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  • Smart Home Thermostats and a Colorful Breakfast Nook

    This year we are converting our homes to be smart homes and it has made our lives so much easier! I recently add a smart thermostat and I am loving it. We have been partnering up with the Home Depot this year to convert our homes into more of a smart home. If you missed Mallory’s backyard post that was one of the first things she did and I have the exact same locks. Then Mallory also installed her new light bulb and garage door opener which you can details all about that HERE. I just recently just added in these new Emerson Sensi Thermostat. But before I get into all the details of the thermostat I first have to reveal the space where my thermostat is. And that is my breakfast nook right off the kitchen. Breakfast Nook The breakfast nook is a space that needed to be brought back to life. I wanted to have a pop of color and for it to be a fun space. When we moved into our house the cabinets were a painted…

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  • Smart Home Ideas: How to Create a Functional, Smart Garage

    This year, we are on a mission to create the ultimate Smart Homes. We are going through virtually every space and creating convenient smart home features. If you missed my backyard post, I talked about how we added smart locks our exterior doors and they have been awesome!! I spent a few weeks working on every single detail of our garage and making sure it was functional and “smart” to make my DIY life more convenient (and pretty!).   How to make a smart home – garage The lights and the garage door opener were super dated since the house was built in 1994. We left the fluorescent lights on the ceiling and replaced the flush mount light at the top of the stairs. I used my favorite gold flush mount light and installed the Phillips Hue personal wireless lighting so we can control the lights remotely. I love this feature because if we are out of town, we can set up routines on the Phillips app to turn the lights on and off so it appears that someone is…

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  • Couples Halloween Costume Ideas

    I loving seeing different creative couple Halloween Costumes. Every year we go to a couples Halloween Party and I love coming up with a great couples Halloween Costumes ideas and I wanted to share some of my favorite couples Halloween Costumes. Coming up with a couples Halloween costume can be a tricky. I like to think a bit more out of the box when it comes to halloween costumes especially when it comes to couple costumes ideas. Do you do a DIY Halloween Costume or do you Buy a Halloween Costume? When it comes to Couples Halloween Costumes sometimes its better to DIY if you want something different and maybe never seen before. Here are a few different DIY couples Halloween costume ideas. Ken and Barbie I think this is a really creative couples Halloween costume and making the boxes does not seem to crazy and hard. Col. Sanders and Chicken I bought the Colonel Sanders costume. I just search white suit then bought the wig and beard and the glasses separately. For the chicken I used a few white…

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  • Park Home Reno: Back Patio Ideas and Patio Progress

    This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are 100% my own, always. Time for an update! We have been dragging you guys along our backyard journey’s over the past few months and I thought I’d take the time to answer some questions and give you an update on our back patio that we recently added to our home. A little background, our home sits on 1/2 of an acre and we have a large backyard space but besides our deck, had very little space to entertain. Rewind back to March, this area was dirt and a tree. The tree was beautiful but as it grew, it became too close to the window/house and had to be removed. We took the opportunity to make a full backyard patio that this backyard was really lacking. When we designed this space I had several must-haves for this space. Our must haves included: Easily accessible from inside the house Awesome “floors” Relaxing Hot tub/Pergola space Fire pit lounge area Dining Space Outdoor kitchen/grilling area First, we cleared out the trees, bushes,…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Phase 1 Backyard Reveal and How to Install Pavers

    A backyard renovation can be a big undertaking. We totally transformed our backyard by laying some new pavers. I am going to show you exactly how to install pavers and how much of an impact pavers can make. We have partnered with the Home Depot for this project but all opinions are my own. Today is a really big deal! We have been working on our backyard for MONTHS. I am so excited to say that phase one of our backyard is done!!! The backyard renovation was a big DIY project. Like SO SO BIG we have transformed our backyard by Doing it ourselves and we have done some major backyard upgrades. We have made some major changes and how to install pavers was the biggest project of the backyard so far. Our Pavers and How to Install Pavers The pavers we choose for our backyard renovation were these amazing Pavestone Taverna Bluestone Pavers. These pavers are perfect. They are such a great color and I loved that they are a bit larger of a paver especially because we had…

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  • How to choose and How to install a ceiling fan

    Ceiling fans make a big difference. It can be very hard to choose an fan, especially an outdoor fan. I am going to going give you a few different tips on how I ended up choosing my ceiling fans and how to install a ceiling fan. This is a sponsored post with Hunter Fan Company but all opinions are my own. I have been working on my backyard renovations for months now. I am so close to being done. The finishing touches make such a big difference and my outdoor fans were in need of a facelift. My old fans have not working for a while now and now that my house is painted white I wanted something that popped a bit more. Today I am going to show you how to install a ceiling fan and I am going to show you exactly how easy the ceiling fan installation can be. But first, how to choose a ceiling fan is very important.  When I was choosing my outdoor fans for my back patio I wanted something sleek and bit…

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  • How to install floating shelves over tile

    Today we’re going to show you how to install floating shelves. Installing shelves over tile can be especially tricky but with a few tips and tricks, it’s really not very difficult at all! How to install floating shelves over tile The shelves I got are from Ikea (LACK) but since I don’t have an Ikea near by, I ordered them on Amazon Prime. They’re more expensive but it would have cost me more to drive 2+ hours to Ikea and pay for gas and a babysitter. It saved me a lot of time too! Sometimes the convenience is worth the extra cost. haha! If you have an Ikea they’re only $15 each! SCORE! Installing Floating Shelves Materials: Ikea LACK floating shelves Level Painter’s Tape 2″ wood screws Diamond Drill Bit Installing Floating Shelves Instructions: Find your studs in the wall – Before I tiled the backsplash wall in my kitchen, I marked where the studs are on the ceiling. If your wall is already tiled and it’s not an exterior wall, you can find the studs on the back side…

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  • Guest Bathroom Ideas (How to clean and prepare for guests)

    Coming up with guest bathroom ideas and thinking of ways to clean and prepare for guests can be so hard! It’s hard to think of what you need when you’re staying at someone’s house as a guest! Today’s post will help you take the guesswork out of guests and hopefully help you feel more confident with your guest bathroom ideas! This post is sponsored by Clorox. All opinions are my own. Guest Bathroom Ideas Before you can decorate, plan or prepare your bathroom for guests, you have to clean it! Cleaning is the very first (and not so obvious) step to most projects. When you clean for your guests before they arrive, you set the stage for a relaxing time with guests because you can enjoy them instead of stressing about cleaning and preparing moments before and after they arrive! How to clean a bathroom Empty everything (EVERYTHING) out of the bathroom. This can be a difficult task but it’s worth it! Sort through items and get rid of anything that is expired, unnecessary or unsightly. This is a crucial step…

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  • Daily Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

    Having a daily kitchen cleaning checklist is the only way I have found success in keeping my kitchen clean. Aside from the occasional dirty dishes pile up, this kitchen cleaning checklist has helped me keep my kitchen clean and organized with a family of seven! Daily Kitchen Cleaning Checklist *Thanks Bounty for sponsoring this post I have found that doing everything in this order has worked really well for me and after several days of my daily kitchen cleaning schedule, I began to memorize it and I can work really quickly and efficiently now. Start by emptying the dishwasher from the day before. I like to run my dishwasher after dinner in the evening so the dishes that were used throughout the day are clean and ready for use the next day. Prewash and load the dishwasher. You can read about my dishwashing tips here. Next, I do a quick wipe down of hard surfaces.  I use a multi-purpose cleaner and the NEW Bounty Quick-Size Paper Towels for the quick wipe down. I spray the multi-purpose cleaner on all hard…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Concrete Sidewalk

    When our backyard layout was not working we had to come up with how we could use our backyard to its full potential. A concrete sidewalk was our answer. We have been working on our backyard for months now. You can see our backyard game plan HERE.  When we were talking with my dad (he is a landscape designer, he owns a company called DB Landscape here in Arizona) we went over our hopes for our back yard.  Backyard Goals A place to entertain For the kids to use the whole backyard For it to feel like a retreat A place where the kids can be and play for a long time. Why the backyard was not working In the backyard the pool is right off the back patio. There is also a good amount of backyard behind the pool. That space behind the pool was just waste space that no one ever used. In the landscape plan we have a full concrete sidewalk going around the so that we can use the entire backyard. We are wanting our backyard to…

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  • How to keep strawberries fresh

    Keeping fruit fresh can be quite the challenge! Normally, after grocery shopping, most of our fruit goes straight in the fridge and a lot of times, it goes bad before we get to it. We LOVE strawberries at our house and we still seem to get yucky ones a day or two after we buy them which is so frustrating! today I’m going to show you my easy tip on how to keep strawberries fresh. Well, since I’ve discovered this amazing secret, now I can keep our strawberries and other berries fresh for up to two weeks!! It’s amaaaazing! How to keep strawberries fresh First, place berries into a large bowl. I use a large mixing bowl.  Fill bowl with cool tap water, just enough to cover all of the berries. Next, add 1-2 cups of distilled white vinegar to the water and berries. Let sit for 5-10 minutes in vinegar/water mixture. Pour berries and vinegar/water mixture into a colander. You do not need to rinse them, just drain the water. Place berries on dry paper towels on the counter or…

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  • Under the Sink Kitchen Cabinet Organization Ideas

    Under the kitchen sink can be a disastrous area! Mine can get out of hand, very quickly and as soon as I close the cabinet door it’s forgotten! Out of sight, out of mind, right? Today I’m going to share my tips and under the sink kitchen cabinet organization Ideas! How to organize under the kitchen sink Empty cabinet -Empty everything out of the cabinet beneath the kitchen sink Disinfect – Wipe down the entire cabinet with a disinfectant. The bottom sides, even pipes and cords. I feel like moist (hate that word!) areas are a breeding ground for mold and bacteria so disinfect everything first. Sort like items Sponges Cleaners Paper towels Garbage bags (I store mine here because the cabinet next to it houses our garbage cans) Dish soap Hand Soap Rubber Gloves etc. Gather Bins Sort into Bins. Label bins (optional) I use my label maker to add labels to the bins. This helps to know what’s missing when I run out of an item. It also helps if my kids or husband need to put things…

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  • How to Load a Dishwasher and Dishwashing Tips

    I am always trying to brainstorm ways to make my job as a mom and the puppet master of our home easier.  That being said, one of the ways I keep everything organized is sticking to my house duties routine and learning effective ways to do even simple tasks. today i’m going to show you how to load a dishwasher so that everything fits and gets clean!  I usually keep the house picked up and do the dishes and my husband helps with the emptying the garbage cans, laundry and he helps me “deep clean” on Saturday mornings Today, I’m going to share my tips, tricks and routine to keeping your dishes (and your kitchen!) sparking clean. I feel about 100x more productive when my kitchen is clean. Develop Routines and Habits I do my dishes at the same time every day. Well, twice a day. Every day, I unload the dishwasher while my kids eat breakfast and get ready for school. That leaves me with a place to put all dirty dishes throughout the day. My kids finish breakfast and place…

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