Pinterest Party Friday #87

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Happy Friday everyone!!! My New Year's resolution was to get back to eating healthy and start hauling my butt back to the gym ... just like everyone else in America.  Unfortunately, a couple of days after Christmas I came down with the worst case of strep throat ever, which lasted for over two freaking weeks -- during which I thought I was going to die. Now that I am finally well again, I decided this would be the week I would start on my goal. This week has been full of time logged at … [Read more...]

How to Shop Your Home (a Three Month Decorating Challenge)

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Welcome to our new series, where some of my blogging buddies and I show you how we decorate a new space without spending a dime.  We will each choose a space in our homes and show you, over the next three months, three different ways to decorate it using only items that we already own. As soon as I took my Christmas decor down, my first instinct was to go out and buy some new goodies to decorate with. My hubby and I had made a pact, starting at the first of the year, that we were going to … [Read more...]

Stenciled TV Console Makeover

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I kind of feel bad. Most of my readers and blogging friends are in the middle of a blizzard, and here in Kansas it has been 70 degrees. I have been walking the pups, spray painting outside, opening-up the windows, and grilling-up burgers and hot dogs like it's Spring. Before you get too jealous, though, know that today is the last day of this glorious weather before we too take the plunge. They are calling for snow here on Saturday. Just like the saying goes, if you don't like the weather in … [Read more...]

Vintage Cabinet turned Laundry Hamper

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A few weeks, ago I showed you how my laundry room went from this to this I can't believe how much better the room feels now. The only thing it was lacking was a place to stash the dirty clothes. I didn't want to have big laundry baskets sitting on the floor, and I wasn't able to build shelves or mount a cabinet because if we ever needed to pull out the washer out, the space is too small to work around a large piece of furniture. My parents went to an estate sale the other day … [Read more...]

Pinterest Party Friday #86

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Happy Friday everyone!!! I hope you all had a great week! Mine was a little chaotic. I was part of a furniture tour yesterday, but I was unable to start on my piece until Tuesday due to some projects for clients being due, so I knew I would be cutting it close. I painted all day Tuesday and Wednesday and finished a big dresser that I bought off of Craigslist a few months back. When I purchased the dresser the man had told me that the hardware was all in one of the drawers. So yesterday, … [Read more...]

Plaster Painted Vintage Dresser Makeover

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I noticed the other day that I shared one of my furniture pieces as a contributor at another site in October, but because of the craziness in my life, I never shared it with my readers.  You see, Fall is a bit of a whirlwind around here as I start decorating for Halloween, flow into Thanksgiving, and settle into Christmas (with get-togethers, parties, and functions peppered all throughout). Toward the end of the summer, I came across a giant beast of a brown dresser at a yard sale for next to … [Read more...]

Pinterest Party Friday #85

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Happy Friday everyone!!! I'm pretty excited that Topher and the unnamed child have a three day weekend! He's going to help me build some shelving in my new laundry room! I don't mind getting down to work with the saws and nailguns, but he's the brains behind drawing-up the plans. I show him an example of what I want, and he does and the measuring and sketching it out. The unnamed child has been binge-watching seasons of "Friends", and of course I tend to get sucked in every time I walk by … [Read more...]

How We Save $749 a Year By Cutting Out Cable and Still Get to Watch the Shows We Love

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Stepping out into the new year, Topher and I decided we needed to go on a diet -- a debt diet that is. Like so many other people, we finished up the year with some credit card debt. You know what I'm talking about -- that emergency card that you had to use when something big popped-up, like a large car repair or a pet surgery. Then you maybe added an emergency pair or shoes that you had to have to go with your dress for that certain party, and when you absolutely needed a weekend away to … [Read more...]

Super Easy Ruffle Trim Valentine’s Day Trees

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Happy Monday everyone!!! Sadly strep throat and I still haven't broken up. It's one of those relationships where I want to move on, but he just won't let me go. My throat itself is better, but that has been replaced with congestion, horrible body aches, and a fun cough -- just to to top things off. Along with this nastiness lingering, so has my christmas decor. This weekend, come hell or high water, it had to go. It definitely isn't as fun taking it down as it is putting it up. So after … [Read more...]