Puzzle Photo Frames Gift & Giveaway!

puzzle of life photo frames

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Personal Creations. As Moms and Dads get older, I feel like they get harder and harder to give meaningful gifts to.  They always seem to have everything they want, and things like movies or lotion sometimes feel lame.  When giving to parents, you just really want to give them something that demonstrates your love for them and shows them their life and accomplishments.  For most people, … [Read more...]

Chevron Design Listerine

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Listerine for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. So I'm married to a dentist.  And Oral Health is always a big issue of importance in our family.  This also means we always have a plethora of dental supplies in our very lacking-in-storage bathroom.  And while I can usually put most of it away and out of sight, I never have a good place to store the giant bottle of Listerine mouthwash. … [Read more...]

20 Barstool Makeovers

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I think the best way to get new-to-you home decor AND furniture is to buy or inherit old stuff and refinish or repurpose it.  My entire house is chalk-full of refinished furniture and I have to say, when people come to my house they are always blown away by the amount of refinished furniture that is in my house.  Seriously, almost everything.  That's the life of a DIY blogger though. My sister-in-law was telling me the other day how proud she … [Read more...]

Six Ways to Use Shelf Liner When Living With Kids

shelf liner as a placemat

This post brought to you by Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine. Sometimes I pretend that I'm an adult. Wait no--I AM an adult. But often when I look around my house I think "Why is my house so messy? I didn't make that mess. Those aren't my things." It's obvious that I live with kids. When you live with kids, your life is taken over by them. And so are the messes. I try my hardest to have a clean and beautiful home, but after cleaning up … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

5 Tips for Painting Furniture

helpful tips for painting furniture

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...]