DIY Custom Wood Hammock Stand

DIY wood hammock stand

Ever wondered how to build a hammock stand? It is easier than you think! Using basic pressure treated posts you can make this wood hammock stand for about $60--much cheaper than a store bought wood stand!

Head over to eHow for the full step by step photo tutorial!

learn how to make this wood hammock stand for $60. fun staycation idea!

Our two kids love the new "playset" in the backyard. It is so nice to have an extra place to relax at home. We are looking forward to using it a lot this upcoming long weekend!

For more DIY inspiration check out some of the other projects I've completed for eHow. Everything from a Cedar Privacy Screen to a fun Pineapple Doormat

DIY backyard hammock

Wishing you a wonderful, safe, and relaxing Memorial Weekend this weekend! 

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce


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Banana pudding with fresh homemade whipped cream, a butter cookie crust, extra vanilla, and a layer of fresh bananas--this recipe is all things wonderful and crowd-pleasing comfort food.

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I grew up in southern South Carolina and Georgia where desserts are a staple and banana pudding is as common a dessert as a chocolate chip cookie. Sweet, creamy, and cold--perfect on a hot summer day! And there are certain kinds of meals that call for a mandatory banana pudding. Specifically, any kind of family gathering where barbecue is involved. I grew up with no-bake banana pudding, and that is what I'm giving to you because this is a summer recipe--and in the summer around here it gets HOT (when in doubt keep the oven off)! 

In this recipe the crust is made from delicious Keebler® Simply Made Butter Cookies. I love that the ingredients in the Butter Cookie are simple without all the extra additives. This banana pudding recipe also calls for real, fresh whipped cream and has a subtle banana flavor that compliments the vanilla and the crunch of the cookies without overwhelming the other ingredients. The pie is also covered in a a little salted butterscotch drizzle. Trust me, it is heavenly. Leftovers did not last long at our house.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding recipe with Butterscotch Sauce | Tag&Tibby

I easily found the Keebler® Simply Made Butter Cookies on the cookie + cracker aisle at my local Harris Teeter, a Kroger banner store. And the other fresh ingredients were easy to find too! 

Where to Find Keebler® Simply Made Butter Cookies

Old Fashioned No-Bake Banana Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce


Crust Ingredients

10 Keebler® Simply Made Butter Cookies

5 tablespoons melted butter


Pie Ingredients

1 cup whipping cream

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

1-2 ripe bananas

3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix

2 cups whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

9-10 Keebler® Simply Made Butter Cookies, whole


Butterscotch Sauce Ingredients

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 tablespoons salted butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Pie Directions

Place 10 Keebler® Simply Made Butter Cookies in a ziplock bag and crush into fine crumbs. Mix with melted butter and press into an 8" pie dish. 

Using a cold mixing bowl, whisk whipping cream until light and fluffy, then add 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and stir. Place whipping cream mixture in bowl and set aside. 

Clean mixing bowl then whisk vanilla pudding mix and whole milk until thickened. Mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and half of the whipped cream. Slice bananas thinly and lay along bottom of pie crust. Pour pudding mixture over bananas and crust.  Add whole Keebler® Simply Made Butter Cookies along edge of pie crust, pushing down slightly into pudding. Pour remaining whipped cream on top of vanilla pudding mixture. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Sauce Directions

Mix brown sugar, cream, and butter in heavy saucepan over low to medium heat stirring frequently. Stir for 7-8 minutes until mixture comes to a light boil and thickens. Add vanilla and stir. Turn off heat and cool slightly. Pour warm sauce over banana pudding. 

* Quick tip! The difference between butterscotch sauce vs caramel is the type of sugar. To make a caramel sauce swap out the brown sugar for granulated sugar. Easy peasy! 

Fresh whipped cream, bananas, vanilla, and Keebler® Simply Made Butter Cookies
how to make the butter cookie crust
making whipped cream
how to make banana pudding
how to make fresh banana pudding--a yummy summer treat | tag&tibby

This dessert is light and fluffy, cold (perfect for a hot summer day). And is even better the longer it sits in the refrigerator so that the pudding soaks into the cookie crust.

Did you grown up eating banana pudding for dessert? 

an old fashioned banana pudding recipe with butter cookie crust | tag&tibby
Southern Style Banana Pudding Recipe with Fresh Whipped Cream | Tag&Tibby
For more great ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out the #BiteSizedBitsOfJoy Social Hub here --coming soon!

Favorite Friday Links

favorite friday links || beautiful Beaufort, SC

We visited Beaufort, SC a few weeks ago with my Mom and Dad. I was born in Beaufort and lived there for five years before we moved just outside Savannah, GA. It is a beautiful town with a lot to do. And a little more affordable than nearby Charleston. I highly recommend stopping by and taking a walk along the waterfront park!  

Sharing some things that caught my eye this week. 

If you have kids, do they go to bed early? This article is worth the read!

S'more stuffed strawberries? Oh my stars these look good and easy too! 

I have the urge to travel more this summer. Detailed travel + parenting tips here.

Emily Henderson's What I Wore influenced my purchase of a denim shirt dress last weekend.

5 strategies for finding joy motherhood when you are stressed out. Good read

Determined to makeover our master bedroom this summer. Inspiration here!

My latest for eHow: how to build an outdoor privacy screen with flower buckets. 

// Have a wonderful weekend! 

favorite friday links || beautiful Beaufort, SC

Make This! How to Build an Elevated Garden Bed

how to build a container garden from cedar

Hey hey hey! I am thrilled to share with you my latest project for eHow! Its a bit of an IKEA hack using a combination of quality cedar wood and IKEA trestle legs. It was a fun afternoon project and we LOVE having fresh herbs right off the back patio! We also have had several strawberries since we planted, and our first jalapeño is almost ready (!)

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We originally had the idea to build it high off the ground because our goldendoodle Daisy ate a lot of our garden plants last summer. It is also a good solution for those who want a garden but don't have a backyard, or who can't bend over to care for a garden. Be sure to head over to eHow for the photo tutorial with a free printable, and let me know what you think! 

you can make this! how to build an elevated container garden with high quality cedar and IKEA trestle legs

6 Things You Think About Differently When You Have a Child with Special Needs

6 things you think about differently when you have a child with special needs

Disclaimer: I am writing this blog post not to: pretend I am a doctor or teacher or to say that we are getting it all right at our house. But my thoughts overflow occasionally into writing. And this is one of those moments! Our 8 year old was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age 4 by a developmental specialist. His current diagnosis is high-functioning autism, or Aspergers.

Below I am sharing 6 things we think about differently in our home, and a bit about how it affects our daily life.  


Bryce’s sister is younger than him and competitive. Nothing gets by her when we give Bryce extra screen time for a “reboot” or other behavior modification. We have told her about Bryce’s diagnosis (we have told him too) but to be honest I am not sure she cares or understands what its means. And in a way, I am very thankful for that. They have a pretty typical sibling relationship.

Family Friends

One of the scariest things for me when we moved from Minnesota to North Carolina was starting over with friends. Our friends in Minnesota had grown up with Bryce and accepted our family. But starting over there is a big insecurity over “Will he be invited to playdates and birthday parties? What do they know of Aspergers? How much can I talk about it with my friends before I get annoying?” Thankfully, most our new friends are either open to understanding more, or they have a friend or family member on the spectrum and understand a bit about us.

love is.

Summer camps

“What age are the counselors? Is there structure? How would they handle a meltdown?” We are signed up for a VBS this summer (Vacation Bible School) but I have no idea how it will go. Last time we tried it, two years ago, we had pretty big meltdowns throughout the week. It really unsettled him. And the VBS itself was LOUD. We are trying one at a different church this time. Summer in general is a challenge and unsettling for him. We are signing up for a lot of 1/2 day camps this summer, hopefully that will give him some of the structure he needs. 


See this post for more thoughts. Vacations take a lot of planning. Some typical questions I ask myself include: "What will he love without being over stimulating? What foods should I pack so that he doesn't shut down and just drink liquids?" It is not that I want all the decisions to be based around him. But when he is having a difficult time it affects everyone in the family. Sand, water, rock mining, places with maps: those are all good on our list!

six things you think about differently when you have a child with unique needs. Written by a Mom with a son who happens to have Aspergers


We live in a very sports-oriented area. That can be a little awkward at times. We have done gymnastics for the past year and we have really enjoyed it. It is good for his sensory input and his class was non-competitive with the other boys. He wants to try tennis. And swimming might be a good option, but he is very sensitive to the water temperature and his focus tends to vary in the water. We will continue to skip competitive sports like baseball and soccer. Those sports are difficult for a few reasons: he hates to loose and unexpected physical contact is difficult for him.

The Future

In the area we live in: it is expected that children will go to college. When you have a child with a disability you take it a year at a time. For now Bryce is advanced in math and struggles with reading and spelling (though at the moment he is on grade level!) With his aptitude for drawing and 3D visualization, we encourage him that he would make a good architect, engineer, or city planner someday. When the time comes if college isn’t in the picture we will help him find training for a suitable job. 

In short: we are wacky and silly and completely unique. Thankful for our little family. 

Do you have a child with some unique needs? What kind of differences do you encounter? 


DIY Paper Mâché Animal Head

learn how to make a paper mâché animal head on a faux marble plaque for under $20 | tag&tibby

A few months ago we painted our dining room dark gray and gave it a mini-makeover. Most of the accessories in the space were either thrifted or DIYed (like the dresser that holds the kiddos craft supplies).

Today I am sharing how you can make a paper mâché animal head on a faux marble plaque like the one we have in our dining room! Using Hobby Lobby's 40% coupon (which I highly recommend) the material cost for this project was around $20! 

DIY paper mâché animal head on a faux marble plaque | tag&tibby

Paper Mâché Animal Head with Faux Marble Plaque



Craft or Wall Paint (leftover Sherwin Williams paint from our dining room)

Paper Mâché Animal Head (found at Hobby Lobby)

Paint Brush

Old award or picture plaque with flat surface

Grey Marble Contact Paper (Affiliate link)


Glue Gun

3M Command Hanging Strips (Affiliate link)

step 1: paint paper mâché animal head


Paint at least two coats of paint on deer head until paper mâché is completely covered. Cut a rectangle piece of contact paper, slightly larger than the size of your plaque. Cover plaque and fold over excess contact paper on back of plaque. Tape contact paper down on back of plaque. 

Using a hot glue gun press animal head firmly down onto plaque. Hang with Command Strips or a nail. Enjoy! 

materials for paper mache animal head with faux marble plaque
step 2: cover plaque with marble paper
step 3: cover excess marble paper on back of plaque with tape
use hot glue gun to attach deer head to plaque
DIY paper mâché animal head on a faux marble plaque | tag&tibby