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Mirror Makeover(s)

This mirror and I have a history. In more ways than one. This HUGE antique mirror hung in my grandma’s living room for a LONG time. We are talking 50+ years. When my grandparents passed away, I was happy to inherit it. Not only did it fill a big space on a wall but it …Read More

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How to Easily Update an Oak Mantel

Another victory against the oak monster infesting our home has been won. I found an easy way to update our living room mantel and couldn’t be happier with the results. If you’ve been following along for a while you know that my husband and I have been taking on projects left and right in order …Read More

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Dramatic Desk Makeover (+ $100 Giveaway!)

It’s pretty safe to say that after this furniture makeover, every piece of furniture in my house is at risk of being painted teal. This is probably my favorite furniture makeover I’ve ever done. Before I jump into how I picked the color and fixed up the desk, let me share a bit of the …Read More

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Hand Print Fourth of July Shirts

I love hand print crafts. Love them. They give you a tangible snapshot of time when your little one’s hands where THAT small and remind you of how quickly they grow. In light of my intense love of anything involving hand prints,  I rounded up a few moms to to make a holiday craft. We …Read More

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DIY Ruffled Fabric Flower

Fabric flowers are a crafter’s dream. They are cheap. They are easy. They don’t require much sewing skill. They can be used for all sorts of different ideas. Take this ruffled fabric flower, for example. I made this in about 10 minutes. It can be used for so many things. Some ideas: Turn it into …Read More

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Birthday Onesie Idea

I was perusing through some old photos and stumbled on my daughter’s first birthday party. I had forgotten about this funny first birthday onesie that I had made her using my Silhouette Machine. Feel free to steal the idea… I probably did. Haha! Anyway, the special birthday onesie got a lot of laughs and was …Read More

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Thoughtful Father’s Day Gift Idea

I wanted to share about a DIY Father’s Day gift I put together for my dad a few years ago. It took a little preliminary work but the thoughtfulness and time put into it was totally worth it. Weeks before Father’s Day, I asked my two siblings to send me 5-10 things that they have …Read More

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Chair Changes

I love doing chair makeovers. Chairs are super easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores and are very simple to redo. I love the wow factor that can come from so little work and money. This furniture makeover is a little throwback to the days when I had time to do things like …Read More

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DIY Scented Soap Bars

by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. “Let’s make soap!” one of them suggested. What?! Jessica here, and after a little research I have a fun and easy Spring project to whip up with kids and is also great for …Read More

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Easter Craft Idea: Little Bunnies

I mean, how you can you not even chuckle a little when you see this? Every time my husband and I walk past this Easter craft we have a little laugh. My two year old was more than delighted to see herself transformed into a bunny as well. I failed to take pictures of how …Read More

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An Easy Way to Update a Sliding Door Blind

Here is an easy update I made on our home that has made a HUGE difference. In the big downstairs room, we have sliding doors that walk out to our back yard. While I love this about our home I did NOT love the plastic panel blinds that dated the room. These panels wouldn’t have …Read More

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How to Refinish an Old Lamp

How to Refurbish an Old Lamp

It’s high time I introduce you to my dad. Although a former U.S. Marshal, I’ve always known him to be an artist and innovator at heart. From photographer to writer to architect/builder of our childhood playhouse, my dad is the most creative (and perfectionist) person I’ve ever met. He seriously can do anything he puts …Read More

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Moms’ Favorite Toys for 2-Year-Olds

Here’s a mommy pet peeve for you: Wasting money on toys that my kids only play with once or twice, not to mention the ones that take up a lot of space! I’m sure many moms and dads out there can relate, yes? In an effort to take the guesswork out of picking out toys …Read More

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Trash to Treasure: Readers’ DIY Makeovers

Today’s post is all about YOU. Several of you–some very talented and thrifty readers–responded to our Facebook call for before and after pictures of “Trash to Treasure” projects (aka T2T). You won’t believe how these women have transformed what I (not Polly, of course!) would have sold or donated long ago. Take a second look …Read More

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Life Hack: How to Hang Perfectly Level Decor on Walls

Since all of our big projects are pretty much done in our new house, I’ve gotten to work on some decorating. I wish SO MUCH that I had known about this little life hack on hanging pictures a long time ago. It would have saved me from much frustration, time and unnecessary holes in my …Read More

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EASY Valentine Craft Idea for Toddlers and Kids

I’ve got a pretty simple Valentine’s Day craft idea for you today. My two-year easily did this with enthusiasm (for about 5 minutes) but it was enough to get it done! It takes very little prep and very little skill. Ready to get crafty? (Or at least LOOK like you’re really crafty!?) Materials Needed: Contact …Read More

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7 Indoor Snow Day Activities for Kids

Guest post by Rachel Johnson These cold winter days can feel long and dreary for everyone, especially our little ones. Although snow days can be fun, they can be disappointing when it is too cold to actually go out to play in the snow. If your kids are like mine, they probably get a little …Read More

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Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

A couple I work with have been doing a Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt for their kids as long as I’ve known them. It began when their kids were very young, but, now that all of them are teenagers, it still continues. The mom told me that her kids used to get candy at the end, but …Read More

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Budget Breakdown of the Kitchen Flip

As you’ve probably gathered by now, we have done some major work on our kitchen. As I’ve been talking to friends about it, some have bravely asked how much we spent. Something in me gets a little squirmy when I start sharing numbers. Not sure why because I’m always itching to know how much other …Read More


Before and Afters of my New Home

I love taking before and after shots. As we’ve been plowing through the house projects at our new home, I’ve managed to keep my camera handy and snap some shots of the progress. Here is a rundown of some of the things we’ve been up to! Entry Way: Put in hardwood floors, updated light fixture …Read More