Archive for September, 2012

DIY Simple Pine Cone Garland

Friday, September 28th, 2012

About a week ago I hung my fall pine cone garlands outside in hopes to spur on the Autumn chill. It seems to have worked, and today I managed to wear a scarf without passing out!

I made these garlands about 6 years ago, and still hang them every year. Because they are so easy and cute I thought I’d share a quick tutorial so you can make your own (if you so wish)!


All you’ll need is some ribbon, twine, and pine cones:


Then, just tie a knot around the base of the pine cone with the ribbon.

Last, tie that ribbon onto a longer piece of twine and ta dah, you’re done!

The more you add, the fuller your garland will be. It’s also fun to add other bits of nature, try twigs or large acorns.

Babysitting Trick

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Being an Aunt is one of my favorite titles. I’ve owned it proudly since I was 12, and I shamelessly compete for my nieces and nephews affection.

A couple of times a year my siblings ask me to babysit while they take exotic vacations, and although I love playing mum, it’s exhausting. So by the time bedtime rolls around, I’m more than ready for some down time, and really want them to go to sleep…and fast!

Recently, I came up with a little trick that works miracles and guarantees kids are a sleep in five minutes or less…

After stories and prayers, I tell them that if they are asleep by the time I come back in five minutes they’ll wake up to a little treat at the end of their beds. I’m totally shocked how well this works, in fact it’s become one of things they look forward to when I come and stay.

As there’s usually four kids for more than a week, so keep my treats small. All of the above were things I found between 1¢ – 50¢ at Target, The Dollar Tree, and Michael’s. So for $1 a night I have peace and quiet from four kids, now that’s a bargain!

It really doesn’t matter if they’re not quite asleep when I check, as long as they’re quiet they soon will be. It’s a win win!



Halloween Gift + Shipping Tip

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

As I’m sure you guys know shipping can be excruciatingly expensive, even a little extra weight can really cost you. Therefore, when it comes to gift wrap we choose tissue paper over regular wrapping paper, for the weight and flexibility.

It’s a good idea to add a sheet of white tissue paper under the patterned one, so you can’t see through it. Then just add a bit of ribbon, and that’s that…off to the post office.

There’s nothing like opening your mailbox to a pretty parcel, it makes me feel so loved!


Target Tuesday: Black, Cream + Gold

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I am so in love with Target right now. I think I could drop all of our hard-earned money there very, very easily and there is only one reason why:


The store is full of this color combo and has me oohing and ahhing down every aisle:

Target Timeless Collection

 Black stripe lampshade $19.99

Woodgrain pillow $24.99

Black + gold magazine rack $34.99

Merona polka dot shirt $22.99

Metallic circle bolster $19.99

Glamorous, chic and timeless. Can you tell I’m just a little excited?!! And this is just a smidgen of what’s out there..Don’t worry Brad, I will exercise constraint. I will, I will, I will….

Design Tip: Round Mirrors

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Sarah and I love using mirrors in almost every space we design. A mirror can bounce natural light around and help a room reach its fullest potential.

I have a particular soft spot for round mirrors…I can’t get enough of ’em. In fact I think it could be classified as an obsession.

A round mirror on the wall instantly softens harsh angles and creates a welcoming atmosphere. A round mirror will also look great anywhere you put it, I promise! For example…

In the living room…

 an entryway….

above a bed…

…or in the bathroom,

Where ever you want to put it, a mirror really bring a space to life.

My favorite, inexpensive round mirrors have been found at  TJMaxx/Home Goods and Ikea. THIS round mirror for example, is only $15 and would look fantastic anywhere.

How do you feel about round mirrors, do you love them? I hope I’ve helped convince you?!

Holler Dollar: Target’s new Loot

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Look what Target has in it’s new dollar section:

Too many goodies to share, so go check them out yourself!

Olay Moisturizer at Costco

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Living is a desert takes its toll on your skin. You need an effective moisturizer that can you can use generously without costing an arm and a leg. I haven’t been a 100% happy with my usual moisturizer so was ready for a change.

At Costco I noticed a 2-pack of 6.0 oz Olay complete moisturizer for sensitive skin and thought for $16.68 I would give it a try.

I couldn’t be happier with the change, so of course I had to blog about it!

It’s a fraction of the cost of my regular moisturizer when you compare price per ounce, and overall I am more satisfied. Lightweight moisture, without being greasy or sticky as well as a reasonable price is a winning combination for me.

Do you have a winning combo moisturizer that you can’t live without?

Clearance Martha Stewart Cabinet Hardware

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Last week I got to go to the design center and pick out all my colors and options for the new house.

I knew it would be easy to get carried away with all the beautiful upgrades and options so I tried hard to stick to the basics and upgrade only structural things that would be expensive to change later down the road.

For the kitchen, I chose dark cabinets with light granite. Even though I love white kitchens, it was the more expensive option so I decided to stay with traditional cabinets thinking of images like this in my head:

Cabinet hardware was an upgrade, so I opted out and figured we could do that ourselves after we move in.

After the design visit I headed over to The Home Depot to price out the first items on my shopping list; appliances and blinds…but ended up finding something much more fun instead!

 Martha Stewart gold handle $1.50

Martha Stewart gold knob $1.50

Yes, I accidentally walked past the hardware aisle and found a clearance bin. These guys used to be $4 each. Although, they probably wouldn’t have been my first choice, I think they will create a similar look to the kitchens above at a clearance price.

The hubs isn’t quite convinced of the brass yet, and for all of those who are with him, there are some really cute Martha Stewart nickel finish hardware on clearance too.

I am so excited for the first purchase for the new house! Now back to those appliances…

Martha Stewart Halloween Roundup

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Before the age of blogs and Pinterest, my main source of holiday inspiration was from Martha Stewart. Her magazines were jam packed of ideas, mostly simple but all so chic.

These are still some of my faves:

 All projects and photos found HERE.

These pictures are make me feel chilly and cozy all in one, and I often think how great it is to have seasons and holidays, they keep the year ticking and me constant state of excitement!

Thumb Tack Art

Monday, September 17th, 2012

More than anything else in the home, I struggle with wall space. I rarely find art work that I like and am always looking for ways to make the walls more interesting.

One day while browsing through Pinterest, I saw a great idea of using thumb tacks on canvases to create personalized art:

I had a pack of small canvases laying around and I picked up a pack of thumb tacks from the dollar store to give it a try..

I roughly measured and drew my letters on to the canvases with pencil and then followed along the pencil lines with thumb tacks.

Not exactly perfect, but super easy. If you accidentally pin wrong, you can simply adjust the tack as the tack head is usually large enough cover your mistake.

One more reason to love Pinterest, and a fun way to add a personal touch to your home.

High School Football Coupon Cards

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Our baby brother Luke played on his high school football team for four years. As a fundraiser for the team they’d sell coupon cards for $20.

Luke’s long been graduated, but we track down a player and buy a card every September. Not only is it nice to support a team, but the deals on this little baby is what keeps us going back for more.

This year the Timpview card has 18 local businesses offering discounts. Our very favorite is Mageleby’s Fresh, free entree (up to $7) with purchase of entree and 2 drinks. We can’t get enough of their steak salad and battered fries….yum!

This card pays for itself in one visit, so call your local high school and see what they offer, and if any of you are interested in supporting Timpview this year, we can hook you up with someone!

…Go T-Birds!!!

Equestrian Fashion for Less

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

One of my styles of all time is a preppy, equestrian look. I am pleased the stores are full of it this season, and was particularly surprised by a trip to H&M this week to see such great items:

Thick, stretchy blazer in black $39.95 (currently $30 in store).

Quilted vest in dark blue $39.95.

Jodpur-style pant $12.95.

Black rounded bag $24.95.

I also think these Payless riding boot $59.99 are pretty fab.

Only one thing to say: “Giddy up!”

Halloween is coming!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Don’t you just love this time of year when all the Halloween goodies appear? I’m not one for the blood and guts, but cute products I can’t get enough of.

Here are are couple of my faves I’ve had my eye on:

1. Haunted Silhouette Centerpieces: an easy decoration for just $1 at the Dollar Tree…holler!

2. Chevron Stripe Treat Bags: $5 for 20 at Gygi, adorable for favors and trick or treaters.

3. Feathered Crows: again from the Dollar Tree for $1. I used them HERE and HERE.

4. Orange Paper Straws: from Gygi, $7.99 for 50, they make any drink a partay!

 5. Spider Mug: just in time for hot drink season, found at Crate & Barrel for $5.95.

6. Halloween Cupcake Papers: all the inspiration I need to get my bake on! $4.95 for 50 from Crate & Barrel.

Little seasonal touches around the house add a sense of occasion, and a warmth of home. Can’t wait to add a little to mine.

Tonight the Gatehouse No.1 in Orem is hosting their first “Ghouls Night Out” with live entertainment, food, decorating classes and seasonal discounts, I’ll be going are you in?

$10 Basket Wall

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Almost every thrift store I visit has mountains of baskets. I have been trying to figure out a craft using them for years. Sarah reminded me of when we were little how Mum and Dad had hung baskets on our kitchen walls and suggested we give it a try in the apartment:

I am so happy with the result. It makes a great statement on the large white wall in our living room. We painted a few with this metallic craft paint (I got mine at Michael’s) to add a little glamour for the season.

There are few things I love more than an inexpensive project that actually looks great! With the baskets costing $.25-$1, and the paint less than $2 we got a great project for under $10.

The best thing about this project is seriously every thrift store has a gazillion baskets to choose from. I chose round baskets, but you could do any shape or a mix. It would also be fun to paint the baskets completely with an all over color; yellow in the spring or pale pink for the nursery.

What are you switching up in your house this fall?

DIY Mini Composition Book Makeover

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Good morning everyone. Today  I’d share a project with you that I posted over at Lil Luna a couple of weeks ago. It’s cheap, fast, and easy; A Mini Composition Book Makeover. (Of course this tutorial can be done with regular size composition books too, but there’s just something about miniature objects that up the cute factor for me!)

First purchase the books. This is the perfect time of year to shop for anything stationary. Last week these books were on sale at Walgreen’s for 5 for $1. But regularly they’re only 3 for $1 at the Dollar Tree.

Here’s what you’ll need:

 1. Mini composition book.

2. Mod Podge.

3. About 5″ of ribbon x 2.

4. A bone folder.

5. A paint brush you don’t mind getting glue on.

6. Thick paper or card stock. Two sheets cut 3.5″ x 5.5″, and Two sheets cut 3″ x 4″.

7. Scissors (Not pictured above, but you will need them).

Here’s the tutorial:

 1. Take one sheet of the 3.5″ x 5.5″ paper, and glue the back side of it completely.

2. Place the paper over the front cover of the book, and smooth with bone folder.

 3. Turn the cover to the inside, and trim the corners.

4. So it looks something like this!

 5. Reapply glue to the edges of the paper.

6. Fold over, and smooth with bone folder.

 7. Attach ribbon by gluing it into place.

8. Then glue and attach one of the 3″ x 4″ sheets of paper to the inside to cover edges and lock in ribbon. Smooth again.

Then you simply repeat the process on the other side of the book, and leave to dry under some weight. Ta Dah! You’re done!

Don’t you think they’d make perfect little gifts or favors? Oh, time for a party I think!

Ready for Fall

Friday, September 7th, 2012

It is finally getting cooler around here, and I am all ready for fall with my Old Navy leopard print scarf. It’s lightweight enough for hot days, but will be great for layering when temperatures plummet.
  I also splurged this week on a pedi with friends where I found this OPI color, ‘Over the Taupe':

I am loving this medium-brown hue. I think it’s neutral enough to be a staple all winter long, and confident that it would look great on any skin tone. How are you getting ready for fall?

Deal Alert: Home Depot Sale

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Just a heads up that Home Depot is having a great sale on their plants and outdoor stock.

We purchased two mini Conifer Trees for either side of our door for only $3.33 each! I’m already tempted to pull out the lights. :)

Originally we bought these urns along with the trees, and although they fit great they were just a tad too traditional and blended a little too much with our stucco. Usually urns are pretty pricey, but these are on sale from $15 to only $9.97!

We loooove the end of season deals!


Lace Gift Wrap

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

If it’s one thing I’m loving right now, it’s lace.

I have been trying to find a modest, scalloped lace blouse all summer long. Lace looks so dashing paired with simple basics, so I thought I’d bring this trend to the gift wrap department:

Brown craft paper + lace ribbon.

Find the Martha Stewart ribbon HERE, each yard works out to be $.40.

A pretty parcel for a pretty price don’t-cha think?

Guess who’s buying a house?!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Hope you all had a lovely long weekend, we needed the extra day as last week was a crazy adventurous week…

As Brad puts it, we THINK we’re buying a house. It is contingent on a few factors, but everything should be final in a few weeks. I am more than excited that Brad and I found a house that we’re both happy with. We decided on a new construction in Draper, UT. Total construction time is six months, so we’ll be moving in with the lovely snow in February. At least we’ll have a few months to save and to prepare.

We are both freaking out as first time home buyers! Thanks for all your advice and help during the search and a special thanks to my parents. They make the perfect Real Estate team with my Dad, John as our Realtor patiently answering a bazillion questions and Mum, Terri who helped made sense of everything and helped envision our future home.

If anyone needs a Realtor in Utah, I have a perfect one for you!

As our budget has been stretched, furnishing the home will be a thrifty endeavor. I’m excited to make plans and hopefully share lots of deals and inspiration for your home too. I will keep you posted…

Happy Labor Day!

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

We hope you guys are enjoying your last days of summer as much as we are!

See you tomorrow. x