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    April 21, 2016
    DIY Household Cleaners

    Making your own household items is a great way to save money. Cleaning products are super easy to make, and usually only require a few ingredients. Plus, with fewer chemicals and aerosols, they tend to be better for you and the environment. For a list of homemade household cleaner recipes, check out this awesome post by DIY Joy:

    -Homemade wood floor cleaner from mom4real

    -Window cleaner from wholenewmom

    -DIY all in one bathroom cleaner from livesimply

    -Homemade carpet cleaner solution from happymoneysaver

    -Fresh lemon dishwasher detergent recipe from brendid


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    April 20, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Ladder Towel Rack

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    April 14, 2016
    Home Maintenance Issues That Will Kill Your Sale

    3941616692_a43aa6241a_zIf you are selling your home, it has got to be in tip-top shape. There are several dealbreakers out there that will drive away committed buyers faster than a speeding bullet. Even if your house LOOKS perfect, the home inspector will find any and every problem hiding in it. Check out this list by Laura Agadoni at the Trulia Blog for issues that are almost always dealbreakers, and make sure to get them fixed before selling your home:

    -Asbestos

    -Radon

    -Exposed wiring

    -Black mold

    -Termites or termite damage

    -Foundation/structural problems

    -Leaky roof

    Photo Credit: kirybabe 


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    April 13, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Subtle Stained Glass

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    April 7, 2016
    Before You Paint

    577764203_cc09d82b86_zI’m so excited- I just found out that we can paint the walls in my new apartment (as long as it’s painted back when we move out). I think I want darker neutrals- gray, or maybe black for an accent wall. I’m just not quite sure where to start. That’s why I found this article by Debbie at Refresh Restyle- it’s a super detailed tutorial on how to prep your walls before you paint them:

    -Look for damage on the wall- repair holes/dents with spackle, sand it, and remove dust

    -Remove electrical plate covers

    -STIR your paint!

    -Remove fuzz from paint rollers with tape

    -Use painters tape around areas you don’t want to paint!

    -Paint away!

    Photo Credit: Jean-Simon Asselin 


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    April 6, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Modern Kitchen

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    March 31, 2016
    Project Inspiration: Headboard Makeover

    8519741782_95f6c270ec_zI currently don’t have a headboard, and I’m looking to fix that! That’s why I’ve been browsing through headboard projects on Hometalk and Pinterest. A lot of them look super expensive and complicated, until I found this tutorial by Delusions of Ingenuity at Hometalk. It’s super funny, and will teach you how to make a gorgeous headboard out of curtains, wood planks, a mattress pad, and quilt batting. Check it out here:

    Purchase a big ole sheet of MDF and cut it to whatever size you want. Then buy a cheap mattress pad, cut it in half, and trim it to size. Wrap the whole dang mess with some quilt batting and schtaple it down.
    Then wrap your curtain around the whole dang mess and schtaple it down. Attach it to your frame made of wood planks.

    Photo Credit: El gran sueno


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    March 30, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Zen Bathroom

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    March 25, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Deck Painting Tutorial
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    Give your deck a makeover with a fresh coat of paint!


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    March 24, 2016
    Decluttering Tips: Things You Can Throw Away Without Missing

    8430922586_49bb10117e_zI recently moved into a new apartment, and I was extremely selective about what I brought with me. I only kept essentials, like furniture, my laptop/electronics, toiletries, kitchen ware, and clothes that I’ve worn in the past year. I also kept things I love, like favorite books, movies, cosmetics, a few sentimental items, and craft supplies. And that’s honestly about it. My new place is clutter free and super easy to clean, and I’m much happier because of it. It’s less stress in my life, and it was really empowering to get rid of 70% of the junk I owned. And I don’t miss any of it! If you are doing some extreme decluttering, or just some basic Spring cleaning, read this post by Sunlit Spaces for things you should immediately throw in the trash:

    -Old shoes- if they are ratty or smelly, toss them. Same with ANY clothing item with holes.

    -Unworn clothing- if you haven’t worn it for a year, give it away.

    -Unidentifiable fridge food- go through your fridge at least once a month and toss expired items.

    -Wedding invitations and greeting cards- unless they have a serious sentimental value

    -Books and movies- pare down your collection to only your favorites

    -Expired coupons- go through the drawer where they inevitably accumulate and toss ’em.

    Photo Credit: Hobbies on a Budget 


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