Front Porch Summer Decor

I’ve always dreamed of having a beautifully decorated front porch. I imagined myself changing the decor per the season of the year. But when you live in the desert like Arizona, it’s not really practical.

Many of us Arizonans still take the chance and decorate for summer.  My hardest challenge is keeping my plants fresh  and breathing during those hot summer months. I buy new plants about every 6 months because mines never make it through the summer.  My husband tells me I’m wasting money, but what can I say? I love plants!

One thing I have learned about front porch decor is to never buy items right at the beginning of the season. To get a good deal, it’s best to wait mid season when the stores are loading for the next season. This is when you are bound to get a great deal.

This door wreath I got from Michael’s  was originally priced at $40 but with the 80% discount, I paid $11 and some change. This will last me years because of its quality.

The welcome sign was 40% off with my coupon so I got it for about $10 also at Michael’s.

I also bought new pillows that were 40% off and paid about $20 for both at Lowe’s.

In conclusion,  you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to have a decent, welcoming front porch. I spent less than a $100. You just have to be patient and wait for those deals! Don’t be afraid to shop around at different stores either. You may not find everything you want in one store so it’s best to shop around.

Let’s see how long my new plants will last this time around.

Share you front porch decor tips in the comments!

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Tell Us How You Published Your Book? What Was the Journey Like?

The time has finally come! Chasing Freedom, my novel, has finally been released. After a long journey,  it is finally out. What most people don’t know is that I have been working on this book for years. You may purchase it here: http://bit.ly/2sWEI9D Where did the storyline come from? The inspiration? Well, the protagonist in the novel is a Congolese rape victim and refugee.  Given that I am Congolese (although I’ve never been),  I’ve been reading and hearing so many horrific stories and I felt like I had to write about this and be the voice of the women of Eastern […]

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Slow Down and Enjoy Life

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. -Eddie Cantor I know. I know. I have been such a stranger these days, but I’ve been keeping busy, I promise.  Perhaps a little bit too busy. I’ve always been the kind of person who keeps busy at all times and often has multiple projects going on all at once. But I believe that slowing down can also be a virtue. Being off work in the summers, I always try to […]

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Q&A On Being a Full-time Work-at-Home-Mom 

I originally wrote this blog post on my other blog (TheWAHMProf.com) but I figured I would also post it here for my other readers! As a WAHM (Work-At-Home-Mom), I am constantly asked different questions on how I got my job and its details.  So I decided to dedicate a blog post to answering the most common questions I get from other moms interested in working from home on a full-time basis. What exactly do you do? Most of you know by now that I teach. I am an Online Instructor of Writing.  I teach for a large local research university […]

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Work-at-Home-Moms: When It’s Time To Put The Kids In Daycare

 For the past year, since his birth, I’ve been working from home full-time  with an infant–and it was the hardest thing ever. But… it was worth it! Watching him grow and never missing a moment of his first year was priceless. Now, my oldest has been going to preschool part-time for a while,  so it is also good to be able to spend some days with him at home as well. I am grateful to be a Work-at-Home-Mom. Working during nap time was never consistent, and working after the kids went to bed was becoming too overwhelming. Sleeping after midnight […]

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Is This Truly God’s Will?

I know that you can do anything and no one can stop you. -Job 42:2 For the last few months or so, I read the book of Job, as I tried to understand the concept behind the verse: The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord. There were a few people in my surrounding who had gone to be with the Lord and it had me questioning, “Is this truly God’s will?” Not just that, but I  wanted to understand what’s it like to have everything and then nothing? What’s it like to have […]

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JJ’s First Birthday

I look back on the first year and think about how fast it went. I look back on the day I gave birth to him and how scary it was, with my husband waiting outside of the O.R. for 30 minutes while I was having an emergency c-section– not knowing if baby and I were okay.  I think back on the moment I looked into his eyes for the very first time. Oh, precious moments! Since I work from home, we made the decision that he would stay home with me that first year. It was one of the most […]

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When Your Plans Fail

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. –Proverbs 16:9 I always try to remind myself that my plans are not necessarily His plans. I can try to control my life as much as possible, but at the end of the day, God rules. So even when I find myself questioning and worrying, I remind myself that God has a plan and a purpose for everything in my life–even those beyond my comprehension. My plans are just that. Mine. So I’m trusting and believing, even when that seems difficult.  I’m staying positive, even when negative thoughts want to […]

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