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Accessorizing Your Home on a Tight Budget

By |November 18th, 2013|

As I showed you yesterday, it’s not impossible to have a beautifully decorated home on a tight budget.  All it takes is a bit of creativity and a little elbow grease.  But sometimes it’s not the big statement pieces, but all the little details that polish off your home.

However, it’s amazing to me just how expensive these details can be!  Because of my current financial situation, as well as the fact that I am a firm believer in the DIY movement, I am here to tell you that you don’t have to pay oodles of money in order to have cute things.


Decorating Your Living Room on a Tight Budget

By |November 17th, 2013|

I love this time of year.  Here in Southern California, we don’t have much of a changing of the seasons – it’s more indoors than out.  Homes transform with oranges and reds, wreaths, decor, and very soon after that, twinkling lights and Christmas trees.

But to be honest, I’m also terrified of this time of year.

Why?  Because we’re on a budget – an extremely tight budget.  That means that as a wife and mother, I don’t always have a chance to purchase pretty things to decorate my family’s home, and that’s a scary thought.  No one wants to be judged as lacking, especially by family and friends that visit during the holidays.

But we’re a proud family.  In order to beautify our house to our own satisfaction, we do what we do best: get creative!  So before our family makes the indoor holiday changing of the seasons, I wanted to show my lovely readers exactly how we normally decorate the heart of our home – the living room – on a tight budget.


Free Printable – Thanksgiving Burlap & Linen Leaves

By |November 9th, 2013|

So the crazy holiday dash has officially begun – there are wrapped packages and beanie-covered penguins everywhere I look.  In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I have a short and sweet “Free Printable” post for you today!


Free Printable – Thanksgiving Banners

By |November 6th, 2013|

I’m totally late to climb on board the “Free Printable” train.  Why was I under the impression that I had to actually spend money to decorate for the holidays?  I mean, sure.  I’m willing to spend a little here and there on an autumn-inspired wreath or a bright, cheery garland for my mantle.

But why spend half my paycheck when I can frame adorable art for practically nothing?! (I say “practically nothing” because I prefer to have my free printables printed at Kinko’s or Staples – it’s cheaper in the long run than printing them out myself, and it looks much better in my opinion.)

So, without further adieu, I would like to add my piece to the “free printable universe” pie:


12 Desserts Using Leftover Halloween Candy

By |November 2nd, 2013|

Why is it that all common sense goes out the window on the night of October 31?  You dress in clothing items normally reserved for those living in mental institutions, dye your hair freaky colors, and make it your ultimate life’s mission to collect as much candy as humanly possible.


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