Tips for Making Your First Apartment Home


This post is sponsored by Target, all opinions are my own.It's been about 15 years since I was searching for my "first apartment," but I can still remember the anxiety and excitement around the whole process!! I was young, energetic, and couldn't wait to get out and grab the world by its horns! I had grand plans for how I'd paint the apartment and style it, but I look back now and just shake my head at my own choices! HA! Maybe you have a son or daughter that's venturing off on their own for school this fall and you're gearing up to get them into their first place...and you don't know where to start. What to consider. How to … [Read more...]

Big Bloom Front Door

big blooms front door flowers

This post is sponsored by Michaels, all thoughts and opinions are my own.I've had the same wreath on my front door since early spring (*gasp!*), so recently when I received a box full of Recollections "Big Bloom" Flowers on my front door step, I knew just what to do with them!! These flowers are huge, bright, and make a bold statement!! You put them together yourself using either double sided tape or hot glue and they look SO great in so many spaces!! Check out my Big Bloom Front Door today!!   Big Blooms come flat and prepackaged with easy instructions to build your flowers...Each package comes with a base to attach all … [Read more...]

Outdoor Entertaining Tips

setting up an outdoor drinks and appetizers get together

This post is sponsored by Target. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Little known (or maybe widely known) secret...Target is my happy place. I have a Target within two miles of my house and that's where I go to unwind if I need a break from my kids or if I am bored and need to get out of the house. During the summertime especially, I love the convenience of running into Target...sometimes it's fun to spruce things up for a friend's visit. Having a girlfriend over? Make the evening extra special by setting up a special area to relax in? Target makes it SUPER simple with their new outdoor dinnerware dining sets and tableware...check out … [Read more...]

DIY Chalky Finish Outdoor Table Makeover

chalk paint striped table

This post is sponsored by DecoArt, all thoughts and opinions are my own.We've had this old TV table on our front porch in all it's unpainted glory since last fall. I started to put it out for a garage sale when I realized it would make the perfect "in between" table for my adirondack chairs on the front porch. So I kept it. Eventually months went by and the table has been an eyesore for a while. So this weekend I decided to give the table a quick makeover using DecoArt's Chalky Finish paint in Yesteryear and Vintage.What you need:Paint brushWet rag/towelYesteryear and Vintage Chalky Paint from DecoArtTapeI … [Read more...]

Toy Room Makeover from Target

playroom after

This post is sponsored by Target, all opinions are my own.One of the most heinous rooms of my house has always been the room my guests see immediately to the right of my front door as they walk in. I believe it's meant to be a small dining room, but it's transformed from a dumping room, to an office, to a kids toy room over the years and's been quite an eyesore. Last year we got a small couch and rug for the room, but it still just became a dumping ground for college diplomas, old pictures, and junk. Determined to break the cycle, I headed to my local Target last weekend to get organized and turn my toy room into a space my … [Read more...]

Craft Room Storage Solutions with Sauder

bright and colorful craft room storage

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.Several years ago I fixed up a spare room in my basement and turned it into my craft room. Luckily for me, the previous owners had left two filing cases and an awesome built in desk area that I use for my storage and work area, but there was still more things that needed to be stored, so I simply put up a folding table and use it for a very cluttered and disorganized storage solution for many years. Each time we'd need that table, I'd have to empty off all my supplies and my room would be left a I quickly realized I needed … [Read more...]

Hand Drawn Family Photo & Frame {Giveaway}

navy blue and white wood frame

Last week you may have seen where I spent some time updating my entry way with a fun new end table and some decor. Today I'm sharing with you my FAVORITE part of my mini-makeover with this awesome hand drawn family photo and frame that is now hanging above my table. The drawing is from the talented Design by Marlies, where she takes your family photo and transfers it into a hand drawn masterpiece.I contacted Marlies and she had me send in the photo of my choice. Obviously, my photo cut my son off at the waist, but I told her what color pants he had on and my pink shoes and she added on the rest. I really had wanted the pink bow my … [Read more...]

How to Pick the Perfect Table for Your Home

navy blue side table from Target

This post is sponsored by Target.We're celebrating our five year anniversary since moving into our house, but yet there is still decorating to be done! Anyone else empathize with me? Sometimes you can put things off and put them off until you finally realize that maybe it's time to bite the bullet, spend a little money, and just make a decision to style that little corner of your house that you've been neglecting!! For me, that little space is my front entryway area. My entryway has become a hodgepodge of garage sale finds, storage for things that have no other place to live, and shoes, coats, and backpacks. It's completely uninviting … [Read more...]