New Additions

Are you ready for today’s Back to School Blog Hop? Visit Dana over at Prudent Wisdom for today’s post on Teacher Appreciation Gifts! (That’s a good one!)

Back in June I did a post called “New Additions”. I described it like this:

As we get more and more settled in our new home, I pick up things in my free time (HA! What the heck is FREE TIME?!) and add them to our house. Thought I’d start sharing those with y’all! Maybe you’ll get some good ideas, and maybe you can give me some good ideas, too! Note: I don’t bring things into the house unless I LOVE them. I don’t see a point in being surrounded by “stuff”, much less stuff that I think is “just okay”.

I had a lot of great responses on that post (read the original one HERE) so I thought I’d do another one! (Since I’m still adding things, it seems!)

1. Master Bedroom accent

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Right now almost ALL of my jewelry is in that box you see. My earrings (that don’t match any other pieces specifically) are in the tiny Willow Tree dish, and that picture is one of my faves of the two of us. But…do you see anything else? Mainly…

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…THIS!

I first saw this in Hobby Lobby months ago, and it was $24.99. I LOVED it, and I knew it would look great in our bedroom. But I wasn’t paying that much for it! A couple weeks ago, it was marked down and on clearance for $8! Heck yeah!

Love it because…

  • Ummm…clearance!
  • It matches PERFECTLY
  • I really love how it looks like a piece of paisley! (I LOVE paisley!!!)

2. Kitchen

Notice anything?

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You guessed it!

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My fabulous birthday present! So pretty!

Love it because…

  • I’ve wanted one forever!!!
  • It matches the kitchen
  • I can’t wait for the holiday baking to come around!

Also in the kitchen…

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I added this candle pedestal (from Big Lots) to the top of the cabinets. I’m always adding things (as I find them) up here.

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Kinda mix-and-match, but I like it like that!

3. Back porch

Let me tell you about this DEAL! I walked into Home Depot looking for something totally different, and saw this set (umbrella included but not pictured) for $71 bucks!!! I kid you NOT! I was so excited – I took a pic and sent it to my hubby and he immediately agreed that he wanted it. We’d been looking for a set for a while (we want to be able to eat out on the back porch) and the costs were just ridiculous. But this…

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…was perfect!

Why I love it…

  • Fantastic deal
  • I was able to put it together myself!
  • Can be moved from the porch to the patio easily

4. Dining Room

You know I’ve been trying to get the dining room together (CLICK HERE FOR THAT POST!) and I think I’ve finally figured out what I’m going to do, but that’s for another post. Here is the pretty new centerpiece I decided on!

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Why I love it…

  • It inspired my new theme
  • The flowers match my china PERFECTLY
  • I can’t kill it

5. The Project Room

Remember, this is the room that doesn’t really have a purpose yet. So it’s kind of…multi-purpose! And we really needed this!

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What I love about it…

  • It was a great deal
  • It was MUCH NEEDED, so I was happy to find something that met my budget
  • It’s fantastic to be able to go in the Project Room and work out, instead of having to leave the house

6. The Office

I’ve added a few things to our office!

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See the bunting? My fabulous cousin designed it for me – yeah, she makes them! If you want one designed for YOU, let me know!

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So pretty, right?

We also added some cute salt-and-pepper shakers to my hubby’s Coca Cola collection!

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And I finally finished my receipt jars! (CLICK HERE FOR THE POST ON THIS PROJECT!)

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What I love about it…

  • It’s really coming together!
  • I really like the customized touches!
  • I feel like there’s more room to improve upon

7. The Guest Bathroom

I’ve added quite a lot to the Guest Bathroom (CLICK HERE TO SEE) but this is one of my favorites:

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I originally didn’t think I needed a shower curtain in here…until we had house guests on the way, and I thought, with six of them coming, it might be nice for a little extra privacy.

What I love about it…

  • It really brings the room together
  • I LOVE the color combination
  • It really feels fresh and clean

I think that’s it for now – what have YOU added to your home? I’d love to see!

Over the Weekend…and a half-mowed yard, a birthday and a new toy!

Let me remind you: today is the FIRST DAY of the Back to School with the Blogging Buddies Blog Hop! Today’s post is from Esther over at Townships Mum! CLICK HERE to check out her post on “The First Day of the Rest of Her Life!” (Please note: if you receive an error, just try again later 🙂 ) And if you want to see the full list for the next two weeks, CLICK HERE!

Well, here we are – another Monday! Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Here’s what I was up to:

Accomplished on Friday:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Made dinner

Here’s where the half-mowed yard comes into play.

Normally on Friday nights, we go out to eat. But I had some tilapia and risotto that I had planned on making for dinner, so, after grocery shopping, I came home and got everything started. Naturally, we ate a little later than normal, but no worries, because we ended up getting some…ahem…dinner entertainment.

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