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Welcome party people! I'm so honored to have you link up to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party tonight! Summer is now in full swing, and I'm still trying to find our summer groove. Having the boys out of school and home full-time always throws me for a loop for the first month or so. Our biggest battles so … Read More...

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Review of Iberostar Paraiso del Mar

Last week, my family headed south to enjoy a much-needed vacation at the all-inclusive resort, Iberostar Paraiso del Mar. My husband and I have visited 5 different all-inclusive chains and we really appreciate the Iberostar model. We had an AMAZING time last year celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary at … Read More...

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Spring Makeover Reveals

If you like a good before and after, then you will enjoy today's post! Today I'm sharing 10 Spring Makeover Reveals executed by bloggers and Lowe's volunteers! As you might recall, I was chosen by Lowe's along with 9 other bloggers to travel to 10 different cities around the country that were hit hardest by … Read More...

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I just returned very early this morning (3:30am) back home from a family trip to Mexico. I love hearing first-hand reviews of resorts, so I'll write a post this week telling you all about it in case you're interested. We had a great time, but it's also good to be home! Why is it that we seem to need a … Read More...

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Tutorials & Tips Link Party {212}

Welcome to the Tutorials & Tips party! Before I forget (because I already forgot once today when I forgot to include it in my original post---gah!) I have a $100 Kirkland's gift card up for grabs and the odds are very much in your favor! Click here to enter! If you’re new to the party, a special … Read More...

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Refresh Your Mantel for Summer

Thank you Kirkland's for sponsoring this post! The days are long and sunny, the kids are out of school, and dining outdoors is now the norm. Welcome back beloved summer! If you are a regular around here, then you know I love to frequently change my mantel decor with the seasons. Last month, I shared my … Read More...

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Husband

Father's Day is rapidly approaching and if you're a procrastinator like me, then you haven't really given it much thought yet! AND if your kids aren't old enough to do much in the gift-giving department, then it's time to begin thinking about how to honor the baby daddy in your life! Sometimes it is just fun … Read More...

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Zebras for Zephan

I have typed and deleted this post at least 100 times. I avoid getting too personal on my blog because it's just not what I typically do, or what I feel you are particularly interested in seeing over here. But today I'm taking a break from decorating tips and DIY tutorials to share with you the story of my … Read More...

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Tutorials & Tips Link Party {211}

Hello my favorite group of bloggers! Welcome to the Tutorials & Tips link party. Oh how glorious it is that summer is here once again! I adore the beginning of summer when the anticipation of vacations, barbecues, s'mores, picnics, kayaking trips, beach dates, and ice cream cones is at a fever pitch. My … Read More...

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How to Build a Box Beam Mantel

What do you do when your order for a beam mantel--that you really need STAT for a makeover--is mysteriously canceled? You forge ahead and make your own! Today I'm going to show you step-by-step how to build a box beam mantel. This mantel has the look of a rustic beam and is relatively easy and inexpensive to … Read More...

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Lowe’s Screen Porch & Deck Makeover Reveal

Disclaimer: I partnered with Lowe’s to bring you this makeover. All opinions, words, and photography are my own, or my friend Grosgrain's.  Last week, my friend Kathleen from the blog Grosgrain and I headed out of town for a Lowe's makeover campaign. With the help of some Lowe's volunteers, we completed a … Read More...

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Tutorials & Tips Link Party {210}

Welcome to the Tutorials & Tips link party! I trust that you enjoyed the long weekend and the first tastes of summer! If you've been missing the party features around here, so have I! Features will be up this Wednesday so be on the lookout for those. If you're new to the party, a special welcome to … Read More...

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Yogabed: Good Sleep Can Come in a Box

Many of you know that I am one of the team members for the Haven Conference which is a DIY/decorating blogger conference that takes place in Atlanta each summer. This year we are excited to welcome Yogabed as a new Haven vendor! I always like to have firsthand knowledge of the products Haven is supporting, so … Read More...

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Screen Porch and Deck Makeover Plan

A few weeks ago, I announced that Lowe's was doing a fun "Bleak to Chic" campaign for 10 families who lived in cities that were hard hit by winter. Ten bloggers were chosen by Lowe's to design and implement the makeovers with the help of Lowe's volunteers. Each blogger was assigned to a different city around … Read More...

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Tutorials & Tips Link Party {209}

Hi everyone! I'm currently out of town working on a Lowe's makeover for a family living near Newark, NJ. I'm excited to share their porch reveal with you next week. If you are new to the Tutorials & Tips party, a special welcome to you. This is a weekly gathering place for bloggers to share their best and … Read More...