Giant DIY Popsicle Snowflakes

Merry Christmas Eve Eve, everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas season so far and have all your presents and recipes ready for the big day! We’ve been taking advantage of this Christmas season by doing some fun crafts – last weekend we attempted our first gingerbread house, and not to brag, but it turned out SWEET (no pun intended).

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Kudos to Andrew for the cactus, and kudos to me for the gingerbread man happenstance. Thank you, thank you!

Another fun craft I wanted to try out was some DIY popsicle snowflakes I’ve been seeing on Pinterest! I thought this would be a fun craft for Andrew and me to do together since it seemed pretty easy and usually boys like gluing sticks together.  I’m excited to report that this was not a “Pinterest fail”, and they turned out pretty cute!!

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DIY Pest Control: Bye-Bye Scorpions, Hello Savings

The pests in Arizona are nasty – scorpions, Black Widows, Brown Recluse spiders, rattlesnakes, cockroaches, these things on our front porch:

When we moved into our home, we knew pest control would be a must. We didn’t really want to spend $30+/month on the service, so we started looking into DIY pest control! Here’s the story of how we cleared our house of critters and how we’re keeping them out now. Oh, and how we’re saving a few hundred dollars along the way! 🙂

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7 Things to Know Before a Home Renovation Project

Before we bought our house I had never done a large home renovation project. Sure, I’d worked on a million DIY projects and painted walls, but making part of our house un-liveable was a new experience entirely.

Our floor remodel was a huge project – much bigger than I expected. Now that we’ve lived through it, I’m sharing what I’ve learned (so far) and giving a few tips to help your next project go as planned (almost!).  😆

You’ll be living in mild chaos.

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Mama’s Amazing DIY Accent Wall

I’ve said it before, but my mom is pretty much amazing at everything (see: 4 Home Decorating Tips from My Ingenious Mama). I love bouncing ideas off her to get inspired. When she gets an idea in her head, there’s no stopping her. As was the case with her accent wall!

My parents moved to Arizona a couple years ago and I couldn’t wait to see what they would do with their new home. As crazy as it sounds, one of my favorite parts has become their entryway – you can see why.

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My mom put up this accent wall ENTIRELY on her own, from beginning to end (like I said, pretty much amazing), for only $125! I want to do something similar in our master bathroom, so I got the inside scoop and I’m sharing every detail! Here’s my Q&A with the woman herself: Mama.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Hang Floating Shelves

I love the look of floating shelves – you know the ones: they look like they’re magically protruding out of the walls:

Floating Shelves with Candles and Decor

Beautiful.

But have you ever hung one up yourself? Have you? I did (kind of). I cried and got so frustrated. I drilled a hole just 1/8″ off, and the shelf wouldn’t hook on to the screws and hang properly.

Thank goodness my handy husband came to the rescue to give me a few pointers and console me in this low time.

I’m writing this post to save you from going down the road I traveled down. Here is how to actually hang these floating shelves with NO TEARS, and lots of accomplishment and pride.

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A Stripping & Painting Weekend

Over the weekend, Mr. Rissler and I decided to take a stab at chalk painting a dresser we keep in our walk-in closet. This was our first time using chalk paint, so we wanted to test it out before taking on anything too big and noticeable. This dresser was a hand-me-down from my parents and in need of a little TLC!

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Chalk paint is known for requiring little-to-no prep work (e.g. sanding and priming), but we still needed to lightly sand it to remove the loose paint around the drawers. If you don’t remove loose paint, it can peel off soon after the new coat has dried and undo your hard work!  😥

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