Mod Podge+Glitter= Fun for all Ages

A Modpodge of GlitterSome of us have a special weakness for sparkly things. Your dog has a bedazzled collar. All of your furniture has some form of bling. Your nails seem to have their own light from all the shine on them. You might be a glitter-child. Or maybe you don’t go this over the top, but you just want to be able to make something prettier with a little sparkle. Either way, your life would benefit from this handy little idea. It’s a way to be-glitter anything with a wipe of a brush. No hassle and no stress. It just takes a little bit of mixing.


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Cabinet Lighting in Your Kitchen

Cabinet Lighting in Your KitchenYour stomach just spoke to you, and it wasn’t whispering. You’re hungry! You tiptoe down the stairs for a late-night snack; it’s not something you do often, but you deserve a little treat. It’s dark and quiet, except for the wind outside. It’s blowing clouds in front of the moon, making it so you can’t see very well. You stumble quietly into the kitchen and search for the lights. You hit the second switch and a soft glow lights up the room. It’s not coming from the ceiling. Instead, the light plays from behind the glass in your cabinets, where your dishes and wine glasses rest.


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Succulent Wreath

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A person’s door says a lot about who lives there. The color, the doorknobs, how many locks, and what decorations are on it. What does yours say about you? However it speaks to passers by, a wreath says that “a warm and welcoming person with good taste lives here!” So, why shouldn’t you have one yourself? A colorful wreath made out of flowers and plants is a great choice for your door. It’s sophisticated and interesting, drawing the eye and the compliments. What kind of flowers you choose is up to you, and since you have a flair for things like this, we know it’ll look good. But why not try using succulents? Read more

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The Corner Desk

The Corner DeskYou work hard to keep your house looking its best. You keep it clean. You’ve planned the way it looks with painstaking detail. But sometimes it’s nice to know you’ve got your own corner all for yourself. This corner desk area is just the ticket when you’re overwhelmed; you can sit down and turn your back to the stress of the day and just focus on what’s in the space before you. This corner even has its own cabinet space for both storage and decoration. While this particular desk is in a kitchen (which is a great idea, as you’re using extra counter space as a work area for something other than food), this idea can be applied to any part of the house.

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Before You Build: Six things to consider

Building a home can consume your thoughts, whether it be the textures and patterns, the rooms, or just the excitement it can easily suck you in. For me, the designing and decorating processes always seem to suck me in. But here are just a few things you don’t need to forget to consider.

  1. before-you-build-a-forum-of-handy-ideas Switches & Electrical Outlets. Decide where you’d like the switches and outlets, take into consideration where the most convenient areas for this would be. For example, you’ll want two or even four in your bedroom, a few in the kitchen for blenders, microwaves and other appliances.
  2. Laundry. Figure out where you want your laundry room, whether it’ll be be close to bedrooms or downstairs. Figure out where the washer and dryer will go and where the extra laundry-room storage will be.
  3. Exterior outlets & Faucets. Do you want to put up Christmas lights? Or maybe plug in some cooking appliances or something like that?  You’ll need some exterior outlets. What about faucets? Do you have a sprinkler or maybe a kiddie pool? Unless you want to carry water buckets from the indoors you”ll need a faucet.
  4. Door openings. Think about which way you want the doors to open,  you don’t want someone to walk into your kitchen and get hit with the dining room door or someone walking down the hallway and getting hit in the face with the hallways bathroom door.
  5. Plan your budget and straighten up your priorities. Are those quartz counter-tops worth their price? Do you have enough money to splurge on them? Before starting on the house, you need to write out your budget and the things you need vs. splurge items.
  6. Line up your team. Research the best contractors, designers, painters etc. in your area and even interview them if it makes you feel more secure with them.

Here’s a video showing the process of building a small home:

But, if all else falls through you could always decide to build your own like this:

Just kidding! But that is a pretty cool idea! Have something to add? Comment Below!

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Aldi Shopping List and Meal Plan for Feeding a Family of 4 on Less Than 50 a Week

Although this isn’t an article about home decor, I figured I’d shared these tips for our readers that are on a tight budget.  After all, everybody has to eat, so why not do it in the most cost efficient manner possible.  Following are some tips and resources, including a Aldi Shopping List to feed a family of 4 on less than $50 per week!  In case you’re not familiar with Aldi, its a grocery store chain that’s big in Europe, and now has stores all over the eastern United States.  They are soon expanding to the west coast with stores in California.  They focus on value pricing and try to keep prices low by incorporating ideas like accepting only cash or debit cards in order to avoid the cost of credit card fees.
aldi-shopping-list-and-meal-planHere’s some information from http://www.mommysavers.com/my-50-aldi-meal-plan/ which has the following shopping list which will actually feed a family of 4 for under $50/week, and that too without clipping coupons!  You can visit the above link for some recipes that go along with the shopping list.

Whole chicken

1 lb. ground beef

Garlic
10 lb. potatoes
Cheese slices
Smoked sausage
Three bell peppers
Four-pack tomatoes
Tomato sauce
Tomato paste
Orange juice
Croutons
Fresh green beans
Whole wheat bread
Peanut butter
Jelly
Onions
Eggs
Rice
Whole wheat pasta
2 gallons milk
Bananas
Celery
Romaine hearts
Cucumber
Canned pears
Garlic bread

Note that a “family of 4″ could consume drastically different quantities of food depending on whether the kids are little girls or high school football players.  So, adjust for your family accordingly, and treat these examples for what they are: great examples of frugal eating!  Take these ideas, make them your own, and figure out the special deals at your local grocery store, so you can make the best of them!

By the way, if you are looking for great shopping tips to eat cheap and healthy at the same time, check out the following video:


So, do you have any additional ideas for cheap and healthy eating?  Do share in the comments below!

 

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Getting your bike ready to store

Im temptedBicycles are a big part in many peoples lives, its how you get around town, how to get to work, how you exercise etc. But when you decide to ride the bus or drive that old car you’ll need to know that there’s some things to do before just throwing it in the garage for the winter or other reasons.  Here’s a checklist of things you need to do before storing your bike away for a while, to ensure your bike will be in good condition for future use.
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The Nursery – Gifts To Help A New Mom Decorate!

ift-for-expecting-mothers-to-take-to-hospitalNew moms have alot of stress on them once the baby comes along, if its your first you’ll probably worry about how to take care of them, what could happen, how things are going to change, there are a lot of worries when it comes to a child, but one of your worries shouldn’t be their nursery.

When should it be ready?

When you find out you have a little addition on the way you’ll want to start thinking about decorating and buying furniture immediately but many mothers choose to wait. Some mothers choose to start buying the nursery furniture after they have found out the gender of the new child then put it all up closer to time. Many mothers wait till they’re 6-8 months to put everything together.  If you know a new mom who isn’t quite prepared with the nursery set up until the last minutes, the below list of items will also serve as a list of ideas that will make a great gift!

What items will I need?

  • Crib-there are many different types of cribs and various styles, and as long as they abide by the criteria (which is most of them in the U.S.) You can get dark wood, white, iron, etc.
  • Mattress- mattresses are what baby will lay on, make sure it abides by criteria and is comfy for baby.
  • Bedding- you can go wild with this, make it a solid color to match baby’s room or go with a theme that’d match the nursery’s theme.
  • Waterproof cover- this is for if baby’s diaper isn’t sturdy, basically his will save your mattress if there’s any leaks at all.
  • Monitor- a monitor isn’t actual furniture but it is a necessity if you’ll be sleeping in a separate room than your newborn.
  • Diaper pail- if you’ve ever smelled a dirty diaper then you know why this is on the list, a child’s diaper is awful and thrown in the trash to wait for trash day its a nightmare.
  • Rocker- you need to have one of these to get that sweet gift to sleep, babies love the soothing motion of rocking back and forth.
  • Changing table- a changing table for changing those stinky diapers, that way you don’t get stuck changing baby on the floor or in their bed.
  • Night light- this is pretty obvious, no one likes the dark so why not give baby some light?
  • Dresser- You’ll need somewhere to store babies clothes, and if it’s big enough you can store other things.
  • Smoke detector- this is for baby’s protection, if a fire ever breaks out you’ll want to know where it is, but hopefully you’ll never have to worry about that.

What are some nursery themes?

For Boys:

  • Jungle
  • Nautical
  • Camo
  • Prince
  • Alligator
  • Monkey
  • Beach
  • Cowboy
  • Sports
  • Sea animal
  • Trucks

For Girls:

  • Fairy
  • Princess
  • Woodlands
  • Cowgirl
  • Owl
  • Pattern/Designs
  • Hollywood
  • Flowers
  • Birds
  • Chevron

What are some need to know tips on decorating the nursery?

    • Stick to the theme.  Don’t have Winnie The Pooh sheets and Pokemon curtains. Sure the baby won’t know the difference, but wait till their kindergarten buddies start teasing them when they see pics:)
    • Buy furniture that can double as something else in the future. For example, a crib that doubles as a day bed, or a glider that looks like your livingroom furniture.
    • Don’t go too overboard. Don’t buy the most expensive sheets and stuff because sheets will be pottied on and beds will become too small.
    • Use blinds, blackout curtains etc. to keep the sun out when baby sleeps.
    • A dresser that doubles as a changing table will save space and money.

Want some videos to guide you in designing the nursery?

Here’s a neat video that shows how to make a nice tree along with owls with just scissors, tape and paint! I absolutely love this!


Here’s a video with some money saving tips for your baby’s nursery!

Have anything to add? Comment below and let me know what your nursery looks like or what items you love from your nursery!

 

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