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November 18, 2013

DIY Gold Holiday Garland

This year for our holiday decor we’ve decided to glam things up a little with lots of gold, sparkly accents and whimsical touches here and there. Having a theme behind our holiday decor each year has been sort of a tradition, and sometimes we can’t find exactly what we need in stores, so we tend to make at least a few pieces each holiday. Our first project we’re sharing is this simple, yet elegant DIY gold holiday garland with decorative ends. Here’s how we made it:

First, we started by making the end pieces. We used natural brown and white coffee filters, doilies, scalloped punched vintage music rounds and a few trimmings that we picked up from our [...]

 
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October 25, 2013

Freshen Up Your Decor with Fall and Thanksgiving Printables

Nothing gets me more excited for the holidays than the decor. The festive colors and decorative items produce a mood and ambiance that creates all the anticipation of things to come! Holiday decor can be sophisticated, frilly, beautiful, modern, colorful or simple. So to help you get going on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we have gathered various styles of printables that you can use this season in YOUR home decor set up! Most of these ideas are FREE to print and can be done right on your own printer, or sent to a local print shop for a small fee. These printables are great to use in frames, awesome for decorating a table for a dinner party, or just to simply use as part of [...]

 
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October 16, 2013

Alternative Halloween Goodies for Your Trick-or-Treaters

With fall now upon us, Halloween is just around the corner! It’s an exciting, nostalgic time of the year and I’ve really come to love decorating for this holiday. Lots of kids are already talking about and planning their Halloween costumes and are so excited to go trick-or-treating. I remember being so excited to get home with my heavy pillowcase full of candy and dump it out on the floor to see what I had inside. We usually got to eat a few pieces of candy that night and then pick out a couple of our favorites to keep aside, but then all of the candy went into one big bowl that sat on the top of the fridge. For the weeks following Halloween my mom would toss one or two [...]

 
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September 25, 2013

Tips for Conquering Toy Clutter

If your house is anything like mine then you know that having children equals having lots of toys which can also mean big messes, and anyone who knows kids also knows that they love to play but hate putting things away. If you’ve been wanting to come up with a better storage solution for all of your kids’ toys books and other playtime items, then this is the post for you! I have come across some really creative, simple and beautiful ways to organize toys so that everything has a place yet is also easily accessible to play with at all times.

Cube & Bin Storage

Cube and bin storage is by far the most popular option these days. What I love about this type of [...]

 
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September 16, 2013

Customizing Budget-Friendly Furniture

I feel like when you’re decorating your home, you go through stages. For a long time I never thought I would get out of the painting and molding stage. Every room in our house needed a fresh coat of paint on it’s walls, and in doing that I started dreaming up fun molding ideas in the spaces I was painting… and well, you know how that goes. It becomes a never-ending task.

Fast forward a few years later and now that all of our walls are painted and the moldings we wanted are up, we’re in the finessing and decorating stage of life. I personally feel that this is a stage that never really ends, because you should constantly be trying new things in your [...]

 
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August 20, 2013

Mason Jar Ideas + Dark Chocolate Raspberry Trifle Recipe

The mason jar trend has been around for a while now, and I feel like we’ve all embraced it one way or another. Blogs, Pinterest and magazines are full of fun ideas on how to use this simple glass container with a lid, so today I thought I’d touch on three creative ways that you can use mason jars in your everyday life! With a lid or without, mason jars are the perfect vessel for storing all sorts of little items. From an office to a sewing room, here are some creative ways that bloggers are using mason jars for organizing small items around their home.

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Mason jars aren’t [...]

 
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August 12, 2013

Easy Home Improvement: Energy Efficient Lighting Switch

In the past decade or so there has been an evolution of the light bulb, going from the standard incandescent light to a variety of new lighting elements that save you money and energy. If you have ever stood next to or under a regular light bulb for long enough you know how inefficient they really are, and the heat they put off.

The government has a great incentive for us as consumers to switch out our old light bulbs and fixtures for more efficient ones. If you visit energy.gov/savings, you can determine what rebates you are eligible for in your area, and you can also contact your power company to find out more information.

Since more than a couple of our recessed [...]

 
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July 31, 2013

Helpful Tips When Bringing a New Dog Into Your Home

We recently brought home a new little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and she has been a great addition to our family. Our kids adore her, and we love having her around to cuddle and play with. We didn’t come to the decision of having a family pet lightly, we knew it was going to be a lot of work and also that we were going to have to rearrange our lifestyle a bit to accommodate this new addition. Although we are no experts on the subject matter, we wanted to share with you some tips and tricks that we have learned along the way, that are helping us keep our home beautiful and functional, as well as allow our puppy the freedom to enjoy her new home and surroundings. Creating [...]

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