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4 Ways to Create a Stylish Home Office in the Living Room

When we moved to this house a couple of years ago, the plan was to build me an office in the unfinished part of the basement. But as the kids have grown, we’ve sort of decided to re-purpose that space as a fourth bedroom for one of them. Which means I’ve had to figure out how… 

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Here’s What I Think of Home Decor Trends

Not that you asked. ‘Cause you didn’t. But a conversation with a dear friend the other day prompted me to share what I think of home decor trends. Whether you want to know or not. Home Decor Trends Can Go Suck It There I said it. And I mean it. There’s no shortage of articles online… 

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Poached Chicken

Am I the only one who doesn’t like the taste of reheated or leftover chicken? I mean, when I make a salad in the middle of the day and I pull out leftover chicken to add to it, I’m just like “yuck”. Am I the only one? (Tell me I’m not!) Well, no more! Now I… 

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Special Date Stenciled Sign

Because we do DIY projects all the time, sometimes I forget to post one. For years. No joke. This project was born out of necessity, as my projects often are. I needed something to fill the vertical space on this non-seasonal mantel back in 2011. So I grabbed a board, stained it and added a personal… 

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Lack of Motivation | January Blahs

January is almost over. To which I’m sure several of us are uttering a collective “thank God”. I’m not a big fan of January. I kinda get the “blahs”. I really just want to hibernate and eat ridiculous amounts of carbs. (Which is sort of the opposite of what I’ve been trying to do.) I… 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her | Etsy Edition + $50 Giveaway

We’ve never been real big on Valentine’s Day around here. Something about it being a forced day to show someone how much you love them when really it should be shown all the time. But as I get older I seem to warm up to Valentine’s Day more and more. It’s never bad to tell someone… 

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Bedroom Makeover — The “Sophisticated Cave”

The bedroom was one of the first rooms Sam and Sage tackled after moving into their new (first) home — as they continue to work on the house for many more years, they knew they needed a relaxing and finished space to retreat to every evening. They painted the walls “Black Pepper,” and then decorated… 

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Getting Healthier | A Little Girl Talk

I won’t lie to you. This is going to take some work. Some of which I haven’t fully wrapped my brain around yet. The exercise part I mean. The healthy eating will truthfully take some work too. But I find that easier to get started with. (I’ve been sharing some of my healthy meals on Instagram if you… 

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Our House Then and Now

Emily over at Jones Design Company recently did a post about her house – what it looked like when they bought it eight years ago versus what it looks like now. I totally thought it would be fun to do the same thing with our house, since we just passed the two year anniversary of our… 

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Log Slice Chalkboard

Who wants a REALLY easy DIY craft? Okay here goes… Log Slice Chalkboard Supplies log slice chalkboard paint foam brush smallish paint brush chalk Instructions 1. Using foam brush and chalkboard paint paint center of one side of log slice. 2. Using the smallish brush and chalkboard paint smooth out the paint line about a… 

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Stenciled Cork Trivets | Ikea HEAT Trivet Hack

If you’ve ever been to Ikea, you’ve probably tossed a package of these into your cart. ‘Cause you know, they’re just handy to have around. If you’ve looked around online much, you may have seen a few DIY projects done to spruce up their plain Jane look. Not that there’s anything wrong with plain. Or Jane… 

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DIY Magnetic Words

I’m not a big fan of stuff all over my fridge – I prefer to keep it clean and simple looking. But these DIY Magnetic Words are so much fun I can’t help but “clutter” up my fridge with them! Or take them in the car (on a metal tray or lid) for some road trip… 

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Classic Hot Toddy Recipe

Baby, it’s cold outside! Brrr. I don’t know about you, but when it’s cold I love me a warm drink to get feeling all warm and toasty again. This classic hot toddy recipe is sure to warm your insides – and it’s even said to help relieve coughs and colds. For adults only of course! Classic… 

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Meal Planning for Beginners

Last week I posted about Dean and I working on getting healthy this year. I talked about not using a diet program but that we’d be focusing on moving more and eating well. One thing that has helped me stay on top of healthy eating in the past is meal planning. Balancing food over the course… 

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easy diy pom-pom garland tutorial

Easy Pom-Pom Garland Tutorial

Quick, actually-doable crafts for the home are my thing. Because you know how much I like easy, right? And pretty. Well this pom-pom garland is so easy, your kids could join in the fun. And they just happen to be adorable and affordable too! Easy Pom-Pom Garland Tutorial Supplies yarn scissors ruler Instructions 1. Cut… 

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