Navy and Coral Bedroom

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How have y'all been doing? Schools are back in session for us and we are slowly getting back on track with our schedule. In the meantime I managed to squeeze in a few updates to our upstairs guest bedroom. With this new addition I can now heave a sigh of relief that the room is 80% done (nothing is 100% done around here so this is great)! Come on in, let me show you what I'm talking about. Did you spot my fabulous painting from Arts Heaven? It is an oil painting reproduction of Andre Derain's Regency Street, London. Arts Heaven provides museum quality oil painting reproductions hand-painted by talented artists who showcase the same brilliance, attention to detail, and artistic movement as the originals. And the best part for me is their long list of products available for you … [Read more...]

           
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5 Easy Ways to Add Fall to Your Porch

Easy ways to add Fall to your porch

With it being our last week of Summer break, one half of me wants to desperately hold onto the last few days of Summer while the other half can't wait for cooler days, crispy weather, and beautiful Fall color. Actually this Summer was quite nice weather wise, with a lot more cool weather days than usual. So you could say we've been gently easing into Fall all along. The other day while on the running trail I was surprised to see a few of the leaves starting to turn yellow and even more surprised that a few neighbors had already switched out their Summer plants for Mums! I'm usually a slacker when it comes to decorating for the seasons and resort to the simplest and easy on the pocket ways to add the Autumn feel to my home. You too can create the perfect Fall porch with these 5 … [Read more...]

           
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Sometimes You Just Have to Go with the Flow!

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"Ok, I'm throwing my hat in. Just so you know, I don't run or exercise. Used to walk regularly until a few years ago and then I just stopped. Seeing all of you post about this I'm motivated to get back on track and I think I need a big commitment like this to push me." Gulp, did I just say that a few weeks ago to my fellow bloggers in response to their posts about putting a team together for the American Odyssey Relay 2015? It is a relay race where a team of 12 takes turns on running the 200 miles from Gettysburg, PA to DC in 36 hours. We are supposed to run rain or shine and through the night. And yes I did! You know, sometimes you've got to grab life by the horns and run with it. It was a spur of the moment decision and I'm sticking to it.  Anyone who knows me closely knows that … [Read more...]

           
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Got a SprayShaper?

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You remember this goofy picture from Haven? We were at one of the sponsors, Waterpik's booth playing around with their cool shower heads. The Waterpik team was so awesome that they gave away a shower head to each one of us Haven attendees. We even got to choose if we wanted a hand held one or a regular. In our old home we had hand held showers in every bathroom and those were the few things we missed in this house. Especially the kiddos, they used have so much fun playing with hand held shower. I picked the hand held version (The SprayShaper) more out of nostalgia than anything else immediately making up my mind to swap the shower head in the kiddos' bath as soon as I got home. Here it is all assembled ready to be installed. Installation was super easy as their … [Read more...]

           
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T-Shirt Yarn Scarf

T-shirt yarn scarf- T-shirt yarn necklace

Ok, this one has got nothing to do with home decor but like the Glitter shoes project we were so excited about how it turned out that I had to share it with y'all. Plus this T shirt yarn scarf/necklace has been on my "must try" list ever since my friend Alice, from our neighborhood craft group made something similar last Fall. So when my friend Lauren from The Thinking Closest hosted a Scarf week, a spoof on Shark week, I made up my mind to give it a try as soon as I got a chance. I made it for myself but someone stole it from right under my nose! I used an old T shirt that I hardly wore anymore. A good Cotton mix or Jersey T shirt with only one side seam works best. Mine had two sides seams, so had to be very careful when trimming the extra seam. For the steps, I followed … [Read more...]

           
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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

how to repot a Fiddle Leaf Fig

Y'all ready for another week? This weekend I was totally taken by surprise on how fast Summer went by! Seriously, it feels like we did nothing the last few months even though we were out and about ever weekend. There was so much on my To Do List that I wanted to knock off over the Summer, not at all happy about the little progress I've made in that area. :( One thing I can at least check off the list is taking care of my Ms.Dee. You know, the other day while I was dividing the house plants that I haven't touched in 14 yrs I thought why not show some love to our dear Fiddle Leaf Fig too. It has been sitting in the same IKEA container that I bought it in for exactly a year! Luckily that didn't seem to deter it from growing. The Basic of Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree care: Plenty of … [Read more...]

           
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Friday Deals!

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We haven't done one of these Window Shopping Friday posts in a while so I thought why not show you the great deals I came across the last few weeks.  Not sure if I've announced it formally here I now work in DC which is an hour plus commute by bus. I take the bus from a stop very close to home so there is really no opportunity for "on the way back home" shopping. Which in turn means my only home decor window shopping therapy time is on the weekends. As all you moms know after running errands, taking care of chores, and family time there is hardly any time left for window shopping on weekends! In short, that is why these posts have been too few and far in between. The day after my Same Look 4 Less post about this carved wood side table I walk into our local Marshalls and there it … [Read more...]

           
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DIY Sharpie Canvas Art

DIY Sharpie Canvas art

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” This school year is big around here.........my Monkey #1, the timid and shy Mr. By The Rule Book is off to Middle School! I still remember his first day of pre-school; though he was apprehensive and scared of how his day was going to be he didn't show it. He went straight up to the class, looked at me for some reassurance, and off he went. He's always been like that, even if he is scared deep down he doesn't show it, tries to put up a very brave front almost to the point that for folks who don't know him well will have no clue of how scared and unsure he is on the inside. But to us, B & I we … [Read more...]

           
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How to Divide House Plants

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Oh my, the feeling of accomplishment you get when you've finally gotten around to doing a task that you've put off for a long time years is so hard to describe! Even if the task is as simple as dividing house plants when you've put it off for 12 years.............will give you a few mins for that to sink in....yes 12 years (I've had the plant for 14 yrs in all) it does count as a huge win. Won't you agree? We are talking about this Chinese Evergreen, which was one of the first things we got when we moved into our first home in 2004. Ever since this trusty plant of mine has been sitting in its original container (I did things right for once and transplanted it to a pot that was once size larger the day after I bought it) and the same metal planter without any complaints, almost to … [Read more...]

           
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Back Yard Garden 2014

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I showed you our front yard the other day so it is only fair that I give you an update on the rest. Just a headsup not all is pretty around the back, especially the side yard. Out there the only saving grace this time of the year is the Butterfly bush and Black Eyed Susan corner. The Japanese Beetles are in full swing eating up everything they can find on our Knockout Roses. Last year I was fighting them tooth and nail but this year I have decided to let them be only resorting to the occasional soap water trick. I'm even starting to rethink if Knockout Roses are really worth it. The only thing that is keeping me from pulling them out is the great show they put up in Spring and Early Fall. For now, I'm not even showing you how they look 'coz it breaks my heart. Out back … [Read more...]

           
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DIY Zipper Pillow Cover

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Have you ever tried out a project for the very first time and it turned out so successful that you can't fathom how you aced it at the first try? What does that do to your confidence? I maybe a little abnormal here but my head fills up with thoughts like these, "Oh wow did I really do that? I'm so awesome...How come I didn't try that before? Hmm...now that I have "mastered" this I have to challenge myself and try something even harder!" You know, that's where I falter big time! I get so pumped up with my initial success that in a matter of minutes I want to push myself to achieve more. And in all the excitement I throw all caution to the wind and dive right in without thinking things through. Totally opposite to what I did the first time, where I paid close attention to every little turn … [Read more...]

           
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