A Quick and Easy Pumpkin Carving Hack

This post was originally published in October 2016 and was updated in October 2018.

To kick off October, Andrew and I had a little fun pumpkin carving! And in not-so traditional fashion… using our new power drill! To make it even more fun, we live streamed it on Facebook. It got a little messy and we ran into a few bumps, but no surprises there!  😆

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Tools (this list contains affiliate links, which help me keep this blog up and running – more on that here):

  • Pumpkin(s)
  • Serrated knife
  • Power drill (I LOVE our Ryobi!)
  • Drill bits of your selected size
  • Newspapers
  • Buckets for pumpkin guts

pumpkin carving power tools materials needed

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DIY Fall Tablescape and Decor

The air is crisp… PSL’s are a-plenty… the leaves are getting crunchy… Oh, wait, I live in Arizona where it’s still hot and desert, but that doesn’t keep me from PSL-ing throughout the week! In the spirit of fall, I finally got around to pulling my fall decor out of the garage (but not before inspecting each box with a blacklight to make sure no scorpions were lurking around. Blegh!). I strapped Griffin to my back and got the job done. And boy, I’m glad I did!

fall tablescape on a wood table with a plaid blanket

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Guest Bathroom Makeover – Before & After!

This post was originally published in February 2017 and was updated September 2018.

Well, hello, friends! You’ve caught me on a great day because it’s time for ANOTHER bathroom makeover reveal!!! This time, it’s a guest bathroom makeover. If you haven’t seen our master bathroom makeover, you can check it out here, as well as our upstairs bathroom renovation. You can say we’re experts by now, ha! They’re all pretty, and so is this one. Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat!

Like our master bath, this guest bathroom was a big blob of tan.

Guest Bathroom Makeover - Before

Thankfully, this tan blob was short-lived. With a lot of love, caulk, and elbow grease, this bathroom tRaNsFoRmEd!!!

 Before

Guest Bathroom Before

After

Guest Bathroom Makeover - After, Vanity Shot

Scroll to the bottom to shop the room.

Did you hear that? I think those were angels singing all the way from heaven.

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DIY Wall Calendar with Barn Wood + FREE PRINTABLE!

Hiya, friends! You may have seen this fun project on Instagram last week – a DIY wall calendar made with a piece of rustic barn wood! It fits in perfectly with my decluttering + organizing binge, as I’ve been working hard lately to try to get our lives in order by preparing for upcoming events. What better way to do that than with a HUGE wall calendar?! Plus, I had the perfect spot for a little command center. I’m excited to share the full tutorial today along with FREE printables for August – December 2018!

diy wall calendar finished

I found inspiration for this wall calendar from Houseful of Handmade and LOVED the idea to use a piece of wood along the top. I assembled my calendar a bit differently and shared the process on Instagram – you can see it all on a highlight in my profile! Let’s get started!

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DIY + 2 Weekends = Guest Bedroom Makeover

I love me a little reveal day, don’t you?! Home improvement projects have gotten a bit more difficult since becoming parents, but we’re learning the ropes! Griffin naps for longer stretches now so we’re able to work together more during naps. But ALAS! I’m excited to share some before + afters today! We completed this guest bedroom makeover over just TWO WEEKENDS and while it’s not all dressed up yet, this room has come a long way with a little paint and new trim.

guest room makeover-before

This room was not-so-affectionately called the “junk room” and the “hot air balloon room.” It’s a spare bedroom at the top of the stairs that was used for throwing our home improvement tools and supplies in, among other junk. It was in desperate need of some TLC!

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets White

Well, the day has FINALLY arrived! The project that I thought we’d finish over spring break (in March, LOL), was finally completed mid-April! We have FINISHED painting our kitchen cabinets! It’s made a huge impact and it cost significantly less than replacing them.

As with any new project, we did quite a bit of research on the proper way to paint cabinetry. We’ve made some mistakes painting furniture in the past so we wanted to make sure we did it the right way… especially since it’s in the kitchen and they need to be durable as heck!

Our kitchen cabinets were this mid-2000’s wood finish. To me, they look kind of cheap and super outdated. They also make the kitchen feel smaller than it could be.

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Fresh Spring Decor Inspiration!

Spring is in the air! Can you smell it?! It’s been kind of chilly in Arizona lately, but I always love the cooler weather. This week I spent some time getting my kitchen area in the spring spirit. I did a little Pinterest-ing beforehand and found a few spring decor staples I wanted to include in my home: lemons, lambs ears, and yellow. I already have some blues in my decor, so I thought the yellow would compliment it nicely.

Come on in and take a tour through my 2018 spring decor! It’s mighty fresh. 🙂

The Kitchen Table

spring decor - kitchen table

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Easy DIY Christmas Shaker Box + MORE Christmas Projects!

Happy Christmas Season, friends!! Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, I think we can all agree that it’s CHRISTMASTIME!!! This also means that Baby Rissler is ALMOST HERE! My due date is Tuesday, so I’m hoping he shows his face sometime this week. Yay!

Today I’m excited to share my own DIY project with you, as well as posts from my fellow home decor bloggers! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get inspired by lots of other DIY Christmas ideas. I’m especially loving the cooke cutter Chistmas tree garland and the DIY rustic Christmas tree!

As I’ve been doing tons of Christmas decor shopping over the last couple weeks, I saw fun little Christmas shaker boxes. I almost bought one, then realized, “Hey… I can make that!!” Thus, this DIY project, the DIY Christmas shaker box, was born!

christmas shaker box finished

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11 Easy & Cozy Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Friends. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK? It came out of nowhere! I love this time of year. Since moving from Iowa to Arizona, I’ve learned that the seasons are what you make of them. Even though we don’t really get the true fall season here, the weather has finally cooled and there’s fall decor everywhere!

With Thanksgiving next week, I wanted to share some cozy, beautiful, and fun Thanksgiving table ideas! Growing up, I loved helping set the Thanksgiving table. I remember being tasked with folding the napkins in a fun design and arranging all the plates and silverware. We’re HUGE foodies in my family, so the table is a magical place. Table = FOOD!

Anyway, from pretty plates to free printables, take a scroll through these Thanksgiving table ideas and have a beautiful, family-filled Thanksgiving!

11 Easy & Cozy Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Thanksgiving Table Ideas - butcher block paper setting

Butcher Block Paper Placemats via Country Living

Talk about easy clean up! I’m surprisingly enamored with how elegant these place settings look.

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10 Easy Ways to Style a Throw Blanket

Earlier this week I was catching up on “This is Us” – wait, have you seen it? If not, please go binge the whole thing right now (guaranteed tears). Anyway, in one scene Kate had family coming over and she was frantically trying to get her apartment ready. She repeatedly throws a blanket over the couch and says, “This THROW won’t THROW!!!” I laughed so hard because that was ME, just that morning!

Why does it seem so difficult to throw a blanket on a couch and make it look… good? Is it just me? I always see effortlessly thrown blankets on Pinterest, but when I do it, it NEVER looks like that. Well, this week I decided it was time to LEARN the art of throwing a blanket. Really, guys, it’s kind of an art. I learned 10 ways to style a throw blanket and I’m going to share the steps for each one! Let me tell you, it’s a lot more folding and primping than actual throwing! Those liars. LOL.

So, I grabbed two of my throw blankets and two matching throw pillows and got to work! Head’s up: You can find the canvas pillow with your custom state and either “home” or “roots” in my Etsy shop here! Without further adieu, here are 10 ways to throw a throw!

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The Fold & Throw

how to style a throw blanket - fold and throwSHOP SIMILAR THROWS | SHOP THIS PILLOW

Possibly the most “classic” of all the looks! Fold the throw blanket in half vertically, grab from the middle of the folded edge and throw to the corner of the couch. Play around with the edges of the blanket and create ripples in the top layer of the blanket to achieve the desired look. Inspired by Better Homes & Gardens.

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