Hey lovelies, I have an exciting giveaway for you today! I’ve partnered with some of my fabulous blogger friends as well as Evgie for an exciting wall decal giveaway!
If you are looking for a great gift for someone that just bought a home, just had a baby, or simply just loves to change up the look of their home, then you are going to want to check out Evgie Wall Decals. They are easy to apply and they completely change the scene of the whole room.
Evgie vinyl decals are made from high-quality matte vinyl which looks like they were painted on the wall. It is removable, so it’s simple to transform any room over and over again. Just peel and stick! You can apply them to most smooth surfaces. It’s also removable and won’t damage walls!
More Reasons to Shop at Evgie.com
- 100% SATISFACTION – If it turns you don’t love your decal you may ship it back and they will refund your money.
- FREE test decal for you to practice on and EASY Step-by-step detailed instructions.
- They can adjust the decal size larger or smaller and add additional colors. Contact them for pricing.
- They offer custom designs. If you have an idea in mind of a custom design, let them know.
Here are my top 5 favorite wall decals from Evgie:
1.Birds Tree Nursery Wall Decal– Elegant Large Side tree wall decal is perfect to decorate and add your personal touch to any space, switch themes in child’s room. Made with high quality self-adhesive removable materials. Creates hand paint effect on your wall! Included FREE test decal.
2. Stars Wall Decals– Design your room, hallway, classroom, gym, reading corner with large bright Stars and Spaceship Wall Decals theme, constellations and cute astronauts collecting stars – 5ft growth chart! Measures: 162″w x 78″h. Comes with test decal. Removable. Just peel and stick! Free test decal is included.
Elements come separately and can be install as on the picture or adjust to your wall height.
We include lots of three size dots, so you can install kids favorite constellation – we suggest two: Big Dipper & Orion, see if you can spot them.
3.Fairy Wall Decals– Are you setting up nursery for your little princess? We have designed the Fairy Tree with Flowers and Stars wall decals to pair atmosphere of charm with personal illustrative touch. It is transforming the room space into magnificent scene using fairy-like beings characters. If you ever read Snow White or Peter Pan with Tinker Bell friend, or even just watched Tangled or Enchanted you would easily feel the sense of magic happening.
4.Deer Silhouette Wall Mural– This Removable Sticker Wild Life Silhouette is handmade using Top-Quality Matte Vinyl. Perfect to decorate and add your personal touches to room or hallway. Just peel and stick, it’s so easy! Comes with Free test decal.
5.Nursery Wall Sticker – Baby Elephant in the Meadow– This adorable Baby Elephant surrounded by abstract flowers is made from High-Quality Matte Vinyl and will look painted on the wall. Elephants are for happiness and luck. It’s cute, cuddly and charming. You will enjoy it as much as your child would, boy or girl. Just peel and stick, it’s so easy!
Any of these plus the dozens of more designs would make the perfect holiday gift for anyone on your list. Which one is your favorite?
Enter to win $150 to spend on wall decals from Evgie! Open Worldwide (If outside the US or Canada the winner will have to pay the difference in shipping.) Giveaway dates 11/26 1201am – 12/10 1159pm EST.
Enter below on the giveaway form. Good Luck lovelies!
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Wow Thanksgiving is here! The Holidays will be rolling in quickly and the entertaining is about to begin! Don’t let the fear of odor debacle your Holiday Plans this year! As an animal lover and cat owner, I’ll admit I worry that there may not be such jolly odors in my home at all times. I keep my home fresh with Febreze because I know nothing is stronger when it comes to knocking out unpleasant odors!
Febreze is here to spread cheer and freshness not just for the holidays, but all season long! With the help of Doug E Fresh, “The World’s Greatest Entertainer,” and social media sensation @ItsDougThePug, we’re kicking it old school with the release of the second installment of Febreze’s “The #12Stinks of Christmas.”
The beatbox pioneer and his four-legged #12Stinks partner-in-crime put their own spin on the holiday classic, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” with a hip-hop music video collaboration-complete with matching track suits of course! Their video brings to life the stinks of the season and highlights how Febreze is the only solution tough enough to eliminate unwanted holiday odors while leaving behind a light, fresh holiday scent that keeps you guest-ready all season long.
Check out this fun video, The 12Stinks of Christmas from Fabreze and Doug E here:
*This review was made possible by iConnect and Febreze. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.
Growing families often find that the walls of their home seem to be closing in on them. The house that once echoed is now full of happy children and hundreds of possessions that clutter each room. If you’re finding that your house appears to have shrunk, but the property market doesn’t look good for a move, what can you do? Would you extend? Build up, out, or down? Or would you be brave enough to rip it all out and start again with a floor plan that works better for your family?
All of these solutions to make a home a better fit are quite major renovations. They take time, and sometimes they take a lot of documentation and planning permission from your local authorities. But what they will all take a lot of is money. If you haven’t got a few thousand set aside, chances are you will need to borrow the cash to make these changes. Are you brave enough to add extra debt to your mortgage?
Of course, if you are brave enough to gut your home and start again, you have the opportunity to build your dream home. You can create the property you want without having to change neighborhoods. Your kids won’t have to move schools. And your commute to work won’t have to alter either. Sure, it’s a lot of upheavals that could span for months. But when it’s done, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you built the home that you’ll raise your kids in.
So where do you start? Have a plan. A really good plan! Don’t just go to bat with the first draft though. Give it time to simmer and stew and develop and grow. You’ll come across pictures and brochures full of lovely ideas that you’ll want to include. You’ll find inspiration in blogs, magazines, and throughout social media. Give yourself a few weeks to digest your most important decisions before you commit to them. You don’t want to end up disappointed with the finished result.
One of the first things you need to do is calculate your affordable budget. This may be a disappointing figure at first, but you may be surprised with just how much you can do. You might be able to cut some costs by project managing all the works yourself. And if you take on some of the unskilled labor, you can save a little more. Alternative accommodation will be cheaper if you’re willing to impose on friends and family for a while. Make a detailed spreadsheet, and be sure to triple check your figures.
Hiring contractors could be tougher to do than you might think. Before you sign any documents, consider asking friends and family for contractor recommendations. If they come up empty handed, then look at respectable sources for good contractors. You can look at Electrical Connection details online to get an idea of how to find the people you need. If you’re looking for a general builder, ask for a few quotes to compare prices. You might prefer a specialist plasterer for a high-end finish but this could cost more.
It may take a few weeks to get all the quotes together to finalize your budget. Once you know how much you’re going to spend, and you know where the money is coming from, it’s time to start. You may need to notify your local authority about the works you want to carry out. Some contractors fill out these documents for you. Once you’ve been in touch and you know what they need, you can make sure you’re in a position to conform to their requirements. Now the paperwork is in place, it’s time to clear the rooms.
Some families try to stay in their homes while these works are taking place. It depends on how much of a problem the extra dirt and dust will be. If your kitchen is being completely ripped out, you need to consider how you will hygienically prepare meals. It’s possible to live upstairs while the downstairs work is taking place, and vice versa. But will this be practical for pets and the children?
There will undoubtedly be times when you feel quite stressed and fed up with the project. The more you are involved with it, the more physically draining it may be. You may have to sacrifice quality time with the kids to get through some of the work yourself. And you may feel like you’re spending more hours cleaning than you have your entire life! Appliances will be inaccessible, your power and water may not always be available. And you’ll be desperate for it all to end. Budget for a couple of weekends away as you need them. This can be just the respite you need.
One of the things that will keep you going during all the renovation works is your vision of the finished product. You might be imagining beautiful rooms for the kids. Maybe you can’t wait for all that extra storage? And the open plan living area is going to be so much more practical. Many DIY stores offer free plans that help you visualize your dream home. They can populate the 3D drawing with the furniture and fittings you select to buy from them. Remember, this is a sales tool too. You don’t have to buy the things they’re detailing. You can change each item, or just start again.
As the end of the works draw near, don’t be afraid to push for a finer finish if you think the attention to detail is lacking. You will, of course, likely pick up the slack here. We’re all more picky about our own homes! By now you may be ready to start buying the paint for the final touches. Perhaps you’re ready for a fresh palette for your new look home? Getting stuck in with the paint roller is one of the most satisfying parts of a renovation. You know this is the last bit to do before the furniture comes back in. And after that? You can actually live in the dream home you built!
Ugh I’ve moved WAY more than I care to admit! I actually counted how many time I’ve moved (a few moves back) I was so frustrated with it. My total then was about 28 since I moved out of my parent’s house at 18. Now I’m closer to 30 times! WAY, WAY too many times too move, and I’m only 35!
But if there is one good thing that has come from all of those moves, it’s that I’ve got a really good system down for moving and some awesome tips to share with you to help make your next move more successful, quicker, more efficient, and more organized too! Hopefully easing the stress of the move (which they say is one of the biggest stressers we can go through, especially if it’s related to a divorce!)
15 Tips for a Successful, More Organized Move
- Pick up boxes, packing tape, and a sharpie for labeling as soon as you know you’ll be moving! I personally love buying totes but this can also be expensive, but they make it incredibly easy to get in and out of when you need to add things, or end up needing something from it! Plus if you get the clear ones, you can see what’s in them!
- Have lots of food in the freezer and pantry? Start eating it up now and resist the urge to shop for more! This means less to pack! Start shopping less all together until you’ve settled into the new place!
- Start packing as soon as you can! If you’ve got weeks before you will be moving, now is the time to start packing up those things you won’t need between now and the move (like those keepsakes, pictures, seasonal clothing, etc). Do a little each night, and this will really help cut down on time needed the day of the move!
- While you’re emptying out closets to pack things up, clean it! Keep your cleaners with you in the area you’re packing and get your cleaning done as you empty those shelves and cabinets! Be sure to clean from top to bottom!
- While you’re packing, start a donation pile as you go through all your stuff. Want to make a little extra money to help pay for your move? Host a garage/yard sale with your stuff you’d like to get rid of! Do this as quickly as possible to get the stuff out of the house and to keep it from accidentally getting packed!
- Start moving over utilities as soon as you can! Usually, you can set them up in advance to start billing for the day you move in. Don’t forget moving your cable, internet, and phone land line.
- At least a week before the move, change your address over with the post office. You can conveniently do this online with USPS.com.
- Start changing your address on your bank account, cell phone, credit cards, employer, insurance, etc over to your new address.
- Got a key to the new place? Assuming you live close enough to it, Start moving over boxes as soon as you can. If you get a key on Monday but aren’t moving in until Saturday, take over a car load each night after work. This will help cut down on all the moving you will be doing over the weekend.
- Once you have a key, now is a good time to make a quick trip to the store for the must-haves you will need as soon as you move in and will often times forget, at least I do! I love to go to Walmart and buy Charmin Toilet Paper, Bounty Paper Towels, and Fabreze Air Effects from the New Home Clean Collection. The toilet paper is a no brainer, but how many times have you moved and used the bathroom only to realize you don’t have any toilet paper!? This makes the move more efficient and comfortable, and if you’ve got some family and friends helping you with the move, they will to be able to use the bathroom in the new place without a second thought. The paper towels also come in handy for tons of things during a move, there’re tends to be tons of spills and messes made! (Hopefully not, but I always end up going through way more paper towels than I think I will!) The Fabreze also comes in handy when unpacking fun things like those old shoes you wish the hubby would’ve thrown out, the dog blanket you forgot to wash first before packing, or the fun box with the cat litter box in it!
- When you’re coming up on the day or two before the move, take down the curtains, drapes, bedding, and give them a good wash and then pack them. I like to toss my Tide Pods in the laundry machine with my linens for a nice sparkly clean. Especially because its been probably at last a year since I’ve washed the curtains and I only trust my Tide to give them the best possible clean when they need them the most!
- Moving Day! Be sure to eat breakfast, be grateful for the smooth move (even before you start moving) and smile! This will help you keep the right mindset for the stressful day ahead! Be thankful for your movers, friends and/or family or whoever came to help you, be sure to pick up some pizza for them for lunch to thank them for all their help!
- Got animals? Put the dog in the backyard if it’s gated, and lock the cats in a bedroom (either in the new place or old place) with the things they need; food, water, and potty Be sure to let your movers know to leave that room alone until very last, so that your pets don’t get out and make a run for the door! *Cats often become stressed from the move and try to find their way to the old house! This is often times when animals get lost/run away the most! Make sure they’re safe, and I’ve found that by keeping them in a room with the door shut while the whole moving is happening, also helps them feel less stressed.
- Once you get to the new place, place rugs at the entry way to help keep the tracking of dirt down in your new place down. Also, I find this technique works really well for unpacking: Have the men or tough lifters start bringing things in. The ladies or younger ones can start putting stuff away. This also keeps less traffic from going in and out of the house to the moving van, where you tend to end up standing around waiting to get in to the moving van.
- Once moved in, I break out my handy Swiffer Wet Jet and give the old place a quick cleaning . Since you’ve cleaned as you’ve gone along with the packing and moving boxes out, this should be the last thing to do in order to have the old place clean and ready to go! I also use it in the new house as I’ve found that all that in and out traffic moving in boxes, has left the floors very dirty! The Swiffer Wet Jet is a quick, easy, and efficient way to clean up after the move!
Hey Lovelies, as I’ve been talking about home remodeling in a few past posts, I have currently been in the middle of a huge kitchen remodel! After a couple of months of work, the project is finally finished! Thank goodness!
My kitchen was pure 1995, with yellowish-beige cabinets, a pinkish laminate countertop (that unfortunately shows up throughout the whole house – which will certainly be updated at a later point!), and super out-dated laminate flooring (which they had put over tile for some reason!) Luckily, I brought my nice LG stainless steel fridge from my old place, and the house came with an LG stainless steel dishwasher and Stainless Steel GE ovens.
The kitchen remodel started with new black quartz, with a gorgeous sparkle countertops, replacing the super old-fashioned laminate countertops. Once in, the yellowish cabinets were painted white, and replaced with new hardware. Then I went nuts with the tile, to give it a much more modern look. I realize it might be a bit too much tile, but I wanted the whole idea to be, “WOW!” when you first turn the corner out of the entry way and see the kitchen. After all, the kitchen is the focal point of the home, and for a modern-style home (which is my decor style all the way), I wanted the kitchen to reflect that. I In my new kitchen, you will find tile lined around the bar and island, as well a pretty huge backsplash, which indeed gives my home a much more modern feel.
The tile is a new cracked grass multi-colored black, white, and gray tile that is really having a moment right now. I used this tile to bring the black countertops and white cabinets together, as well as the new gray luxury vinyl flooring that was going in the kitchen as well as replacing the rest of the old, coming apart, badly scratched by my super hyper border collie, flooring on my whole main level.
So here are the before pictures:
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