Creative Projects, Fashion

A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

I will always love kids' clothes that match holidays- red and green at Christmas, red, white, & blue at 4th of July, etc.-- they are so adorable and look great in photos. The only problem is that many of the holiday outfits in stores are very holiday specific- a top that says "Happy 4th of July"… Continue reading A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

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Creative Projects, Frugality

11 Low-Cost/DIY Nursery Ideas

  There's something about the beginning of a new year that always makes me want to get organized. My latest project has been my daughter's room, so I haven't been blogging this year until today. It was difficult to decide on a nursery theme- there's so many cute ones out there! But I found a… Continue reading 11 Low-Cost/DIY Nursery Ideas

Creative Projects, Frugality

DIY Table and Chairs

  My first furniture pieces were all composite wood. Five years later, they are literally falling apart. As they are slowly being replaced, I am trying to be thoughtful about what I purchase so that we don't end up with things sitting around that aren't useful or good quality. But of course, they have to be… Continue reading DIY Table and Chairs

Simple Living

My Experience With The “No Shampoo” Trend

It sounded too good to be true, but I was curious- did it really work? I had seen many pins floating around on Pinterest extolling the virtues of not shampooing your hair and that this was actually better for it; as someone with naturally oily hair, I decided to give it a try. The theory… Continue reading My Experience With The “No Shampoo” Trend

DIY Sugar Scrub Olive + Maple
Frugality, Simple Living

DIY Sugar Scrub | Why I No Longer Use Microbeads

If you're like me, you probably never thought about those tiny little peach beads in your face scrub, or the little blue ones in your toothpaste. They just make your skin soft and keep your breath fresh, right? It turns out they are actually not as benign as they seem; these microscopic scrubbers are so… Continue reading DIY Sugar Scrub | Why I No Longer Use Microbeads

Creative Projects, Frugality

Making Furniture New Again

    This is what my desk and nightstand looked like "before"- I don't have a picture of the chair that goes with it, but it was a light oak wood with a black seat.  I wasn't a fan of the flowers and wanted a simple, clean, cohesive look. However, I couldn't find a desk… Continue reading Making Furniture New Again

Frugality, Simple Living

Almost-Free Art For Your Home or Gifting

I love decorating my walls, but art and decor prices can add up quickly- most items in typical home stores are very overpriced for what you actually get (watch for the sales!).  While I love home stores, I also enjoy having more unique items that aren't mass produced.  Creating art yourself through photography is an… Continue reading Almost-Free Art For Your Home or Gifting