Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How to Remodel a Basement on a Budget

This post has been a long time coming...about 2 1/2 years to be exact! This basement renovation was one of the main reasons I started this blog. I wanted to chronicle all the work we did on our basement with befores and afters, DIY tips, and lessons we learned along the way in hopes to help some other weekend warriors like us. Before I start, I have to give a shout out to my husband who worked tirelessly along my side and did not give up, even when we both wanted to. I have to say, if your marriage can survive a home remodel, it can survive about anything!

See how we took an ugly basement and turned it into a bright and cozy retreat along with adding laundry, bathroom, and mudroom spaces! Learn money saving tips and tricks from a DIYer.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Llama Painted Canvas Wall Decor

One of my friends is pregnant with her first child and the nursery theme is llamas. If you have been on Pinterest or social media at all, you will know that the llama trend is going strong, so I jumped at the chance to make something for her! I asked her to send pics of her nursery for inspiration and once I saw the brightly colored animal prints she picked, I had to do something along those lines. I had an 8x10" canvas on hand, so I decided to get out my paint and Cricut machine and go to work!

Add a touch of whimsy to a nursery with DIY painted llama pom pom wall art made with vinyl and Cricut.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

How to Style a Jacket for Spring

It has been a couple of months since I have shared a fashion post here on the blog. It has just been so cold and yucky that I did not want to go outside without being bundled up like Randy in A Christmas Story! But, now Spring is here and I have received several new pieces from the Aventura Spring 2018 line. I even did a Live unboxing on Facebook to show you what I got and a few ways I plan to style them.  I am joining some of my fellow Aventura Ambassadors to share how we style a utility jacket during this transitional season. I am styling the Tara jacket with a striped tee and olive green joggers.

I am joining some of my fellow Aventura Ambassadors to share how we style a utility jacket during this transitional season.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Spring Hand Towels Using Patterned Iron On

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I am back with the Craft & Create with Cricut Challenge to bring you a Spring kitchen towel project. Each month we will bring you a different themed craft using the Cricut, so make sure you subscribe to my email so you don't miss any of these crafts!

 Have you tried the new Patterned Iron On™ from Cricut? I am using it to customize a plain kitchen towel for Spring!

This month we are making Spring themed crafts using our Cricut and I am sharing a custom kitchen towel using foil and patterned iron on.

Have you tried the new Patterned Iron On™ from Cricut? It comes in a 3-pack of assorted designs! I thought this project would be perfect for trying out this product for the first time.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Inspirational Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is coming up soon and I have a great gift idea that is unique and has a lovely message. Prone to Wander LA has everything from art to phone cases, to home decor items.

Mother's Day is coming up soon and I have a great gift idea that is unique and has a lovely message. Prone to Wander LA has everything from art to phone cases, to home decor items.

I received a set of phone cases to review and am giving you a chance to win a set of 3 for yourself. You can enter via the link at the end of this post.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Creating a Cozy Living Area in a Basement

We recently completed a major remodel in our basement, which included updating the living room area. Prior to the renovation, we spent zero time down there because it was dark, cold, and uninviting. My main goal when creating this space was to make a cozy area where we could hang out as a family or entertain friends.

I am sharing tips on how to make your basement space cozy, bright, and inviting.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Custom Yoga Wear with Cricut and SportFlex Iron On™

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If you have been following me for a while, you guys know I love making custom workout tees using my Cricut and iron on vinyl. I have made several for myself and my friends at the Y. Have you heard about Cricut's new SportFlex Iron On™ that is lightweight and stretches? It is made for fabrics like nylon and polyester and features the Cricut StrongBond™ Guarantee. I was stoked when I found out I was getting the chance to try it!

Have you heard about Cricut's new SportFlex Iron On™ that is lightweight and stretches? See how I used it to customize a yoga tank and leggings!

Let me tell you, it is perfect for dryfit material and leggings; it really does give and stretch with the fabric. It also comes in a ton of colors, including this gorgeous gold matte!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Preparing Winter Clothes for Storage With Dryel

This is a sponsored post written by me in collaboration with Dryel. All opinions are mine alone.

Spring weather is around the corner and it is time to start thinking about putting away the heavy wool coats, sweater dresses, and sweaters. I usually try to dry clean the ones that got a lot of wear over the Winter, but that gets expensive. I have found a cheaper option that works just as well, and you can do it at home!

Let me introduce you to Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner. For around $10, you get the Dryel fabric care bag, four cleaning clothes, Stain pen, and Odor & wrinkle releaser, which will clean up to 20 items.

Let me introduce you to Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner. For around $10, you get the Dryel fabric care bag, four cleaning clothes, Stain Pen, and Odor & Wrinkle Releaser, which will clean up to 20 items.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Cleaning your Windows and Doors

This is a sponsored post written by me in collaboration with HomeRight. All opinions are mine alone. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience, which means I receive a small financial compensation if you make a purchase using this link. You can read more about affiliate links here.

Spring is here (today is the first day!) and it is time to throw open the windows and let some fresh air in the house. If your windows and doors are like mine, they probably need a good cleaning to remove the layer of grime winter weather has left.

If your windows and doors are like mine, they probably need a good cleaning to remove the layer of grime winter weather has left. I am sharing my tips on how to give your windows and doors a deep clean inside and out!
I am sharing my tips on how to give your windows and doors a deep clean inside and out!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Strength Has No Gender™: Women Can DIY Too

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One of the reasons I started my blog was to inspire women to tackle DIY projects and home renovations. My goal is to show that girls can be fashionable and girly, while getting your hands dirty and building things! I was inspired by many of the other female DIY bloggers that I had followed for a while. When the time came for us to remodel our basement, I had confidence that I could learn to do it!

The Strength Has No Gender™ campaign highlights the positive, inspirational stories of everyday women in cities across America who have been breaking down barriers in traditionally male-dominated industries and empowering women to do the same.

Not all heroes are a “he.” It's time to recognize courageous, strong, and resilient women and hear their stories. This Women's History Month, tell us the story of your SHEro with #StrengthHasNoGender and encourage a friend to do the same.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Layered HTV Donut Tee

Thanks to Happy Crafters for providing the supplies for this month's project. All thoughts and and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience, which means I receive a small financial compensation if you make a purchase using this link. You can read more about affiliate links here.

Make this yoga themed donut tee by layering heat transfer vinyl using a Cricut.

I am back with the Craft & Create with Cricut Challenge to bring you a fun donut yoga tee project. Each month we will bring you a different themed craft using the Cricut, so make sure you subscribe to my email so you don't miss any of these crafts! This month we are making Heat Transfer Vinyl t-shirts with supplies from Happy Crafters along with hosting a giveaway for a chance for you to win a HTV prize pack from Happy Crafters.

Make this yoga themed donut tee by layering heat transfer vinyl using a Cricut.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Transform Your Stairs Using Paint

Do you have stairs that are covered in dirty, ugly carpet? Well, we did...and as part of our basement renovation, we were going to change that! We ripped up the old, nasty carpet then painted the steps and risers. We ended up having to also use carpet tiles on them because our dog slipped when going down the stairs and got freaked out.

Do you have stairs that are covered in dirty, ugly carpet? Transform them with paint using this tutorial.Surprisingly, the process of ripping up the carpet was not as hard as I thought it would be. You just need a few tools and a lot of elbow grease.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

How to Make Planner Stickers Using Cricut

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I am a planner nerd...I confess that I still use multiple paper planners. There is just something about seeing your to-do list and notes on paper and checking them off. While I do not go crazy with decorating my planner, I do like to use colored pens and some stickers to call attention to events or to-dos.
Did you know that you can make planner stickers with your Cricut? Choose from standard designs or make your own custom stickers!

I have been wanting to make my own stickers using my Cricut and I finally got around to it!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hand Painted Sign Using Cricut Vinyl as a Stencil

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I made several gifts this past Christmas using my Cricut. One of my favorites was a Cedar Plank "home" Sign for my mother who lives in Virginia. I used Cricut vinyl as a stencil for the state outline and text. I used this same technique on my laundry sign, but tweaked the process this time.

Celebrate your home state with a hand painted cedar sign using a vinyl made with my Cricut.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How To Use an Uploaded Image With Cricut

Even though the Cricut Design Space has thousands of images, from time to time, you will want to use one of your own for a project. I recently made a rustic farmhouse style "home state" sign and needed an outline of the state of Virginia. Once I found a free image online, I had to figure out how to get it into the Cricut Design Space.

Learn how to upload a .jpeg image into Cricut Design Space

Thursday, February 15, 2018

How to Create Vinyl Labels

I recently shared my newly organized craft nook with you, but I felt like something was missing. I decided to use my Cricut to make custom labels for my craft containers and rolling cart. I used a pretty holographic vinyl to match my Cricut Explore Air.

Keep all your craft supplies labeled with pretty holographic vinyl using your Cricut!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Budget Friendly Bathroom Organization Ideas

I hope you have been enjoying my recent Home Organization Series. Today, we are tackling the dreaded bathroom! We have three bathrooms in our house to keep organized, which is sometimes a struggle. I am bringing you some of my favorite organization tips that I use in my bathrooms, that are affordable and DIY friendly.
I am bringing my 10 best bathroom organization tips, that are affordable and DIY friendly.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Monogrammed Hostess Gift For the Baker

Recently I attended a bridal shower for a dear friend and put together a baking themed gift for her. I used glitter iron on and my Cricut machine to add a personal touch to an oven mit with a monogram. This monogrammed oven mit filled with baking utensils is the perfect gift for a bridal shower or housewarming gift!

When I do not have time to make a homemade gift, I like to add a personal touch to something store bought, like this glitter monogrammed oven mit using Cricut

When I do not have time to make a homemade gift, I like to add a personal touch to something store bought or assemble several items into a gift basket. I also like to give practical gifts when possible.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Creating an Organized Craft Space in a Small Area

I am partnering with Oriental Trading to bring you tips on organizing your craft supplies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I am back with the third post in my Home Organization Series, with tips on Creating an Organized Craft Space in a Small Area. I do not have an extra room in my house to devote to crafting, so I am stealing a corner in the basement to turn into a crafting nook. Previously, I had my craft supplies in totes and would craft on the dining room table, which was not optimal.

See how I organized my crafting supplies and created a craft space in a small area.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

3 Step Grape Salad

I am not a food blogger, but periodically I like to share easy recipes with you. This easy 3-Step Grape Salad side dish is popular at my family gatherings and it can be thrown together at the last minute with just a few ingredients and minimal prep time.

The 3-Step Grape Salad can be thrown together at the last minute with just a few ingredients and minimal prep time.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How to Organize Paint and Supplies

Welcome back to the second in my series of Home Organization posts! Previously, I shared how to declutter and store your holiday decor and wrapping supplies. Today I am going to tackle the dreaded paint closet. If you are a DIYer like me, you probably have a ton of paint cans, jars, and sprays in several sizes. Not to mention, you also have all the related supplies such as brushes, rollers, roller holders, poles, pans, and cups! We are lucky enough to have a closet area under our basement stairs to store these in, but how do I keep it organized?
Organize your paint and related painting supplies with shelves and plumbing pipe.

Friday, January 26, 2018

What To Wear To Barre Class

These clothes have been provided to me by Fabletics through Brandcycle, but all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience, which means I receive a small financial compensation if you make a purchase using this link. You can read more about affiliate links here.

I have been taking Barre classes for about a year at my local YMCA and lately I have gotten several questions about it, when posting about it in my Instagram stories. Barre is a ballet-based full body workout, which targets the lower body, abs, and arms. One of the questions I have gotten is what to wear, so I am here to break it down for you today.

If you are just getting started on your fitness journey and need affordable, stylish workout gear, check out Fabletics.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How to Declutter After the Holidays

This is a sponsored post written by me in collaboration with HomeRight. All opinions are mine alone. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience

A new year is time for a new beginning and getting organized after the craziness of the holidays. In between shopping, hosting parties, attending parties, and wrapping gifts, not to mention the chaos of Christmas Day, there is little time to clean. I like to take advantage of a little bit of down time after the holidays to declutter, clean, and get organized.
Declutter, clean, and get organized after the holidays with these tips on how to store your home decor.This will be the first in a series of Home Organization Posts where I share tips and tricks to simply your life.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

What to Wear for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and love is in the air! And by that I mean my love for this gorgeous dress! I do not dress up like this often, but Valentine's Day is a reason to celebrate!

Dress up in taffeta and tulle for Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 15, 2018

How I Am Owning My Word Of the Year

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For the last couple of years, I have chosen a "word of the year" to focus on along with setting my goals. This year, my word chose me. I had been struggling to settle on a word and while flipping through my planner, adding important dates, there it was at the beginning of April's calendar... "Flourish." Flourish means to "grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment." It was perfect! I feel like my life is at a good place right now, but I want to make it even better by Owning It in 2018.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Heart Shaped Trays With Princess Bride Quotes


I am partnering with Oriental Trading to bring you a fun Valentine's craft. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience, which means I receive a small financial compensation if you make a purchase using this link. You can read more about affiliate links here.

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so I had better get crafting! I am joining the Craft & Create with Cricut Challenge with a few of my Cricut-loving blogging friends to bring you Valentine's Day inspired crafts. Each month we will bring you a different themed craft using the Cricut, so make sure you subscribe to my email so you don't miss any of these crafts!



I am joining a few of my Cricut-loving blogging friends to bring you some Valentine's Day inspired crafts, like these Princess Bride inspired wooden trays.

As a reminder to celebrate love and marriage throughout the year, I am using my Cricut to personalize heart shaped wooden trays with quotes from one of my favorite movies, The Princess Bride. First off, if you have not seen this movie, put it on your watch next list! There were so many great quotes, that I had trouble picking my three favorites. OK, enough about the movie, let's get started on the craft.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Top 5 Fashion Favorites of 2017

I hope you enjoyed my recent post on my top 5 readers favorites of 2017, which oddly enough did not include any of my fashion posts. My friend Ashley at The Mixed Bag commented that she would like to see a year in review fashion post, which I though was a great idea!

Top 5 Fashion Favorites of 2017

It is fun to see what posts got the most love, so here are my top 5!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

How To Add Valentine's Decor To an Entryway

I am partnering with Oriental Trading to bring you ideas for affordable Valentine's decor. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now that Christmas is over and I have taken down all the decorations, the house looks so bare. I decided to add a little bit of cheer back into my entry way with some Valentine's decor. We have been enjoying our recently completed mudroom space, so I thought it would be the perfect place to add some pops of red and gold.

How To Add Valentine's Decor To an Entryway


How To Add Valentine's Decor To an Entryway



Thursday, January 4, 2018

What I Am Wearing - Long Cardigan and Crop Top

It seems like style always comes back around and lately it seems like all of the trends I wore in my late teens and early 20's is coming back into fashion, like the long duster cardigan. I had several of these back in the day and wish I would not have gotten rid of them. I love the dramatic look of the long length with a short cropped tee underneath.

I love the dramatic look of a long length cardigan with a short cropped tee underneath.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Glittery Mason Jar Makeup Brush Holder

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is already 2018? What better way to start off the new year than with an organization project? I love to use mason jars in my home decor and DIY projects! They come in many sizes and can be used in so many ways. Today, I am sharing how I re-purposed mason jars into decorative holders for my makeup brushes.

I used chalkboard paint and glitter vinyl to re-purpose mason jars into decorative holders for my makeup brushes.


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Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Reader's Favorite Posts and 2018 Goals

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is already 2018? This year really flew by for me. It is always fun to reflect and see what all I accomplished over the last year. I am going to recap some of my personal life changes and accomplishments and share my Top 5 Blog posts from 2017, picked by YOU!


Last January, I embarked on a new career path, when I left my corporate job of 16 years and took a job as the Part-Time Office Manager at my church, which meant I also had more time to focus on blogging as well. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made and the Lord has provided for the lack of income with my blog and other sources of income through side projects. If you want to read more about my decision, I shared about it in THIS POST. Also, on the personal front, my son turned 16 and got his driver's licence, which is the reason for a few more gray hairs. Oh, and we finished a MAJOR basement reno, which we have been working on for over 2 years!

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