Five creative spring gardens

The temperatures are still a little cool around here to start setting out spring flowers, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t started thinking about what I want to plant.

I’ve recently happened upon all sorts of neat ideas for turning things into unique planters. Recycling unwanted household items by filling them with beautiful flowers is a win-win situation, in my opinion.

Chair turned planter

My grandpa gave me this cute old chair. It had a metal slat seat in it. I took the seat out and popped a planter into it. Doesn’t it look cute with this fern in it?

Wash tub planter (source)

I want an old washtub so I can do this! Wouldn’t that be cute?


This toolbox planter is absolutely adorable.


I need a carriage now so I can plant flowers in it.


I have never thought about planting anything in a flour sifter but this is pretty cute!

I hope you all have a great week! Join us on Friday for our spring home tour.

Best 2021 Agendas: Our Favorite Picks for Staying Organized and Sane in the New Year

My agenda is pretty important to me. My husband jokes that I have the next six months of my life planned out in it and if I lost it, I’d have to be committed. He’s only half wrong. 🙂

I myself use a Prayerful Planner in the undated version so I can customize it and use it to reflect my school year rather than the respective 12-month calendar year. I like it because it’s an agenda, prayer journal, and devotion book all in one. A one-stop-shop, if you will. It helps me keep my family’s activities and my daily activities, as well as my walk with God on track.

See what I mean?

Please ignore my “first thing in the morning” handwriting.

If the Prayerful Planner sounds like what you need, then I highly encourage you to get one. But if it just isn’t your thing, rest assured that there are plenty of other options.

1. Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner, $60

The things I love about my planner are also the things I love about The Simplified Planner. The planner contains pages for planning and reflection, and the layout is very clean and uncomplicated.

2. Erin Condren Life Planner, $68

There are a lot of similarities between the Life Planner and the Simplified Planner. Just like the others, this one also includes planning/reflection pages, monthly layouts and weekly layouts, and it’s bright, colorful, and has plenty of room to write. You can customize and personalize it as well.

3. Day Designer Planner by BlueSky $15 (SoftCover) and $60 (Hardcover)

I wanted to include amore budget friendly option for all you moms, who (like me), like to save a few dollars. You can get this planner in a hardcover format at a price that is more comparable to the others, or you can get it for less than $20 in a softcover. Before I started buying the Prayerful Planner, this was my go-to. The pages are clean, well laid out, and have plenty of writing space. This planner even has reflection and planning pages, but it does not have the amount of extra pages that its more expensive counterparts have.

You may chose a planner I have featured today, or you may choose something completely different that works better for you. Either way, I encourage you to use a planner to simplify your life and organize your schedule. You will be glad you did! Have a great day!

What’s your vision?

Have you ever created a vision board?

If you’re unsure what a vision board is, it’s just a visual format of your goals for the year. Make a board with pictures related to what you want to accomplish and put it someplace where you will see it daily. Studies have shown that this is more likely to make you accomplish your goals.

But, what does a vision board look like? And how do you make one?

This is the vision board I started last week. I’ve since added a lot more to it. My goals for this year are to travel (depending on COVID), lose the rest of my weight, focus more on blessings instead of stressors, eat at home more and incorporate more self care.

If this vision board doesn’t float your boat, there are other options.

I found this one on Pinterest. I can’t find the original post but I love the use of words.

I love this one. It is simple but board is also very neat looking.

Maybe creating a collage isn’t your thing and you want to do a graphic organizer instead. Check this one out: it says 2014 but you get the idea.


There are also a number of free vision board printable you can find just by doing a Google search. You can also use planner stickers if you like. The possibilities are endless.

Here’s to kicking off 2021…and hoping it will be much better than 2020.

After Christmas storage solutions: a Pinterest roundup

Some of us have already taken down our Christmas decor and put it away. Some of us have taken down our Christmas decor and haven’t put it up yet. Some of us (like me) haven’t even started taking it all down. I’m going to do it tomorrow. No really. I promise.

Did you know there are all sorts of great Christmas storage solutions out there? It gets better: most of them are fairly inexpensive.

Ornament storage

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of breaking ornaments each year while they’re in storage. A specially made case for safely storing ornaments will solve the problem. You can find this soft case at Kohl’s for less than $20 or this plastic divided bin for less than $10 at Target.

Wreath Storage

If you’re like us, you have a bunch of wreaths. If you’re fortunate to have the space, you can always just hang them on the wall, but if space is at a premium, you can use a wreath box or bag. We have this wreath bag.


Tree storage

Some of you lucky people use real trees and you don’t have to worry about this. For those of us whose allergies don’t allow a real tree, well, storage is an issue. Get some tree bags!! I like this one because it has wheels and it’s much easier to move. I don’t even need my husband’s help!


Happy un-decorating!! We will see you tomorrow for a post about vision boards. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

1. Vision boards: what’s your vision?

2. 2020 in Review

3. Word of the year

4. New Year’s Day



Here at Lumber in my Minivan, we wish you and your family a happy, safe, and enjoyable Christmas season. We will resume regular schedule Monday, December 28.