Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Spray paint dollar store mirrors

There are all sorts of cool projects using dollar store mirrors on pinterest. I helped my parents with my brother's rehearsal dinner and used the $1 mirrors to put centerpieces on.

I bought six mirrors for $6 from the Dollar Tree. I wish they had a little more detail to them, but oh well.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Painted wine bottles for centerpieces

In yesterday's post, I mentioned that my brother got married over the weekend. One of the ways they decorated the reception hall was by using painted wine bottles and baby's breath. Credit for this post goes to my new sister-in-law.

You can get wine bottles for free from recycling bins (I dug through our town recycling bin for these) or most bars/restaurants will just give them to you. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Side swept updo

I've been swamped at work and my brother got married over the weekend so I had to abandon the blog for a few days! I plan to share some of the wedding details/decorations this week followed by a couple Husker projects (woohoo tailgating and college football this Saturday!)

I've had some reader requests for hair tutorials lately. I've mentioned in passing that I usually do my own hair for events even though I'm not a professional. My brother's wedding was no exception. I decided to do a side swept updo.

When I practiced, it took me less than 15 minutes. For the real deal it took me over an hour simply because I was curling my hair better and trying to take pictures. Here is what you'll need:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mellow Mushroom throwback prices tomorrow

You might want to schedule a lunch or dinner date tomorrow!

Mellow Mushroom is celebrating their 40th anniversary by offering certain items at 1974 prices on Wednesday, August 20.

Image source here

Small Cheese Pizza = $2.50
Coke = $0.75
Budweiser = $0.75
PBR = $0.75

Can't beat that!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Faux tall baseboards

Tall baseboards make a house look more expensive (probably because they are really expensive). Fake a nice thick baseboard by adding a thin strip higher up and then painting in between. I haven't done this, but maybe it's something we can do in our basement once we get to that point. Still working on drywall. Ugh.

These pictures are all courtesy of The House of Smiths. 

Here are a couple other tutorials from bloggers that tried this out:

The Idea Room - How to Take Your Baseboards from Small to Tall
Chic Little House - How to Make Your Baseboards Taller
ChaiteLane - Designer Trick! How to Make a Gorgeous Baseboard
Hi Sugar Plum - Faux Crown Molding

Seriously genius.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Coconut Oil experience

I know, I know. I'm way behind on the coconut oil trend. People have been talking about the many uses of coconut oil for a while now and I'm finally jumping on the bandwagon. I bought a big tub (56 fl oz) from Sam's Club last night for $15. Cheap considering this should last a long time and doesn't expire for a couple years. Here's the brand I purchased:

Better Body Foods Coconut Oil at Sam's

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Framed Husker N

This is a post from several months ago, but I thought it was worth a revisit with Husker football right around the corner!

Click here to see the tutorial!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beware of these flowers...

I've been brainstorming ways to decorate for a rehearsal dinner. The following flowers (or maybe they're weeds?) are popping up in ditches so I cut some and made arrangements.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Planting trees

Disclaimer: Our grass looks absolutely terrible! We've hardly gotten any rain the past few weeks and it's going dormant already. We inherited a really awful lawn when we bought the house and it'll probably take us a few years to whip it into shape. We plan to aerate and overseed this fall.

Moving onto the trees. Our house had no landscaping - zero zilch nada. The yard looked lifeless so we've been planting perennials like crazy this spring.

I know you're not supposed to plant trees in the summer, but Home Depot had their trees marked 75% off and I just couldn't pass it up (you know me)! We bought three trees and spent about $40 total. We saved $110 since they were on sale!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DIY Outdoor Sectional

I can't take any credit for this post, but I sure wish I could! This sectional is at my aunt and uncle's home and was built by their son Paul.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Free Redbox with code SUNSHINE

Rent a Redbox movie for free today only (8/4/14) with code SUNSHINE! I think we'll get Heaven is for Real. Loved that book! We rented Noah last Friday and it was just meh.

Image source here

Friday, August 1, 2014

Extra 10% off at 6pm

From their Facebook page:

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Take 10% OFF your entire order with code 6PMFB8120141013, valid August 1 until 11:59pm PST or until it maxes out at 6,000 uses!