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Bathroom Gallery Wall

Bathroom Gallery Wall

Hobby Lobby got me again y’all.  I intend to just run in there for a hot minute and grab one thing and then their wall decor is 50% off and I can’t contain myself.  This led to yet another bathroom gallery wall.

I know there are few things more exciting than pictures of my bathroom but here it is.  The wall was completely empty before.

And here’s a shot of the other side.  (You can find the tutorial on how I built the shelf above the toilet here.)

That polka-dot wall was about the easiest DIY ever!  Check it out here!

Here are the pieces that I found at Hobby Lobby (minus the “J” that Mom gave me for Christmas…I think it came from Ross).  I like to lay out my galleries on the floor first to play around with the design.

Then, I move them to the wall one by one. And here is the finished product!

It’s a fun little to the space!

It’s so funny how things change.  I would never have thought I would have a gold bathroom (or gold of any sort) in my house 10 years ago but I love it!  I feel like I lean towards a more traditional style of decor so this bathroom is it’s something a little whimsical and unexpected.   That proves that everything comes back in style if you wait long enough!

Check out my other gallery walls here and here!




Rocking Chair Makeover

Rocking Chair Makeover

Hi friends!  I’m so excited to share my first makeover using Milk Paint today!

McKenna received this sweet little rocking chair as a gift when she was one.  It has seen its share of rocking in its day. It’s also seen its share of ink pens and nail polish.

It’s the perfect size for Miranda so I decided to spruce it up a little for her with the (contains affiliate link) Milk Paint I received at Haven Conference last year.

I used a disposable brush (because I’m lazy…a real one would have been better).

I even got a little help for about 30 seconds!

This thing had a lot of crevices for a little rocking chair.  I did one very thorough coat and then went back and touched up the spots.

Then, I sat the project aside for a couple of days to dry and then applied the Folk Art Finishing Oil.

I applied with an old cloth per the directions on the bottle.  This was my first time using milk paint so I had no idea how it would turn out.  The oil gave the piece a streaked look.  Regretfully, I didn’t seem to get a picture of it before I started the sanding.  The instructions said to use a 280 grit sand paper.  I only had 150 grit so that’s what I used.

The milk paint made the distressing really easy.  I  went over the edges a couple of times with the sandpaper to give  the edges a distressed look.

Check out the difference a little milk paint makes!  The finishing oil takes 30 days to cure so I’m keeping it out of sight until then.

Milk paint gives this little rocking chair a beautiful distressed look. It looks so easy to do! Great DIY for beginners!

Want more easy DIYs?  Check out my favorite DIY projects here!

Some Stuff and a Free Printable

Some Stuff and a Free Printable

Can you believe it’s March already?  It’s no secret that I have been on a quest to simplify and organize my life this year.  In doing this, I noticed that my children have much more active social lives than I do.  To keep track of all their activities and social engagements I created this calendar for my refrigerator (or the inside door of a cabinet).

I thought you guys might find it useful too so I’m including it here on the blog!  It’s just a prettier version of a normal calendar.  But if you’re going to spend your time following it, it may as well be pretty!  It works great in a sheet protector with magnets on the back.  I’ll try to post next month’s calendar before the month starts.

Get a cute and free printable calendar every month at Life on the Bay Bush!

Download it by clicking the link below to Scridb!

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While I’m here I also wanted to share a couple of pictures of my girls.  It’s Read Across America week at school to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  Tuesday was dress like your favorite book character day.  McKenna and her bestie dressed as the twins from the Sweet Valley High books!  Is that not a blast from the past.  McKenna was Elizabeth and apparently that costume requires a jean jacket, pink eye shadow and a “perfect pony tail!”  I put perfect pony tail in quotations as my first two attempts were not deemed perfect.

Avery wanted to dress as Anna from Frozen.  I was thankful for our stash of princess dresses that makes days like this easy and thankful that she still thinks princesses are cool.  I had to take her picture in the dining room as it was the only room in the house that was remotely clean.

We’ve had the weirdest weather this winter.  We hit 80 more than once in February.  The baby is ready for summer though!

And I’ll add one more random snippet to this (very unfocused) blog  post.  We celebrated Fat Tuesday with jambalaya and King {Coffee} Cake.  I had a lot of coffee cake leftover from our last day of Bible Study.  Since I couldn’t find a King Cake, I arranged the leftovers in a circle and added purple and green sprinkles to the top!  Easy peasy!  The girls had no idea what Fat Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday) was so we got to discuss the Biblical side of sacrificing for Lent.  I left out the whole Mardi Gras part and they were none the wiser.

Finally, have you heard of the 40 days 40 bags challenge by White House Black Shutters?  You commit to getting rid of one bag of stuff each day of Lent.  It started yesterday but there’s still plenty of time to catch up!  I’ve gotten rid of multiple bags of baby clothes in the last two weeks so I’m going to count that as my Day 1 and move forward.  Who wants to commit?  There is a Facebook group to keep you motivated.  Check it out!

I know this was a random post so thanks for sticking with me to the end!  I hope you can use the calendar!

Rustic Glitter Shamrock

Rustic Glitter Shamrock

Remember my Rustic Valentine’s Glitter Heart?  Let me refresh your memory…seriously, one of the easiest DIYs to date!

Well…I decided to flip it around and add a glitter shamrock to the back of it for St. Patrick’s Day!  Now, I consider this one of my better ideas to date since St. Patrick’s Day is the next holiday after Valentine’s.  All I have to do is flip it around to get ready for the next holiday!  No, putting it away after Valentine’s Day or dragging it out of the attic for St. Patrick’s Day.  Sometimes I surprise myself…and I mean that in the most humble way possible.  Sometimes common sense is not my greatest strength.  But it’s all good.  No one gets all the gifts.  That is one thing I have taken away from the Bible Study I’ve been attending.

Here’s what you need (may contain affiliate links):

Cut a piece of con-tact paper the size of the lid.

Draw a shamrock (or any desired shape) with the Sharpie on the paper.

Cut out the shape without cutting through the outer edge of the Con-tact Paper.

Pull off the back of the Con-tact paper and adhere to the lid.  Make sure the edges are pressed down well.  Kitty Kitty was extremely interested in this project.  I did this one outside to avoid a glitter explosion in my kitchen.

Generously apply Mod Podge to the inside of the shamrock.

Generously apply glitter to the Mod Podge.

Shake of the loose glitter and touch up any spots that you missed.

Pull off the Con-Tact paper and admire your craftiness!

I love the way it turned out!  It went right back up onto the mantel in the kitchen (where I had it for Valentine’s Day.)

Love this small kitchen mantel decorated for St. Patrick's Day! So cute and easy!

The candles and glass jar were leftover from Valentine’s. I found the green hat in my stash and threw it up there to replace the wire heart.

I love easy projects like this!  A lot of people have a love/hate relationship with glitter.  I don’t love cleaning it up but I do love the way it sparkles!

DIY Tutorial for this adorable glitter shamrock. Perfect for St Patrick's Day! And it has a surprise on the back! Life On The Bay Bush

Love it?  Don’t forget to pin it!  And check out the other projects I’ve done with cheeseboxes here!

Girls’ Bathroom Update

Girls’ Bathroom Update

Have I mentioned my love for Hobby Lobby on the blog yet?  They have finally opened one in my little corner of the world! It has been a blessing and a curse.

Sometimes I find myself in town with a few minutes to spare and like to run in there to see what’s new.  I could seriously spend all day in there.  Unless my kids are with me and then 12 minutes is about all I can stand.

So you can probably guess where this post is headed…

Miss Miranda and I found ourselves in Hobby Lobby with a few minutes to spare and they happened to have their wall decor 50% off.   I found two prints that looked like they would match in the girls’ bathroom upstairs.  It’s a Jack and Jill bathroom. I hadn’t done much decorating up there since we didn’t use that bathroom for the first 5 years that we lived here.

This is the guest side that rarely gets used.   I hung a few paintings the girls painted at church in there and called it a day.

The walls are a pale pink which sort of clashed with the orange cross painting.  And you have my sincere apologies for the photo quality.  As there is little to no natural light in here, I did the best I could.

The new prints from Hobby Lobby (and the gold M!) look adorable with the wall color!

It’s such a pretty and girly space now!  Here’s a shot in the mirror…because I’m a lunatic.

Do you live near a Hobby Lobby?  What’s the best thing you’ve found there?  Here’s another post that has a fun makeover I did on something I found on the 90% off aisle at Hobby Lobby!

Now we just need a HomeGoods. Alas, a girl can dream…

St. Patrick’s Day Mantel and Bunting

St. Patrick’s Day Mantel and Bunting

Hey guys!  Can you believe March is almost upon us?  I put away my Valentine’s stuff this weekend and put together a little Dollar Store Bunting for St Patrick’s Day this weekend.  I threw this simple little St. Patrick’s Day mantel in no time!

The glitter shamrocks and hats are from the Dollar Tree.  The shamrocks came in packs of 12 and the hats came in packs of 5 so I only spent $2!  The ribbon is from my stash but I think the green came from Michaels and the Black is from Sam’s Club.

I cut the green ribbon and tied a simple knot in each end around the hooks on my mantel.  You can find the hooks here.

Then, I taped three of the shamrocks to the ribbon about 12 inches around, starting in the center.  A hot glue gun would have worked but I didn’t feel like dragging it out.  Tape wouldn’t hold the little hats so I stapled those right to the ribbon.  Quick and easy!


Since the hats were a little heavier they were causing the bunting to face downward.  In retrospect, I should have stapled those as low as possible on the ribbon to avoid it twisting.  However, it wasn’t much of an issue when I tied the black ribbon onto the green.  It bunched it up enough to keep it from twisting too much.

I love the way it turned out!  And I really love that it was only $2!  Here’s the rest of my St. Patrick’s Day mantel.

I found those big glitter shamrocks on clearance at Big Lots after St Patrick’s Day last year.  That’s my best tip for seasonal decorating.  I pick up a couple of things on clearance after each holiday and tuck them away for next year.  It’s much cheaper than buying at full price and I usually spend $5 or less. Then I always have something new for next year.

I tied (pun intended) it all together with the bows on the candle sticks using the same black and white ribbon from the bunting.

Super cute St. Patrick's Day Mantel

I can’t remember where I found the Luck of the Irish sign.  It’s hanging on the mirror from a little suction cup.  I also hung one of the extra hats on the suction cup to cover it up.

I love how cheerful and festive it is!

Adorable and easy St Patrick's Day Mantel and DIY Bunting.  Life on the Bay Bush

You can check out my DIY St Patrick’s Day Wreath here and my other mantels here.

Valentine’s Day {Expectations vs Reality}

Valentine’s Day {Expectations vs Reality}

Our Valentine’s Day didn’t go quite like I planned this year.  You see, I have these grand visions of surprising the girls with the table decorated for Valentine’s Day with pancakes and sprinkles and relaxed conversations about the day ahead while the eat their nutritious breakfast.

The reality was more like frozen waffles while running out the door to school…and we were still tardy.  I spent too much time working on McKenna’s hair and not enough time looking for Avery’s missing school folder.

Then, I spent so much time trying to get the scanner to work on my printer that I nearly missed lunch with my husband.  Does anyone else feel like their computer and printer can’t be counted on to work without divine intervention?  I feel like God has more important things to do than fix my printer but he always does.

After a quick lunch with Chad, I scurried to school for Valentine’s Day parties.

McKenna’s boyfriend gave her a chocolate bear.  What?!?  She is growing up too, too fast!

I wanted to make up for the lack-luster breakfast with a fun Valentine’s Dinner so we ran by the grocery store and picked up the ingredients for homemade pizzas.  This was going to be a grand decorate-your-own heart-shaped pizza family event.

Little Priss was too busy riding her tricycle through the kitchen to help…

And this is where things took a turn for the worse…While we were cooking, McKenna and I collided and caused my foot to go in one direction while my little toe went in another.  I’ve broken toes before but the pain was 20x times worse. I couldn’t put any weight on my right foot.  So Chad came home and took me to the Emergency Room.

Luckily, my foot wasn’t broken.  It was dislocated though so the doctor gave me a shot to numb it and then snatched the bone back into place.

By the time I got discharged it was after 11pm and we were starving.  We dined on Wendy’s value meals in the 24 hours Walgreen’s parking lot while I waited for my medicine.

So Valentine’s didn’t go like I planned, but it could have been worse!  I feel like that happens so much in life.  We build our expectations up so high that the reality is a let down.  But the beauty in the reality is that you never know what’s going to happen next.  If everything went the way we planned, there would be no surprises.

So this Valentine’s Day was full of “surprises” and it’s definitely one we won’t forget!  How was your Valentine’s Day?  Am I the only one that went to the ER?

Medicine Cabinet  {Part 2}

Medicine Cabinet  {Part 2}

Thanks so much for all the love on my medicine cabinet. It’s really the little things in life that drive you nuts so I’m so glad to have that one taken care of!

However, I decided I could make it even better by adding a little bulletin board to the inside of the door.  This is the perfect spot for all those birthday and shower invites that fill up your refrigerator.  We use this cabinet often so there’s no danger in them being forgotten about.

I love a project that I can use stuff from my house without buying anything!  I remembered two pieces of cork board I stashed in my closet during my major clean out last fall. These used to grace my dorm room in college. I have no idea how they’ve survived this long!  I wasn’t feeling the ivy for this project so I flipped it over and used the back side.

My cabinet doors have an inset section. I measured the width and marked the cork board to the right size.

The opening was just under 7 inches wide.


I used scissors to cut it down to size and intended to use the sticky part of a command hook to hold the cork board to the door. However, it fit so tightly within the inset that I didn’t need anything else to hold it.  Finally, I added a few push pins and I was done!

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Medicine Cabinet Organization

Medicine Cabinet Organization

One of my favorite sayings is…”You never know what goes on behind closed doors.”  Another favorite is “Everything that glitters isn’t gold.”   Here’s a prime example.

The cabinet doors hide the danger lurking inside.  Brace yourself. This photo is pretty bad.  But I’d hate for y’all to think I have my ducks in a row when I clearly do not.  Most days I’m scrambling from fire to fire and never get a chance to tackle what’s causing the fires.

Every single time I open this cabinet door something falls out on me.  Every time!  And I open it a lot as it houses the sippy cups on the bottom shelf and the top two shelves house our medicine. It was slowly causing me to lose my mind.

In an effort to avoid doing another job I didn’t want to do, I randomly started clearing the cabinet out shelf by shelf and wiped each shelf down.

I grabbed a trash bag and immediately threw out anything that was out of date, had no lid, came free with a kids meal or was broken.  That took care of two grocery bags full of stuff.  A few items just did not belong in there and went to a more appropriate home (like the candle and rotating utensil holder…why?!?)

I sorted what was left by type in these little plastic bins with handles.  Mine came from Sam’s Club in early January.  I didn’t see any left the last time I was there but I saw something similar in Target.  Here are similar ones (affiliate link) that I found on Amazon.  Bins from the Dollar Store would work too! The handles on these are awesome for storing stuff on the upper shelves of cabinets.  You can easily grab them, get what you need and put them back.

Once the meds were sorted, I created a few simple labels in Microsoft Word to put in each bin.  I find that labels help me stay organized and remember what goes where.  I used an extra mug to corral the cremes and ointments.

On the sippy cup shelf, I put the ones we use the least in the back and kept our favorites to the front to avoid digging through them.  I lined them up as neatly as I could but I doubt the picture is pin-worthy since they don’t match.  But this is real life and not pinterest so I’m okay with that.

Finally, I ended up with Bandaids, our Disney mug collection and koozies on the top shelf.

I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal but it has already made a huge difference for me.  Now I don’t need to open the door with one hand while bracing to catch stuff with the other!  The best part was that I spent less than $20!

I recently conquered our junk drawer and you can check out my other organization posts here!

Smitten {Valentine’s Edition}

Smitten {Valentine’s Edition}

It’s time for another edition of smitten!  If you’re a newer reader, this is just where I share several things that I’m loving at the moment.  And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, some of these may make great gifts for the love in your life!

First up is Victoria.  This is filling the gaping hole left in my life when Downton Abbey ended.  It’s a Masterpiece Class series on PBS that explores the early years of Queen Victoria’s life.  I’m three episodes in and I’m hooked.  You can also watch it for free on Amazon Prime if you can’t catch it on Sunday nights at 9pm.

Next up (also on PBS…I don’t have cable y’all.)  Mercy Street.  I started watching season 1 last year because it came on after Downtown Abbey and was so excited to see they made a season 2!  The series takes place in a Union hospital in Richmond, VA during the Civil War.  I wouldn’t exactly call it kid-friendly as it can be a little gory.  It has Josh Radnor (from How I Met Your Mother) as one of the main characters.

Next are these adorable re-useable coffee mugs with lids. They come in a set of 5. My sister in law gave me a set and I have enjoyed them so much. They are great for grabbing a cup of coffee on my way out the door in the morning. Here’s an affiliate link to a similar set on Amazon.

We didn’t go to Disney this year but I’ve been living vicariously through a couple of friends who have visited.  I’m totally wanting one of these t-shirts the next time we go.  Or for the next time I go to the grocery store.  Whichever. 

Next up is What on Earth Am I Here For by Rick Warren.  I joined a Bible Study (a little late) but have really enjoyed reading this book so far.  It has 40 daily readings that are around 5 pages long that go along with the group study guide for the week.  I finally made it to my first group meeting yesterday and am so glad I went.

It’s been a total game-changer in the way I approach life and its challenges.  I would recommend the book even if you don’t have a Bible Study group near you.

Mr. Right had a Birthday and I’m pretty smitten with him year-round.  He was going out of town the night of his birthday so I cooked Bacon and Eggs for him that morning.  Wife of the year y’all.  We celebrated with the families when he came home.

I put out an APB on Facebook and Instagram about my search for a church pew.  My friend Jodi at Lyndale Drive took this photo of the one in her home.  Isn’t it pretty?  If you see a cheap one in Eastern NC please let me know!

That wraps up another edition of Smitten!  Thanks for hanging with me until the end! Have you seen or used any of the products I shared?  Tell us about it in the comments!

Read more of my smitten posts here.

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