Thursday, July 17, 2014

Easy DIY Cedar Planter

Hey! I'm back! Today I'm sharing how to make a super easy cedar planter - perfect for container gardening!

Here's what you'll need:

- Cedar fence planks: 6' x 5.5" (qty 6) (cedar will weather well, also, make sure NOT to get pressure treated pine, especially if you're growing vegetables as it's treated with chemicals) 

Cut list:

sides: 23" (x6) 23.5" (x6)
bottom: 23" (x4) 
feet: 5.5"x5.5" (x4)

Wood to tie sides together (about 1" wide) ideally cedar. 

- 1" Screws

- Saw (preferably chop saw, we used a jig saw)

- Drill 

First, lay out the bottom (23" sections x 4) secure together with thin board. The tops of the fence planks help with drainage.

**Note: I used pine since I couldn't find thinner cedar and we don't have our table saw. Ideally we would have ripped down the cedar planks into smaller sections. Pine doesn't weather well - down the road, we will most likely replace with cedar. 

Start laying our your sides. (two sides will be 23" and two sides will be 23.5") Cut thin strips, place .5" from the bottom (to account for the base, use a spacer and mark with a pencil) place it about 2" from the top (mine measured 13.5")

Place three screws per side, and secure the boards together. (make sure to take into account the placement of the bottom supports, I had to move mine so they wouldn't hit ..)

Start constructing the box, the 23" sides should be facing each other and the 23.5" should be facing each other.

Attach the base, using screws from the side of the bottom board.

Finally, attach the 5.5" x 5.5" feet on the bottom of the planter with 4 screws (I inset mine about .5")

Load up with your favorite plants and enjoy!

I moved our DIY aluminum plant markers over ..

It was hard to capture the size, but it is HUGE! We wanted something big and deep (hopefully our plants will make it!)

David made one the night before and I made a second one the next day in about an hour, super easy! Total cost for the cedar was about $15, buying planters this size would easily be $100, so DIYing was an easy choice!


On a personal note: one of the reasons why posting has been slower recently is because we had to move .. again .. (our TN rental). We were renting from a coworker of David's - he was supposed to go to another job, which unexpectedly got cancelled .. and he got transferred back to TN, so we had to move out .. (we built this planter so that we could move our plants with us ..) David's job requires moving, sometimes it's unexpected and sudden ..You may know that we've moved a lot recently .. It's been stressful and draining, but it has had me focus on what really matters .. in the grand scheme of things, moving isn't too bad, it could be A LOT worse. Just wanted to keep you updated on what's going on! :) The advantage of moving? I get new ideas that I can't wait to try, stay tuned for some fun projects!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Still here!

Hi friends! Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I'm still here ..

These past few weeks have been full of project stuff and life stuff .. and that continues this week too .. promise to be back in the next few days with updates!

p.s. I took this photo while photographing our entry .. I normally don't take selfies, but decided to make an exception when I was tired of crouching down to get out of the frame :) Also, I missed meeting you all at Haven this year!!!! I'll definitely be there next year!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hump Day Giveaway | Free Printable + a winner

Today's free printable is inspired by my very wise grandmother. Last week she told me, don't put things off .. if you want to do something, do it now! You never know what tomorrow will bring, so live life to the fullest! This made me think of this quote .. you know all those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them! 
So BE adventurous, go outside your comfort zone and DO IT!

Download your free 8x10 copy HERE

* For personal use only, resale is not permitted

p.s. the winner of last week's giveaway is .. Lauren T. F.,

congrats!! check your inbox!


p.s. Unfortunately I won't be able to go to Haven this year, I will miss seeing you all!!! (next year, promise!) I'm selling my ticket, if you need one, let me know!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tips + Tricks | The Easy Way to Save Money

It's no secret that I love a good deal - I love saving money! It's kinda like a fine tuned sport .. it doesn't happen overnight, it takes research and practice ..

Want to know something that hardly anyone knows about me? When we lived in Knoxville (the first time, right after we got married) I had just finished graduate school, was looking for a job and was looking to keep busy .. so I got into couponing .. like extreme couponing. No, I didn't have an entire basement full of toothpaste, but I did have a small closet devoted to my finds (like cereal for .20 a box, David LOVES cereal!) I loved the rush of finding deals and paying next to nothing .. much like thrifting today!

With my current schedule, I don't have as much time to clip inserts, but I still LOVE saving money.

Here's my tips to save money without devoting half of your week to organizing, researching and clipping inserts. You probably won't find cereal for .20 a box with these tips, but you will save money while not spending tons of time and energy!

1. When shopping online, prior to checking out, search coupon sites, like, for codes to save money at checkout. Typically a quick search will save you at least $5.

2. Take advantage of holiday and seasonal promotions. I know it's early to think about back to school sales, but they are already in full swing! Check out Back to School sweepstakes at

Here's just an example, visit link above to access the sale. 

3. Download money saving apps - if you have a smart phone, look for apps where you shop most. I love the Joanns app - you can almost always save at least 40% one regular price item, plus than I don't have to remember to grab my printed coupons before leaving home! Also, most craft/fabric stores will take competitor coupons, so it never hurts to ask!


4. Know when stores mark down clearance. If you catch Target's clearance on the right day, you can get some amazing deals! These x-leg ottomans were originally $60, on clearance they were marked down to $42, then in about a week or two they were marked down to $18, SOLD. I bought two of each, I'll probably return one set, but I couldn't decide .. I got there Thursday morning, just as they were marking them down. This site says that Target marks down home decor clearance on Tuesday though ..  so it probably just varies from store to store.

5. Finally, load grocery coupons on your store card from the specific grocery store or This is SUPER easy, you just connect your store card and click to load coupons online, scan your card at check out and it automatically links the coupons!

With smart phones and the internet, saving money is super easy, you just have to know where to look! Did I miss any tips? What are your favorite ways to save money?

Don't forget to look at back to school sales prior to checking out online!   

This is a sponsored post for, all tips + tricks are ones that I use on a weekly basis!
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