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Monday

20

April 2015

Lighting the Way (for a Disaster)

So, why is it that every time I say to Eric, “hey I have an idea for a fun little Sunday afternoon project we can do,” 6 hours later I’m wondering why I ever even suggested it.

But alas, every month I continue to do it over and over again.

And last weekend was no different. This time my seemingly innocent comment was, “hey we should replace the garage lights today real quick. It should only take like an hour tops, right?” And my dear husband, never one to turn down a home reno project, quickly agreed.

Off we skipped, hand in hand (okay, we just walked like normal people, but you get the imagery) to our local Menards and picked up these babies. I’m only slightly ashamed to admit to you that the price totally influenced our decision of which lights to purchase. But they are still pretty, and I do think they will match well with the style we are trying to achieve for our house.

An hour or so later we arrived back home and took one final look at these uglies.

This past weekend my husband and I found ourselves lighting the way for a disaster as we attempted to replace some outdoor lighting at our first home.

I got a close up just for you so that you too could witness the cloudy glass and chipping paint job that has been our outdoor lighting for (unfortunately) almost 2 years.

This past weekend my husband and I found ourselves lighting the way for a disaster as we attempted to replace some outdoor lighting at our first home.

We started by taking off the existing lights and ceremoniously throwing them into the trash. At this point, all we had left to do was connect a few wires (no problem for my handy hubby) and tighten a few screws. Or so we thought… Read more…

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Monday

30

March 2015

The Anniversary Jar | A DIY and Marriage Hack

The Anniversary Jar is something Eric and I implemented very early on in that first year of our marriage. Celebrating anniversaries is important to us, and often times we use them as an opportunity to do a little getaway instead of exchanging gifts. For example, this July we will celebrate our third anniversary, and we are planning on scheduling a big vacation to a sunny destination at the end of the summer to celebrate our anniversary and our debt being paid off.

So, what is an anniversary jar, you ask? Well, it’s quite simple really. At the surface, it’s a place to collect loose change. At its core however, it’s so much more. How it works is every time we go out to eat, or return home from a shopping trip, or pay the pizza guy, we dump all of the loose change into the anniversary jar. It’s typically just a bunch of nickels and dimes, but every once in a while I think Eric throws a couple dollars in there. It definitely surprises you how much loose change you come across every month, and how quickly it adds up.

However, what makes this an “anniversary jar” is that you save up your loose change for an entire year, and then for your next anniversary you take all that loose change and put it towards a fun anniversary date. Some years this may be all you have to spend on your anniversary,  and you go out for a really nice dinner and a show or a night away. Some years you may decide to add to what you have in your anniversary jar and do something a little bigger. Either way, it’s fun to have a good chunk of money ready to go for your anniversary that you didn’t even really miss.

The anniversary jar is something my husband and I implemented very early on to celebrate our marriage and make it a priority in our lives.

Confession: our “anniversary jar” for a long time was really just an envelope tucked away in Eric’s sock drawer. But a few months ago I decided that something so special deserved a place of honor; hence, the DIY anniversary jar was born.

To make an anniversary jar, you will want to find a 1-gallon mason jar. You can certainly make one using a smaller jar, but it will most likely fill up very quickly. Read more…

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Wednesday

18

March 2015

Our DIY To-Do List | What’s On Yours?

Eric and I are DIY addicts, plain and simple.

When we purchased our home two years ago this summer we had a list a mile long of all the projects that we wanted to do to this place. Although it seems like we are never making as much progress as quickly as we would like, when I think back we really have accomplished quite a bit in a year and a half. From remodeling basically our entire kitchen to doing crazy things like hanging an old ladder on the wall in our living room, our house has changed a lot since the day we signed the papers.

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but it seems like we always go DIY crazy in Spring and Summer. We still have a few more months on our “get out of debt” plan so we can’t do anything major to the house at the moment, but man have we compiled quite the list.

With Spring and Summer right around the corner, I've been enjoying putting together our DIY to-do list with my husband. See what's on mine and share yours!

I feel like I need to mention that this is obviously a “DIY wishlist” more than it is a current to-do list, and it is very much being added to and changed quite frequently. We have a lot of big projects on this list which we know will happen over years and not months, but it’s fun to dream and keep track of everything we’d like to someday see accomplished. Read more…

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Thursday

31

July 2014

A Whole Lot of DIY’n Going On

Today’s post is going to be very photo heavy and I make no apologies for that. Eric and I had a random burst of creative energy this past weekend and decided to knock out a few smaller DIY projects we’ve been wanting to get done. None of them are super awesome or inspiring, but I’ve really been enjoying the subtle changes they created to the feel of our home and thought I’d share them all in a quick DIY update!

So remember this weird space I talked about a few weeks back? We had moved the bookshelf that was previously there and didn’t know how to fill this newly sparse space. Many of you provided us with some seriously awesome ideas that got our wheels turning, so we decided to tackle the space last Sunday.
 
Eric and I went a little DIY crazy and completed quite a few small projects this past weekend. Here is a quick update to show them off!
 
We played around with ideas like adding a plant, constructing a corner shelf, but we realized we didn’t want anything that touched the floor because we wanted to keep Stella’s bed there. Then I remembered that the previous owners left us a really old-school ladder in the garage…
 
Eric and I went a little DIY crazy and completed quite a few small projects this past weekend. Here is a quick update to show them off!
 
So naturally we decided to attempt to cut it up and stick it on the wall. We figured it could either look really bad or really neat. Since we are trying to make our home have a little bit of a vintage-modern feel, we thought that if this actually worked it would fit our house really well. And if not we wouldn’t have lost any money, just a little bit of time. Read more…

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Thursday

3

July 2014

The Only Kitchen Cheat You’ll Ever Need: FREE Printables

Confession: I’ve fallen into a blogger trap.

I’ve become completely obsessed with prints (or printables) lately. I know it’s totally cliche, but I’m in love with them! If you aren’t familiar with what prints are, they are basically little 8×10 images that are typically cute phrases or sayings, but can also just be images or designs.

The great thing about prints is they are so cheap (or often times free) that you can replace them as soon as you get sick of them or want something new. I know a lot of my fellow bloggers change out many of their prints based on the season or an approaching holiday. I think prints are such a fun way to change up your home decor without having to spend big bucks (and ya’ll know I’m all over cheap decor).

Best of all there are so many different ways you can display these little guys. You can matte them and put them in a frame on the wall, you can swap them out of a frame on your mantle or table depending on the season, you can even take a bunch of prints and make them into a little collage!

Curious how to find some prints to grace your own abode? There are lots of free ones you can just print off by searching for the specific type of print you want or room you want them for, or just search for printables on Pinterest. Otherwise, if you have a really specific one in mind you’d like, or if you want a super high quality print, you can check out all the different prints for purchase on Etsy. Two of my favorite shops for prints are The Motivated Type and My Littlest Print Shop.

If you are looking for a few free prints just to introduce you to the world of printables, check out my friend Melissa’s blog Loving Here! She just posted an adorable print for your kitchen that you can download and print for FREE right now!

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I decided to jump on the bandwagon and create one of my own to throw into the ring. I wanted something that was a little bit unique but also helpful to grace my kitchen, and hopefully give me the inspiration to step out of my cooking box a little more. I realized I was always having to look up a few of the same cooking cheats over and over again so I decided to create them into a printable.

Here is the one I created: Read more…

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