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Unique Gifts Under $30- For Friends or the Hostess

Holiday party season is approaching, friends. If you want to bring the party hostess something other than booze, I have compiled a gift guide of unigue gifts for under $30. These items are also great for friends who you cannot afford to spend a fortune on. *This post contains affiliate links. That simply means if you click on one of the links and buy something, I receive a small commission, but don’t worry… you won’t pay a dime more.* a.Homestia Golden…

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DIY Marbleized Indigo Eggs – Lessons Learned

I am still hanging in there , friends. Although it feels like the baby could pop out at any minute, given the pressure I feel on my bladder, nothing has happened yet and I actually had the chance to do a fun little DIY easter egg tutorial. And no....I cannot claim to be the originator of this awesome idea as I actually found this DIY Marbelized Indigo Easter Egg tutorial from Alice and Lois. You can check out their tutorial…

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Rustic, Tribal Nursery- Sneak Peek

So it seems like this rustic, tribal nursery undertaking has been the most drawn-out project ever. Between our popcorn ceiling removal fiasco (which took us about 2-3 weeks to remove all signs of texture on the ceiling), and everyone in the family coming down with some sort of sickness, it has taken us forever to complete our second son's nursery (who is due in less than two months). To say I have had a rough week would be putting it…

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How To: Cheap and Simple Ways to Love Your Home Again

Feeling uninspired with the home you once loved? Well, you are not the only one. Being the serial re-designer that I am, I often go through phases where I feel bored with my own home (at least twice a year). After the Christmas decor went down a few weeks ago, I felt depressed with my surroundings. In an effort to lift my spirits, I went out and bought some new home decor. Upon getting it home and trying it out,…

How I Chose My First Fixer Upper Home: What to Look For

As I approach the one year anniversary of living in my first fixer upper, I wanted to share some tidbits of wisdom I have learned so far. For those of you considering a fixer upper home, I completely encourage you to take the leap. However, there are definitely some things to consider before purchasing a home in need of some TLC. By sharing my experience, I hope to make the process a little smoother for you. I would like to…

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The Easiest Turquoise Abstract Art Ever – DIY

So,  I think I just continue to out-do myself in terms of easiest DIY projects ever. Remember how I said my Ikea Hack Curtains and DIY Chalkboard were the easiest projects ever? Well....I think this turquoise abstract art beats both of those on the easy, half-a$$ scale. Here is my framed, DIY art.  I will reveal the painstckingly complex process I went thru to produce such a work of art ( sarcasm obviously). And as I am writing this tutorial…

Glamming Up My Design

After I took down my Christmas decorations on New Year's day, I felt like my home design needed a boost.  Don't you just hate how dull and bare your home looks after all of the glowing lights and ornaments are gone? On a whim,  I decided to glam up my home. My sweet husband installed a new Chandelier in our bedroom where an ugly, old fan used to hang. I also bought some plush, silver throw pillows and a matching…

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How to Mount a TV Over a Brick Fireplace (and Hide the Wires)

The very first time I envisioned our living room, I knew I wanted our flat screen mounted to the brick fireplace. I wanted one focal point, and placing the television elsewhere would have meant two conflicting focal points. The problem is that our home was built in 1986 (well before flatscreen tv's were a reality). This meant the cable and electrical  receptacles were placed on another wall...not mounted into the fireplace like most modern homes. After consulting with electricians, I…

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My Toddler’s Coastal Nursery

In the wonderful world of blogging, there seems to be an understood code among bloggers: the week between Christmas and New Years is vastly considered a time to rest, relax and unplug. While I have greatly enjoyed my week long hiatus, I had to busy myself with something. So, I finally decided to paint my two year old's bedroom.     Here is what the room looked like when we first moved in....   The paint color was not that…