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.


Flounder Trick-or-Treat Bucket

By |October 17th, 2013|

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to finish my daughter’s Halloween costume this year – it was literally a blast from my own past and a major sense of deja vu (My 4th birthday party was an Ariel party, and I can still recite every word and song of “The Little Mermaid”, for goodness sake!)

But what’s the first thing my little brat sweetheart asks when she sees her “Little Mermaid” tail and Ariel’s seashell bra?

“Where’s Flounder, Mommy?”


Halloween Ariel Seashell Bra

By |October 15th, 2013|

If you saw my post from yesterday, then you know my daughter wants to be Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” for Halloween this year.  And of course, she wants to be Ariel in her mermaid form – the kid always makes it extremely easy on me…

So since we’ve done the tail, and the Flounder Trick-or-Treat Bucket, it’s time for the top.


Halloween Ariel Mermaid Tail

By |October 15th, 2013|

My darling daughter recently announced that she wanted to be Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” for Halloween this year.

“Sure, Sweetheart! What dress do you want to wear? The blue one with the big bow when she first turns human?  Or the pink princess one?”

That’s when I got the look from my five-going-on-fifteen-year-old that clearly stated how slow she thinks I am.  “No Mom, I want to be a mermaid.”  Ah.  Yes.  Of course.  The hardest costume known to man.  Because unfortunately, I’m not nearly strong enough to shlub around a fifty-pound kindergartner when she gets tired during trick-or-treating when she can’t walk properly.


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