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November 14, 2017

5 Practical Things to Know About Owning a Home

Whether you're a first-time homeowner or you've been in the game for a while, there are some things you should know about owning a home. These 5 homeowner tips are ones that almost no one tells you, but they're vital to successful home maintenance and DIY projects. Includes a free printable home maintenance issues worksheet!

There are important things about owning a home that some homeowners don’t learn until it’s too late.  Take these 5 practical truths about owning a home to heart, and you’ll be prepared to manage home maintenance challenges head-on.  Plus… a free printable!

“Towels!  I need towels!”  My dad bounded out the front door of my new house.

I located the box of towels and handed it down from the moving truck.

“They’re right here.  What’s going on?”

He grabbed the box and shot back inside, his face a mix of panic and purposeful determination.  I felt a lump forming in my throat as a feeling of dread swept over me.  We had just closed on this house 2 days ago, and something had already gone wrong.

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November 7, 2017

How to Throw an Adventurous Wine and Cheese Party

Looking to up your entertaining game? Host a fun and adventurous wine and cheese party for your friends! Find ideas for appetizers, where to find pairings, supplies needed, games, and more!

A wine and cheese party is a great social icebreaker. Learn supplies you’ll need, how to choose pairings, and how to get your guests talking about the tastings.

As soon as it hit my tongue, my nose crinkled.

My eyes blurred with tears as this particularly pungent variety ravaged my taste buds.

“Try the port,” my co-worker Jen smiled.

Sweet relief, I thought, as I threw my head back and swigged the wine.

Then something happened.

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October 31, 2017

How to Clean Out Gutters – and Why You Should

It's important to clean out gutters regularly. Doing so keeps rain flowing away from your home, and helps prevent water damage. Discover the tools you'll need to diy your gutter cleaning, get product recommendations, and learn a few hacks. Your ladder awaits!

It’s important to clean out gutters twice a year.  Find out why, and how, below.


Drip, drip, drip.

That’s not normal.  It’s raining, but… where is that coming from?  You round the corner into your living room to see…

Big, shiny drops of water trickling in from the corner of the ceiling.

Holy ____!

Great.  Drywall soaked with rainwater, ceiling already mushy and yellowing, mold creeping down the wall in the very near future, along with a side of wood rot.

Guess what?  This particular incident could have been prevented.

Instead of standing here, jaw agape, staring in shock at water pouring into your living room, you could have skipped this whole thing.  That drip, drip, drip didn’t have to pierce your ears.  How could it have been prevented?  Here are a few options:

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October 24, 2017

Merry & Light: 16 of the Most Unbelievably Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Celebrate the season and stay fit with these 16 healthy holiday appetizers. They're great for a holiday party, Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, or New Year's eve. Low carb, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free options included! Try a quick and easy dip, sweet and savory shareable, or a fresh take on veggies.

Healthy holiday appetizers will help you stick to your eating plan and stay healthy throughout the holiday season.


My eyes scanned the appetizers at my friend’s Christmas party, searching for something – anything – I could eat without feeling a pang of regret later.

I felt a growl in my stomach and that tingling of my mouth just starting to water at the smell of baked brie, cheesy quiche, and gloriously buttery pastries. Dejected, I hung my head and walked away, dhoulders slumped, silently chiding myself for not having eaten before I came.

It wasn’t my friend’s fault.  It’s not her job to cater to my diet and lifestyle.  That’s MY job!  And I had failed.

I stood there, biting my lip, fists clenched and turning white.  I’d known her party wouldn’t be laid with a dazzling display of healthy holiday appetizers.  I was mad…  At myself.  Why didn’t I eat before?  Better yet, why didn’t I bring something healthy to share?  What was I thinking?

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October 10, 2017

How to Choose Organizing Containers

Choosing the right organizing containers is vital to keeping your home organized. Plastic containers, woven or fabric containers, and lids can make or break organization in your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. Here are some tips and good ideas for choosing the right containers for the right space, based on your habits and routines.

Pinterest envy.

You’ve felt it before.  Scrolling through your Pinterest feed, you stop momentarily on a pin of a beautiful kitchen, with perfect rows of chic baskets cradling the owner’s perfectly-organized kitchen tools.

You run to Target, drop some change on adorable baskets, get them all set up in your kitchen.

And they’re a wreck a week later.

I just can’t stay organized,” you tell yourself.  But you’re wrong.

By making just one little change, you can keep your home organized consistently.

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October 3, 2017

Dos and Don’ts for a Clutter-Free Home

Looking for tips to create a clutter-free home? Struggling to keep up with your home organization? These do's and don'ts will help you organize and declutter your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, closet, and your whole home.

No matter how many times you organize your home, you’re always tripping over clutter.  Why??  For the love of whatever, why can’t you keep a clutter-free home?

Look, it happens to most of us at some point in our lives.  The good news is that you can break the cycle of a chronically cluttered home.  Here is a list of do’s and don’ts to help you get – and keep – a clutter-free home.

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September 26, 2017

Style Your Own Fall Decor Mashups

Looking to create glamorous, understated fall décor? Learn to mix and match seasonal and non-seasonal décor to create your own fall décor mashup! Great for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and all through fall. Ideas for jeweled pumpkins, fall vignettes, and easy fall decorating!

Fall décor.

Does that phrase conjure up images of cheap paper skeletons, black and orange everything, and expensive animatronic lawn mummies?

It doesn’t have to.

In fact, you can create glamorous, understated fall décor by creating mashups of seasonal and non-seasonal décor pieces.  As a result, your fall décor will blend beautifully with the rest of your home, providing a hint of fall.  You’ll also save money by using some of the décor you already have.

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September 19, 2017

How to Keep Small Spaces Organized

Have a closet, drawer, or cabinet in your home that's always disorganized? Learn how to get and keep small spaces organized in just a few steps. These easy tips are great for organizing the closet, bathroom, or kitchen.

 

We all have that one cabinet, closet, or drawer in our home.  You know, the one that you throw yourself in front of when a guest reaches to open it.  You’re so adamant that they keep it closed, they probably think you’ve stuffed a dismembered corpse inside.

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to be embarrassed by that junk drawer?  That entry closet?  That bathroom cabinet?  With an organizational system and a little discipline, you can keep small spaces organized in your home.

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September 12, 2017

How to Create Classy Fall Decor

Tired of tacky Halloween decorations? Check out these tips for creating glamorous, classy fall décor! Great for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and all through fall. Ideas for fabric and jeweled pumpkins, fall vignettes, and fall color palettes!

Do you find yourself wanting to decorate for fall, but feel repelled by the kitschy, hokey feel of some traditional fall or Halloween decorations?  Fear not, my friend.  With a little planning and design know-how (Plus some serious Pinspiration!), you can easily create classy fall décor for your home.
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