Making a new house feel like home

Casper and I created a combined list of items that will help make a new house feel like home.


Have you recently moved into a new home? Maybe you’ve just moved and you’re still living out of boxes. Or maybe you’re unpacked but you haven’t finished decorating. The following tips will make your blank slate house feel like a home.


1. Make your bedroom your sanctuary.


The first step to making your house a home is to create a bedroom that’s a calming, relaxing retreat.A new mattress, sheets and pillows will make your bedroom comfortable and relaxing.



2. Layer your home: curtains, throw pillows and rugs make your home feel cozy and inviting



A soft rug underfoot, curtains, and pillows really make your home feel cozy and inviting.

3. Artwork, or photographs

Your art work should be something that makes you happy. It can be a favorite painting by a favorite artist, or something that reminds you of a special memory. Photographs of loved ones or special memories are also good ideas. You can also find a plethora or affordable wall art options on Etsy and Pinterest.


4. A comfortable chair 

A comfortable chair is a necessity. What’s better than coming home after a long day at work, and sinking into a cozy chair to relax? What about enjoying a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning in that same snuggly chair? This IKEA chair and ottoman would be perfect.


5. A calming scent

Studies have shown pleasant smells help make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Having a special, signature scent can make your home feel comfortable and relaxing.


Where you live should be more than just an address. It should be a place where you feel at rest and at peace. With these tips, you can make your house a home.
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DIY Tips and Tricks: prepping for painting 


I recently painted our living room walls. It’s a big room and painting it was no easy task. 

In fact, prepping to paint it was no easy task. There were old nails sticking out everywhere from the previous owners, scuff marks, holes…you name it, we had it.

I was in a big hurry to get those walls painted, but I also knew I had some prep work to do first.

1. Fill any holes, dents or cracks with spackle. Allow it to dry for about a day, then sand it and make sure you clean away the dust.

2. Take off the electrical outlet covers and light switch plates.

3. Don’t shake the paint! Stir it with a stir stick or stir it by rolling the can.

4. De-fuzz your roller with a lint roller or tape.

5. Cut in around your ceilings, baseboards and trim first, and then paint the walls before it dries. This will prevent what’s known as “hatbanding.”

I hope you have enjoyed DIY Tips and Tricks this week.

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Make it Monday: Free printable home maintenance checklist 


We have certain regular tasks we do to keep our home looking nice inside and out.

Because there are so many of these tasks, we need a checklist so we remember them all. …and we need to remember whether we’ve already done them. 

I simply print two copies- one for the fridge and a 5×7 copy that I attach to my planner. 

I have attached a free printable checklist for you so you can see how we keep up with our regular household chores. To print, simply right click, and save to your device.


Have a wonderful week!

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Revamping our outdoor spaces


We’ve been slowly but surely working on our outdoor spaces. This past week, we had our front flower beds re-landscaped and re-mulched.

What used to look like this…


Now looks like this:


We’re getting a sidewalk poured soon and adding a lamp post. We are also going to paint the shutters.

In the backyard, I added some new plants and replaced our cheap, broken flower pots with some bright, colorful new ones.


I got some zinnia hanging baskets.


Our back porch was looking like this: cluttered and dirty



I put away the things that didn’t belong, washed the porch, and then I washed the patio and porch furniture. 


I also added some plants and cushions to the porch.


I am eyeing a rug for the back porch but I’m waiting for it to come on sale.

I am super excited about sitting out here this summer, though. 


What spring planting and refreshing have you done? Please comment and share 🙂
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Deck the Walls: How to Find Low Cost Art that Looks Great 

I don’t like to hang a lot of things on my walls,  but I do love a nice gallery wall.  I also love finding art that matches the room’s Décor,  but also stands out. Since art can be costly and I don’t have a lot of money, here are a few of my favorite ways to find cheap art that looks great. 

1. Make it yourself 

I’m not artistic in the least.  I cannot draw or paint.  What I can do is make my own subway art on Ms Word. Type it out, change the colors and fonts, print it, and frame. 

2. ETSY and Pinterest are your friends

This gallery wall is in my daughter’s nursery.  We purchased two of the prints from ETSY, while the other two were found on Pinterest.  All were printed by us, here at home. Sources listed here

3. Botanical prints: widely available on the Internet 

I love, love, love botanical prints.  If it weren’t for trying to have a little variety in the house, I’d have them in every room.  They are widely available on the Internet, and ate usually free.  I get most of mine from The Graphics Fairy. There are a lot of them on Pinterest as well. 

4. Catch the sales 
We also shop sales at Hobby Lobby and Kirklands. I’ve been known to window shop, find things I like, and wait until they come on sale.  It takes some patience but it’s kind of fun. 

5. Use photographs to create an interesting gallery 

Sites like Shutterfly have frequent specials and offer cheap photo printing. Walmart photo and Walgreens offer cost effective photo printing as well. I personally love pictures and we have them all over our house.  

What are your favorite places to find cheap art?

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Fall home tour 2016 continued: outdoors 

I’ve been wanting some mums and pumpkins,  but here in NC, the weather has just now started to feel like fall. 

When I got off work on Friday, I couldn’t find my husband’s truck key, so I loaded my van up with mums. You do what you gotta do, right? Besides, my van smelled so good afterward. 

We have this great little area off to the side of our pergola and greenhouse landing. The previous owners of our home created it, but I love standing flowers here. 

On the back porch, I simply reworked what we already had.  I exchanged summery floral Pillows for these Pillows with red and orange.  I also put this pretty mum on the side table. 

And these two sweet pumpkins brighten up our bistro set. 

How have you decorated outdoors this fall?

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A little kitchen refresh

You know how I found this super cute little tray at Target a few weeks ago in the Dollar Spot?

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I finally decided how I want to use it. I am currently using this cute little tray to corral our salt and pepper shakers and napkins on our stove.

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Not only does this look so much better than just letting them sit on the counter, but it keeps us from having to continually run back to the kitchen for everything we need.

Not to mention, it’s a tray, so we just grab it and set it on the table.

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Pretty and practical. Doesn’t get much better than that. Tune in next week to see what else I did to the dining room this weekend 🙂

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Shopping finds

This weekend, my oldest daughter and I went on a bit of a shopping spree. I had heard that Dollar Tree and Dollar General had some neat baskets and art work, but when I went to see for myself, I didn’t find them. I did find these cute “mercury glass” votive candle holders.

I used one in my living room on an end table.

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The other went to our guest bath. I paired it with another find from this weekend, a boxwood ball from Hobby Lobby.

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We had lots of success at Hobby Lobby. I found this beautiful sign that I plan to hang on the porch.

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And this beautiful sign with one of my favorite verses on it. It was only $5!

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I also found this burlap table runner, too.

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I also found these cool chalkboards that look like antique pie pans.

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There are a few more things I purchased, but I’ll show those off soon. Have a great Monday!!

 

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A little AWOL, but for good reason

Hey, all! No, I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth. I just went back to work. My students come back on Monday, but teachers started back last Friday. Since I have been either working or prepping for work for the past two weeks, the blog kind of ended up on the back burner.

We have been busily trying to perfect our back-to-school routines to make the transition easier. We do not have a school aged child yet, but she is in pre-school. She is also beginning gymnastics for the first time, so we have a little hustle and bustle to factor in as well.

One solution to stress busting before the school year starts is to plan, plan, plan. Sunday is our “get-ready-for-the-week” day. We go to church, go to lunch, and then we come home and plan meals for the week, update our family command center, clip coupons from the Sunday paper, and grocery shop. We also plan outfits for the week. This saves me so much time throughout the week!

We also try to firmly establish a routine and stick to it. I can already tell my kiddo is going to be exactly like me- very schedule driven and very routine-oriented. When her routine is off, even a little, WATCH OUT WORLD.

There are exceptions to the following schedule, of course. We go to church on Wednesday nights, and one night a week, she will have gymnastics. As far as my being a teacher, I try really hard to manage my time at school well so I’m not frequently bringing work home. It’s hard to do school work with a small child. I do usually do some sort of work on the weekends, though.

A typical day for me looks like this:
4:45 AM: Wake up
4:50- Devotional (I have been doing so much better! I’ve been reading my Bible daily for two months. Pray for me so I will continue to do this when school starts).
5:10- Run/workout
6:00- Get ready
6:30- Leave the house
6:50-4:30- Work day (includes morning tutoring- sometimes we have afternoon meetings and leave closer to 5)
4:50- Pick up Emorie
5:30- Dinner. Michael is usually home at 5:15
6:30- 8:30- During this time, we do our evening chores, take care of animals and play with Emorie.
8:30- Emorie’s bath
8:50- Emorie gets ready for bed (teeth brushed, jammies on, grab a bedtime book)

After she falls asleep, we get out our clothes for the next day, get the meal items ready for the next day and make sure our bags, etc. are ready to go. The mister and I are usually in bed by 10:30, although there are occasional late nights, of course.

The easiest and least stressful way to balance a home, a family and a career (I’m still learning to effectively do this, by the way) is to plan ahead as much as possible and manage your time well. Please share your tips for maintaining the balance, because this is something I am constantly trying to improve.

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A little AWOL, but for good reason

Hey, all! No, I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth. I just went back to work. My students come back on Monday, but teachers started back last Friday. Since I have been either working or prepping for work for the past two weeks, the blog kind of ended up on the back burner.

We have been busily trying to perfect our back-to-school routines to make the transition easier. We do not have a school aged child yet, but she is in pre-school. She is also beginning gymnastics for the first time, so we have a little hustle and bustle to factor in as well.

One solution to stress busting before the school year starts is to plan, plan, plan. Sunday is our “get-ready-for-the-week” day. We go to church, go to lunch, and then we come home and plan meals for the week, update our family command center, clip coupons from the Sunday paper, and grocery shop. We also plan outfits for the week. This saves me so much time throughout the week!

We also try to firmly establish a routine and stick to it. I can already tell my kiddo is going to be exactly like me- very schedule driven and very routine-oriented. When her routine is off, even a little, WATCH OUT WORLD.

There are exceptions to the following schedule, of course. We go to church on Wednesday nights, and one night a week, she will have gymnastics. As far as my being a teacher, I try really hard to manage my time at school well so I’m not frequently bringing work home. It’s hard to do school work with a small child. I do usually do some sort of work on the weekends, though.

A typical day for me looks like this:
4:45 AM: Wake up
4:50- Devotional (I have been doing so much better! I’ve been reading my Bible daily for two months. Pray for me so I will continue to do this when school starts).
5:10- Run/workout
6:00- Get ready
6:30- Leave the house
6:50-4:30- Work day (includes morning tutoring- sometimes we have afternoon meetings and leave closer to 5)
4:50- Pick up Emorie
5:30- Dinner. Michael is usually home at 5:15
6:30- 8:30- During this time, we do our evening chores, take care of animals and play with Emorie.
8:30- Emorie’s bath
8:50- Emorie gets ready for bed (teeth brushed, jammies on, grab a bedtime book)

After she falls asleep, we get out our clothes for the next day, get the meal items ready for the next day and make sure our bags, etc. are ready to go. The mister and I are usually in bed by 10:30, although there are occasional late nights, of course.

The easiest and least stressful way to balance a home, a family and a career (I’m still learning to effectively do this, by the way) is to plan ahead as much as possible and manage your time well. Please share your tips for maintaining the balance, because this is something I am constantly trying to improve.

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