dirty the load. In a normal load, I normally use 2 tablespoons but if a load is really dirty, I will use 3 tablespoons.

Cost Break Down: 

Let’s break down the cost to compare pricing of store bought.

Washing Soda $4.12

Borax $4.47

• Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap $3.62

• Total= $12.21

This receipt will make 112 loads, giving you 7 pounds of detergent. Break that down to $0.11 cents per load!

Compare Natural Name Brands: Conclussion:

Now, if I were to buy a natural detergent, let’s compare the costs of those! Let’s compare costs to Whole Foods 365, Molly’s Suds and ECOS.

• Whole Foods 365 for 80 ounces at $11.99 with 53 loads = $0.23 cents per load.

• Molly’s Suds for 70 ounces at $20.99 with 120 $0.30 per load.

• ECOS for 57 laundry square pods at $25.26 for 57 loads = $0.44 cents per load.

Conclusions: Savings, No Chemicals and How Long Will the Detergent Last

Y’all! The math don’t lie! I love saving my family money and we are using a detergent that is not full of chemicals! I call that a win win! This detergent will last us for a month! Can y’all believe that I’m only spending a little over $12 per month on detergent for a family of 6?!

Sensitive Skin: 

Yes! We use this on our sensitive skin! Several of our family members have sensitive skin with skin issues like eczema, ect. I have even used it in replace of the expensive baby washing detergent! I have been using this recipe for the last 16 plus years!

Liquid Laundry Detergent: Final Thoughts

When I first began making my own laundry detergent, the first recipe I used was for liquid detergent. I used that recipe for the first couple of years since we had a HE Washer and were told to only use HE soap. One day I decided to test a couple loads with the powdered detergent and never went back to the liquid. We have never had a problem with using either recipe’s in our HE washer’s!

Final Thoughts:

Have you ever made homemade laundry detergent? If so, what have been your thoughts? Hope y’all enjoyed the recipe and enjoy the savings!

❤️-Shae

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