Combined Girls Room Reveal


We recently combined our girls to one room. Everyone had their own room but we felt it was time to try combining the girls for several reasons. One of the biggest challenges with combining rooms is double the stuff; double the clothes, double the animals, double everything. I knew the only way to make it work was to get bunkbeds! I found a steal deal at Walmart on THESE bunkbeds and we have loved them. When we were looking they were half off! They are sturdy and pretty; both things I love!

I tried to spend the least amount of money possible doing this room. The best way of doing this was using what I already had! I took a few things from both of their rooms and changed up the layout. I had gold accents scattered throughout the room as well as soft pinks and yellow! I love keeping things neutral for this reason. It is really easy to switch things up when the majority of your main items are neutral!

If you have been following along on instagram I shared how I shopped my own home to give this corner an update. I took these old cheap Walmart frames scattered around my home and spray painted them gold ( I love using the Rust-oleum brand). I put the prints in the frames from the book collection by Julia Rothman my daughter got for Christmas. It was such an easy and inexpensive update.

There were also a few practical things we upgraded for the girls, like a sound machine and dimmable wall lights. THESE wall lights have been wonderful. They produce a lot of light and I love that I can turn them off or lower the light after the girls fall asleep! I also love THIS sound machine. We have tried lots of sound machines and this is the best by far! It is loud and does not have any clicking noise throughout the night!


I bought matching throw blankets and the little round pillow for the floor. I got all of those things on clearance or at Dirt Cheap (one of my favorite places to find good deals on Target items). It was an easy room to redecorate and combine.

The girls love playing in their room. It feels light and clean and I love getting on the floor with them and playing doll house or baby dolls with them. The room is inviting and simple… two of my favorite things!

One last item I want to share with you is this sweet doll you see in the pictures. This doll is from Land Of Mae. My friend Stacy hand-makes each doll. There is so much detail and love poured into each doll. The doll you see here was a custom made doll. It has my daughters name on the ballet slipper, her skirt is removable, we chose everything from skin color, to hair style, to dress pattern. If you are wanting a special heirloom piece for your little one go check out Land Of Mae!


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Shop Small Series

This post was written in collaboration with the following small shops. Thank you for supporting small businesses that I love.


The Holiday Season is here. As promised, here is a “shop small gift guide” for those of you wanting to support small businesses. Below are a few gifts and shops I personally love.


Leslie Ann Designs

Leslie makes beautiful jewelry. Everything from earrings to necklaces, custom pieces and more. I have a pair of her feathered earrings and these brass hoops and absolutely LOVE all of them. They are great quality and would make great gifts for someone special! You can checkout Leslie’s items HERE on her instagram account.


Mint & Maple

The Art Journal Kit has been a favorite this past year. It is the perfect gift for the person who loves to be creative, doodle, journal etc. Natalie, the founder of Mint & Maple, is passionate about equipping others for the creative life. Mint & Maple offer modern calligraphy classes for those of you in Texas! Go checkout Mint & Maple HERE!


Susan Gordon Pottery

Susan Gordon Pottery is elegant and unique. Susan personally creates all her pottery pieces and has everything from home decor items, to jewelry. She is very talented and has so many wonderful gifts for those women in your life! You can checkout all the beautiful pieces HERE.


Lydia Duncan

Lydia Duncan is an artist local to Birmingham. She creates beautiful acrylic painting using canvas. I love this 6x6 nativity scene shown above. She also does card stock and ornaments. I love seeing what others create. Go look at some of Lydia’s other work HERE on Instagram.


Ellie In Her Element

Ellie is another fabulous jewelry maker. She creates trendy earrings as well as bracelets. She just recently came out with little earring studs that are so cute. Go check out all her jewelry HERE on her website.


Thank you all for supporting small businesses this Holiday Season. I hope you find these shops helpful while you are shopping for your loved ones!

How to Style Your Session

We are a family of five and I know how challenging it can be to coordinate and style for a photography session. I tell clients that they need to coordinate without matching, which I realize can be very difficult. My hope is that the following guide will help you when you are choosing outfits for your session! 

Step 1 - Color

Decide which colors you want to be present and then fill in where needed. For example, our last family session I really wanted soft pinks to be our “pop” of color. So I had a full pink dress and my oldest daughter also had a fully pink dress but her skirt portion was tulle, which is beautiful on camera. My youngest daughter had a pink and cream tulle dress that matched with the soft pink but was much more subtle. I opted for the boys to both wear blue. My husband wore a light blue button down with brown pants and my son wore a light blue and white-checkered button down with brown shorts. So while all the girls had pink and the boys had blue we were not all matching.  So my dominate color was pink and I filled in with light blue and cream. 

Step 2 - Texture 

Add texture to your outfit. I love photographing tulle skirts and dresses. They are gorgeous on camera. I also love ruffles or dresses/skirts that the wind picks up and we can gain movement. Lace on dresses or the ends of shirts are beautiful. Moccasins with tassels are cute, especially for fall sessions.  Boys with suspenders or a linen Gatsby newsboy hat look great.  

Step 3 - Lay It Out

Lay it out and see what it looks like together. Take a picture of it laid out and see how it looks next to each other. This gives you a different perspective and allows you to step back and envision it all together!  

I function under the rule that if I am paying for family pictures to be taken I want to put a little effort into my outfits. We are averaging family pictures once every two years (yes, that is me, the photographer, saying that) and so I want these pictures to look good!!! Give yourself plenty of time to look and find what you want! 

Below I am showing you a few samples from Amazon of outfits I would love to see clients wear. I have looked at the material and the colors and these are all outfits that would be good options for those of you wanting more direction! 

Amazon Picks For Her

Amazon Picks for Him




I hope you find this helpful as you prepare for your upcoming session! 

Toddler Room Refresh

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One thing I had to mourn the loss of was not “preparing” a room for my babies before they came home to me. Because God wrote our story through adoption I did not have the privilege of preparing a nursery for my kiddos.  I am one of those moms who really love creating beauty in my kid’s rooms. So if you are in the same boat I thought I’d share some easy and affordable ways to spruce up a simple room. 

Today, I want to share a room refresh I did for our youngest. She is now very much a toddler. We have added a few things to her room I wanted to share. Whether you are preparing a nursery for a baby girl or want to spruce things up in one of your toddlers room you will enjoy all of these items! 

Around the Room

We read lots of books at our house. These bookshelves from IKEA have been wonderful and have been moved several times. I love how books naturally bring color to a room. Her baby picture has been in her room awhile. I spray painted the old frame gold and it looks new! 


I love having Scripture on the walls. I LOVE this Scripture from SHILOH COLLECTION! The colors went perfectly in my daughter’s room. I added some dried eucalyptus to a pretty pink vase and it added a little extra character to this beautiful verse that I framed! 

You can’t go wrong with white and gold.  I bought this dresser from a second hand store. The gold light, mirror and baskets are from Target. I love placing mirrors in small rooms because it helps bounce light. I love neutral furniture and accents because they don’t go out of style very quickly and last a long time. 

Wire baskets are some of my favorite for corralling all the stuffed animals. I try to not have too many toys in bedrooms but we do keep all the stuffed animals in there! These wire baskets are sturdy and perfect for the little zoo we have. 

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I absolutely love this kid table. We moved this from the playroom into my daughters room and I love seeing my little girl sit and read her books at this table.  We often have tea parties here too. Adding some faux greenery that you don’t have to upkeep is my favorite way to add a little life to a room. And of course, I will always encourage spray paint! =) Spray-painting the pot whatever color goes best in the room is a very affordable and easy way to change things up!   

I love the simplicity of her room. I love that it has a clean and bright look without being cluttered! It will be a great transition room as she gets older because nothing is too “baby-ish”. 

Hopefully this inspires you to create a clean and simple space of your own!   

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A special THANKS to Shiloh Collection for their collaboration on this room refresh!



Bookshelves- IKEA

Faux Greenery- IKEA (Similar to the one shown)

Scripture Art- Shiloh Collection

Kid Table- Target

Lamp- Target

Mirror- Target

Dresser- Second Hand


Girls Room Makeover

Well, this blog post is over due. Summer hit me like a ton of bricks and I have been playing catch up every day all day. But school has started and we are jumping back into a good routine and I am excited about the new school year for my children and for me. Lets jump right into this budget friendly makeover for my daughter’s room! 


Her room was pink and none of the furniture matched. When we moved in I knew I wanted to spruce things up without spending a ton of money. 

Our DIY Projects

The largest change was painting her room. I am always surprised how paint can really make a huge difference in a room. The color I chose was Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. It is a lighter gray and I think it goes well with the other gray in the rest of our house. 

I also painted her post bed. The bed was given to us and it was an old faux wood bed that was an easy project to paint. I used my favorite spray paint RUST-OLEUM paint and primer in one. The color I used was French Cream and it turned out great. It took me three days to spray paint it and let it fully dry, but it was a very easy project. All I did was wipe it down and then spray paint it. 

The other DIY project we did for her room was the little bird/leaf chandelier we created and hung from the celling. The birds were originally from Uganda,  where my husband and I lived previously. They were painted bright colors and I knew I wanted to use them but needed it to be more neutral. So I spray painted them white.  Can you tell I love spray paint? We then gathered dried eucalyptus and bought a hoop that we used as the ring. We hot glued the greenery to the outside of the hoop and then covered it with some material I bought. We hung the birds in the middle and it turned out great! 

Tips When Shopping on a Budget

Some of you may look at her room and think… gosh that must have been expensive. But to be really honest with you it was very budget friendly. We paid $50 for the wall paint, $50 for the spray paint and the other items I bought were found on sale at a very discounted price! Here is what I do when I am looking at a room… the VERY first thing I do is create my plan. I decide what I want the feel to be or the theme I want to weave within the room.  Then I go through our home to discover what I already own! 

Yep! That is the biggest tip/trick I can give you… use what you own. 

For instance we owned the bed, the hanging birds, the light switch cover, the lamp, the bookshelf and the coat rack shelf! By spray-painting the bed, birds, lamp, light switch cover I saved a ton of money! It looks like new and it goes with the feel of her room and all I had to purchase was spray paint! Pretty great, right? 

When shopping for furniture I always try to get second hand furniture! I got this cute midcentury modern dresser from a lady who was cleaning out her house. I snagged it because I knew I wanted to use it somewhere and it was perfect in my daughter’s bedroom! 

Another great way to find bargains is walking the clearance isle. You bet I do! Those cute little bird book holders were in the AT HOME clearance isle and I got them for an extra percentage off because one of them is missing white paint on the other side. I knew I could just turn it around and no one would ever know… so I grabbed them and got them for next to nothing. 

One of my new favorite stores is DIRT CHEAP! I discovered it a few months ago and let me tell ya, it is awesome. If you don’t like digging through products then you will not enjoy DIRT CHEAP, but I am a bargain shopper and so I love it! I purchased my daughter’s bedspread from DIRT CHEAP. Have you seen it before? It is the OPALE HOUSE line from Target and runs at $70 for a twin. But guess what? I got it for $20 at DIRT CHEAP! The store buys overstock or somewhat damaged goods and sells them at a cheaper price. I was so excited to find this for her room! Dirt Cheap is a  great place to shop if you are on a budget! 

Last, but not least, my next tip is, think out of the box! I knew I wanted some form of artwork but I was not willing to pay for anything too fancy. So I went over to Paper Source, bought a piece of wrapping paper that looked like a wall hanging of cacti and framed it! Boom… $5 for a pretty piece of artwork! 

I hope this inspires some of you! We all have budgets to live within, so whether yours is large or small I hope you are encouraged to make your space feel welcoming within your budget. 

Travel Activity Bins

We are getting ready to hit the road for a few weeks of vacation. We are driving over 13 hours and this mama has been prepping! One thing I struggle with as a mama are whiny/crying children. Yep. It literally makes me want to hide and scream all at the same time. My tolerance for whining is VERY low, which is why I have put these activity bins together! I know it won't solve the issue (because let's face it, as an adult I whiney too by hour 10) but I am hoping it will give my kids something to do when they get board. My kids don't watch a lot of TV so when we go on road trips I let them watch as much as they want in the car. However, you can only watch so many movies in a row before you start getting bored with that too! 


I wanted to share these stackable activity bins I have created for our drive. They are age appropriate and all "NEW" to my kids! These are things they have not played with yet which creates a little excitement too.

Toddler Travel Bin  


I knew I needed to have a tray for my toddler to work on that could fit over her car seat. I bought a standard black tray (I have linked below) that I am eager to try. My hope is the tray table will make the activity bin more conducive for her to play with the items. 

One of my favorite road trip activities are these Water Wow! They are brilliant and mess free (all you need is water). My big kids like them, but our toddler LOVES them! A travel size Magnetic sketch pad is always a good idea. No markers or crayons to be lost on the floor. A counting book and "noise" book which my little one loves. The little farm set I found at the dollar section at Target. 

Boy Travel Bin


For our little man cub I also put the Water Wow in his bin. The Hidden Picture book I thought was so great to keep him entertained and finding things that can be easily circled in the car! The "Adventure" checklist was a cute little purchase from the Target dollar section and has things they can check off the list as they discover them on our drive. Who remembers those lacing shoe string "activities"? Target had a dinosaur bag with them along with stickers and cards! The top blue pouch has a series of three games- Tic Tac Toe, Spy Guess and Build A box. I think my older two will love playing those games together in the car to kill a little time! 

Girl Travel Bin


Our oldest is at the age where she really needs things that stimulate her academically. She has learned how to read and is constantly working hard at sight words and reading signs, labels etc. I took a workbook we had at home and laminated a few pages (the ones you see at the top left of the picture). I plan to put a few dry erase markers in her bin so she can easily practice writing. I also laminated all her sight words we have been practicing and put them on a ring so she can easily flip through them (as seen at the bottom right side of the picture). All the other items are the same as our Boy Bin with the exception of the magnetic mermaid activity. Instead of the shoe string activity our son has, I placed this Target find in hers. 

I hope you find these helpful and these bins inspire some of you to create your own! I am so excited to test these out! I will report back to let you know how we liked them and things we would change. 


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All Items not pictured below were purchased at the dollar section at Target 


Toys that Engage

I am a FIRM believer in buying toys that engage my children’s mind and aid in their development. When I walk into any toy store (which is very rarely), I start hunting for toys that are going to enhance my child’s language, creativity, discovery and problem solving development. Because we are raising kids in a day where everyone has a cell phone, computer, tablet, TV I am not too worried they are missing out. There will be a time and place for my kids to get screen time and learn how to work a computer, but right now their little brains need to be engaged with things that are developing them. 

Don’t get me wrong, we do let our kids watch shows and movies. We have Friday Night Movie Night and let me tell ya… they LOVE Friday Night Movie Night! There are times I let them watch a 15 minute Mother Goose Club Houseor Masha and the Bear while I get ready for the day or finish up something work wise. But they do not get “screen” time on a daily basis and this is in large because of attitude and behavioral changes in my kids when they are staring at a screen.  To be honest, I just don’t want to deal with the excessive disrespect and attitudes they tend to have after screen time.  

So what do we do all those hours of the day? Well, I work really hard to keep them busy. I have a whole summer schedule for the days we don’t have something planned and it has worked well for us this summer. I will share the summer schedule in another post, but for now I want to share a few toys my kiddos are loving this summer. They are worth investing in if you don’t already have them! 



Wooden Block Set

You can find these everywhere and they are not expensive. This toy has lasted in our home for about 4 years and it is probably the most played with activity! 


Grippies Builders

I found these on Amazon and they are awesome. They are magnetic and would be great for all ages. My only complaint is there are not tons in the bucket, but I think you can buy an extra pack to go along with them! My kids love building and even using them as pretend microphones and ice cream cones! 


Magnetic Tiles

My little man received these for Christmas and we ALL love them. These are magnetic so you can also place them on the fridge to make different designs! Our two year old loves them as well as our six year old so… win, win, win! 



Kinesthetic Sand

I do have to supervise with this activity (mostly because our two year old still puts everything in her mouth) but this is a great activity! I bought this one because it came with an inflatable “pool” to put the sand in! The kids love digging around in it and creating.  



Lite Brite

You probably had one of these when you were younger. Maybe? I didn’t, but I didn’t grow up in North America. My husband did and he said he loved this as a kid. My older two especially think this lite box is so cool. I enjoy creating designs with them on it! 


Sight Word Puzzle Set

Basically, I love everything Melissa & Doug. I bought this sight word puzzle this past year to have a fun activity as we were practicing sight words for school and it continues to be a great activity my older kiddos do on their own! 

Leave a comment with some of your favorite toys you have for your kids! I always want to see what others are using! I hope you find these helpful!  


Gender Neutral Baby Shower Inspiration


As I was preparing for this baby shower I kept thinking about how we choose to celebrate. I LOVE planning an event to make someone feel valued and loved. I like to think through the person I’m celebrating and what they love, their style, what interest them, etc. When we stop and think about the person behind the celebration it makes all the planning and prepping worth it and more meaningful. 

I want to share this recent celebration I hosted. My sweet friend is expecting her second child so we threw her a gender-neutral baby shower, even though she knows she is having a little boy. Her style is more neutral and so I decided to stick with a neutral theme. 


Decorations were fairly simple. The colors I wanted to stick to were white and gold mixed with greenery and wood tones. I ordered large white balloons for the corners of the dinning room along with a large BABY balloon sign in gold.  I wanted the gold balloons to be the main feature on the wall and they ended up being much larger than I expected. White tablecloths and lots of greenery really dressed up the food tables. I went to a local wholesale floral place here in Birmingham (Davis Wholesale) and also picked up a few extra flowers from Trader Joes. We used plastic wear and they were all gold or clear, which went perfectly with our color scheme. 


Willow + Fifth had the privilege of collaborating with Mason Dixon for this event. Mason Dixon provided all the food items for the shower and I must say it was INCREDIBLE! Mason Dixon is a 100% Gluten Free bistro and bakery. If you have been following along with me for any amount of time you know how important this is for me living with Celiac Disease. We had a brunch spread consisting of Quiche, Fruit Skewers, Scones, Sugar Cookies, Cake Pops and the most beautiful Cake. It was amazing being able to scan the table and not think twice about what I put in my mouth. Mason Dixon also provided a MOM-OSA Bar which everyone enjoyed. 


Mason Dixon also provided our party favor... Gluten Free Macarons beautifully packaged for guest to take home! How adorable are these?!  


I just have to add, Mason Dixon has a location in Huntsville and Homewood, Alabama. If you are local to Birmingham you must go checkout the Homewood location. You can order food, coffee or they have things you can grab and go. The quality of their food is incredible. I am so thankful for Mason Dixon and the opportunity to enjoy delicious food free of any gluten! 


Last but not least here are a few cute game ideas to have at a baby shower. I love having something for guest to do that does not require a lot of work or facilitating. I found these Baby Prediction and Advice Cards on amazon for guests to fill out while eating and talking. We also had the guests write a funny saying or letter on diapers. Our guest book was a children’s book for everyone to sign and mom to take home for her little ones. 

I hope this gives you a little inspiration on how to throw a beautiful baby shower for that friend or family member! And I hope those local to Birmingham also check out Mason Dixon for your next catering event or lunch out, especially if you are gluten free. 

Leave a comment below about how you love to celebrate or feel loved and celebrated by others! I’m always wanting to hear from others! 

*This post is sponsored by Mason Dixon through our collaboration, all opinions are my own.