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How to budget + answers to money questions

Snow ball

Thanks to Dave Ramsey’s ELP program for sponsoring this post! The first month after we paid off our mortgage, Andy and I each got to choose a splurge. It was also my 30th birthday, so I asked for a splurgey turquoise leather handbag that I love so much we affectionately dubbed it “The Precious.” (As […]

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Easy wire word art

Easy DIY wire word art

Well hello there. Meet my little wire word art. You kinda already met the concept, in Erin’s nursery: When I showed you the wire words over Erin’s crib in the room reveal, I got a lot of questions about how she did it. SO EASY, you guys. The little “hello” took us about five minutes. […]

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How to make a DIY Faux Fur Rug (!)

This is genius! How to make a faux fur rug!

I like to think I am a girl of moderate intelligence. You know, the kind of girl who can follow a recipe and end up with food that’s moderately edible. Turns out I’m the opposite kind of girl. I don’t know what’s going on, guys, but it’s been one pinterest-recipe-fail after another lately. I’d totally […]

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Reveal: Anselm’s Itty-Bitty-Budget Super-Personal Moody Neutral Nursery

Accessories for a boys nursery

At church last weekend I got to hold this squishy little man, breathe in all his newborn baby-ness and watch his sporadic pacifier smiles. I think there might’ve been a sermon, too? I don’t know? I will hold all the babies and stare at their faces. So hard. That’s my friend Erin’s baby boy, Anselm, […]

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How to build custom closet shelves

DIY closet shelving tutorial!

I’m sorry for taking so long to share the tutorial of how we built the custom shelves in my closet! The honest truth is that when we were building these, I thought intensive construction tutorials would just not be your thang, so I didn’t take awesome photos at the time. But I obviously have no […]

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Anselm’s Reading Nook

Reading nook

Just don’t even try to out-nerd my childhood, guys. I’ll win the nerdiest-childhood-competition every time. I’m sorry, it’s just not even a fair fight. I wore headgear to school. That junk builds character, y’all. I read Reader’s Digest in elementary school, and I wore mismatched socks on purpose. (It’s a little fuzzy to me whether […]

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Raised vegetable garden so easy a 4-year-old can do it!

Filling a vegetable garden bed

Thanks to Miracle-Gro for sponsoring this post! My black thumb has been well-documented and established… …So when I see friends growing their own organic vegetable gardens, I just sigh wistfully and go fork over $400 for a head of organic lettuce at the grocery store. I mentioned to my mom that I wanted my 4-year-old […]

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25 best places to shop for home decor fabric online

Waverly April in Paris Sugarplum

“How can I get my very own Andy?” That’s the question I probably get the most often. I’m trying to figure out a way to clone, bottle and share him, but in the meantime I can only apologize for snatching him up unfairly and share a bunch of awkward photos of him to help you […]

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DIY Crystal Ball Chandelier

DIY crystall ball chandelier

There was a time in his life when my husband would’ve balked at the idea of a crystal chandelier in a closet. He would’ve said that it doesn’t make any sense — chandeliers are for dining rooms! — and why don’t you just use one of those nice boob lights? (He wouldn’t have known the […]

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Introducing Anselm’s Room

color

Okay, I know I still have lots more to tell you about my closet makeover, like how we made that little crystal chandelier, but I want to switch gears today and talk about another project I’m working on. ‘Cuz I just wanna. So I have this beautiful friend, Erin: …who I met last year when […]

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“Put on Love” free printable + taking a controversial stand

Perfect art for a closet: "Put on Love," from the bible verse in Colossians,

I don’t advocate public nudity. I don’t like to get too political on the blog, but I’ll take this opportunity to clarify that I fall in the “opposed” column when it comes to going the grocery store in your birthday suit. Look how brave I am! Not afraid to take a stance! So if you […]

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DIY slide-out scarf and belt organizers

DIY slide-out scarf organizer

Did you know that every single day in our country, millions of scarves and belts are thrown on floors in the dark corners of closets, marginalized by society? Even the lucky ones with a place to hang are often forced to share hangers with lots of other scarves… hangers made for CLOTHES. NOT SCARVES. There’s […]

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The wallpaper situation: this is not normal.

Wallpaper Seam

Whoever said wallpaper is hard to install lied. BOOM! Yeah, I said it. Of course, this assumes you’re working under the following conditions: You’re installing on a tiny wall. With no corners. And no lightswitches. And your wall is PRECISELY two wallpaper widths wide, so you don’t even have to cut it. And your husband […]

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*Girly-Glam Closet Makeover REVEAL!*

Vintage horse hook!

Y’ALL! I’m SO EXCITED about this day!! I have a new favorite place in the entire planet, and you are invited to come party with me there. It’s my newly updated closet, which suddenly feels like a sketchy and awkward place for a party, but it’s nothing you and I can’t overcome together. I promise […]

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Big Fat DIY Chandelier FAIL.

metal leaf garland

Sometimes DIYs go swimmingly, your whole world is rocked and you develop a false confidence that if you can make lights like this… You can do ANYTHING! “Bring it on, world!,” you shout from rooftops! And sometimes, you think you have a brilliant idea and this happens. Yeahhhhhh. That was supposed to be the DIY […]

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