How We Started Saving $1,200/Year on Our Mortgage

Hi, friends! Happy December 12th! I have a real exciting story to share with you today. It’s going to get a little nitty-gritty, but I promise it’s worth it. I’m going to share how we reduced our monthly mortgage payment by $100/month after having our house for just 2.5 years! And it’s partially thanks to YOU for supporting this blog and our home reno projects! ūüôā

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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!

*This post was originally published Nov 25, 2017, and was updated December 2018.*

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 cookie cutter Christmas 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!

easy DIY christmas shaker box

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Simple and Useful Kitchen Organization Ideas

In the midst of our 7-month kitchen renovation, I actually took some time to re-organize our kitchen! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll remember that I went a little crazy in July trying to get my $h!t together. My house was a MESS (thanks, PPD) and I was able to clear out tons of stuff. I felt liberated afterward! Anyway, I realized that I never actually shared all my reorganization on the blog, so I’m sharing it today! I hope these kitchen organization ideas will bring you some inspiration and motivation to organize your kitchen.

Wait! Start with this.

Before you go crazy and buy 15 racks and 27 bins, I want you to live your normal life in your kitchen for just a couple more days. As you’re going about your day, use my free¬†Kitchen Organization Planner (below!) to make a list of specific things that annoy you about your kitchen. Like, “I hate when my pans fall over every time I get one out.” Or, “It’s hard to get bowls out when they’re stacked on each other.”

Once you’ve written a list of all the things you want to fix, THEN start looking for solutions! If you go straight to Amazon or IKEA and start shopping, it will be hard to know exactly what you NEED. We’re decluttering + organizing here, people!

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How to Make a Blanket Ladder

For the past couple of years, all I’ve wanted is a blanket ladder. At every vintage show, I looked at the price tags on every ladder and they were way expensive… or the ladder looked super cheap and flimsy. My mom would say, “Oh jeeze, you could make that yourself!” So, this past weekend, I finally got around to it and today I’m showing you how to make a blanket ladder! Whoopee!!

Now, you could go to Home Depot and buy the cheapest of the cheap supplies and slap together a ladder, but I wanted my ladder to look legit. There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest for “how to make a $10 ladder!”, but I decided to spend about $40 to make an authentic, durable, farmhouse style blanket ladder.

how to make a blanket ladder

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DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame for Under $10

Okay guys. If there were only one DIY project I could share with you, I think it would be this DIY bathroom mirror frame. It is so. easy. and transforms your bathroom. Affordably. And if you have a builder-grade mirror, it will no longer feel so… builder-grade!

When we were planning our bathroom renovation, we started looking at new mirrors… but they were expensive! I wanted to keep our bathroom makeover cheap, so I had no intention to spend $50+ for a new mirror. That being said, I hated the builder-grade mirror that was in there – you know, it’s like a giant¬†slate of mirror. It gets the job done, but it’s so boring.

DIY bathroom mirror frame before

As I was searching Pinterest for bathroom makeover inspiration, I came across a DIY bathroom mirror frame on a fun home decor blog called Cherished Bliss. I pinned it knowing it would be something I’d actually come back to later. Would you guess that the mirror above turned into this one??

Okay, let me show you how we did it!

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What I Wish I Knew Before Installing Butcher Block Countertop

Hey there, friends! I’m all sorts of excited today because, 1) this fall AZ weather is giving me all the feels, and 2) I get to talk more about our kitchen renovation! I’m still coming down from the newly-finished-home-renovation high, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to dive a little deeper into our butcher block island.

It is BEAUTIFUL and it adds a dimension of warmth to our kitchen, but it requires more upkeep than I expected. I honestly feel a bit hoodwinked by all the pretty pictures I’ve seen on Pinterest – LOL. With that in mind, I want to share some of my knowledge on all things butcher block to help you decide if it’s the right choice for your kitchen. Without further adieu, let’s dooo ittttt.

butcher block in renovated farmhouse kitchen

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15 Farmhouse Inspired Shelving Ideas

If you’ve followed along with my bathroom renovations, you’ll know that I’m a sucker for shelving… especially farmhouse-inspired floating shelves! I love utilizing wall space with pieces that are functional and provide a little organization to my sometimes-chaotic space. For example, I’m still obsessed with this floating shelf (link below!) from our guest bathroom makeover.

Guest Bathroom Makeover - Decor

*Please note that this post contains affiliate links. If you choose to buy an item after clicking a link, I may receive a small commission from the purchase at no extra cost to you. This helps me keep this blog up and running. Thank you!*

Because of my obsession with farmhouse shelving, I’ve put together a list of my 15 favorite farmhouse-inspired, Fixer Upper-approved shelving units! Seriously, how cute is that diamond bookshelf?! NEED.¬†

PS – If you need help installing floating shelves, check out my Pinterest-viral tutorial here.

Farmhouse Shelving

Farmhouse Bookshelves

A Kitchen Renovation for the Books

7 months in the making and the day is finally here. Our kitchen renovation is D-O-N-E! I am doing a big ol’ happy dance… partially because I’m excited about the renovation, but also because I no longer have to cook in a half-finished kitchen. LOL.

Let’s get started by taking a step back in time…

Kitchen at Move-in

I remember thinking how uuugly this kitchen was when we moved in (I mean, compared to my dream kitchen – LOL). The cabinets had an outdated wood finish and everything was a blah-colored tan. The laminate countertops felt cheap and the black appliances were… dirty. Barf.

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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!¬† ūüėÜ

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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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