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Friday, August 18, 2017

Outfit of the Day: Handmade!

I'm SO excited to show you today's outfit! It is actually a dress that my friend Liz hand made!!!

She did an amazing job. This dress didn't fit her anymore so she actually gave it to me but I love it and I especially love the waist!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

4 Overlooked Tips for Cleaning Out Your Garage Once and For All

Let’s be honest: your garage is currently overflowing with junk, isn’t it?

Don’t sweat it. In fact, conventional wisdom tells us that most people are in the exact same boat. Whether you’ve just moved into your home or you’ve lived there seemingly forever, the garage often becomes a dumping ground for our odds and ends. From lawn equipment to items that are simply too big or unsightly to keep inside the house, it’s easy for the clutter in our garages to quickly spiral out of control.

That being said, “out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t exactly work when you don’t even have enough room to park your car, does it?

If you’ve decided that “enough is enough” and you’re ready to finally tackle this behemoth of a DIY project, congratulations!

So, what do you need to know before you get your hands dirty?

Decide Between a Carport and a Garage

First thing’s first: you need to decide what your long-term goal is in terms of your garage. This may sound a bit silly; however, garages don’t necessarily need to be used for car storage. After all, you can always look into vehicle storage solutions from outlets like Carports and More. These retailers offer a multitude of ways to keep your vehicles safe outdoors so you can free up your garage for other projects.

Looking to create a workshop? How about a spare guest room? Such projects aren’t beyond your reach depending on how much space you need to clear up in your garage. Deciding this before you get to work will save you some major headaches.

Remove Everything (Yes, All of It)

We would advise that you commit the time to remove everything from your garage at once rather than try to chip away at cleaning over the course of weeks and months. Starting with your largest items, you need to clearly assess the condition of your garage and figure out what’s going to go where one it’s clean.

In many cases, you’re going find a lot of junk to pitch. Taking out everything at once forces you to decide right then and there what you’re going to keep and what’s going to the dumpster.

Mind Your Hazardous Materials

Obviously safety should be a top priority when it comes to cleaning out your garage, so be mindful of any chemicals or potentially dangerous substances you’ve been storing. For example, tread lightly when handling containers that may have been exposed to heat containing gasoline, antifreeze and the like. Take proper precaution when disposing of chemicals and do not pitch them with the rest of your garbage.

Make the Most of Your Wall Space

Finally, your ultimate goal while cleaning your garage should be to remove as much as you possibly can from the floor. Hanging items within your garage is a must-do, especially since you don’t have to worry so much about putting nails in the wall or installing heavy-duty hangers. From installing your own shelving units to hooks and beyond, just about anything is fair game to keeping your floor space clear for whatever it is you might be storing.

Cleaning out your garage can be a massive undertaking, but it’s totally worth it in the end once you’re done. With these overlooked tips in mind, you can make the clean-up process much easier on yourself.

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Three Ingredient Brownies Recipe

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 I am a sucker for brownies.  Baking has always been fun for me and the best part is the end product, of course.  Today, I have a super fun recipe for you. It's fun because it's SO simple!!!

One of the three ingredients is Rigoni di Asiago's Nocciolata Dairy Free Organic Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread. It's made with organic ingredients and contains absolutely no GMO's, preservatives, or added colors or artificial sweeteners.  This stuff is so yummy! it combines hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, and raw cane sugar.  The flavor is amazing and it's nice to know it is made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil.  And surprisingly it contains much less sugar than other brands. 

3 Large Eggs
1 Heaping Cup All-Purpose Flour
2 1/2 Cups of Nocciolata

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.   Combine the flour, Nocciolata, and eggs in a bowl. 

Step 2: When the mixture is combined, pour into the pan.

Step 3: Bake for about 25 minutes, until the surface looks set and slightly crispy.

YUM!!!! It was so good, much better than any brownie I've ever made before.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

4 Unique Projects That Will Make Use of Those Leftover Shingles

Replacing your roof is a big project. It’s important to hire a professional team to make sure your roof is installed correctly. Fortunately, roof financing is available that will make your next roof replacement more affordable.

If you spend a lot of money on your roofing project, you want to make sure that you use all the materials. It’s a good idea to keep a bundle or two of shingles for repairs, but what do you do with the rest?

Here are four fun projects that make use of those leftover shingles.
Create a Garden Path

There are so many fun ways to make a garden path. Plain old mulch is an easy solution, while using the boards of a pallet can help you recycle wood that would otherwise end up in the landfill. But, did you know you can create a garden path out of shingles too?

Lay down some mulch and overlap the shingles to create a path. After a year or two, the grass will secure the path in place, making it a fixture in your yard.
Roof a Birdhouse or Dog House

It’s not a good idea to roof your own house, but there’s nothing wrong with roofing a birdhouse or a dog house!

Roofing a bird house is the easiest project because the roofing material isn’t really protecting the house. It’s just used as a decorative feature. A bit more goes into installing a roof on a dog house, but it’s fairly easy as well, and it’ll make that dog house less of an eyesore in your yard.

If you get a little creative, you can find other objects to roof as well. Use the shingles to roof a tool shed or create a cute fairy cottage for your garden with a roof that matches the roof on your home.
Create a Welcome Mat

Shingles have to be able to stand up to the weather, which makes them rough and sturdy. These features also make shingles a great material to use as a welcome mat.

Layer the shingles in a visually pleasing way, glue them together, and cut them to size. You can even use outdoor paint to create a one-of-a-kind welcome message.
Create a Rustic Accent Wall

Not all shingles are created equal, but some can make just as much of a statement inside as they do outside.

Rustic accent walls are a unique way to add a little visual interest to rooms throughout your home. It gives your house a feeling of being both indoors and outdoors at the same time.

Traditional asphalt shingles aren’t the best choice. Instead, create an accent wall if you have leftover shingles like:

· Tile shingles

· Metal panels

· Wood shingles

· Copper panels

Even used shingles are great for these projects! The best part is, you can get rid of some of those extra shingles or keep used shingles out of the landfill while enhancing your home at the same time.

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Outfit of the Day: Busy Dress

The weather has been so muggy lately which makes me want to wear as little fabric as possible. I feel in love with this dress from Ross Dress for Less. It was less than $20 and it fits perfectly. I think the pattern is so pretty and because it's busy and has a lot going on it helps hide my stomach pooch and any other flaws. It was so comfy and really kept me cool!

Oh and because I'm completely incapable of doing anything with my hair (even a french braid) I just took two strands of hair and kept twisting them and picked up hair along the way. I guess that's a french twist? Anyway, I tied it back and tucked it behind my ear and it helps keep the frizzies out of my face.

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