6-Month Supply DIY Laundry Detergent – $21

DIY Laundry Detergent

Just whipping up another batch of DIY Laundry Detergent today and thought it was about time I share this awesome recipe!  FYI- this is the recipe for a 6-month supply, but I'm lazy, so I double the batch to make enough for a year! After using this recipe for almost 3 years, I can confidently say that it's the best laundry detergent I've used, and is surely the preference of my family.  Coming in at just $21 for all of the ingredients from Wal-Mart, this recipe cleans the clothes of a … [Read more...]

The Big List! [the aftermath of remodeling 8 months pregnant]

Our house hasn't seen a lot of blog time lately, and there's a few reasons for that: 1) we've been crazy busy with life, 2) I was studying my butt off to get the bar exam behind me (twice), 3) we got preggo, and 4) now we've had our baby boy! That said, if you follow us on social media, then you know that we've still had tons of projects going on! So, to launch back into blogging, I've decided not to overwhelm myself with trying to go back and blog about every little thing we've done. Instead, I … [Read more...]

5 Unique Ways to Spring Clean with Vinegar

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Over the last few years, we’ve ditched a lot of chemicals in our home in exchange for more natural, healthy alternatives. Vinegar is now one of our favorite products that we always have on hand. For cleaning, there are several different types of vinegar you can use depending on the task you’re completing, but for the following tasks, I like to use distilled white vinegar. Distilled White Vinegar is seriously like a miracle worker in our home. We use it for everything, and today, I thought … [Read more...]

Gift Wrap that Rocks!

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I think we can all admit that gift wrap gets a bit stale sometimes.  Like really boring.  The same patterns, the same colors, and then it all just starts to blend together.  For my most recent ladies’ craft night, we decided to make our own holiday gift wrap!  It was simple, it was fun, and now, we know that our gifts will stand out amongst the others! I purchased all of the supplies for the ladies to get started with.  I did my best to get an assortment of supplies so … [Read more...]

DIY Pinecone Holiday Garland

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My second holiday project was a simple little craft project involving just a little bit of paint, ribbon, and pinecones.  My mantle ends up not getting overly decorated each year.  This year, I wanted to add a little dazzle to our mantle with a simple, cost-effective project.  To make my Holiday Pinecone Garland, I grabbed: Pretty ribbon Scented pinecones Wire Paint of choice (I went with sparkly, but that’s up to you!) A quick, little mini-tutorial goes like this: Paint your … [Read more...]

Scented Soy, Long-Burning Candles with Personalized Labels Tutorial

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This year with the holidays approaching and a very busy schedule, I knew that I would only have a small amount of time to tackle holiday projects.  So, I needed to be strategic in my selection process.  The first project that came to mind was soy candles.  I’d been wanting to make them forever and simply haven’t gotten a chance to.  I had found a ton of tutorials only, but the easiest to follow was a “survival candle” tutorial.  I know it sounds kind of funny, but the gist is that soy candles … [Read more...]

2013 Holiday Project Line-Up

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Year to year, I hardly have had time to get holiday projects dreamed up, designed, and completed with law school exams always looming.  This year is different for the first time- no more law school!  Yay!!!  And, what does that mean?!?  I actually have holiday projects that I was able to whip up.  Now, these are a bit early for Christmas, but I just thought I’d share a quick sneak peak at the tutorials that I have coming up for this year’s holiday projects.  I’ve even incorporated some of my fun … [Read more...]

Healthy & Accomplished: How I Finished Law School, Healthy, Fit, Strong

Cutting Out the Excess

I've always been a firm believer that life is a journey. When Eric and I got married, my mom read the story, "The Station" at our wedding. It tells the story of life as a train, with stations along the journey where the train stops, but there is never an ultimate destination. It's a powerful story and that synopsis simply does not do it justice, but hopefully it conveys the idea. Life is a Journey, And Boy Do I Love the Ride My life truly has been full of varying stations, none the same as … [Read more...]

20 Terrific Closet Organization Tips {HomeTalk Curated Collection}

Zero Budget Linen Closet Organization and Makeover

Closets are beautiful.  Closets house our favorite things.  Most girls dream of that fantasy closet filled to the brim with beautiful clothing, all organized in the most beautiful way.  For most of us though... closets can be a challenge!  And, more often than not, we've got tons of stuff, stuffed into a too-small space. After more than a few closet makeovers in our home, nothing makes me happier than opening up a perfectly organized closet full of my favorite and most useful items! Well, … [Read more...]

Large & Linen (Linen Closet Overhaul on the Cheap)

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Just like with her Pantry, my good friend Lindsey was looking to maximize the storage capacity in her linen closet.  She wanted to be able to house all of her blankets, linens, extra bath products, and more… all in one convenient, consolidated location!  To talk a little more about what we did, I’m letting Lindsey take it away again! Recently I wrote a post about transitioning out hall closet into a pantry. It was such a success we decided to tackle our linen closet. Our current linen … [Read more...]