Personalized Family Travel Map on a Budget

As I've shared with you before, my family loves to travel.  (You can read some of my road tripping tips, why we stopped giving traditional Christmas gifts to our kids and how we stay sane while multi-generational traveling to see some of our past trips.)  We just adore it so much that we truly enjoy seeing reminders of our experiences on a daily basis.  While deciding how to change up a blank wall … [Read more...]

Enhance Your Cruise Ship Dining Experience With These Tips

Today we have the very first guest post on Down Home Inspiration.  I hope you will all help me welcome Kacey! Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been … [Read more...]

DIY the Coolest Coasters in Town

Eeeek, these DIY coasters are just about the coolest thing around and this is one DIY you don't want to miss out on.  In fact, grab your kiddos too...they are going to want to see this! Supplies Needed: White Tiles (usually less than $1 each at hardware store) Permanent Markers 91% Rubbing Alcohol Long Handled Lighter Spray Polyurethane Felt Recently I was drooling … [Read more...]

Make a DIY Lazy Susan

You guys, I have been working my tail end off on refinishing a table for the eat in area in our kitchen.  What started out as me having an overwhelming feeling of our old table being way too large for the space and stumbling across a Craigslist table that had such good bones I had to have it has resulted in about two months without a table for our family to eat at!  (You may remember that our … [Read more...]

My $5 Tieks Hack

In my last post, I shared my true and honest feelings about my Tieks and whether or not I felt like they are worth $200.  I also promised that I would be sharing the hack on how I made my pair work better for me.  Thankfully after dropping big bucks on the shoes, the hack is totally affordable and takes just a couple of minutes. It's been well documented that some people feel like their … [Read more...]

Are They Really Worth $200? My Unbiased Tieks Review

We've all seen the countless ads on Pinterest, FaceBook and on at least three of the "cool moms" feet at school drop-off, but if you're like me, you have questioned whether a pair of slip on ballet shoes can really be worth $200, am I right???  I spent so long debating on dropping that kind of cash on a pair of Tieks, and I felt like every review I read (and I read more than my fair share) seemed … [Read more...]

Living Room Update

This past week my mom and I went to an open house in my neighborhood.  It just happened to be the same floor plan as my home and I was dying to see how it was styled and if there was anything that I felt we needed to update before we go to sell our home one day.  Since there are only 4 houses in our entire neighborhood that are this floor plan, it was a great chance to see someone else's take on … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly Personalized Globe Teacher’s Gifts

It's that time of year again where you realize that school will be over before you know it and you want to get tokens of appreciation for the tireless teachers who have helped shape your little one's minds for the past 9 months.  It's always so hard for me to find something that I think represents my gratitude and yet fits into the budget.  I don't know about you, but I've got three kiddos, most … [Read more...]

Gift Filled Ornaments – Perfect for Classmates!

My oldest daughter is ten years old and officially a tween.  She loves her friends fiercely and pushes hard at every opportunity to make sure that they know that.  It is one of those qualities that I can truly appreciate as a grown woman...why can't we all be like that?!  So in the spirit of helping her change the world one friendship at a time, I helped her whip up some easy, inexpensive gifts … [Read more...]

DIY Faux Fur Christmas Trees Made on the Cheap!

It's no secret around here that I love me some faux fur, so while I was digging out my Christmas decorations and came upon my fur wreath that I made last year, I knew that I needed to add some more into my decor!  Luckily for me, I adored the way that the wreath turned out, so I decided to basically copy my own idea and made these gorgeous faux fur wreath Christmas trees on the … [Read more...]

Why we stopped giving our kids Christmas presents

Okay, that title makes it sound so much more doom and gloom than it is in my house.  I guess that if truth be told, we do still give gifts, they just aren't the traditional Christmas gifts.  Here is the story of the shift in our home and why we chose to  buck the system: After many years of toy accumulation, my husband and I were constantly overwhelmed by the amount of "stuff" that our … [Read more...]

Repurposed Coffee Bar

One of my favorite things about being a military wife is having the crazy accurate ability to guess what year something happened by picturing the house/state that we lived in at the time.  It's a crazy gift, but ask almost any military wife and she will be able to do the same thing.  And that is exactly how I remembered how old the table that I repurposed to become our new coffee bar is. My … [Read more...]