Classic & Simple Christmas Porch Makeover

*full discloure: this porch makeover was in partnership with Green Acres & Rod Works. *

We go all out at Christmas time, even outside. Decorations go up as soon as I can possibly get them up – sometimes even as early as Nov 1st. YEP! I’m one of *those* people. I jokingly refer to myself as “part Elf” for this reason.

Tis the Season for Holiday Magic

While many may not share my same early bird enthusiasm for the holiday of all holidays, I think it’s safe to say that a lot DO appreciate the decorations and they joy they bring!

I had so much fun decorating my porch with Green Acres Nursery & Supply this fall (see my fall porch here) that I decided to partner with them again, as well as with Rod Works Unique Home Decor for my Christmas Front Porch makeover!

Front Porch Before

If you didn’t see that post, I shared a before and after. Check out my porch BEFORE adding the holiday cheer!

Pretty basic stuff. A good spot to sit and sip coffee and enjoy the morning air, plants to add some pops of green, but far from festive!

So, the family and I made a trip down to Rocklin to our local Green Acres, and picked out some things to add just the right amount of Christmas to our space!

Christmas at Green Acres

We love these live trees they carry! Perfect size for porches or small living spaces! And since they’re potted, you can plant in your yard when the season is over and have your own live tree all year long! We got one of the small ones!

So many gorgeous fall & winter flowers! The kids loved looking at all the colors.

They also have a ton of cute decor pieces to chose from! These were some of our favorites!

We ended up taking home a beautiful wreath, a small live tree, a metal “Merry Christmas” sign, and a bag of pine cones.

Christmas at Rod Works

Next up, we went down to Rod Works, a destination for unique home decor! I needed a few things to add some Christmas magic to the porch!

One of our two local locations is relocating so the entire store was discounted for their moving sale. I always love browsing around Rod Works so I cant wait to see where the new location will be!

This was a first time visit for the kids and my husband, but they all loved the selection they had and ooh’d and ahh’d at what they’d found!

So many cute things for the holiday season, but they have things for all year round! My style is timeless decor that incorporates natural elements ( marble, wood, metals ) , and they have so much of it! This place is truly a home decor lover’s dream!

I ended up falling head over heels for a metal “silent night” sign, an antiqued brass jingle bell, a faux pine stem with mini pine cones, and a long strand of wooden decor beads, and I knew exactly how I wanted to use them!

Armed with the plants and pieces we got that day, and a few other pieces I’ve picked up along the way, it was time to add a little Christmas magic to the front porch! Check out how it all came together!

Simple Christmas Front Porch

I added a simple velvet bow to the beautiful pinecone wreath from Green Acres

The metal “Merry Christmas” sign we picked up at Green Acres made its way to our wall medallion!

I’m on the market for a galvanized bucket for my live tree, but I propped it up on a stool I had for a little height, added my plants (also, coincidentally from Green Acres!) to one side, and my trusty garden owl on the other.

The Silent Night sign and Jingle Bell from Rod Works make this spot a perfect little magic moment, and I added tall candles on either side to frame it out.

I love my little live tree from Green Acres so much, and the fact that we can replant it! We opted for the small size since we rent and this isn’t our forever home. This way we can add it to a larger bucket as it grows and eventually plant it in the ground when we do have a place to call our own.

Mini Live Christmas Tree

I carefully wrapped it in the decor beads from Rod Works, some gold bead & ornament garland, and battery operated twinkle lights. It adds the perfect sparkle at night and honestly I think it’s the cutest little thing!

I even topped it with its very own mini gold star!

Another fun and simple DIY was inspired by the bag of pine cones from Green Acres. Originally I was going to simply add them to a basket for the corner by the door, but I thought they needed a little more love.

Easy DIY Christmas Decorations

The pine cones got to keep their home in the basket, but instead of adding them to the corner, I turned them into a centerpiece for our outdoor coffee table!

I first put my potted plant in the center of the basket, surrounded the plant with the pine cones, and added a simple bow to the front! I put it in a metal serving tray to offset the color of the basket & table, and I love how it turned out!

If this were indoors, I would replace the plant with a pillar candle in a large hurricane vase filled with coarse salt to replicate snow. The possibilities are endless!

The faux pine swag made its way to my beloved salvaged window, got its very own velvet bow, and I also added a jingle bell strand for good measure and more sparkle.

In Conclusion

We are so happy to have partnered with Green Acres and Rod Works for this classic and simple Christmas front porch makeover!

With just a little bit of effort and a whole lot of love, it’s easy to transform any space into one that brings joy and happiness to all who see it! We hope you feel inspired to add a little holiday magic to your home and life today! Happy Holidays!

Mom Life Hack: Machine Washable Rugs featuring Ruggable

*full disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ruggable. All opinions are my own.

Be sure to read to the end for 15% off discount code from Ruggable !

Being a mom of 3 young kids, and 4 fur babies, you can bet this house sees it’s fair share of dust & dirt. I’m sure I must vaccuum at least twice a week, but even so, the area rug in our front room never seemed clean.

Between the dirt the kids drag in, the dust & hair from our pets, and the ware and tear of daily life, it was looking grimy within a couple of weeks of purchasing.

Not only that, but no matter how hard I tried to flatten them, the edges kept curling up and it just looked bad. I knew we needed to try something different.

Curled sides on our old rug.

The kids have a Ruggable rug in their room and we love it so much! Ruggable rugs are machine washable, water resistant, and so easy to clean. After a year with our traditional rug in the living room, and knowing that something needed to change, we decided to make the switch to a Ruggable rug!

Cambria Sapphire rug by Ruggable

We chose the Cambria Sapphire 8×10 rug for our living room. The size is perfect to separate our living area from the rest of the space in the room, and tucks nicely under our sectional couch.

With the help of my husband, we had the old rug rolled up and the new one in place in about 20 minutes.

Watch this video to see how easy Ruggable rugs are to install!

Ruggable rugs are a two part system. They include the nonslip rug pad, which makes them perfect for smooth surfaces like tile or wood flooring, and the rug design cover itself.

The rug covers are low pile, stain resistant, waterproof, and can be thrown right into your washer and dryer for easy cleaning. Yep- even the 8×10 size! I’m telling you it’s a dream come true! You can learn more about the Ruggable care instructions here.

I am so pleased with how easy yet impactful this simple change was for our living room, and just in time for all of the holiday entertaining we will be doing! Now is the perfect time to make the switch or add a brand new Ruggable rug to your home- whether it’s a 3×5, a runner, or an area rug like ours.

Update: It’s been over a year since we got our ruggable and I still love it! I do have one corner that curls in a high traffic area but have found that using a garment steamer I can flatten it back down with ease!

Ruggable has been so generous to give my readers a 15% off discount with the code FUNKIMI15! Find all of their designs and shop Ruggable rugs here .

Best Faux Plants that Actually Look Real

*full disclosure: This post is in partnership with Nearly Natural. All opinions are my own.*

So many of you know me as your resident “plant lady friend.” And I love that. I get questions weekly about what the best plants are for beginners, how to propagate succulents, troubleshooting leaf discoloration etc. and am always beyond happy to help you navigate your own journey into plant lady land. It’s a thing, okay?

But one of the more common questions, er, statements rather, that I get is, “I love your plants, but I would kill mine.” Another common one, “I love plants, but they hate me.”

Some of you, we’ve been able to find the *perfect* plant for, and even pin point what has caused the demise of your plants in the past (hint: it’s usually overwatering.)

And some of you are perfectly happy not to bring in a new plant, knowing that it would surely meet it’s untimely demise if left in your care.

So, you guys, those of you with a “brown thumb,” I have found the perfect plants for you!!

Nearly Natural is an online retailer that sells beautiful, and yes, nearly natural looking, faux plants.

They have a wide range of plants to chose from. Everything from small potted succulent sets, to flower bouquets, to the ever popular fiddle leaf fig tree.

Check out how I’ve styled their hanging pothos in my kids bathroom:

And the potted watermelon peperomia on my entryway !

With a wide variety of beautiful faux plants to chose from, there is something for everyone at Nearly Natural !

The Allswell Mattress : A Bed the Whole Family Will Love

Caleb & I had been on the hunt for a new, yet affordable mattress for what felt like years, so when I discovered the new online mattress store, Allswell, I knew I met my perfect match! 


Allswell is a design centric, New York based, female led brand that is rooted in the principle of making a good night’s sleep accessible to everyone! I LOVE that!!


We received the new hybrid mattress , “The Allswell” which combines the best of both foam and coil mattresses and at $245 for a queen, this mattress truly is accessible to all. 


Caleb and I have different feelings when it comes to “ideal firmness” for a mattress- he prefers a more firm bed while I like soft.  We also wanted something cozy enough for all the kids to want to climb into bed and watch movies & snuggle with us (isn’t that the best!?). I feel like this mattress ticks all the boxes for both of us, and I can honestly say I have never had better sleep in my life since we upgraded with The Allswell


It comes to your house rolled, vaccum packed, and in a box, and it’s SO satisfying to watch it inflate before your eyes when you cut open the packaging! Seriously so fun! It’s best to give your mattress a little time to fully inflate (about an hour) before sleeping on it. 


Allswell also has a range of “bedscapes” to choose from! These bedscapes include curated bedding sets- including duvets, sheets, throws, pillows, and throw pillows- to make your room look as if you hired an interior designer! While I already have bedding for my bed, I did choose some pillows and throws that coordinated so beautifully with my own pieces and I love them so much! The throw is such a rich and warm piece (I will link everything down below, but the pieces I chose are from the New American bedscape).


If you are on the market for a new mattress or bedding, I can’t recommend Allswell enough! They are beautiful, breathable, intentionally made, and feel SO luxurious, while being affordable and attainable for the average person. You can find these pieces and more at AllswellHome.com and Walmart.com. 




Thank you Allswell for sponsoring this post and for the mattress of my dreams! And thank you for making affordable BEAUTIFUL as well! 

MATTRESS: The Allswell , king | THROW BLANKET : Charcoal Herringbone Throw | THROW PILLOW : Decorative Rust Velvet Throw Pillow | THROW PILLOW: Textured Cotton Striped Pillow

Top 5 Houseplants for Beginners

*disclaimer: this is a sponsored post. All opinions and views are my own. photos from: thesill.com *

As the number of house-plants I own increases, so too do the number of messages and emails I get from readers looking to grow their own collections. Now, I am in NO way a professional or a certified expert, but researching and talking plants is one of my favorite pastimes…I mean, I could do it all day long…so I thought what better way to do that then to have somewhat regular posts here on my blog dedicated to plants, gardening, and all things nature related! I know you come to me with questions on this topic for a reason, so lets give you guys what you want! Right?? Right!

I totally geek out over plant life. Maybe its the artist in me, or the reverence for God and His creation in my life. I don’t know…but it’s engraved in my DNA to be captivated by nature. Since as far back as I can remember it has awe’d me completely. I remember sitting on the soccer field during recess as a first grader, and picking those little clover flowers. I’d put them up close to my nose, almost going cross eyed, and look at the teeny tiny veins in the leaves, the structure of the stem, and the way each little rice-shaped petal connected itself to it. Just, blew my mind, and still does! The different varieties of plants, care instructions, soil types, different pots (especially fond of hand thrown ceramic! If you know of some good ones, send the deets my way!), decorating with houseplants, and watching the Q&A Instagram Live videos from The Sill….I want all of it..SO good!

Okay, so here we go! I thought I’d tackle the most asked question first.. “What plant should I start with?” I will give you my personal picks, but please do your research as well! The Sill is a great resource because they’ve got their online plant store organized by categories, and “beginners” is a great place to start! If you sign up for their annual membership Plant Parent Club you also gain exclusive access to online and in person workshops, and free shipping!

Here are my picks, along with a little blurb from The Sill  on each plant. Click each plant name learn more info or to have it shipped straight to your door! Happy shopping!

Top 5 Best Houseplants for Beginners

Air Plant

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Plant Care

  • BRIGHTNESS
    • Bright
    • Bright indirect light to full sun.
  • SUN EXPOSURE
    • Direct to Indirect
    • Indirect to full sun.
  • WATER
    • Weekly
    • Mist daily, and soak once a week for about 15 minutes in warm water.
  • HUMIDITY
    • Normal to High
    • Normal to higher humidity. Mist daily.

Snake Plant

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Plant Care

  • BRIGHTNESS
    • Low to Medium to Bright
    • Medium indirect light to full sun. Tolerates low light.
  • SUN EXPOSURE
    • Indirect
    • Indirect light to dappled sun preferred. However, can handle full sun quite well.
  • WATER
    • About every 2 weeks
    • Allow potting mix to dry out completely between waterings.
  • HUMIDITY
    • Any!
    • Don’t sweat it. Any humidity level will do.

Pothos

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Plant Care

  • BRIGHTNESS
    • Low to Medium
    • Low light to dappled sun. Tolerates low light.
  • SUN EXPOSURE
    • Indirect
    • Indirect light to dappled sun. Not suited for intense, direct sun.
  • WATER
    • Weekly
    • Allow potting mix to dry out completely between waterings.
  • HUMIDITY
    • Any!
    • Don’t sweat it. Any humidity level will do.

Succulents

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Plant Care

  • BRIGHTNESS
    • Bright
    • Prefers bright direct light.
  • SUN EXPOSURE
    • Direct
    • Full sun ideal.
  • WATER
    • About every 2-3 weeks in full sun
    • When soil is completely dry and leaves start to wrinkle.
  • HUMIDITY
    • Normal to Dry
    • Think of a desert.

Philodendron

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Plant Care

  • BRIGHTNESS
    • Low to Medium to Bright
    • Medium indirect light to dappled sun. Tolerates low light.
  • SUN EXPOSURE
    • Indirect
    • Indirect light to dappled sun. Not suited for intense, direct sun.
  • WATER
    • Weekly
    • Allow potting mix to dry out completely between waterings.
  • HUMIDITY
    • Any!
    • Don’t sweat it. Any humidity level will do.

Easy Ways to Decorate with Houseplants

*full disclosure: this is a sponsored post, all views and opinions are my own.*

I think it’s safe to say that my love of nature is pretty apparent. I can be labeled a “crazy plant lady”, a “green thumb”, and a “nature nut”, and I’m totally not ashamed of it! In fact, you can bet that I totally own it!One of my favorite ways to celebrate nature in all of its beauty is to bring it indoors.

Before having the kids, I’ll admit- my thumb was NOT green at all. I had several houseplants I’d gotten from family, and slowly but surely, I’d managed to kill every last one of them. I’d forget to water, or over water, or stick low light plants right in front of a window and fry the poor leaves…Not my proudest moments. 😣

I love to nurture, to dote, and to overall care for the people I love, and I think becoming a Mama has helped contribute to the newly found green-ness of my thumbs 😆.

I get lots of questions and compliments on my house plants so I thought I’d compile a list of easy ways to decorate your home with houseplants : featuring all my plant babies, several of which were ordered through the online plant store The Sill – thesill.com. You have got to go check them out! (They even have an annual membership program called Plant Parent Club, where you will have access to all of their online workshops- plus free shipping on every order!).

Here are just some of the ways I easily bring some life into my home with plants, and you can too!

• Add some green to the kitchen and dining area with a large statement plant, like this Peace Lily, or a small potted plant or some succulents on the countertops.

•Breathe life into the living room with a shelfie-ready potted plant like this Money Tree Plant from The Sill . I was gifted this gorgeous plant through The Sill’s Plant Parent Club . It’s seriously the perfect subscription (or gift!) for crazy plant ladies like me!

•You can also bring balance to your TV stand or console table by adding plants of similar heights one either end. Here are my Snake Plant (left) and Rubber Tree Plant.

•Plants look GREAT on a feature wall, where they can really shine next to your wall art. A Fiddle Leaf Fig adds just the right amount of green to this neutral space.

•Air Plants are pet-friendly, don’t require a pot, and only require once a week watering, making them perfect for beginners! I love featuring them on/in various types of containers, like this himalayan salt votive holder, a wooden bowl or cup, or even in a clear mason jar on my window sill! Note that my air plants are pictured submerged in water, but this is only for their weekly watering. Air Plants are happiest when dry.

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•Using house plants to create interest on top of a bookshelf is one of my favorite ways to decorate! It also keeps them out of reach of pets and small children.

•A cute little boxwood on either side of your bed adds a perfect pop of color, and some symmetry!

•You can also add plants to your childrens’ rooms! Just be sure that they are kid safe, and keep up high if you are worried about the dirt or curious little hands picking at the leaves.

•There are even many plants that love living in a humid bathroom! Be sure to look up plants based on the amount of light your room receives. You can learn all about plant care and more through the online workshops provided by The Sill!

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And there you have it! Houseplants bring me so much contentment, and I love sprinkling them throughout my home! I hope this post has given you some helpful ideas on ways you can do the same.

Be sure to check out The Sill for more gorgeous houseplants you can order online, and follow The Sill on Instagram for loads more houseplantinspiration!

What are some of your favorite ways to decorate with houseplants? I’d love to know, comment below!