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    5 Fall Decorating Tricks To Give Your Home Cozy Vibes

    I have learned a few tricks to give my home cozy, fall vibes without using fall-specific home decor. It’s a subtle, but surprisingly effective approach. Other than Christmas, I don’t keep much seasonal-specific decor on hand. I’ve never had room to store those items and tend to skew a bit more minimalistic on the decor spectrum anyway. It’s a good thing for me that there are some easy tricks to make my home look and feel ready for fall without having to hang an “it’s fall y’all” sign. (No shade intended.) In fact, you might like these ideas so much you use them all year. That’s what I do. My…

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    Vacation Week

    Hi! I’m taking a vacation week to spend time with family before school starts! I can hardly believe how fast this summer is flying by. Before I know it we’ll be back to our school routines and we’ll be missing these carefree days of summer. I’ll be back next week with fresh new blog posts! Until then, please follow along on Instagram or Facebook to see what we are up to this week. If you’d like a few things to read while I’m away, try one of these favorites: Copycat Dave’s Killer Bread Recipe Living in Ireland: Practical Advice for Americans How to Make a DIY Brass Pumpkin How to Remove Ring Around the…

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    Vacation Week

    Hi! I’ll be off the blog this week because we have family coming to visit! How fun is that? It will be the first time we’ve seen one of our siblings in years. YEARS! I’m sure I’ll have something to post on social media stories this week, but I don’t know how that will play out yet because the week is unplanned. We do hope to show them some of the local New Jersey sights though. Yes, my deliciously snarky readers, there are cool places in New Jersey to check out. At least one or two. To see what we are up to this week, please follow along via Instagram or Facebook.…

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    Spring Break 2022

    Hi! I hope you had a lovely Easter if you celebrate. This is finally our Spring Break week! Does our Spring Break feel late to you? It feels late to me. I’ll be taking this week off the blog to do some fun stuff with the family. I’m not sure if I will be posting stories every day to Instagram and Facebook this week, but I will if the mood strikes! In the meantime, if you’d like something to read, here are some light-hearted blog posts from the archives that you might enjoy. Bird Nest In A Shoe How I Accidentally Got My Kids Excited For College 7 Funny Truths…

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    Aren’t Bedside Wall Sconces the Best? And How We Make These Lights Work Without Electricity.

    Aren’t bedside wall sconces the best? I’m not speaking from personal experience so much unless you count hotel stays. It’s probably why I like staying in hotels so much. Those rooms have something my bedroom does not have – bedside wall sconces. When I say bedside wall sconce, I don’t care much about the actual location of the wall sconce as long as I can reach it with my arm without moving any other part of my body. Yes, I’m that lazy. Above the bed or next to the bed is all fine for me when thinking about bedside wall sconces and their location. The beauty of bedside wall sconces…

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    Thanksgiving 2021

    Does anyone else feel like 2021 has flown by? Perhaps it is because the first half was just a blur as we slogged our way through the Covid-19 pandemic. I’d say we are still slogging our way through it, but with many more tools in our toolbelt. Thanks, science! This week I’ll be taking time off the blog to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family. One of the things I’m thankful for is that you have spent time engaging with us over the blog and social media during this last year. The DIY rollercoaster is always more enjoyable when our online friends (Yes, you!) can join us for all the ups,…

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    Mid October Break

    Hey folks! I’m taking a mid-October blog break because rest is important. Handy Husband and the kids are off of school and work parts of this week for Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day. I’m joining them in doing…I’m not sure what. Ha! I’m sure it will be fabulous though. If you’d like something to read from the archives, I suggest one of the following: Travel: Opus 40 in New York  (The Opus 40 folks shared what I wrote when it was published.) How to Fix the Waistband “Gap” of Your Jeans Turn Old Board Games Into Coasters I’ll see you back here next week with fresh, new blog posts.…

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    A Deep Breath Before School Starts

    I’m taking this week off the blog to take a DEEP BREATH before school starts. My daughter starts high school later this week. My son starts middle school next week. You can bet we’ll be celebrating the start of those milestones! But maybe not the early bus schedule. Lord have mercy. My kids were not in a classroom at all last year, so this is a big adjustment back to whatever we are calling a return-to-school these days. The real world? Our new normal? At a bare minimum this adjustment is going to involve my kids wearing real pants and not pajama pants to school. It’s a real bummer when…

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    Summer Break Part 2

    Hi! I’m taking a summer break this week to chill out, have some fun, and hang with the family. In the meantime, here are some posts you might enjoy reading! 3 Thrift Store Mirror Makeovers to Try – This post has shot up on Pinterest lately. Dresser Makeover with Brass Details  – This dresser is hardworking and has been used in multiple places in our home. Bowling Ball Lawn Orb – Another Pinterest favorite. This is not my project. It is my stepmom’s! She’s very creative and I like sharing her projects here. Also, did you know bowling balls are not recyclable? That’s why repurposing them is important! If you’d…

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    DIY Cellophane Faux Sparklers (Mega Frill Picks)

    Time to get festive, folks! Let’s DIY cellophane faux sparklers. These could also be called mega frill picks. What are frill picks? Those fancy toothpicks restaurants stick in your sandwich. I wasn’t fancy enough to know that term until I Googled it, so I’m calling these faux sparklers. Tomato, tomat-oh. Either way, they are easy to make and so stinkin’ awesome to decorate with for the 4th of July or any holiday, really. New Year’s Eve, I’m thinking about you! All you need to make these cellophane faux sparklers or mega frill picks are wood skewers, cellophane in your desired colors, scissors, and tape. Here’s the tutorial: DIY Cellophane Faux…