Mantel Makeover 2.0

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  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…

Dinged Up Dresser Finds New Life

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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…

DIY Carpet & Room Freshener

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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…

DIY, All-Natural Hand Cleaner

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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…

A Beginner's Guide to Canning Food

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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…
How to Get a Hummingbird Out of a Garage

How to Get a Hummingbird Out of a Garage

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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…

How to Easily Update an Oak Mantel

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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…
diy scented soap bars

DIY Scented Soap Bars

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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…

Life Hack: How to Hang Perfectly Level Decor on Walls

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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…

Budget Breakdown of the Kitchen Flip

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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…

Before and Afters of my New Home

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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…

2013 Top Ten Posts: Creativity

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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…

The Gift of Granola: Cheap and Easy Christmas Idea!

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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…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

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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…

Turn Old T-Shirts into Reusable Grocery Bags!

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  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…

Wood Pallet Makeover

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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.…

How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

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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…

DIY Circle Garland: A Cheap and Easy Kid's Room Decorating Idea

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I'm pretty excited about how well this DIY kid's room decor turned out. It filled up a big wall and was customizable to the exact colors I wanted for the room. I also like that there is nothing…

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

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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…

DIY Baby Girl Onesies

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

Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

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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…
Fourth of July Wreath

Make Your Own Fourth of July Wreath

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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…
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How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Making homemade laundry detergent is easier than you might think. You'll save so much money and know that you're using a safe option for your family.

Decorating Tip: Another Use for Painters Tape!

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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…