Get fresh floors for CHEAP with vinyl plank

cat walking on vinyl plank

Before we sold our house (3 days after putting it up for sale!), we had a laundry list of things to do in order to appeal to a variety of potential buyers. Selling your house ain’t easy. Even if it sells fast. And I rarely say “ain’t”. After deciding to sell, it took about a month and a half to get all these things done with our busy schedules, a toddler and two big dogs. (And cats, but they don’t bother us until we want … Continue reading

DIY: Plastic bag holder

Plastic bag holder/dispenser

Hi! I’m here! It took 3 weeks, but we now have internet. It’s cellular and has upload and download limits from 2002 but, luckily, Bell Fibe internet is coming to our street. We’ll be kissing these cellular butts goodbye soon, with any luck, and for a ridiculous cancellation fee that — unfortunately — will be totally worth it. Yesterday morning after the husband and son headed off to the farmer’s market, I had some strange inspiration. Since moving in, plastic bags have had no place. (This is true in our environment, too, which is why … Continue reading

DIY: Crib Rail Cover

I recently learned that I am raising a gerbil: I’m open-minded and an animal lover so this would have been fine, until I read one comment on a forum where someone said her kid chipped his tooth gnawing a crib rail. That and I don’t like my young boy eating paint. I needed a cover! I decided to use fleece (it’s cushy on the chompers) but wasn’t sure on just tying it on. Could he pull it up with his little bunny teeth (switching rodents), … Continue reading

DIY: Turn any old box into pretty storage with craft paper!

Upcycle an empty box into cute storage with craft paper!

Baby boy is getting some (supervised) independent play time lately. I love watching him figure things out lately. He is learning so much, it’s no wonder his head is getting so adorably big. That and he needs his 5th haircut… I finished sorting through teeny tiny baby clothing in his dressers and closet, so today I decided to upcycle an empty box while I watched the kid do his thing. We needed a place to keep a few diapers in the open of the nursery. Normally I’d use … Continue reading

DIY: Muddy Mutt Mitts

DIY Muddy Mutt Mitts

This Share Saturday is inspired by a great tutorial for Mud Puppy Mittens — I found it last night and made my own muddy mutt mitts today and I am so glad I did! I’m always looking for ways to keep our house in order. With animal family members, this can be a task — though the cats are pretty OK until 3AM when they either meow at the walls or lick our heads. Otherwise, we have two large dogs. When it’s rainy, we have a big, gross dog paw towel by the back door. Ew. So upon discovering … Continue reading

DIY: Upcycle an old nightstand to bathroom storage for free!

nightstand to bathroom table upcycle

Remember 2 years ago (sure you do!) before I was a wife or mom when we found a bunch of old junk on the side of the road? I finally got frustrated enough at the ugliness of the nightstand we got in that haul to turn it into a pretty one to use as bathroom storage. You can do the same, or simply refresh an old nightstand for a bedroom — and all for the low, low price of $0!   What do you think? OK, … Continue reading

Wow! Old Dresser to DIY Vintage Bench Pinned 2000 times!

DIY vintage bench from old dresser

Awoke to see that our old beat-up dresser to pretty vintage bench post has reached 2000 pins on Pinterest! UPDATE: 3000+ a week and a half later! :O Thank you thank you thank you! That makes me very happy! And to think we found it for free on the side of the road. Best! Soon I want to make a simple upholstered bench out of an old coffee table we have for the foot of the bed or even for our small entryway. More on that after… And … Continue reading

5 Ways to Stop Wasting Your Fruit

fruit smoothie pink

Since John’s been around, I’ve made a smoothie almost nightly to make sure I get in the fruit servings I miss out on during the day. It also keeps away the evening snackies and as such it’s been a lot easier to get rid of my pregnancy weight than I’d expected. My skin is also clearer than ever (uhh, except this giant pimple near my lip I happen to have for the first time in months as I write this), and now that John likes to play … Continue reading

How to fix a broken makeup compact

broken makeup compact

Ever have this happen? I did about two weeks ago. Whoops. Luckily this mattifying powder was on its way out and I already have a new one in the cabinet waiting… but since I found a quick fix on Pinterest a while ago for this, I decided to test it out. Leave it open to air dry overnight. Did it work? While it didn’t work out exactly as planned, I did get a lot more use out of this compact — in fact, I’m still … Continue reading

39 weeks: The final mugshot? Please? And Fitbit progress!

Here’s hoping these are the last bump selfies you need to see of mine. As noted on the Instagram version of this picture, Casey has been following me around non-stop. This isn’t totally unusual as she’s a big needy dog, but it’s definitely been amplified this last bunch of months. Junior does not seem to know anything’s different, except that he no longer dares to jump up on me with his giant paws. This week I’ve been making a lot of progress with Fitbit. I’m … Continue reading