Mail Carrier Holiday Sign Printable (Updated 2018)

Sunday, December 18, 2016
I have seen a few of these "Mail Carrier Holiday Signs" over the past few years, and each year I find myself thinking, "Gee, what a wonderful idea! I should do that."And then low and behold, the seasonal busy-ness gets the best of me, and I don't get around to it. 

This year as I saw another one of these signs come across one of my social media feeds, I told myself - no excuses. It is not hard to buy a few delicious snacks, draw up and print a sign and stick it out on our front porch. And I was exactly right. It took less than 20 minutes (minus the grocery part which I already needed to do for the week), and it will hopefully serve to bring just a little joy to the many men and women busily bringing packages day-in and day-out to avid online shoppers such as myself this holiday season.

Now I'll admit, many of the sign displays and treats I have seen provided by others, for sure outshine my valiant effort. However, given it is currently below freezing temps where we live, and I was trying to "work with what we had on hand", our options were limited. I snagged a potted plant holder and a wooden salad bowl we had to hold everything, and purchased assorted chips and popcorn for our treat. I decided it was either that or popsicles!

I'll admit I'm pretty pumped to set out our little treat basket over this next week or two as the holiday craziness reaches it's maximum speed. I would encourage you all to do so as well. Don't be like former me and think how nice it would be to do - do it! And to ensure you have even less excuses, I am sharing my sign with you here. All you need to do is print it out, rummage around your home for a bowl and chair, for that matter, and grab some snacks at your next grocery trip! I'd love to see what you come up with so feel free to post a photo to inspire others, and tag me @kristahapp.

Happy holidays!


DIY "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Costume

Monday, October 31, 2016
I just couldn't quite get my act together early enough this year and let's be honest, with a 5 month old, the only reason he was truly getting dressed up for Halloween was for mom to take a commemorative photo. That being said, this "super" mom pulled together a little something the day before that was quick, cheap and inspired by a children's book (which I mean that counts for extra points, right?)

I started out by perusing the little man's closet for an outfit we could pull off that we had on hand. While the color of the overalls may have not been perfect, they were free. While out grocery shopping that same day, I hit up the local craft store and snagged a piece of gray and pink felt for around $2. I cut a strip of the felt and sized it to our "mouse's" head and simply stuck a staple in to hold it together. I then cut each ear piece (no stencil just eyeballed it) and hot glued them to the headband. 

Finally, I cut out a large and in charge cookie from some cardstock and added a piece of twine we had on hand to tie this delicious paper goodie to little man's neck. And let's be honest, you know he dug in. 

This whole costume cost under $5, took less than 20 minutes to throw together and took all of 3 minutes for our guy to be completely done with.

Happy Halloween 2016!

Love, The Happs


DIY Orb Light

Saturday, September 17, 2016

We have been blessed with a variety of "beautiful" light fixtures throughout our home. Little by little we have been working to update these gems, trying to get as creative as possible, because well - light fixtures aren't cheap.

In our main hallway, we were graced with this one of a kind piece. I know what you are thinking - the gold, the glass, the twine pull chain, so charming right? Why on earth would we want to update this piece? Did I mention the gold, the glass and the pull chain?

In my hunt to determine a way to cheaply update this light fixture I ran across this original post from Lovely Etc. on how to update a similar fixture in her home by simply purchasing a metal orb. I was sold. I love the look of orb light fixtures, and if I could create one I was satisfied with, without spending a pretty penny - I would love the look even more. 

First, we ditched the glass box surrounding the lights. (Gotta love the two different types of bulbs we were rocking.) Then the mister took down the fixture and set to work with a can of our favorite colored spray paint. We have used this Rust-oleum Burnished Amber color for a variety of door knobs and handles around our home as well.

I found the above metal orb at Hobby Lobby for $16.99. Using a 40% coupon I was able to purchase it for $10 and some change. We painted it the same color as the rest of the fixtures, and once everything was painted and dried, it was as simple as pie to hang our orb on the hooks left behind and get our newly revamped fixture up on our ceiling.

Adios gold and glass. (And someday we will also get rid of that twine pull chain. Baby steps :).)


Fireplace Remodel

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
One of our biggest projects to date in our home has been our living room. And one of the biggest projects to tackle in our living room by far has been our fireplace (and the wall in which it resides). This photo below was one I snapped of this wall of our living room at our final walk through a few days prior to moving in to our home. And yes, you can't miss me in that lovely mantle mirror.

And this is our fireplace (and the wall in which it resides) currently.

Just a little different, right? We like it. It was a labor of love, for sure. But well worth it, I'd say. 

So what did we change?

First things first, we ditched the mirror. In it's place, we put up a plank wall with barn wood that we purchased at Home Depot. (Yes, they sell that! And the hubs thoroughly enjoyed air nailing each one into place.)

From here, we took down all of those beautifully colored tiles and replaced them with some more neutral colored stones (also from Home Depot). Then we spray painted the fireplace doors and repainted all the trim to give them both a more updated look.

Low down on the mantle accessories:
Lantern: Hobby Lobby
White Vase: Thrifted
"H": Hobby Lobby 
Glass Mason Holder: Hobby Lobby
Chicken Wire Frame: Had on hand/Repainted & Repurposed

We also gave our built ins a little bit of a facelift. If you notice in the original photo, the built ins also had brick backing. To me, this was a bit of brick overkill and made them look kind of like shelves just thrown up on the wall.  Thus, we pulled off the "shelves just thrown up on the wall" and added a super thin piece of particle board (that we painted white) as a new backdrop. This was just the piece they needed to separate them more from the actual wall and class em' up a bit.

On the shelves we then added a mix of frames, trinkets and bins. My hope is to use the bins to store a variety of things that generally end up floating around our living room or coffee table (ie. the burp cloths you see below).  

Shelf #1 Accessories:
"Life gets too hard" sign: Hobby Lobby
Milk Jug: Had on hand/Repainted & Repurposed
Gray Frame/White Stand: Had on Hand/Repainted & Repurposed
Welcome Sign: Thrifted
Gray Lantern: Gordmans
Cream Bins: Target
Burlap Bow Frame: Hobby Lobby
Wood Blessed Sign/Stand: Hobby Lobby
White Metal Basket: Thrifted
Gray Bird: Michaels
Galvanized Jug: Gordmans

Shelf #2 Accessories:
Family Sign: Had on Hand
Ceramic Bird: Gordmans
Antiqued Frame: Had on Hand/Repainted & Repurposed (Chalk Paint/Antiquing Wax)
Bicycle Bookends: Target
Gray Frame/White Stand: Had on Hand/Repainted & Repurposed
Flower Tray/Flowers: Michaels
Cream Bins: Target

And there you have it. Stay tuned for "the rest of our living room" post coming up soon!

Check out the other rooms we have remodeled here:


At Home with Little Man

Friday, August 26, 2016
Last weekend we were blessed with the opportunity to partake in a fun little family photo session in our home. What I love most about the images that came to be is that they embrace the spirit of who our family really is, especially at this stage of our lives together. My hair is on top of my head and I lack a trace of makeup. My husband just rolled out of bed, and not a single one of us is dressed up for the occasion. These photos capture our typical daily life with a 3-month old, from the kisses and smiles to play time and tummy time, and I could not love them more. Welcome to a glimpse of our beautiful life with our little man.

Special thank you to Marissa K Webb Photography for all of your hard work behind the scenes on these images. We are so grateful for your friendship and talent.