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My Latest Obsession | Chesapeake Bay Mind + Body Collection #ad

Would you believe that before I had the chance to experience the Chesapeake Bay Mind & Body candles and diffuser, I only purchased candles that smelled like food, coffee, or seasonal scents like burning leaves? Don't get me wrong, I still love filling my home with scents like Chesapeake Bay Vanilla Biscotti and of course Snow by the Shore, but now that I have had the chance to enjoy these incredibly pleasing scents, I'm obsessed.

My Latest Obsession | Chesapeake Bay Mind + Body Collection #adI admit in the past I would have walked right by these scents. Clearly I didn't know any better. And I definitely didn't know that I needed these calming, relaxing, delicate, harmonious candles in my life. I'm so obsessed with them that I'll even burn them during the day when I'm home. I have never, ever burned candles during the day before, it was always just a night thing for me. For some (silly) reason, in my mind, candles only got burned at night. I'm a weirdo, I know. 

I think part of the reason I would have never picked up candles like these before is because I'm not familiar with the scents. It's easy to buy a coffee scented candle, or an apple pie scented candle because you know what that smells like! The scents from the Mind & Body collection, I was completely unfamiliar with. 

Before I brag to you tell you about my favorite scents, I thought I would mention what the Chesapeake Bay Mind & Body collection is all about.....

This collection is all about wellness for the mind and body. I'm sure the last thing on your mind during the holidays is wellness for the mind and body, but I think it's super important to make that a priority because it will allow you to enjoy the holidays more so than usual. This collection will help you, as it did me, slow down, relax, and find time for yourself. When you allow time for yourself, you become more available for others. How? Because when you find time for yourself you obtain balance and clarity in your mind which will then allow you to be there 100% for others instead of zoning out and just going through the motions. 

Just like the Chesapeake Bay Heritage Collection, the Mind & Body Collection candles are made from a natural soy wax blend, feature self-trimming wicks, and are scented with natural essential oils. 

My Latest Obsession | Chesapeake Bay Mind + Body Collection #adThe Peace + Tranquility candle is all about cashmere and jasmine. This is a very clean smelling candle with notes of lily of the valley and bergamot. Although floral, it's very soft and delicate. I know in the past I've tried floral scented candles and the scent was just too overpowering for my liking. This one, and actually every single scent that I'm talking about today is nothing like that. Just one of a reasons I find these candles to be exceptional. 

The large jar candle MSRP is $15 and has an approximate burn time of 70 hours. It's made in Maryland with ingredients from around the world and contains natural essential oils of ylang ylang, lemon, & cedarwood. 

My Latest Obsession | Chesapeake Bay Mind + Body Collection #adJoy + Laughter is a cranberry dahlia candle with a touch of spice. I really love the frosted glass jars that allow the light of the flame to give a soft illuminate glow. I appreciate the simplicity of these jar candles and think they add a nice touch to my minimalist bedroom. The natural wooden lids add warmth to the room and I much prefer them over glass lids. This scent contains natural essential oils of orange peel, lemon, and cedarwood and is also made in Maryland with ingredients from around the world. 

My Latest Obsession | Chesapeake Bay Mind + Body Collection #adAlthough I've been burning the previous candles during the day, the one candle that I wait for night to burn is the Reflection + Clarity medium jar. This soft blue tinted jar sits on my nightstand and the scent is sea salt sage - and I love it. Yes, I would have passed this up in the store because I simply could not imagine the scent in my mind, but now that I know better, I'm sold. I burn this candle every night before bed when I read and it's soothing notes of chamomile, eucalyptus, and lavender calm and relax me. It's a very clean and tranquilizing aroma. It contains natural essential oils of orange, chamomile, lavender, laurel, patchouli, and tea. And just like the others, it's made in Maryland with ingredients from around the world. 

The medium jar candle MSRP is $10 and has a burn time of 24 hours. 

My last experience with a reed diffuser, which was many, many years ago, was pretty awful. There was no scent, just an awful odor that I could not get out of my house. Since then, I've avoided reed diffusers. I just figured that I'm sensitive to some scents (like Tide and Gain - ew!) so there was no point in bringing another one into my home. 

Boy have I been missing out! The Balance + Harmony Waterlily Pear Reed Diffuser is so clean and wonderful that I decided to put it in my guest bathroom so my guests can experience this wonderful sensation.  

My Latest Obsession | Chesapeake Bay Mind + Body Collection #adNow that I think of it, this is the first time ever that I'm sharing my guest bath on the blog. It can be such a hard space to photograph and I really haven't had anything going on in there that I wanted to share. (Except - hello! How awesome does a mini chandelier look in a guest bath! I love it!)

I've always avoided putting candles in the guest bath because I was afraid they would be knocked over - there is simply no room. We sometimes have a large amount of little ones over and this is the bathroom that everyone will use. Putting the reed diffuser on the top of the medicine cabinet works out great because not only is it making the guest bath smell wonderful, it's out of the reach of little hands!

My Latest Obsession | Chesapeake Bay Mind + Body Collection #adThe Balance + Harmony Reed Diffuser combines tropical fruits, ripened peach, and pear. You'll also experience fresh petal of rose, violet, waterlily, clyclamen, and coconut. Now when people come through my front door, they smell the Balance + Harmony Reed Diffuser, and not my hound-y smelling dog Sam. :) 

The MSRP of the Chesapeake Bay Reed Diffusers is $20 and diffuses up to 3 months. 

Now that you know all about my latest candle obsession, I would love to hear if you have experienced any of the Chesapeake Bay Mind + Body Collection candles or diffusers! Any part of this collection would make a wonderful gift

And just so you know, there is more to this collection then what I introduced to you and you can see them all here!

For a limited time, visit the Chesapeake Bay Candle website and after you browse for a minute or so, you will see a pop-up that will save you 12% and get you free shipping! 

I received this product for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. 



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Welcome to my Christmas in the kitchen tour! 

Christmas in the Kitchen

At this time last year we had only been in our new home five short months and I'm embarrassed to say I didn't pay much attention to the kitchen when it came to decorating for Christmas. Last year my focus was on the living room which you can see here and here and I was so happy with how everything turned out. The kitchen, not so much. In the past I know I've rushed decorating and eventually regretted my choices - especially when I've gone with something trendy. When you're dealing with a new space, I think it's best to take your time and get a feel for it, mull your options over, and only bring in decor that you're really happy with -  and not just because you've seen it on HGTV and everybody has it. Last year with the focus on the living room, the kitchen ended up looking unfinished and very "decorator beginner". 

This year I had the opportunity to get a start on the kitchen. By no means do I find it complete and that is simply because, well, I'm cheap frugal. I got my start in blogging in 2010 as a deal blogger and that commitment to frugality is still a habit that I don't see going away anytime soon. I don't ever pay full price - especially for home decor. 

Pretty much everything you see in this Christmas in the Kitchen tour (aside from the tiered tray on the island and a few things here and there) is from Gordmans. I've been shopping Gordmas home decor for ages now and each year I'm very happy with the selection, the prices, the quality, and the timing of their sales promotions. They don't wait to discount everything right before Christmas, they have great sales well before. 

Christmas in the KitchenThe deer statue on the kitchen table was something I actually purchased last year at Gordmans and it's one of my favorite Gordmans purchases ever. I plan on giving it a new home every year during the holidays to mix things up a bit. 

Christmas in the KitchenLast year it was in the living room on the shelf in the hall (you can see the whole tour here) and this year it's taking center stage on the kitchen table. Between this large statue on the kitchen table, the reindeer on the vintage record player cabinet below the big clock, and the new red reindeer above the kitchen cabinets, I seem to have a theme going on that I didn't even try for. 

Christmas in the KitchenWhen shopping at Gordmans for the kitchen, I was drawn to all of the decor that had a vintage look. And the best part is that so many of the items coordinated without being too matchy-matchy. That's when you know a store has buyers who know what they are doing. 

Christmas in the KitchenBoth the Santa oversized-tag wall hanging and the "Believe" block letters coordinate perfectly with the Santa countdown to Christmas wall hanging on the backsplash. The red berries happened to be a tear drop swag that I turned upside down inside the pot that is inside the basket. The pine cones are actually attached to the tear drop swag and I'm kicking myself for not picking up a couple more since they are so versatile as both a tear drop swag or a filler. 

Christmas in the KitchenThis past weekend we had a neighborhood Christmas party and one of our guests was admiring the Christmas decor above the cabinets and asked if everything came as a set. I took that as a compliment for both myself and the buyers who brought these items into the store. Inside the large ceramic pitcher is another red berry tear drop swag and the black, white, and red Christmas scene picture propped up against the pitcher tied it all together. And of course the red reindeer add the big pop of color that I was looking for. 

Christmas in the KitchenIn the beginning of this post I talked about how this is just a start for the Christmas kitchen decor. As you can see, during the holidays I really need to switch out the blue rug in front of the sink for a holiday themed one. A rug that coordinates better and a wreath that I can hang on the window above the sink will be on my Gordmans after Christmas shopping list.

Christmas in the KitchenI'm also going to be on the lookout for garland to hang on the railing for next year.

Christmas in the Kitchen
This Merry Christmas wall hanging (that I have propped up instead) happened to be the exact same color as our IKEA cabinets - not exactly white, and not exactly cream - and can you believe it was priced at only $12.99?! 

Christmas in the KitchenHere is a little sneak peak into our mudroom that shows our latest project. :) I'll be posting it on the blog soon! 

Christmas in the KitchenYou really can't go wrong with pops of red in a neutral space for Christmas. To some people it may be unadventurous to go with classic Christmas red, but that's exactly what I like - classic. I've been adventurous in the past with trendy Christmas colors and home decor in general but I've found that it's just not my style. Neutral and classic colors are very calming and relaxing to me...and that's exactly the feel I want in our home. 

Thanks for visiting my Christmas in the Kitchen tour! I hope I've inspired you with my choices and I really hope you're able to visit Gordmans for fantastic finds like I did. 

If you haven't already, be sure to sign up for Gordmas gRewards (it's free) so you can earn points for every dollar spent and receive coupons both in your mailbox and inbox. 

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 18 Gift Ideas for the Organizer

Magnetic Refrigerator Chalkboard Dry Erase Calendar

Wall Control Office Wall Mount Desk Storage and Organization Kit

Supreme Stackable Can Rack Organizer

Deco Brothers Pan Organizer Rack

DYMO LabelManager 160 Handheld Label Maker

Mixing Bowls and Measuring Cups by Vesper’s Kitchen

10 Piece Gourmet Nesting Stainless Steel Cookware

Owl Ring Holder Tree Dish

Deluxe 4 Tier & Shelf Hanger with Curtain | Clothing Rack | Closet Organizer

Cosmetic Storage and Makeup Palette Organizer

simplehuman Steel Frame Dish Rack with Wine Glass Holder

Rustic Dark Brown Wood Wall Mounted Mail Sorter Key Hook Organizer Rack w/ Memo Bulletin Chalkboard Sign

Home-it Light-weight Hangers Non-slip Durable Clothes Hanging Organizer Hook

Orange Circle Studio 17-Month 2017 Do It All Planner, Secret Garden

Foldplex Flipfold Shirt Folder Tshirt Folder Folding Board (3 Pack)

Heavy duty Triple Laundry Sorter

Now Designs Utensil Crock

Gourmet Basics by Mikasa 3-Tier Metal Market Basket

18 Gift Ideas for the Organizer

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Coffee table books for the decoratorSo after I compiled this list, I realized that there is a definite theme going on with the style of decorating. I suppose since these are the styles that I'm drawn to, it makes sense. I haven't actually looked at or read Home by Ellen DeGeneres so this book might not go with the rest of them. However, I know I like Ellen so I had to include her. :)

12 Coffee Table Books for the Home Decorator

The Magnolia Story

Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me)

Junk Gypsy: Designing a Life at the Crossroads of Wonder & Wander

A Touch of Farmhouse Charm: Easy DIY Projects to Add a Warm and Rustic Feel to Any Room

Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House

Country Living Rustic Homes: Barns, Cabins, Cottages & Farmhouses

American Rustic

Modern Rustic

Vintage Industrial: Living with Machine Age Design

Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy

domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home


Coffee table books for the decorator

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 Cookbooks are not only useful, they can double as pretty accents on the kitchen counter or shelf. If you are looking for a gift for that health-conscious cook, here is a list of nine cookbooks that may already be on their book wish list. 

9 Cookbook Gift Ideas for the Health-Conscious Cook

Practical Paleo, 2nd Edition (Updated and Expanded): A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

With more than half a million copies sold, the first edition of Practical Paleo revolutionized the way we think about food and our bodies. Dubbed "The Paleo Bible" by readers, it explained how simply eating real, whole foods and avoiding processed, refined foods can improve our health--including reducing or even eliminating symptoms associated with common health disorders.

The Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook: More Than 175 Delicious Recipes for Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health

Dr. Hyman's Eat Fat, Get Thin radically changed the way we view dietary fat, and proved that the key to losing weight and keeping it off is to eat ample amounts of good fats. Now, Dr. Hyman shares more than 175 mouthwatering recipes to help you incorporate these good fats into your diet and continue on your path to wellness. With easy-to-prepare recipes for every meal--featuring nuts, coconut oil, avocados, and lots of other superfoods you thought were "off limits"--you can achieve fast and sustained weight loss. Your health is a life-long journey, and THE EAT FAT, GET THIN COOKBOOK helps make that journey both do-able and delicious.

Lexi's Clean Kitchen: 150 Delicious Paleo-Friendly Recipes to Nourish Your Life

While applying the invaluable principles of gluten-free and Paleo lifestyles, Lexi's Clean Kitchen: 150 Delicious Paleo-Friendly Recipes to Nourish Your Life takes a practical approach to clean eating that won't deprive you of your favorite foods. This cookbook transcends dietary labels—it is for everyone who loves preparing delectable meals that satisfy every palate and craving. Lexi's Clean Kitchen is a complete guide to putting together delicious meals from nutrient-dense whole foods.

Fed & Fit: A 28 Day Food & Fitness Plan to Jump-Start Your Life with Over 175 Squeaky-Clean Paleo Recipes

Fed & Fit offers meal preparation guides and incorporates practical application tools that are centered around the 'Pillars' to ensure complete success and make transitioning to a healthy lifestyle a positive and rewarding experience.  Fed & Fit also features expert techniques and fitness recommendations from New York Times Bestselling author and fitness coach Juli Bauer. 

The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond

The groundbreaking Whole30 program has helped countless people transform their lives by bringing them better sleep, more energy, fewer cravings, weight loss, and new healthy habits that last a lifetime. In this cookbook, best-selling author and Whole30 co-creator Melissa Hartwig delivers over 150 all-new recipes to help readers prepare delicious, healthy meals during their Whole30 and beyond.

The Wild Diet: Go Beyond Paleo to Burn Fat, Beat Cravings, and Drop 20 Pounds in 40 days

By focusing on simple, fresh ingredients and nutrient-dense meals, The Wild Diet programs your body to burn fat as its main fuel source. Eating Wild, thousands of people across the world have dropped 20, 60, or even more than 100+ pounds without hunger... and often with minimal exercise.

Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking: Meal Plans and Time Saving Paleo Recipes to Inspire Health and Shed Weight

Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking makes the ketogenic diet simple and accessible for everyone, no matter how busy you are or how much cooking experience you have. Plus, with its emphasis on real, whole foods, it's perfect for anyone following Paleo, and its abundance of nut-free, egg-free, and dairy-free options make it ideal for those with food allergies or intolerances.

Bacon & Butter: The Ultimate Ketogenic Diet Cookbook

Celby Richoux was overweight, exhausted, moody, and suffering from a range of physical discomforts when she found the ketogenic diet. But all that changed once she adopted its high fat, low carb principles. You too can reap the benefits of the ketogenic diet with Bacon & Butter, your ultimate companion for keto cooking, today and every day. Whether you've come to keto through the guidance of your doctor or you're looking for a sustainable way to lose weight, Celby's recipes will boost your health and change the way you think about food forever.

The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: A DIY Guide to Living Well with Chronic Illness

The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, from Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt of Autoimmune-Paleo.com, is a comprehensive guide to living healthfully with autoimmune disease. While conventional medicine is limited to medication or even surgical fixes, Trescott and Alt introduce a complementary solution that focuses on seven key steps to recovery: inform, collaborate, nourish, rest, breathe, move, and connect.

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 Vibrant, Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day

America's most trusted test kitchen tackles a topic with serious staying power: the Mediterranean diet. This thorough yet user-friendly book brings the Mediterranean into the American home kitchen, with 500 amazingly flavorful yet surprisingly approachable recipes for everyday cooking.

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12 Farmhouse Gift Ideas for the Decorator

If you are in need of some gift ideas for that home decorator on your shopping list, here is a small list that I compiled for someone who loves farmhouse decor. Almost everything on this list ships for free and I did check to make sure the items would arrive before the holidays (that could change at anytime though so don't hold me to it if you're finding this list a week before Christmas!). 

12 Farmhouse Gift Ideas for the Decorator

1. Coffee Tea Sugar Enamel Metal Containers with Lids Set

2. Metal Windmill Rustic Country Primitive Clock

3. 5-Shelf Industrial Design Brown Solid Wood Bookcase

4. Freestanding or Wall Mounted 12 Compartment Dark Brown Wood Shelf Rack

5. Tabouret Metal Stacking Chair

6. Set of 2 Rustic Wall Mounted Openwork Metal Wire Storage Basket Shelves

7. Rustic Brown Iron Mug / Cup / Glass Bottle Organizer Tree Drying Rack Stand

8. Angel Wings (Set of 2)

9. Decorative Iron Scale with Bird

10. Oval Metal 2-Tier Tray

11. Wood Candle Holder Brown Distressed Set of Three 10", 8", 6"H

12. Wood Candle Holder White Distressed Set of Three 18" , 15", 12" H

I hope this quick list provided you with some ideas for either yourself or someone you need to buy for! Farmhouse / rustic / industrial decor (they all go together) is going to be around for quite some time yet so these ideas would all be great additions to the home! 

Farmhouse home decor gift ideas for the home decorator

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18 Christmas Cranberry Recipes
Not only are cranberry desserts absolutely delish, they add a festive touch to your holiday table that most people can't resist. Cranberry pairs perfectly with orange and white chocolate and makes cookies and cakes especially yummy.

Below are my favorite Christmas cranberry dessert recipes from some very talented bloggers. I'm sure you'll find one or three that you will want to add to your holiday baking! Don't forget to pin this post to your holiday baking pin board!  

Vegan Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Cranberry Cardamom Spice Muffins

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Tart

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Marshmallow Relish

Amaretto Cranberry Shortbread Slices

Cranberry Raisin Monkey Bread

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Polenta Bread

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies 

White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie

Chocolate Cranberry Orange Tart

Mini Cranberry Cheesecakes

Cranberry Dessert Salad

Vegan Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars

18 Christmas Cranberry Recipes

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DIY Hanging Wood Poster and Art Frame (without magnets)On one of our many trips to Lanesboro, MN last year I came across this quirky and fun Minnesota What You Need To Know map that I knew would make a great addition to our guest room. When I brought it up to the register at the Slant Avenue Mercantile the guy behind the counter told me that IKEA had several frames that would fit this map perfectly. I thought between the cost of the map ($5) and the cost of the frame (I was guessing less than $10), this would make for some inexpensive decor. 

DIY Hanging Wood Poster and Art Frame (without magnets)However, on our next trip to IKEA I realized that a plastic frame is not what I wanted. And even though the map was only $5, I felt a thin plastic frame would "cheapen" the map further. I wanted this map to look like fun art hanging on the wall, not a poster. And I definitely did not want to hide the thick textured paper behind glass. 

Then I saw a video on Facebook showing an easy way to make a wooden hanging frame. Perfect! That type of frame would look great and if I can make it myself, even better! 

So I purchased thin strips of balsa wood and everything else we had at home. Balsa wood is super, duper inexpensive so if I had to take a quick guestimate of the total cost of this frame, I would have to say $2. 

DIY Hanging Wood Poster and Art Frame (without magnets)
The first thing I did was stain the balsa wood with Minxwax Ebony stain and allowed those to dry. 

DIY Hanging Wood Poster and Art Frame (without magnets)
Once those were dry, I hot glued the magnets to the ends of each piece. 

I then glued the twine next to the magnets on one piece of balsa wood. 

DIY Hanging Wood Poster and Art Frame (without magnets)
I connected the front of the frame to the back of the frame with the magnets to complete it but when I lifted the frame by the twine, the map slipped through the magnets.


It didn't work. 

The magnets would not hold the paper. What. The Heck. These were strong magnets too! 

DIY Hanging Wood Poster and Art Frame (without magnets)
So to lighten up the entire frame, since it was obviously the magnets were weighing it down, I hot glued double sided foam sticky squares to the balsa strips that would be on the front side of the map.  Even though these were sticky on both sides, I still hot glued them because I didn't think it would hold without the hot glue.  

DIY Hanging Wood Poster and Art Frame (without magnets)
The reason I used the foam squares and I didn't just hot glue the map to the wood is because the twine still had to fit between the top strips of balsa wood and the foam squares were about the same width as the twine.

DIY Hanging Wood Poster and Art Frame (without magnets)I hot glued the balsa wood strips that went on the back of the map right to the back of the map itself. After those were dry, I hot glued the foam sticky squares that were already glued to the front balsa wood strips right to the front side of the map. 

DIY Hanging Wood Poster and Art Frame (without magnets)
Everything stayed intact and it was ready to hang up in the guest room. 

DIY Hanging Wood Poster and Art Frame (without magnets)
I really love how this turned out and think it fits perfectly in this little corner of our guest room.  It's a fun addition to the room that I think our out of town guests will really enjoy looking at. I mean, who doesn't want to see where all of the Paul Bunyan stuff is, or what year all the big tornadoes came through, or where the ghost towns are, or where the threshing events are, and of course where the "can we just get there already" roads are. 

Thanks for stopping by! To make this frame all you need is thin balsa strips of wood, stain or paint, twine, a hot glue gun, and foam squares. Super easy and takes minutes to make!

 If you decide to make this hanging wood poster and art frame, I would love to see how it turns out! 

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Planter Box Pumpkins + Outdoor Fall Decor #gordmansfinds #GordmansJust because it's fall it doesn't mean that your window boxes have to be empty and lifeless. Fall can be very pretty for a few weeks when the leaves are at their peak color, but what about after the leaves have fallen? I wanted to keep those bright oranges and yellows around until at least Thanksgiving because once the snow flies, it will feel like forever until spring is here.

Planter Box Pumpkins + Outdoor Fall Decor #gordmansfinds #GordmansThis year I decked out the front of our house with the bright oranges and yellows and for the first time in a very long time, I even added some Halloween decor. I had been shopping at one of my all-time favorite stores, Gordmans, on the day their fall and Halloween decor was buy one, get one 50% off and came home with some great new outdoor decor! If you know me personally, or have been a long time reader of mine, you know how much I love my deals! Did you know that Gordmans has a deals and promotions page on their website? This way you can check the specials ahead of time and plan your shopping trip. 

I was thrilled to find the fall foliage garland in their outdoor decor section because I knew it would be a great filler around the pumpkins on the planter box. It's heavy duty and has held up to the frost at night and the pelting rain. 

I'm looking forward to adding a candle to the pumpkin lantern, also from Gordmans, during trick-or-treat!

Planter Box Pumpkins + Outdoor Fall Decor #gordmansfinds #GordmansThe large metal flowers were priced right at only $10 and were originally meant to be used as a wall hanging since they have twine loops attached to them. When I saw them in the store, I knew they would look awesome in our front yard - we just had to add a piece of wood for the "stem" to make them look like oversized flowers coming out of the ground.

Planter Box Pumpkins + Outdoor Fall Decor #gordmansfinds #GordmansThese metal flowers added a bit of whimsy to the front of our house which is a look that I don't usually go for but love how the colors pop against our white house! 

Planter Box Pumpkins + Outdoor Fall Decor #gordmansfinds #GordmansAnother addition to our front yard that I found at Gordmans were these adorable metal ghosts with burlap flags! These I will keep out along with the pumpkin lantern until November 1st and the rest I plan on keeping out through Thanksgiving.

Planter Box Pumpkins + Outdoor Fall Decor #gordmansfinds #GordmansSo back to the pumpkins in the planter box. We took the heavy duty planter box inserts that were inside the cedar boxes and turned them upside down to support the weight of the pumpkins. If you decide to do something like this, just be sure your planter box can withstand the weight of the pumpkins. After the pumpkins were in place, I wove the fall leaf garland in between the pumpkins. I even placed some of the pumpkins on top of the garland because it can get really windy here in Minnesota and I didn't want any of it to fly away. It looks too pretty to end up in the cornfields!  

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Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #sponI'm a tad bit embarrassed that I'm just getting my fall decor up now - so "late" in October. Seems reasonable enough, but when I think about how I had everything up at the end of August last year, I feel really far behind. Fall is my favorite time to decorate and I like to keep it around as long as possible since the rich warm colors work so well in our home so I'm surprised I waited so long. But if it's one thing I've learned over the years when it comes to home decor, if you force it, you'll never be happy with it. 

This year I needed inspiration to get moving with my fall decor. I wasn't about to just pull out my totes of fall decor from last year and put everything in the same exact place. There is no fun or creativity in that. I just had to be patient and wait for something to come along to get me moving. 

Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #sponAnd that something did finally come along by way of the Chesapeake Bay Candle Fall & Holiday Heritage Candle Collection.  I received the large Pumpkin Latte jar candle, the small Firewood Fig jar candle, the small Vanilla Biscotti jar candle, and the Trio Votive Gift Set Holiday Edition which includes Balsam Fir, Cinnamon Spice, and Snow by the Shore. The minute I unwrapped the Pumpkin Latte jar candle, I fell in love with the colors on the label. I spent quite a bit of time sniffing each candle and reading about each scent, the essential oils used to make these soy candles, and the story behind Chesapeake Bay Candle company. These candles are designed and poured right here in the United States. Gotta love that, right?! 

Before I go on and on about my new candles, I'll tell ya quick how I made my succulent pumpkin planters...

Last year I kept things very neutral with my rustic pumpkins and neutral fall tray vignette but this year I was inspired by the orange on the label of the Pumpkin Latte jar so I decided to bring in classic pumpkin orange colors. 

While there is nothing wrong with purchasing a few real or faux pumpkins and setting them out as fall decor, that just isn't me. I have to do something with the pumpkins first. Something that will make them special and unique to our home. I decided that something was going to be a quick and easy project - succulent pumpkin planters. 

Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #sponI've had this succulent planter on our back deck all summer and it did surprisingly well, however with the change of weather, it was time for it to come inside. The crazy thing about these succulents is how drenched they got all summer. We got quite a bit of rain, especially at the end of summer, so I'm really surprised they did so well considering there is no drainage on that ceramic bowl. Heck, I didn't even add rocks to the bottom of that bowl when I planted those succulents! 

Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #sponTo make the succulent pumpkin planters, I used carvable faux pumpkins from Michaels, containers from IKEA that I already had on hand, and rocks for drainage. I turned the container from IKEA upside down and placed it on the top of the pumpkin, traced it with a Sharpie, and then used a cheap-o pumpkin carving knife to cut the top. Super easy! Well, easy as long as you use a pumpkin carving knife. I tried it with a regular knife and it did not work well at all.  

Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #sponOnce they were all cut, I placed the containers in the pumpkins, added rocks at the bottom, and then repotted the succulents into their new homes. 

Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #spon

Turned out pretty cute, huh? 

I certainly think so!

I placed one of the smaller pumpkins on our TV stand, and the others on our coffee table. 

Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #sponLast year I decorated the tray on the coffee table with all neutral colors. While I was happy with it, this year I wanted color and height. The faux pumpkins give it the color and warmth I was inspired by from the Pumpkin Latte candle, the succulents and Chesapeake Bay jar candles give it the height it needed, and the faux corn cobs and fall floral picks make it extra festive. I even added a few cinnamon sticks and mini dried pumpkins for added detail. 

Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #sponNow I'll admit, when I'm looking for candles, it's not just the scent that I'm interested in. I look for three things when I purchase candles; what they are made of (I prefer soy), if the jar itself is pretty, and if the lid can be used as a base. 

Although I've been purchasing Chesapeake Bay tea lights on a regular basis for years, I wasn't familiar with their jar candles until I received this collection. These jar candles most definitely pass my test. :) I love the frosted glass of the jars and I really love the lids which coordinate exceptionally well with our reclaimed wood coffee table and TV stand. Little things like that matter to me. ;) The only thing I'm not too crazy about is the fact that as I'm writing this I have the Pumpkin Latte candle lit, and I'm now craving a Pumpkin Pie Latte from Caribou Coffee. (Yes, it's all about Caribou Coffee here in Minnesota, not Starbucks. Shocker, eh?) For all of you essential oils people, the Pumpkin Latte candle includes cinnamon leaf oil, benzoin, and bay oil. 

Last night I had the Vanilla Biscotti jar candle lit and stepped out of the house for a few minutes to let my son know it was time to come home (apparently he didn't see the street lights come on...) and when I walked back into the house, my first thought was "CAKE"! No, my husband did not bake a cake in those few minutes that I was gone. It was the Vanilla Biscotti candle filling the house with it's wonderful scent. Just check out the description of this candle: Creamy, warm milk whipped with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and toasted almond delight the senses on a cold winter night. Steamed vanilla and a dash of nutmeg embrace the evening as we settle down by a warm fire. Sweet and indulgent, vanilla extra grounds this delicious treat. Includes essential oils of cinnamon and davana.

Yup, they got that right. For a second though I thought I was going to be eating vanilla cake while watching reruns of The Office

Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #sponIt's going to be a bit chilly here in Minnesota this weekend so I'm looking forward to burning the Firewood Fig and Cinnamon Spice together. I might even break out the Balsam Fir. Between the woodsy birch, cedar notes, evergreen pine, fresh balsam, and eucalyptus, I won't miss having a fireplace at all! Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #sponI thought of completely skipping over Snow by the Shore.....but I just can't be that mean. You guys, I want to be selfish and greedy and purchase every single Snow by the Shore Chesapeake Bay candle ever made and keep them all to myself. How something can smell that phenomenal is beyond me. I've decided that this is now "my" candle. Please don't even try and purchase it because I want them all.

Honestly though, when I first read the description of Snow by the Shore, I wasn't drawn to it. The first snow of the season arrives, enchanting the landscape with notes of fresh mint, galbanum and sage leaf. Soft florals of white violet, ivy, and rose sparkle under a blanket of snow. Creamy sandalwood, musk, and warm tonka rise to greet the season. Includes essential oils of cedarwood and lemon. Gosh was I wrong. It's really the loveliest candle my nose has ever experienced. Ever. Really. 

Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters and Chesapeake Bay Candles #chesapeakebaycandle #spon

I know it's rude to brag, but dang my house smells good. :) 

If you're not familiar with Chesapeake Bay Candles, check them out on social networking:

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I received this product for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. 

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:50:29 +0000 Fall Decorating with Succulent Pumpkin Planters & Chesapeake Bay Candles http://whatroseknows.com/10-19-2016/Fall-Decorating-with-Succulent-Pumpkin-Planters-Chesapeake-Bay-Candles/

Raise your hand if you feel sleep deprived. Yikes, that's a lot of you. 

According to a 2016 CDC study 1 in 3 adults do not get enough sleep on a regular basis. I used to be one of those 1 in 3. I had a hard time falling asleep at night, I could never stay asleep, and I never woke up feeling well rested. I considered myself a "light sleeper" and I would almost never dream.

That is no longer me. Now I fall asleep easily, dream every single night, stay asleep all night long, and wake easily in the morning feeling well rested. I'm not telling you this to try and make you jealous, I'm telling you this because if what I share with you below helped me, it might help you too......

1. Keep the room clean and simple. 

If you are tripping over things on the floor or having to clear off the bed every night before you go to sleep, you may want to make your bedroom a no-clutter zone. It's easier to relax and wind down in a clutter free room. This goes for the walls and the bed as well. I found that excess throw pillows and blankets irritated me at night when it was time to "un-make" the bed. Now I only keep the pillows we actually use on the bed and not only is climbing right into bed easier, it's also easier to make the bed each morning. As for the walls, I found that not having a ton of decor on the walls is actually very calming. Having a minimalist bedroom allows me to relax when I'm in the room and as much as I love decorating my home, the bedroom is one room where just having an accent wall is enough for me. 

2. Use a non-illuminated clock.

How many times do you look at your illuminated alarm clock every night? If you ever say "I stared at my alarm clock last night from 1:35 am - 2:15 am", I would try an alternative way to wake up in the morning (more on that below) because that illuminated alarm clock is most likely contributing to your lack of sleep. Now when I wake up in the middle of the night I don't have an alarm clock to look at and I don't think about what time it is. My body just knows it's time to still sleep and I'm easily able to fall back asleep. The clock that I use is this one from IKEA. 

3. Use an unconventional alarm clock.

One of my favorite things about my Fitbit Charge HR is the ability to set silent alarms. Instead of waking up to music or your traditional alarm clock beeping sound (which will most likely be accompanied by an illuminated clock face), I now wake up to the vibrations on my wrist from my Fitbit Charge HR. Worried about not being able to hit snooze? Simply set multiple silent alarms.

4. Set a bedtime alarm.

If you find yourself losing track of time at night because you've become engrossed in that book you are reading, watching TV, or catching up on social networking, set an alarm to go to bed. I use the Bedtime Reminder on my Fitbit app so every night at 9:30 pm (during the week), my phone will buzz (since I turn it to vibrate at night) and remind me that it's time to go to sleep. I hear the new iOS 10 update works very similar to the Fitbit app.  

5. Keep the light out, but not completely. 

Because we live in the country and the brightness of the stars floods our room with light more so than street lights, I do have curtains on our windows. However, they are not room darkening because I want the light to come in in the morning. During the week, and especially during the fall and winter months, I'm always up before the sun rises, but on the weekends and during the summer, I do want the light of day to wake me up. I strongly believe in keeping the same sleep schedule for weekdays and weekends. We rarely stay up late on weekends because I always feel like I have a sleep hangover when I stay up late and it takes days to get back to normal again. 

6. Use a white noise app. 

Every once in awhile I have a hard time falling asleep because there is some sort of noise keeping me awake. For instance, a few times over the summer a neighbor was having a bonfire late at night and because our windows were open, the talking kept me awake. If my son has his friend sleep over and they are up a little later than normal talking, that will also keep me up. The one thing that will help me fall asleep during those times is using a white noise app on my phone. There are tons of white noises to choose from and you can set a timer so it's not on all night long. The one that I prefer to use (it's free) is this one

7. Take Natural Calm magnesium supplement. 

This was a game changer for me. I've had nighttime leg muscle cramps since I was a kid and have lived it with since then. Since I discovered Natural Calm by listening to the Paleo Women Podcast, I no longer wake up in the middle of the night from leg muscle cramps and spasms. Not only are my leg muscle cramps a thing of the past, I now dream every single night so I know I'm getting that important REM sleep. I ran out of Natural Calm a few weeks ago and was waiting for my shipment from Amazon so I went a few nights not taking it. By the second night I was having muscle leg cramps at night and during the day and I stopped dreaming. Although I eat a 90% whole food non-processed diet, I know my body needs a magnesium supplement. If you like sweet, go for the raspberry lemonade, if not, try the orange. Also, don't expect this to work the first night, be sure to give it a week - that's how long it took for me. Here is a huge selection of Natural Calm. 

How do you know if you are magnesium deficient? Check this out below (source: Natural Vitality):

What are the symptoms of magnesium deficiency?

Millions suffer daily from symptoms that can result from a lack of magnesium at a cellular level (not blood levels which are constant in most people). Due to the fact that magnesium is so vital to so many bodily processes, deficiency can contribute to a wide variety of conditions, such as

  • Stress
  • Fatigue & Low Energy
  • Inability to Sleep
  • Muscle Tension, Spasms &?Cramps
  • Anxiousness and Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Weakness
  • PMS and Hormonal Imbalances
  • Weakening Bones
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm
  • Calcification of Organs *

8. Take care of stress triggers before bed. 

Dishes in the sink, stuff on the island, a living room that is not picked up, those are stress triggers for me. It's hard for me to fall asleep at night if I suddenly realize that the dishwasher was not emptied and there are dishes in the sink. Bothers the heck out of me. I can not and will not be able to fall asleep at night if our kitchen and living room is not picked up, organized, and clean. It's one of my pet peeves and my mornings are so much easier and stress-free when I wake up to an empty sink and a clean kitchen and living room. 

9. Invest in good quality sheets. 

I am 40 years old and for the first time in my life I own a set of sheets that cost more than $40. I've been so cheap when it comes to bed linens and now that I do have a quality set, I'll never go back to the cheap sets again. I can not believe how much of a difference it makes. Why I never believed that it would make a difference is beyond me. 

Just a few days before I received my Perfect Linens Second Skin sheet set, I purchased a microfiber sheet set from Costco simply because they were $17.97 (I know, I'm so cheap sometimes). The day the Perfect Linens Second Skin set came, I was busy and did not pay any attention to the laundering directions. I tossed them in the washer and dried them as usual. When I took them out of the dryer I was a little disappointed with how wrinkly the sheets were. I still put them on the bed and tried my best to ignore the wrinkles. So yeah, I'll admit, they felt good as soon as I get into bed that night. I knew there was a difference, I just couldn't pinpoint what it was. Days later the wrinkles were still there and it was driving me nuts. I decided to take them off the bed and try the microfiber sheets from Costco. After washing and drying the Costco sheets I was ecstatic when I pulled them out of the dryer and there were no wrinkles. Ha! Take that expensive sheets! 

I was sooooooo wrong. 

The sheets may have been wrinkle free, but that's all they were. Any time you moved, rolled over, or adjusted your position, the sheets would move with you. It was awful. They wouldn't stay on the bed and they were so rough that I got road rash on my elbow! Plus, they were so hot! Those few nights were such uncomfortable nights of sleep because I could just feel that the sheets were trapping in all of our body heat. By the third morning my husband was begging me to put the Perfect Linens Second Skin sheets back on the bed. 

This time I followed the drying instructions. Instead of letting them dry all of the way, you're supposed to take them out of the dryer when they are still damp. Using the Damp Dry setting on my dryer was a big help. I was a little hesitant to put them on the bed when they were still damp but I did it anyways. Within a half hour and after hand-pressing them (smoothing them out), the sheets were completely dry and there were considerably fewer wrinkles than the first time. The wrinkles were so subtle that they didn't bother me one bit. 

When I climbed into bed that night I realized the difference between these sheets and others is how incredibly soft and smooth they are. I no longer have the "sheets are sheets" attitude and realize that good sheets really DO make a difference. My husband doesn't feel like a furnace anymore, even when I wear fleece pajama pants they don't get caught up on the sheets like Velcro, and I know for certain my quality of sleep has improved. These sheets are definitely not scratchy and clingy like those other sheets. 

What makes Perfect Linen Second Skin sheets different? “Second Skin's" outstanding softness is the result of a natural enzyme process which removes molecules from the cell walls of the cotton, making the fibers easier to bend. The enzyme process is permanent so the exceptional softness cannot wash out. Sateen-weave, with fewer yarn-locking intersections per square inch, reduces stiffness further. The softest pure-cotton sheet we have tested.  Most cotton sheets are stiff but “Second Skin” tested soft like microfiber sheets, which are known for snugness.  But unlike microfiber, cotton sheets are airy and don’t cling like nylon stockings. You experience a “tucked-in” feeling but won't feel hot or muggy in warmer sleeping conditions.

Second Skin sheets come with a 45 night love it guarantee and once you visit their website, watch for a pop-up to enter your email for 10% off your order. I promise you, they are SO worth it. 

I seriously feel like I'm sleeping in a fancy hotel every single night! 

Perfect Linens wants to give a What Rose Knows reader a set of their own Second Skin Blue Stripe Sheets (up to $229 value)! You will be able to choose the size (queen or king, 4-pc set).

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I received this product for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. 


 Do you have any tips for a good night's sleep? Please share with me! 

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:09:14 +0000 9 Tips for a Good Night's Sleep http://whatroseknows.com/10-13-2016/9-Tips-for-a-Good-Nights-Sleep/

This post is sponsored by Enbrighten Café String Lights by Jasco. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

How to Hang Deck Lights on Poles #EnbrightenLife

As promised on Instagram, I'm finally getting around to sharing with you all how we hung our deck lights on our newly built deck space. I love the look of cafe lights strung outdoors (and indoors too!) and I have a feeling we are going to be using our deck space right up till winter. Sitting outside during the fall is more enjoyable anyways since you don't have to deal with mosquitos and other flying pests. Now if only burning leaves wasn't hazardous to your health and didn't contribute to pollution. I guess I'll just have to stick with my 100% beeswax or soy naturally scented candles instead. If anyone knows of a beeswax or soy naturally scented candle that smells like burning leaves, let me know! 

How to Hang Deck Lights with Poles #enbrightenlife
Before we get to how to hang deck lights on poles, let's talk cafe lights.

We started out this summer with a set of cafe lights from Costco and although they claim to be weatherproof, they didn't hold up to our windy weather here in Rochester, MN. We'll be taking advantage of Costco's return policy and are now using these Enbrighten Café String Lights by Jasco. These lights have some features that I've never seen before..

How to Hang Deck Lights with Poles #enbrightenlife First off, check out those bulbs. Totally unique looking yet impact resistant. These acrylic bulbs won't break if dropped, stepped on, or during windy weather when one of the bulbs might hit a pole. The bulbs are also LED which reduce energy usage by 95%. Now I won't feel overly guilty about leaving them on when we are not out on the deck. Since these are actually a commercial grade product with a lifetime LED guarantee, you can feel confident leaving them up all year long. 

Now here are two features that I find very appealing. First, you can connect multiple strings! Hello! How awesome is that! It makes SO much sense to be able to do that since everyone's need is different. The heavy-duty, grounded cord plugs into any standard outlet and you can link multiple cafe lights up to 350 ft! 

How to Hang Deck Lights with Poles #enbrightenlife
The second feature that I find super handy is the flexible mounting options. You can hang these cafe lights right to the wall if you want! And since they are LED, you don't have to worry about the heat from the bulbs. 

Now that we've talked about how much I love these Enbrighten Café String Lights by Jasco, let's move on to how to hang deck lights with poles....

How to Hang Deck Lights with Poles #enbrightenlife For the pipe posts we (when I say "we", I really mean my husband did all the work while I stood by observing) used pieces of 1” galvanized steel piping and cut them down to 7’-10” in length.  He then put a thread on one end and left the other end plain (that's the end that sits on the deck).  On the threaded end he put a 1” galvanized cap and then drilled a 3/8” hole about 1” down. 

Then my husband took a fine grit sand paper and an oscillating sander and went over the whole length of the pipe to give it a more polished look.  After that he installed a 5/16”x3” J-Bolt through the hole.  Once the (4) pipes were assembled he used 1” 2-hole straps to attach them to the railing posts. 

How to Hang Deck Lights with Poles #enbrightenlife He ran heavy duty metal cabling in a square around all of the J-hooks attached to the poles so the lights could be strung right to the cable and not just hang from the poles. 

How to Hang Deck Lights with Poles #enbrightenlife
He used wire crimping sleeves to make the loop for the J-bolt. 

How to Hang Deck Lights with Poles #enbrightenlife

If you shop for these items at the hardware store, the crimping sleeves should be right next to the wire. 

We decided on on X pattern for the cable wire that would connect the poles so we could string the lights across the center of the deck. 

I also like the idea of being able to hang paper lanterns or banners from the wire on holidays or for parties! 

We attached the lights to the wire using zip ties. If we do decide to take the lights down this winter, cutting the zip ties will be easy (and it's cheap). But chances are we will leave the lights up year round. 

How to Hang Deck Lights with Poles #enbrightenlife
Because the outlet on our deck is behind our deck furniture, having this GE myTouchSmart plug-in timer is a must! It was such a pain to turn the old lights on and off. With our new timer, we can set custom times, use the preset options, or the custom countdown feature! There is even a 12-hour setting that will turn the lights on at 6pm and off at 6am. 

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How to Hang Deck Lights On Poles #EnbrightenLife

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBias

DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning PasteI think glass stove tops get a bad rap. I know many, many people who swear by their gas cooktop and would never even consider an electric stove but we had a gas range in our last house for 10 years and I personally didn't find anything special about it. I did however hate cleaning the grates. It's just so involved and you have to take so much apart. Ok, ok, I know there are just two steps to taking apart a gas cooktop, but still.

When we built our new house here in Minnesota, we had the option of "upgrading" to a gas stove, but for a non-cookist (yes, totally made-up word) like me, I didn't think having a gas range was worth the extra cost. Plus, the thought of cleaning those grates again just made me ughhhh. 

The biggest complaint with glass cooktops is boil overs. But ya know what? We had our fair share of boil overs with our gas range so it's not like they don't happen on gas cooktops. 

DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning Paste #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBias
So if you have a glass cooktop, this probably looks very familiar. If you have the right tools though, it's actually a breeze to clean up. I swear.

The little bottle of cleaner that comes with your electric range is not part of the right tools. In my opinion it's useless and just makes a big smeary mess.

There is a cleaning paste made by a direct sales company that works awesome. However, it's so stinkin' expensive. Since the ingredients were easy to find and I'm all about DIY cleaners, I recreated the cleaning paste for a fraction of the cost. 

DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning Paste #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBiasWhat you need: 

Pure Castile Soap
Coconut Oil 
Calcium Carbonate (or marble flour if you can find it)
Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge (the blue one)
AND the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge (the green one - I'll explain what for later on)

If you are not familiar with these products here are a few tips on where to find them: Pure Castile Soap will be located in the beauty section (make-up, body soap, etc) of your natural foods store or here online. Coconut oil can be found pretty much everywhere but if you are more of an online shopper, here is a good selection. Calcium carbonate (powdered) can be found at your local natural food store as well. 

Mix together 1/2 cup of the calcium carbonate, 1 teaspoon of the coconut oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of the Castile soap. The mixture will be dry, lumpy, and not even. That's ok, it's just a cleaning paste. If you want a more even texture, you might have to use your hands to crumble the lumps. Once this all mixed, dribble another 1/2 teaspoon of the Castile soap and mix together. Store in a jar.

DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning Paste #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBiasI purchase my Scotch-Brite™ sponges at Target because they have a great selection and it's pretty often that they are on the Cartwheel app. Target also makes it pretty convenient top shop for Scotch-Brite™ sponges by having them in both the kitchen section on the grocery side and also in the sponge aisle on the home side. 

Scotch-Brite™ is my all-time favorite sponge brand because they have the right tools for every surface. It's really, really important that you use the correct sponge to clean your glass top stove because if you don't, you will probably end up scratching the glass.

 The Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge is used for so many surfaces in your kitchen (pots, pans, sinks), garage (tools, tires), and even the outdoors (grill racks, lawn furniture, outdoor toys). The Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge is perfect to clean non-stick cookware, glass top stoves, counter tops, shower tile, and of course dishes. I also like to use the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand for my non-stick cookware, counter top corners, and cook top. 

DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning Paste #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBiasTo clean your glass top stove, scoop a little out of the jar and sprinkle all over. If you have a boil over mess, add extra to that area. Wet your blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and use the scrub side to remove the mess. You'll be surprised how well the combination of the cleaning paste and scrub sponge work together! 

DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning Paste #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBiasUse the spongey part of the scrub sponge to wipe everything up. If you have a really tough mess, or an older boil over, you might have to apply more cleaning paste and scrub again. 
DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning Paste #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBias
The result will be a sparkly glass top stove again! 

DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning Paste #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBiasEven if we don't have an accidental boil over on our glass top stove, I have noticed that if we put our pots and pans in the dishwasher, the dishwasher leaves a residue on the bottom of the pots and pans that will then transfer onto the glass top with heat. I'd love to say that we always hand wash our pots and pans, but I'd be lying. 

DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning Paste #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBiasUsing the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, I do always scrub the bottom of our pots and pans because this avoids the transfer of the gray residue to the glass top stove. 

DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning Paste #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBiasThe green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge works so good you hardly even have to use dish soap. If you have a hard time remembering which sponge is heavy duty and which sponge is non-stick, just remember that "green" is your GO-to for tough messes. DIY Glass Stove Top Cleaning Paste
Another tool that I recently picked up during my shopping trip to Target was the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand. This tool will come in handy for my non-stick cookware - and also for cleaning the back of my IKEA Domsjo sink! 

Whether you love or hate your glass top stove, I promise this cleaning paste and Scotch-Brite™ sponges will make clean-up a breeze! 

Want more cleaning inspiration? Check out other bloggers cleaning tips here!


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DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35It's a good thing my husband was on board with my desire for the majority of the furniture in our home to be upcycled or created by us because when we decided to move our full size guest room mattress into our son's bedroom and replace the guest room mattress with a queen size mattress, he was able to quickly build a simple headboard for under $35.

We've happily had more guests here in Minnesota than we thought we would so upsizing the mattress was a comfort we wanted to provide. I didn't want this to be a huge expense though so I was all for the simplicity of this headboard when I was told it would cost under $35. 

Here is how this very affordable queen size headboard was constructed in just a few short hours (it was maybe even less time!):

Materials used:

(1) 4x4x8'
(5) 1x8x8'
(1) 1x6x8'
Nails (on hand)
Minwax Interior Wood Stain in Ebony (on hand)
Minxwax Polycrylic (on hand)

The 4x4's that we used were Douglas fir because that is what Menards had in stock. The 1x8's and 1x6 were standard quality pine.  The standard quality pine boards are cheaper and tend to have more knots and other imperfections which gives it more character.

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35He started off by taking the 4x4's and used a table saw to cut a 1½"x1½" notch in it down the length of the board.  Then he cut it into two equal pieces 4' long.  After that he trimmed the 1x8 boards down to the proper length for the width of the queen sized bed.  He cut (5) boards which was enough to fill the space from the top of the headboard to below the top of the mattress.

He then placed the 1x8 boards in the notches of the 4x4 so they had a nice recessed place to be fastened to.  After the boards were mounted to the 4x4's he used a scrap piece of wood on the backside of the 1x8's in the vertical position and nailed it to the 1x8's.  This was just to keep the boards from shifting or warping over time.  He also used a staple gun on the backside of the 1x8's to help hold them together at the joints.

Once that was done he took the 1x6 board and cut it to 2" wider than the overall width of the headboard and attached it to the top with the nail gun.

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35After it was all assembled he gave it a once over with a heavy grit sand paper to knock down any rough edges that fabric could catch on and then gave it a coat of dark stain and then a few coats of Minwax Satin Polycrylic to seal it and make it smooth.

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35He then mounted it to the bedframe with some screws and washers.  It could also be mounted directly to the wall with the bed frame just pushed up to it. Mounting it to the wall with the unattached bed frame would definitely make it easier to move the bed around to clean under it. ;) 

For details on how to make the wall art above the bed, go here.
(Sorry, the giveaway has ended)

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35Because I have a lot of neutral colors going on in our guest bedroom, I felt the dark ebony stain would break things up a bit and also coordinate well with the curtains and flooring. Lately I've been painting everything white but for this headboard, I wanted a darker stain. Plus, we had the ebony stain leftover from my farmhouse style kitchen table & chairs makeover so that saved on cost as well. 

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35

The 4x4's give the headboard a sturdy and substantial look without it being too heavy for the space. 

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35


Gingham chair: IKEA (the only furniture piece in the room that we purchased new)
Lamp: Home Goods / TJ Maxx or here
Sign on nightstand: Gordman's or here
Glass tray: Home Goods / TJ Maxx
Area rug: Hobby Lobby or similar one here
Bedding: Kohl's
Curtains: Walmart

I wanted to make sure our guest room was an inviting space that felt more like a retreat. Whenever I walk in this room, it feels like one to me. :)
This room doubles as my office so I try and keep my desk as neat and tidy as possible. That can certainly be challenging at times so thank goodness our guests always give us advance notice. 

Thanks for stopping by! 


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State Fair Foods You Can Make At HomeIt's been years since we've been to the state fair so this year we're hopefully going to get up to the Twin Cities for the Minnesota State Fair. Everyone just raves about the state fair here and now that we've been residents for over a year, I think we need to find out what all the excitement is about. I'm guessing it's all about the food though! 

Here are 10 State Fair foods you can make at home!

Please remember to pin from the original source!

Mexican Grilled Corn On The Cob

My kids have been asking begging for sweet corn these past few weeks so this is a recipe we'll be trying out soon! Get the full recipe here

State Fair Deep Fried Candy Bars

This recipe only uses three ingredients! Get the full recipe here

Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Being from Wisconsin, I think I've had quite a few of these at the Wisconsin State Fair over the years! Get the full recipe here

Blueberry Coffee Shake

Ok, so maybe you won't find this one at the state fair, but according to Nellie Bellie, this is a Minnesotan favorite. I'm just adding it into this post because it looks easy to make, and coffee. Get the full recipe here.

Baked Deep Fried Oreos

Here is another recipe that only requires a few ingredients. And they are baked so you don't have to feel nearly as guilty for indulging! ;) Get the full recipe here

County Fair Funnel Cakes

This is my most favorite thing to eat at the fair. No one needs to see me eating the entire thing by myself though so I'll just make it at home instead. Get the full recipe here

Quick and Easy State Fair Lemonade

This recipe gives you the perfect excuse to go shopping at Home Goods/TJ Maxx so you can pick up a cocktail shaker. Get the full recipe here

Copycat State Fair Cookies Recipe

If there is one Minnesota State Fair food I hear about constantly, it's Sweet Martha's Cookies! Haley over at Cheap Recipe Blog has the full recipe for you here.

On a side note, and completely opposite of all the foods in this post, check out all of her paleo recipes

Maple Chocolate Bacon Skewers

This recipe is easier than it looks! Get the full recipe here

Elephant Ears Recipe

I don't even know how long it's been since I've had an elephant ear and quite honestly I forgot about them! Now I can't stop thinking about them! Get the full recipe here

So tell me, what are your favorite state fair foods? 

State Fair Foods You Can Make at Home!


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Tropical Moscato SmoothieNow that our new deck space is complete and the weather is nice, we've finally been able to spend some time out there. Holy heck does it get hot out there with the space being on the south side of the house - and I love it. I've already got a decent summer tan going on and every time I step out there, I feel like I'm on vacation. I have zero desire right now to "get away" and go on vacation. I want to vacation right here at home and spend time relaxing out on the deck, explore our new state of Minnesota, and hang out with our new friends. 

I've been seeing a ton of fun adult drinks on Pinterest lately and I wanted to try out something with fruit and wine. Although I prefer beer, when I do drink wine, I definitely fancy Moscato. 

Glass and disposable drinkware isn't going to cut it for entertaining out on our deck. Glass sweats and will heat up in the sun and disposable cups are not sturdy enough and could easily blow over. It gets pretty windy out on the deck since Rochester, MN is considered the 2nd windiest city in America according to Weather.com

Tropical Moscato SmoothieI recently received an awesome set of Tervis drinkware for summer (and year round!) entertaining! You guys - this is quality drinkware that is Made In America and comes with a Made For Life guarantee! I could tell a difference right away when I opened the box that these are going to last! Tervis products have double wall construction and keep cold drinks colder longer and hot drinks hot. 

The tumblers and wine glasses that I received are all dishwasher safe since they are ultrasonically sealed. The ice bucket features a permanent gasket seal and removable parts so that will need to be hand washed. 

Tervis products
Tervis offers a huge selection of products and most are customizable! I'm already eyeing up that water bottle that is front and center in the image above! Now thru 6/15/16, you will receive 15% off your order purchase when you go HERE and use promo code ROSE at checkout. Shipping is free on purchases of $49 or more. 

Tervis Custom DesignYou can really go all out when customizing and personalizing your Tervis products. Their easy to use website even allows you to add photos from Instagram and Facebook. Finally there is a quality option for personalized water bottles. We often see options for personalized travel coffee mugs so it's nice to have a product for those non-coffee drinkers in our life (can you believe people like that actually exist?!). 

Tropical Moscato SmoothieWhen I was deciding on what to call this drink, I had no idea what the difference between a slushie and a smoothie was so I turned to Google. Now I know; a smoothie is made with fruit and a slushie is made primarily with ice. 

(Easy) Tropical Moscato Smoothie Ingredients:

Moscato (your choice!)
Frozen mango chunks
Frozen pineapple chunks
Whipped coconut topping (optional)


Simply add Moscato and equal parts mango and pineapple to a blender and blend until smooth. You may have to add either more Moscato or the frozen fruit depending on what consistency you prefer. Top with the whipped coconut and enjoy! Easy peasy!  

Tropical Moscato Smoothie

Be sure to go HERE to check out the huge selection of Tervis drinkware products!

And don't forget to use promo code ROSE at checkout for 15% off your entire purchase.

Tropical Moscato SmoothieInstead of using a pitcher to serve your smoothie, you can use the Tervis ice bucket. Just add a ladle to serve. The ice bucket lid will keep those pesky bugs out that your guests will appreciate. And if the ingredients start to separate, you can use the ladle to mix it all together. 

Tropical Moscato SmoothieI hope you are all having a great start to your summer! My summer has already started out to be quite enjoyable and I just know it's going to last all season. :) I'm headed in to have knee surgery tomorrow so part of my summer will be spent recovering. It's a good thing we have our new deck with comfy furniture for me to lay on. And now I have this new Tervis drinkware to keep my water as cold as the ice packs that will be on my knee. Once I'm done with the pain meds though, I'll probably be putting something else besides water in them. ;) 



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New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetI'm super excited to share with you all our new deck space and how we furnished it (thus far) on a budget. Deck and patio furniture and decor can be so expensive and when you live in the upper midwest the time spent on your deck or patio can be iffy. We don't spend loads of money on anything (besides ground beef - I refuse to buy ground beef unless it's 100% grass-fed and finished), so like everything else I purchase, I shopped around. 

Retailers make it very easy to walk in a store or shop online and purchase entire outdoor seating sets with everything you need including coordinating pillows, outdoor rugs, drink glasses, end tables, decor and anything else you can think of to make your outdoor space welcoming. That can get so expensive - and I definitely don't shop like that. I prefer to shop the sales and trust myself when it comes to coordinating everything. And for this space, I decided to go in a completely opposite direction of the decor in our home and use bright modern colors. I also forbade myself from using anything rustic, aged, or vintage. 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetThe largest expensive for this space was of course the modular seating set. Modular seating can get really pricey depending on where you shop and if you want seating for a lot of people, it can get really, really expensive. I just about gave up on finding affordable modular seating until I found this ARHOLMA series at IKEA. This is true modular seating where you can change up the sections in countless ways since each piece is separate. I also like that the cushion covers are removable and machine washable like my IKEA EKTORP living room furniture. We were fortunate enough to be able to purchase this set when everything was 15% off making the cost right around $700. That price even included the seat cushions and back cushions that are sold separately giving you color options. After all was said and done, it was still the most affordable set of this size. And just like our EKTORP living room furniture, this modular outdoor seating is sooo comfortable. A few naps have already occurred on this set! 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetThe biggest difference (besides price) between this IKEA set and other sets you can find at other retailers is that each piece has to be assembled. For those of you that don't have any experience shopping at IKEA, they keep labor and shipping costs down with condensed packaging and products you assemble at home and they then pass those savings to the consumer by offering a lower price than most big box stores. 

In the future we plan on purchasing a small propane fire pit so we'll move the stools that are currently being used as a coffee table to one of the ends of the sofa to make a chaise lounge. I'll only have to add the seat cushions! We know fire pits are deeply discounted at the end of the season so that is one item that we will wait on to purchase. 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetOn the coffee table I have LED lanterns that I purchased at Menards for under $5 each on sale. We recently ordered a huge Suncast vertical deck storage box for cushion storage so my plan is to move the lanterns to the top of the deck box since it is flat and bar height. The large tray was only $8 at Shopko during their recent friends and family sale. This tray will come in handy to place drinks on. 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetFairy gardens seem to be the trend right now, and as adorable as they are, I prefer gnomes. One of my favorite books as a kid was "Gnomes" by Wil Huygen (I still have this book too!) and I used to read this book over and over. So when I saw this adorable Tiny Forest Friends Gnome Garden Statue Collection from Design Toscano, I had to add it to our deck space because it added just the whimsy I was looking for! Right now you can get it for 20% off when you go here and use promo code CJMEMO16 thru 5/30. If you missed this date, don't worry, just visit the Design Toscano site and I'm sure there will be a new discount code for your purchase! 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetThis Tiny Forest Friends Gnome Garden is a lot larger than I thought it would be and my favorite part is that you can move each gnome wherever you want. I plan on leaving it right there on the coffee table for when my friends come over with their little ones so they can play with it. The base (log) measures 15½"dia. x3½"H and weighs 9 lbs so I'm not worried about it being bumped or falling off the coffee table.New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetI do plan on adding a few draping succulents because any plant that thrives on neglect, I can rock. ;) 

This Tiny Forest Friends Gnome Garden set is a Design Toscano exclusive so it's a great addition to your porch, deck, or garden space if you are looking for something unique. Design Toscano has a huge selection of garden statues too so be sure to peek around their site

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetThese next two months we're going to have 2 rather large parties between my daughter's high school graduation party and also my 40th birthday party that my husband is planning (no surprises for me - I don't like them!) so the more seating we can get on the deck, the better. Shopko had these Newport Sling Stack Chairs for $19.99 and I purchased them during the Shopko Friends & Family sale saving an additional 20% off. The coordinating metal stool was on sale for $29.99 also. 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetI picked up this ceramic bowl at a thrift store for only $4 and added the mini succulents for only $1.99 each at Menards. $16 for a succulent garden isn't too shabby!

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetAnother item that can get pretty pricey if you don't shop around is outdoor area rugs. Sure, you can pick up a basic plain black or green outdoor rug for around $20 but that's just not my style and I did want something with multiple colors and a pattern. Not only do outdoor area rugs look pretty when anchoring a seating area on a porch or deck, they make it more comfortable for bare feet when the hot sun is out. 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetI went with this Ikat Blue outdoor rug from Target and purchased it when it was on sale for $45. Of course I used my Target Red Card and saved an additional 5%. 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetI really lucked out when I found these Solarium outdoor pillow 2-packs at Costco for only $14.99. You can't get any cheaper than $7.50 for an outdoor pillow of this size (20"x20")! I wish I could guide you to these pillows on Costco.com but I had no luck finding them so the next best thing is sending you here

So this is what we have so far for our new deck space. Since these photos were taken, we've added deck lights, also from Costco, and tonight my husband is putting together the massive deck box that we will be using to store the cushions. We're most likely going to be moving things around in order to find the best spot for the grill and deck box. Currently the grill is against the house and has to be pulled away from the house when it's in use. 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetHere in Minnesota, code requires a handrail that your hand can fit around so instead of using a traditional handrail, we decided on 1" galvanized pipe and I love the way it turned out! The poles that are holding up the deck lights are also the 1" galvanized pipe and I'll be sure to post about how we did that soon! 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetHere is a picture of our almost finished deck! I say almost finished because my husband already has plans on adding a small pergola on the front and hanging our hammock from it. 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetThis deck was only in our budget because my husband built everything by himself with the exception of a friend digging the holes for the footings. We're guessing if we had someone come in and build it for us, it would have cost $8 - $10,000. What you see here ended up being a little less than $3,000 with all materials purchased from Menards and it took him right around a week to complete. 

We used AC2 CedarTone Premium Pressure Treated Decking from Menards because we're completely ok with maintaining the wood over the years. We used composite deck boards on our last deck in WI and those boards still needed maintenance after a few years like power washing. Plus, a deck this size made of composite boards would have been way out of our price range.

My husband used the KREG Deck Jig to install the deck boards to give a hidden fastener look (this works on both both solid wood and composite decking). 

He also used the KREG 2" deck screws to attach the boards and also the spindles since they have a smaller profile head than a standard screw and are roughly the same price. One container of deck screws contains 700 screws is enough to do a 12’x12’ deck, but because our deck was a little larger we ended up using 2-1/2 containers.

He also used the KREG K4 Pocket Hole System to attach the boards between the posts and the railings to hide any screw heads / holes from sight on the deck.  With using the Kreg pocket hole system and deck system you have to look really hard to find any screw heads / holes on the deck. 

New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetRemember the farmhouse table and benches that used to be in the kitchen? It's now in it's new home on the lower deck. :) 

Thanks for coming by and reading about our new deck space and decor on a budget! I hope I was able to guide you to some retailers that can help you make your deck and patio space look pretty without overspending! 

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Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV StandAfter many, many, many months, I'm finally making good on the promise to post more pictures and details about our reclaimed wood & black pipe tv stand. Whenever I post a glimpse of our tv stand on social networking, I'm always asked questions about it. The reason why it's taken so long for me to finally do this might seem silly....

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV Stand
Do you see those cords?! They are A MESS. 
I'm so embarrassed that they were like this for the past 9 months. And there was no way I could take pictures of the tv stand from different angles without the cords showing. Surely the cords would have been a distraction in the photos and would have taken away from the beauty of the tv stand. 


Between not being able to find a good spot for the tv antenna (we're cable free) and all of the cords just hanging there, something had to be done about that cord situation. Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandJust look at that cord disaster! Look at it! Last weekend I pulled the tv stand away from the wall to vacuum under it (Sam is shedding like crazy right now!) and the next thing I knew I was on my way to Menards to find a solution for my cord problem. 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandThe solution I came up with was to put thumb screws into the mounting bracket holes on the back of the tv so there was something to wrap the cords around. I also purchased Command mini adhesive hooks to mount the antenna to the back of the tv. Not the prettiest solution, but at least I no longer have cords hanging all over.  

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandFor one of the cords that was just too short to wrap around the thumb screws, I wrapped it around pipe. Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV Stand

To hide the remaining cords I used some of my old books. Can you believe I paid $1 each (or less) for those old books at an antique store in St. Charles, MN?! Some of them date back to the 1800's and have writing in them from the original owners. So cool. 

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV Stand
Now I can share our reclaimed wood & pipe tv stand without embarrassment. :) 

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV Stand
I was afraid the wrapped cords around the thumb screws would be visible from the side of the tv, but the tv is so close to the wall that you'd have to put your head right next to the wall to see them.

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV Stand
And seriously, if your head is up against the wall looking at the cord situation behind my tv, just...go home. 

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV StandSo now that I shared with you how I hid the cords behind our tv stand, I'll share the details of the tv stand itself. This tv stand happened to be another combined creation between myself and my husband. Just like all of the other projects we've created in our home, the idea for the tv stand was something I thought up in my head and shared with him as best I could either verbally or with an awful sketch. He is then able to create and build these ideas tweaking them along the way. 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandSome women get excited over purses or shoes. Maybe even diamond earrings or free babysitting. For me, it's antiquated items for our home and vacuum cleaners (gosh I love a good vacuum). The old growth reclaimed wood that we used for the tv stand was found at Used Anew, LLC in Sparta, WI. I think my husband and Larry, the owner of Used Anew, LLC turned almost every single one of the boards over for me to approve (or refuse). 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandUsed Anew, LLC is a reclaimed wood gold mine. In addition to reclaimed wood, you will find reclaimed doors, windows, corrugated tin, and more. My husband stumbled across Craigslist postings for Used Anew, LLC. and it's now our go-to stop for reclaimed wood. We used to get our reclaimed wood from my Amish friend Henry at his shop, H&L Rustic Reclaim, but not being able to go there on Sundays made it a bit difficult for us. With Used Anew, LLC., all we have to do is call Larry ahead of time, even if it's later in the day on Sunday, and he can usually make it work. 

TV stand details:

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV StandThe tv stand measures 57 1/2" in length, 20" wide, & 28" tall and the supplies used were:

(2) 1" black pipe 4'-2" in length (the length will vary depending on your needs)
(8) 1" threaded floor flanges
(6) 1" black threaded tees
(2) 1" black threaded unions
(4) 1"x1' nipples
(12) 1"x4" nipples
(2) 1" 2-hole strap (4 shown, only 2 used)

Not shown (used for middle shelf):

(2) 1" threaded caps
(2) 1" threaded elbows
(2) 1" threaded floor flanges
(2) 1"x5" nipples
(2) 1"x 11" nipples

You can find threaded pipe and fittings at your local hardware store (we like Menards here in the Midwest) or you can even order online from online retailers like Amazon.com.

Here are some tips from my husband for planning out the pipe frame of your piece:

- Pick a pipe diameter that compliments the overall size of the piece and the thickness of the wood you are going to use.  You don’t want to pick a 1/2” pipe to build a large piece of furniture since it will make it look like the piece isn’t balanced.

- With threaded pipe you need to keep working in a line so if you start at one point and need to tie back into that you will need a threaded union which allows you to tie two pieces together.

- For attaching the wood to the pipe you can buy threaded pipe flanges which give you a flat mounting surface and four holes to screw the pieces together.

- For the feet or base you can also use pipe flanges or get creative and use pipe couplings or use a threaded reducer (or increaser in this case) to give it another look.

- Depending upon the size of your piece you may need to cut pipe to length.  Most hardware stores carry pipe nipples in lengths from 1.5” to 12” long and then 10’ or 20’ pieces of pipe to cut to fit.  Some stores will cut the pipe and thread it for you, but if you can’t find a place to do this you can always use pipe nipples and threaded couplings to make longer pieces.

Shop around for the fittings and compare prices for galvanized and black fittings.  They are going to get painted so no worries about the different finishes.  Galvanized is generally more expensive, but for some fittings you may luck out and find them cheaper in galvanized than in black. 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandFor assembling the pieces together use a pipe wrench and give the fittings a few turns tighter than hand tight. You can go hand tight, but the piece feels much more solid when the pipe is tightened into the fitting all the way.

Black pipe and fittings are usually oily so clean them with a degreaser prior to painting them.  A few coats of flat black spray paint is all they will need. 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandUse felt pads under the floor flanges so you can easily move the tv stand for cleaning (and because depending on the size of the top, the stand can be very heavy in the end). 

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV StandFor the bottom shelf, the piece of wood is just resting on the pipe. Since we don't have little kids running around on a regular basis, I wasn't too worried about the shelf falling down. If anyone is going to knock it down, it would probably be me when I'm cleaning it. 

And speaking of cleaning it, I find the best way to clean reclaimed wood is to use a vacuum nozzle with a dusting attachment. Before you bring reclaimed wood into the house though, I highly suggest you seal it with Minwax Polyacrylic.  

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandOne thing you have to keep in mind when working with reclaimed wood is that you will find irregularities in the wood. This is what gives the wood it's character and charm. As you can see above, the thickness of the reclaimed beam that we used for the top of the tv stand was different from end to end - most likely due to aging. The beam was cut in half and then each piece was butt up against each other. We used a Kreg pocket hole jig to attach both pieces together. The difference in thickness is only noticeable on one end so that end faces the corner of the room. 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandThat end also exposes bolt impressions and cut marks in the wood and character like this cannot be mimicked. 
Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV Stand
Old growth lumber used to construct barns a century ago with its bolt holes, discolorations, and splits has been air dried for years and years and will give any piece of furniture a handsome and sturdy look. If you want to add rustic charm to your home, look for old growth reclaimed wood. 

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV Stand
Reclaimed wood adds instant warmth to any room and I'm so happy this beautiful wood ended up in our living room and not in a burn pile or landfill. 

I'll soon be sharing the details of our factory cart coffee table as well as the reclaimed wood & black pipe bookshelf that we also have in our living room. :) 

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Painted Dresser MakeoverIf you haven't noticed yet, I seem to have a slight obsession with white painted furniture. Between my painted farmhouse style kitchen table and chairs and my Menards chalk painted desk, plus all of the other painted white furniture in our home I have yet to share with you all, white seems to be my thing. It's classic, clean, and versatile. In some rooms in can look elegant and polished and in others it can look casual and even handcrafted. 

When we moved into our new house last summer, we sold, gave away, and donated more than half of our possessions. I can't imagine ever going back to having any kind of clutter in our home again. I got real serious about minimizing my wardrobe at that time too. Why I bothered to keep clothes that didn't fit or that I never wore was beyond me. I'm not big into fashion and I don't work a full-time job outside of the home, so there is no reason for me to have a large wardrobe. Having a smaller wardrobe made it easier to go looking for a dresser for our bedroom since I wasn't looking for that much storage space. We sold our bedroom furniture when we moved from Wisconsin, and I was determined to have mostly unique pieces of furniture in our new house, so I looked at rummages, on Craigslist, and frequented furniture consignment stores for the perfect (to me) dresser. 

Painted Dresser MakeoverAnd I did find the perfect dresser - at Karma Consigments in SW Rochester, Minnesota. The size was perfect, the mirror was perfect, the drawer slides were in excellent condition, and the curved top drawers gave it a somewhat vintage look. I paid $225 which seemed a bit steep, but I knew that I was pressing my luck if I were to walk away from it - especially since it was in great condition. 

Painted Dresser MakeoverThis dresser needed very minimal prep work since it was in such good condition. I only had to remove the mirror, swivel frame and drawer pulls and knobs. I wiped the entire piece down including inside and underneath to remove any dust that was hiding. 

Painted Dresser MakeoverI left the mirror for my husband to remove since he's much more careful with things like that. Chances are I would have broken the mirror when trying to remove it from the frame. 

Painted Dresser MakeoverInstead of replacing the knobs and drawer pulls, I spray painted them with a matte black spray paint. This was definitely the most cost effective way to update the hardware. 
Painted Dresser MakeoverI didn't want to take a chance with using just any chalk paint on this dresser so I went with a reliable brand - Annie Sloan (Pure White). I find Annie Sloan paint to be thinner than other brands which is nicer to work with because it doesn't clump. It goes on smooth and covers evenly. After 2 coats of paint, when it was completely dry, I used a fine grit sandpaper to lightly sand the edges for a minimally distressed look. 

Instead of using Minwax Polycrylic like I normally do on painted furniture, I used the Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax. For a piece of furniture that will see more wear and tear (like a desk or nightstand), I would suggest using the Minwax Polycrylic. Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax leaves a very soft sheen, and that is just the look I was going for. However, remember that wax is a short-term seal and does not protect furniture like the Minwax Polycrylic. 

Painted Dresser Makeover

Turned out pretty, huh? :)

It's definitely one of the projects I'm most proud of. 

Painted Dresser Makeover
I think I made the right decision keeping the old hardware and updating them with matte spray paint. 

Painted Dresser Makeover
I think my favorite thing about lightly distressed furniture is that if I do scratch or knick it in the future, chances are no one will notice. 

Painted Dresser Makeover


Painted Dresser MakeoverLet me take just a second to talk about this lamp. I found it at Salvation Army in NW Rochester for only $3.50 (I only remember this price because the sticker is still on the base of the lamp as you can see in the first image of this post - ha ha!) and it didn't have a shade. I wanted to find a shade to go with it originally but after it sat in our room for months and months with just a light bulb, I realized that all it needed was a new  vintage style Edison bulb. 

Painted Dresser MakeoverAnd just like the dresser, this lamp turned out to be perfect as well. :) 

Thanks for stopping by and reading all about my painted dresser makeover. If you're contemplating some furniture painting, I promise you that you will not mess it up and it's so much easier than it looks and sounds. For some people (like myself), it can be very relaxing and calming. Not to mention rewarding. :) 

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Kirkland's Lamps

Usually when people think of updating a room or giving it a new look that doesn't cost a lot, they think of changing out throw pillows. While that is a great option, I think changing out the lamps in a room make a much bigger statement. Especially if you decide to go with something that is a different width, height, color, and finish. If you are like me and like to make changes to your home without spending a boatload of money, the following table lamps below from Kirkland's are great options for your home no matter what your decor style your is - especially since the lamp shades are included (those can get so costly!). Plus, when you join the Kirkland's K Club, you will earn 1 point for every $1 spent and receive a $10 reward for every 300 points earned. On top of all that, you can use their Spin to Win app (iTunes or Google Play) and use a new coupon every single day!

|Dynia Gold Crackle Mercury Glass Table Lamp| Who doesn't love mercury glass? Even though I went with a rustic look in our living room, I wanted to add a bit of sparkle and shine and the way I did that was with a mercury glass table lamp. The gourd style base of this Dynia lamp from Kirkland's is suitable for both living rooms and bedrooms. We don't often see gold mercury glass either so if you are looking to add a little pizazz to your space that's not over the top, this is a great choice. 

|Spa Blue Fluted Gourd Table Lamp| If you've been shopping for home decor recently, I'm sure you have seen the latest trend - beach and coastal decor. The foolproof way to achieve this look is by using soft blues, greens, and turquoise colors. This Spa Blue Fluted Gourd lamp is a great way to bring in the soft blue color that works so well with beach and coastal decor without your design theme being overkill. 

|Gold Palm Leaf Table Lamp| An unexpected design element that is commonly used in coastal and also beach decor is the use of metallics. Whether golden or silvery, they both look amazing with the light blues, greens, and turquoise colors. This Gold Palm Leaf lamp will definitely add a bit of glamour to your space! 

|Regal Gold Metal Table Lamp| For those of you who have fallen in love with brass, this Regal Gold Metal lamp is for you. The layered candlestick base gives it a traditional look and would look fantastic in a room painted with darker colors. The contrast would be stunning! 

|Zeller Mercury Glass Table Lamp| The geometric shape of this Zeller Mercury Glass lamp is so unique and the sheen of the ivory linen shade is just beautiful. This lamp is perfect for modern decor. 

|Sandy Blue Glass Table Lamp| This Sandy Blue Glass lamp is by far my favorite! I think the soft green/blue color is stunning and will soften the look of any room. I'm considering these for the nightstands in our room for sure! 

Kirkland's Table LampsI'd love to hear which lamp is your favorite! 


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