As cliche as it is, I really believe the New Year is the best time for a financial gut check. The problem that I historically ran in to is not the making of resolutions (hello, fun part), but sticking with them. Come February I’ve forgotten about those oh so important ‘resolutions’. So it goes without saying that by the end of the year, I likley haven’t accomplished what I set out to in January. It’s no surprise then…

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I’ve tried everything to fall asleep at night: warm milk & honey, reading, listen to light music, glass of wine, dim the lights in the evening and likely dozens of other tricks. ‘Winding down’ isn’t really my thing. Nor is relaxing. These qualities definitely serve me well in productivity, but not so much in quality sleep. That’s why I’ve realized I need more than one trick to put me to sleep each night. (I also realized…

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My favorite time of the year for store magazines mailings is Christmas time. I love love LOVE skimming through the pages checking out all the Christmas tree decorations, claiming “I could totally make this on my own”. That’s typically as far as I get because I know what looks easy in theory will soon become another ‘ Pinterest Fail.’ But I’m here to say that these painted glass ornaments are actually as easy as they look AND they…

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I love a huge fully decorated Christmas tree, but living in the city we’ve never had the space for one of the big ones! On top of that I never seem to have the right amount of ornaments to fill my tree. Halfway through decorating the tree I realize I’m running out of ornaments so the back half of the tree is completely bare. In my head my tree always resembles that of the ones I…

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My gift a choice to give a party host is always a bottle of wine. Not because it’s easy (which it IS), but because it’s practical. I know everyone will use it no matter how predictable. But with the holidays approaching, handing over ANOTHER bottle of wine amongst all the adorable DIY Christmas-y host gifts feels a little weak. Although I’m standing by my decision to give wine, I’m sprucing it up a bit! These Festive…

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I love ‘fancy’ (aka expensive) makeup remover. The more I spend, the more I seem to like it. And as much as I’m down for cheap DIY alternatives, never did I think I would make my own makeup remover. I assumed anything I make would either be way too greasy causing my face to break out or not work at all causing me to obsessively rub my eyes. Well, the last two years have proved me…

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Always on the hunt for something DIY-able and never one to turn down anything coffee related, I found these mugs at Goodwill for 50 cents each. They’re simple & cute, but had an engraved company logo on the side. For 50 cents I could risk an attempt at a DIY to cover that up! And the incredibly easy spray painted coffee mugs DIY came to life! First step is to wash and dry your cups.…

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The holiday season never seems to last long enough for me. I’m always running around with last minute details no matter how far in advance that I plan. This is doubly true with holiday house guests! So instead of planning for weeks in advance for my holiday house guests, I came up with the top 10 last minute prep ideas to make your house guests feel at home. It’s true that my fridge may not…

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