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Refreshing My Bedroom For Spring! {Serta Mattress Set Giveaway}

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I happily teamed up with the National Sleep Foundation to bring you this post.  I let my bedroom go. I let it turn into the dumping ground. I let it get dusty and cluttered. I kept using the excuse "When we finish the basement and can move our bedroom over there, THEN I will redecorate and take care of the mess." But guess what? Two years after deciding to make our master suite in the unfinished part of the basement, we are not any closer to actually doing it. The money just hasn't been there.  And it was high time I stopped waiting. Maybe your excuse is "When we move somewhere bigger." Or maybe it is "When we are no longer renting." Whatever your excuse is, how about you change the way you … {READ MORE}

What I’m Crushing On {Turkish Kilim Rugs}

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I love color. And I love pattern. Those two things got married and had a Turkish Kilim rug baby.  I wish I had several in my house. They are my latest obsession. They can be expensive however. And they are one of those things, like a card catalog, that you have to hunt for and be patient for the perfect one at a good price. And since a lot of them come from over seas, you also have to make sure you are buying from a reputable seller and are aware of possible fees. But man, oh man! They are gorgeous!       This is one I have seriously considered (as in I  put it in my cart twice). (Kilim.com)     One of my favorite things about these rugs … {READ MORE}

Room Makeover Giveaway! {$1,750}

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Is anyone else going crazy with the spring fever? Anyone else watching the weather to see if it is warm enough to paint things outside? Have you decided that not only every room needs a good spring cleaning but they need to be redecorated too? THAT is where I am at!  I am so excited because today we are bringing one of you lucky readers the opportunity to do just that! With $1,750 to World Market you could get something to spruce up every single room in your house! Or, you could completely makeover a room!   This amazing giveaway wouldn't be possible without some of our amazingly talented blogger friends, so how about some quick introductions?!   Thirty Handmade … {READ MORE}

5 Tips to Help You Drink More Water

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One of the things I have struggled with forever is drinking enough water. Water is the only thing I drink really so you would think it would be easy, but it's not. I forget to drink throughout the day and then I am super thirsty at night. I need to not only drink more, but all throughout the day. Not drinking enough water has been linked to all sorts of health issues including dehydration, kidney problems, achy joints, exhaustion, dry & aged skin, constipation, and stomach problems. Here are some of the things I have done to help myself drink more water. And if you have any tips that have worked for you, let me know in the comments! I need all the help I can get … {READ MORE}

Adding Interest to Your Ceilings {Design Chat}

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Hi, everyone! It's Shane and I’m back for another installment of Design Chat! In our last discussion we talked about the basics of adding architectural interest to our homes. Since then I have been taking some time to really consider what this next discussion needed to be about, and I decided that the best way to go about it is from the top-down. Today I would like to discuss ways we can add architectural elements and interest to our homes with our ceilings. There are many decisions that are made in the design of a home before it is ever built, but when it comes time to decorate or change the style and feel of each room, one of the least considered changes ends up being the ceiling. There … {READ MORE}

Solving a Major Problem in My Laundry Room {Giveaway}

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I have shown you a lot of pictures of my laundry room over the past year. They have all been the pretty angles. I still have quite a ways to go before I would consider this room done.   There is one side of the room that I haven't shown you not only because it is hard to photograph but also because it is UGLY and unfinished. It wasn't just the way it looked that posed a problem though...     Here is a picture I took (before we added the wall between the bathroom and the laundry room) that shows the furnace and the water heater. Yes, it is unsightly, but no one really goes down into my laundry room so the sight of it alone was not a huge problem. Dust … {READ MORE}

Styled X3 {Cement Planter}

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It's that time again! I sent a little accessory to 2 other bloggers and we all used it in our homes and are sharing them with you today! This month I asked a couple of bloggers who I am also friends with in real life. Kara from Creations by Kara lives close to me which is awesome because I am far from SLC where I feel like every other Utah blogger lives :) And the other blogger is the darling Taryn from Design Dining & Diapers.   This month our challenge was to use a cement planter.       I bought the cement planter  from Walmart.com and it comes in other sizes and shapes.   I added some vinyl and used it as a pencil holder for … {READ MORE}

Adding Color to your Kitchen! {Giveaway}

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I was challenged by Better Homes and Gardens (BHG at Walmart) to add some color to my home.  I just painted my dining area (and soon will paint the rest of the kitchen) a nice bright white. I painted the ceiling in a black and white checkerboard pattern instead of the old tone on tone green checkerboard pattern from before. With all this white I knew I this space needed color ASAP!  I went straight to mother nature because well, nature is amazing! And colorful :) Make sure you don't miss the giveaway at the end of the post!   I took some pictures of fruit and vegetables because A) It is a kitchen and dining space so it makes sense B) Because you can find some amazing colors in … {READ MORE}

Broccoli Chicken Dijon

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We have been experimenting with new healthy recipes and we have found another favorite! This broccoli chicken dijon is also super easy to prepare.     In order for a recipe to be considered a success, we not only have to love the flavor, but it needs to fill us up. Maybe not the "gorge yourself to the point of unbuttoning your pants" full like on Thanksgiving, but not leaving us feeling like "wanting to naw off the other person's leg out of sheer starvation" either. This recipe, just like the Spicy Shrimp recipe from a couple of weeks ago, is from the Lean and Green cook Book by Medifast.   [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:4]     What are some … {READ MORE}


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