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    November 12, 2015
    DIY Toilet Spray

    I’ve been seeing ads lately for the spray that you’re supposed to use before you use the toilet to prevent bad smells. I’m not sure if any of those products actually work, but if you have a chronically smelly bathroom, it could be worth a shot! However, some of them cost around $10. Personally, I think that’s a bit much to keep a bathroom from smelling like…well, a bathroom. That’s why I love this post by Karrie at Happy Money Saver. Here’s her recipe for “poo spray” that you can DIY for pennies:

    1 tsp rubbing alcohol
    30-40 drops of essential oil of choice- this time I used Lemongrass and Peppermint..

    Pour rubbing alcohol in a 3 oz spray container and add essential oils. Add water to fill the container. Give it a good shake and you’re ready to go! I’ve found 3-4 sprays is enough to cover the bowl and trap all of the stink particles below.

    Photo Credit: Roger H. Goun 

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    November 5, 2015
    Blinds Makeover

    Don’t love the look of your old vinyl blinds, but can’t afford to buy a hundred dollar set of fancy new bamboo ones? We’ve got you covered. Check out these tips by Nanci at The Dollar Stretcher for updating your old blinds and bringing new life into your room. All you need is some vinegar, water, and spray paint for plastic in the color of your choice:

    -Take all of the slats down, including the valance part. Wipe each blind with vinegar and water.

    - Spray the blinds using two coats.

    -Once the spray paint had dried, use a simple pearl glaze, and using a sponge roller, go over each blind to add some texture and soften the color.

    Photo Credit: Dan Zen 

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    October 15, 2015
    DIY Home Security Tips and Tricks

    You don’t have to install a 10 ft high fence with a fingerprint scanning gate to have a safer home. You don’t have to buy expensive cameras or alarms- securing your home doesn’t have to break the bank. It just takes some elbow grease and a little know-how. Check out this post by The Family Handyman for some easy tips on making your home a little more secure:

    -Install solar powered motion detector lights

    -Reinforce exterior door jambs- Remove the puny 3/4-in. screws from the strike plate. Drill pilot holes into the framing behind the jamb. Then drive in 3-in. screws to anchor the strike plate to the framing.

    -Shred or burn important documents to avoid identity theft

    -Put a camera (a fake one works just as well) by your front door so thieves avoid your home.

    Photo Credit: Ervins Strauhmanis 

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    October 9, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Giving New Life To Drawers[/dailymotion

    Awesome, easy tutorial for a gorgeous project! Hello, thrift store!

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    October 6, 2015
    DIY Wood Wall….Using Stickers??

    I love the look of wooden walls, but not all of us can live in a secluded cabin in the mountains. The rustic look is extremely popular right now- if you want it in your home, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars knocking out your drywall and installing logs from Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home. All you need to get a nice wooden wall in your home is this tutorial by Ann Monroe at Momtastic. The best part is, it’s real wood. The other best part is, it’s “peel n’ stick”. Check out the post here for some gorgeous inspiration.

    Photo Credit: Pexels 

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    August 17, 2015
    Easy Staircase Makeover

    Does your staircase need some love? If it’s anything like mine, it has old, stained carpet and outdated looking rails. When you’re trying to sell your home, buyers are definitely going to be looking at details like the staircase. If your staircase could use a fast, easy makeover, read this tutorial by Diane at In My Own Style. All she did was remove carpet and add a little paint and polish! The results are absolutely beautiful! Check out the post for the full photo tutorial.

    Photo Credit: Brian Moloney 

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    July 10, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: How To Clean A Shower Head

    If you have crusty gunk on your shower head, all you need to clean it is a plastic baggie and some vinegar. Voila!

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    July 7, 2015
    Dust Be Gone

    Dust drives my allergies crazy, plus it’s also kind of gross. Did you know that dust is mostly made of your dead skin cells? Ew! No one wants that in their home. Instead of constantly battling it with swiffers and furniture polish, there are ways to simply prevent having a dusty home (or at least, that will help you dust less often). Check out these tips by Carl and Jennifer at How to Build it for tips:

    -Wash pillows, blankets, and other linens regularly

    -Replace your air filters

    -Get rid of excessive décor items that only gather dust

    -Vacuum couch cushions and beat rugs

    -Turn the “fan” on your thermostat when cleaning to help filter all the dust you’re kicking up.

    Photo Credit: John Liu 

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    June 25, 2015
    How To Get Nail Polish Out Of Anything

    I live in a house of women. Me, my sister, my mom, and my grandma all live under one roof with my dad. Even all our pets are females. I also love painting my nails, and have a pretty impressive collection of nail polish, if I may say so. Needless to say, accidents happen. I’ve spilled nail polish on carpets, sheets- basically no surface is safe. That’s why I depend on articles like this one by Taylor at Stain Removal 101. Here’s how to get rid of nail polish stains from any sort of fabric:

    Washable fabric and clothing: Blot the fabric with acetone. Rinse with cool water. Repeat as needed until no more nail polish comes up. Then pretreat the area with a stain remover and throw it in the washer.

    Upholstery: Blot off as much as you can without further spreading it. Apply acetone using an eyedropper. Immediately blot with a paper towel or white cloth. Repeat as needed. If more remains, use a dry cleaning solvent.

    Photo Credit: Gerry Lauzon 

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    February 10, 2015
    Building an In Home Bar

    While it may not pay off if you are selling your home, an in-home bar is a lot of fun. If you entertain a lot, and have friends that like having a drink and hanging out at your house, a bar might be the perfect project for you. They’re great for sports buffs, TV and movie nights, and other get-togethers. If you are interested in creating your own home bar, check out this post by Gordon at Milligan’s Gander Hill Farm for a full tutorial. The post has an extremely detailed, photo-centric tutorial, so I don’t think that pasting any of it here will do it justice. Be sure to check it out.

    Photo Credit: Matt Scott 

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