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  • How to install laminate flooring – tips for installing laminate flooring

    Installing laminate flooring is one of the more simple flooring options to install. Even beginner DIYers can learn how to install laminate flooring. Materials needed for installing laminate flooring Laminate flooring to cover square footage of your space + 10% extra. Underlayment (if not already attached to the flooring you chose) – Must use as a vapor barrier if installing over concrete. Underlayment also helps to buffer the sound after installation. Spacers for expansion Use 3/8″ spacers for expansion around the perimeter of your space. Rubber Mallet Tapping Block Pull bar How to install laminate flooring Step 1: Buy your laminate flooring. Always measure the square footage of your space PLUS 10% extra to allow for cuts and mistakes. It happens. Prepare your surface: Remove door and base moulding. If removed carefully, it can be reused in the space after installing laminate flooring. Remove carpet, carpet pad and carpet tacks. (if necessary) Laminate flooring can be installed directly over most existing flooring, except carpet. If you are installing directly over a hard surface (wood, tile, linoleum), you will want to…

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  • Elegant Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

    DIY Christmas Tree – Savannah’s Pink Christmas Tree

    I love to decorate Christmas Trees. Over the last few years I have decorated many Christmas Trees. Today I am going to teach you how to do a DIY Christmas Tree. I want to teach you a few simple steps that can help you decorate a Christmas Tree. This post is sponsored by At Home. All ideas and opinions are my own, always. Decorating a Christmas tree can be tricky. I am going to make it really simple and easy for you with just a few simple step. How to decorate a Christmas Tree professionally At Home has the most amazing Christmas Decor. It makes it really easy to do a DIY Christmas Tree. Step 1: Shopping for your Christmas Tree This year I wanted to do a flock Christmas Tree and I wanted to do a 12 foot Christmas tree and I found the perfect one. I got the 12ft Pre-Lit Keyser Flocked Pine Christmas Tree. I love this flocked Christmas Tree it is very full and the it’s a perfect size for this space. Step 2: Shopping for Christmas…

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  • How to decorate a mantel for Christmas

    Christmas is right around the corner and today I’m going to explain how to decorate a mantel for Christmas. Everyone does it a little different and this year, I focused on an elaborate garland to make a statement on my Christmas mantel. This post is sponsored by JOANN. All ideas and opinions are my own, always. Materials to decorate a Holiday Mantel 2 – 9′ Christmas Garlands Sparkly / textured Christmas Garlands – Cedar Pine, Berry, Pinecone Garland, Glitter Fern Garland Variety of floral stems – I used Dahlias and Phalaenopsis Several Holiday Floral Picks – Double Gilded Pinecone Spray Battery operated LED lights – 50ct LED Euro Lights (white on green) Candlesticks (Found on clearance in-store at JOANN) Candles How to decorate a Christmas Mantel Clear off your mantel and give it a good wipe down to remove any dust and to give you a clean slate to work with. I left my round mirror as I wanted to keep it for this year’s Christmas mantel display. Add a 9 foot garland to your mantel. I like to double my…

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  • Kids Christmas Tree

    This is my first year decorating a kids Christmas tree for my boys and we have all LOVED it! It’s really fun to decorate a kids Christmas tree for their bedroom and makes them even more excited for their favorite holiday! This post is sponsored by At Home. All ideas and opinions are my own, always. We are so excited to be participating in the Tree for Every Room campaign with At Home! We have a pretty fool proof method for decorating Christmas trees and this is definitely still true when decorating a kids Christmas Tree. I got this incredible Red Christmas Tree from At Home and my kids and I are obsessed with it! It is so unique and beautiful and it is exactly what we needed to decorate my kids Christmas tree! First, start with your assembled tree and spread out the branches.    Next, add lights! This tree is not pre-lit but even if your tree is pre-lit add more lights! We love to mix large and small bulbs to add interest. I used the White and Red…

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  • DIY Wall Decor

    You can make these cute oversized wood letter that makes the perfect DIY wall decor in just 5 steps and for around $50! For my kids playroom I wanted some fun on the wall for a big statement piece but I did not want to blow the budget on it. I came up with this awesome DIY wall decor and I thought it would perfect. The great thing about this DIY wall decor is that you spell out anything you want and you can also do whatever size you want. Tools and Materials: BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill and Battery Power Kit: https://amzn.to/2OFVmES BLACK+DECKER Sander: https://amzn.to/2qGERyu BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Jigsaw: https://amzn.to/2FgaVDt Hammer Tape Measure Nails 1/2 inch MDF Paint Paint Roller Step 1: Trace the letters Trace your oversized letters onto 1/2 inch MDF board. Step 2: Use the Jigsaw to cut out the letters Using the Black + Decker jigsaw cut your letters out of the MDF board. Step 3: Sand the edges until smooth Smooth out all the edges with a sander. You can smooth out any mistakes…

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  • Flocked Christmas Tree with Pink and Gold Accents

    This post is sponsored by JOANN. All opinions and ideas are our own. Do you need some White Christmas tree ideas? I have always wanted a flocked Christmas tree and this year I did a flocked Christmas tree with pale pink accents. I want to share all the details on how I did this White Christmas tree. I love having a flocked Christmas tree. This is the first time I have ever had one. I wanted to share my white Christmas tree ideas. When I was shopping for items to go onto my tree I kept my color scheme in mind and I went to JOANN and I found the most amazing stuff. Tips when buying Materials for a White Christmas tree I like to buy my ornaments and spray/picks in odd numbers. I normally get 5 of each item. Here is a list of everything I used to decorate my flocked Christmas tree. Materials: Blooming Holiday Christmas 21” Glitter Leaf Spray-Champagne Blooming Holiday Christmas Standing Deer with Fur Hoofs-White Maker’s Holiday Christmas Holiday Charm 33 pk Shatterproof Ornaments Maker’s…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Hallway Gallery Wall

    Do you have a hard time not knowing what to do on your gallery wall? Do you do artwork or photos on a gallery wall? At my house I have a little hallway that leads to my master bedroom and also my babies room. I was a bit unsure what I should do down the hallway.  Then I decided that a simple gallery wall is exactly what the wall needed. I did not want it to be crazy so I decided an oversized gallery wall would be great. My mom as Mother’s day gift to me had pictures of my kids taken by the amazing Abbie Martinsen. They turned out so cute and knew they would be perfect for that space. This is what the hallway looked like when we bought the house. It has come a very long way since this picture. I still can’t this is what it looked like. Now lets talk about how we transformed this space. Photo Shoot It was great because the photo shoot was very simple. I first had all my kids wear…

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  • A DIYer’s Garage Makeover

    This garage makeover is a DIY’ers dream come True! Mine anyway! This garage makeover features cute yet durable flooring, storage solutions and even decorating ideas for your own garage makeover. Y’all, I finally got the garage makeover done. I am from Arizona and spent most of my life there, besides 4 years in New York and a month long attempt at summer sales in Houston, Texas that was the actual worst. So, I probably can’t say Y’all but it just came out. Anyway, I am freaking done. My garage looked like what I’ve consider “normal” which means to most us, of our Monica’s closets of our homes. All the random things we likely don’t need or items that don’t “have a home” which is my number one rule of order in my home. After my garage makeover, this habit has been broken and I am so glad to know where my stuff is. Looking at before and after pictures are sometimes misleading. This did not happen overnight or even in the same week. I worked on it for three weeks…

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  • How to make faux wood beams

    I’m so excited to finally be sharing my tutorial on how to make faux wood beams! Our DIY faux wood beams have made an enormous impact on the overall look of our home and I couldn’t love them more! How to make faux wood beams materials: 1″x6″x8′ cedar boards – total linear feet needed x 3 (Note: We wanted our main center beam to be a little thicker than the side beams so we used 1″x8″x8′ boards for the very center board at the top pitch of our ceiling. sander / sandpaper Quality wood stain -I used Varathane Sunbleached Stain brush or cloth Brad Nailer / brad nails 1-3 2×4″ studs – I used about 1 ft of 2×4 for each 8′ beam 3″ wood screws Painter’s tape Pencil Saw (Miter, Chop, Circular, Jigsaw etc. will all work for this project.) Faux Beams DIY Video: How to make faux wood beams Remove any staples, splinters or other objects from your cedar boards. Sand each board until smooth. Stain all boards with 1-2 coats of stain (I only did 1) and…

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  • Park Home Reno: Lego Room

    My boys lego room revamp is finally done and we are so in love with it! The hand-drawn skyline takes the lego room to the next level. Before: How to design a Lego Room Floors and Walls – First, choose what you want for your walls (and flooring if this is a full remodel). I painted all the walls white (Behr Frost) and did a hand-drawn skyline on the wall (tutorial coming soon) to set the tone for the room. We featured some of our favorite buildings. I wanted a hand-drawn look so I used a straight edge and a Sharpie Paint Pen to draw the design. I chose a black and white striped rug for the floors. Because this is a very large room, I chose a 10×13′ rug that covers nearly the entire floor.  Choose your furniture – Since I knew the rug, walls and bedding was going to be black and white in the Lego Room, I opted for colorful furniture including red headboards, yellow crib and green dresser. The colorful furniture makes the walls and rugs…

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  • Converting our Homes into Smart Homes using Ring Products

    Converting our homes into more of a Smart Home has made our lives so much easier. We have been partnering up with the Home Depot this year to convert our homes into more of a smart home. All opinions are my own. I have always wanted a smart home. And I have had my eye on the Ring Products for as long as I can remember. The love I have for tech things is unmatched and these products just seemed to make my life a whole lot easier. This year as we have been changing a few things out to smart home items and I have been blown away with how convenient it makes my life. I also have a peace of mind knowing I can keep an eye on things at my house. Lets first talk about the smart home product we used. Ring Products The ring products that we installed into our home are the Video Doorbell Pro Doorbell Chime Spotlight Cam Alarm System Video Doorbell Pro The ring video doorbell pro has been a crazy good change.…

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  • DIY Fall Centerpiece

    Summer vacation is officially over and the weather is cooling off (slowly but surely in Arizona!). We are loving the crisp mornings and cool evenings. That being said, it’s finally that time of the year for all things Fall! We’ve partnered with JOANN to teach you how to make this super easy, super cute DIY Fall Centerpiece that is perfect for Thanksgiving and all season long. DIY Fall Centerpiece Step 1: Layer your table with a table runner (or two!) I used a white table runner and the Simply Autumn Decorative Mesh Ribbon in Natural Jute from JOANN. S Step 2: Add height and to help create your overall shape of the centerpiece. I used the Simply Autumn Bamboo Wood & Iron Candle Holders in Small and Large. Step 3: Begin to layer pumpkins using your larger pumpkins first. I start with the larger pumpkins to create the overall shape of the centerpiece.   Here are the pumpkins I used (all from JOANN): Glitter Pumpkins White Carvable Pumpkins Dipped Copper Pumpkins Navy Woodchip Pumpkins Copper Striped Pumpkins White Woodchip Pumpkins…

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  • One Hour Accent Wall that cost less than $10

    My Playroom accent wall tutorial is live and I am so excited to share it with you. I will have a full post on the sources for everything in the playroom and we will also have a full tutorial on how we made the oversized PLAY letters. Check out our YouTube channel for the full tutorial! If you like this tutorial, you may also like: DIY Brush Stroke Wall DIY Painted Floor DIY Wall Decor…

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