Just Start Hand Lettering (and a little trick to make it SUPER EASY!)

Hand lettering is everywhere these days and it can be a little stressful for people like me who consider themselves to be crafty but do not have an ounce of artistic ability.  Seriously, if I don't have a stencil I cannot draw, paint, write, etc.  I don't ever trust myself to keep it from looking like my six year old scribbled all over it.  If I'm honest, she draws much better than I do anyway! … [Read more...]

“Hard” Orange Soda Ice Cream

Have y'all seen the specialty "hard" sodas that are being offered lately?  They are adult beverages containing alcohol and it seems to have all started with root beer, but now there is cherry soda, ginger ale and orange creme flavors as well.  With summer just around the corner and the heat rising, homemade ice cream has been on my mind, and what better way to change it up a bit than by using one … [Read more...]

How to Use One 12×12 Paper to Make a Beautiful Paper Box

After telling you all how crazy I am about my mom the other day, I realized that Mother's Day was sneaking up on me and I was totally unprepared.  I needed a gift to mail to her and I needed it quickly!  Family photos are always her gift of choice, and she can never have too many.  It's one of those givens with her...having a picture of her grandkids that she can hold and touch and see whenever … [Read more...]

Easily Update Your Space with Simple Lighting Changes – And a Giveaway

This post was sponsored by OSRAM SYLVANIA as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary merchandise to facilitate my review. In my entire three plus decades of life I have never lived in the same home for as long as we have been in our current home.  I am used to moving every year and a half or so, so I never really had the desire to change around or update … [Read more...]

How to Stay Sane While Multi-Generational Traveling

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I am ready to spill some dirt about my momma...but it's not anything crazy or scandalous, it's that I am crazy about her.  She is truly one of my best friends and I speak to her on the phone generally at least once a day.  And while I was thinking about her and her awesomeness, I was reminded of some of the biggest strains that we have put on our … [Read more...]

Starting my day off on the right foot for total wellness – Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Total wellness is such an important factor in my life.  I love to work out and keep as healthy as I can while still managing to eat the foods that I obsess over (hello, pizza!).  And because the foods that I truly adore aren't always chock full of the nutrients and vitamins that I need to keep … [Read more...]

DIY Laundry Room Curtains

I just want to take a second to tell you all that I am so very appreciative of all of the amazing emails that I have received from my incredible readers telling me how much they love my new laundry room!  It means the world to me and keeps me motivated to keep oversharing my life with you all here on the blog.  And with that being said, I wanted to quickly share with you how I created my DIY … [Read more...]

DIY Laundry Room Countertop for Under $40

In case you've missed it, I have been redoing my laundry room for the past couple of weeks.  To catch you up quickly, here is what it started out as, the lighting changes, some cute DIY laundry bags I made and the big reveal. And as I mentioned in the reveal, a laundry room countertop was an integral piece of the design plan.  I noticed that every laundry room photo that drew my eye had a … [Read more...]

Why Eye Exams are so Important to me

This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my review. Eye health is one of those things that most people take for granted.  It is near and dear to my heart though, and I was so excited that Think About Your Eyes, an initiative that is focused on the importance of eye care and regular eye … [Read more...]

The BIG Laundry Room Redo Reveal!!!

It's time...the big laundry room redo reveal is here!  There will be a couple of how-to posts still to come, but I just couldn't wait to show you how the room turned out. Quick recap.  Here is the "before" shot: And now here is the new and improved "after" photo: Ummm, pretty big change, am I right?! And although I wouldn't say that I started out with a budget friendly plan in … [Read more...]

DIY pillowcase laundry bag

I feel like I am crushing this laundry room makeover right now.  I am riding the high of seeing my projects come to life and am so thrilled to get to share them with you!  In case you missed it, here is the hot mess that it was before and the new light fixture.  Next week will be the big reveal!  In the meantime, go grab yourself the two supplies needed to make yourself a pillowcase laundry … [Read more...]

Women are badasses…just a reminder that you can do whatever you set out to!

Growing up in a family with a very "handy" dad and a mom who never let me feel like there were things that should be "left to the men" gave me the headstart that I needed to become a military wife with a hubby who is away far more than he is home.  I've slowly but surely gained confidence in doing basically any kind of handyman repairs on my own (although I will admit to trying to catch my guy on … [Read more...]