Make Your own Pumpkin Spice!

We all know that come fall Pumpkin Spice rules the world!  But did you know that it would take you just a minute to whip up your own batch of the spice to use however (and most importantly, whenever!) you want?! Chances are good that you have all of the ingredients needed to make your own magical spice already waiting for you in your kitchen, so let's get straight to it! Make Your own … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons to Owning a Rental Property

This post is kind of outside my normal comfort zone but after a particularly long weekend of working on our rental property, I felt like I should share my pros and cons to owning rental property for anyone who might be thinking about jumping into the landlord arena. When our family was getting ready to PSC (permanent change of station to all you civilians out there - when the military moves … [Read more...]

Chalk Painted Kitchen Table with Banquette Reveal (Part Two)

(Be sure to check out part one of this post to get all the details on why this project made me cry plus all of the "before" photos!) You may remember that we left off with me crying over a table that I spent a silly amount of hours working on and then totally hated... But I realized at that time that I was really loving the color of the pedestal and decided to just throw caution to … [Read more...]

How ReFinishing a Table Made me Cry

When we moved into our house a few years ago, we didn't really have a whole lot of furniture.  We were young, had lived in houses that were a third the size of this one and had moved to four different states in the previous five years.  Needless to say, we've been slowly re-working or replacing pieces that we had basically bought as place holders ever since.  This is not the first time that the … [Read more...]

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...]

Pass the Love Back (Earn Money for Youth Soccer Teams)

This post was sponsored by Mondelez International as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my review. I am a huge fan of team sports and the life lessons that can be learned by playing on a team.  My kids have been participating in team sports since they were tiny little things because my husband and I are so aware and appreciative of … [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...]