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How to Save Thousands on a Bathroom Remodel

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Most DIY bathroom renovations cost upwards of $10,000.00—especially when they include new plumbing and installing a shower, tub, vanity, toilet, and flooring. Here’s how I did mine for under 9% of that figure. The guest bathroom needed an entire ‘gut remodel.’ There was no tub, shower or plumbing for it. And no flooring. Everything was outdated and old. This is the

19 Fun Easter Recipes

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Easter is such a lovely holiday. I enjoy the spring temperatures, the budding flowers, and the rebirth of green in nature! I appreciate the time I have to contemplate Christ and his Messianic mission during this holiday. Easter baskets and egg hunts are a favorite—especially now that I have kids. I love to see them excited

Candy Free Easter Basket for a Toddler Girl

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Each year I put together Easter baskets without candy for each of my kids. Don’t get me wrong, we love candy just as much as the next person, I just feel my kids get enough of it during the Easter Egg hunt. This basket is for my one year old. She is just a little lady. She

Babies Don’t Keep Cross Stitch

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When my mom was pregnant with me, she read the poem/song called, “Song For a Fifth Child” and was very touched by it. She made a cross stitch of the last verse now known as “Babies Don’t Keep,” while pregnant with her fifth child (my little sister). She framed and hung it in our house near

How to Save Money Renovating a Bathroom

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According to houzz.com the average bathroom remodel can range from $3,000 to over $100,000! The average inexpensive DIY bathroom remodel is about $5,000. Here’s how we did ours for 10% of that. When we moved into our home, there was ugly vinyl flooring, an old toilet and countertop, and the vanity was broken. We wanted

How to Save Money on Renovating and Decorating a Master Bedroom

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  Today I’m continuing on with my renovations series. I’m about halfway through. See below for the link to other before-and-afters. This is the master bedroom ‘before.’ There was water damage, so sections of the subfloor had to be removed and replaced. This is after the subfloor was fixed: with carpet, paint, furnishings, and decor. It seems

Bubblegum’s First Birthday Party

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My daughter Aurora is nicknamed Bubblegum (just for now, because she is so squishy and bubbly). She is so happy, sweet, kind, and a total momma’s girl. She loves her older brother and playing with his toys. She just turned one and I wanted to share her birthday party here on my blog. We held

Quick, Inexpensive, and Easy Neighbor Christmas Gifts for 64

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A few years ago I wrote a post: 27 neighbor gifts in 27 minutes-found here. It has been very popular. I think it has been such a hit because it is a neighbor gift idea that is easy, inexpensive, and fast. Well, we have now lived in our house for a few more years and

D.I.Y. Christmas Mason Jar Craft

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I love Christmas time and the holiday season! Decorating and making homemade crafts is one of my favorite things to do. Which is why I love these mason jars! They are easy to make, fairly quick, and completely customizable. You can choose the colors and the ‘window’ designs to match your home/existing decor and then fill them with

Christmas Present Wood Craft

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Recently, I made these D.I.Y. Wood Christmas Presents. They are very simple and inexpensive. Further they are durable and will hold up for years—even with little kids in the house. Standing alone they look great. I also really like the wood Christmas presents displayed next to my Santa. Instructions #1- Get a 4×4 that is

Gift Ideas for The Twelve Days of Christmas Days 10-12

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Gifting The 12 Days of Christmas is one of my all time favorite Christmas traditions! Sometimes thinking of what to give can be the most difficult part. So here are gift ideas (most are under $10.00) for days 10-12 of The 12 Days of Christmas… Day 10: Ten Lords a Leaping Lord of the Rings DVD

Gift Ideas for The Twelve Days of Christmas Days 7-9

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I love doing the 12 Days of Christmas! But sometimes thinking of what to give can be difficult. So here are gift ideas (most are under $10.00) for days 7-9 of The 12 Days of Christmas… Day 7: Seven Swans a Swimming A Swan Bracelet Swan figurine toy Swan swimming suit Swan Princess Pin Brooch

How to Make a Dollar Store Christmas Wreath

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My friend wanted to make a Christmas Wreath. She asked me how to make one inexpensively—if at all possible. I told her to come on over. In just a few hours, we went shopping at the dollar store, set out the supplies, and made a wreath! Although I already had the wreath base that I bought

Gift Ideas for The Twelve Days of Christmas Days 4-6

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I love doing the 12 Days of Christmas. Sometimes thinking of what to give can be the most difficult part. So here are gift ideas for days 4-6 of the 12 Days of Christmas… Day 4: Four Calling Birds Four Calling Birds Snowbabies Dream Figurine  Four Calling Birds Christmas Ornament A Bird call  Four Calling

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