Something’s Blooming

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GUYS! It wasn't enough excitement to just go and move across the country... so we decided to toss another baby into the mix. Yep! I'm pregnant! See! I have a nice little burrito baby bump to prove it. This isn't a baby blog but I felt really bad about not sharing such a huge life event with you guys! I always love reading about other women's pregnancies so I thought I'd leave … [Read more...]

Florida, We’ve Arrived!

Making Home Base In Florida

We made it! We started this journey almost a month ago now with getting our house packed and loaded into a Mayflower freighter to be shipped across the country. It's been quite a venture. We left San Diego at the end of April and headed to Las Vegas to spend some time with family before we headed out east. Matt had the pleasure (dreaded task really but hey, I've tagged along on the other four … [Read more...]

DIY Shelves – 18 Shelving Ideas

DIY Shelving Ideas

DIY Shelves - 18 Shelving Ideas Two things I love: storage and DIY. Seriously, I'm always looking for extra storage options. I've confessed my storage issues with you guys before, so you know that it's always limited so additional decorative storage is a must and something you can DIY is a huge bonus. Since we are in the middle of our big move to Florida, I'm taking this time to plan for our … [Read more...]

How To Dispose of Paint Properly

How to Dispose of Paint Properly: Tips to reuse, recycle, or trash paint properly

How to Dispose of Paint Properly When we were preparing for our move we wanted to purge everything we knew wouldn't be making the trip. When we got to the garage we knew we had to do something with our paint "collection." The movers won't take paint and well we had a lot of paint. Over the past three years we've built up quite a supply of paint that we now had to figure out how to get rid … [Read more...]

Spring Bedroom Refresh

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This post is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart. Spring! I was so excited for spring to roll around this year so I could give my bedroom a little facelift. The funny thing about being a home decor blogger is that even though you are about to move across the country - there is still time for decorating and creating.  I'm so excited to share this spring bedroom refresh with you … [Read more...]

Florida Here We Come

CA to FL

Guys! This year has been crazy already. I feel like it's already gone by in a blink. I know I've been a bit MIA around here and I can contribute that to the wild preparations that are going on around here. You know that the military life has taken us all over the country, well it's that time again. We're making a big move to....   That has meant ditching everything that won't be … [Read more...]

Living Room Updates – End Table Styling

End Table Styling - Rustic Charm Ideas

Thanks to BHG at Walmart for sponsoring this post. There's been quite a few changes around here lately. My house has been in a constant state of musical furniture as we purge and refresh. Anyone else going through that right now? We finally bit the bullet and bought the IKEA Ektorp sofa after a long debate and sofa searching. I can't tell you how happy I am that we finally went through with it. … [Read more...]

Decorating Large Walls – 10 Blank Wall Solutions

DIY Large Scale Wall Art Ideas

You guys know I'm always on the hunt for great wall art ideas. I feel as though in a rental, especially if you don't paint, wall art is crucial to making it feel like home. One of the biggest challenges can be decorating those large blank walls. You know the ones, where your 11x14 family portrait looks like the size of a post it. Here's what it comes down to - scale. It's really all about scale. … [Read more...]

Glitter Heart Garland

Glitter Heart Garland

I kinda love all thing glittery so strings of glittery hearts made total sense to me as Valentine's Day creeps up. My daughter calls them sparkly shinies that's exactly what they are; sparkly shiny, strings of glittery goodness. I love fun quick projects like this glitter heart garland - it brings me instant joy. You'll appreciate the fact that this was a zero dollar project for me. I had … [Read more...]

Gift for Her – Spa Day In A Box

Gift For Her - Spa Day in Box

Coming up with unique and thoughtful gifts = hours of brainstorming and driving myself crazy until I figure out the perfect gift. Half the time I end up giving up and run to Target for a mug and gift card. The other half I totally follow through with my bomb.com unique gift. Today, I'm sharing one of the times I followed through with an awesome "gift for her" - this spa day in a box. Lots of … [Read more...]

The one where I profess my love for painted furniture

Painted Furniture Ideas - try a two toned paint scheme like this gray and white dresser. You must see the before!

It's no secret that I love painted furniture. Just add spending hours on Pinterest looking at painted furniture ideas to my list of hobbies. To me, painted furniture + vintage classic pieces = perfection! I'm always on the hunt for perfect wood pieces. Very rarely do I find anything in my price range (ie. cheap or free) that doesn't need a little work. A few weeks ago Matt found this piece … [Read more...]

Military Spouse of The Year

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Guys. Something crazy happened. I was nominated for Military Spouse of the Year. It's an honor, and it's humbling, and it's exciting, so naturally I have to share it with you! What is Military Spouse of the Year® (MSOY)?  It's an award that recognizes military spouses’ important contributions and unwavering commitment to the military community and our country. It was founded by Military … [Read more...]

Tips To Organize a Small Kitchen

Tips to Organize A Small Kitchen

I never ever share pictures of kitchen on here. I feel like it's so beyond DIY it needs DEMO. I'm talking 80s laminate cabinets and matching laminate counters. I've spruced it up by plastering up my kid's art work all over the place, still it's bad! But, it's a rental so we deal with it because there are many other great qualities about this house... like cheap rent! Beyond it being totally … [Read more...]

Recently

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You guys! So it's not a secret that not a lot of creating has been going on around here. Well that's not true. We've been creating lots of forts, pretend milkshakes (thanks Santa for the play kitchen), and chalk art on in the drive away. We've had less afternoons of projects and more afternoons of adventures and honestly, I'm okay with that. I've dabbled in a few things … [Read more...]

My Healthful Eating Pledge

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I've struggled with healthy eating for as long as I can remember. Don't get me wrong, I love fruits and vegetables and I'm a conscious eater, I know what's going into my body; but when given a choice between a salad or a burger, like your average American, I pick the burger. Every time. I've made promises and pledges, done diets and challenges but nothing ever really sticks. I always go back to … [Read more...]

Best Day Ever

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I thought you all might be interested in Matt's homecoming. I've written about deployments before and how hard the waiting can be. But nothing ever compares to the pure JOY of a military homecoming. Every homecoming for us, has been different. This one almost gave me a nervous breakdown. If you have any experience with the military then you know that time frames are always fluid. And you never get … [Read more...]