DIY

Mantel Makeover 2.0

  If you didn’t figure it out from the picture, we recently updated our fireplace and mantle. I could not be happier with how it turned out. I had no idea how much this update would change the look and feel of our entire room. And yes, you guessed it,

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Dinged Up Dresser Finds New Life

I’ve noticed a pattern in my life. I tend to paint things turquoise. I hadn’t really noticed this as a pattern until I finally got around to putting this post together.  When looking through past before and after makeovers to reference, I realized that I have a serious problem of branching

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DIY Carpet & Room Freshener

As a recovering candleholic, I am always in search of ways to make my home smell good. I’m kind of a scent junkie. Not to mention, with two dogs and two kids, it can be a challenge to keep our place smelling nice. Just the other day, I walked into

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DIY, All-Natural Hand Cleaner

Homemade Hand Cleaner Ingredients: 4 ounce glass spray bottle. (You can get these for less than a dollar here) 1 teaspoon aloe vera Water 20 drops Essential Oil Blend Directions: Mix the aloe vera with the essential oils. Put mixture in the bottle and then fill the bottle with water. Use as

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A Beginner’s Guide to Canning Food

I never would have entered into the canning food world if it weren’t for my dad. Every year, my dad plants a garden that could feed a small village. When it’s time to harvest a vegetable, my dad–much to my mother’s chagrin–has been known to take over the kitchen for an

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How to Get a Hummingbird Out of a Garage

How to Get a Hummingbird Out of a Garage

Guest post and photography by my daddy, Curt. He also shared this post a while back. Every summer a strange phenomenon takes place in many American garages:  Hummingbirds fly in, but they don’t fly out.  They will stay in there, with the door wide open, until they keel over dead. 

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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

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diy scented soap bars

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

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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

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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

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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

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2013 Top Ten Posts: Creativity

Despite the creative juices slowing down a bit this year due to my 2nd child being born, we still managed to get quite a few posts out there that the creative community liked. Here are the top 10 creative posts from 2013. 1. Wood Pallet Makeover 2. Football Blanket Tutorial

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The Gift of Granola: Cheap and Easy Christmas Idea!

This holiday season, I’ve come up with a super easy, budget-friendly gift idea. Homemade granola! Double the batch, divide it between 3-4 large mason jars, tie a ribbon around the top and you’ve got yourself a gift that almost anybody can appreciate. I think this could be perfect for a

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The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

Here’s a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family (ages 2-60) just a moment to reflect on why we had gathered. It focused our

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Turn Old T-Shirts into Reusable Grocery Bags!

Turn Old T-Shirts into Reusable Grocery Bags!

  Got a stash of old t-shirts hanging around? Put them to good use by turning them into grocery bags! In the past few years my family has attempted to take small steps towards being a little more kind to the environment. We try to use reusable snack bags,  cloth diaper our little

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Wood Pallet Makeover

When I saw this wood pallet makeover that my friend Jessi (and her husband) did I immediately asked her to share how she did it with us. Check it out! I asked Jessi to share how they did this transformation. Take it away, Jessi! Ever since my church used pallets

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How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

This spring, I received a very special gift from my parents who were moving–FIVE BLUEBERRY BUSHES from their backyard! These bushes are about three years old, so they are already producing quite a few blueberries each year but still have some growing to do. After doing some major research about

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Dyeing Baby Clothes: The Do’s and Don’ts

Since we only have one girl, the majority of our stuff is pink. Lots of pink. Tubs of pink. While we are thrilled to have a baby boy on the way, I realized that unless I want to dress him in pink and flowers (which I realize wouldn’t kill him,

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Funny burp cloth

A Spirited Burp Cloth

Last weekend, we went to a “Little Tiger Baby Shower.” The shower was at a tailgate before a football game which I think is a genius idea. It was a fun, laid back atmosphere that celebrated the baby boy on the way. I figured since we were going to a Tiger tailgate,

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DIY Thank you card

DIY Thank You Card

Here is a quick and easy DIY thank you card idea to give to someone who has helped you out with your kiddos. I recently sent this to my parents as a thank you for keeping my little one while we were on vacation. The card is pretty self explanatory by looking

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DIY Baby Girl Onesies

DIY Baby Girl Onesies

If I would have known how easy these baby girl onesies were to make, I imagine my daughter’s drawer would have been full of them. This is a fun project for someone with beginning sewing skills. It also makes a great gift for any upcoming baby shower (assuming it’s a

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DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner (or How to Get Poop and Puke Out of Carpet)

Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

Important Update as of 4/11/14: It has been over a year since using this on my carpet. The stains are still mostly gone, but my carpet is now lighter in those areas. I have old carpet so I much prefer this to the dark stains, but I want to give

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prayer cards

Easy and Colorful Homemade Prayer Cards {Guest Post}

There’s a lot of love going around about Paul Miller’s book A Praying Life. Rachel wrote a review suggesting that it was the best parenting book she’s read and Polly has recommended it a few different times, as well. I, too, have enjoyed the book and found some great wisdom

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Creative Storage Idea: Repurpose Old Diaper Boxes!

Creative Storage Idea: Repurpose Old Diaper Boxes!

With a little one around, it seems like we cannot have enough boxes and bins around for all her stuff. That is why I love finding creative ways to create storage around our house. At our most recent Sam’s Club trip, I picked up some diapers that come in this

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Fourth of July Wreath

Make Your Own Fourth of July Wreath

After seeing a Fourth of July fireworks stand being set up yesterday, I got really excited for the upcoming holiday! So when I stumbled on this wreath idea from Capital B, I got motivated and made one for myself! Fourth of July Wreath: A DIY Holiday Decorating Idea   Despite this project being a

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Homemade Card Idea: Use a Sewing Machine!

Homemade Card Idea: Use a Sewing Machine!

Here’s a simple, free way to make your own unique cards for people. You can use this for wedding cards, birthday cards, thank you cards, get well cards, etc. etc. All it takes is a sewing machine that does a few unique stitches and some plain cardstock paper (or something

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homemade laundry detergent ingredients

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Guest post by Jess from Twenty-Something and Not Counting I’ve been making homemade laundry detergent for about 4 years now. Though I was a little nervous it might not work well or might take too long, I decided to give it a whirl. I made it once and never looked

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Decorating Tip: Another Use for Painters Tape!

Decorating Tip: Another Use for Painters Tape!

I love to change our home decor up and move things around. In the early days of living in our house, I cut corners when hanging things on our walls and didn’t used the plastic anchors that hold the screws in securely.  I learned the hard way that this was

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10 Tips for Throwing a Great Garage Sale

10 Tips for Throwing a Great Garage Sale

Tis the season for garage sales! In fact, instead of going out and hunting for great treasures for my home, this past weekend, I threw a garage sale of my own. Rachel jumped on board and put some of her stuff in it as well. Here is us in all

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Mailbox Makeover

Mailbox Makeover

I love spray painting things. LOVE IT. It is easy, fast, cheap and gives big results. This is a project I’ve been itching to get to for a while. Our mailbox was beginning to show rust and was in much need of some TLC. Here’s what one hour of work

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Chair Changes

What is it with numbering things? Everywhere I turn, it seems like someone is numbering a household item and making it look cool. I’m not quite sure I get it. What’s funny though is that I’ve jumped on the bandwagon without even knowing if I like numbering things. I wanted

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DIY Reusable Snack Bags – Go Green!

DIY Reusable Snack Bags – Go Green!

I’ve become more and more aware of how many plastic bags and Ziplocks our home goes through. It’s a crazy amount that is only increasing as our family grows. I don’t like to think how many must be in landfills taking thousands of years to decompose. I realize there are some

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Playdate Skirt Tutorial

I absolutely love little skirts on baby girls. Now that my little gal is in cloth diapers, her booty needs a little more room so I’m on a mission to make loads of skirts. I named this the “Playdate Skirt” because it is comfortable, stretchy, and made for, well, playing!

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Making Room for the Belly: DIY Maternity Pants

Making Room for the Belly: DIY Maternity Pants

When I was pregnant, I had a hard time justifying buying expensive pants that I would only wear for 4 months. I took a close look at some of my maternity pants and thought to myself, “I could do that…” So I gave it a shot. After some trial and

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New Mom Gift Idea: Nursing Time Box

New Mom Gift Idea: Nursing Time Box

Here’s a frugal, easy and useful gift idea for a new mom… A friend of mine had her third baby a few weeks ago and is now at home with the infant and her two other small children.  As I prepared a meal to take to her, I wondered if

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How to Make Your Own Window Cornice

How to Make Your Own Window Cornice

I really like the simple look of window cornices. They are clean, fresh, and from what I discovered, easy to make! I was also pleasantly surprised at how cheap the supplies for this turned out to be. AND it doesn’t involve any sewing. Do I have your attention?? Here’s how

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Make Your Own Baby Wipes

Make Your Own Baby Wipes

Due to some stubborn diaper rash on Adelyn’s bum, I started asking questions about things that could possibly help it go away a little faster. I got a few good suggestions from my expert mommy friends. One told me that her doctor told her to stop using wipes and switch

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DIY Baby Gift: Owl Pillow and Burp Cloths

DIY Baby Gift: Owl Pillow and Burp Cloths

A friend of mine had a little boy yesterday. I used it as an excuse to whip up a few fun burp clothes and an owl. These burp clothes are actually made from cloth diapers. If you have any sewing skills whatsoever, you can for sure make these. All it

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How to Make a Pacifier Clip

How to Make a Pacifier Clip

My little lady loves her pacifier. She also loves to spit it out at inconvenient times and in gross places. One of the most useful things I’ve made for her so far is a pacifier clip. They were SUPER easy. I made these four in an hour or so. Its

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How to Clean Uggs

How to Clean Uggs

I love my Uggs. I got them around 3 years ago and wish I could wear them every day. They are a heavenly place for my feet in the winter. The problem with my deep love for my Uggs is that they have gotten very dirty over the past few

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DIY Carpet Deodorizer

 Have a smelly rug? I do. Our living room rug is the gathering place for all creatures large and small. A few days ago when I was down on it playing with my little gal, I was totally grossed out by the scent of dog and feet. After the close

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Homemade Disinfectant Recipe

In an attempt to reduce toxins in our homes and save money, we’ve  become official wannabe hippie pioneer women.  Well, at least I like to think I am.  Polly, have you been converted yet? Below is my homemade disinfectant recipe, which I found here.  I use this on my kitchen

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