The Other Side of Scraping Popcorn

 Before we decided to scrape the popcorn ceiling in our guest bathroom I did a lot of research. As is advisable to any inexperienced DIYer, right? In my searching I never found a post like what I’m about to write, so here it goes. I’ll start with a disclaimer: Clearly some people have success with… Continue reading The Other Side of Scraping Popcorn

The Big Dark Elephant in the Room

Our current rental home has a wood burning double fireplace in the living room and office. We’ve been unable to use it the 2 years we lived there because of our rental agreement, so I tried to make them pretty and in the living room our TV is on a stand on the hearth. You… Continue reading The Big Dark Elephant in the Room

Picking an Open Concept Paint Color

Neutral and calming colors are where it’s at. Our goal is to only paint the interior of this house once and not again, even when we sell. Painting the entire interior of a house is a big undertaking…and when I say entire…it’s every single surface except the counter tops, which are getting a layer of concrete… Continue reading Picking an Open Concept Paint Color

We’re homeowners!

February 27th 2016 is the day we officially purchased Flatwoods! We’re already well into our renovation journey and have just 19 days before we move! Follow our renovation and projects here!

The Beards baby is…

We went for a private ultrasound the day after The Beards birthday and they confirmed what I’ve been feeling the whole time! It’s a girl! We surprise announced to our families at his birthday dinner 2 days later. After we sang Happy Birthday and Right before he started to cut and serve the cake he… Continue reading The Beards baby is…


We currently live in a rental house in Northport, Alabama. Right across the river from Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide). We signed a 2 year lease before we got married and that is coming to an end April 30th 2016. Our house search has evolved over the last few months. October 2015-We started out planning to buy… Continue reading Flatwoods

The Beards Girl is growing…

A BABY! We confirmed the first of December 2015 that we’re expecting our first child due July 29th 2016! We had our first anniversary session scheduled with our wedding photographer already so we changed things up a bit and took some announcement photos as well! I was so super bloated when the photos were taken.… Continue reading The Beards Girl is growing…

DIY Wedding Cake Table! Free Printables!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite features from our wedding!

(It was most everyone elses too!)

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Here’s what you need to recreate this cake table:

(rollover -check the links for where my items came from)

All of the cakes except for the 2 tier in the center were ordered from Edgars Bakery, a semi local bakery here in Central Alabama. When I ordered these, there was no mention they were for a wedding. The word “wedding” jacks up the price on anything! It was a regular order for 6 different cakes. They were between $26-32 each. So for an average of $30 a cake, that feeds 40 people each. We spent a whopping $180 on the cakes for our wedding and they delivered them for $25 extra. They were the big hit and a great focal point for our big day. If you bake or have someone bake these for you for free….you see where I’m going. Saving$$$$!

Reminder: With multiple cakes, people eat multiple pieces. Make sure your cake servers know to cut very small pieces. These cakes were 4 layers and the proper way to serve is to cut it into squares 2 layers at a time. Great video on that here.

Our florist Hothouse Design Studio, did all the cake floral accents.

Now for the onslaught of images. Sorry. Not Sorry.


Hand-painted Peg Dolls. Our pups are made from oven bake clay and painted.


The main cake which we cut together, was made by my Grandmother in law. Accented with gold glitter ribbon, David Austin Roses, baby garden roses and eucalyptus leaves and berries. Yes you heard right those aren’t peonies! They’re a cheaper option that holds up better.





LEMON – This one brought serious life to the table.

Here’s what you’ve been waiting on!Use these free printables for your own events cake table!cake tags

Cake tags

Post your comments or questions below! I’m happy to answer!

Photos are courtesy of Koli Nichols Photography – Our amazing friend and Photographer!

Our DIY Wedding with Total Cost Breakdown

When I’m planning anything that involves using money, an Excel spreadsheet it the first thing I do. It evolves, it gets scrapped, it gets copied and printed a million (almost) times, but it helps you get your priorities straight, visually. The total guest count for our wedding was around 300 people the day of. We… Continue reading Our DIY Wedding with Total Cost Breakdown

Impatient, I am.

We’re currently in the process of house hunting. The plan: Find something for under $35k, pay in cash Fix it/Update it Live in it a max of 5 years Sell it or rent it The current happening: Found house in awesome neighborhood Listed for $75k Try to learn mortgage language See the house Realtor says… Continue reading Impatient, I am.