Easy Does It!

Most people seem to think I have it all together. This is hilarious to me, because I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT. Not even a little! I think that’s one reason why I never allow myself to stop and take a break, because there’s always something I can see that needs to be accomplished!

I have learned something, though. Even though I can look around and see things that need to be accomplished, it’s okay to not get everything completed at the same time! Easy does it! So I just thought I’d do a post today to encourage those who feel overwhelmed with all there is to do around their homes. It’s okay! You don’t have to do it all at once! Easy does it! Just go little by little! Let me show you what I mean: here are three things I did in three different rooms of my house that made a difference…and were cost-effective and EASY!

1. I added curtains to the sliding glass doors in the living room

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The blinds have been there since we moved in, but I hadn’t been able to find the right curtains for the sliding glass doors in our living room in over a year. I searched everywhere I could think of with no luck. The funny thing was, I was actually at Target with my hubby looking for curtains for the DINING ROOM when he picked these up and said, “What about these?” “No,” I said, “Those aren’t the right style for the Dining Room. Nice for the Living Room, but not the Dining Room, babe.”

**Insert “ah-ha” moment here**

“OH! Those are PERFECT for the Living Room!!!”

**Insert my husband rubbing his ear here**

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DIY Summer Wreath!

Hopefully wherever you live now you’re feeling the effects of summer! Here in Florida, it’s HOT. I’m eternally grateful for air conditioning, that’s for sure! But I’m also eternally grateful to live near the beach! We’re near enough to be able to go over to the beach for a long or short weekend (this past Saturday we spent the afternoon and evening at John’s Pass) but far enough away that our insurance premiums aren’t “coastal”! It’s a beautiful thing!

So when I decorated my Summer Holiday Shelf this month, I did it “beachy”! Did you see it? If not, CLICK HERE to see what I’m rambling on about. But what I ran into was that I couldn’t find any kind of beachy door decor. I like to hang something that coordinates with the shelf on the inside of the front door, since it’s right next the shelf. After a few days of searching all my favorite spots, I listened to my husband (who constantly tells me, if you can’t find what you like, just make it yourself like you do everything else!) and decided to make it myself. I thought I’d share with all of you, too, because it was super easy!

Here’s my “ingredients”:

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That, my friends, is a plain wooden frame from Michael’s, and a collection of “beachy” decor balls from Michael’s, as well. Oh, and if you want to get great deals from Michael’s, do check out this link! Fantastic savings at: http://verified.codes/Michaels

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My Discouraging Dining Dilemma…SOLVED!

Some of you may remember this post (CLICK HERE) from EXACTLY a year ago today. (Woah. I didn’t realize it had been exactly a year until I looked at it – that’s kinda freaky!) ANYWAY, some of you may remember my “My Discouraging Dining Dilemma” post. I wasn’t sure what to do with my Dining Room! Have you ever been there with a room? Lots of ideas, but you’re not sure what will work, and you’re not a professional, so you’re scared to mess something up? Hello! Welcome to my life! HA!

Well, I think I’ve FINALLY finished our Dining Room! So I wanted to share with everyone!

Are you ready?!

Here’s the “before”…

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…and here’s the “after”.

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Summer Holiday Shelf! (And a FREE printable!)

Well, since the 4th of July has come and gone, down came the Patriotic Holiday Shelf. I wanted to decorate with something that would last me until Fall, so this time, I decided to go with a beach theme! I’ve never done that before, so I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out…but it worked well, I think. Let’s see what YOU think!

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“Beachy” enough?

I snagged these fancy fishies at Beall’s Outlet on clearance…

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…along with this super cute jar!

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Insider Tips on Saving Catering Costs

Ah, summer. Lots of extra things happen in the summer months, but events especially! Family reunions, barbecues and fish boils, weddings…the list goes on! And yes, here on the blog, you all know that I try to make most food myself for all of our celebrations…but sometimes, especially with weddings, you just need a little assistance, right?

So when professional blogger Suzan Hall contacted me and wanted to submit an article about saving on wedding catering costs, I jumped at it! If any of you have ever planned a wedding, you KNOW what it’s like to try and keep costs down! And if you’re planning a wedding or large event in the future and need a little help…you’ve come to the right place! Let’s see what Suzan had to say…

First and foremost, congratulations on your engagement! One of the happiest days of your life also happens to be one of the most expensive, and figuring out how much to spend to make your dream wedding a reality is no small feat. We understand how exciting yet challenging planning a wedding can be. Caterers can help you shave costs at your wedding reception without sacrificing the quality of your event, because food is a huge expense in most wedding budgets. Here are some easy ways to lower your wedding catering costs.

Plan a specific course
Are you looking to have alternate serves, i.e. two options for each course? How’s having one option for entrée, two for main meal and then dessert. This will reduce the cost of extra starters.

Keep your cool
Hot starters require more equipment in the kitchen, which means more cost. Stick to cold dishes to save money.

Serve on table
Hand pass appetizers rather than setting them out for guests to serve themselves. Caterers say guests consume 40 percent fewer pieces this way.

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