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Gift Guide for Different ‘Types’ of People on Your List

This is the time of year that my family starts divvying out names for gifts that we are going to buy for our siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, etc. We draw names for my immediate and extended family. Instead of getting hundreds of gifts each year, we only give a few. By dividing names out, we save a

23 Must-Read Tips on Preparing Your Home for Its Sale

I was getting ready to sale my home. Life circumstances changed, but I had it on the market for four days and received 2 good and one excellent offers. So the following steps did work! I’ve taken multiple real estate courses. I’ve also been doing a lot of research and asking trusted experts for tips on preparing

How to Easily Up-Cycle an Old Trunk

Old trunks and vintage suitcases are favorites of mine. My grandma used to keep blankets and toys in vintage trunks for us.  They are so lovely, and I can say even slightly nostalgic. I found this trunk at a garage sale ($20.00) but it needed some jazzing up. Unfortunately I don’t have the ‘before photo,’

DIY Fabric Wall Art

Last fall I was redecorating my guest bedroom downstairs. I needed inexpensive wall art and saw a fabric project on an online decor website. I decided to try it out. It is about as simple and inexpensive as ‘DIY’ gets. For the materials, I found 6 matching frames at a garage sale for $5.00 total.  I found a bunch of fabric remnants, yards,

DIY Memory Foam Side Table Toppers

I found these darling side tables at Deseret Industries for $15.00 each. They sold them to me as a set for $25.00. I went to JoAnn’s and bought 4″ memory foam to top them. I made sure to use a coupon because memory foam is pricey. Then I went to Home Depot and picked up

Garage Sale Haul 2

One Saturday morning, I was scanning the local classifieds for promising garage sales to attend. I use strategy when searching out yard sales. I found two amazing ones in the same neighborhood. I was super excited to find all the stuff listed below and ultimately saved over $1,375.00! (Note: I will mention a lot of brand and

15 Inexpensive Yet Quality Home Decor Projects…Part 2

Decorating doesn’t have to be super expensive. Using principals of thrift, creativity, and do-it-yourself resourcefulness, you can have quality AND affordable home decor! Below you will find 15 inexpensive home decor projects I really like… Popsicle Stick Hexagon Shelf – Add some mid-century charm to your gallery wall with this DIY wall art idea. All you need

How to Save Thousands on a Bathroom Remodel

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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