Thursday, April 26, 2018

DIY Anchor Pallet Wood Sign

Easy DIY Anchor Pallet Wood Sign


This DIY anchor pallet wood sign might be one of the easiest projects we have ever done! Mostly because it wasn't a long thought out project. On Friday night I was sitting in our office and glanced over at a box that had been leaning against the wall for well over the year. I was sipping on wine, catching up on emails and suddenly thought, "I know what to do with that!".


In the box contained a wooden anchor monogrammed with our initial. I had ordered it last spring or summer. I knew where I wanted to hang it, but always thought it needed a little something more in the space so I tabled the project. Until wine-aspiration hit.

I knew we had some left over pallets from a Christmas present. We kept meaning to put them in the trash collection or give them to someone who could use them, but never did. I thought if we could use the pallet wood to make a backing for the anchor sign it might look good.

I called over Mr. Cute and made him one of my infamous design drawings. He took two seconds to look at it and said it would be super easy for him to knock out.


Saturday rolled around and after our soccer parent duties were done for the day, he broke out his tools and got to work. Within an hour we had our sign ready to hang!


I took a few pictures through the process in case anyone wants instructions on how to make their own.


HOW TO MAKE A DIY ANCHOR PALLET WOOD SIGN

WHAT YOU'LL NEED
  • A wooden anchor or design in your choice (obviously these instructions could work with anything. You would just have to adjust your dimensions). I ordered my monogrammed anchor from here
  • Pallet wood - This project used approximately two pallets of wood. 
  • Trim nails (We used a nail gun to mail this process a little quicker.)
  • A compound miter saw (Not sure if this is necessary, but it made the project go much faster. You could probably saw and sand, it would just be a longer process.)
  • Chalk paint

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Pull all usable boards from your pallets. We made our sign 19" across, so Mr. Cute made sure to pull good boards with enough length for him to trim down. 
  • Measure, mark and cut down the boards to your desired size. Again, we knew we wanted a sign around 19" wide so Mr. Cute cut down around 8 boards at that length with his compound miter saw. 

  • Arrange the boards in the order you want before adhering them together. Because of the varying colors of wood we made sure to arrange the boards in a pattern we thought would look best. 


  • Once you've chosen your desired layout you can begin nailing the boards together. Mr. Cute cut  two boards the length of the sign for the back (our was approximately 26" in length). He placed the boards in the pattern we chose on top and then nailed each board into them with trim nails. 


Note: Originally we were going to frame in the sign too, but we didn't have enough usable wood left over from the pallets. 

  • Now that the pallet backing is done, lay flat and place the monogram on top to make sure everything looks the way you want it and measures correctly. 

  • Time to paint! 



Originally I had plans to paint the pallet wood white and the monogram navy, but once I saw it all together I thought it actually looked good natural. Mr. Cute suggested maybe just painting the monogram so I went with a white chalk paint and loved how it turned out. 



  • Let the chalk paint dry and then paint over it once with a clear coat

  • After everything is dry, remeasure and place your anchor on the pallet wood for final attachment. 

  • Attach the sign with two small trim nails at the top and the bottom. Fill in any holes with a quick touch up of your paint color. 

  • Time to hang! Now your DIY anchor pallet wood sign shoulda be ready for display! 




We have a little rolling bar cart/cooler someone gave Mr. Cute a few years ago on one of our patios and I placed the sign over it. The minute we hung the sign I knew it was the perfect use for the monogrammed anchor.  We hung the sign a little higher than normal because I didn't want anyone to knock into it when they were opening the top of the cooler when getting a drink. It is super heavy and falling on someone would most definitely hurt. 



I have plans to add a little something to each side of the sign. Maybe glassware holders or two smaller signs? I'm tossing a few ideas around in my head. A little more wine-spiration and I'm sure I will come up with something good. ;)


But for now, I love that it was a quick and easy project and it looks great in the space! And I never thought I would be a pallet wood kind of girl, but after seeing it all together I am already thinking of other projects I can make with it.

Do you have a pallet wood project you have done? Share with us! I can't wait to see what all the possibilities are! 


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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

My New Mom Car

I first have to say that this post is not sponsored in anyway. I just have had a ton of questions from friends who have seen my new car and because I looked and looked for a long time I though this might be helpful to some of you who might be in the market for a new car.  

We've been contemplating getting new car for a few a while now.  We keep cars a long time so I knew I wanted to make sure what I got was something that I really loved and something that would make me happy and check all of the boxes for what I was looking for.  The problem was, I loved my last car so much that it made it hard to find something I loved equally as much. I didn't want to get rid of a car I loved for something that I just liked if that makes sense so it was long and drawn out process.

I got my last car before Boo-Boo was born and it seriously served me well for 7 years.  Here I was, pregnant and so excited when the Mr. came home and surprised me with it.


The girls were pretty pumped, too. (Side note, miss those sweet babies.) 





I loved everything about my car.  I loved the size of it, I loved the viability and how easy it was to drive and park.  I loved having all three of my kids in a bench seat in the second row because they were so young and constantly needed something from me. It made it easy to pass back snacks, waters, pacis, etc.


As they got bigger it still worked great for us for my everyday, around town stuff. 


When we went on road trips we would always take the Mr.'s truck because the back seat was so much bigger and more spacious.  It worked out fine and we were all happy.  Then I got stranded on the way to the beach a few summers ago.  And after that it has just been one problem after another my my favorite car ever so we started looking and thinking about a new car for me.  Also, my kids were getting bigger and needing more space.  Boo-Boo had been sitting in the third row just so everyone could be spread out, but he climbed in through the tailgate every time we got in and out of the car so it just wasn't ideal.  Then on a trip to a cheer comp a few months ago I had another big issue with the Land Rover and decided that was the last straw.  

The Mr. is a car guy. He researches them, reads about them, watches car shows and anything else he can so he knows about all different kinds and engines and seating configurations and pretty much anything you need to know about a car so I trusted his input. However, I was the one that would be driving it and I knew that I spend a huge chunk of my day in the car shuttling kids from one sport to the next so I wanted to love it.  

We asked about y'all's favorite cars on Facebook and got TONS of feedback!  We looked and looked and went back and forth between several different cars.  I dug my heels in because it wasn't my first choice, but eventually I ended up going with the Ford Expedition.


I remember texting Jen as soon as we signed on the dotted line telling her that I have never felt so American.  Here's the thing though. As much as I didn't want this car to begin with, the more I looked at it the more I started to like it and now that I own it I love it SO much more than I thought I would.


What I Wanted In A Car 
-The next size up.  So while I loved my Land Rover and at the size of it before, I knew I needed something bigger.  With carpooling and driving kids around all of the time, we just needed more space for them and all their sports stuff. 

-Captains seats in the second row.  This was a HUGE requirement. I was so sick of my kids complaining in the car, touching each other on trips, and arguing about the dumbest stuff. It made road trips so miserable and they had resorted to putting up blanket barriers just to be able to not be annoyed by each other.  


-Full sized third row seats. I didn't care as much about this because I wasn't going to be the one riding back there, but this was a biggie for the Mr. Because we do keep cars a long time we knew that at least one of our teenage kids would be sitting back there at some point and didn't want to have them complaining because there was no space for their legs. 

-Automatic folding third row. I knew I wanted a third row that would fold with the push of a button and go flat into the floor to allow for more space to carry bigger things, if needed. 

-4 Wheel drive. I almost got stuck once in the snow for hours and I'm never doing that again. Plus, we tow our boat occasionally so need 4 wheel drive for that. 

-Technology. I wanted the latest in technology.  I LOVE having Apple Car Play.  When I plug in my phone it pulls it up and there are several apps that work on the screen from my phone.  We can listen to my music, I can voice text and it reads my texts as they come in (love this feature!).  The other thing I really like is being able to click an address from my phone and have it pull up the navigation to that address.


My kids love that they can control the radio channels, volume and of course their heat or air from the back seat.  And the chargers!!!  Every seat has a place to plug in and charge their devices, which they thought was the coolest thing ever! 



-Easy to park.  Driving on the road is easy...you just go in a straight line. It was the parking that worried me because at places like the school or in parking decks downtown or really anywhere, I was so worried about being able to park a big car.  I got the model that has the birds-eye view camera and it has been SO, SO helpful. I didn't want a bigger car without this feature and it is probably the thing I have used the most since owning it. I haven't parked once without this.  The car is so big that I literally can't see the lines and this shows me exactly where my car is, where the lines are, and how I need to adjust my parking.  I still park away from other cars if I can, but this feature helps so much! 


-Comfortable and Nice.  Yes, it is a mom car, but I spend a ton of time in the car each day, so I wanted it to be something that felt nice to me.  The first day I had it I wanted the Mr. to take Boo-Boo to baseball practice because I just knew it would get dirty. He looked at me and said, "It is only a matter of time." And he was right! I knew dirt and grass would get tracked in from the baseball and soccer fields, I knew snack wrappers and homework papers would be laying on the floor and the pollen would be covering every surface, but I still wanted something that felt nice.  My kids have been really good about trying to keep it clean, but we've already had one kid get sick in the car (less than a month in) so I guess it is nice and broken in now. I feel like this car is a perfect mix of practical and nice. 


So there you have it!  My new mom car that I love and the one I'll be driving for quite some time. Now she just needs a name.  Do y'all name your cars?  The kids named my old car Snow White. Still brainstorming for this one.  Do you have a car you love?  In the market for something new?  Let us know in the comments below!



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Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Favorites

We made it!  Friday is my favorite day of the week.  This week has been a real doozy.  Between the kids' regular stuff, standardized testing for the girls, cheer tryouts for Little Mama, a sick kiddo and a husband that was out of town all week, I am so happy the weekend is here! Today we're linking up with some of our favorite bloggers for Friday Favorites!

First though, I saw this shared on Instagram yesterday and it made me laugh. I get this question all of the time when I run into people and it is always the same answer.  Busy with kids, the house, and just life.  I don't really hate getting asked the question, just thought this was funny! 


And now for my Friday Favorites this week...

The weather down south has been pretty crazy.  From 50 degrees to 80 degrees and back to 50 the next day.  This week has been pretty nice all week though and I just love it!  Sitting on my porch watching the kids play and enjoying the sunshine is one of my favorite things to do! 


My next favorite this week is some girlfriend time.  The number one questions we get asked is if we are friends in real life and the answer is a big YES!!!  We were friends long before this blog came about.  We don't see each other nearly as much as we used to just because both of us are so busy with the kids, but when we can sneak in a few hours (even if it is "working hours") it's still fun! 


OK, last week I shared about EVER make up and how much I love the palette and mascara.  


I loved it so much that I decided to order something else I had been eyeing.  This tinted moisturizer with SPF is my new favorite!  


It comes in 6 colors and clear, but I got the light color because I am using it as a sheer foundation for spring and summer months. It smells AMAZING and I love how sheer and light weight it feels.




If you are curious about what color would be good for you my friend, Amy, can send you samples and if you want to order anything I have $10 off links so shoot me an email {themagnoliamamas@gmail.com} and I will send you one!  

I have been waiting for it to get warm so I could wear these shorts and I have probably worn them 3 times in the past week alone. They are, by far, my favorite denim shorts!!!  I have tried on tons and tons of pairs and even made my own last year.  These win as my favorites, hands down! 


I love the perfect amount of distressing, the color of them and the fit.  I would say they are very true to size and super comfortable.  

I was a little worried about the distressing and the white threads ripping and showing too much leg, but when they arrived I was so impressed with this little trick.  If you look closely you can see that the threads are sewn in place. 




And if you look behind the distressing there is another denim patch sewn on so that you never have to worry about ending up with a big hole in your shorts where you don't want it. 


While on the topic of these shorts, I'm going to go ahead and say this entire outfit is my new favorite. 


I've gushed about my bag before, so loving my Birkenstocks and this black lace tank is super cute and super comfortable. It is less than $25 and check out the lace detail on the back. 



Last, but not least, this week are my white jeans. Still loving these and they are a major favorite during this crazy spring weather when it is hot one day and cold the next. I love being able to wear them and still feel like like sporting spring style, but keeping warm at the same time. Plus, they are on sale for less than $40!!!  A steal in my book! 


I sized up one and love the way they fit.  Plus, they don't stretch out a ton so you can wear them a few times without washing (if you can keep them clean!). 




We hope everyone has a great weekend and we'll see you back here next week! 



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