Cast Iron vs Stainless Steel

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It's been awhile since I've written an update about our home building process.  Well here it is--nothing!  Okay, that's not technically true but the house has not started yet.  So there's nothing to show.  I can't remember if I wrote about this but we actually ended up changing locations.  Since we switched to a new location, the new location is a brand new development which is still being developed.  They haven't even paved the roads yet … [Read more...]

15 Summer Boredom Busters


It's's hot...and you're getting a little tired of schlepping kids around from the pool to swimming lessons to day camp. But when Mom gets to stay home and relax, the kids inevitably are 'bored'. Here are fifteen fun summer boredom busters for when your kids get those 'I'm bored' voices. We've had a crazy summer so far and things are finally starting to settle down. I'm potty training my daughter this week and so we have to stay … [Read more...]

Patriotic Lanterns & Giveaway!

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Today I'm sharing a very patriotic craft idea for some cute and functional home decor.  Patriotic lanterns!  I have had these plain galvanized metal lanterns from IKEA for a long time and though I loved them, I thought I could jazz them up for the biggest American summer holiday:  the 4th of July. These are pretty easy to change as long as you have some good quality spray paint (Rustoleum from The Home Depot and good quality painter's … [Read more...]

4th of July Luminaries

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One of the best parts of celebrating the 4th of July is staying up late to do fireworks and partying with family and friends.  If you want to jazz up your 4th of July party, why not make these easy 4th of July luminaries to add some ambiance to your dinner party?  I got this idea from here and I loved how she made the words her font.  I used candles for my luminaries but you could just as easily drill a hole in the back for icicle lights to go in … [Read more...]

Adding a Bar to a Kitchen Island

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I did something kinda cool last week.  I added a bar to a kitchen island. I was cleaning up the kitchen and I decided to rearrange the furniture to change things up.  That's how it is with us decor-obsessed, we are always changing things around.  I have a square kitchen/dining area and since my island is from IKEA and moveable, I change it from facing the window to facing the family room.  Usually when it faces the family room, I move the … [Read more...]

My Crane and Canopy Duvet Cover

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I recently gave my bedroom a makeover.  And I made sure the bed was the focal point.  That's one of the reasons I did the full height board and batten wall treatment--I didn't want it to compete with my bed as a focal point.  I've never had a beautiful bed, and I wanted that to change.  The final touch to my room makeover was finding the perfect bedding.  And where did I find it?  Crane and Canopy.     I chose this … [Read more...]

10 Fabulous 4th of July Recipes


It's almost America's Independence Day, the 4th of July! This is such a fun holiday and seems to have been completely swallowed up by everything red, white, and blue. So if you are feeling like having a festive and colorful barbecue, try making one of these amazing 4th of July recipes! These all look amazing and super impressive! Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Cake from The Recipe Girl Red, White & Blue Cookie Bark from Your … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Painting Furniture

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I've been refinishing furniture for about three years now.  I've painted dozens of pieces, but each time I learn something new.  There are so many types of paint, so many different little techniques, so many tips and tricks.  But what it usually boils down to are these things: How to Paint Furniture: Prep the surface Paint the piece, using a good quality brush and brushing in the same direction.  Wait for each coat to dry thoroughly … [Read more...]