Monday, January 16, 2017

Princess Party Decor and Decorating Ideas

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My sweet little angel had a birthday last week. As usual, I asked her what kind of cake she wanted, and then I draw inspiration from that. She wanted a Barbie cake...again. I did that for her last year. I asked her like 20 times in a month period and it was always the same answer. See, she's the type that if it happens once like that (for anything) that's how it is going to happen every time. I know she probably could have wanted a Barbie party, but I also know how she is so I thought it would be good to give her another option. So, I finally asked her if she would rather do a princess birthday...and she said yes! Thankfully :) Oh, I know it would be have been super simple to do the same ol' thing I did last year; use all the same decor, etc. But I didn't want to tire out the guests with the same thing. Although, I'm sure they wouldn't have minded either. Actually, this was probably only a big deal to me lol. Anyway. I went a little more low key this year then last year, but I wanted to share all the decor and food we had!

We had three places with food and drinks on them. The first and main one was our dining table. I just placed a pink table cover on it, and then some pink tulle to soften it up. On top of that was the cake and most of the yummies.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday cake idea
 I had a few ideas for this cake, but this idea ultimately one. Mainly because I knew how to do it, and it would be easy and serve a lot of people.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday cake idea
 It's two tiered with the top being chocolate fudge and the bottom being cherry chip. The bottom is two layers with cream cheese frosting in the middle. So, I guess technically this was a three tiered cake! I followed this tutorial on doing the rosettes, and used this recipe from Wilton for the buttercream frosting. The bottom was with no color, and the top was just with a drop of red. I doubled the recipe to get enough frosting for the entire cake. Afterwards, I then added small little edible pearls into the middle of each rosette and glitter type sprinkles. I probably shouldn't have put the ribbon in the middle, but I did and then it was too late to take off :)
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday cake idea
 And of course, to top it off, was a cute little tiara!
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday cake idea
 As for the rest of the sugar...umm, food...I made cute little wands using straws and rice crispy treats.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas and princess birthday cake
 You can find these straws at most stores now, thankfully. To make these, I just made the original Rice Krispies recipe. Cut them into 2 inch-ish squares then shoved the straws into them. I did have to somewhat shape them with my hands to get a good square that could stand up. I then dipped them into white candy melt. Sprinkled them with gold sprinkles and then drizzled some pink candy melt on top.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas and princess birthday cake
 I did the same idea with the pretzels. I spread them out on a baking sheet and then drizzled a lot of white candy melt all over them. I then sprinkled on some pink sprinkles.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas and princess birthday cake
 The best thing about birthdays around Valentine's Day is that there's pink candy to use! So, I used these hugs and kisses in a cute little pink bucket.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas and princess birthday cake
 Here's the whole set up on this table again. Crazy girly for me, but my sweet little one is as girly as they come! :)
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas and princess birthday cake
 As for the other food, I mixed together some Princess Gold Fish and pink Sixlets into a large bowl. These were a huge hit! I also had a bowl of mixed fruit...because it can't all be pure sugar? Right? Well, technically I guess fruit has a lot of sugar too. At least it's good sugar though ;)
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas
 I also added pretty pink flowers around the house to tie in the theme.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas.
As for the party favors, I made these cute little mason jars with tiaras on them.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Cute princess birthday party favors
 I just spray painted the lids pink and then hot glued these tiara favors I found from Zurchers onto the tops. I finished them off with a cute "Thank you" tag I found from Hobby Lobby.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Cute princess birthday party favors
 Inside of them are different pink Jelly Belly's and some rock candy. Another big hit!
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Cute princess birthday party favors
 And my little one totally reminded of these at the end of the party and I totally forgot to put them out! But, I was able to hand them out...just no cute display :) These cute wands are from Hobby Lobby.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Cute princess birthday party favors
And I'm a total 5 sense person, so I want the smell in my house to go with the party theme. So, I used Scentsy's Pink Haze. It smells amazing!

At the end of the party, I was thinking how cute it would be for all the kids to get dressed up as princesses. We have enough princess dresses here I wish I had thought of it sooner!

And as a craft, I grabbed a princess crown kit from Hobby Lobby. They turned out so cute!

Hope you all grabbed some inspiration from this! Cute parties don't have to cost a ton of money! I did all of this for under $100...and there's a lot of decor that you didn't see that's included in that!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2016

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Can you believe another year has come and gone? I always love looking back on my posts from the past year and seeing what my readers love :) And it's a great way to look at the top posts in a quick review for those of you who may have missed any! I'll add a link in the description or you can click on the actual picture itself to take you to the full post.


#1. This post was actually my favorite one to write: How I Furnished My House For Under $3000. If you read it, you will get tips and tricks I use to score some great finds! And I hardly ever visit a thrift store or buy on the classifieds (although you can get some good deals there too :) )
Tips and tricks on how to decorate your house on a budget! how I decorated my whole home for under $3000!
 #2. I was surprised to see that a model home tour was one of my top posts! It's a beautiful home and totally worth checking out the entire tour :)
Dining room decor, decorating ideas and inspiration
 #3. These floating shelves are so easy and cheap to make! I have plans to put more of them throughout my house this coming year!
DIY wood floating shelves for under $10! Farmhouse style shelves and decor
 #4. I was so sad to see the nursery for my oldest go away, but I replaced it with something I love almost just as much, if not more. Her big girl bedroom :) And she loves it 10x as more! She calls it her princess room.
Big girls bedroom decor and decorating ideas. Princess bedroom decor. Little girls bedroom decor
 #5. These farmhouse style hanging baskets. This was the easiest project I did the whole year. It adds the perfect amount of farmhouse style to any space and those baskets would be perfect for storage, mail, or even herbs :)
DIY farmhouse style hanging baskets. Perfect for storage, mail sorting, or hanging herb garden
 #6. A few of my Christmas posts made it to the top 10 this year! This is the first one, my advent calendar/clock.
DIY wood clock advent calendar. Great farmhouse style christmas decor or decorating ideas
 #7. This was the present I gave to my little girl on her first birthday last year, and both my kids love it so much! They play in it daily.
DIY drop cloth teepee for only $20! Cute kids teepee, perfect for the playroom!
 #8. Another Christmas post, my front living room tour! You have no idea how much it makes me happy to see one of my own tours in my top posts :) It was so hard to take all the Christmas down in here; I would have left it up for the whole year if I could!
Farmhouse style christmas decor and decorating ideas for the living room.
 #9. This is another favorite project that I did for my mother-in-law. We updated her old black coffee table that she was going to throw out into a cute little farmhouse style table.
Turn an outdated table into a cute farmhouse style table!
 #10. This one threw me for a loop! I just posted this last week, so it being in the top 10 is kind of crazy! But, seriously, you'll never guess what I use to clean my shower doors :)
I can't believe this works! You won't believe what she uses to clean her shower door!
And that's it! I want to wish you all a happy New Year! Let me know in the comments what kind of stuff you like to read on my blog and I'll try to incorporate more of those this year! :)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Odd Trick To Clean Your Shower Door

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how to clean a shower door. The odd trick that actually works using something from the laundry room!

Well, Christmas is over so all the pretty pictures are going to be replaced with decluttering and cleaning! Isn't that what usually follows? It is at our house :) I'm going to be a little vulnerable here, I usually am if you have seen my other cleaning posts. So, no hating. This is real life for me and lots of other people.

My master bathroom is designed horribly. They thought it would be great to place the toilet in a little closet with the shower. I'm not sure why they did this, but all I know is that it drives me nuts. And I try to avoid this place at all costs unless I need to take a shower. I know that's no excuse for a messy bathroom, but it does feel like a dungeon. There's no windows, and it's cramped. Anyway. That's just the story of the space. :)

So, I heard the other day a weird trick to remove hard water from glass doors and thought I would give it a try. And no, it does not involve squeegees like my picture suggests. It actually involves....dryer sheets. Yep! And that's it!

I thought that there's no way that a dryer sheet could clean my horrible door. Well, they can :) See for yourself! Here's the before. I placed the shampoo bottle in there so you can really see how you can't see through the door :)
how to clean a shower door. The odd trick that actually works using something from the laundry room!
 Next, I took my dryer sheet and wet it. I then started scrubbing the door. I wish I could say that it doesn't need a lot of scrubbing, but with my door, it did. There were parts that didn't need hardly any. So, I guess it would just depend on how bad the build up of hard water is.
how to clean a shower door. The odd trick that actually works using something from the laundry room!
 After scrubbing, I then took a wet clothe and went back over it to get rid of the soapy residue from the dryer sheet. I then finished it with some Windex.

Here's how one side looks compared to the other. The left side hasn't been touched and the right side has.
how to clean a shower door. The odd trick that actually works using something from the laundry room!
 And the after! I gotta say, this has been weird being able to see through my door again! :) And it has also been really easy to keep it clean. I do recommend using a squeegee after every shower to keep the water off your hard work...or I mean, clean glass. And if you start to see the build up again, just do the dryer sheets again! It will be a lot easier this time :)
how to clean a shower door. The odd trick that actually works using something from the laundry room!
I know there are a ton of hacks using dryer sheets for cleaning. I just had no idea this one would actually work!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

DIY Wood Christmas Sign (No Stenciling or Calligraphy Needed!)

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DIY wood Christmas sign -how to make this sign without stencils or calligraphy!
For my Christmas bedroom, I envisioned having a cute little wood saying on the wall above my bed. I just thought it would be the perfect way to tie everything in. But, now I love it so much I want to leave it year around :) ...."& to all a good night" works for other days too, right? Maybe I'll just have to make another one with a different saying! Good thing it was so easy to make! Here's the super simple tutorial on how to make a sign like this, or another saying without being a calligrapher or stenciling!

Supplies:
6' foot 1x12 board
Silhouette or other paper cutter
Font you like
Black cardstock
Painters tape
White paint
Dark Walnut Minwax
D-rings

 Step 1: I found the font that I wanted, the saying I wanted and cut it out using my Silhouette. The font is Biloxi Calligraphy. You can do this with any other cutter too. I started off with a font that was a little too big, it would have worked, but I didn't want to use my whole 8' board. I just wanted it to measure 6'. So, I had to adjust the font size to fit the 6'.

Step 2: I used painters tape to tape off the outside edge. 
DIY wood Christmas sign -make this sign without stencils or calligraphy!
 Step 3: I then painted the middle portion of the board white.
DIY wood Christmas sign -make this sign without stencils or calligraphy!
 Step 4: After pulling off the tape, I then stained the raw edge Dark Walnut by Minwax. (sorry, stain not pictured)
DIY wood Christmas sign -make this sign without stencils or calligraphy!
 Step 5: I then laid out the letters onto the board. I found the line where I wanted them to sit and just placed my tape measure along it to give me a visual of where the letters should be.
DIY wood Christmas sign -make this sign without stencils or calligraphy!
 Step 6: After moving the letters to where they needed to be, I then used Mod Podge to secure them into place. I didn't do any underneath the letter, just on the top. Also, to do this, it helps to do the top half of the letter first and wait for that the dry a little, and then do the bottom. This helps the letters to not shift so bad.
DIY wood Christmas sign -make this sign without stencils or calligraphy!
 As you can see, in the picture above, I did the staining at the end. I would recommend doing it in step 4 like I mentioned :)

Once everything was all dried, I secured 2 d-rings onto the back to hang it up. I made sure to hang it up in the studs since I'm kind of paranoid of things falling on my head in the middle of night :) That's why I never have had anything above my bed until now. So far, so good! No night time scares!

To finish this look off, I just hung a dried boxwood wreath on top of it.
DIY wood Christmas sign -make this sign without stencils or calligraphy!
 I just love how much this signed added to the room! And it only cost the price of the wood! I wish I could remember how much that was....under $10 for sure :)
DIY wood Christmas sign -make this sign without stencils or calligraphy!
 And this size was perfect for the space, if I had done even 7' it would have been way to long. I think maybe next time doing even a square sign might look cute :)
DIY wood Christmas sign -make this sign without stencils or calligraphy!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Farmhouse Christmas Living Room and Dining Room Tour

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Welcome to another tour of my Christmas home! I'm excited to join Marty from A Stroll Thru Life  and 29 other bloggers this week and share our Christmas homes with you all! This year I went a different direction that I thought. I was planning on doing red in the living room and neutral in the dining room and it totally got swapped! I like to call this my woodland themed Christmas...minus all the animals :) Well, I guess I have a few animals hiding in there.
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
If you are stopping by Design Post Interiors, welcome! Isn't Beth's home gorgeous?! I just can't get enough of her style! And if you a new here, you can check out my other two Christmas tours here: Part 1 and Part 2. I've been decorating for Christmas for a month now and still can't believe it's just around the corner! I need to seriously soak myself in hot chocolate and watch Christmas movies nonstop for the next week to make sure I can get in the spirit soon! I hate when I can't get into the feel of Christmas and then it passes, and I'm like...whhhaaat? That happens almost every other year and it feels like this year might be one of those years. So, if you don't here from me for awhile...you'll know why ;) #hotchocolatebath

 First up on today's tour is my living room! This is where we spend 95% of our time, so it's all about comfort in here. Which means, lots of blankets and even more pillows! I seriously didn't know how many blankets I had in here until I started editing the pictures. 
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
(Rug: Amazon      Clock: Gordmans     Card Catalog: Hobby Lobby)
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
 This year's Christmas tree is pretty much just like last years with a few small changes. I figure, even if you're a blogger and you like something, why change it? I hate reinventing the wheel every year and just buying more and more stuff when I have perfectly good things right in my house. So, I kept it easy and just duplicated :)
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style

Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
This corner was kept pretty simple, just added a little Christmas tree to the table and changed out the pillow.
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style

I also kept the mantel pretty similar to last year, just added some cute white wood trees in the middle instead.
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
I just love the look of these frosted berries and branches. As for the stockings, the three white ones are new this year from Target and the middle ones were made from old sweaters.
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
I wanted to add some red in here since red jumps off all the white beautifully, but used up all my red decor in my other rooms. So, I went with a neutral feel with plaids.
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style

Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
As I said, too many pillows and blankets :)
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
(Plaid Throw: Home Goods       Brown and Cream Woven Throw: Target      White Pillows: Ikea      Reindeer Pillow: Tai Pan Trading      White Plaid Pillows: Target
I am so glad I added this corner of board and batten to this room earlier this year. Hopefully I'll get around to adding more this upcoming year :)
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
For my ottoman, I added some yummy scented pine cones to the lantern, and switched out my normal flowers for this cute little frosted tree.
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style

Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
I bought a couple of these cute reindeer pillows last year and totally forgot about them until I went through my pillow hoard. I love how it fits so perfectly in here. It was the perfect addition!
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style

Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style

And on the sofa table, it just got a few additions of some pine cones and wire brush trees.
Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
Now on to my dining room. This room ended up looking way different than I ever thought it would. If you told me two years ago that I would have this much color in my house, I would have laughed. But, it feels so right...and I love it!
Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room
(Jute Rug: Ikea      Chairs: Ikea      Bench: Ross      Red Plaid Pillow Covers: Amazon     Red and White Striped Throw: Walmart)

I did a lot of texture in here with pine cones, galvanized metal, linens and grass clothe braided place mats.
Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room

This blanket is my new favorite! It added the perfect extra touch.
Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room
Winter to me is all about layers, so I added some faux fur onto the bench and layered it with pillows. I got these covers from Amazon and LOVE them. You'll notice I have them all over my house this Season :)
Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room
Here's a closer view of the tablescape. I bought this metal box from Hobby Lobby and just threw three trees in it. I then added my lanterns and some pine cones.
Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room

Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room
I kept the place settings the same as I did for my late Fall tour since I only had them for like a week before Thanksgiving. So, they needed more use :) Plus, they transitioned perfect into Christmas.
Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room

Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room

Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room
To go along with the whole woodland theme, I threw this pine cone and berry garland onto my chandelier.
Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room

Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room
Now, if I can only keep this table looking this good in every day life! Ha! :)
Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room

Christmas farmhouse decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Shiplap dining room, fixer upper style dining room
I hope you enjoyed the tour!

If you missed my other tours, you can find them here:
Front room and entry way.
 Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the living room. Christmas living room tour fixer upper style
Master Bedroom.

Christmas farmhouse and cottage decor and decorating ideas for the bedroom.

Be sure to check out Christy's tour from Our Southern Home next! And of course, be sure to check out all the other tours from this week!

MondayDec 5
Common Ground – Debra
Decor To Adore – Laura
Haneens Haven – Haneen
Hymns & Verses – Doreen
Nesting With Grace – Brooke

TuesdayDec 6
Cuckoo4Design – Julia
Remodelando La Casa – Christina
Simple Details – Pam

WednesdayDec 7
21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara
Lynzy & Co. – Lindsay
A Stroll Thru Life – Marty
The Chronicles of Home – Jennifer

ThursdayDec 8
Thrifty and Chic – Alicia
Our Southern Home – Christy
Setting For Four – Heather
Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer

Fri – Dec 9
Making Home Base – Chelsea
Far Above Rubies – Anita
Duke Manor Farms – Laura
Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna



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