DIY 3-Ingredient Hand Sanitizer

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Try out this quick and easy-to-make DIY hand sanitizer that will help keep hands clean while you're out and about! I always feel like I've stumbled on to some best-kept secret when I realize how…

How to Hang a Picture Straight EVERY Time: My Favorite Decorating Hack!

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Hanging a perfectly straight picture can be a challenge. With this simple picture hanging hack, you will never have crocked pictures on your walls again! If you spend much time around here,…

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 the look and…

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 before…

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…
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.  Every summer a strange phenomenon takes place in many American garages:  Hummingbirds fly in, but they don’t fly out.  They will…

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 One of the first obstacles I found when researching soap-making with kids is the process of mixing oils with lye, a caustic substance. Even though…

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 squirmy…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

Chair Changes

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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…

DIY Baby Gift: Owl Pillow and Burp Cloths

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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…

Homemade Disinfectant Recipe

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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…