I am participating in an Instagram swap and the theme this month is fruit. It got me thinking about all the awesome DIY Fruit Decor I have been seeing on blogs and Pinterest. There are some beautiful manufactured pieces as well but I wanted to focus on the DIY projects this time. I’m sure a lot of you are like me and if you can make it yourself you will. Most of these projects are very simple and there are even some printables included, so all you have to do is print them out and pop them in a frame. Instant art and decor is always welcome in my home.

Fruit Decor DIY

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Individual Picnic Crates

by leanneja on July 29, 2015 · 2 comments

in Crafts, Family, Outdoors, Storage

What’s your favorite thing about Summer? I love the relaxed feeling, no homework, family outings, weekend getaways and picnics. I love eating outdoors when the weather permits. Picnics and barbecues free me from the hot kitchen and let me spend more time with my family, plus who likes to eat heavy food when it’s so hot outside. I also love cute picnic supplies so I decided it would be fun to make individual picnic crates for my family. The best part is that these crates can be used over and over again and decorated to fit any theme.

Individual Picnic Crates and Totes are perfect for Summer picnics at the park

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Coastal Mantel

by leanneja on July 27, 2015 · 0 comments

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I thought it was about time I changed my mantel from the 4th of July since it’s the end of the month. I decorated my mantel in a Seaside theme at the beginning of Summer and thought I’d do something similar for the next few weeks before school starts. Since we love the ocean and visit it as much as possible, a Coastal Mantel is perfect for August.

Coastal Inspired Mantel

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DIY Anchor Tray

by leanneja on July 24, 2015 · 0 comments

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You can find Coastal decor in almost any store right now. If you’re lucky you can find what you want on sale, if not you can always make it yourself. If you know me, you know I don’t pay full price for anything. I wanted this really awesome tray but wasn’t willing to pay $30 for it so I made a similar one. This DIY Anchor Tray was less than $10.

Anchor Tray DIY

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I originally wrote this post over 2 years ago and while some things have changed we are pretty much back to where we were when I wrote this post. A few months after the original post we packed up our house and 3 kids still at home and moved to where my husband’s job was. It wasn’t an easy move, it took us over a year to sell our house so financially it was a struggle and as you can probably guess it was an emotional struggle as well. We were living together again though so that was good, but that was an adjustment too because I was used to doing things alone. Fast forward another year and hubby lost his job here and found a job in California. It wasn’t too bad because silly me thought it would just be a few months. That job ended and the only job he could find was over 1600 miles away in Mississippi. So since last September he has been living away from home again. His contract will take us to August of 2016, just the thought sometimes makes me sick to my stomach. Our oldest at home will be heading off to college at that time so this is going to be a busy year. I guess I’m rehashing this post because I needed a reminder of the things I worked so hard for a couple years ago. I need to remember how to stay connected as a family and feel like we’re functioning as a family instead of just being in survival mode. I hope that if you’re in the same situation these ideas will help you stay connected as a family. Here’s the original post: I’ve added a few things and a couple more pictures to this post.

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Easy No Sew Pillow Cover

by leanneja on July 20, 2015 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, DIY, Fabric Crafts

I first shared this easy No Sew Pillow Cover on my blog over 4 years ago. I had actually made the first one 5 years before that on a whim to add a decorative pillow to my bed. It has now been pinned over 100,000 times and shared thousands of times on facebook and other social channels. Do you know why it has been so popular? Because it is the easiest way to update your pillows to quickly change the look of any room. Plus, there’s no sewing or gluing involved.

Easy No Sew Pillow Cover

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I wasn’t going to post today but National Ice Cream Day seemed like a good day for a sweet post. I decided to make a Life is Better with Ice Cream printable to help celebrate the holiday. It’s super simple but looks great popped in a frame to add a little fun and color to your kitchen.

life is better with ice cream printable

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I love going to Open Houses, Showcase of Homes, Parade of Homes, or whatever they are called in your area. I get so many good design, decorating, and storage ideas. Just because I’m renting right now doesn’t mean I’m not still looking for great ideas for when I own a home again. I’m sharing some of my favorite Built In Storage Ideas that I’ve gathered from some of the many homes I’ve visited over the past few years.

Built In Storage Ideas

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Spray Painted Wall Art

by leanneja on July 16, 2015 · 3 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, DIY, Paint

I have found spray paint to be my best friend and favorite tool when it comes to transforming home decor. I know I’ve talked about being on a limited budget and therefore transform a lot of inexpensive pieces with paint, but you don’t have to be on a limited budget to save money. I think we all want to spend less when it’s an option. I love how this Spray Painted Wall Art turned out and that it now fits perfectly in my bedroom.

Spray Painted Wall Art

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Magical Vacation Giveaway

by leanneja on July 14, 2015 · 32 comments

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Thank you for entering! The winner is Melanie Allen. Congratulations!

I am so excited about this awesome giveaway! I love everything about amusement parks, which is why we try to go to a couple parks as a family every year. I especially don’t want to miss Disneyland this year because it’s the 60th Anniversary, which means even more magic will be happening. I’m happy to have teamed up with Get Away Today and some fabulous bloggers to giveaway a Magical Vacation Package worth $1500!!

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