Monday, January 30, 2017

Valentine Gift Ideas With Uncommon Goods

Do you need gift ideas for Valentine's Day?  My husband have been together so long, sometimes it's hard to come up with something to buy each other when special occasions come around.  Well Uncommon Goods is the solution for all gift buying.  On their site you will find handmade gifts, designer jewelry, and unique home decor.

 Of course my husband needs ideas for me so let's start there.  I wouldn't want him to be confused when out shopping.  I checked out great gifts for the wives.  I have seen agate everywhere and this set of coasters is perfect!  I also love the jewelry dishes.

ballerina warming slippers | pineapple tumbler | birth month mini dish | agate coasters | indigo kimono | soap set | jewelry tree | love bird paperweight

Jewelry is the way to a woman's heart and they have plenty of unique jewelry.  Anything from sparkly to casual.

Trinity wood cuff | sea glass necklace | acai berry necklace | moon phase earrings
sea glass ring | heart bangle

They also have gift ideas for those special friends and loved onesThat fondue set would definitely get used a lot at our house.

heart vases | elephant bookends | bamboo wall clock | fondue for two | bath salt set | popcorn popper | personalized game | chocolate server

Here are a few things about the company:

- Uncommon Goods has been awarded for outstanding customer service every year since 2007.  In 2015, they achieved the BizRate Platinum Circle of Excellence Award, their highest achievement level yet.

- Uncommon Goods is a B-Corporation.  This means they use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.  The B seals means that they meet a rigorous standard on a wide range of issues, including wage levels, environmental impact, and giving back to the community.

So if you haven't done your shopping for Valentine's Day and don't know where to start, take a look at Uncommon Goods.  You'd be surprised at all the awesomeness you'd find on their website.

*This is a sponsored post but the views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ramsign House Sign Giveaway

Have you heard of Ramsign?  They are a sign company specializing in porcelain enamel signs for your home.  These signs are widely seen throughout Europe.  They are bringing the hand stenciled method to modern day design.  Each personalized sign comes with a lifetime guarantee.  Their bright and vibrant colors will not fade over time. House signs not only identify your home, but they can be an additional decorative feature.

Ramsign started back in 1991 by Nick Brandt.  He opened a small shop to sell hand-stenciled enamel signs.  The response was good from his buyers and the business took off.  People felt an emotional connection to the signs.  Over the years, the company developed a classic catalog.  The company storefront closed but they are still growing and producing new products.
Ramsign is offering one of you a free house sign up to $99!!  You can choose a sign with your house number or a special date.  These would look great in a gallery wall.  There are many styles to choose from.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends Saturday at midnight.  A winner will be chosen at random.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Toy Storage & Organization

I have teamed up with some great women to bring you 10 Days of Organizing.  We are here to give you tips for your home to get you ready for the new year.

Now that Christmas has come and gone, the toys remain.  Between us and the grandparents, my kids got everything on their lists and more.  We thought we had done good by getting the kids a few toys each and a new game console to share between them.  Well, then there's the grandparents.  I was thinking one toy per kid per set right?  Wrong.  Several items per kid.  Some we haven't even opened yet.  HELP!!  We are grateful though.  I never want to hear that they are bored though.

I had started to purge some of the toys the week before Christmas.  After Christmas however, I realized I needed to weed things down even more, especially in my son's room.  I pulled all the toys out and went through them with each kid.  My son, who is three, even helped.  He did so good on identifying what he didn't play with anymore.  After we got rid of the baby toys and those that didn't work anymore, it was time to organize what was staying.

My son inherited the Ikea Trofast system from his sister.  I love the versatile white frame with the vast assortment of colorful bins.

I decided we should dedicate each bin to a different toy category.

The large blue bin is for his new love of Power Rangers.

The green bin is Ninja Turtles.

The red bin is for large cars.  He loves these things.

The white bin is for small cars.  This collection is rapidly growing so we might be switching bins around soon.

The orange bin is for stuffed animals.  He used to really love Elmo but I couldn't get him to part with him.

I wanted to label the bins but I figured he would be fine without.  It needs to be easy enough to manage on his own.

On the other side of the room are the wood crates.

More cars and books.  His books were on a shelf before but I like them in the crate better.  He can easily choose his own book and put it back without help.

I know toys in a kid's room are not always going to stay clean and neat.  At least everything has a spot now and hopefully he will keep them as organized as possible.  He's usually pretty good about putting things back so I'm not too worried.  The initial process and setup can be time consuming but so worth it in the end.

When choosing storage pieces for your space, try to look for something that will go with your decor and not look out of place.  You don't want it to look like you were trying too hard to hide things.  His storage is fun and colorful and fits right into my his room. 

Stay tuned for more organizing tips from these talented ladies! 
Monday, January 9 - Andrea @ Decorating Cents 
Tuesday, January 10 - Whitney @ Whitney J. Decor
Wednesday, January 11 - Katrina @ Chic Little House
Thursday, January 12 - Nicole @ She Does a Bunch
Friday, January 13 - Crystal @ The Holliday Collective
Saturday, January 14 - Carli @ Fearfully & Wonderfully Made
Sunday, January 15 - Alaya @ Behind the Big Green Door
Monday, January 16 - Erin @ Live Pretty on a Penny
Tuesday, January 17 - Ashley @ The Handy Homegirl
Wednesday, January 18 - Saidah @ Aprons and Stilletos

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

DIY Blanket Ladder

Hey good people.  Happy Wednesday.

I had a corner of the living room that was always empty.  I never knew quite what I wanted there.  I had always seen these ladders around the internet and thought about making one but never got around to it.

So one day I decided to just go for it.  It was an easy project so I don't know what took me so long.

(2) 2x2x8 furring strips
(8) 2 inch wood screws
Stain of your choice

I started with eight foot pieces.  They were less than $2 a piece.  I had the fine gentleman at Lowes cut them down for me.  Each eight foot piece was cut down to (1) five foot piece and (2) eighteen inch pieces.  This would give me a five foot tall ladder with eighteen inch rungs.

I laid out my pieces to assemble.  The top rung is six inches from the top.  The remaining rungs are 12 inches apart from the top of the previous rung.

Using two inch wood screws, attach the rungs to the side pieces.

Stain your ladder.  I used Minwax Walnut.

I love this little corner now.  The ladder was the perfect addition.  Of course, I added some blues with a blanket and vase.

For so little money, this ladder makes a big impact.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Make It Happen

Hello 2017!

I'm starting this year off with positive thinking.  This year, I am changing some things.  When I started this blog almost six years ago, it was to share my home projects and get inspiration from others.  When I say wow, it's an understatement.  There is so much home decor goodness out there.  Tons of designers and aspiring decorators like me.  This blog was just an outlet.  I'm sure my husband was tired of hearing all my new ideas about what we could change in the house.  I think he was just adding up all the money it would take to fulfill my ideas.  I have always been a fan of HGTV and its makeover shows.  Anybody remember watching Trading Spaces?  Loved it.  How cool would it be to change people's houses for a living?

More and more lately, I have been dreaming on what it would be like to wake up and actually do what I love for a living.  I'm constantly browsing for eye candy, checking design blogs, scoping out model homes, and making design boards.  This is what I want to do!  Home design has completely rocked my world!  I want to make everything beautiful.  My daughter has even mentioned she wants to design rooms too.  It's fun to hear what she thinks should go on a wall or in a corner.  My dreams are having in impact on her too.  I never imagined all of this would push me to wanting a change of career.

A few months ago, I found a mug in Marshalls that caught my eye.  Make It Happen!  Yes, that's it.  No one is going to give me anything.  If I want something, I have to change things and make them happen for myself.

I see so many inspirational quotes everyday.

"She believed she could so she did."

"Pray more, worry less."

"Do what you love."

"Stop wishing, start doing."

  Sure, I would see them and be like, "Me too, one day."  They were making a spark but not lighting the fire.  Until...

I was on the way to work one morning, when a radio show played a snippet of Steve Harvey's 'Jump' speech.  When I got to work, I played the entire thing and let me tell you friends, I was in tears by the end!  He talked about jumping and taking that leap of faith.  Nothing's going to happen unless you take it.  I knew at that moment, I had to make a change.  I need to be doing what makes me happy. I have these conversations over and over with my husband, mom, and friends.  They are of the belief that if I want it, I need to work towards it.


So this year I am committed to finding my purpose.  My talent.  My God-given gift.  Fear has had a hold of me because I was afraid of starting something and then it not work out.  Failing.  No more.  There is no doubt in my mind that God has destined me to be great.  With Him on my side, anything is possible.

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