Monday, November 9, 2015

DIY Solar Mason Jar Lanterns

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I did this little project on a whim after seeing that you could purchase solar light mason jar lids 3 for $20! (and that was supposed to be a good deal) I LOVED the idea but quickly thought of a cheap hack for it. 

The Dollar Store sells tons of little solar light trinkets for a DOLLAR! LOL. 

Below is a quick picture tutorial but basically I took the plastic solar tulips, cut out the solar device, cut a hole in the mason jar lid, inserted and glued into place the solar device and put the lid back on the jar!! SIMPLE! 

And you really could dress up the jars however you want. Here I just painted the lid, partially filled the jars with pebble glass, and used twine to hang them. I'm thinking they'll look awesome on the porch too. 

A couple more close ups in the dark and light. 

Happy Holiday Crafting!

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cute Fall Necessities 50%+ off

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Temperatures took a quick dive here in St. George. I'm feeling like fall has arrived but is moving through quickly. All I've wanted to do is stay bundled up in cozy clothes and a blanket while drinking hot cocoa. 

These deals from Jane at a fraction of the normal price are perfect for the colder temps. Here are just a few things that caught my eye. 

Chloe Trench coat is only $21.99 (Reg. $45)
Fur lined leggings only $6.99 (Reg $19.99)
Knit Beanies only $9.99(Reg $22.99)
Wedge Booties only $20.99(Reg $49.99)
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Friday, November 6, 2015

List of Daily Deal Sites

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Daily Deal site are a BIG DEAL!

It took me quite a while and I'm sure there will be more to add to the list BUT I have brought together a HUGE master list of Daily Deal sites.  I even made an easy access at the top of my site for your convenience(I'm that nice!)

I love finding awesome deals on EVERYTHING! 

Here is a big list of Daily Deal sites. 
Find your favorites and book mark them!
(Think Christmas Shopping right from home)

OneKingsLane ($15 credit upon sign up)
Decor Steals ($5 credit upon sign up)
Choxi ($10 credit upon sign up)
Living social ($10 credit upon sign up)

Target (Not really a daily deals site *normally* but during the holidays they offer a toy a day at 50% off through Cartwheel)

Any sites you would add to the list??

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Awesome Simple Cheap Disney Souvenir

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 I was just about to send off a whole bunch of images to Costco to create a Disney Character Signature book until I saw this idea

I love the idea of a Disney Signature book but with four kids could easily see the issues we'd run into... 
-Printing and organizing the character pages
-thumbing through character pages trying to find the right page
-not being able to find each character on the list
-or worse, not having a page for each character we meet...
-and the overall time consumption of it all.

This idea simplifies that all! I love it!


1)Get a mat frame from Michaels(or other store) and you can even use a coupon. 
2)Place it in a gallon sized bag with a pen 
3)Each time you meet a character quickly pull it out. 

You could do one family mat frame or one for each family member. I think this time around I'll go for a family frame to keep things simple. Of course you simply add your favorite picture from your trip to the frame!

Thank you for the idea! 
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DIY Cage light

Seriously, I'm stuck in DIY mode right now. This one has been rolling through my head for a while now and since I just finished my dining set, I couldn't stand the thought of still having the old gold chandie in there so I went for it. Going from 6 light bulbs to one was a big concern for me but it actually turned out awesome and with the right bulb there is still a good amount of light. 

So I didn't do an in depth tut but there are pictures to give you the jist of how it was done. 

Supplies Needed:

1 random light kit
(I got it from Lowes on clearance for $11)

1 Cute wire basket thing
(I got mine from a home furnishings store- Boulevard- 
with a coupon from when we moved so it was FREE)

1 roll of twine 
($1 section of Target)

glue gun
(or some other object to cut a hole in metal)

Total Cost was $12!
 (Minus the cost of the light bulb)

I wish I could take pictures as well as I could craft! 
I love the twin wrapped around the cord- it adds the right amount of rustic nautical to the room. 

*Please forgive the uneven layout. Sometimes blogger(or THE blogger) doesn't work as expected-
I like to call it LIFE. Imperfect and somewhat unpredictable but great still the same*

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dining Set Before/After Pics!

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I'm so excited to reveal my new dining set! 
By new, I mean reclaimed, beautified, old 80's dining room set! It only took me over two years of owning it to get to painting it... and 2 full days of sanding, cleaning, painting, sanding, painting, upholstering and cleaning again to get it done but IT. IS. DONE. YAY!

Check out the Before:

And here's the After
(with LOTS of close ups!)

I sanded the top all the way to the bare wood so the wood grain would still show through with the help of General Finishes milk paints. The top is seagull gray and the base is antique white. I lightly distressed the top and left the base a bit more distressed looking, which was easy to do with this awesome paint! (This is my first go with milk paints) They are pretty great for antiquing and distressing projects.

For my chairs, I actually used a Krylon spray paint in a darker gray. Not much option in spray can paint as far as shades of gray- but I like the contrast with the table. Then they were sealed in with a Rustoleum clear top coat. Spraying dining chairs is much better than hand much better!
I left them nice and clean, no distressing. It's all about balance right? The seats got reupholstered with a fresh new fabric and clear vinyl(because seriously, I've got kids).

Now onto that wood trim and carpet!
(accept I think I'll wait on changing the flooring until all kids are potty trained and mess free, 
is that even possible?!!!)

I can't stop staring at my dining room now! It feels so close to complete! 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I'm still here!

I've been neck deep in some DIY projects and haven't had time to post anything! I'll try to get my projects up soon. They are amazing, if I do say so myself! Want a sneak peak??

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Friday, October 9, 2015

AdOraBle Levi and Lace girls vest 70% off!

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Ok, this has got to be one of the cutest vests for girls ever! There was no questioning on this one...
I bought one for each of my girls! And what a STEAL! $9.99 each!
(Plus I saved an additional 10%- SEE HOW BELOW)

I am planning to save it for Christmas but lets be honest, it is perfect for fall layering 
and fall family pictures!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Yard Sale Tips

Yard Sale Refresher!
It's that time again! I've been getting itchy to do another yard sale and also to shop the yard sales... I've noticed a lot of really bad signage(no offense-if it was you, you probably didn't read this post before :) )... and realized if they don't put effort into the sign, they really don't usually have anything worth while so PLEASE... If you have AWESOME stuff and really want to sell it, read through these tips :)

Yard Sale Season is upon us. It's a great time to get rid of clutter, downsize, or empty out those storage units AND make some cash! I have done a few yard sales and plan to do one again soon.
I have read up on tips for yard sales and learned a few of my own.

These are the tips I suggest if you are going to be putting on a yard sale:
Some of these tips I learned from All Things Thrifty.

1) Use or a local classifieds( to post yard sales for free. I suggest listing it about 5 days prior to the sale and then the day before the sale. Include a list of the best items for sale, the time and location, and pictures if possible.

2) Use all the same color poster board and make sure they all look alike so your potential "customers" don't get confused. Cut them in half for major stop light areas, then in fourths as you get closer to the actual location (I posted them around the entire block where we were having our sale)

3)USE A FAT BLACK PERMANENT MARKER. Simply put Yard Sale with an arrow directing traffic(make sure you know which way the arrow should point)... I left some blank just in case I need to rethink the location of the sign. If the sign is a couple of blocks away, put a simple address under the arrow.

4)Make sure you are getting every angle for drivers- 4 signs are best but AT LEAST TWO for the different directions of traffic at the major stop lights near by. Be sure to keep the signs no more than 2 blocks apart so traffic can easily spot the direction they need to go without getting lost. 


There are different methods you can take for this one but these are the ones I like most.

1)ALWAYS SET UP EARLY. If your garage sale is at 8am... be there at 6am getting everything set up... PEOPLE WILL COME AT 7!!! Early bird catches the worm. Seriously! And that means YOU can get rid of more clutter.

2) Try to categorize by kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, clothing, electronics, shoes, baby gear, furniture, ect. If you have a baby crib, a stroller, baby clothes and accessories- put them all in an area of their own... just like at an actual store. This goes for everything you have for sale... have a computer desk and cords to sell? Put them together. Set up "rooms" with the furniture.

3) Clothing. This is my weak spot. I know you get more money if you iron and hang all your clothing up but the time spent doing that isn't worth it to me. So INSTEAD, I do try to hang clothing up if I have the space to do so but if not, I have a huge tarp to lay the clothing out on. Organize it by gender, size, and season. This just makes it easier for a buyer to spot what they might be looking for. 

4) Bring furniture- like dressers and couches clear out to the side walk area to draw people in. And wipe down any furniture as well.

Other tips:

1) Have an overall theme for your garage sale. Once I gave everyone a free magazine with their purchase(I had a lot that were about to hit the trash) or a free mini calculator(I also had an abundance of these) if they spent $10 or more. *Back to the clothing for a second, I often use the clothing to pull people in- $2 per grocery bag(which I would have available) of clothing or 10 CENT TOPS... that keeps them looking and they may just spot something else along the way that costs a little more. 

Other common themes are bake sales included with the garage sale, or hand made goods, or a lemonade stand- your kids will make it a success;)

2) Always ALWAYS try to have AT LEAST 2 families doing it together- then you can advertise honestly as a multi family yard sale... this is much more appealing because that triggers in the buyers mind- twice as much stuff to buy!

3) Pricing, I have tried both not pricing anything and pricing everything. I actually like pricing just the big ticket items, price them for MORE than you really want so the customers can haggle with you(it is part of the experience for lots of yard sale goers) then you will most likely end up with what you want for it.

4) Be sure to welcome them to your garage sale- as if they are walking into a store. Stores know what they are doing and that's why we buy from them.

5) For all the items without a price, have the lowest price in your mind that you are ok with selling it for so when someone asks, "how much?" You can either respond with "How much would you pay for it?" or you can give them a STARTING point to barter with.

All in all, be prepared, start early and have fun making some money!
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Disney Diamond Days Sweepstakes

If you keep tabs on Disneyland's blog you already know about this but for those of us who haven't will want to now.

You've got to do this!! Definitely a must for our upcoming trip! Everyone loves giveaways right?!

First let me clear the air now, daily entries are for anyone who will actually be at Disneyland from now through February 5, 2016. You must be present to win the daily drawings. You need not be in the park but you must be on Disney grounds to claim daily prizes. So add this to your list of things to do next time you visit.

All you have to do is text the "Word of the   day" to 227853 (CASTLE) between 7am and 10:59 am pacific time. 

The word can be found outside Disney's resorts or at the entrance of Disneyland. At 11:00 you will receive a notice if you've won. You have 60 minutes to go claim your prize or it will be forfeited. 

There are also weekly drawings and a final drawing- your text entries qualify you for both of those. You need not be present for those drawings. 

You may also enter weekly drawings online here:

There are some amazing prizes to be had! I think Diamond says it all, however, the after hours Disneyland tour sounds like a blast! 

I bet you can guess who will be entering as much as possible!! 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Using VRBO for your Disney Vacation

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Have you heard of VRBO
"Powered by HomeAway, The world leader in vacation rentals"

VRBO is a site that allows individuals list their properties as vacation rentals. 
You can find vacation rentals all over the world through VRBO.  These rentals range from small condos to large homes and sometimes even whole apartment complexes. 

Rather than get into all the nitty gritty of VRBO itself, 
I want to share what I have learned through researching for our Disneyland vacation.

VRBO for Disneyland
*Hundreds of locations- some even right across from Disneyland
*Something to accommodate and party size
*Family friendly. Many of the rentals have strollers, high chairs, beach toys and more
(no need to pack bulky strollers in the car!)
*Options: swimming pool, bbq's, theater rooms, decked out in Disney decor- you can find it
*Lower than Hotel Prices: Price per person is usually(not always) lower than a hotel
*Full sized kitchens and fridges- save on $$- prepare meals to take to the park
*Washers and dryers at most rentals
*Living space- it really is more like home
*Split the cost with multiple families
*Free Parking: Some provide parking passes for Disneyland if they aren't close enough to walk, might as well ask about it.

*Cleaning Fees
 I've seen them from $70-200 depending on the rental. This is decided individually- you may be able to work with the renters on the cleaning fee but usually it's pretty set in stone. 
*Damage Deposits
Usually $300-400 to protect the owners against any damage done. Most of them say fully refundable. Definitely ask each owner specifically about that. Some are partially refundable while some are fully refundable. Be sure to ask the likelihood of getting all of that back. I was told several times that it is refunded 10-14 days following our stay.
*Damage Insurance
NON-refundable fee usually $70-80 This is actual insurance so it is not refundable. I didn't see more than a handful that required this but it IS there. You can click the 'Rates' tab on any VRBO rental or the 'detailed price' link below the 'quote' button will also show any extra fees.
*Pool/Spa heating fees
Not all have them but if you have a place with a pool or spa, make sure to double check or ask the owner about it. I've seen them be $10-20 a day! That adds up.
*Additional Persons Fee
This one is ridiculous IMO. And it comes up more often than the Damage insurance so triple check on this one. A rental may say it sleeps 12 then say additional $5-10 pppn (per person per night) 
above six. That adds up really quick if you are planning to max out at 12 people. 
*Verify that the property is vacant.
VRBO is a site that allows individuals list their properties as vacation rentals. Let me clarify, these are usually people who own several properties with the intent to rent them out, however, I did run across a couple 'rentals' which were part of a persons home, meaning you would be staying in the same home as the owners. Possibly their basement, casita, or even a 4th floor "apartment" on their home. While some may be ok with staying with total strangers, I think the majority isn't... which does have a bonus to it, the prices are usually less for these kind of rentals. Not enough incentive for me to stay there but maybe for someone else.

Additional Tips:

*Prices vary by location, size, and number of persons staying
*Discounted rates will pop up if you are planning last minute or off season trips
*Weekly Discounted Rates:If you plan to stay for an entire week, many will usually give you a good discount.
*Distance Saves. If you don't mind being a little farther from the park, go just outside of the Anaheim area and avoid the new 15% TAX RATE that applies to all Anaheim rentals. This went into effect over the summer of 2015.
*Multiple families going? Find a large home and split the costs. Usually ends up costing less than a hotel room and you have more amenities.
*NEVER EVER pay through a wire transfer, Money Gram, or Western Union, even Paypal. 
I trust Paypal but in this case, it may be used as a way to avoid VRBO requirements and safe guards.The best option is to pay through VRBO to ensure your transaction is verifiable. I did read that you can pay in cash in person but every renter I talked with requires payment before your trip, just like if you booked a flight or hotel, it's only guaranteed once its paid for.
*One last tip, check the reviews but don't solely rely on them. I've read that negative reviews are not posted. Kind of ruins the idea of even having reviews available. But take note to the percentage of renters who actually left a review. If 200 people stayed there and only a handful left a review, I'd make sure to talk with the owner in depth before agreeing to rent from them.

There is a lot to take in when searching for a vacation rental on VRBO but overall, I think it can be worth it. 

As I was researching for our stay, we ended up finding other sources inadvertently through VRBO properties and planned to work with them seperately. Here are some sites we found.

This is who we are working with. They have been very accommodating and friendly. All the homes listed are very nice luxury homes. We are excited to work with them for our stay. 
I'll let you know what we think about it after our stay. 

(Castle #14)

These are decked out in Disney decor and have a special theme to each home. However, I didn't like that prices are only available by phone requests. This site is similar to VRBO in the fact that each of the homes are owned by different people so your contact info changes from house to house. They do have great reviews as far as I can tell. 

What options have you looked into for your 
Disneyland vacations?
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Aged Perfection: Part 2

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The Piano Tuner came... and then I cried! Bad news... way more costly to get it properly tuned than we had figured in or can afford. {Let me go cry some more}
So we did the only thing we could do. Sell it. It's gone.
This lovely set up is no more.

I sure hope the new owners can take good care of it. It's awesome.
On to the search for a piano again. Good bye lovely.

Aged Perfection Part 2!

I went for option 3! 
It's all finished. I have to admit it was the easiest choice. I love the natural distressing on it and preserving is pretty simple.

1) I used the foam sand blocks {Love the sand blocks!} to remove the chippy paint-you can see just how raised and chippy some of the paint was in the before pictures!

2) I wiped it clean of any dust and debris as best and quickly as I could.
3) Then I sealed it in with General Finishes flat clear top coat- 3 coats. It didn't even need sanding between coats. Sweet!

It just glided right on with the cheap craft foam paint brushes. I did rinse them out a couple of times during the process as there was some discoloration coming from the brush picking up the wood color and some inevitable left over dirt. 

The wood went so much darker and the surface is much smoother and set to be more durable now! I really love the dark and light contrast it has. 

A big 'Thanks' to General Finishes for the sample kit I received in the mail. I'm a believer in your top coats for sure! I have done waxing top coats, which aren't bad and have their place, but I don't like having to polish it up, I didn't have to with the GF top coat, at least not on this project. 

**I was given a free trial kit from General Finishes. I was not paid by General Finishes for any relating posts. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. 
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Target Deals of the Week

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Who's excited for fall? Crisp fresh cool air, pumpkin spice everything, kids in Halloween costumes... so much to enjoy! 

Here are a few awesome Target sales to help you get ready for all the fall festivities!

Valid through 09/26/2015

Halloween Shop
Valid through 09/26/2015
Sun Joe Electric Lawn Mower - Green (14")
Valid through 10/03/2015

Plus save an additional 5% if you're a Target redcard debit card holder!
Always remember to check CartWheel for more money saving coupons too!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

TONIGHT! FREE Home Depot DIY class: Fall wooden pumpkin candy holders

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Check out your local Home Depot for fun and free DIY instruction classes.

Tonight, at many locations, you can learn how to make this cute pumpkin candy(or magazine or plant) holder! (You can buy the supplies there to actually make it.)

Here are the details for the Southern Utah  locations. You'll need to register ahead of time too. 
So fun!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

ModBod Daily Deals

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So ModBod is joining the "Daily Deal" trend which is great news for those of us who love their clothing but not always the price. I am a fan of their basic tees. They are thicker material than a lot out there but usually they cost about $17 which is a lot for a basic tee... for me. 

Today they have one on sale for just $8.48! If I spot any I love, I'll share them with you but be sure to check them out on your own.

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Aged Perfection Sings to me!

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Who loves natural aged perfection? And Pianos?! ME! 

I got lucky with this one. Within minutes after seeing it posted for sale I immediately got in touch with the seller and set up the arrangements to pick it up. Right after I did that, she got tons of offers higher than mine on it. So sad. But she was kind enough to let me know and I hurried down to check it out and paid a little bit more, which is totally ok because I love it. I loved it from the start. 
I'm lucky my husband wanted it too!

We've been searching for a piano so our children can learn to play for over a year! We just couldn't get to them before everyone else did. I wanted to know about the age of the piano so I got as much info as I could. The serial number inside the piano dated it back to 1986. Then when I saw it in person, there was another serial number on the music backing(where the music books sit) that did not match the inside. It dates back to 1940. That means someone rebuilt it. Pretty cool!

My first instinct was to just leave it as is. Then when I got there and looked closely, I saw it would need some help. The paint was is chippy and some pieces of wood are missing.

I went through a whole debate in my mind...  

1) Strip it completely and paint it?  
2)Lightly sand the chippy paint off the top and paint the rest? 
3) Or lightly sand it all and seal it in so that no more paint chips off?

Which do you think I chose?

Stay TUNED for the after shots!! Side NOTE: anyone know a good piano tuner in Southern Utah? 
I know I know, my jokes often fall FLAT... Oh I'm just killin myself here! Ha! Ok, I'm done. 

 {BTW my dining room set just took a backseat to this piano project.}

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Outdated Lighting? A little DIY project...

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All-Area Lighting Sale

I feel like a lot of my posts about my home start with... "When we bought our home I knew I'd change THIS"

So a little background on our home might help. It's OLD! And ORIGINAL everything! It's really in pretty good condition considering it's age but... being 31 years old and original(just like me- haha) it needs some updates. Between the honey colored cabinets, trim, and flooring... the very gold lighting throughout the house, murky "oat" white paint, and brass door knobs...
I KNEW a lot would CHANGE!

Some things needed to be changed completely while others could simply be refreshed.

We spent a couple hours(by we... I mean my husband and his brother who happens to be an awesome electrician)... changing out lights and fans.

I could scour the internet and find amazing lighting with abundant price tags but of course, that's not in my budget.

Here's where my DIY comes in...


I used to sit and stare at these fans hanging in my house and wonder if they were real gold- they are that shiny people! Of course I knew better, especially because when we took them down... some of the "gold" was peeling off. Ha!

I should have gotten an awesome shot of them while they were still hanging but nope... didn't do it.

Here is the best I have as a before shot. 

And here's the current after shot... 
They are going to be hung in our sunroom... it's hot up in there.
{Yup, I went gangsta, which is sooo NOT me but I'm in a mood}

I used Rustoleum high gloss white spray paint from Lowes. More cans than I like to admit... It took almost a full 4 cans... or was it 5? I know I made multiple trips to the store though... {Hate that}
When they are actually hung I'll take some more pictures for you! I can already tell I'll love them!
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