Father’s Day Picks

This post is sponsored by T.J. Maxx. All opinions are my own.

It’s a rare occasion when I show up on time and prepared these days. Joey and I have been trying to learn to let others work for us and take a step back so we can breathe and enjoy more of this life we have created. That includes planning more “us” time independently and a little surprise for each other and being more mindful about special days and moments. It also includes being less busy so I can be more prepared and not late. This year we had both dads in town at the same time so we wanted to have Father’s Day gifts in hand. We were so not late.

We went to T.J. Maxx to gather our goods for both dads. We scored big being they both got some really great stuff to go home with and it didn’t bust the bank. My dad loved his shirt and pen so much! My father-in-law travels a ton so we got him a dope kit to keep all his essentials in. We got one for my dad a few years back and saw how it made travel so much easier. Everything was so cute and fun and would make such good mix and match gifts. I am thinking about that Swiss Army Knife for Joey….

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You can’t see the matching blue pen we got him in this picture, but if you know Paul, you know he’s always got a pen.


We don’t plan on making Joey’s dad switch to pine salt toothpaste, but think we will wind up making him a batch of our beard oil we whip up every few months for Joey’s massive beard. It will fit perfectly in his new do pep kit for sure.

Have you figured out Father’s Day yet? Any special plans? Any ideas on what to do in Nashville?

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Sourced // Ceramics + Pottery

I realized a few weeks ago that I have an addiction. I think I have narrowed down the totally compulsive, addictive items and separated them from the I-enjoy-and-like these items. It started with chairs. I could buy up chairs, hunt down chairs, and reupholster chairs all day long. I love huge chairs and tiny chairs and have even inflicted my addition on to Atlas with a  70’s beach lounge chair, and a few vintage rattan goodies.


Something even more addicting, and even easier to get that fuzzy fulfilled feeling from, is ceramics and pottery. It’s usually pretty easy to tote around, and the weirder the better. Pottery is way easier to store, and you don’t need to manage delivery, so naturally when I noticed my unintentional collection growing, I was excited about the ease. Also, shipping a planter is way cheaper than shipping a chair. For example….making a house a home I man planter I makingahouseahome.com

I found this guy which Atlas lovingly refers to as “DaDa!”, and I have to agree. It’s carved around the eyes, which makes it really shallow as a planter, but man does it look like my man, and I had to have it. $15 later, I had a huge grin on my face and this ugly vintage beauty residing in my living room.


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These pieces are a bit easier to snag, though I have been fighting something fierce to snag me a boogie planter before they sell out.

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One really special girl (Amber Eyes) I found I decided to carry at Rich Hippies because I am just really attracted to her work and hope East Nashville will feel the same way.

Are you in love with any makers you want to share? Comment below and let us know. 


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Knock six gifts off your list for less than $100!

I am going to assume you have been to Target and had a chance to check out the #TOMSforTarget line released last week. It’s pretty good friends! We went shopping just two days after the launch and our Target’s racks were mostly empty. That’s really exciting because each item you buy either feeds a child for a week, gets them a blanket or a new pair of shoes. Pretty easy to decide to give two awesome gifts in one swift gesture. If you haven’t been to Target, or haven’t had a chance to check out the line, let me show you want we snatched up for $100. Six gifts people!

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Knit Hat $12 – Candle in wood votive $15 – Glass hot/cold beverage bottle $15  

Super soft throw blanket $30 – TOMS logo shirt for kids $12 – Faux leather journal with pen $18

see full line here

OK, so I went $2 over, but still. To knock six presents off your list for less than $100 is a Christmas miracle around this house. Truth be told, we bought two things for ourselves. Joey really loved the journal and liked the idea of keeping all our DIY project notes in one spot, and that spot happens to be very well designed and nice looking. I called dibs on the super soft blanket because like most women collect shoes, I collect blankets (and chairs, and lighting).

Toms for Target gift guide

I thought the selection was good, and affordable enough to buddy up some items together. For example, the journal-er or sketcher in your life would probably love the faux leather notebook and the candle ’cause who doesn’t like to get creative to candle light? I am pretty sure that candle would pair well with one of the throw blankets as well for a very cozy gift. Both combo’s are under $50 which is especially good when you need to buy a ton of gifts for a ton of people.

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I was bummed the woman’s blanket sweaters were sold out and the white jean jacket looked pretty nice online and I would have loved to see them in person. We are going to find another target to see if we can check out more items in person there. I also want to snag more candles because they are really nice and now I want one.

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A few of you who follow along on our Instagram asked about this “together sweater”, and sadly it’s not for sale in the line, it was just a promotional item we are having a little too much fun with. Atlas likes to share with me, and it’s pretty darn cute.

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Sweater 2 600

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Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget

 Compensation was provided by Target.  The opinions expressed herein are ours and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.


#TOMSforTarget (!!!)

You guys!!!! The holiday’s are heeeeeeere! To me, the holidays begin with my birthday (11/13) and go until January 1. It’s cozy, gift-y, giddy, beverage season. The coffee cups turn red, the pumpkin spice turns peppermint, and the indoor snugglefest activities begin. Being I am a Fall baby, it’s my season to love-on the hardest and it puts me in good spirits for months – as long as I don’t actually have to deal with the cold.

Part of the cozy feeling comes from giving. I have already found myself gifting nearly all my friends in one way or another with small tokens of gratitude or encouragement, and the universe has her ways because I have been feeling extra treated lately. Just yesterday a complete stranger ahead of me at a drive thru coffee place paid it forward and treated me to coffee (I did the same for the person behind me too!). Giving good doesn’t always equal a big price tag or elaborate display.

When Target asked me to participate in getting the #TOMSforTarget word out, I am thrilled to join forces and pull together my top picks for giving one-for-one style (meaning when you buy a #TOMSforTarget gift starting 11/16, for each item someone is getting a much needed blanket from Red Cross or meal from FEED or shoes from TOMS!). I think I hit up something for everyone, and the prices are SO GOOD. Such a thoughtful and classy way to give this year.

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No high price tags, but such cute stuff that helps so many people in need. It’s genius. I am excited to round up all my gifts for friends and fam with the whole line this year being we are super duper low on time this year, and I think it’s a really thoughtful way to give a little useful something to everyone on my list in one quick trip.

Did you get to see the line in person yet? What did you think? I know Atlas is getting a new pair of shoes, mama is getting that sweater, Joey is getting the striped tee, and the house is getting that super cute blanket. What did you pick up?

Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget

 Compensation was provided by Target.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.


9 No-Fail Boy Gifts

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Gift-giving season is upon us. Ya know, the season where alllll the kiddies birthday’s seem to fall within days of each other? Here is a round up of our current faves for fuss-free and unique gift giving for the boys (and girls too of course!).

I am sure you have heard of #5! Freshly Picked seriously has THE BEST (alllll caps, and meaning it) little shoes for little feet. We snagged this pair for our little runner who’s obsessed with velcro and he doesn’t even notice these slip-on/slip-off’s are on. Which means they stay on. And are cute. And work with everything.

Freshly Picked + Rich Hippies

How cute do these shoes look with Rich Hippies Lumberjack Collection? Seriously.

Our #6 pick is a shameless plug for our kid’s clothing line, Rich Hippies. We are obsessed with the drawing Duane Hosein did for our Lumberjack collection and also obsessed with the organic soft cotton he’s screenprinted on.

For #8 we got to snag a beaver set at Porter Flea (lucky us!), and I can say with confidence this brand is amazing. Our larger set does not fit 16 month old Atlas (and he’s pretty huge), so we are ordering a smaller bear set for him. He loves seeing himself in the mirror with something new on like a hat, or mask. He loved to put it on and take it off. The soft felt is well stitched for many uses and the designs are soooo cute. These super hero masks are killing it right now and I think would make great for little boys on their birthday!

If you like #5, #6, and #8, you may want to hop on over to instagram, and follow @makingahouseahome for an awesome giveaway coming very soon. *wink wink*


Holiday shopping, yep!

You can thank or curse me later, but this is your new addiction. I am sorry! But it’s a really great way to organize your shopping. I made a folder or “board, kind of like pinterest) for the dream list of stuff to get Atlas, and I have done one for our home, and have just started a fashion one. In the middle of doing this, they did a little feature on our kid picks! Color me honored.

prowl making  a house a homeReason I think this is so perfect right now is, I have to start organizing holiday shopping. I am 1/2 way done! Yep, every year my goal is to have every last gift purchased and wrapped before Halloween. I hope I can do it this year! Last year was a bit hectic with a load of guests + being 8 months preggo, but this year it’s just the three of us – so some mailer gifts and simple stuff for the three of us will be perfect!

How do you organize your shopping? If you decide to Prowl, let’s stalk each others goods!


Instasale Sneak Peeks!

I know, I know. I am kinda phoning it in this week with the lack of DIY posts, but with good reason. Today is day six of being sick. I finally started to get my voice back yesterday after three days of zero voice. If you are our insta-friends, you know all about it. Speaking of….

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Yesssss! We are hosting our first #instasale ! I am so excited. I love the idea of flash sales and pop up shops! We have a bunch of rad finds, and we are going to hook you up!

How to Instashop!

For those who have never instashopped before, let me clue you in. On May 15th at 7pm EST on our instagram feed (@makingahouseahome) we will post an image, just like the ones you see below + a price + product info on our instagram feed only.

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The first person who leaves their paypal email address + shipping zip, is the new owner! Pretty fun, huh? Here is a sneak peek at some other goodies we will have!

brass face mug, brass face

Love these guys! Will be hard to see them go!

metal ice bucket, flower ice bucket

One more peek before you run off to have an amazing weekend.

brass crabThis brass crab has a secret hiding spot!

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Eeeep! I can barely contain myself! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (makingahouseahome) for all the details, and cute pics of Atlas of course!


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