My Friday Favorites 07.22.16

Happy Friday! I hope today is the start of a great weekend for you and yours.
Here are the things I am loving this week!

On TV – Judges Cuts are all done on America’s Got Talent and the live shows start next week. But this week I’m picking one of my favorite summer shows – Suits. Season 6 begins with Mike going to prison and Jessica, Louis and Harvey doing everything in their power to keep PSL in business.  Harvey came through like he always does – but this time it cost him something very personal.

On the Page – I just got Real Simple‘s August issue in the mail and I couldn’t wait to read it cover to cover! “How to use paint to transform just about anything” is RIGHT up my alley (look at my past outdoor makeovers using mainly spray paint to transform old furniture here and here.)


On the Web – Lately I’ve been enjoying reading Crazy Organized tips for how to keep everything neat, organized and together. I love her Paper Organization Series and her Fast Fix Friday posts.


For My Classroom – I went into Walmart for beach chairs for my vacation – and came out with 30 notebooks from the back-to-school aisle. Even though I was cursing that the school supply aisles were already in full force – I could not help but scoop up these adorable math notebooks for my daily “Solve-It” problems. Next I need to make cute name labels for everyone!


On Instagram – Loving the That Color Coding System Though post on ‘s IG account.  Click through to the great blog post on her color-coding systems.  Of course I heart all of this!


What are you loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know. Thanks for reading.

Patio Makeover

When Larry asked me what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day, he was pretty surprised when I said, “Clean out the garage.”  But in all honesty, it is what I wanted to accomplish.  So we spent two Sundays (Mother’s Day and the next weekend) sorting through everything: saving, tossing, cleaning, and organizing.

In the corner was this old metal shelf left over from the previous owners.  It was in a pretty sad state.

shelf before

I thought it would be a great shelf to put on our patio, once I spruced it up a little.  I cleaned it off (the best I could), sanded it down with steel wool pads, and rinsed it off again before spray painting it.

shelf makeover


Here it is on our patio with all of our potted flowers for the season.

shelf after 1


shelf after 2


What do you think?

before and after

I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend.  Now that I have my cans of spray paint out…. I am spray painting many things!  I’ll be back soon to show you some more before and after items for our yard. Thanks for reading!