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It is that time of year again! Summer is just around the corner and before you know it your kids will be out of school on summer vacation. Don’t allow the phrase, “I’m bored” to even be part of your children’s vocabulary this summer. Prepare yourself ahead of time with our DIY Summer Family Activities ideas and ward off any summer doldrums on the spot! As a bonus, implementing these ideas will create some cherished family memories this summer.

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Tackle that messy closet with confidence using these affordable hanging closet organizers! Teen Boy Closet Makeover: Hanging Closet Organizers This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart and contains affiliate links. Jump to the end of the post to shop the products! It has officially been one year since we packed our bags in […]

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Our white house with black shutters was made for cute 4th of July decorations! Come see our home all decked out in her patriotic best! Fourth of July House Decorations When we moved into our house exactly one year ago, I was waist high in cardboard boxes and butcher paper and wasn’t able to celebrate […]

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Hi friends and welcome back to this week’s Tutorials & Tips Link Party! I was on vacation all week at the beach with my family and now I’m playing catch-up on laundry, bills, yard work, grocery shopping, work, and life! Why is that we could always use a vacation after our vacation? 😂 I hope […]

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Thinking of renovating this year? Here are some great tips and practical advice on how to save money when renovating! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LightStream, an online lending division of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine. I am passionate about making beautiful spaces in the home […]

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Outdoor furniture and accessories can be expensive. Here are my tips for getting a high-end look for less! Read more to find out all of the sources for my patio in my post, Affordable Patio Furniture and Outdoor Decorating Tips. If you’ve been following me for awhile, then you know that I currently work as […]

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Shakshuka is a Mediterranean and North African dish of poached eggs on top of a bed of tomato sauce. If you like tomato bisque soup and you like eggs, then chances are very good you’ll love this Shakshuka recipe! Last month, we traveled back up north to our former hometown of Harrisburg, PA and stayed […]

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Welcome to our Tutorials & Tips Link Party! I’m so glad you’re here! This is the place for bloggers in our niche to link up their best tutorials, tips, crafts, room reveals, furniture makeovers, recipes, etc. Each week, I feature and pin my favorites. Please read the guidelines and picture permissions before linking up. As […]

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Having trouble identifying a plant? Here are 4 best apps to help identify plants and trees! If you have followed me for awhile, then you know we recently moved from the city to a suburb outside of Greenville, South Carolina. One of the joys of moving is learning what is planted in your new yard! […]

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This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust.  All opinions are my own. Drone shot of our current home in South Carolina. Our Journey to Home Ownership I was 26 and working as a school counselor just outside of Philadelphia and Matt was working as a college pastor at a church. We had been […]

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Cute decorating ideas for a boys’ media room or game room with affordable furniture options.  Boys Media Room Game Room Makeover This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart and contains affiliate links. When we moved into our new house last summer, my boys begged me to redecorate their bedroom before other rooms in […]

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Hi everyone and welcome back to our weekly link party! I’m so glad you’re here! If you’re just joining us, the Tutorials & Tips party is the place for bloggers in our niche to link up their best tutorials, tips, crafts, room reveals, furniture makeovers, recipes, etc. Each week, I feature and pin my favorites. […]

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When I started my blog 10 years ago, I quickly realized that I wanted to MEET all of these amazing online friends in person–like maybe at a conference just for bloggers. Back then there weren’t very many blog conferences available and there definitely weren’t many niche conferences. I wanted there to be a conference just […]

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If you’re looking for a way to instantly add curb appeal to your home’s exterior, just add beautiful window flower boxes! Enjoy this post chock full of flower box inspiration taken from homes in Charleston, SC!  Flower Box Ideas: Window Flower Box Inspiration from Charleston Homes On our recent trip to Charleston (which you can […]

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Welcome to the party! I’m honored that you’ve chosen to stop by! If you’re just joining us, the Tutorials & Tips party is the place for bloggers in our niche to link up their best tutorials, tips, crafts, room reveals, furniture makeovers, recipes, etc. Each week, I feature and pin my favorites. Please read the […]

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That area in your kitchen between your countertops and cabinets and behind your stove might be small in size but mighty in importance! Here are 5 things to consider when choosing a kitchen backsplash from Shaw Floors.  This post is created in partnership with Shaw Floors. All opinions are my own. One of the things […]

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Making this one small change on your home’s exterior could mean more dollars in your pocket at closing time! Image sources: Pictures are courtesy of Clopay. This post is created in partnership with Clopay. All opinions are my own. When we moved into our home last July, one of the first things I noticed is […]

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Hi everyone! I trust you’ve had a restful extended weekend and are ready to share your latest creations with us! If you’re just joining us, the Tutorials & Tips party is the place for bloggers in our niche to link up their best tutorials, tips, crafts, room reveals, furniture makeovers, recipes, etc. Each week, I […]

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16 Delicious Berry Recipes!  Berry season is here! Delicious recipes have been shared for the last few weeks in the weekly linkup party held here on the blog every Monday evening. I rounded up some great recipes for you, and I’d love for you to check out them out and tell me which ones you’re […]

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Welcome back friends to the Tutorials & Tips Link party! We’ve had a lot of new faces around here lately which is wonderful!  If you’re just joining us, the Tutorials & Tips party is the place for bloggers in our niche to link up their latest and greatest tutorials, tips, crafts, room reveals, furniture makeovers, […]

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One of the greatest perks and blessings of having a large social media community to call upon when needed is that I can gather personal recommendations from like-minded people for pretty much anything! Sure, I could always just consult travel sites for recommendations, but I never know if I can fully trust the reviews. But […]

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10 Tips for Decorating with Plants and Greenery! Great ideas!  Decorating with plants, flowers, and greenery is a great way to add color and interest to your home decor. I’ve rounded up some gorgeous examples of home decor using plants and greenery, and I hope that you can gather some inspiration for your home. Thank […]

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Hi everyone and welcome! I am so glad you stopped by to link up your projects to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party today! If you are new here, a special welcome to you! The Tutorials & Tips Link party is the place for bloggers in our niche to link up the latest and greatest […]

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10 Easy DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!  Mother’s Day is right around the corner,  and I’d love to show you some simple ideas! Please click on the blue/gray links to be taken to the tutorial. We only have a few days, so let’s jump right in!  1. Giver Her Hydrangeas and this HYDRANGEA FLOWER HACK BY […]

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Don’t have the budget to completely gut your builder-basic bathroom? No problem! Copy these tips to create a beautiful, budget-friendly, boho farmhouse bathroom makeover!  Budget-Friendly Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover  This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart and contains affiliate links. We purchased our South Carolina home last July and over the course of […]

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Welcome friends! I am glad you stopped by to link up your projects to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party today! If you are new here, a special welcome to you! The Tutorials & Tips Link party is the place for bloggers in our niche to link up the latest and greatest tutorials, tips, crafts, […]

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Now is the perfect time time to build a window box to spruce up your curb appeal! Here are 10 Gorgeous Window Box Planter Ideas for you!  10 Gorgeous Window Box Planters: How to Style & Build Flower Box Planters Window flower box planters are timeless. Check out these gorgeous ideas, pick a favorite, and […]

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Happy spring everyone! I hope it’s finally sunny and warm where you are. I am glad you stopped by to link up your projects to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party today! If you are new here, let me give you the quick run down. The Tutorials & Tips Link party is the place for […]

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I’ve rounded-up some of my favorite farmhouse finds for you for this weekend’s sale at Kohl’s! There are some great Mother’s Day gift ideas in the mix! I wanted to pop in quickly and let you know about a fantastic sale happening this weekend only at Kohl’s! I typically shop Kohl’s for clothing, but their […]

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Don’t throw out your wilted hydrangeas just yet! Try this incredibly simple flower hack to revive your wilted hydrangeas. I’m a surprisingly low-maintenance woman. I don’t regularly get my hair done, or manicures, or pedicures, or lash extensions, or microblading, or facials, or waxing, or (fill in the blank beauty treatment). However, when it comes to […]

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