I'm a California city girl who married a Montana farm boy. Together we have 4 amazing kidlets and 1 cute doggie. We figure out ways to inspire our lives on a budget. Join us on our DIY journey and hopefully you too can be inspired!
Halloween is over and that means Christmas decorations are going up in our house! We aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year so I don’t feel one bit bad about getting Christmas done early. But if you are hosting and need some ideas on how to decorate – you are in luck just the same!
This week I am joining 5 other bloggers to showcase holiday decor for the Thanksgiving season. It’s ok to mix Christmas decorations with Thanksgiving Time! Pinecones and pine trees go great with both! Here is a list of each days post from these amazing bloggers so you won’t miss one:
For the final touch I needed a tree skirt to match. The Shimmering Snow skirt went perfect with the mix of gold and silver ornaments. Plus it’s so soft! I loved it.
It only took about about an hour to get this baby up and looking complete. Tree Classics products come so easy to use and I know this will be a beautiful tree for the entire season, as well as many years to come!
The post is sponsored and organized by Tree Classics. Their team supports and encourages family & friend gatherings and I am so excited to be connecting with them this holiday season.
This season of Thanksgiving has always been a special one for me. I love nothing more than sitting with my family in the kitchen, cooking together and visiting. Especially because we are all so spread out and far apart – it has become a cherished moment each year.
I am joining some other amazing bloggers to share simple ways to set the scene for these Treasured Celebrations. You will truly love this blog hop and I hope you enjoy the individuality of their homes!
The first thing that my friends and family see as they come to our home is our porch. It’s important to me that it is warm and inviting, that they know they are welcome there. We added some very simple touches this season to do just that, and it only took a few minutes.
I grew up in a home where my mother worked hard to create a simple but lovely home on a budget. Her creativity and work was such an example to me, so I carry on the tradition of celebrating holidays with a festive home.
Home Improvement Tips to Turn Your Home into Paradise
I am welcoming another guest blogger today to give us simple design tips for your home. Lisa Bell has some great ideas that I think you will love!
Are you looking to improve the aesthetics of your home? Are you tired of the same old boring interior or exterior décor of your home and looking to spice things up? Do you simply want to turn your home into a paradise?
Look no further; this article would give some marvelous home improvement tips that can turn your home into a paradise.
Here Are Some Tips to Help Your Quest
Make the Deck New Again
We know how much of a sore sight a deck with mold and mildew can be. It makes it look more like a disgusting zone than a nice place to hang out. Why don’t you clean it out and place some nice furniture on it? Accessories like wind chimes and potted plants would further accentuate the look of your deck.
Transform your Porch into an Open-Air Room
Turning your porch into another room is another way you can turn your home into a paradise. You can customize it to fit your style. Install white curtains, bamboo chairs, and tribal patterns if you want something exotic. If you prefer a simpler look, include a farm table and a sideboard for storage.
Keep your pool in Tiptop Shape
Your pool would say a lot about you so it is important that you keep it in top shape by regularly cleaning it. You can make it easier for yourself by getting a robotic pool cleaner. Not only do they get the job done faster, they are almost always more efficient than humans (as the machines are now taking over). There are many types and kinds of robotic pool cleaners that differ based on so many different specifications. Check for the one that is the most suitable for youon the website “Robotic Pool Cleaners Compared”.
Build a screen door
A screen door would let more natural light in while keeping the bugs and other unwanted guests out. You do not necessarily need a technician to help you with the door; as you can easily assemble one yourself.
Install a Porch Swing
Another way you can work on your porch is by hanging a porch swing. Lounging on your porch and taking in the beautiful sights and smells of your neighborhood is one hell of a treat. Now imagine doing all of that on a swing. A swing on your porch would also add a nice and elegant touch of style to your curb appeal. If you do not have a porch, you can hang a swing on your deck or in your garden.
Open your space with a wooden mirror
If you are searching for a way to open up a cramped room, consider putting in a mirror. They are a foolproof way of making your room seem bigger than it is. A wooden mirror would infuse a rustic element into the overall interior décor of your room.
Most attics are full of bad and worn-out furniture that just collects dust. Why not transform all that free space into something more worthwhile? It could be a new guest room or den where you get to relax with friends. Turning your dusty attic into a guest room is just one step closer towards turning your home into paradise.
Look no further. Your home can look like a paradise. Luckily, you only need to start with the tips in this article.
Yay for Halloween!! It’s one of my favorite seasons of decorating. My kiddos love creepy decor, so years ago I set out to find an inexpensive way to take our yard decor up a notch. Having old pallets laying around (yes I collect these!) got my wheels turning. I created a Halloween Pallet Fence and I fell in love! I ended up making so making (and my Halloween Pallet Skeleton Swings) that I had to sell some to make room in my storage area (poor Mr. Farmboy doesn’t have any more space to store them!).
Our 60 second video tutorial will help you get a quick view of this super easy DIY. Then follow the steps to create your own!
How many of you have an amazing partner who is willing to hang up all your pictures and shelves and drapery rods and floral arrangements (you get the picture) – but never has the time?! I do! Mr. Farmboy is amazing at so many things, but apparently he has to work every day to so I can’t use him as often as I would like. Years ago I learned that if I needed anything hung, I needed to learn how to do it myself so that I could get it done when I wanted.
I’ve talked a lot about using a Stud Finder to find the proper place to hang things onto your walls on my past blogs. My Zircon Stud Sensor HD70 is one of the most used tools in my tool box. If you haven’t seen my step-by-step guide on how to use on YT you can watch (here). It’s an amazing stud sensor at a great price!
I wanted to try the Zircon MultiScanner HD900c while working on my summer bathroom project, to compare the qualities it has. In particular in has live wire detection capabilities. I snagged this guy from Home Depot for $60.
Here is the the comprehensive version of it’s amazing talents:
MultiScanner® HD900c OneStep® multifunction stud finder locates studs, metal, and live AC electrical wiring behind walls, floors, and ceilings. The advanced ColorTripTM display lights green in stud scan, blue in metal, and red in live AC scan modes. Screen flashes, or lights, red to alert the presence of live AC in Stud, DeepScan®, and Metal Scan modes. A 4-mode switch makes it easy to change modes, while the ultra-bright display screen, SpotLite® Pointer, and audio tone all indicate the location of the target.
Before I get into my summer project, I wanted to tell you about a giveaway Zircon is hosting! If you’re looking for some great Zircon tools, head on over to their Instagram to enter their summer giveaway! You could win the StudSensor HD55 stud finder, Leak Alert WiFi smart water detector, and a $100 giftcard to The Home Depot! You can enter here: (click me). Winner will be chosen on September 30, 2019.
Step One – Buy It
Super easy, here is the link. Or you can get it in the tool section of Home Depot. I am hanging my plumbers pipe shelving from Furniture Pipeline and needed a strong stud to insert my screws into for the best hold. This is why I can’t do any projects without this magic scanner!
Step Two – Open and Add 9V Batteries
Step Three- Take Off the Plastic
Yah, I know this sounds silly, but the last time I bought one I forgot to take it off and was so confused by all the images it displayed. I know, I have issues…
Step Four – Scan
You will lay your sensor against the wall VERTICALLY. There is button to swipe right or left. Left for DeepScan and StudScan. Right for Metal and AC Scan. Then push the side button and wait for the beep. You are now ready to go.
As you move along slowly and horizontally on the wall, green will illuminate. This is letting you know it is working and you are in a stud finding mode. You will be alerted when a stud is close. The Spotlite arrow will appear when you are in the middle of the stud. This is where you make a mark and know where you can install your screw if you are wanted to hang something into the stud.
The red screen will illuminate if you are close to a wire. Once again the arrow will appear when you are right on top of it.
Part Five – Hang
Now that you know where your studs are, you are ready to hang your project. For this bathroom summer project I am hanging heavy plumbers pipe shelving, this is why it was important for me to find the studs.
I added my screws to the marked stud spots and drilled in the pipe fitting (it’s called a flange). Then I added the pipe shelf and the project was done! So easy for me. Before I used a stud sensor I would make so many mistakes with holes because I wasn’t aiming correctly. This little tool makes my life so much better when I am working on projects! Make sure to enter their giveaway here by the end of September!
Have your pipes ever leaked and you didn’t find out until after all the damage was done? This recently happened to us and my flooring warped because I didn’t catch it in time. After we fixed the kitchen sink pipe, I knew I needed to find something that would alert me if this ever happened again.
And guys – I found the perfect thing! Zircon has been a favorite of mine for many years because of their stud finders. But I had no idea they created the coolest tool for my problem – The Zircon Leak Alert WiFi Smart Water Detector. I was so excited and you can buy this from The Home Depot for a great price.
I am excited to be sharing some simple ways to restyle your front porch as we head into the summer season. If you are joining our Easy Summer Styling Blog Hop from Camelot Art Creations – welcome! A huge shout out to our host Kelly from The Tattered Pew for bringing us all together!
My front porch was ready for a refresh this year and I am so happy to be partnering with one of my favorite stores, RC Willey, for this post. I have been shopping at RC Willey for over 20 years, can you tell I just love them? They have so many ideas in their store and on their website for all of us aspiring home decorators.
This post is sponsored by The home Depot and affiliate links are added within the post.
Each year, when the rain settles down, I get excited to work in my front yard and prep it for the summer. I like to focus on getting my windows cleaned and putting in fresh garden beds. I am partnering with The Home Depot to show some simple and inexpensive ways to add some summertime refresh to your home.
Window cleaning is a must for us here in Utah. We are coming out of many months of snow and rain, so my windows always need a good clean. Recently I discovered this amazing product called Windex Streak Free Shine Outdoor, from SC Johnson. I have used Windex for years, but there is something extra amazing about this one. You can clean outside windows with just your garden hose! It is the perfect solution for me and my tall windows.
I have a small garden bed on my front walkway that I like to add new flowers to each year. Before I purchase new flowers, I take an assessment of what I have, what is growing well, and new spaces I want filled. I take some notes and bring my ideas with me to The Home Depot.
After assessing what I needed, I was ready to head to The Home Depot and get my supplies. My budget was $150. I wanted my window product, flowers, soil and flower food within that price. I love to give myself a budget to work with before I go in so I don’t get carried away.
Window cleaner was my first stop. At my local Home Depot, the cleaning products are on isle number 5. If you want to purchase this online you can buy it here.
They have lots of Windex products, so you want to look for the one with the hose adaptation to it. It’s roughly $8-9, but right now it is on sale! You can purchase it online here.
The best part about this outdoor window cleaner from Windex is how easy it is to use and the super low cost. I was so excited to try it out!
After that I headed to the garden center. There are so many options there. Shrubs, perennials, annuals, and pre-made baskets. If you have any questions about flowers, just grab an employee in the garden station, they are so helpful.
The plants I grabbed were Zinnias, Cala Lillies, Marigolds, Petunias, Dipladena, Dalias, Day Lillies, and Tickseed plants.
Before I planted all my flowers, I wanted the windows done. You can use the Windex Outdoor cleaner with plants in the ground and it will not hurt them, but I wanted to do this step first. The process with the Outdoor Windex is super simple. You will first screw your hose into the red nasal, and take out the yellow cap.
Then follow the instructions on the back, but for best results apply suds from bottom to top of your window (lots of detailed directions on the back of the packaging my friends!).
Rinse windows (set dial to rinse)
Clean windows (set dial to clean)
Let sit for no longer than 20 seconds
Rinse windows well (set dial to rinse)
I wasn’t sure if would truly dry well without me busting out the squeegee – but they REALLY DID! I was beyond please with it. Spray on, spray off – it’s that easy!
Something I was really impressed with is how far the solution went. I washed 6 windows and there was still so much solution left in the bottle. Additionally, the stream went super far. I had no problem getting the water to reach the tall windows on my house. I will for sure be using this again to clean my windows – huge win for me!
Plan Out Flowers
I like to set out my flowers in the garden bed first, then move them around as needed. This helps me get a vision of how it will mature together. I am not a professional gardener, so I just study the internet to learn about plants and placements. You can ask a lot of questions to local gardeners and the Home Depot employees in the garden department.
Grab your gloves and trowel and get started! Dig the appropriate depths for your plant (it will say this on the plant tag) and water immediately. Sometimes they look sad because they are in shock, but they will perk up. I added planting spoil and plant food as I went.
Additionally I planted my own baskets for the front steps. I used the same flowers I added into the front garden bed.
All of this took me the afternoon, and I was delighted with my simple refresh. I loved partnering with The Home Depot and Windex to share these simple ideas with you. Good luck prepping for summertime and make sure to gran your Windex Outdoor cleaner right here!
In this post i am using affiliate links to my amazon store. I am so excited to be partnering with Mdesign to bring you some exciting organizational products that i love using in my home!
Every spring I start giving my kitchen a refresh. After a long winter in Utah, I need it and so does my kitchen! This past month I updated my pantry and refridgerator. It was quick and easy, and I can’t wait to show you.
Many of you know I built an entire room into a pantry that you can read about here. But now my kitchen closet (aka pantry) needed some love. I found the coolest company on Amazon called Mdesign to share with you and I am so excited to be collaborating with them! They have to greatest solutions for storage with quality product (that ships in 2 days with Amazon Prime – yippee!).
First things first – let me show the hot mess I was dealing with:
This space has 6 shelves (one is up super high) that are 16 inches deep and 14 inches apart. It is not the best use of space so I needed some pieces that would help me stay organized.
I discovered MDesign online and fell in love with all the choices they had for getting organized. I will not confirm or deny that I spent a long time on their Amazon store day dreaming! Once I finally figured out what I needed I was so giddy to get this space cleaned up. To get an idea of what you need for your pantry, try out these steps:
1. Assess the food you use most frequently
2. Measure the sizes of each cupboard
3. Determine which groupings you can create (food categories)
They have so many different lengths of this one, and I choose the 16 inch deep and 6 inches wide.
Since these are all available on Prime shipping, I received them super quick and was ready to go. Here are the steps I went through during my organizing:
1. Pulled out all of the food from the pantry
2. Cleaned all the cupboards down
3. Threw out all the expired or unneeded food
4. assorted the food into the bins I had originally planned
5. restocked the pantry
It just took me an hour or so to do this since the pantry is quit small. I ended up getting rid of a ton of food that we were not eating. I decided to keep the pantry as simple as possible.
Here is my end result:
I was so excited about how it turned out. It is refreshing to open the door each time and see it so clean!
I also worked on the refrigerator and used the same format for this process. They have amazing plastic bins for the fridge and I love them. Look how much better this looks with organized shelving and a few lights turned on!
I won’t keep you waiting any longer – HERE IT IS! Working with Kirkland’s for this reveal was so much fun! You can watch all of my shopping trips on Instagram as well as the video of decorating – it was a great experience.
Isn’t she cute?! In this post I will be sharing all of my DIY links to previous posts, as well as all of the links to the products I have used. Here is a simple recap of the last 6 weeks:
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table (READ HERE)
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This transformation really gave me extra space to do my work in here without breaking the bank or tearing down walls. Each post will explain the process. But now lets get on to the fun part – decorating!
I collaborated with Kirkland’s for this One Room Challenge. If you have not visited their website before – GO NOW. I will make it easy – CLICK NOW! Seriously their prices and selection are so amazing. Let me give you some ideas for your laundry space.
I needed a certain size rug and I was so glad to see that Kirkland’s had them all. Check them out here. I chose the Natural Jute Scatter Rug and I love how it looks!
You really could spend hours on their site and in the store getting ideas on how to decorate your space. Laundry room is just the beginning. Patio, Bedrooms, Kitchen and Living Room decor. It’s all there. The the prices can’t be beat!
I appreciate you all following along on this One Room Challenge journey with me. I had so much fun and I hope you gained some inspiration on how to update you laundry room too! Until the next project – so long!