Home & DIY

Dream Backyard Update – Enbrighten Cafe Lights

This post was sponsored by Enbrighten, all opinions are my own. #ColorChangesEverything #ad Spring is here, and there’s nothing I love more than prepping the backyard for the warm summer nights where we can grill every night, watch movies on the deck, lay under the stars and make s’mores together as a family. If you’ve […]

Gorgeous White Shed DIY with HomeRight

If you didn’t already know, we are pretty OBSESSED with projects around here, and honestly it’s all thanks to my handy hubby [Nick] who encourages me to take on projects and get my hands dirty learning from him. And one of the biggest projects that he decided to take on this year was building and […]

Best Friend Gift Ideas with Jurassic World

This post is sponsored by Universal Brand Development and Mattel, and all opinions are my own. #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop Who Says Dinosaurs are Only for Boys!? Who Says Dinosaurs are Only for Boys!? Last month my clever girl, Jade came home from school singing a song all about the dinosaurs. “D-I-N-O-S-A-U-R spells dinosaur, the Br-onto-saur-us, the […]

The Curtis Thanksgiving 2018

The affiliate links used in the post are used to monetize this site. Thank you for supporting my site, by purchasing things you love using these links! It’s that time of year again and if you didn’t already know, I LOVE to host Thanksgiving. It my be my culinary school background, my love for tablescapes […]

We’re Expecting!!! Baby Curtis #2 Due in 2019!

Although a lot of my life is public and I love sharing the majority of my behind-the-scenes moments on my social media accounts… There are a few things in my life that are very private. Mostly because they are hard and scary, and also because I have a hard time talking about those types of […]

5 Ways to Create an Unforgettable Summer Sleepover

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PowerYourSummer #CollectiveBiasSchool is officially out, summer is finally here, and Miss Jade has basically been begging us to go camping every night. While we do have a trip or two planned for later in the summer, I thought […]

Easter Tablescape 2018

Easter 2018 Easter was one for the books this year! As many of you know, the majority of my family lives in Southern California so holidays around here are usually spent with our friends. But with General Conference and Easter happening on the same day I was SO excited to hear that my little sister and […]

Christmas Home Tour 2017 – 5 Tips on How I Decorate My Christmas Tree

Christmas is here and so is my 2017 home tour! I’m excited to spread a little Christmas cheer in the style of a Candy Land themed Christmas! Keep reading this post for details or watch the whole tour on YouTube here: One of my favorite things about decorating my tree and home for Christmas is […]

5 Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Ugly Sweater Party This Christmas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerrySpritzmas #CollectiveBias The holidays are a time of get-togethers, making spirits bright and of course, ugly sweater parties. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and also the busiest. So, if you’ve been wanting to host a […]

The Curtis Thanksgiving 2017

Can you believe it’s Already December? Where has the year gone!? Jade is officially back in school and it’s time for me to get back to blogging more regularly, so I thought I’d share a Thanksgiving update from last month! Thanksgiving at the Curtis Household has kind of turned into a “Friendsgiving”, before my brother […]

5 Tips For Decorating Your Tech Center

The kitchen desk, command or tech center, whatever you call it they can be a beast to decorate. If yours isn’t enclosed (most aren’t) and is open to other rooms you’ll definitely want to take notes on my 5 best tips to decorating one. Just look at the lifeless before picture above.  By adding a spunky gallery wall […]

Christmas Brunch – Orange Waffles and Syrup Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplyHoliday #CollectiveBias For me, Christmas is about being together with my family, sharing in our traditions, eating amazing food, seeing all of the kids’ excitement and feeling the love of each moment is what this holiday is truly about. This year the pressure is on […]

Ghostbusters GNO Movie Party and Tablescape

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #CatchMoreData #Ghostbusters #CollectiveBias About once a month, I need a good girls night with my girlfriends and I LOVE hosting (hostessing?). With Halloween right around the corner, a spooky-themed girls night in, where we could hang-out, eat healthy treats, watch […]

Home Tour: Curbing Our Yard

Over the past year we have worked (Nick has worked*) our tails off designing and building what I like to call my “Dream Backyard”. It has everything needed for outdoor living and entertainment including a hot tub, outdoor furniture and string lights (my personal favorite). But with SO much of our focus spent on the backyard, I […]

Home Tour: Half Bath Refresh

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DesignedMega #CollectiveBiasI can’t believe we’ve been living in our house for nearly two years, and my half bath had been untouched in the decoration department. Since it’s the only bathroom on our main level, it gets the most traffic (especially from guests) […]

It’s My Party, I’ll Cry If I Want To…

We were in Idaho a few weeks ago to celebrate the engagement of Nick’s brother. I was so excited for them, until I found out the date of the wedding… June 10th, on my 30th birthday. For reals? SERIOUSLY?Sharing my birthday with my Brother-in-laws wedding wasn’t what I had in mind for my 30th birthday. […]

DIY Beard Bib Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Mach3Signature #CollectiveBiasWho else HATES having beard hair in the sink? Anyone? Anyone? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that my husband has a gorgeous beard, but who knew that man-scaping one’s face could be so messy?! Before we shared […]

How to Organize A Customizable Closet

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeYourClutter #CollectiveBias When I quit my job as a Salon Manager (to be home with Jade) four years ago, I had NO idea that I would become even more OCD about my house. Like, All. The. Time. If […]

Pool & Beach Bag Essentials for Summer

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #FindYourSparkle #CollectiveBiasSpending time outdoors with an only child can be tricky, and usually goes a little something like this: “Mom!” “Hey Mom!!” “MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY!!!” Which is why I LOVE mommy and me playdates, Jade plays with her friends and I’m able […]

Laundry Room Organization Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #allfreeclear #CollectiveBiasWe built our house just over a year and a half ago and after decorating my laundry room, I never got around to setting up organization systems. It was recently covered in piles of dirty laundry and linens, clothing that […]

How To Play Kubb//Outdoor Living

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #tastehydration #CollectiveBiasWith the weather warming up over the past few weeks, my husband Nick and I have started prepping for outdoor entertaining by cleaning our deck, watering the lawn, planting shrubs and pulling weeds. I would rather do the yard projects earlier in […]

How To Polish and Care for A Wooden Banister//Pledge

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyPledgeCastle #CollectiveBiasOne of my favorite things about our house is the wooden banister. When we built our home, we asked that they leave it unfinished so we could stain it and seal it ourselves. It was one of the most […]

DIY Planter Box//Scotts EZ Seed®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveYourLawn #CollectiveBias My husband and I are BIG do it yourselfers. We find that by being handy we are able to do more projects to our house than if we were to pay someone else to to them. Also, […]

Easter Brunch Party//Starburst® Jellybeans

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StarburstJellybeans #Kroger #CollectiveBias With Easter happening in March this year (less than two weeks after St Patricks Day) I wanted to get a head start and get all of my Easter to-dos finished well in advance. I didn’t go […]

Bathroom Organization Tips and Tricks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WindexMovieNight #CollectiveBias #PutSomeWindexOnIt Every time I see a bottle of Windex® I can’t help but think of the dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. What is it about accents and different cultures that is so entertaining? I’m sure its […]

DYI Board and Batten Wall

Do you remember how we were so gung-ho about finishing our basement? Then we did electrical and noticed a seam between all of the connecting drywall in EVERY ROOM?! Exhibit A:    So it was kind of a big set back as we needed to have it patched, sanded, repainted and then the holiday’s happened. So […]

Five Ways to Beat Mommy Guilt // Galaxy leggings

I’ve been living a more active lifestyle now, as a 29 year old (with mommy and wife duties that take more of my time than any full time job I’ve ever had) than ever before. Somehow, during my busiest time of life, I find time to eat clean, work out 5 to 6 days a week, use […]

Christmas Tree Decor 2015

First let me just start off by recognizing that this post (about Christmas) is well over a month behind. In my defense, I did have the video tour up on YouTube last month, watch it here. I just got busy with work, trips, parties, family… you know how December goes!? So, I finally took down […]

5 Ways To Encourage Potty Training at Bedtime

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HuggiesNewYear #CollectiveBiasMy daughter resisted potty training for almost nine months (I started trying to potty train her at 2 1/2 years old) and she was’t having any of it. I finally gave up on the prizes, stickers, and candies. […]

Christmas Cards with Pro Digital Photo

Christmas time is here and I’ve just barely decorated the inside of my house and tree, like just finished yesterday. Keep in mind, I usually have my house lights and tree up before Thanksgiving, so this is VERY behind for us over here. Ever year I switch up the color scheme, decor and my Christmas cards […]

New Years Eve “Masquerade at Midnight” Tablescape

Its not New Years day until the clock strikes midnight, which is why I planned this party all around a theme I’d like to call “masquerade at midnight”. If you have little ones like me, finding a sitter on New Years Eve (who can stay past midnight) can be a challenge. My potential plans this year (after I get my little one […]

How to Take Family Photos in the Snow

Capturing the “perfect” family photo in the great outdoors can be a challenge, but since Christmas cards aren’t going away, lets go over my simple tips and tricks to getting the photos that you want this season.Step One| Make sure to set the appointment with the photographer weeks in advance. This way you’ll have no way to […]

How to Creatively Gift A Giftcard

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #eHolidays #CollectiveBiasWhen your husband has three brothers who like expensive “toys” its very hard to buy Christmas gifts for them (especially when you’re limited to a certain dollar amount.) This year in the gift exchange, guess who’s name I got? The PICKIEST of all his brothers: Picky-Mick-Pickerson (names […]

Sparkling Water “Mocktails” Party with SodaStream

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WaterMadeExciting #CollectiveBias Can you believe that there are only a few weeks left of 2015? Who is eating everything in sight and counting down the last days of the month before their “resolution” starts? I used to struggle with my weight […]

Woodland And Buffalo Plaid Themed Cookie Exchange

This party has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HostingHacks #CollectiveBias Hosting A Cookie Exchange Creating a warm, welcoming environment where my friends can mingle and enjoy a night in is a passion and honestly, it’s my thing. One of my personal preferences whenever I host a party is to have real […]

How to Set a Glamorous Woodland and Copper Tablescape

Don’t you love Thanksgiving? Its one of my favorite holidays because I love dinner parties and for me this is the big one. With my parents in town for Thanksgiving this year, I was able to tag-team this gorgeous tablescape with my mom. When I say “tag-team” I mean I bought all of the pieces and she […]

Plaid Tidings & Christmas Carol Karaoke with Red Baron Pizza

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EasyHolidayEats #CollectiveBiasEvery year I host an annual Christmas themed “Girls Night In“ (kid free of course) for a few of my favorite ladies. This year I wanted to switch it up from the traditional “Ugly Sweater” and “Ornament Exchange” themes and planned a “Plaid […]

Curtis Thanksgiving 2015

I LIVE for Thanksgiving! For me, its all about the food, presentation and atmosphere. I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by wonderful friends and family (even those who weren’t here) and for the helping hands of everyone who made yesterday a beautiful and memorable day.The tablescape was a “Woodland meets Copper” theme and it […]

Copper and Woodland Glam Thanksgiving Tablescape

I am so excited for Thanksgiving, its basically the biggest dinner party in America (and all around the world) and the whole day is about being grateful for what we have and for the beautiful people in our lives. Before I get into all of the fun things I found and will be using on […]

Home Tour: Living Room and Banister

Welcome to the front room of my house! Because I’m almost finished decorating my Christmas tree and banister for Christmas, so I thought this was the perfect time to show how this very bright and clean room look during the off season. As you noticed I went with all white paint and trim for the walls. […]

Secret Sister Gift Exchange

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftingAMemory #CollectiveBias Have you guys seen that “Secret Sister Gift Exchange” floating around Facebook? You know the deal,  you send a gift to one person and then you get 6-10 friends to participate so you’ll end up with 6-36 […]

Hosting Thanksgiving // 5 Tips For A Memorable Holiday

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, I wanted to share my 5 tips for hosting Thanksgiving as well as three different looks that could inspire you for setting your own Thanksgiving table this year! No. 1 Make a Plan PLAN, PLAN, PLAN! Whether this is your 1st year hosting Thanksgiving or your 30th, plan out what […]

Home Tour: Entry table and Family Room

I just wanted to do a quick tour of my entryway and Family Room/TV room before I bust out all of my Christmas decor. Did you guys see the spooky gallery wall (Click Here to see it) I did? I love Halloween and all things spooky, but I also love decorating for Christmas, an I can’t […]

Home Tour: Kitchen and Dining Room

Welcome to the heart of my home, also the room currently tied for first place (with the laundry room) in my home. When we were in the process of building and making the selections for our home a year ago, it seemed like everyone (the builders, the sub contractors, the painters, neighbors and their dog) had the same […]

Home Tour: Laundry Room

Honestly, I used to loath my laundry room. The only reason I’d go in there was to tackle the never-ending vortex called “laundry” and get out of their as quickly as possible. It was one of the most boring rooms in my house and it was time to give it a makeover. Then I did what most design crazed persons would do, hopped on Pinterest and scoured […]

Halloween Home Tour at Moms House

I recently spent some time at my parents home in California and I just have to say how much happiness (and happy holiday memories) I get from seeing all of the fun decorations my mom has been using since my childhood. AND, can you believe all of these painted decorations were hand-painted by my amazingly talented mom. If you […]

Pirate-Themed Halloween Decor and Party Ideas

Every year we throw a Halloween dinner-party, and every year we change up the theme. Everything from the invitations,  the food, the games and even guests costumes go along to match. And every year I realize how wonderful our friends are to go along and humoring me, and as you can imagine, we always have […]

How To Organize Your Kitchen Drawers

One of my favorite things ever is opening a cupboard or drawer and seeing everything inside nice and neat. In the past I really struggled keeping drawers organized, then I vowed never to have a “junk drawer” again. Here are my top five tips for keeping your drawers organized.  Step one: Use systems When I […]

Black and Orange Halloween Tablescape

I absolutely adore Halloween, but it wasn’t always that way. I was a HUGE Christmas fan (I still am) and I remember feeling chest pains when I spent money on creepy, scary black home decor… It so wasn’t my thing. But thanks to a very good friend of mine (and roommate from 10 years ago) […]

Halloween Gallery Wall and Entry Table

Even though my house has been decorated like this for nearly a week, I decided to post these spooky pictures on October 1st to start this month off right! But lets talk about Halloween, its slowly becoming a bigger and bigger production at our house. Every year I add a few more spookies to my […]

Home Tour: Master Bedroom

I was hoping that my master bedroom would be the easiest room to decorate in our new house. My plan was perfect, all the furniture was from our last house (see it here) so it was pretty much ready to go. The only problem was the white furniture on all white walls. I was nervous that it would be too much […]

Dream Backyard: Deck & Fireplace

Remember a few months ago, when my backyard looked like this… (click here to see) Well friends, I’m happy to give you the latest update to show you how things are coming along since then.So, I just have to brag on my very handy husband (again) for this GORGEOUS deck he built! He has worked so […]

How To Paint Perfect Lines – Indigo Batik Accent Wall

 I feel like painting a anything in your house is the easiest way to add DIY-er to your resume. Seriously though, if you can paint, you’re basically a DIY-er. See how easy this is? And its such a fun way to make a bold statement at a very reasonable price point. I have recently teamed up with […]

The Little White Hutch (Ikea)

This little white hutch was built by yours truly. I’m quite proud of my accomplishment as its the one and only thing I’ve ever build (without Nick’s help) and its still standing! It actually used to hold all of the towels in our last house, because that home didn’t have any cupboards or a linen […]

How to Wrinkle Release With Steam

I’ve partnered up with Home Right to review their stream machine, mostly because I dislike ironing so much that I haven’t used one in over a year. I’ve got to tell you, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this was to set up… almost too easy. I’m actually one of those people who will read […]

The Easiest Way To Stain Concrete

I am SO excited to have partnered up with my friends at HomeRight to teach you all the EASIEST (and fastest) way to stain concrete. But first lets go back to the beginning… Remember this? Its the stamped concrete pad and path in my backyard. I wanted to stain it to match the color of […]

Backyard Transformation

This is my backyard, er WAS my backyard. And we have some BIG plans to turn this space into our Dream Backyard. You can’t really tell but the level of the ground near the black gate is about three feet lower than the rest of the yard. The yard also slopes up to a hill […]

Chalk Paint Dresser Reveal

The time has come my dears… After 6 months of sitting in the garage this beautiful French provincial dresser had been reunited with my daughters room and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. But first lets look at how it was before I got my crafty little hands on it with some […]

DIY Chalk Paint for Less

So a few weeks ago I was shopping around for chalk paint to refinish a dresser for my daughters room. I was blown away when I came across $21 for a 16oz jar of Annie Sloan chalk paint (and that was before shipping and tax!) You guys, thats the size of a water bottle! And that didn’t include […]

Easter Tablescape

Easter totally snuck up on me this year. I mean, we JUST had St. Patricks day a couple weeks ago! Honestly, I’m still needing to take down my Valentines decor. Hey I have an idea, lets make Easter the same day every year (no surprises) who’s with me?! Anyone? Anyone? Bueller…Bueller… Lets talk about this gorgeous tablescape […]

The Barn Door

I’m not really sure how this post slipped through the cracks, but I HAVE A BARN DOOR!! You know how some attached bathrooms are just open to the master? Our master bath and closet are that way. It is really annoying to get ready for bed, while the person in bed is asking you “turn off the […]

Black and Gold Valentines Brunch

I know Valentines Day is supposed to be about loving your lover and all that mushy other stuff (that I love so much.) But I kept getting this feeling that I wanted to do something special for girls only, just for fun. Then I thought to myself, Self. What if we (myself and I) set up […]

Glam Valentines Day Decor

One of the most depressing days for me is January 8th, also known as the day Christmas comes down. I seriously wish I could leave up Christmas until April! I suppose I could do that, but that would be like branding myself the crazy Christmas lady in the neighborhood. Now, I have to get so pumped up […]

Real Pantry Organization

One of the very first projects I did when I moved in my new  house was wallpaper my pantry, priorities, priorities my friends. Then I hit up IKEA, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target,  bought tons of containers, clear shoe boxes, OXO containers and lazy Susan’s (these are the tools to make systems.) I then used my […]

Systems and Tools for Organizing

One of my favorite things is opening up my cupboard doors and loving what I see. I like seeing and knowing where all of my kitchen things are and having systems in place to keep it that way. How do I do this my friends? Tools. And Systems. Tools and systems. First lets talk about systems. When […]

Mocktails & Merriment

Just because I don’t drink alcohol, doesn’t mean I can’t have the majority of my beverages in a martini glass, right?! I am so obsessed with glassware and fancy looking drinks that I hosted a mocktail themed Christmas party. I wanted to share my love for fancy glassware and miniature cheesecakes with all of my girl friends for […]

Temple Square

I currently live about thirty minutes south of Salt Lake City, which makes a particular Christmas tradition very convenient: Visiting the lights at Temple Square. Temple Square is best known for the LDS Temple  as well as the rich history of the pioneers who founded Salt Lake City. I think its a beautiful place all year (its literally one of the cleanest cities ever!) […]

Christmas Card Wreath

Are you getting less Christmas cards sent to you in the mail and more e-cards via social media and email? ME TOO! With only a few Christmas cards here and a few more on the way (the month isn’t over yet), I wanted a festive way to display them without it looking too sparse.  I saw this […]

Clean Stainless Appliances with Microfiber & Water

I totally know that I am super late to the game, but have you guys heard of this stuff? The Norwex towels. They are microfiber clothes that have extremely fine strands of silver woven into them. The silver makes the microfiber antibacterial and antimicrobial, literally sanitizing and removing all of that yucky yuck (bacteria/germs) without spreading it around. […]

Rustic Wooden Table Runner

Have you ever decorated a space, stood back and thought: Wow, I made this. I rock.  I am loving the rustic glam look this season. I actually love it so much I feel like it could easily continue as part of my regular home decor though spring, or maybe even LONGER! I actually commissioned my husband to make […]

Christmas Bambi

This was my front yard a few weeks ago. It was literally all of my lanterns randomly scattered on the front porch, with the majority if them hidden behind the columns. I’m pretty sure my neighbors thought I was running a orphanage for lanterns. Just to clarify, I wasn’t. I finally assembled these adorable lantern hooks from Target […]

DIY JOY Marquee

I recently went to a Do-It-Herself workshop at the Home Depot where we “learned” how to make these marquee signs. I say “learned” because I didn’t get to do anything besides listen to an unenthusiastic employee apologize while she informed us that This is more of a demonstration than a workshop. What the!? Whatever, I’m not letting […]

DIY Paint Stick Nativity Stable

Why is it that new project inspiration hits when I’m running around like a decapitated chicken and always the day before a big event. So there I was cleaning and decorating, (for the neighborhood cookie exchange) and as I was dusting my Willow Tree Nativity this idea (followed by a brief conversation) popped into my head.  “Hey, I should […]

More Than A Christmas Tree

You guys, Christmas time is finally here! Well, technically its been Christmas time at my house since November 10th, only because its only my FAVORITE time of year. The way I see it, if I were to start decorating in December I’d only be able to enjoy Christmas decorations for one month, and I’m so […]

Kitchen Cabinet and Drawer Organization

Read about the whole thing here.

How to Organize Your Entire Kitchen

Organization isn’t a universal thing, is so different for each of us. There are those born with the knack, while the rest of us don’t even know where to start. I was the latter (just ask any one of my childhood friends) I was a total slob. You know, things like stuffing dirty clothes into curtains […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the only holidays that isn’t about giving gifts, its all about family, friends and of course, great food. This year was a little unique because we weren’t able to visit my family out-of-state, instead we hosted a turkey feast at our place with our friends. With my right-hand woman Melanie and I in the kitchen […]

Home Tour: Tech Center

One of my favorite things about my new house is having a tech center right off the kitchen. In my old house, we used a bedroom as an office and it was not very kid friendly. While I blogged my daughter was corralled in her room Lord of the Flies style. Now I can do my thing while […]

Dining Room Light

OMG! After buying (and having my Hubby hang all) three different chandeliers I’ve finally decided on one! Which was just in time because when my husband was hanging this orb chandelier he informed me that he wouldn’t be hanging up anymore. The things we do for love, right? Lets step back for a sec. Remember my post […]

Herringbone Backsplash

Okay friends I am so excited to show you how my new kitchen turned out. But first I want to thank my husband who sponsored this project. Not to mention the countless hours, meticulous detail and dedication for it to come together perfectly.  Like the rest of the women on Pinterest, I’m OBSESSED with white […]

3 Tips for Staging

Recently I was asked to do the props for a movie written and directed by Mazer Media for Gardener Village. Even though it was my first time on set, I felt right at home staging everything. And because I love, love LOVE you all so much, I wanted to share my top 3 staging tips. (This […]

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days

WARNING: One of the images in this post is extremely disturbing and will not only gross you out but could possibly traumatize anyone who has not yet dealt with crap like this (pun intended) while caring for a child. And now back to my: Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days. Sometimes its a miracle […]

Tissue Paper Tassels

  I am LOVING these tissue paper tassels, they are everywhere. But, instead of paying $10/each on Etsy, I invested $3 (total) and made my own. And what better occasion than the celebration of my daughter Jade’s second birthday!   To make these lovely tassels you’ll need: Colored Tissue Paper Self Healing Mat A Large Clear Ruler (can […]

Devine Peel & Stick Wallpaper

Have you guys seen this stuff?      I LOVE, LOVE, L-O-V-E the Devine Color stick-and-peel wallpaper from Target! It looks like paint without the taping and the mess of paint. Check out my very white pantry transformation after using this magical stuff. Amazing right… RIGHT!?! Check out the pantry video before and after here.   I […]

Home Tour: Jades Room

  Now that my daughter is two, she’s practically a woman. If you have a sassy two-year-old you know what I mean, its just a phase, right? Anyhow, it was time to decide on a full or queen sized bed. I ended up going with a queen size for the following reasons:   1. She has a rather […]

Dining Room Inspiration

If you’ve seen my latest YouTube video, you’ll know that I’ve been on the prowl for beautiful home decor. I’ve been looking for inspiration, pinning and shopping like a maniac. So hopefully it all comes together like I envision. I saw this picture from Home Depot.com (of all places) and fell in LOVE!  From the rustic trestle table […]

5 Red Flags to Avoid in Dating & Relationships

I’ve been thinking about my past dating relationships a lot lately. Some of my relationships were great while others were down right scary, red flags lining the entire thing. Looking back, I can see those red flags so clearly and wanted to share my TOP 5 relationship red flags. If my thoughts help one person remove themselves […]

5 Ways to Sell Your House Fast

When it comes to selling a home everyone wants to get near asking price and for it to happen quickly. To do this effectively, it can be invaluable to use the advice of some professionals that know the ins and outs of real estate. So sit back and check out the five tips that helped us sell our […]

How to Fold Towels like Bed Bath & Beyond

DIY Burlap Ribbon

I hate working with burlap. Its messy, its itchy and it never seems to lay just right. Despite all of the cons of burlap, the cuteness of it has me mending our relationship and trying to work harmoniously with it at events (or at least appear to.) I recently learned how to cut it in such […]

The $42 Yard Make Over

With spring upon us, its time to start going outside more. I went outside last week and saw this horrific site, yikes. This sad little yard needs some TLC and fast. First of all, it looks embarrassing and also because we’re getting ready to list it. (But mostly because it looks embarrassing.)  One of the best […]

DIY Wall Moroccan Stencil

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the accent wall I recently did in my office revamp. Even though it looks intricate and very time consuming, its only time consuming. I was actually planning on hand stenciling the entire wall, but after three hours and an aching back I decided the center area was just […]

Office Makeover

  Before and After!   Our home office was one of the first areas that we “furnished” when we initially brought this home. “Furnished” meaning: filled the room with the biggest furniture that $500 could buy. As time went on I focused on other rooms in our home, almost suddenly it was four years later and […]

Maleficent Mocktail Party Tutorial

In honor of Disney’s Maleficent coming out in May I decided to throw this mocktail party. Grab your Lords and Ladies—it’s time to party! There won’t be any cute cupcakes or finger sandwiches at this event. We showed you how to throw a candy-coated children’s party, but now it’s time for the grownups to have […]

How to Host a Maleficent Mocktail After-Party

Don’t stress—Allow me to show you easy-to-find, affordable decor to design a party that will wow your guests, and give you recipes that knock traditional mocktails on their hineys. The only thing you need to do is mark your calendar for May 30and watch the trailer to get eerily excited for Maleficent!  Lock your kids in the tower, […]

Roasted Raven Sandwich

I have always loved the story of Sleeping Beauty! Maleficent (surprisingly) has become one of my favorite characters, she just seems so classy for a villain and I like that. I might have to cross-stitch that into a pillow: “Classy & Evil”      These darling twine tied sandwiches were one of the cutest things from the […]

How I Really Feel About Valentines Day

For many past Valentines days I would say the same thing concerning the matter: that the entire day/idea/theme was dumb and over-rated. Another one of those over-commercialized holidays: yet another way to spend lots of money (crazy-high prices for roses and chocolates) and a way to “force” people to tell others that someone cared about them.  […]

How to Decorate A Graduation Party for $36!

I was recently approached by a good friend who wanted my help on a graduation party for her husband, he had recently graduated and didn’t want to walk. After all of his hard work she wasn’t about to let that happen! So being the clever girl that she is she devised a plan… She asked […]

DIY Valentines Day Wreath

Okay team, I have spent countless hours on pinterest. I just thought I’d get that out there in the open. Anyway, I was looking for a simple Valentines Day wreath and couldn’t find anything that looked like a (do it in an hour or less) easy project. So here’s what I came up with…. Ta-Da! Pretty […]

DIY Valentine’s Bunting

This year I decided to make bunting (out of fabric) for my mantle to honor St. Valentine (Disclosure: that is a lie)… To make my house less depressing because all my pretty Christmas decor is down and boxed for the season!  This garland was a pretty simple project and I liked that I was able to […]

{Free} Printable Checklists

If you are like me then you love, LOVE lists. There is something so satisfactory about crossing things off of the list that makes one feel like the worlds most productive person ever! One problem to consider, the average notebook or pad of paper is less than visually appealing (first world problems, right?) So, I’ve created […]

Under the Sink Organization

I used to struggle with keeping underneath the sink organized and accessible. I would clean it and within a matter of months it would be a disaster again. The key to keeping a space like this organized or any space are the systems. I LOVE systems because they get everyone using the space on board with keeping […]

Pantry Organization 101

    I recently had the opportunity to organize a very large pantry and it was such a fun project! It was fun for two reasons: First there was more food in that pantry then l have ever seen in any single pantry. Secondly, it was a bit of a difficult space because it had […]

Modest Trashion Show

A Trashion show is a fashion show where all of the materials used are 100% recycled. So basically we were dumpster divers for the sake of modest fashions, and it was totally worth it! This activity was a 10 hour personal project of a young woman in our church. Our church has a really great youth program that teaches us […]

How to Clean a White Sofa

  Today I want to seriously discuss a dirty topic: dirt. Its reeking havoc in homes across America and sadly its going to keep reeking. So sad.    Look at following photo of this sofa. If you are not a very detail oriented person you might not think anything of it. You might have missed the […]

Christmas Theme 2013

  I know, I know Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet and I’m already decking the halls. It makes me happy to think that after spending a week with my husbands family for thanksgiving I get to come home to this instead of stressing out about holiday to-dos.    So this year I decided to go […]

Jade’s 1st Birthday Photo Shoot

I recently had my daughter’s one year photo shoot and I could be happier with how they turned out! So a BIG thank you to CrystalSpencerPhotography for doing such a fabulous job. I wanted to go with the bright rainbow colors and kept it pretty simple by decorating with balloons and a red chair. I […]

DIY Hardwood

Since I’ve been on the home renovation kick I thought I would share some more DIY hardwood pictures with all of you!But first things first, in all of the excitement I forgot to take a photo of the before with furniture so here is one without it. You can even see that the carpet on […]

Organization 101: Freezer for $6

I have really needed to tackle organizing an odd space, my freezer. I measured the shelves and new what size I was looking for, and where did I find the perfect bins you ask? Dollar Tree!     For $6.00 + tax I was able to buy six bins that fit perfectly into my freezer […]

DIY Wood flooring in a Day

 So nice right?! Now lets go back to the beginning   Even though our house was built in 2007 (relatively newish) it had a really dark palate throughout a few of the rooms, while others were very light. The master bedroom was not only dark, it started getting the annoying wake-up-the-whole-house squeaking floors.   So my handy husband decided […]

How to Sell Your Car Fast!

It only took about one week with a new baby to realize that our Jeep had to go. With zero trunk space and new mommy duties, this car caused more frustration than anything else. I loved this car and would say it was my most favorite car (or thing) I’ve ever owned, may she live […]

DIY Designer Headbands

    I LOVE the shabby chic, boutique looking headbands but don’t love the price. So, I decided to make a few of my own. I made seven headbands total and only spent $14.03 on supplies! Considering a similar one from a boutique was on sale for almost $50 I’m feeling pretty good about it!   […]

Mustache Mason Jars

I recently hosted a baby shower for a friend and decided that bow ties and mustaches would be the perfect theme. I don’t have a little boy, but if I did this is what I would have chosen to use. The best part about this project is that it took around 60 seconds to complete. For […]

Organization 101: Cleaning Your Kids Closet

    Having my baby was such a whirl-wind of emotions in the beginning. I felt overwhelmed with my new baby, overwhelmed with lots of baby stuff I “needed” and many visits from family and friends. I found myself just piling the clothes and toys while I attended to other more pressing matters, like the daily blowout […]

DIY Yellow Ribbon Rainboots

If bazillion were a real number, that’s how many compliments I’d get from wearing these adorable yellow ribbon boots. I am constantly stopped at the mall, grocery store, post office, frozen yogurt shops anywhere really and asked:  Random person: “Vhere did you get zose fabulous boots?”                       […]

Vintage Hydrangea Wreath

  After finishing the panes on my vintage window project I decided to decorate it with a vintage style wreath. It was WAY easier than other wreaths I’ve done.     For this project you’ll need: 1 Grapevine wreath Burlap ribbon 3 hydrangeas  Glue gun First, start by cutting the hydrangea stems off so its just the top of the […]

DIY Board and Batten

I’ve seen board and batten everywhere lately and I am loving it! So, I decided to put it on the wall behind my kitchen table, and the results were even better than I imagined! Did I mention I was able to complete this project for under $50?! Well, I was. Here’s what I used: Particle board trimming: […]

DIY Window Panes

 I recently added a pallet accent wall to my half bath. I wanted to keep the theme on the vintage/country side so I decided to use an old window to decorate. One problem, the window was just a blank window no panes, so I added them.Here is what you’ll need: Small pieces of wood aka: Barbie 2x4s […]

Organizing 101: Kitchen Drawers

The first thing to do when organizing is to think of how you could make the space more functional. What things to you use all the time? What things only get used on special occasions or holidays?   Separate the kitchen tools into two piles: Used all the time and rarely used. (Find a new home […]

Organizing 101: Create More Space

  There are many reasons to get organized : Better utilize your space Everything will have a place It’s more functional It looks better Since having my baby, I have been feeling like my life and house are so cluttered. I decided to organize things to see what I could do with my space and my frustration. […]

Felt Pom-Pom Tutorial

Who doesn’t LOVE an easy-ish project? These pom-pom’s are one of the easiest DIY flower I’ve ever done.  I made them for my easter wreath and they were an easy way to “fill in” large areas on it. For this project you will need: Multi-colored felt Fabri-tac fabric glue Scissors   Cut out a 4″ […]

Felt Rosettes

I am a big DIYer and when I see something crafty I like, I usually think “I could make that.” I have seen these adorable felt rosettes on pinterest, esty and in boutiques and here is my tutorial. I made them for my Easter wreath, but they would be adorable as headbands or hair pieces.   For this project you […]


   If you couldn’t tell, I’m more than a little obsessed with this project. I would say the main reason is because it was all my hubby up to this point. He dug the pallets out of the snow, loaded them up into the truck, broke them down, cleaned them off and started piecing it all together. […]

The Prep – Accent Wall

For this project you’ll be using a lot of warped wood from the pallets. So, to make it look the very best, you’ll want to make sure to use a flat black paint on the back to make sure it hides the wall behind it.       If you look closely at the bottom, […]

Pallet Accent Wall

       I really wanted to add a little something to my guest bathroom so I decided to do a pallet accent wall. I would classify my decorating style as french country meets pottery barn (but more affordable.)           Here is a quick before and after of the bathroom. I literally […]

The Perfect Pallet

   I really wanted to add an accent wall to my half bathroom. The first step was finding the perfect pallets. These beautiful pallets came from my husbands parents house in lovely Idaho.     They have been weathering and becoming discolored for over 5 years and (as you can see) we even dug a few […]

Valentine Garland

          I was such a procrastinator this year and started decorating for Love day last night. I would have scrapped the whole idea except I really wanted to make a cute garland for Valentines Day and it couldn’t wait until next year.  Although today is Valentines Day I still wanted to share this Valentine Garland […]

Kitchen Upgrade: Backsplash

Adding a backslash is an inexpensive and easy way to add style to your kitchen.  The picture below is of the counter without the backsplash, mostly to give you an idea of what it looked like before. (Gee, if I only knew a couple years ago that I was starting a blog…) I saw a […]

FREE 12 Months Onesies Template

        I’ve seen a few of these for sale here or there but I didn’t LOVE, love any that I saw. So I created these super sweet onesie printable or iron-on ones for my daughter Jade. (PDF below)        I also have to add that I initially planned to print them on iron-on paper for Jade but […]

CrafterNOON: Lace Mason Jar

                     I love the cozy/vintage feel that mason jars bring to the table and I think these would be the perfect accent to any holiday display. I’m sure you’ve seen something similar, but I wanted to share my SUPER easy lace mason jar tutorial. You’ll Need: […]

5 Homemade Stocking Stuffers

  My family decided to do ALL homemade gifts for Christmas this year. I was a little intimidated by this task at first but after seeing all of the inspiration on the internet I feel like I can do this! I thought these homemade gift ideas from Martha Stewart were really clever and wanted to share. I […]

Keep Crib Bedding Clean Longer

      Anyone with a baby learns very quickly what a pain it is to wash crib bedding all the time. Sometimes messes, spit ups and blowouts can be multiple times in the same day (can you tell I’m a new mom?) I personally hate washing crib bedding, its not so much the washing as […]

Thanksgiving Table and Menu

    Here is the menu that I used for Thanksgiving this year. It was nice to have one printed off while we cooked and another one displayed. It was a collaboration of ideas from our family friend Nate and myself. Nate is one of my husbands best friends and went to culinary school at UVU, he […]

How I Paid Pennies for my Designer Nursery

   The second I found out the gender of my baby my brain was 99% focused on how to decorate the nursery. I started looking for inspiration at my favorite place: pottery barn. I quickly realized my “dream nursery” was going to cost me over $6,000… That is when I decided that wasn’t going to happen, […]