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! 🙂
This year I’ve really been missing fall colors and fall weather. Living in Arizona has its perks, but it’s severely lacking one thing I love: seasons.
We went to a pumpkin farm last weekend and it was literally 97°. It was miserable. And disgusting.
Because of this fall-weathered void, I’m doing pretty much anything and everything to manually bring more fall into my life. Over the past few weeks I’ve been learning Photoshop, so I put together a few pretty pictures to frame and place around our home! Better yet, I’m sharing them for free so you can print ’em out and add another ounce of fall to your home. ?
If you love a pretty house and quick and easy decor (but honestly, who doesn’t?), then give these a try! Download these designs by entering your email below. You’ll get an email to confirm you’re a real person, then the printables will be in your inbox before you can say, “pumpkin spice latte.” ☕
Guys. Over the past couple weekends, Andrew and I have been giving our backyard a massive haircut. Like, gigantic. Huge. Monstrous. I’m fairly certain that no yard work had been done at our house for 5+ years, if not longer (and our house is about 12 years old).
It was a long and tedious process, but we found this little guy who lovingly egged us on –
I’m SO excited to show you the before and after pics and share a few things we learned along the way.
The Side Yard
To kick off October, Andrew and I had a little fun pumpkin carving! And in not-so traditional fashion… using our new power drill! To make it even more fun, we live streamed it on Facebook. It got a little messy and we ran into a few bumps, but no surprises there! 😆
- Serrated knife
- Power drill
- Drill bits of your selected size
- Buckets for pumpkin guts
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.
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…
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…
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. 🙁
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…
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.
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.
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 their 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.
I love the look of floating shelves – you know the ones: they look like they’re magically protruding out of the walls:
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.