If you are living in a home where there are clothes piled in every open space, overflowing closets and unfinished projects on every surface, it can be completely overwhelming. Living in a cluttered home is not only stressful, but unhealthy as well. The problem for many people is that once the clutter starts taking over the home, it is extremely difficult to even know where to start the cleaning process. The good news is, we’ve created this simple guide to not only help you remove the clutter, but keep your home clean and clutter-free.
Call me crazy, but one of my all-time favorite things about any holiday is decorating. Whether it’s putting up spooky ghosts and spiders for Halloween, jingle bells and tinsel for Christmas, or stars and stripes for the 4th of July I find magic in themed decor.
It may have something to do with the ever-changing aspect… I do get pretty bored with the same old same.
With July 4th and Memorial Day around the corner, I found myself browsing for patriotic themed decor. The hunt started while I was still in Iowa and led me to discover At Home and their Waterloo, IA store. They had their Grand Opening on April 22 and 23, just a few days after I left Iowa for North Carolina.
I am setting a day aside so we can go visit the Raleigh store because from what I hear, it’s awesome! Heads up North Carolinians: At Home has brick and mortar stores in Concord, Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro! Don’t worry, they have lots of stores and a handy store finder tool to help you find one near you!
You can get a feel for what At Home has to offer by visiting their website. For stuff like this though you really want to see everything because the pieces are amazing and I’m not sure the photos do them justice.
To help us get a feel for the company’s work we were sent a few pieces (just in time for the summer holidays!!!). As soon as I opened the boxes I was excited. I could feel the Independence Day spirit pouring in. Or maybe it was the upcoming change of interior scenery… either way, it felt amazing!
These are pieces you want to show off and have front and center for the holidays.
These are pieces people will comment on and beg to know where you got them.
These are pieces that are affordable and well-made!
The Canvas American Flag Chest is my favorite piece. It can be used year-round to hold trinkets or anything else. It is pretty durable to be so light-weight which makes me like it even more. It opens and closes without creaking or overlapping. It fits in with any other patriotic decor or stands out on its own.
The Decorative Wooden “Fireworks” are super neat and when you have more than one become an adorable focal point. These are made for indoor use but they are so, so, so cute outside by a bench or on a porch. I do bring them in at night so weather and nocturnal critters don’t mess them up. The metallic ‘fuses’ on top add some whimsy to an already fun set of decor.
I couldn’t help but check out the entire selection over at the At Home website. It’s amazing and the prices are practical. It truly is the decor superstore! Oh, and they have sales!
That means you can get a head start on the upcoming holidays and save a ton of money. There is more than just holiday decor.
They have everything you could want to update the look and feel of your home at a price that won’t drain your savings. If you can’t tell, I 100% approve of At Home!!
The worst thing in the world for me (involving my house) is when people walk in and crinkle their nose. You know, when there’s a smell that’s just horrible but they don’t want to seem rude by saying something. It’s one of my biggest fears actually; I hate thinking my house smells bad. Because of that I use a lot of things to keep my home smelling good. One of my favorite things is candles but they never seem to last long.
When I first saw the Candle Warmers, Etc website I fell in love. Not only with their products, but their mission. To bring a new, affordable way to enjoy candles into homes everywhere. They have been doing this since 2001, and are the original candle warmer providers.
While I love candles, I am so worried about a fire getting started or wax getting on something important. Not only that, but they melt so quickly and I never feel like I’m getting my monies worth.
Do you see what I’m getting at?!
With Candle Warmers, Etc I get to still enjoy the scent of my favorite candles but for longer and without the risk that comes along with open flames. I’m in love with my new Scroll Candle Warmer Lantern. Not only is it gorgeous by itself but when I pair it with a candle it leaves the most gorgeous pattern on the wall and table.
The ambiance alone is fantastic; the subtle aroma that comes from the Tahitian Sunrise Candle is even better.
I don’t see myself ever lighting another candle. I have no reason to! The Scroll Candle Warmer Lantern from Candle Warmers, Etc is everything I need to enjoy candles. It releases the fragrance and gives me the ambiance I’ve come to love from candles. It also makes a wonderful addition to my living room decor.
If you have kids or pets Candle Warmers, Etc allows you to enjoy candles without the fire hazard. Not only are the items from Candle Warmers, Etc safer, but they are more budget friendly too! I can highly recommend them to everyone whether you’re looking to save money or add beautiful decor to your home.
Be sure to check out all of the warmers on the Candle Warmers, Etc website and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube.
Decorating a home is a rite of passage for renters and homeowners alike. Whether you have a strict theme to stick to or you’re looking for a way to let your eccentric side show the sky is the limit. I have lived here since March and I’m still trying to figure out what I want. If you haven’t noticed I don’t like sticking to one look too long, hence why the look of this blog changes so often. Change in any other context scares me so I guess I latch on to my home, and my blog, as ways to utilize change without the fear.
Decorating a home does not have to be an overwhelming experience. In fact you can do a few small things that can have a drastic impact. The main thing in my opinion is wall art. Carefully chosen and hung art pieces can truly bring a room to a whole new level.
It has always amazed me how much a piece of art on a wall can liven up a room. Between conversation starters and awe inspiring designs you can easily change the feeling of a room. For the longest time my walls have been completely bare. Not because I wanted them to be bare, but because I didn’t know what to put on them. Then the awesome folks over at Redbubble sent along some amazing art prints that opened the door to possibility.
Redbubble is a Print-on-Demand web store that works with incredibly talented artist to provide amazing quality products. They have a gigantic Wall Art selection which means no matter your preference there is something for you. The prices are incredible, maybe a little low, considering the high quality of the prints. I was definitely impressed by the two pieces I received. Picking up a few accent pieces is sure to bring your walls to life.
The only thing to keep in mind when ordering your prints is that you will need to decide how you want to display your new art. A classy frame, a creative mat, or some other form of display should be considered when you are choosing your prints. I’m still trying to decide what I want to do but I am leaning towards matting my pieces. Either way Redbubble is definitely the route to take when considering wall art.
Head over to the Redbubble website and check out everything they have to offer. Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed in the results. You can also connect with Redbubble on their social media channels.
I love birthdays. Who doesn’t? Grace’s daughter Makayla, who prefers to be called Mack now that she is old, just turned 11. That’s a big one folks so we had to make it a great party. We found Big Dot of Happiness who sent us some awesome soccer themed items to get the celebration started.
Since Mack is big into soccer we thought a soccer themed party would be a hit. We didn’t know just how awesome it would be though. The fun designs and vibrant colors in the soccer themed decor was awesome. Our favorite was the GOAAAL! – Soccer – Birthday Party Table Decorating Kit. It came with everything we needed to create a fun tablescape.
- 1 Personalized Accordion-Folded Centerpiece
- 2 Personalized Scalloped Centerpiece
- 12 Scalloped Table Confetti Circles
- 24 Round Table Confetti Circles
Even more awesome is the fact that the items were personalized with “Mack’s 11th Birthday”. Even the most mature kids will get excited over seeing their name on stuff. The GOAAAL! – Soccer – Personalized Birthday Party Favor Boxes were another big hit for the party. The kids loved the easy carry handle and of course the goodies that were inside. We were able to put each child’s name on the included tags so they could easily keep track of whose box was whose.
The GOAAAL! – Soccer – Birthday Party Cupcake Wrappers made it even easier to turn the soccer cupcakes into pure awesomeness. The GOAAAL! – Soccer – Personalized Birthday Party Cupcake Pick and Sticker Kit – 12 ct were just icing on the cake – no pun intended.
I don’t think I need to say it, but the birthday party was a huge hit with grown ups and kids. I don’t think it would have been nearly as awesome without the goodies from Big Dot of Happiness. The Goaaal! Soccer themed products are fantastic. The quality is above average and the designs are spot on. Big Dot of Happiness has tons of themed party supplies so no matter whose birthday or whatever celebration you’re planning they have have you covered. They are affordable which makes them my new go to source for party supplies. Be sure to head over and see how they can make your upcoming celebration amazing.
Connect with Big Dot of Happiness