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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.

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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.

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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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Succulent Shell Wreath

By |May 24th, 2012|

The one thing you should know about me is that I like to spend oodles and oodles of money on home decor (pfff… Um, no. I wish.) In all honesty, I’m extremely passionate about handmade DIY – on a budget. I love being able to enjoy beautiful things, but in my eyes they are even more beautiful when I got a lot of bang for my buck. I’m really excited about the project I will be sharing today, because not only is it something that we’ll be able to enjoy for a long (long) time, but it also cost less than $20 to make! ^_^ Talk about bang for your buck!!

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Trash to Treasure Shell & Beach Glass Lampshade

By |March 27th, 2012|

As I mentioned in my first post ever, I have a trash-digging obsession habit thing.  If I see something old and mangled that I consider to have “good bones”, I just can’t help myself – I’ll rescue the poor thing and bring it home.  Usually all it takes is a good cleaning and some prettying up and viola!  You have a cheap (in some cases free), and an (almost) brand new little lovely for your home.

I don’t know if I should be ashamed or proud to admit that I’ve repeated this process so many times that I’ve even got my family in on the act.  Our newest rescue was a GORGEOUS lampshade that my stepdad salvaged liberated from the trash pile at his work.  I knew this lampshade would definitely have good bones, because where does my stepdad work?

At The Ritz Carlton.  And they’re known for choosing things with good bones!  ^_-

When I first clapped eyes on this baby, I was in love.  It was big and Frenchy (ie: expensive-looking).  Score!!  However, I was also a little confused.  “Umm… What’s wrong with it?” And then I saw it: a bit of a smudge.  (They were going to throw it out because of that?  Huh.)  Oh well; their loss is my gain!!

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