DBL’s Guide to Organized Holiday Gift-Giving

DBL's Guide to Organized Holiday Gift Giving

The holiday season is already in full swing!  I know we're barely past Halloween, but have you seen all the Christmas decor and sales already going on?  They're everywhere!  As crazy as that seems, the holiday push actually aligns right about the same time that I like to start my holiday planning and shopping. Truth be told, I love the holidays and I love gift-giving, but there are a few things that don't work well for me: the stress of last minute shopping; buying gift cards because I … [Read more...]

The Big Remodel: Dining Room Video Before

Following up the kitchen and family room before video. I have lots of plans for our dining room, but until the kitchen remodel is complete, it's a total mess! As soon as the kitchen is done, we'll be moving all of this excess stuff out and into proper places. It's kind of scary looking at a house amidst remodeling and amazing how one space can affect the entire house! We've got garage items in the dining room because the garage has been holding our kitchen cabinets. We've got boxes of … [Read more...]

The Big Remodel: Kitchen & Family Room Video Before

Kitchen Before

Yup, as promised, here's a very amateur video of our craziness that we've been living in since March.  Yes, you read that right... MARCH!  As we shared in "The Big List" post, we embarked on the journey of getting new floors in our home and ended up revealing a whole host of issues, including black mold in our kitchen.  So, new flooring resulted in a new kitchen, new baseboard, and new doors in the whole 2,300 sq.ft. house! The only way you can live semi-normally with a house remodel is by … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Pinterest Round-Up

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Hi Friends!  Here at DBL, we LOVE love!  That might even be an understatement!  While we don't believe that love should only be shared on Valentine's Day, we do believe that "Love Day" serves as a good reminder of our need to show love to those we love.  And, beyond that, it generally forces us to get creative, go outside the box, and show love in ways that we don't normally- whether it's crafting, cooking, gifting, or anything else! So, to celebrate all the LOVE in the air, one of my … [Read more...]

Interview with HGTV Star, Chip Wade!

Sometimes, really fun opportunities come your way as a blogger. Sometimes, they are incredibly exciting and very personal. For me, this opportunity came as the holidays approached. One random day, I received an email from a representative from HGTV! Say, what?!?! So cool. Anyways, they offered me the opportunity to interview Chip Wade, one of my favorite HGTV stars! The gist of the interview was totally up my alley obviously, involving DIY projects, holiday planning, and toilets. Yup, toilets. … [Read more...]

We Have a Winner… Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway

Dawn S., you are the winner!!!  Congratulations on winning your very own stencil!  With over 75 entries... the competition was fierce!  We can't wait to see what project you work up!!! You will be receiving an email shortly regarding your prize! Congratulations again!!! Ashley … [Read more...]

And the Winner is… Royal Design Studio Stencil Giveaway

I'm happy to announce that we had 107 entries for the Royal Design Studio Stencil giveaway!  That is a record number here on DBL!  And I'm even more excited to announce the winner!!! a Rafflecopter giveaway Royal Design Studio will be in contact with you to get your stencil selected, ordered, and shipped! :) Congratulations!!! ~Ashley … [Read more...]

Please VOTE FOR US- Shaw Home Flooring Contest!


If you have a minute, I NEED YOUR VOTES!!! My laundry room entry has been selected as a finalist for a giveaway from Shaw Home Flooring!!!  Please click on the link and vote for us! (no registration required... SIMPLY CLICK "VOTE") And, the best part, you can vote every 24 hours!!!  So, please vote, and then vote again… and then vote again! http://promoshq.wildfireapp.com/website/6/contests/287015/voteable_entries/56936274?wfrefid=02f6f97989b6 And, I'd absolutely love you forever … [Read more...]

Student Organization Solutions (Day 1: 30 Days to an Organized Home)


The school year is starting, and while we don’t have any kiddos, student organization is a MUST around this house!  Not only am I in school (finishing up my last year of law school), but we now have a college student under our our roof as well- my sister-in-law!  To make sure that the school year gets off to a smooth start, I rounded up my favorite student organization ideas and solutions! These tools, tips, and tricks are sure to get your students’ year started right! SCHEDULING YOUR … [Read more...]

Softer, Smoother Skin–1 Week


  Most of your probably don’t know this, but I have super, chronic dry skin.  It’s annoying, but I do my best to always keep it at bay!  My daily routine always involves a moisturizing body wash, exfoliation, and a good moisturizer after showering.  After battling dry skin for years, I switched to using body washes exclusively.  In an attempt to give my skin the best nourishment possible, I’ve tried several different, supposedly moisturizing body washes.  So, when I … [Read more...]