Thursday, April 17, 2014

3 Kitchen Updates That Won't Break Your Budget

My husband & I live in the house he grew up in with his grandparents. His grandfather built it in the 60s and his grandmother redecorated some back in the 80s. Other than that small amount of redecoration, everything in the house is pretty much the same as it was when it was built.

We've done what we could since we were married like paint. We took up all the carpets and refinished the original pine hardwood floors in every room (except kitchen/bathroom). But, since we've focused our finances on getting out of debt for the past 2.5 years, we haven't done much else.

I'm always looking for ways to make our house feel more like a home and last week, I did some small kitchen updates that I want to share. I guess I'm in third trimester nesting mode because I'm still amazed at what I did. More amazing is the fact that it cost one trip to Marshall's and less than $32.

Most of what I used, I already has somewhere in the house. Here are the 3 updates I did.

1. Tea Station

We've all seen those gorgeous kitchen pins displaying fabulous tea/coffee stations like these:


However, we have a small kitchen and there's really no room for a cute refinished/painted dresser. So I just improvised, cleared off some counter space that was junked up, and did what I could.

That counter space looks 100x better. The aprons were moved. The silver trays were my Grandma Mary's and I just scrubbed them with some Silver Cream until they shone. The glass candy bowls were from Lee's Grandma Elaine and the Cheerwine bottle was from lunch that day =) I had to give a little shout out to the best cherry soda EVER that originated from the town we live in. The 'Live by Faith' sign was already hanging up in the kitchen, I just moved it. The green mug and blue cream pitcher were purchased at Marshall's for $3.99 and $6.99 respectively. So for $11, some elbow grease, and a little bit of moving things around the house I have my tea station!

2. Chalkboard

Is it just me or does everyone have a chalkboard or some piece of furniture painted with chalkboard paint somewhere in their house now? Well, I jumped right on that bandwagon when I saw this beautiful one at Marshalls for $12.99. It helped take up space on a pretty big, blank wall in our kitchen & it gave me a place to hang this beautiful apron I received as an engagement gift.

3. Pops of Color /Using What You Already Have

So we have this cute little white writing desk that I've had since high school and I've never really figured out a good way to decorate it. It usually ends up being the place we stack all the junk that piles up. But I did notice that it needed some other color besides the red. I found the 'B' initial at Marshall's for $7.99 and I quickly grabbed it. I really like how it sets off the green in the decorative plate (another engagement gift). The figurines were on the windowsill in front of our dining table but I like them here so much more. What's even better is that the only thing I bought was the letter 'B', everything else was already in the house somewhere.

All in all, I'm really pleased with the results and I just feel better now that I've done some updating. Hopefully, all the pretty things will keep the clutter down to a minimum =)

So tell me,
-What are some other easy ways to update your kitchen?

-Have you recently remodeled/updated a room in your home?

-Where is your favorite place to buy discounted home decor?


Friday, April 11, 2014

My 1st Year in Review

Wow, I still can't believe I've been blogging for a whole year! I've been extremely blessed by the experience and I look forward to what God has in store for this blog, my readers, and my family.

I just want to quickly share some of my most read posts and my most favorite posts that I've done over the past year...

Most Read Posts:

1. Homemade WetJet Solution

2. Our Natural, Water Birth Story

Debt Free Journey Posts:

1. Our Debt Free Journey Update #4

2. 3 Biblical Truths About Money

DIY Posts:
1. 3-Ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent

2. Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

Parenting Posts:
1. Biblical Truths My Daughter Has Taught Me

2. How To Wash Bottles in Less Than 1 Minute

Spiritual Posts:
1. Dying to Self
2. Wives of the Bible Review

The words "Thank You" just don't seem to convey the gratitude I feel for my readers. I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog as much as I've enjoyed writing it! Here's to another great year! =)

So tell me,

-What posts of mine have you enjoyed reading?

-Is there anything you'd like to see me blog about in the future? I will take each suggestion into consideration.


Monday, April 7, 2014

My First Blog Birthday Winner!

Congratulations to Cherice S. for winning My First Blog Birthday gift card giveaway! Cherice chose to receive a Target gift card.

Cherice is a wife of 38 years, Mom to 4 daughters, and Nana to 10 grandchildren with 1 on the way! She's a wedding and party planner/designer/stylist and also a Professional Organizer. And very new to blogging seriously. Take a second to congratulate her over at

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Monday, March 31, 2014

My First Blog Birthday!!!

Dearest Readers,

I can't believe that I've been blogging for a whole year! I've enjoyed every minute of sharing my heart about parenthood, natural living, and Godly womanhood but more importantly, I've SO enjoyed reading your responses, suggestions, experiences, tips, and tricks.

Thank you for sharing in my journey! =)

As a special treat for you, I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Target or Starbucks! The winner gets to choose!

The giveaway ends Saturday at midnight so hurry and enter today. I will email the winner and they have 24 hours to respond with their mailing address.

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