There are two things I feel like I need in my house at all times.
Fresh flowers and scented candles.
Today I am sharing one of my new candle loves Glint Candles. This is such a great concept you guys! Do you ever love the scent of a candle but not the packaging or vice versa? I have that issue. I like my candles to add to my decor and have a scent I love at the same time.
Here’s how Glint Candles works.
• Choose your candle size
• Choose your scent
•Choose your stamp
All candles are 100% soy and handmade with essential oils or high quality soy based fragrance and have a cotton wick.
The fragrance selections are unique and sport fun names like “Quick & Dirty” or “Man of Few Words”. I love the stamp choices too. They are pretty quirky and fun!
Here’s some of my favorites:
I decided to go with their limited edition Valentine’s Day candle. What can I say? I was in a lovey-dovey kind of mood. I choose the Summer Love scent made up of cherry blossom blended with apple, hydrangea, and a splash of peach.
This candle smells pretty tremendous! It smells natural and not too perfume-y. I love cherry blossom and it has just the right mix of fruit and flower added in.
Now you can enter to win a custom candle from Glint Candles!! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below.
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You can also follow Glint Candles on Instagram and Pinterest.
Oh, and seriously– the couple behind Glint Candles… ADORABLE! You can read all about them here.
I’d like to thank Glint Candles for providing my candle for this review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
Just one more thing…
I’d love for you to come over to my friend Julia’s blog Cuckoo 4 Design today. I’m blog crashing for her Living Pretty with your Pets series. If you need a quick cute puppy fix– this is where you need to be!
I’d like to thank HomeRight for sponsoring this post.
I got my painting on this weekend. We worked more on the boys’ bedrooms. Let me tell you something! This was the quickest and easiest paint job ever! What made it that way are my HomeRight PaintSticks.
You will also have a chance to enter to win your own HomeRight EZ-Twist and get details on how to enter The HomeRight EZ-Twist Challenge.
I saved sooooo much time! For example, this wall in my son’s bedroom only took me 2 minutes to paint! Are you curious?
Here’s the scoop! The HomeRight PaintStick is designed with saving time and eliminating mess in mind. As you can see, I didn’t even put a drop cloth down. I didn’t need to.
Here’s how it works. Your PaintStick comes with a fill tube. You place the fill tube directly in your paint can and it clips to the side.
Then, you place your PaintStick on the fill tube and pull the handle back and it feeds paint into your PaintStick.
As you roll your paint on your walls you just press the bottom of the paint tube when you need to add more paint. It goes on even and smooth and the roller is lint free.
So easy! I love this so much because you aren’t making a mess using paint trays and dripping rollers. You also are not wasting any paint, because what you don’t use in your PaintStick you can just add back into your paint can. Such a great product!
I saved so much time painting the walls that I was even able to paint the ceilings and all the trim!
The HomeRight PaintStick comes in 3 options. The HomeRight PaintStick is great for walls and ceilings. The HomeRight PaintStick Mini is perfect for smaller jobs or tighter areas. The Homeright PaintStick EZ-Twist is the latest and greatest. It also comes with a paint can cover.
The makeovers on the boys’ rooms are coming along. I don’t want to give away too much yet, but I have one little boy who is very happy and loving his new desk we surprised him with last night.
We got a few things off the list so far for this makeover:
Paint walls, ceiling, and trim
New area rug
New light fixture
Build storage & shelving
Now you have a chance to win a HomeRight EZ-Twist PaintStick! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to enter.
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Being a HomeRight Brand Ambassador, I get to share the HomeRight products I love with you guys and today I get to share an exciting contest too! Now that you know all about how great the HomeRight PaintSticks are– HomeRight wants to see your projects!
All you have to do to enter the contest is make a short video showing how you used your HomeRight PaintStick and feature your project.
The PaintStick EZ-Twist Challenge runs from today, March 3rd-May 30th.
And the prizes are good!
1st Place iPad Air 64 G WiFi version (valued at $699)
2nd Place $200 Cash
3rd Place $100 Cash
For your videos: PaintSticks, EZ-Twist, and Minis are available at Amazon, homedepot.com or Lowe’s.
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For more PaintStick inspiration check out the HomeRight Brand Ambassadors:
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This is a sponsored post. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
WOW! So, another month has come and gone! At the end of every month, I like to recap and highlight our projects, decor, plans, and happenings. February was FREEZING! I am getting anxious for some warmer temps and being able to work on projects in my garage once again. Thanks for joining me on our DIY and design adventures!
I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art to add some more color to my living room. It is inspired by artist Piet Mondrian’s original abstracts and a print at Lulu & Georgia.
We had our annual Valentine’s Day family dinner and I shared some craft ideas, our tablescape, and tips on what to splurge and save on when it comes to your table.
Since it was Valentine’s Day, I shared some DIY gift wrap ideas to add a personal touch to your packages.
Entry ways are the first thing people see when they enter your home. I shared my tips for creating a budget-friendly yet chic entry way.
We have a new addition in our living room. You can read my review of our new rug from Rugs USA and get all the details.
I teased you a bit with a peek at my office that I am making over in our unused space in the basement.
I hatched my master plan to be sneaky and add in some pink into my living room for spring. I’m waiting to see if the boys say anything…
I love it when I can share the products and brands I love with you guys!! Best job ever! I have 2 giveaways going right now for you guys!
The fine people at moo.com gave away 2 sets of business cards to 2 lucky winners! I will be announcing and contacting the winners today! It may be YOU! You can read my full review of my moo.com business cards.
GOING ON NOW! I shared my review of the new HomeRight SteamMachine Plus Multipurpose Steam Mop. This thing is A-MAAAAA-ZING! You don’t want to miss a chance to win this baby!
I was featured in my area newspaper this month. It was so great to share how much I love what I do and be featured locally.
I also want to thank all of you for the nominations and votes in Apartment Therapy’s The Homies Awards. You guys make my heart so big! It is an honor to be recognized with so many talented DIY and Home bloggers.
I just finished looking at my plans for March. There’s some good stuff coming up! I have a couple more giveaways lined up for you guys and I can’t wait to share them.
I also will be working on…
OUR BATHROOM REMODEL
THE BOYS’ ROOMS
SPRING REFRESH IN OUR MASTER BEDROOM
MAKING OUR LIVING ROOM MORE COLORFUL
AND look what came today for our bathroom and kitchen…
I better get to work!!!!!
Let’s all wish that March is a much nicer month as far as the cold goes! Have a wonderful weekend buddies!!
I had some fun in the studio yesterday creating some art for my living room. If you weren’t here Tuesday, I shared my color inspiration for spring. Well, I tackled my first DIY for “project color”, this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art.
I studied a lot of art in college. When I saw this Mondrian Love Print on Lulu & Georgia while browsing– it took me back to those days. I just knew this was going to be my first DIY for this space.
Mondrian Love Print from Lulu & Georgia
Original Piet Mondrian art looks like this:
Print available on art.com
I love the color blocking and line separations. The Lulu & Georgia version is a fun take on a classic. I thought this would be a good way to bring some of my color inspiration into this room.
And, yo! All you need is a thrifted frame and paper…inexpensive!!!!!
To make this DIY art you will need:
(5) 8.5 x 11 sheets of colored cardstock
1 gold piece of poster board (I tried to find smaller shiny gold paper but this was all that I could find.)
2 sheets of art quality paper
scissors, glue, artist tape
1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 computer paper
pencil and ruler
Design the pattern. The first thing you will want to do is make a template for your shapes. I just used a 8.5 x11 piece of computer paper and drew out my design with a pencil and ruler. Then, I cut out each shape and taped it back in place with artist’s tape so I wouldn’t lose my design. I didn’t feel like putting the puzzle back together…
Cut it out. Now that you have all your shapes, you can trace them onto your cardstock. I just chose my colors as I was going. Do what feels right to you. Each time I cut one out I taped it back in place.
Glue it. I glued each piece in place on a piece of artist quality paper. It is thicker paper and good quality. Once that was done, I glued that paper to a larger piece of artist’s paper so I would have a white background.
Add separation lines. The final touch is to add your separation lines. I cut equal width strips of my gold paper and glued them on.
Isn’t that easy?! I love the color play and it looks pretty darn fab for just the cost of paper and a thrifted frame.
I will be doing a lot of inexpensive DIY art for my art wall that I am adding to the living room and I will be sharing it as I go.
Here’s where my DIY Mondrian Inspired Art is hanging out until the install is ready.
As I shared yesterday it all started with these roses…
Linking here: Be Bold Challenge, VR Rock What Ya Got, Best of Nest, TDC Before & After Party
Tomorrow we are sharing the Best of February…
….Ooooh! The State of my Living Room…that was very presidential of me!
One thing leads to another…
Being a design lover and DIY thinker, I find inspiration everywhere. Recently, I purchased some blush pink roses for my home to beat the winter blahs.
When I buy fresh flowers they migrate with me to whatever room I’m hanging out in. Does anyone else do this? Is it weird??
Well, this Saturday morning, I was hanging out in the living room with my roses and Dave reading the paper and inspiration struck. You may have seen my picture on Instagram.
It made me realize how badly I want to put some more color in this room. It also made me realize how it needs to be pink. I love a touch of pink with black, grays, and whites.
Then, we strolled over to the flea market to pick up the desk we purchased for Bman’s room and I got more inspiration.
Then, my friend Julia over at Cuckoo 4 Design shared her latest DIY art and it reminded me of an inspiration image I had pinned to DIY and totally haven’t gotten around to doing yet.
Artist Maurie Hartel via Bona Fide Amor
So, for spring I am adding in some more pinks, blacks, and grays, and even more gold to this room. I feel like the universe is telling me to do so.
And I don’t know if you noticed but my Lust List last Friday was full of rose, pink, and black inspiration…
I am seeing my living room through rose-colored glasses (which I think totally fits my optimistic nature). I have some DIY projects planned for this space to bring in some much-needed spring color! They are going to cost next to nothing because I am light in the decorating wallet right now due to some upcoming expenses. Pillows, an art wall,. and more…
Here’s some more DIY art ideas: DIY Black + White Abstract Art, DIY Placemat Art
Do you have something that recently inspired you to add something into your home decor?
I’d like to thank HomeRight for sponsoring this post.
Howdy! Today, I am talking about love. The kind of love that comes from a husband…and a steam mop.
I am sharing my favorite new HomeRight product, the HomeRight SteamMachine Plus. You will also have a chance to win one of your own at the end of this post!
The SteamMachine Plus Multi-purpose Steam Mop is an ideal tool to use on floors! It is a natural, safe, chemical-free way to clean. It kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria including e-coli, salmonella, and staph. The handle also folds down for easy storage and the steamer is handheld too. It comes with an array attachments to get the job done. It isn’t just for floors though, it has so many other features.
Before, we get into all that…let’s talk love.
Love is a man who will change out of his pajamas on a relaxing Saturday morning to stand on the front steps of your home in broad daylight with the front door wide open to take pictures of his wife mopping the floor and might I add — doesn’t even think twice about it –so you can get this shot:
Love is also realizing that a steam mop can get your floor even cleaner from the day before when you mopped it with a regular mop and cleaner…
This was just after mopping one pass! At first, I was a little upset. Not at the steam mop…(pssst! I love you steam mop!!) more at the fact that I just mopped this floor the day before.
So, I had to ponder:
a) I am not as great as a housekeeper as I have always thought.
b) That my kids are just really that dirty and track in that much grossness in a day’s time
c) That this HomeRight SteamMachine Plus ROCKS.
i totally think it’s C. Let’s talk this out.
My entry way is used a couple of times a day. We have a jute rug that covers the floor and catches all the stuff that the kids and Zoey, our puppy, bring in.
So, to give this steam mop the true test of clean, I used it on this floor that I just mopped the day before…just to see…I wasn’t even going to blog it…I was going to use it on my bathroom floor that I knew was ready for a clean.
So, here’s the bonus. You are just using steam. No chemicals or cleaners. It sanitizes and cleans. I am becoming a quick believer that steam is the only clean.
The HomeRight SteamMachine Plus is really easy to use.
one–detach and fill the water tank
two–attach the water tank, plug it in, and turn it on
three–wait 25 seconds or less for the blue light to turn on…that means it’s ready
Another feature I really love about this steam mop is that the mop attachment is angled and it swivels so you can fit in corners and along walls easily.
I was pretty amazed at how much grossness came off the floor. Once you are done, you can just pop the mop pad in the wash for future uses. It also comes with another mop pad so you are ready to go!
You can take the steam machine out and use it as a handheld steam cleaner too. It can clean all kinds of things. Grout, hard to reach areas, countertops, tile, glass, ovens, carpet– you can even steam garments and fabric. I steamed my curtains because I had wrinkles that were bothering me! Worked like a charm!
I used the smaller brush attachment to see if I could get a stain off the floor that we have not been able to get off with any cleaner. We inherited the stain with the house and we have no idea what it is. I wish it could talk and I could ask it, “What are you and where did you come from.”
Guess what? It worked! I was so happy!!
HomeRight never ceases to amaze me! I love this company and all their ingenius products!!
Now it’s your turn to enter to win a HomeRight SteamMachine Plus! Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. You can get up to 5 entries.
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Interested in more HomeRight products? I love them! Check out my post about the HomeRight Steam Machine and the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer.
Also, Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane is also giving away a HomeRight SteamMachine Plus on her blog too. Stop over for another chance to win!!
This is a sponsored post for HomeRight. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
Happy Friday!! Today I’m sharing my favorite finds from around the web. We should title this “Spring Fling” instead of “Lust List” this week! We are under a blizzard warning until Friday morning and I am dreaming of spring! Here’s my picks to get us out of these winter blahs!
one || I have been thinking of colors and patterns I want to bring into my home after the snow and cold melt away. It’s almost time to pack up my sweater pillows and I love this combo of the Khwai Black Applique Pillow Pair and the Pebble Parade Coral Embroidered Pillow both from Layla Grace. two || In the spirit of spring, I love this Matthew Wilson Print that evokes a sense of the season and great spiritual meaning. three || My hands down favorite scent to smell in my home is rose. I love it for hand wash and candles. Roses are my favorite flower if you haven’t guessed. This diptyque Paris Roses Candle is pure heaven. four || Target does it again! I love finding interesting floral prints and I adore this Room Essentials Floral Tray with Decal – Set of 2. They priced to go and I think they are going to have to be a new addition for spring this year.
This week I shared our little Valentine’s celebration recap with my favorite recipe.
I also shared our new area rug from Rugs USA. You can read the whole review here.
I just received my new moo.com business cards and you can enter to win a set of your own here.
…with a little sneak peek of my office…just a tiny peek…
So make sure you enter that giveaway for new business cards! Two winners will be selected.
One last thing…
I was nominated for the Apartment Therapy Homies 2014 Awards in the Best Project & DIY Blogs category. I am a little late to the vote begging party, but if you love my blog I’d love your support! My goal was to surpass 20 votes, I know dreaming big…but without the shameless begging I was at 26! Let’s go for 30!!! It’s OK to shamelessly beg for votes when you are nominated for your blog… You can vote here.
This weekend we are working on the boys’ rooms again. I will hopefully have some progress to share with you soon. I wish you all a wonderful weekend!!
Howdy! Today, I am sharing my new moo.com business cards. The fab people at moo.com are also giving away business cards to two lucky winners!! You can enter the giveaway at the end of the post.
I was so delighted when moo.com contacted me to review some of their business cards. With the blog redesign, I wanted cards that had my new logo and had a sleeker look. I decided to design my own cards so that they would reflect my brand. It was so easy to use their website. I uploaded my design and they even had an option to add a QR code to my cards. Love that! I also went with a front and back design.
Once I placed my order, my cards were shipped out within a couple of days. I received 50 Classic Business Cards and they came in a nice card case too! That was a bonus. The case is great for holding all my cards and I can take it with me when I’m out and about. There is also a spot to keep cards from other businesses. It fits nicely in my desk drawer too.
They had a lot of selections online if you don’t want to design your own cards. You can also use their templates and add in your own images and logos. The QR code option is great, especially for bloggers and website owners. So handy for blogging conferences!
I love my new business cards! You guys are getting a very tiny sneak peek of my office space today. I love to keep some business cards in a bowl on top of my desk for mailings.
The front of my cards have all my contact and blog info. On the backs, I decided to add a little saying to them that fits my style.
The Classic Business Cards are a really nice weight too. They also feel nice and smooth to the touch and are thicker than the business cards I have ordered in the past.
Now it’s your turn!! Enter to win a set of 50 Classic Business Cards from moo.com. Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. You can get up to 5 entries. 2 winners will be selected and contacted by email when the giveaway ends.
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I’d like to thank the folks at moo.com for offering such a great giveaway! Good luck you guys!!
This is a product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
Howdy! Today I am sharing the review of our new Rugs USA area rug. I’m being a little sneaky because this rug is meant for my office, but the office isn’t ready to share yet. I brought it up to the living room and I got to say I really like it in here! It might have to stay here, I don’t know.
I selected the Rugs USA Moroccan Diamond Shag Grey Rug. I chose this rug for a few reasons. I love the look of Moroccan shag rugs. They are so plush and beautiful. I wanted something plush for my office space since it is in the basement and it is cooler down there. I also needed a rug that had gray in it. I loved that this rug had a gray option.
Another plus to this rug is that it comes in a variety of sizes. I selected the 6’7 x 9 size based on my room measurements for the office. As you can see, it also fits nicely in my living room leaving about a foot border of the hardwoods. I love using rugs to anchor and define a space.
Sam is a big fan of this new rug too. Everyone in the fam has been walking on it barefoot because it is so comfy on the footsies!
I love the larger pattern too. It is a nice way to bring in some pattern without being too over-powering.
A lot of Moroccan shag rugs are wool but this one is 100% Polypropylene. So it is ideal if you have kids and pets. Easy to clean and vacuum. Zoey has spent many hours just laying and rolling on it.
Here’s just a few more shots of it in the living room. I am really considering leaving it in here now and doing something different in office. What do you think?
I think I am pretty sold on the fact that I may have to look for something else for the office now. These photos are convincing me!
I would highly recommend ordering from rugsusa.com you guys! They have a great selection and fantastic prices and sales. We are very happy with our new rug!
Plus, now until Feb. 19th thousands of rugs are 70% off plus free shipping!
This is a product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.
Happy Monday Friends!
So, I am still coming off my Valentine’s Day high. We had a wonderful dinner and evening. It was so relaxing! I took my time cooking. We shared a beautiful meal and time together. You may have already caught some of the fun on Instagram.
Here’s a few of the highlights…
After running around getting the goods for the night and stopping in at the kids’ school, we dropped by the local candy store. This place is AMAZING. All the candies are made on site and use all natural ingredients. No dyes (they have natural ways to color if they need to), no preservatives, even 40-50% less sugar than most chocolates. They even have gluten-free options. And hello! Chocolate covered bacon!! We had to get some to take home. I don’t think you can do Valentine’s Day without chocolates.
After a stop at the chocolate store, we picked up Zoey from the groomers. She had a little puppy spa day, and I couldn’t resist…I had to…
Once we got home we started getting the house ready. The boys really just gobbled candy from their school parties while I picked up the house and took breaks to hug Zoey. And I apologize, some of these photos aren’t the best quality, but my kids love to snap pictures!
My little chef helped me get the food ready.
Dave’s flight came in on time so he was able to be home in time for dinner. I was so thankful because we weren’t sure if the weather would let up. We exchanged gifts about 10 secs after he walked in the door. We all missed him so much!
Now it was time for the moment we were all waiting for…the Vodka Cream Pasta! I only make this on Valentine’s Day unless someone requests it for their birthday. It is super NOT HEALTHY and a nice indulgence. Get the recipe here.
In these moments, I think about how these times are fleeting. One day my boys will be grown and out of the house. I am so glad that Dave and I forego the romantic over-priced dinner out and do this with our boys. Nothing makes me happier than seeing their faces light up and knowing that we are making them feel loved.
I hope you all enjoyed your day whether you celebrate the holiday or not. Thanks for letting us share a little part of our lives with you all!
I’ve been busy working on projects and have some things lined up to share with you this week, including some great giveaways. See you tomorrow!