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Steam Mop Plus GIVEAWAY!

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One of my favorite things about blogging is that I get to team up with amazing brands and give away my favorite products. One of my "can't live without it" items is the Steam Mop Plus. To be honest, I use the handheld steamer that detaches more than the mop part. It has saved me from having to iron. The only thing that would make it better is if there were a travel sized version. I have withdrawls when I go somewhere and have to use the hotel iron. Today I am sharing some tips on how to use this to get ready for the holidays. And of course, I am giving one away as well :) * Tablecloths and Cloth Napkins If you are like me, the only time the tablecloths see the light of day is during … {READ MORE}

Modern Tree Stump Planter


I planned on doing this project back in March. I started making this project about a month ago. I kept getting interrupted. So to say that I am excited it is finally done is an understatement. But it was worth the wait because I am completely smitten with my new planter!   A couple of years ago one of our big trees in our backyard got blown down in a huge storm. I was devastated. Ever since then, I have tried to use the pieces of the tree in projects so that it didn't get wasted. We didn't have a chainsaw at the time so a kind neighbor came over and cut it into manageable pieces so we could move it to the very back of the yard to our wood pile. It sat there for a long time. It … {READ MORE}

Tips For A Simple Fall Tablescape

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We don't entertain much unless it is in the summer and we can host in something in the backyard. Our dining room is just too small. It fits our family perfectly but there is no room for extra people. But even though we don't have dinner parties, I still attempt to decorate the table occasionally for our family. It helps us work on our manners (and by "we" I of course mean my four boys) and is a fun departure from the everyday norm. Our table is so narrow, that by the time you put the plates down, there is only a tiny strip of table down the center. There is not any room for serving bowls full of food, pitchers of water, or baskets of rolls. And I have to get really creative when it comes … {READ MORE}

October Linky Party

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Oh my word! November! Aaaahhh! Is anyone else freaking out that 2014 is almost over? I keep seeing people counting down to Christmas on Facebook and I panic every time. Where did Fall go? Heck, where did Summer go? I am at the halfway point with my book. It has been killing me to be working on SO MANY projects and not be able to share any of them with you. I feel like I will have done about a year's worth of projects ( AKA blog posts) in about 4 months. And no one sees them but my family. I can't wait to finally share :) I do have one thing I can share. I decorated my porch several different ways for a Homes.com article. Hop on over and see my simple ideas of how to inexpensively … {READ MORE}

Indoor Winter Gardening {And a Giveaway!}

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I am so excited to have partnered with The Scotts Company to share how you can garden this winter with the Miracle Grow AeroGarden. The experiences and thoughts are all mine! I touched on it briefly this past spring, but I struggle in the winter. This solar powered girl gets bogged down in the long Utah winter months. I have to confess that I never really tried to do anything about it. I just "dealt" with it. But after suffering through my worst winter ever last year, I am determined to try things that will help me get through this upcoming season. I had a brainstorming session and wrote down notes in my notebook of things I could try. I have already bought a ton of new houseplants that … {READ MORE}

Serving Our Country’s Veterans

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This is a sponsored post for The Home Depot Foundation that I love dearly. Every thought, opinion, and experience is all mine.  It is almost November which means this year's Celebration of Service campaign is winding down. Team Depot  has transformed and improved the housing for 1,000 Veterans over the last two months. But just because the campaign to share the projects with everyone is coming to a close, it doesn't mean the service is. The service projects done by Home Depot employees (on their days off) happen all year long. In the last three years Home Depot  has spent over 80 million helping veterans. How can you not get excited about that?! I have been honored to be involved since … {READ MORE}

HomeRight Finish Max GIVEAWAY!

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My house. My poor, poor house. It is a WRECK. And I don't mean it in the way your neighbor means it when she says it and there are 3 HotWheels cars on her floor and a fruit snack wrapper on the couch. I mean it in the way that the kitchen counters are covered in vases full of fall leaves, power tools, dirty dishes, school work that I am sure is probably late, and a million house plants. I have 4 photos shoots set up at various locations in the house. Most of the furniture is not is the right place, and I currently can not see the floor in my office. That is what writing a book looks like when you are doing all the projects and photos yourself. And see this cute little dresser I painted … {READ MORE}

Modern Geometric Planter


I have partnered with 3M DIY  to create this project. I have been compensated for my time and efforts but the ideas and opinions are all mine! Remember how when I was in NYC I was challenged by 3M to find something to serve as my inspiration for a DIY project? I chose the picture I took of the relief stone detail on the side of a building in Soho (to see picture see my first post). I had a million ideas of what I could do! Molding on a wall, a giant stencil painted on a rug, and so many others. But what I ultimately decided to do was build a planter and add the relief detail to the sides. I combined my love of plants and my obsession with the pattern to create this fun … {READ MORE}

Card Catalog Side Table

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I worked with Glidden Paint for this fun project. I was compensated for my time working on this project but the ideas, tips, and thoughts are all mine! Remember when I was debating on which color to paint the metal card catalogs I had in my garage? I finally decided on NAVY! Rich Navy from Glidden Paint to be exact :) And I could not be more happy with the result. If I could marry a piece of furniture, this guy and I would be engaged right now.     In case you missed the last post, this is how they started out.   I painted them and built a base for them. It is now the perfect bedside table for my future new bedroom.   Let's break down how … {READ MORE}


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