5 Practical Tips on How to Choose Flooring for Your Home

If you've been following along with our kitchen remodel (read about the conversation that started it all and how to save thousands on any big home improvement project) you've seen some pretty ugly pictures of our 1950's ranch style home.  The original "honey do list" that started us on this journey began with a project as … [Read more...]

How to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel

We all want to save money, right? I'm the queen of pinching pennies, but you already know that don't you? Remember the time I used an old step ladder for a side table with shelves? Or when my DIY hubby took a closet door and made a headboard out of it? I love a good bargain. Free is even better! So you have to know our kitchen … [Read more...]

Cheap and Fast DIY Valentines Day Banner

30 years ago Valentine's Day a pretty young girl with twinkling eyes pledged her heart to a dashing young man with long blonde locks and a guitar in his hands. Their romance began on stage in a dimly lit theater and a sweet marriage ceremony included a sentimental love duet. Make of our hands one … [Read more...]

How to Make Easy Wall Art with Scrapbook Paper

    Recently a reader told me the one thing keeping her from creating a little bit of pretty in her home was lack of inspiration.  She said she simply couldn't seem to conjure up something to make a difference in any of the living areas in her home. Oh, sweet friend, I understand! We just gutted our … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Cheap and Easy Winter Mantel

The post "5 Tips for a Cheap and Easy Winter Mantel" is sponsored by Duraflame® but all opinions are my own. Anyone else feel the January blues coming on after the busyness (and maybe the stress) of the holidays? You have high hopes for goal setting and fresh starts but when you look around your home you see remnants of Christmas … [Read more...]

5 Organization Ideas for Small Spaces

  Christmas is over, the new year has begun and it's time to regain control of your home! But how do you do that? You want a home that is both beautiful and functional but there's stuff everywhere! Ahhh, the frustrating and often overwhelming search for more storage space! Am I alone with the thought that no matter how much … [Read more...]

5 Cheap Christmas Decorations for a Simple, Authentic Home

You have a few minutes to kill while waiting in the carpool line so you scroll Pinterest for a few Christmas decorating ideas. Beautiful flocked trees with handmade ornaments. Perfectly designed rooms with a color theme executed throughout the home. Every.single.room is decorated.  After all, it's the most wonderful time of the … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Christmas Mantel the Cheap Way!

Disclosure: I was provided with compensation by Duraflame® but all opinions are my own. Is there something about your home you don't love? Maybe the bathrooms are small (like ours) or the kitchen outdated (yep, that too!) Or maybe a feature your home is missing? (What, no his and her walk-in closets? Me neither!) Even if you design your … [Read more...]

How to Create a Christmas Village Display

This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here. One year as a young bride I discovered the beauty of collecting miniature houses for Christmas. I had my family buy several of the Dickensville ones at half price at the end of the season and give them to me for my birthday. Slowly my little village … [Read more...]

Small Ranch Home Kitchen Remodel: The Dream Begins!

It all started with one little question.  If you could dream a little, what would you think about.......? Have any of you wives had that same kind of conversation with your husbands? Just a little "thinking out loud" kind of wondering? For my DIY husband and I these talks always seem to center around our home, mainly because … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Pumpkin Craft

  Anybody feeling a bit of pressure about now? It's the last few days of fall before the blessed celebration of Thanksgiving and the race into Christmas where sane people lose their minds. Those who enjoy their home 11 months out of the year suddenly think they need to reinvent the wheel and start over. From … [Read more...]

Fall Decorating Ideas for Under $10

The breeze blows gently through my hair, the leaves crunch under my feet and the air feels crisp and fresh this morning. I clasp a mug of my favorite Instant Russian Tea and my heart beats faster. It's finally TIME! My favorite season of the year is here! Actually, it's began about a month ago but here in NC the little … [Read more...]

5 Deck Decorating Ideas on a Budget

One of my favorite parts of summer is time spent outside on our front deck. I know my readers love learning how to decorate without spending a lot of money so here are my 5 deck decorating ideas on a budget! This year I kept waiting for my DIY hubby to ask what kind of flowers I wanted him to pick up on his daily jaunts to the home improvement … [Read more...]

DIY Centerpiece for 4th of July

As a homeschooling family of 22 years, we are only one year away from completing our journey educating our children at home. Hooray, yippee, and let's throw a party! The finish line is in sight and I'm ready for a tropical vacation (or maybe an Alaskan cruise) to celebrate this achievement! Without the kids. ~smile~ For us, … [Read more...]

How to Design a Room Around an Inspiration Piece

How many of you love the home design show Fixer Upper? Seriously, who doesn't? A well deserving family or individual chooses one of three homes for an amazing husband and wife team to radically makeover just for them! I KNOW. It's the stuff of dreams. First of all, Chip and Joanna Gaines are the real deal. ('Cause y'all KNOW we're … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure DIY Step Ladder Shelf

Let's play "You Know You're a DIY'er When . . ." . . . Sunday is one of your favorite days because Monday is trash day! This is the best time of the week to drive around my neighborhood looking for other people's trash that will become my next treasure! . . . Your friends text you a pic from a local thrift store excitedly sharing what … [Read more...]

Teen Boy Bedroom Makeover

The last several months have been a whirlwind. Ok, more like a hurricane.  Relationships have been tested, our family has been torn apart in heart wrenching ways yet by God's grace we continue to love and support each other through the storms. Since I have shared just a bit about our youngest son I wanted to invite you into another … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Choosing Flooring for Your Home

What happens when you have five kids, numerous dogs and cats, and a life filled with homeschooling, friends, family and fun? I was going to say it means mama needs a long vacation all by herself, but I'm actually talking about my home! If you're not familiar with the story of our 1950's ranch home (take the tour here) this is the … [Read more...]

Top Ten Encouraging Posts of 2015

Every year I try and close out the end of the calendar year by sharing my favorite blog posts. These might be posts that received a ton of page views or ones where I transparently wrote about our family story, struggles and triumphs. This year had a great deal of both, plus the obligatory chocolate recipe! Last year when I wrote about my … [Read more...]

Decorating with Red and Aqua in the Kitchen at Christmas

Last year I decorated with red and aqua in the kitchen at Christmas and loved it so much I decided to change the colors in the room! I've been slowly adding red into the decor and since I've never shown the opposite end of this room I'm hoping to do a reveal in the next few weeks.  Sadly it's about a year late but that's about par for the … [Read more...]

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. For years I bemoaned the fact that I didn't have a fireplace in our home, thus I had no place to cuddle up with my hubby and no mantel to decorate to share my creativity and yard sale goodies. You … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Deck Decorating Ideas for Christmas

One of my favorite DIY projects in our home is our front deck. Some folks who don't live in the south have questioned the wisdom of building a deck without a roof, (otherwise known as a porch.) Yes, a porch would have been ideal,  but so would a Lamborghini and that ain't happening! (OK, I don't know cars and that's the only one I … [Read more...]

Fence Board O Holy Night Sign

Disclosure: I was provided compensation by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. (Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post!) It's time to jump full steam ahead into the holiday season! Yesterday I shared a precious memory of my sister and her favorite Mexican Wedding Cookie … [Read more...]

How to Paint Over Dark Walls

Disclosure: I was compensated by BEHR Paint but the opinions are all mine. Y'all, I have a peek at a before and after I think you'll flip over! It's a DIY project from start to finish that's near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to give you many details in this post because I'm going to share the reveal in January. Let me be … [Read more...]