Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Home Sweet Home Tour {Mudroom & Command Center}

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start. While some people have just started back to school, we're only a week away from our "fall break." Kind of funny when you think about it because it feels nothing like fall, but it's a great time to head to the beach, so that is what we're going to do next week.  

Today is the next post in my Home Sweet Home Tour series!  Yay!!!  

In case you missed it, you can find all the previous posts linked below.

The Building Process - How we transformed a 1960's ranch into our dream home!
Building Tips - Advice I would share with someone about to build or renovate a home.
Entry & Office - What you see when you walk through the front doors.

Last post I shared what it would look like if you walked in the front doors and today I'm going to share what it looks like if you walk in through our garage.  It might not be the "prettiest" part of our home, but it sure is the most used, most functional, and the part I couldn't live without!

You enter through what some would call a mudroom and what my kids lovingly call "Walker's room."  Walker is our dog and yes I realize how silly it seems for him to have his own room.  

The truth is, he pretty much claims the entire house as his. BUT, when he was still a puppy and couldn't be trusted out in the house while we were gone we would leave him in this little "room" because we could close the door and there wasn't really anything he could destroy.  The name just stuck.  

We do keep a bunch of his things in this room though.  He has a bed in here and almost always goes to lay on it if we are about to leave the house because he knows he gets a treat.  We also keep his food and water bowls in here and it is home to our dog shower. 

What he looks like getting a bath. :-|  Tolerates it, but doesn't enjoy it!
What he looks like when he's out of the bath! :-)
It was kind of a last minute add, but so happy that we included it in the plans.  It's really simple and nothing "extra" about it, but it gets the job done and makes it a lot easier to get him clean! It's also great for hosing down my little guys legs/feet after baseball instead of all that red dirt getting all over the clean carpets. 

Also in this mudroom area is a utility sink that I could dress up and make look a little nicer, but don't because there are much bigger projects on my list (hello new screen porch furniture). 

We have an extra refrigerator in this room. It's filled with lots of drinks (waters, beer, Gatorades, sodas) and we call it our sticker fridge.  We collect stickers when we travel new places to add to the display and also add stickers from local places, sports teams, brands we love, etc.  We've had this refrigerator for almost as long as we've been married and I think I will be sad when it dies because that means all of our stickers will be gone.  

To the right of the refrigerator you can also see an ice maker which isn't pretty at all, but SO functional.  I was sick of the kids taking all the ice when they filled up their big water jugs for sports so this solved that problem!  It's also great when we need to fill a cooler because we don't have to worry about going to buy ice! 

I have this little chore chart hanging in there and wrote an entire post about it you can read HERE. Wouldn't you know my kids were all about earning some money so I made this awesome thing and the excitement over it wore of REALLY quick.  I wish someone would pay me to do all of those things.

Looking out the door of the mudroom you come to the number one thing that was on my "must-have" list when we were building a home...

We call them our cubbies, some people call them lockers. No matter what you call them they are a total life saver for a busy family with kids in school.  I mean, the bags, the jackets. the shoes, the would ALL end up on the kitchen counter if it weren't for this space.  I found a bunch of pictures on Pinterest when we were building and literally just handed it over to the guy building it for us and he worked is magic.  I knew I wanted 5, one for each person in our family, and a spot for baskets on the bottom and top. The bottom baskets hold easy to grab shoes and the top baskets hold hats, gloves, etc.  The center has three hooks that we use for bags, jackets and hats.  

Being completely transparent, the above pictures are 100% staged.  I took almost EVERYTHING out of the cubbies in order to get a decent shot.  Below is what it looked like yesterday afternoon.  Not perfect, but at least there is a drop zone for all.the.things!!!   

Directly across from the cubbies is a little bench we've had it since our very first apartment when we were just married.  It's actually very handy for sitting and putting on shoes! 

Walking down the hall from our cubbies to the kitchen I have a big photo wall that I adore.  I started collecting different black frames anytime I would find them on sale at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods or even Target and Walmart!   Once I had a good collection I picked photographs to print and have continued to add to it. I love using different frames because it allows me to continuously add to it and not have to worry about matching the frames. 

This hallway has a coat closet that houses all the coats/jackets for our family and then my little command center area.  It's a tiny alcove with a built-in desk and cabinet (that matches our kitchen cabinets).  This is where you will find me into the wee hours of the night hammering out a blog post, completing room mom or PTA president tasks, and sifting through emails that pertain to the crazy schedule that is our life.  

So there you have it, the most used spots in our home!  Next up we'll be on to the kitchen and keeping room so stay tuned!! 

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Tailgate Party Recap

Happy Monday friends! We're coming off a crazy busy weekend filled with all things sports. Sure, most of them were of the little league variety, but from sun up to sun down it was sports. We kicked it all off on Friday with our fun Findlay Rowe Tailgate Party.

| Carrie Beth's Dress | Jen's Jumpsuit

This event is one of many we have planned with the ladies of Findlay Rowe over the next couple of months. We couldn't think of a more fun way to kick off the series than to tailgate with y'all!

We had a blast planning this one. We were so excited to meet each and every person who came out to tailgate with us! This had to be one of the friendliest, most enthusiastic bunch of ladies (and a few men) we've had the delight of tailgating with. Not to mention the food, drinks, and shopping were pretty delightful too!

Here's a quick recap of the tailgate party...

| This "Kick Off Time" Wood Board Serving Set was a crowd favorite! |

| This dip made from Captain Rodney's marinade was the biggest hit! The marinade was selling out quicker than it could go on the shelf. When Findlay Rowe restocks - grab a bottle or ten! SO GOOD! |

| Our favorite aviator hat! |

| All jewelry pictured from Findlay Rowe| 

To all of those who came out to tailgate with us, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We absolutely love getting to meet each and every one of you in person. We have the sweetest readers on the planet and getting the chance to laugh, drink wine, and shop with you (sorry husbands!) was a blast! We can't thank you enough for the continuous support we receive. 

We loved getting the chance to hang out with y'all so much that we're planning a few more fun meet ups soon! Mark your calendars for October 2nd, and stay tuned for more details (hint: we like to give gifts away!).

Can't wait to see all your beautiful faces again soon! 
(And because this was a tailgating post, it just has to be said...GO DAWGS!)

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Easy Breakfast Idea

If you are anything like us, you are in a mad dash each morning to get the kids up on time, dressed, fed and out the door to school.  All moms want to make sure we are feeding them something healthy that is going to fuel them all day long, but there are times when a PopTart or a frozen waffle is about as good as it gets.  My middle one was sick of the same old breakfast ideas that I was offering her, so we came up with something new!  She loved these egg muffins and I loved them because it is something I could make ahead of time and just warm up quickly on busy mornings.  

We're sharing the recipe over on Savvy Sassy Moms. Click HERE to check it out!

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Get Game Day Ready with Findlay Rowe {Giveaway!}

Fall is full of sports fun and we are HERE FOR IT! There is nothing we love more than sporting our team colors with pride and cheering on our favorite teams. We love us some baseball (Go Braves!), and have really gotten into rooting for our professional soccer team (Go Atlanta United!), but the season we wait all year for is finally back - football season!

You can't step a foot into the south without realizing that football is a religion all on its own. Team pride is everywhere you turn. Front porches don game day decor year round. School merchandise can be purchased at almost any retail location. And game day attire is really just every day attire.

Football is officially back, and we are so excited! And because we are so excited we have decided to kick off football season this year in a major way. Like tailgate party and huge giveaway major!


We decided to do something a little fun to kick off football season this year. We chatted with some of the best tailgaters we know and for months have been working on details. We are teaming with our friends at Findlay Rowe to host a fun tailgate party - and you're invited!!

Here are all the details (minus a few fun surprises we have up our pom poms)...


We have tons of fun things planned for you guys during the tailgating event, but one of the highlights will be seeing everything Findlay Rowe has in store to get you game day ready. And boy do they have all of your bases covered. From serving pieces to game day attire to delicious tailgate worthy snacks, they have transformed their store into a one-stop Game Day Ready shop!

Here's just a quick peek at some of our favorite goodies they have in store...

There's no shortage of serving and drink ware pieces. Findlay Rowe carries a ton for college teams as well as general football/game day needs. 

We loved these "pairs well with football" wine glasses! 

And we love that there's no shortage of cheek either. What's football season if you can't throw a little shade at your friends/neighbors/family? 

Football season might be in the Fall, but let's be honest it's hot until almost the end of the season. So when we saw a whole wall of these...

...we were excited! 

Corkcicle game day tumblers. In all sizes! Perfect to keep our drinks cool now, and later (for that one possible cold game of the season) to keep them warm. We also thought these would make for awesome holiday or teacher's gifts for anyone who likes to shop ahead.  

Cat Studio make the cutest game day pillow and cups, and love that they have tumblers as well.

Because even our tiniest of fans like to show their support. 

And let's take a minute to chat about Findlay Rowe's stadium approved purse selection. The ladies of Findlay Rowe recognized that no woman likes going anywhere with a hideous plastic purse. They've done their best to find the most adorable, most stylish stadium approved purses we've ever seen! There are team specific options, as well as a huge selection of neutral options available. 

We love their huge jewelry selection! These Dawg earrings are just too cute! 

From head to toe, you won't have to go anywhere else for game day attire!

And let's be honest, aside from the actual game snacks are the main event. Look at all these yummy munchies...

Voted the best marinade by everyone! 

Go. Fight. WIN!!!

Football fever is contagious and we are doing our part to spreading it far and wide. We just couldn't resist picking out a little something for YOU. The ladies at Findlay Rowe shared with us some of their favorite tailgate items, and we picked up a few of our own. We put them in this nice big package for one lucky winner! 

Winner will receive...
- 1 "Kick Off Time" Serving Set from Mud Pie Gift
- 1 Gold stadium approved purse
-1  White Corkcicle Stemless Wine Glass (with monogram of color choice)
- 1 Set of football cocktail napkins w/serving spreader
- 1 Savory Party Cracker Seasoning
- 1 Bottle of Captain Rodney's Marinade

Enter below to win. Entries open until Friday, September 13th at 11:59p.m. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced Saturday, September 14th. Winner must be 18 and over, reside in the U.S., and claim prize with in 48hrs. 

*Additional chances to win will be given at our Tailgating Event with Findlay Rowe on September 13th!! Look for one of us to unlock your extra entry! 

**You can also enter to win on Instagram HERE

Good Luck everyone and we can't wait to see you on Friday!!


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