Spring Sprucing Up with Lowe’s (How would you like Me and Lowe’s showing up at your front door in a few weeks?)

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Hey friends!

We had the most beautiful weather here in Kentucky this past weekend!  I even got a little bit so sun on my face!  Yay!

I am so grateful for the sunshine after the harsh weather we had!

Seriously!!  Can you believe all of the snow that we got all across the country this year?  

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Did you know this winter was one of the harshest on record?

And the winter weather was especially hard the following cities named by the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI) as the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015.”

  1. Boston, MA
  2. Buffalo, NY
  3. Detroit, MI
  4. Louisville, KY
  5. Hartford, CT
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Newark, NJ
  8. New York City, NY
  9. Portland, ME
  10. Providence, RI

My hometown didn’t make the list of the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015,” but I am not complaining! :)  However, the winter weather sure did some wear and tear on our home.  Now that the weather is warming up, we have been clearing out the gutters, planting fresh flowers, and even building a garden.  

It is amazing how a little “sprucing up” can make a whole lot of difference in the look and feel of your home!

Well, guess who else agrees?…

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Lowe’s wants to inspire and help consumers in the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015”

to discover creative solutions to spruce up and improve their homes and

communities, and guess what?!!

 

I get to help!!

 

I am teaming up with Lowe’s and some of my favorite DIY bloggers

to bring a little “sunshine” to the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015.”

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City Farmhouse, The Golden Sycamore, Liz Marie Blog, DIY Playbook, Just a Girl, Home Stories A to Z, Our Fifth House,  

All Things G&D, Pretty Handy Girl, Brooklyn Limestone

 

We will be painting, landscaping, creating outdoor rooms, and adding curb appeal

to home owners in the cities listed above.  

One day projects like my  tool shed makeover!

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If you live in one of the cities listed above, or know someone who does,

LISTEN UP!

 

By clicking on the button below, you can submit a home DIY project that

will be considered for a Spring Makeover compliments of Lowe’s!

 

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Sample projects may include:  sprucing up your landscaping, creating an outdoor room, freshening up with new paint, or easy interior updates.  

To help get your brain jump-started on some great creative solutions and DIY projects to spruce up your home,

check out all of the great ideas at Lowe’s.  I could spend hours on their site!!

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Doesn’t this sound like fun?!  

I can’t wait to tell you which city I will be helping out in, and I will be sure to share all the details and the beautiful “before and afters” of the project!  

 

 

If you submit a project, you will be asked to:

*Include image examples from Lowe’s or other sources for visualize references.
*Clearly communicate eligibility criteria 
*Be looking to fix up a space within their residence (that could be completed within 24 hours over a two day period.)
*Be outgoing, energetic, and fun with unique stories to tell.
*Be comfortable being on camera and/or interviewed by local media
*Be in need of expert design help from one participating blogger.
*Be able to make quick decisions in order to keep tight timelines.
*Be available for a 2 day period to complete the makeover (between April 20-May 22).
*Allow photos of your home to be shared online
*Complete the online application form and agree to the terms.

Also…

You must live in one of the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015″ listed in this post and be the owner of your home.  You must be 21 years of age or older to apply.

We will only contact eligible participants. 

You have until Friday, April 17th, to submit your projects.  

 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s. All opinions expressed are 100% mine!

 

 

 


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How to Stain your Patio to look like Tile {#tbt}

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 Hey Friends!

It’s throw back Thursday here at Beneath My Heart, and I wanted to share with you one of my FAVORITE Spring projects that Cy and I complete at our previous home!

 

 

How to stain your patio to look like tile

 

This project was pretty easy and very inexpensive, but produce HUGE results!

As you can see in the “before” picture, we had a dull, ugly, concrete back patio like many homes do.  We brainstormed ways that we could change the look of our patio inexpensively, and staining the concrete to look like tile did the trick!

To see the complete tutorial of how you can do this yourself,

CLICK HERE

 

You can also see how we decorated our back patio by clicking on the picture below!

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I have a NEW office! {Like the not-in-my-house kind}

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Y’all, I am getting a new office!

A real-life, bonafied office that is not connected to my house!  I feel so grown up and all!  :)

It is the perfect space, in the perfect location, for the perfect price.   {Well, it’s perfect for me.}

It needs a little fixin’ up, but that is what we do best!  Cy and I are thrilled to turn this space into an office for Beneath My Heart and my Young Living oils.

I wanted to share a few pictures with you of how it looks now, and then some “dream plans” I have for it.  

So that is the front door that will be replaced real soon…

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When you walk in the front door, you will see the kitchenette to your right…

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The door way you see in the kitchen area leads to a closet and bathroom…

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The bathroom is pretty gross and needs to be cleaned up!

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If you stand in the kitchen area, you can see the rest of my office space…

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 The “sitting area” will have a couch and chair with a tv on the wall.  It will be a cozy place to hang out, host get togethers, or a place for the boys to chill while I work.  :)

The room beside the sitting area will be the office area.  It will have a desk for my assistant and me to work, and it will also have a huge meeting table to work on.  

Of course, the whole space will get new flooring and new paint.  That will make a HUGE difference right off the bat!

Then we are going to have some fun redoing the little kitchen area too. 

Here are some pictures from my OFFICE board on Pinterest that made me smile.  I am hoping to incorporate some of these ideas into my own office space. 

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I’ll share an update on our new office space next week!

Have a blessed day!!


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He Lives within My Heart!

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Oh sweet Easter!

I loved this day as a child, and I love it still.  

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(Cyndi, Me, Blake, Mr. Inchworm)

My mom loved this day too, and I can’t help but think of her throughout this Holy day!

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If I close my eyes, I can hear her voice singing this beautiful song and smell the scent of our Easter corsages. 

 

I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say!
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
Will come at last.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs
To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
The Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
So good and kind.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

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Thursday night, we went to our first Maundy Thursday at our church.  It was a beautiful service of remembrance of what Christ did for us on the cross.  We wrote a sin or burden that we had on a small piece of paper and then we each physically nailed it to a wooden cross on the stage.  The sound of the hammer hitting the nails gave me chills.  But it also made my heart swell with love for my Savior.  His act of love of the cross brought forgiveness for the sins of the world, mine included.  

He is my hope, my peace, my joy, my purpose, my EVERYTHING!

Above all today,  I hope you know how much HE TRULY LOVES YOU!!!  

Jonathan sang at the Maundy Sunday service, and I wanted to share it with you!  Happy Easter!!!
 


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FUNday Friday {$500} Giveaway and Linky Party!!!

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It’s FUNday Friday here on the blog, and we are concluding our BOY MOM series with a HUGE giveaway and linky party!!  Wooohooo!!!

 

Check out this AMAZING Giveaway Bundle valued at over $500!!!

 

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Land of Nod Ice Cream Truck Play Tent
I Scream, Boys Scream, Everyone Screams for this adorable Ice Cream Truck Play Tent

LillyBee Game Day Wedges and Bow:
You just choose your team colors and Lillybee will take care of the overload of gameday outfit cuteness with these darling Game Day Wedges. Go Team!

Prairie Colors Chalk Finish Paint
Gotta Boy project that needs paint? This great Chalk Finish Paint is perfect for that project you have been putting off. You choose the color and finally cross that project off your to-do list! You’re welcome.

Jesus & Germs Sign
Etsy seller Ms D’s Signs is generously contributing this handmade “Wash Your Hands & Say Your Prayers Cause Jesus and Germs are Everywhere” pallet sign. What could be more perfect for a boy-mom? 

Boy Mommy Notepad
Etsy seller Miss Em Prints will help you stay organized, and adorable. Because every Boy-Mom needs to write notes! This notepad can be customized with your boy’s names and choice of colors. 

There’s This Boy Sign
Etsy seller Amber Moore Designs is providing this handmade “There’s This Boy, He Stole My Heart, He Calls Me Mom” sign. Swooning!

A Cute Boy Keychain
Etsy seller Ancy Pants is providing this sweet “A Cute Boy Stole My Heart” keychain. Um, can we say PERFECT MOTHER’s DAY PRESENT? 

Boy Mom Mug
Etsy seller Twinkle Twinkle Little Jar is providing this Boy Mom Mug. Now you can show your Boy Mom pride while getting caffeinated. Done and Done.

Personalized Superhero Cape
Etsy Seller Pip & Bean is providing a personalized cape. Boys. Superheroes. Enough Said. :)

 

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How do I enter this AMAZING giveaway, you ask?

EASY PEASEY!

Just enter using Rafflecopter below!!

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But wait!  There’s more!  

Do you have a BOY MOM project that you would like to share?!  

GREAT!  We’ve created a linky party so you can link up your post(s.)  

I can’t wait to see them!

 


 

And be sure to check out these other BOY MOM Bloggers!

 

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BOY-MOM STYLE!

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Hey there, friends! I hope you are having a great week!!

The boys are home for Spring Break this week, so we are spending a lot of great time together.  It’s perfect timing since we are celebrating ALL THINGS BOY on the blog this week!   :)

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Today we are talking about “STYLE.”    I think we are talking about our own “style” as boy moms, but I’m going to talk about my boys instead.  (Much less intimidating.)  

So I started going through old pictures so show you how I have dressed the boys over the years, and y’all, I got big ole tears running down my face!  Where does the time go?!!  

Here are my oldest three before Eli showed up on the scene.  As you can tell, I liked to dress the boys in matching outfits for special occasions.  

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The best thing about boys is it doesn’t take much to make them look absolutely adorable!!!  A shirt and khakis pretty much does it!!  

Look at these pictures of Eli for a post I did with Carters a couple of  years back…

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You can dress up or dress down khaki pants.  LOVE THEM!  And we are a big fan of sweater vests and button downs in these parts too.  I love a classic look on my boys. 

I also love to coordinate as a family for special occasions, like Easter, when I can.  I think this picture was taken about 7 years ago because we are standing on mom and dad’s back patio, so it would have been before she passed away in 2009.

I usually start with a dress that I found for me, and then try to coordinate the rest of the family with it without being too matchy-matchy.

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Here is another example of coordinating outfits….

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I found that turquoise dress and loved it, and then I dressed my boys in browns, whites, and khakis because I love brown and aquas together.   Eli had a touch of aqua in his shirt to match his mama!  :)

But other times, I like to totally be matchy-matchy!   I found this great tan dress one year for Easter, and I put all of my boys in inexpensive red golf shirts to match.  This is one of my favorite family pictures.

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Ahhhh….my boys!!

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Here we are just a few years ago for Dad and Janet’s wedding.  Again, just throw some matching shirts on the boys, and khaki shorts, and voila!  

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As the boys have gotten older, I don’t dress them alike as much, but a shirt and khakis will forever be our go-to outfit of choice.  

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I’m saving my two favorite pictures of my boys for last.  The one below was on the day of mom’s funeral.  I remember wondering if I should take a picture of them on the day of her funeral?  It didn’t seem quite right because the event we were dressing up for was a difficult one.  But the reason that I took a picture was because I knew my mom would want me to.  I knew that she would be so proud of how her grandsons were all dressed up to celebrate her life that day.  She was always so proud of my boys and loved them so much.  I wanted them to look their absolute BEST for her that day.  I treasure this photo.

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Jonathan sang Amazing Grace (the Chris Tomlin version) at her funeral that day.  She had requested for him to do so before she passed.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.  He was only 10  years old, but he sang is her out for her.  I was so proud of him.

This last picture was taken on the street right in front of our former house.  I was trying to get some pictures of my boys that day to use for a canvas print giveaway that I won.  

You can see that the bottoms of their feet are dirty because I had them walk back and forth, to and from me, a million times trying to get the “right” picture.

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Precious!

Thank you, God, for giving me these amazing boys!

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 Check out these other BOY MOM posts….

 

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TODAY!!  HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!!

AND THAT’S THE END…

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Boy Mom Madness {DIY PROJECTS}

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Welcome to Day Three of Boy Mom Madness!!

Today we are sharing our favorite DIY PROJECTS for boys!

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Hands down, this DIY Tailgating Ring Toss game that I made for the boys last summer has been their favorite DIY project for them!

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This project was so easy to make and a LOT of fun to play!  My boys ask me to get this game out to play even when it isn’t football season!

Click HERE to view the complete tutorial!

 

Another fun project that my boys enjoyed is this Bottle Cap State Art!

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This art is in Jonathan and Luke’s room, and they absolutely LOVE it!  All their friends think it is cool when they come over and see it.  :)

I purchased the bottle caps on EBAY, but you could collect your own if you wanted.   I just wanted a lot of different caps in different colors.  

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To see the complete tutorial CLICK HERE.

 

Check out the other fabulous BOY MOM DIY Projects by clicking on the links below!

 
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Boy Mom Madness {Organization}

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Welcome to DAY TWO of Boy Mom Madness!
 
Today we are tackling ORGANIZATION!
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Okay, before you think that I am crazy and sharing a Christmas post, let me explain…
 
I did a project around Christmas two years ago where I turned a bookcase into a coffee table.  It turned out super cute at least I think so,) and it is a GREAT way to store your boys’ toys and “stuff.”
 
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I covered the top of the table with yard sticks stained in different colors, and added wheels to the bottom so it could roll.  (You know, to roll it out of the way when they are playing their Wii!)
 
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You can see in the picture below that I just started with one of those inexpensive bookshelves.  (You could easily find one at Goodwill or a yard sale.)
 
Then I turned it into a rolling coffee table with storage!  
 
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I think the stained yard sticks make it look super boyish!

To see the complete tutorial, click HERE.

And check out more BOY MOM organization tips by clicking on the links below!

 

You may also like…

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Love the Home You Have Challenge!

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Love your Home Challenge - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired Room

 

I am so excited to have been invited to complete a simple

Love Your Home Challenge inspired by the new book

Love The Home You Have written by my blogging friend

Melissa @ The Inspired Room.

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I met Melissa over five years ago at Blissdom, and she has been a dear blogging friend ever since.  :)  Her blog was just voted as Best Decorating Blog by #BHGbloggersawards.

Melissa’s beautiful blog is ever-inspiring, and so is her new book!

Her book will inspire you to love the home you have. Some of the topics covered in the book that I know you will enjoy are:  taking care of your home, finding beauty in simple things, incorporating daily routines, using what you have to decorate, decluttering, and simple ways to find contentment where you are!  

Who doesn’t need to read that, right?!!

One of my favorite parts of the book are the challenges that Melissa offers to her readers at the end.  She has a 31 days of practical ways to love the home you have.

One of my favorite challenges was…

Day 11 {Fresh Flowers}

Every room will feel so much better with a touch of life–plants or flowers or other organic elements, such as fruits, vegetables, or branches.  What organic elements do you have in your home?  You can cut branches from your yard, try growing plants (such as succulents or herbs) in your window, or treat yourself to an inexpensive weekly bouquet from the market?

How do you want to bring the beauty of nature in your home?

 

Well, my kitchen table is my favorite place to add fresh flowers or natural elements.  It is the first area you see when you walk in our home, so adding fresh flowers to the kitchen table makes me smile each time I walk in my home!

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Hydrangeas happen to be my favorite.  I am trying to grow some hydrangea bushes in my yard so I can enjoy them every year.

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And adding some fresh red apples adds another punch of color.  :)  I LOVE decorating with natural items, don’t you?

Melissa asked many more of my favorite blog friends to join in the fun and do their own Home Love Challenge!

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Reluctant EntertainerJulie BlannerMom Advice Michaela Noelle Designs /  Sawdust Girl Liz Marie Blog Tidy Mom Infarrantly CreativeLove Feast TableBalancing Beauty and BedlamAll Things Thrifty / Just a Girl Emily A Clark My Sweet SavannahLemonade Makin Mama Jones Design Company / Fieldstone Hill Design Jenna Burger Design DIY Show OffNot Just a Housewife A Thoughtful PlaceHome Stories A to Z Southern Hospitality / My Blessed LifePretty Handy Girl The Nesting PlaceShabby NestFunky Junk InteriorsSongbird BlogThe Shabby Creek CottageMiss Mustard Seed 320 Sycamore /

 

Enjoy checking out these other post about Love the Home You Have!  

And get your copy of Melissa’s book now!

 

 

 

And click here to see more of the home I love. :)

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Boy Mom Madness!!

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Y’all!  I am so excited to be participating in the BOY-MOM MADNESS series this week!  

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We are all familiar with March Madness, but have you ever heard of Boy-Mom Madness?   Yeah, me either.  :)  But I love it anyway!!

So what is BOY-MOM MADNESS?

15 Boy-Mom Home/DIY bloggers have partnered up to celebrate all things “Boy-Mom”. Like me, these bloggers are the Queen Bees of their household and together we represent a whopping 36 boys in our brood.

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I will sit back while you imagine a room full of 36 little guys.

That’s a whole lot of dirt, noise and sweetness!

 I laughed when I looked at the other 14 moms participating and saw that they each had 2 or 3 boys a piece.  I was the only one that had FOUR boys!  Yep!  I’m the winner-winner-turkey-dinner.  :)  I think?

I sat by a lady at church yesterday that had three boys, and she asked me if I had wanted a girl.  Of course I did!  She said that they didn’t have any more because they knew the 4th would be another boy.  Y’all!  Do you know what I would have missed out on if I had stopped at three?!!!!

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Yep!  That little guy!   Are you kidding me?!!!  He is the cherry on top of our family!  I wouldn’t take a million girls for my boys!  I love each of them so much, and they are truly a blessing from the Lord.  

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That is why I am CELEBRATING being a boy mom this week!   

All of you wonderful ladies with a house full of boys….TREASURE IT!!   Don’t let the world tell you that you “need” a little girl.  I used to hear that all the time, and I let it affect me.   It is a lie from you know where!  God is the only one that knows what we truly need, and he knew I needed these four sweet boys.  :)

Today in this series, we are focusing on Boy’s Rooms!

 

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There is a ton of great inspiration from all of these other wonderful boy moms!

Since I just wrote a post two weeks ago about my oldest sons’ room, I am just going to link to it through this post. 

You can see more pictures of my sons’ industrial “teen” bedroom by clicking HERE or on the picture below!

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 You can visit the other participating BOY MOM bloggers

by clicking on their names below!

 Have fun checking them out and be sure to share it with the other “boy-moms” in your life!

Southern State of Mind | DIY on the Cheap | Dixie Delights |Just a Girl and Her Blog | Being Bianca

I Should Be Mopping the Floor | 2 Little Superheroes 

The Happy Housie | Blue i Style | Dolen Diaries |  House of Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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