Planter DIY – Mother’s Day Gift

PLanter DIY

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I have a simple weekend DIY gift that would be a perfect present to have your mom ready for spring.

PLanter DIY

For Brandon and I’s Christmas card 2 years ago we had included a potted plant with our house address since that year’s card doubled as our “we moved” announcements.  My mom commented how she liked the planter with the address and it would be nice to have one on their porch since their house address is only listed on the mailbox.  She is a tough one to shop for, so when she mentions something she would like, I take the hint.  And since I seem to be incharge of all gift giving in our house, I thought my mother-in-law may want one too.  For hers, I went with a simple “Welcome” since their house sits back in the woods, and the address is less important (and if you make it all the way up their drive-way, I would assume you know what the address is).

PLanter DIY

To start, I wrote the words myself and scanned them into the computer.  I used photoshop to separate the lettering and saved it as a PNG file to be able to open in the silhouette software. I used my Silhouette Curio to cut the vinyl to create the lettering and simple transferred the white vinyl onto a simple black self-watering planted pot.

PLanter DIY

I wanted to add a fancy little pop to the planter so I grabbed a beach spike and multipurposed it to add a smaller planted flower to the pot.  Again, I drew the design, scanned it in and created the silhouette file.

PLanter DIY

Then it was outside to plant the flowers!  I added ferns and these pretty purple flowers to finish off the look.

PLanter DIY

Self Watering Pot | Spikers | Vinyl c/o

Now the hard part is to keep these pretties alive till Mother’s Day!

Simply Six… Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is May 8th so I am wrangling a little shopping list of great gifts for your mother (or the mother of your little ones)!  Take a peek and follow the links below to knock this shopping trip off your to-do list!Simply Six... Mothers day Gifts

Pretzel Pool Float | A pretzel in honor of my mom’s philly-roots but I know any float and a lazy day in the pool should do

Watch | A pretty and simple piece of practical jewelry

Robe | To slip on after breakfast in bed

Mug | Who doesn’t love these cute little message mugs from Ashley Brooke Designs

Owl Vase | Because beautiful bouquets should come in adorable vases

Cosmetic Pouch | A pretty pouch she can throw in the diaper bag that isn’t covered in baby drool

Like more personal gifts?  Check back tomorrow for a simple DIY planter perfect for the garden loving moms!

Simply Six… things for a picnic!

simply six... things for a picnic

Happy National Picnic Day!  The weather here has me dreaming of sunny days in the park and I can not wait to take my favorite fancy picnic cooler for a day out!  Our basket isn’t too girly so the husband doesn’t mind carrying it around and is an easy go-to for road trips as well (a few hotel breakfasts have been eaten on those plates).

So grab this picnic basket and a few of the other picnic must-haves I have been lusting lately below.  And a picnic would not be complete without a delicious food, so check out this caprese sandwich with pesto from Jessica in the Kitchen… yum!!

simply six... things for a picnic

1. Dress | 2. Hat | 3. Picnic Basket | 4. Kicks | 5. Wedges | 6. Blanket

What is on your picnic packing list?

Weekend Ruminations…{april 15 – april 17}

Weekend Ruminations {Lake House}

This weekend was a great one!  The weather was perfect and the company was the best!

Friday we headed to Lake Anna for a lake house weekend rental with my girl friends from college and the husbands!  Both Heather and Katey’s birthdays are this week so we had to celebrate properly.  Nick picked the most perfect rental with a dock that had us all swooning.  Not only did it have a beautiful view of the water but this boat dock had a bar complete with a TV, full size fridge, microwave, surround sound, speakers, heaters around the giant table, 2 electric boat lifts and plenty of space to soak up the sun!

Weekend Ruminations {Lake House}

Needless to say we spent 90% of our weekend out on the dock.  But the house also had a fire pit, hot tub (which was fabulous) and a beautiful home with full view of the lake so we could watch the boaters as we prepped meals!

Brandon & Emily April 2016

The tulips around the fire pit had us all heart eyes over how perfect they were.  It must have been peek tulip season at the lake because these beauties were in their prime!


Packing up after a late breakfast on Sunday was a sad venture for sure.  Not only did we have to leave our new favorite vacation spot but we had to say goodbye to our friends.  Makes me miss our college days at Virginia Tech!


Simply Six… Striped Styles Under $100

I am currently loving stripes!  The clean, nautical look is perfect for the spring and summer.  I rounded up some great spring striped pieces, all under $100!

simply six.. striped styles under 100

the romper is so high on my wish list I am starting to just plan vacations around it!!  I mean add a wide brim hat and white tennis shoes… heaven!

a simple maxi dress would be perfect for going from church to the beach for brunch on a Sunday Funday

this top already has a place in my closet and works great with khakis for a day in the office

high waist shorts are on my ‘trends to try’ list and I think they would look so cute with a button-up chambray top tied at the waist and paired with white tennis shoes!

a beach cover-up is a summer must and the long sleeves and a hood are what I needed for a windy day at the beach or sound.

an easy striped skirt would be great to throw in a carry on bag for a weekend get-a-way for a dressed up casual look.

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What’s in my bag…

I always love a good pinterest find with a little glimpse into someones everyday life so I thought I would share a little “What’s in my bag” of my quick, every-day, go to back essentials!

What's In My Bag?

Make-Bag: this floral little piece is the perfect size to hold my beauty bring-a-longs like lotion, gum, breath mints, lipstick, etc.

Notebook: I snagged a couple of these striped notebooks on my last trip to ikea.  They have a elastic strap which keeps everything contained.

Clutch: This piece has sewed in card pockets which makes it simple to grab out of my big bucket bag on a quick trip without the rest of my everyday fillers

Cable: My i-phone has become my planner, phonebook, camera, second right-arm… so a chargering cable is always a good idea 🙂


{thank you to pur cable for their item for review.  all thoughts and opinions are my own}