7 Friendsgiving Tips + Paleo Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Dec 16, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, Real Food, Snacks + Sweets, The Home | 2

I guess “Friendsgiving” has been a thing for a while now. This year we finally decided to jump on the bandwagon. I mean what’s better than a second Thanksgiving dinner, friends, and games? As you will notice, we happened to pull this off two weeks before Christmas – (AFTER TURKEY DAY) but there’s no rules, right? TIP #1: NO RULES.  Do whatever is comfortable and do what is “you”! Over “pinteresting” will depress & demotivate! So we sent an invite out to some dear friends, coordinated who brought what festive dish, and got to decorating and party planning. As the host we did the turkey, and made a pie for fun, everyone else pitched in to bring a marvelous spread of sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries,hors d’oeuvre, and of course LOTS of desserts! By the way, I made THISRead more …

5 Affordable Kitchen Updates

Jul 30, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 0

We are at the one year mark in our home. One year of remodeling, dust, paint on my hands, paint in my hair, paint on my clothes, sledgehammers, nail guns, more dust and every tool imaginable gracing every square inch. Which is why, I am SO thrilled to share with you our 5 affordable kitchen update ideas that we implemented! Granted, some of which were only made possible by my handy husband. While others offer H U G E impact for a little time & money. We are very pleased on how it come together. Of course, homes are always a work in progress, but it finally feels “post worthy” and ready to serve in your kitchen quandaries. The first and greatest decision we made was to tear down this sucker wall that separated our kitchen and living room. ItRead more …

The Chelsea Chair

Jul 9, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 1

Meet “Chelsea”. She started off as a shy recluse hiding in a muddle of junk at a thrift shop. Daily folks passed her by without a second glance, her beauty muted and long forgotten. My eyes sparkled with joy when I saw her, and her potential soared when I took a sit and discovered she was as sturdy as ever. I took her home, put some elbow grease into striping the varnish finish on the wood frame, and christened her with “color” in none else than… WHITE! Now she sits prominently in our living room – prestige and glory restored. I don’t know why I dubbed this chair “Chelsea”, because it sounds like a cheery and strong name. Appropriate for this chair’s brand new lease on life! I was quite pleased with this discovery, you are welcome to come haveRead more …

Dresser Makeover

Jun 3, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 0

Benefits of summer include finding garage sales out on runs, hence, this killer dresser I spotted last week during my regular “loop”. Fellow thrifters understand, NEEDING something is not a prerequisite to look.  Consistent scavenging leads to the treasures. Consistent thrifting also builds up self-control to pass “good”, and wait for the great. I am NOT about collecting junk! My personal motto is if it doesn’t have a function, it’s gotta get. Since my husband was in need of more dresser space, this little find fit the bill. Here she was, staring back at me. Tired, old, and in need of TLC. I took her home, used leftover Rustoleum Transformation Kit I recently used for my cabinets, and mustered strength for elbow grease… I thoroughly cleaned &  prepped all surfaces, inside of drawers, and removed all hardware. After debating purchasingRead more …

Coco Office Chair

Oct 23, 2014 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 0

I think this chair is very “Coco Channel” in the most thrifty way possible of course. I snagged another lifeless chair at a thrift shop, barraged it with gold spray paint, and found the cutest fabric at the same shop. A soft pink with a slight sparkle.   Another plus, it goes up and down, and works great in my new office.   Always Inspired,   bp

Inspired Office Chair

Oct 23, 2014 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 0

                            I stumbled on this upholstering thing and can’t seem to get enough! It all started with this office chair and has snowballed from there. My Aunt is the Founder of one of the premier occasional sales in Minnesota, Harvest Brown. If you live in the Midwest, you seriously CAN NOT MISS THIS. I had a goal of recreating an old office chair to contribute at this Annual Sale. During a typical browse through Goodwill I spotted an old, sturdy office chair for $4.99! It was made in MN, and all its original parts still in tact. Solid metal with great wheels! It was all black besides the legs when I got it. The one thing I kept the same was the leather backrest. I spray paintedRead more …

Fruit Bowls to Light Fixtures

Sep 25, 2014 | Posted by in DIY, The Home | 0

What does a fruit bowl and a trash can have in common?? They both make fabulous light fixtures! Nothing yanks my chain than *free* or darn near close to it. I had the fruit bowl sitting on top the refrigerator in an industrial silver color. The trash can I spotted in the clearance section at HomeGoods. How do you turn these common household projects into light fixtures you ask? Simple! Provided you have a handy man to help you actually install the thing. Turns out you’re not supposed to touch the “hot” wires… Whatever that means? Fruit Bowl Repurposed Light: 1.) Find a fruit bowl you already have, or pick one up at a resale shop 2.) Spray paint your desired color (I think black always looks crisp.) 3.) Purchase an inexpensive pendant light kit from your local hardware shop toRead more …