A Better Way to Store Uno Cards
Jun06

A Better Way to Store Uno Cards

As we have submerged ourselves in all things summer, including rainy Florida days, we’re finding ourselves playing lots of card games. My older daughter loves to play Uno and Skip-Bo but my younger one, did a number on some of the cards…apparently cards taste fantastic. Who knew? But the boxes (which to be honest, weren’t in great shape even before her teething, destructive fingers did their thing) make me batty. No...

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Colorful Tween Bedroom Lighting
Sep03

Colorful Tween Bedroom Lighting

While I was in the planning process of Avery’s tween bedroom makeover, I was contacted by LEDVANCE to try out their SYLVANIA LIGHTIFY products. They couldn’t have come at a better time. I knew I wanted to add a hanging light in her reading space but was having a hard time finding the perfect, and affordable light fixture. Once I realized how much fun we could have with these products, it made our lighting selection simple!...

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Tween Bedroom Makeover
Sep01

Tween Bedroom Makeover

If you read my last post here, you saw that I managed to keep my first little girl’s shabby chic room the same for 11 years. Eleven. Actually, closer to 12 since she’s fast approaching 12 and it was done long before she made her debut in 2004. I’m finally, kinda-sorta ready to reveal her mostly finished tween bedroom makeover to you all! While I love the outcome (can’t call it final product because we still...

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A Nursery that Grew with My Daughter
Aug25

A Nursery that Grew with My Daughter

As much as I love decorating, the frugal side of me prefers to design a room that I’m sure I will love for a long time. I had that exact concept in mind when I decorated my first born’s nursery. I was never a fan of character themes and preferred girly colors that could grow with her. The idea of having to redecorate her room every few years, as her character favorites changed, about gave me hives. I recently completely...

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4th of July Party Ideas
Jun15

4th of July Party Ideas

I have to apologize for not posting in such a long time. We’ve been dealing with real life stuff that made blogging take a seat on the backburner of life. However, as we approach the 4th of July, I remembered I took photos of our crab boil last year and decided to share a few ideas with you as I slowly get my blogging groove back. I’m sharing a good handful of ideas but I love that you could do any single one of these to...

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Easter Egg Wreath
Mar23

Easter Egg Wreath

I know I’ve been MIA for a while but after one too many unfinished projects began to pile up, and subsequently miss holiday deadlines, I decided to take a blogging break until I could get caught up to life. Once I realized how little time I had between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, I made a decision to give Easter the shaft this year. We weren’t planning to host so I figured I could let it slide. Wrong. I got sick on...

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Thanksgiving Planning Tips from Frugal Fantasyland
Nov10

Thanksgiving Planning Tips from Frugal Fantasyland

As we near Fat Pants Day, I find myself hosting our first Thanksgiving Dinner together. We will have both families in our tiny little house. Eek! At nearly 40 guests, this should be an interesting soirée, to say the least. Whether you lean towards over the top formality or towards a super casual family dinner, planning is a must. If you know me, you know that it’s simply not in me to have people over and not do something...

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Top Christmas Decor Picks from Pier 1 Imports 2015
Nov02

Top Christmas Decor Picks from Pier 1 Imports 2015

This post has absolutely nothing to do with anything I’ve done aside from walk into a Pier 1 store this weekend. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post. I was scoping my favorite stores for Halloween clearance deals and of course got sucked into drooling over the Christmas stuff. Duh. I was over the moon to find so many rustic and neutral options! And then the Pier 1 sales person told me it was all 20% for a few days. Oh boy....

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DIY No-Sew Pillows from a Table Runner
Oct07

DIY No-Sew Pillows from a Table Runner

I truly do love playing with pillows when it comes to decorating. And while I love the easy DIY pillow covers I usually make, sometimes I want a design that isn’t available on any fabric. Especially if it’s an embroidered design. I generally swoon over something from Pottery Barn and pray it goes on super sale or just live without. But after recently reading another blog about making fancy pillows affordable by using table...

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Halloween Burlap Spider Wreath
Oct03

Halloween Burlap Spider Wreath

I think I’ve made it pretty clear in previous posts that I am a huge fan of burlap and other natural and neutral decorating materials. When I discovered the fun burlap owl ribbon at Wally World and made my friend her fall owl wreath, I also happened upon some burlap spider web ribbon. I decided I could use this stuff to make myself an understated Halloween Burlap Spider Wreath. Easy-peasy, right? Pfft. Making the burlap wreath...

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An Organized Fridge = Less Waste
Sep21

An Organized Fridge = Less Waste

If ever there were a post to make you roll your eyes, this is probably it. My girlfriends will undoubtedly squeal with delight at the mere thought of mixing up and disorganizing my newly organized fridge. {Affiliate links provided for your convenience.} But, before you get annoyed with my labels and such, allow me to disclaim their background. Yes, I’ve always been a weirdo who needs things a certain way. But nothing brings out...

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Burlap Fall Wreath with Owls
Sep09

Burlap Fall Wreath with Owls

  While shopping for an RCA adapter at Walmart last week, I naturally found myself in the holiday aisle and happened upon some adorable owl printed burlap ribbon. My oldest daughter’s best friend happens to love owls so I went all craft-crazy and grabbed enough stuff to whip up a burlap fall wreath with owls for her (and her mom, who loves to decorate for fall).   I used orange, brown and the owl ribbon plus a wire...

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Double the Life of Cut Hydrangeas
Aug03

Double the Life of Cut Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers to display in our home. I recently discovered how to double the life of cut hydrangeas and am beyond thrilled to extend the life of my beloved beauties! (And to make the money I spent on them go a little further!) I love the simplicity of a few blooms in a fishbowl vase. (And that this pic makes them look like a hydra-heart! But these intricate beauties always seem to turn into this way too...

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Easy DIY Pillow Covers
Jul22

Easy DIY Pillow Covers

  I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the toss pillows in my living room. Once upon a time, I purchased Pottery Barn pillow inserts with covers and may have cried a bit over how much I spent. I quickly learned to only purchase their pillow covers on clearance, but that obsession rapidly grew tiresome for me…especially when the ones I wanted generally sold out before hitting my price range. Thank goodness I have a...

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An Organized Craft Closet
Jun16

An Organized Craft Closet

My craft closet. Loud sigh. Loud. The only space I have in my entire home has been reduced to a closet. A closet. As a quasi hoarding, shopaholic, this does not work for me. At. All. Before kids and a husband (who took over my guest room/office/craft storage area), this same craft closet was somewhat tidy. I’d come up with a few ingenious storage ideas to utilize random old stuff, like a crazy cheap (err…ugly…) old dresser to hold...

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DIY Homework Desk
May28

DIY Homework Desk

Prior to my entertainment center makeover, I truly wanted a built-in entertainment center, complete with a desk for me to work from. I just couldn’t figure out how to make the proportions work and finally gave up. Fast forward to post entertainment center makeover and a lightbulb went off on another type of desk… See this empty space? Okay, it’s not totally empty. Once upon a time I banished these types of toys to the upstairs...

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DIY Monogram Decor
May15

DIY Monogram Decor

I happen to love these wooden monograms and wanted to share these great deals from one of my affiliate partners, GroopDealz. For those of you that are also on the monogram mama bandwagon, I’m sure you can find something in this sale that you’d love to add your own decor…or to give as a gift. 😉 These are all unfinished wood so you can customize them with a little DIY love to fit in with your decor. Here are some of my...

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Front Door Refresh
May13

Front Door Refresh

After I wrapped up my mostly coastal living room makeover and my favorite DIY project, the chalk paint entertainment center makeover, I got a little overzealous and decided my front door and foyer also needed a little love. There was nothing wrong with my front door or the foyer but it was about as boring as they come. I had longed for a new foyer light fixture for some time but was having a hard time finding something I really loved....

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DIY Chalk Paint Entertainment Center Makeover
Apr28

DIY Chalk Paint Entertainment Center Makeover

I promised I would go into more detail about my DIY Chalk Paint Entertainment Center Makeover in my previous Mostly Coastal Living Room Makeover on a Budget post, so here goes… Spoiler alert. I talk a lot so feel free to skim through to see the photos, or read it to possibly enjoy the riveting narration. Your choice. We had a beast of a television from the dinosaur age (circa 2001) in our budget friendly entertainment center...

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Living Room Makeover on a Budget
Apr16

Living Room Makeover on a Budget

Okay, folks…gonna do my best here to not overshare boring details but bear with me. It’s hard when I get excited over two of my favorite things…saving money and decorating! My old living room was a gorgeous Martha Stewart Fern Green with mahogany wood furniture and my drastically overpriced custom made sectional complete with a red based Pottery Barn rug (warning: I will undoubtedly annoy you with my lifelong obsession with PB). My...

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DIY Bathroom Storage (Over the Toilet)
Feb04

DIY Bathroom Storage (Over the Toilet)

An easy DIY bathroom project that gave us much needed storage space in our teeny tiny bathroom.

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DIY Ikea Accessory Storage
Jan07

DIY Ikea Accessory Storage

DIY Storage for Accessories with affordable Ikea pieces.

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Another Intimate New Year’s Eve at Home
Jan01

Another Intimate New Year’s Eve at Home

Round 2 of our intimate New Year’s Eve Celebration.

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A Few More Simple Thanksgiving Decor Ideas
Nov12

A Few More Simple Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Another simple Thanksgiving/Fall idea for your home.

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Thanksgiving Decor for the Subtle at Heart
Nov07

Thanksgiving Decor for the Subtle at Heart

A muted and subtle approach to Thanksgiving decor…

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