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Monday

22

June 2015

Never Again…

I did something this weekend that I’ve promised myself I will never do again.

Everything hurts. Muscles I didn’t even know I had are screaming at me to sit down and not move for a week.

This past weekend was pretty much the only weekend Eric and I were home this month, so we decided to make the most of it and attempt way too much in the DIY department. Although at the end of it all both Eric and I wanted to crawl into bed and sleep for a week, we are so happy we got it all done and super happy with the results.

We started by finally replacing and updating the ugly lamp post we have smack dab in front of our house. In a perfect world I would get rid of the thing entirely, but that seemed like a lot more time and effort than the outcome would be worth. So instead, we decided to spruce it up a bit. Now, I so apologize but I completely forgot to snap a “before” photo. I know it’s not nearly as good, but the light looked exactly the same as the old ones that replaced in this post. This post also had a weird sign sticking out of the left side of it that had our house numbers on it. The numbers were tiny and peeling, so we decided to just remove the sign altogether. We took it off, sanded the pole, and the re-spraypainted it. We still have a tiny bit of touchup to do but overall it’s much better.

At that point all we had left to do was purchase a new lantern for the top and switch out the old with the new. We decided to go with the Allen & Roth Castine Post Light from Lowes as it matched the new lights we just installed on the garage and front of the house.

I think I actually really like the light post now…and at the very least it’s now not nearly as much of an eyesore. P.S. If you look really closely you will notice a young pup very eager to see what her mom and dad were doing outside with a camera. Probably embarrassing her in front of the neighborhood dogs, that’s what…

This past weekend Eric and I did something we vowed we will never again do. Mulch our entire yard with hardwood chips in one day. Read how it went here...

Next, we decided to take out our most physically exhausting DIY project to date — redoing the plant beds all around our house. I don’t think the people before us cared much about what the outside of their house looked like, because when we moved in the yard was just completely overgrown with plants. Last summer my wonderful husband took on the demanding job of cleaning out the beds all the war around our house. He took out probably just over half of everything that was in there to give the plants some room to spread out a bit and breathe. #yourinmybubble

The craziest thing is we still have a ton of plants left, but at least now they look a bit more purposeful. The front of our house is a bit bare (I want to be able to plant some flowers) but the sides and back of our house are still pretty lush. Eric had accomplishing nothing short of a miracle last summer, but we knew this summer we want to tackle “phase 2″ of the project as we like to call it, and take it on home.

So this past week we decided it was time. We took a ton of dirts out of the beds to make room for some hardwood chips, moved a few more plants around to make everything look uniform, and regraded all the bed away from the house. When we were done with that step this is what it looked like. 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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Monday

8

December 2014

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Today I’m sharing some of my Christmas holiday decor because, well…why not? I love looking at how other people have decorated their homes on all my different social media platforms and getting some inspiration for my home for the following years.

Our holiday decor certainly isn’t worthy of the first page of #christmasdecor on Instagram (or the 10th page for the matter), but we really enjoy it and love having that holiday spirit represented in our household. As newlyweds, we can’t (and don’t want to) spend a lot of money on beautiful expensive decor, but we do like to have more unique and pretty pieces. Everything you see here was either gifted, thrifted, or purchased on clearance the week after Christmas from stores like Kirkland’s and Hobby Lobby for less than $3 a piece.

So if you’d like to see what our newlywed home looks like all spruced up for the holidays, then keep on reading!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the newlyweds! See our holiday decor for less, and how we stay decked out for Christmas on a budget!

My wonderful aunt gave me this adorable sign at the end of last Christmas, and so I was so excited to display it front and center this year, right on top of our 3 stockings.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the newlyweds! See our holiday decor for less, and how we stay decked out for Christmas on a budget!

I would like to think our tree looks much better than this in person….but maybe not. This tree was a hand-me-down from my parents the first Christmas Eric and I were married. This used to be their “basement tree” until all the kids were out of the house and they just stuck with the one on the main level. It’s worked well for us for the past 3 years, but we are hoping to find a nice one on Christmas clearance sales this year! Read more…

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Wednesday

29

October 2014

Holloween Decor for Less | Inspiration and Tips

When Eric and I purchased our first home almost a year and a half ago now, one of the things I was most excited about was decorating for the holidays. While I’m not one of those people who tends to get crazy and go all out, I do like to have some little decor pieces to remind us of the season.

However, once I discovered how expensive holiday decor can get, I became a little nervous. I know that you can get that plastic and super colorful decor for pretty cheap, but that’s just not my style. I love holiday decor that is more unique, neutral colored, and really beautiful – unfortunately, that type of decor doesn’t come cheap. Last year I just kind of avoided decorating because I wasn’t sure what to do about that little predicament. Over this past year though, I’ve learned some neat little tricks for how to decorate your home for the holidays in a way that you love but that’s still affordable, considering you only actually have these items out on display for a few short weeks.

This is the little Halloween display we have going on outside our front door. We actually got these pumpkins from a lovely family member’s farm (hey, we live in Wisconsin – what do you expect) and purchased the hay bale from Home Depot for only $3.49. That little scarecrow (jury is still out on him, by the way) came from the Dollar Tree, bringing the grand total for our outside decor to $4.49. I’ve been really impressed with the holiday decor section at the Dollar Tree lately. If you have one near you and haven’t been in in a while, go check it out!

See where I purchase my halloween decor for less than a retail store would charge, how I decorate our home, and some holiday decorating tips and tricks!

See where I purchase my halloween decor for less than a retail store would charge, how I decorate our home, and some holiday decorating tips and tricks!

I try to be as thrifty with our indoor holiday decor as possible. I hate the idea of spending a lot on items that are going to sit in a box in my basement 10 months out of the year. Over the years I’ve gotten a lot of great holiday decor from the home section at second hand stores. In fact, the burlap pumpkin in the bottom right corner of the picture below came from Goodwill for only a couple bucks! Read more…

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Tuesday

23

September 2014

Electric Fireplace Adventures

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that this past weekend Eric and I spent pretty much our entire Saturday rearranging our living room. We have a lot of windows in our family room and it always seems to get much colder than the rest of our house, especially in the winter. We decided to purchase an electric fireplace to help warm our family room up a bit, and take some of the chill out of the air.

We were so excited when we discovered that the fireplace we had been eyeing up for the past 6 months or so went on major sale on Overstock a few weeks ago. We decided to take advantage of the sale and take the plunge. Here are some pictures to document our little “adventure.”

This is a really old picture of our house (the rest of the room looks nothing like this anymore), but it’s the only one I could find that showed what our TV area looked like before this weekend.

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

The first step was to assemble the entire fireplace. Online, people said that it took them 8 hours to put together. Eric and and I got this baby completed in less than 4 hours. Here’s what it looked like mid-assembly.

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

We had been planning to mount our TV on the wall for a while now, so we figured this would be a good opportunity to finally take care of that.

Of course, no major project could go off completely without a hitch…See that hole above the TV mount? Read more…

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