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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}

Kitchen Makeover Plans! {He Said She Said}

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We are gearing up for the kitchen makeover! I am almost done with the dining room area and then I will move all the things in the kitchen over to the dining room so I can retexture and paint the kitchen. It is a slow process since we still need to use both areas while they are being painted. And throw in two birthdays, a baptism, school stuff, church stuff, sickness, and family events and well, it is a miracle it is even getting done at all! Shane and I had a few different opinions as far as what all to change in the kitchen. We have most of them worked out. There is one that we are still divided on. Watch the video to see what we plan to do to the kitchen and what style element we still … {READ MORE}

What I’m Crushing On {Wood Chandeliers}

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Here is another new series I have started! And I am so excited to share it with you for the first time today. Normally I just pin the things I am crushing on and leave it at that. But now I will be sharing the things here that have recently caught my eye.   It is no secret that I love the beautiful look of wood grain. And my favorite wood looks are natural, walnut, and aged reclaimed wood. I have been seeing wood chandeliers in these tones lately and I am seriously considering one for my dining room. The range from modern, to simple, to elaborate, to rustic. I am having a hard time picking my favorite from these choices!     This modern one is so fun! It … {READ MORE}

Spicy Garlic Lime Shrimp & Pasta

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I'm not sure about you, but when I am in one of my "I'm going to eat healthier" kicks, the main reason I stop being really good about it is that I run out of healthy dinner options. The five healthy "got to" dinners get old real quick. But I am determined to stay on the right track this time....for good! So I am branching out and finding some really good, really healthy meals. I got this recipe out of the Lean and Green cook book from Medifast. As you know, Shane and I are trying out their products as part of their ambassador program. It is going really well so far! We have both lost a significant amount of weight. We don't have a scale at home and I haven't been to the gym in a week … {READ MORE}

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