Have a Coke and a Smile

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Ever since we started the Whole30 Challenge a few months ago my husband and I have made a pact to stop drinking soft drinks. Cold turkey.  Just sat them down and never looked back.  Considering we both used to guzzle cokes like a dried up cactus, it has been a little bit of a challenge to keep that promise.  But, so far so good!  We are trying to maintain our good eating habits but with all the end of summer parties and back to school stress, we’ve let some junk slip back into our diets.  But … [Read more...]

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DIY Thrift Store Wooden Bowl Planters

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Sorry to leave you hanging on the status of these wooden bowls in my junky planter post from a few weeks back.  I’m back today to show you how I turned them into little succulent containers. Of course you know me and my succulent fetish.  It just seemed right to add more to these bowls to go with the ones inside the eyeball glass in my sunroom. Here are the bowls when last you saw them.  I found these bowls in a thrift store all taped together in a stack.  Of course I didn’t know what I’d do … [Read more...]

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Seashells, Succulents and Antique Eyeballs

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Well, it’s official.  I’m still a sucker for succulents.  Apparently I cannot get enough of them. I am also a sucker for cobalt blue glass bottles and jars, which led me to pick up these little guys at an estate sale last week.  As I was checking out the lady informed me that this particular little jar was actually an “eye glass”, aka an antique glass eye cup.  Um.  WHERT?  Excuse me?  At first I didn’t believe her, but then I went over to ebay and sure enough.  There it is.  A whole … [Read more...]

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End Table Furniture Plans: Introducing The Rogue Engineer

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  Hey there! Happy Cinco De Mayo! As promised, I'm back today with a full set of detailed furniture plans for DIYing the homemade end tables that you saw last week on the blog. But guess what? I have a very special guest to introduce to you today. Jamison over at the Rogue Engineer is here to show you guys how to build these end tables using his amazing CAD skills! I am SO honored and excited to be showcasing his talent here on my blog for the first time today, and hopefully you guys … [Read more...]

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The Lazy Girl’s Timesaving Tips for Decorating End Tables

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  Decorating my house is something that just comes naturally to me.  Some folks are blessed with the gift of playing music by ear, or the athletic ability to slide on their knees while rounding third base into home plate.  Some people can do math in their head without a calculator.  I have none of those abilities, but thankfully God shoved me into the creative gene pool and gave me an eye for design instead. He also granted me a husband with amazing woodworking skills.  Thank you, … [Read more...]

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The Lazy Girl’s Timesaving Tips For Staining Furniture

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Ok, raise your hand if the thought of staining unfinished wood makes you a little nervous.  I used to be in the hand-raised category, but then one day I decided to just go for it and tackled this stained sofa table top all by myself.  And guess what?  After nearly ten years, that sofa table is still going strong without showing any signs of aging.   If you are one of those who thinks staining wood is harder than painting it, then this post is for you.  The Lazy Girl is here today to show you … [Read more...]

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2014 Birmingham Parade of Home Rolls on This Weekend!

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The 2014 Birmingham Parade of Homes kicked off last weekend, and continues tomorrow and Sunday (April 12-13th). There are 75 homes available to tour around the Birmingham metro area this year, and all of them are just gorgeous!   Find a map and more info here. I had the pleasure of working with B-Metro Magazine last week inside the 2014 Ideal home built by local Birmingham builder Murphy Home Builders.  It features a stunning 4,000+ square feet of beautifully decorated space in the Ross … [Read more...]

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Beam me up, Scotty: Tour the HGTV Smart Home 2014

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April 15th Edit: Today is the day to start entering to win the 2014 HGTV Smart Home! Click here to enter! All my life, I have been bombarded with predictions of life in “the future”.  George Jetson and Michael J. Fox both led me to believe that I would be flying in my very own DeLorean-esque hovermobile while eating freeze-dried pizzas that cooked up in 2 seconds flat from the local levitating fast food restaurant.  Here we are nearly fifteen years into the new millennium, and I am STILL … [Read more...]

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Come on out to the 2014 Birmingham Parade of Homes TODAY!

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I don’t know about you, but driving around and snooping through new construction homes could be a full-time hobby for me.  Dreaming of the ideal home and crashing construction sites is a favorite pass-time that my husband and I shared back when we were actively house hunting. Wanna know what is even better than tromping through muddy job sites and risking a tetanus shot from all the construction waste lying around?  How about touring some beautifully decorated and pristine houses that come … [Read more...]

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Five Easy Ways to Organize your Pantry

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When True Value asked me to provide a pantry organization post for their website, I jumped at the chance. What better way to whip my pantry into shape than deliver a blog post showing every nook and cranny of it?  But first, I had to suffer through taking that cringe-worthy “before” photo.  It’s ok, though. I have aired my dirty laundry on my blog before, I can do it again.  Are y’all ready? Ever wondered what my disorganized pantry looked like as a “before” photo? Here ya go…  (Note to … [Read more...]

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