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Jul 212017
 
DIY Large Rustic Chalkboard

Chalkboards are STILL trendy right now. It isn’t surprising, considering they are really just the original whiteboards. I grew up with chalkboards in the kitchen and drinking Koo-laid out of mason jars, so it makes me laugh that we now consider these things to be lifestyle trends. I am so glad to know I was cool and trendy back in 1983! I decided we needed a big chalkbaord in our ….

Feb 022017
 
Painted Light Fixtures Before & After

In addition to the garage catch-all room makeover, I am working on a few revamps of small areas like the front door entryway and the hallway. These little projects really just require a coat of paint and a rug, plus maybe something arty on the wall. One thing that can really change a space is the light fixture. Unfortunately, new light fixtures are not in our budget right now. At ….

Jan 232017
 
DIY Hook Board Coat Rack

Once school was in full swing, it became apparent that the first step in our garage catch-all room makeover was creating the hook board coat rack. The entryway was a tornado of book bags, shoes, and coats. All while the actually coat closet in the room remained empty. Since getting my family to open the closet door and hang their things was never going to happen, I decided to take ….

Jul 072016
 
Baby Room Update: Dresser Makeover & Elephant Art

This is only a small update, but I thought I would share. I have a bunch of stuff coming in the mail to add to the nursery. I have a scheduled cesarean in 10 days if I don’t go into labor before then for a VBAC, Nothing like the last minute, huh? I took the black vintage dresser from the girl’s old room and re-purposed it in the nursery. This ….

Apr 042016
 
A Little Boy Bedroom Makeover - Space Inspiration

Space…..the final frontier…these are the ……. OK, enough. Lucky just turned six, and he has the honor of getting a brand new bedroom in our basement. Our renovation (phase one) will be finished in the next two weeks, so I picked out paint colors and I’m looking at furniture. He is a lucky boy to be sure since everything minus the bedroom door and closet doors will be brand spanking ….

Jan 182015
 
Homemade Lavender Coconut Sugar Scrub

Dry winter skin, or patchy summer skin is a pain. Sometimes literally. In summer, my feet get dry and cracked from sandal wear and in winter my skin screams from being so dry and itchy. I am big on exfoliating. I find my face is much less flaky with a good sugar scrub three times per week. However, some of those lovely scented scrubs on the market are stupid expensive ….

Aug 212014
 
Fabric Flag Bunting for the Girls' Room

Making progress on projects is certainly a challenge when you are a million months pregnant and have rambunctious toddlers about. Especially when you add in trying to work a job and run a household. The chaos is never ending. I finally seem to have the new house in functional order, even though we still don’t own any adult sized chairs. I would love to sit at a table some day! ….

Jul 092014
 
Make Your Own Diatomaceous Earth Face Scrub

Diatomaceous Earth It really is just silica powder, but people claim all kinds of health benefits to using this fine powder for all kinds of things. First off, if you are ingesting it or making beauty products, make sure to use FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth. Food grade DE is NOT the same as the DE used in your pool filter. Food Grade Diatomaceous earth is used in gardens, food additives, ….

Oct 032013
 
Homemade Wipe Solution: Easy Dissolve Grated Soap

  I see a lot of people looking for wipe solution recipes or even just all purpose cleaner recipes. I have done the internet search myself or even asked around and more often than not, the answers are far more complicated than they need be. What do you need in a wipe solution? Water. And if you like, a way to reduce the tension in the water to make it ….