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Gallery Wall


I adore gallery walls! I love grouping my favorite things together to cheer up a blank wall. I finally got around to hanging the rest of the things in my family room and I am so happy with how it turned out. The wall above my couch is large and adding multiple frames and other items is the perfect way to cover the space.     A picture of my boys (including our sweet pup), a plant, a door knob from our 1938 house, my blog logo, the temple where we were married, and my favorite quote are what I decided to include this time around. I also added my favorite lamp ever from IKEA. That side of the couch is my spot and it is in the perfect place for when I … {READ MORE}

That one time we had to kick down the door… {Giveaway}


A year or so ago Shane came with me to the Haven blog conference in Atlanta. My mom stayed with the kids. One night I got a call from my mom saying that they had locked themselves out and could not get in the house. It was past my kids' bedtime and it was pouring rain. They had tried to go through a window but they were all locked and since it was so wet the kids were slipping (our windows are high off the ground).  The kids had used the spare key earlier that week and forgot to put it back in our secret hiding place. We live in a small town and it was after hours so who knows if a locksmith could have been found and if he would have come. They had run out of options, were soaking wet and … {READ MORE}

Wire Basket Storage {Styled X3}


It snowed here and has been freezing COLD. It has made it hard to have any motivation at all. I slow down when it is cold and gray. I am choosing to focus on the positive like how it is suppose to be warm(er) and sunny this weekend, it's almost Thanksgiving, and that it is time for another Styled X3!!!     This month we have the very talented Heather from Whipperberry, and the ridiculously handy Amy from Her tool Belt. The item I chose for this month was a wire basket. This one is considered their small one measuring at 14 x 9 x 8. They have other sizes and finishes too. This one was only $6.30! A total steal. Remember, the point of this challenge is to see how three … {READ MORE}

Homemade Graham Crackers for S’mores {Giveaway}

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The theme for my Better Homes and Gardens post this month was Holiday Entertainment. Having a small house means that any "entertaining" we do is usually outside. BBQ's, outdoor movies, and roasting marshmallows are the usual. This past weekend we had some of our family over for dinner and s'mores. We will be spending Thanksgiving with the other side of our family this year so this was kind of like an early celebration. Is there anything better than sitting around a fire with your family?       Several years ago my SIL requested a camping type cake for her my niece and we came up with a giant s'more cake. I came up with a recipe for homemade graham … {READ MORE}

My Inspired Room

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My good friend Melissa from The Inspired Room has just released a new book! It is stunning. In celebration of that, she asked a few of her blogging friends to share our own inspired rooms in our own homes. I feel the same about all the rooms in my home since we worked together as a family to create them and spend time in all of them together, but I chose my dining room to talk about today. If you want to get all technical, it is not really a dining room at all. We have an eat in kitchen so at best it is a dining nook. But we love it. All 6 of us squeeze in here for all our meals. I know that things may change as my kids get older and get jobs, are involved in more extra curricular … {READ MORE}

Painting Upholstery


I bought this chair off the online classifieds for my area. It was brand new. The owner got it home and realized it didn't fit their space like they had hoped. I got it for around $50. I bought it thinking it was white but when Shane brought it home I realized it was in fact tan. Tan was not going to work. I play around with the idea of upholstering it in a white fabric but after thinking on it for a month or so finally came to the realization it needed to be a COLOR. Keep reading for a fun giveaway!     After thinking on it for another month or so I knew that the perfect color was navy! The master plan is to get this thing upholstered in navy velvet. I have seen so … {READ MORE}

Wooden Cheese Crate {tutorial}

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After playing around with different ways of styling these corner shelves in my dining room and kitchen area I have finally found a way that I LOVE! Triangle shaped shelves can be tricky to style I have found. I really wanted a vintage wooden crate somewhere in my kitchen so I decided to make a triangle shaped one. It turned out better than I had hoped and was easier than I thought.   Since the crate was going to be up on a shelf and you wouldn't see the joints, I decided to go the easy route and only cut two ends at a 45 degree angle. If this were a piece of furniture or something you would see the corners on, I would have figured out the angles and done mitered cuts on all … {READ MORE}

If Pinterest Came Alive…

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your Pinterest boards came to life? If you could see all the things you had pinned in person and meet the people behind the pins? Well, guess what folks? It can happen. There is going to be a Pinner's expo here in Utah with 100 classes and 200 shopping booths! And I will be there doing two things....     I think the idea is genius and I wish it was a national thing so all of you guys could participate. But for those of you who are close enough to attend, here are the details.... It is held at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. It will run Friday November 6th from 10 am to 9 pm and then again the following day … {READ MORE}

Vintage Pencil Sharpener

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Growing up we had a pencil sharpener in my dad's office where you cranked the handle and it could be mounted to the desk. I loved that thing! We have had a problem in our house for what seems like forever. We are always losing our little pencil sharpeners. I am not sure where they go. Maybe they are hanging out will all those missing socks and Tupperware. I decided to look online for a vintage pencil sharpener that I could mount to the wall so it would never get lost.     I found one on Ebay and I love that it is rusty and dented!     And while it looks so pretty on the wall, getting it on there was not as easy as I had hoped. There wasn't a stud … {READ MORE}


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