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19 Darling Homemade Baby/Toddler Halloween Costumes

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I love dressing my kids up for Halloween. It is so much fun for me. I admit that I begin thinking about ideas of what they should be months before Halloween. I also love Trick-or-Treating and seeing the creativity of other parents and kids. This next week or two on my blog I’m having a

11 Inexpensive Quality Home Decor DIY Projects

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You don’t have to spend a fortune decorating your home beautifully. Below is proof of this! Check out these amazing ideas of how you can create quality home decor items inexpensively. 1.   Frame Fabric– This is such a gorgeous idea. I have a bunch of frames I picked up at a yard sale. Now I

11 Inexpensive Fall Decorations

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Fall is one of my favorite seasons (I love them all actually). The crisp fresh air, the colorful leaves, and the wearing of boots all make me very happy! I also love Autumn/Fall decor and decided to round up some amazing inexpensive crafts that you can make and decorate with—if desired. Enjoy! 1.  Dining Table Centerpiece

Custom Baby Mobile

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A great idea for decorating a nursery it to make your own baby mobile.  They are often less expensive, match the decor better, and are fun to customize. I made this baby mobile for my son’s changing table a few years ago. This would be a great gift at a baby shower as well! My

DIY Custom Curtains (Easy Sew)

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I love making my own custom curtains. They are very easy and can be customized to fit the window size and the decor of the room. Further, I’ve found they are most often much less expensive than buying pre-made curtains (I purchased the fabric for $10.00 on sale with a coupon from JoAnns). Here is how

17 Fun, Creative, and Useful Teacher Gift Ideas

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When I taught english in Taiwan, I loved it when I was given a gift. It showed me that the parents appreciated my teaching and working with their children. It also reminded the children that their parents respected me and treated me well (and they realized they should too). I’m a big fan of giving

Date Stamp Teacher Gift

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This is a fun and useful gift for a teacher that can be put together in 3 minutes and costs about $7.00. I just got a Distress ink pad (here), the roller date stamp (here), and threw in a few rolls of washi tape in a cute dish I bought for .50 cents at a garage

How to Paint, Decorate, Furnish, and Light a Dining Room for Under $200.00

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I’m continuing my remodel series (finally). Sometimes as a blogger I get too caught up in new ideas and forget about the old ones I’ve started. I recently promised myself that I would continue on with my remodeling our home series… So, today’s feature is my dining room and how I was able to decorate

11 Inexpensive DIY Projects

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There are a lot of great DIY projects that are inexpensive. Below you will find eleven awesome ones. 1.  Rope Wrapped Candle Holder DIY – Easy and inexpensive and very beach chic DIY. 2.  DIY Paper Lanterns – No matter what color scheme or theme you’ve chosen for your special day there is nothing quite like

17 Darling, Practical, & Custom Handmade Baby Gifts

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There are so many fun ways to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a baby. Making custom gifts is one of them. Here are 17 great homemade baby items/gifts to show your excitement for a new baby. Further, many of these are less expensive than buying store bought presents (which saves you money). I know quite a

What to Pack for an Alaskan Cruise

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We just got back from an amazing cruise to Alaska. It was so much fun! My grandma paid for us to go to celebrate her 80th. There were a ton of us (36). And we all had a very enjoyable time! Before leaving, my family and I searched all over for tips and ideas of

How to Keep Your Baby Cool in Their Rear-Facing Car Seat

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UPDATE- I have received both criticism and praise for this project on social media. I just have to say that the vent is made of a tin foil type substance that is very thin and light weight. I truly believe it poses no threat to my baby—even if we were to get in an accident

How to Install an Inground Trampoline

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Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved inground trampolines. We had them at my grandparent’s house and at their cabin. They were so easy to run on and off of, take turns on, and were super convenient for us as kids. When I was a teenager, we had an above-ground trampoline at our house. I

How to Spray Paint a Mailbox

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In my book that I cowrote, Living a Rich Life as a Stay-at-Home Mom, I mention our mailbox that was falling apart. Instead of buying a new sturdy one at $130+ I decided to ‘Jimmy Rig’ it. Then last summer, while garage selling I found a perfect mailbox that I could fix up and paint

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