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Metal Tins For Baking Supplies {Styled X3}


Can we have a little moment of silence for 2015? I have been trying to think of a word that describes last year and I struggled to call it the "best" year ever but it was also far from the worst. I settled on the word "stable". We have had some roller coaster years the past 5 years and 2015 was less of a ride, shall we say.  I guess in a way, that does make it the best. The best in awhile at least :) I had so much fun with the Styled X3 series I am continuing it again this year. I think it has become a favorite of yours as well since it is the most clicked post each month.     If you are new, this is a series where I buy three of the same item, keep one, and send … {READ MORE}

A Home For All The Little Random Things….


There's something about the beginning of a new year that makes us all want to try and get our stuff together so when the theme for this month's Better Homes and Garden's (BHG at Walmart) post was organization, it totally made sense. Our home does not have many closets. Older homes rarely do. It had two 3 foot by 3 foot closets when we moved in and that was it. I have since built two more but we still lack closet storage. One day I am going to turn our attic into usable space and it will be rows and rows of shelves. But until then, I have to get creative when it comes to storing things in our tiny house. Being obsessed with home decor and being somewhat of a hoarder creates a problem. I … {READ MORE}

Top 10 Projects in the DIY Contest


This year was tough. The quality of projects linked up was out of this world and the judges and I had a hard time narrowing it down. Shane had to step in and be a tie breaker at the end. It was very close. Some years there are clear front runners but not this year. I want to thank all of you who submitted projects. I want you to know that we all think you are extremely talented and I can't wait to see what you come up with this year in 2016. I want to thank the judges as well. I could never narrow it down by myself. I also want to thank the sponsors for donating the prizes for the winner. Home Depot and Ryobi, you ROCK! Alright, let's get right to it. Ladies and gentlemen, here … {READ MORE}

Gingerbread Houses and a Family Update


I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas break. Of course I love that my kids are home from school but because it is winter time (and cold and snowy) the kids have limited time they can spend outside and therefore they get pent up energy. A week in and they all want to pummel  each other and I start eating all their Christmas candy out of self preservation. This year Shane was given the week after Christmas off from work which has NEVER happened and it was a life saver. We were able to do things as a family and take turns doing things with the kids to let the other one have a break. We did things like sledding, going to the movie theater, we went out to eat at a restaurant (which we … {READ MORE}

Cleaning a Vehicle with the SteamMachine {Giveaway}

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We have been a one car family for 99% of our marriage. It is a way for us to save money and we have always been able to make it work. When Shane got his job in Salt lake City (over an hour away) it was tough. I only had access to the van late at night or on weekends. A new guy started up at Shane's office a year or so ago and he lives in our same town.They have been able to commute together which is awesome. He and his family have decided to move closer to work and are currently looking for a new house so our commuting days are numbered. We got an old beater car for Shane to use either to drive all the way to work or to the train station 20 minutes away. It is old and dirty but it runs. It … {READ MORE}

Fun Finds {Spice Jars}


Every once in a while I come across something that I fall in love with or I find a really good deal on something and I tell my friends and family about it. I have decided to share them here on the blog as well. At first I was going to post on Fridays to go wit the "f" theme, but since I never know when I will come across a fun item to share, I decided to just do it randomly.     When I took down my upper cabinets in an effort to make my teeny tiny kitchen feel a bit bigger, I knew that whatever I put on the shelves needed to be.... umm... not an eye sore. The plastic kid cups, tupperware, and boxes of crackers are all in the pantry and lower cabinets. My spice jars … {READ MORE}

Best DIY Project of 2015 CONTEST!

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You guys! It is here! I have been on pins and needles all week waiting for today! I have hosted this contest since 2011 and it is truly one of my favorite things of the whole year. Every year you guys get to show off your best projects from the year and with the help of some of my best DIY pals, we narrow it down to the top 10 projects. The top 10 will be announced next Monday and the voting will open up to the public. The winner will be announced the following Monday. Let me introduce you to this year's judges... Mindi from My Love 2 Create, Gail from My Re-purposed Life, Jen from The House of Wood, Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick, Beth from Home Stories A to Z, Chris from Just … {READ MORE}

Merry Christmas!


Another year is coming to a close and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you all. I hope your holidays are filled with family, love, and chocolate :)  I'll see you after the new year!     … {READ MORE}

My Top 10 Favorite Projects of the Year


I seriously can't believe that 2015 is coming to a close. It was a great year. After years of struggling with unemployment due to the sucky economy, Shane has been employed at his current job for over 2 years and we have dug ourselves back out of the pit unemployment throws you in.  We still had many unexpected things pop up (surgery, and a million things breaking) and things are still tight, but it was the first time in a long time that I didn't go to bed every single night stressing over money. We were able to SLOWLY get some projects done on the house. I wish it could have gone faster but I am glad we paid as we went and didn't go into debt. I have the hardest time waiting! Fingers … {READ MORE}


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