There are so many trends I really love and I love updating my home often but I can’t justify spending money on the new trends especially when we’re on a tight budget. If you really like something there’s usually a way you can make a similar item without spending a lot of money. I love the spheres or orbs I was seeing in the catalogs coming to my door but knew I would never be able to buy them, so I made my own. These Decorative Wood Spheres were a very small fraction of the cost of the original ones and I love how they turned out. Another great thing about making you own knock-offs is you can change the color or tweak the design any way you like to make it fit with your home design and decor.

Decorative Wood Sphere

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3 Ingredient Chocolate Pots

by leanneja on March 25, 2015 · 0 comments

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Let me start by proclaiming my love of chocolate. Believe it or not, I actually went 2 years without having one little bit of chocolate pass my lips. I might try that again some day, but not today because these 3 Ingredient Chocolate Pots are so delicious and decadent that I can’t resist. Don’t worry that each serving is only 1/2 cup, that’s more than plenty to give you a rich delicious chocolate fix.

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I love changing my mantel with the holidays and with the seasons. It’s a way of bringing something fresh to my home without having to change all of the decor. Since the mantel is a focal point it’s something that is really noticeable when it’s changed. Guests will notice your new mantel decor so they won’t even notice you haven’t changed anything else in your house for the last year. Just kidding, kinda! I’m sharing with you some of my favorite Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas to help you with ideas for your own mantel. The images are pretty self explanatory so I’m just going to share some ideas about each decorated mantel.

Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas

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Number Stamped Coasters

by leanneja on March 21, 2015 · 3 comments

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March is National Craft Month, not that I need an excuse to craft or anything. I’m really excited to be participating in Crafting in the Rain Craft Month A-Z again this year. This is the 3rd week of the series and I chose the letter “N” because I love numbers. I wanted to share how to make these really easy Number Stamped Coasters. I never seem to have enough coasters and I had everything on hand to make these so why not create,  right?

Number Stamped Coasters

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St. Patrick’s day is over, Spring is here and it’s time to start thinking about Easter. I love Easter and you know I love printables so I decided to start with the Easter bunny and make these cute Hoppy Easter Bunny printables. I’ll be adding a couple more printables as it gets closer to Easter.

Hoppy Easter

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I think Spring I think of walks in the park, dinner on the patio, blossoms on the trees, and sharing ways to Brighten Your Home With Spring Decor. I crave sunlight and apparently the rest of my family does too. The first person to get downstairs every morning opens all the blinds to let in as much light as possible. It brightens up the whole house and seems to help start the morning off right.

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DIY Globe Bookends

by leanneja on March 16, 2015 · 1 comment

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It’s time to make another quick craft from my craft stash and this one is even functional. I’m always grateful to have a stash of crafting supplies. Sometimes I just want to create and having the supplies in my craft room is good for my psychi. These DIY globe bookends serve a purpose on the bookshelf and will also look great on the mantel when I decorate for back-to-school. They might even end up in the boys room at some point since they already have a collection of globes. I love decorating my home in items that can be used in multiple rooms. It allows me to change things around without spending any money.

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

by leanneja on March 15, 2015 · 0 comments

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Hubby’s favorite cookies are Oatmeal Raisin. When we were dating my mom would make them for him regularly. She really liked him which was good because my dad had to learn to like him. It took a few years for him to come around. Everything is fine now but you know how a dad can be with his daughter, no one is good enough. At least until he has proven himself. Anyway, back to the cookies. I decided to take my mom’s recipe and make it gluten free so I could enjoy them too. The texture of these gluten free Oatmeal Raisin cookies are a little different but they turned out close to the original. Since we both really love raisins I added more but you can adjust to your taste if you don’t love them as much as we do, or substitute chocolate chips for the raisins because I have been known to do that too.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Sometimes I have decorators block. It doesn’t usually happen around holidays though because I already have a theme. This St. Patrick’s day was a different story. I had no idea where to start so I gathered all the green bottles I could find and called it good. I decided a Simple St. Patricks Day mantel was the way to go this year but I did end up adding a few more things to the bottles a couple days later. Sometimes simple is just so much easier and I ended up loving it.

Simple St. Patrick's Day Mantel

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It’s time for another quick craft from my craft stash. I actually don’t like having things hanging from my refrigerator but sometimes I need too if only for a day or so. I usually hang them on the side of the fridge so they can’t be seen by everyone. I know it’s a little weird, but I don’t like it to look cluttered. Somehow I was down to 2 magnets and the kids were trying to make everything hang from just those 2. It wasn’t working well so I looked through my stash and decided to make some Wood Disc Magnets. If I’m going to have magnets on my fridge they need to be cute.

Wood Disc Magnets covered with Scrapbook Paper

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