5 Pretty Summer Porches // 5 Scrumptious Recipes for the Grill & Work It Wednesday No. 104

5 Scrumptious Recipes for the Grill

How in the tarnation is it July already? Do you know that we just passed the halfway point to Christmas? Are you kidding me!?!? Well, it's true. And our "summer" is halfway over since kids go back the first of August. Wow! Times surely does fly when you get "old" - or have more than 1 kid. :) We're looking forward to a fun weekend celebrating our country's birthday with family. I just hope and pray that it doesn't rain all weekend like they say it will. At least a little sunshine and time on … [Read more...]

Style Trend: 16 Rustic Industrial Decor Ideas and DIY Projects

I absolutely love the rustic industrial style trend. Come check out 16 unique decor ideas and DIY projects | Roundup via TheTurquoiseHome.com

It all started with the sliding barn door. Remember a few years ago when those things became popular? I even made one, remember? And I still think they are cool. Then came rustic, industrial open shelving. And casters on the bottom of coffee tables. Pallets. (Who can forget pallets?!?) And industrial pipe ... everything. Pretty much the use of everyday items in beautiful home decor became on trend and wildly popular.   The rustic industrial trend is probably on its way out … [Read more...]

The Number One Tip to Make Your To-Do List More Effective

I have lists for everything, but they don't do me any good if I don't use them! Find out my number 1 tip for making my to-do list more effective! | TheTurquoiseHome.com

I'm a proficient list maker. And over the years I have made hundreds, if not thousands of lists. I've made them on my phone, on my wall (with tape, of course, I don't write directly on my wall), on the bathroom mirror, random scraps of paper, cheap notebooks and expensive planners just to name a few. If you can write on it, then I've made a list on it. And I have all different kinds of lists: grocery lists, home projects, maybe someday projects, goals, daily to-dos, things to buy the next … [Read more...]

5 Tasty Summer Drinks // 5 4th of July Ideas + Work it Wednesday No. 103

5 4th of July Ideas | Roundup at TheTurquoiseHome.com

Y'all. I know some of you are just getting out of school for the summer, but here in Alabama, we're hallway through! Every year in late July, you can find me literally begging for the end of summer. I'm over sunscreen, getting kids ready to go do the pool, the draining & intense heat, no schedule, too much social interaction and too much eating out. We literally have no structure or schedule in the summer, and it sucks the life right out of me. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I'm … [Read more...]

DIY Flower and Moss Letter Art

I love this sweet and simple DIY project - perfect for a baby girl's nursery | DIY Flower and Moss Initial Art via TheTurquoiseHome.com

This sweet flower and moss letter original appeared in Baby G's gallery wall. It's such an easy DIY and I love the final outcome. Originally I thought I was going to make it out of flowers only, but you'll see why I changed it in a bit. OK, what you'll need: Paper maché letter Flowers (probably of the faux variety) Craft moss Glue gun and glue sticks Paint Brush Serrated knife You'll start by cutting the top off of your paper mache letter. I used a bread … [Read more...]

How to Budget On The Go

I love the freedom that a budget gives, but don't have lots of time to keep up with it anymore! I finally found an app that allows me to budget on the go, which in turn gives me back my time and allows me to stay on track financially. Win/win! Find out the nerdy details at TheTurquoiseHome.com | #ad

The B word! Yes, I just said it. Budget. My husband and I have been on a budget before we were married (aka the wedding planning stage) and it hasn't always been easy, but it's been good.   When we were first married, I would spend hours planning out every penny and keeping track of all of our spending. I would carefully plot out our savings and how much we needed to put in each category to hit our financial goals. You know, all things Excel spreadhseet-y. I'm kind of nerdy … [Read more...]

Baby Girl Woodland Nursery Gallery Wall

Such a sweet, girly gallery wall in a woodland nursery. All of the details at TheTurquoiseHome.com

One can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things. - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables It's a slow process getting this nursery finished. I tell you the truth: it's easier to keep my house clean with a preschooler than to do DIY projects around a baby's nap time. Whew! But I finally finished her gallery wall, really it's just a collection of some pretty things I found that I love. And I feel like it continues the theme of her woodland nursery. Some of these … [Read more...]

6 DIY Projects for the Home + Work it Wednesday No. 101


Hey y'all! It's been an exhausting kind of week around here. Yesterday a group of friends and I traveled 2.5 hours from home to say goodbye to a beloved friend who passed away from cancer last week. He was 32 and gone way too soon. As a person of faith, I know that we will see him again. But knowing that his precious wife will have to continue her life without him and that he won't get to watch his wonderful children grow up is sometimes more than I can bear. So, needless to say my heart … [Read more...]

Traditional, Yummy Hello Dolly Bars

This quick and easy dessert is the traditional and yummy Hello Dolly Bar, but can also be called a Magic Bar or a 7 Layer Bar. Whatever you call it, the soft, delicious graham cracker crust, rich chocolate and crunchy coconut drizzled with sweetened condensed milk is so scrumptious that you'll be making them for every pool party this summer. | Recipe via TheTurquoiseHome.com

This quick and easy dessert is the traditional and yummy Hello Dolly Bar, but also can be called a Magic Bar or a 7 Layer Bar. Whatever you call it, the soft, delicious graham cracker crust, rich chocolate and crunchy coconut drizzled with sweetened condensed milk is so scrumptious that you'll be making them for every pool party this summer. I made them for a pool party yesterday and they were gobbled up quickly. You see, I have to make them for special occasions like that, because if I … [Read more...]

7 Pretty Summer Wreaths + Work it Wednesday No. 100

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Happy 100th party!! Thank you for joining us and sharing your creativity. We are so honored that you choose to come back each and every week! We're in the thick of Vacation Bible School this week, so let's see - I'm exhausted! :) But it's fun and so worth it. Speaking of exhausted, I shared my tips for getting and keeping baby to sleep on Monday. And if you go to the post and comment, you'll be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card! Now, let's get on to the party! … [Read more...]

Sunshine and Summertime: a DIY Stenciled Drop Cloth Throw Pillow

Sunshine and Summertime! It's a pretty, DIY stenciled drop-cloth pillow tutorial at TheTurquoiseHome.com. I love the pretty pink and gold pops of color and the fun hand-lettered stencil!

A few weeks ago I hurried home from church on a Sunday afternoon, fed my family, left for the afternoon  and walked into a room filled with strangers. It was a day I had been excitedly looking forward to for a couple of months. And that's odd for me because I don't usually look forward to spending hours making small talk with women I've never met before. I walked in, a little nervous, but determined to give it my all and learn something new. The 4 long tables were decked out in … [Read more...]