Surprise! I’m still alive! I have been crazy busy (as I’m sure we all were) through the holidays. As soon as it started winding down, I went on a trip for a week to Alabama. I flew back to my old stomping grounds at Fort Rucker to visit my bestie. She recently purchased a home in Enterprise and didn’t know quite where to start on her renovations. After many late nights, we came up with a plan for her that fit within her budget, and addressed every room in the house.

And I returned home to many happy surprises! After almost a week with the kids my husband kept the house from burning to the ground. I owe you 5 bucks Katie. On top of that, it was spotless. Oh how I love that man of mine. But the happiest surprise of all was this…

I had mentioned to my husband how I saw a pin (this usually never ends well for husbands) where they used a gumball machine as a fish bowl. Apparently, he took all 4 kids to get the machine, made them waterproof it, went to Petsmart and got the fish, and put it all together. What a  fun welcome home gift. My 3 year old named the fish Doctor Bacon.

I also changed up the bedding in my boys room in December. I bought the quilts from Urban Outfitters. They were clearing out the orange and mustard color and I scored 4 of them for less than $40 a piece. I made the pillows using the painted fabric method I talked about here.

The new fan is from a thrift store in Enterprise. I love the south. It’s full of old brick buildings and ice cream shops and friendly people. Every time I go back there, I move retiring to the south a couple places up on my list of priorities.

I also brought home something I’m planning on giving away soon. I’m so excited to show you what it is!

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