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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My 21 Favorite Fall Pins

Fall is such a beautiful time for Pinterest. It’s filled with DIY projects for my “someday” list and a few Fall Pins I can’t wait to try out this season! Like this one I whipped up yesterday…

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Here’s a round-up of my favorites so far. You can easily repin any of these to your own Pinterest board by clicking the “Save” button on the pic! Also, take a second to follow my “All Things Fall” Pinterest board by clicking the button below. I’ll continue pinning new stuff throughout the season! ?

Now, let’s take a scroll through my favorite fall pins! I crack myself up…

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13 Things We Learned from a Car Robbery

Have you ever been punched in the stomach? I hope not, but that’s kind of the feeling you get when you walk back to your car and discover it’s there’s been a car robbery.  🙁


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That’s what happened last week when we were in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Now that it’s been a few days, I’d like to share everything I’ve learned from the car robbery in hopes that it might prevent a tragedy like this from striking your life.

Our Trip to California

Last weekend my husband, brother-in-law and I took a beautiful vacation to California. I’d been so excited for the trip and just wanted to feel a “cool breeze in my face” after this ridiculous AZ summer. We visited Universal Studios Hollywood

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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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August Crew Member Spotlight: Meet Kristi Kisler

This month’s Crew Member Spotlight is an absolute joy, and her name is Kristi Kisler! Kristi works with my dear husband at San Tan Charter School. She loves travel, photography, geneology, and all types of art.
Andrew and I are so excited to all be going on the same trip to Italy (through 10850163_788061197910072_1954687396384939147_ntheir school) next March!

I asked Kristi a few questions about her DIY style, and I absolutely love her sheer honesty on being a home improvement novice.  😆 She recently sold her house north of Phoenix, so she’s excited to get decorating once she’s settled in her new home.

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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:

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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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My Fall Decorating Dilemma, Solved!

People. I have a SERIOUS case of Fall Fever. It’s bad (or is it good?  😉 ). On Monday I had my first pumpkin spice coffee of the year and I about blew a gasket! Pure joy right here:

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Since we bought our new home, I have been beyond excited to decorate for the seasons. As I started imagining our fall-inspired home, I got a little nervous about our walls being mostly gray and blue – colors I don’t usually associate with fall decor.

To add to my worry, all the beautiful fall-inspired homes I see on Pinterest have light yellow, beige, or white walls. Of course, fitting in perfectly with the fall theme.  🙄

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How to Make Your Cleaning Routine a Little More Bearable

Does anyone really enjoy cleaning? I mean, c’mon. Like REALLY enjoy it. It’s obviously never been my favorite thing, given this picture my dad texted me cir. 2012 of my room back home (this was on a good day):

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So obviously I don’t love it. That being said, I’ve put a few measures in place to help myself at least like it a little more!

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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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