Map It Out: Cute DIY Valentines

Happy Monday, y’all! Is everyone ready for Valentine’s Day?

I must admit, we don’t go all-out for the day or anything, but it’s always good to have a reminder to appreciate those you love, isn’t it? So we take advantage of it! I hope all of you do the same!

On that note, I’m totally stoked to share today’s guest post with you! These are awesome ideas from the lovely Megan Wild on how to use MAPS to make VALENTINES! Wohoo!

Now that it’s possible to get anywhere you need to go with turn-by-turn directions on your cell phone, you probably haven’t looked at a paper map in years. Why would you? It’s not safe to open them while driving, and the most detailed ones aren’t exactly convenient to carry around since they’re so big. Worst of all, they’re nearly impossible to fold back up flat again!

Luckily, you can turn those old maps into great works of art. If you have a collection of maps lying around your house, try using them as a free source of paper to make creative Valentines for friends and family. For some inspiration, check out these fun Valentine’s Day crafts to get started:

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Show the Way to Your Heart With Valentine’s Day Cards

The great thing about all those old maps is that they’re made out of paper, so they’re easy to work with. Think about it as a free source of scrapbook paper – the same paper crafting techniques apply. If you’re a seasoned scrapbooker, you probably already have an arsenal full of supplies, but here are suggestions for a novice to craft a beautiful handmade Valentine with maps:

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How to Maximize a Small Balcony Space

I was sitting on my screened-in porch the other day, watching Taffy the white doggy and CoCo the black kitty frolic around in the backyard. I glanced over at our brick patio, looking at my herb garden to see if anything needed any watering, and suddenly remembered when we lived in a tiny one-bedroom apartment and my herb garden was in a teeny little space on our fenced-in patio. It made me stop and smile – I loved that patio! Yes, it was super small, but it was ours, and as long as I managed the space well, it worked well for us!

So when Amelia from PatioLiving contacted me and asked if I was interested in a guest post, well, I sure was! And she has some fantastic ideas for all of us to make the most of the outdoor space we have! 

We all know outdoor space can be very scarce, especially when you’re renting or living in an urban environment. However, it doesn’t take a lot of room to make a big statement; it just requires a little creatively and thoughtful planning! Follow our helpful tips and tricks on revamping a small balcony, and you’ll be making the most out of your petite space in no time.  

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Four Simple Tips to Cut Your Monthly Expenses

When it’s time to cut expenses, looking at everything big-picture-style can seem overwhelming. So, if you’re like me, it’s nicer to have just a few things at a time to work on. I mean, it’s a lot easier to begin a journey of 3 Tips to Better Manage Your Finances than it is to jump off into the abyss of How to Completely Makeover Your Finances, isn’t it?! 

So we’re gonna put that into practice today. (You KNEW it, didn’t you?!)

When it comes to managing your personal finance, one of the biggest challenges that we face is working out ways to spend less money and save more. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to cut down on your monthly expenses, and even though some regular bills might seem small and insignificant when you’re looking at them on their own, adding them all together can be a shock for most people as they can soon add up to an enormous cumulative effect. To minimize the damage caused on a monthly basis, many people look for innovative ways to cut down expenses.

Save on Transportation

If you have access to public transportation, using it can save you quite a lot of money on gas, parking fees, and car maintenance over time. The cost of owning a vehicle is huge, but for a small percentage of it, you can get from one side of town to the other, to and from work, and to most important events by using public transportation such as buses, trains and trams. Even if you don’t want to completely sell your car, leaving it behind for journeys such as the commute to work or shorter journeys can help you to save money.

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The 2016 Valentine’s Day Holiday Shelf!

Well, folks, this year I decided to take it super simple with Valentine’s Day, and I think my shelf reflects that! Here’s a few super-simple pics for you!

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I used all the red heart cards for a fun and messy little banner. I kinda like that they don’t all hang perfectly!

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