Living Room Gallery Wall

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Hey, Hey! How are you all doing? I’m back to work this week after a long 12 day break. I’m pretty proud to say that I  did get a lot of things done around the house over the break though, and one of them was creating a gallery wall in the living room.  

I have always struggled with this wall and I have probably decorated it 30 different times.  Literally, there are probably over 30 holes in the wall, you can imagine how my husband feels about that. I don’t have any of the original paint left so I’m not able to fill them, but I love how my new gallery wall covers most of them. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this sooner! 

I put together a combination of things I already had, and some new things I got with some Christmas money.  I might add things as I find them, but overall I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I would love to share it with you all! 

I will post a list of sources at the end of the post. 

Ohh I also wanted to share with you all how I hung all of these things without adding any more new holes to the wall. 3M Command Strips, they are seriously a life saver.  I don’t hang anything with nails anymore since I found them. They make them in a few different size options, but the ones I hung the gather sign with can hold up to 16 pounds.  So the possibilities are endless with these things. 

All you need is some command strips and a level and you can easily make a gallery wall yourself.  I just planned out my layout flat on the ground first and added the pieces one by one. I pressed the command strips on the back of the pieces and laid a level on them to make sure they were straight on the wall. Once they were straight I pressed hard for 30 seconds and they were totally stuck.  So easy! 

I also did a little re-arranging with my foyer.  This little dresser used to be there but once I added the built-ins in the living room I had two extra console tables.  I gave one to my sister and put the other in the foyer.  

I even hung the shelf with them and feel totally secure adding decor to it.  If you change your mind a lot like me, these will become your best friend.  You can get them at most hardware stores, Target, even Amazon. 

So what do you think? I’m really loving it! Do you have a gallery wall in your home? Do you think you will add one? Let me know! I also listed the sources for some of  the things that I have on my wall below. 

Sources

Letter M- Marshalls – similar 

Wicker Circle Basket- Hobby Lobby

Distressed white shelf- Hobby Lobby

Home wood sign- Hobby Lobby

Wreath- thrifted 

Grateful Sign- handmade 

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Weekend Rewind & How to Make Money Shopping Online

Hey! I hope you all had a really great holiday weekend. Doesn’t it seem like it when by so fast? I hope you are all adjusting well back into your routines.

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We had such a great weekend spent with so much family, it was really the best. We had Thanksgiving on Thursday, and then Friday and Saturday we baked cookies.

Pat’s family has been doing an annual cookie bake for a long time and they have always so graciously invited me to join them, even knowing my level of baking abilities. This cookie bake was extra special because Anika and Vince got to decorate their own cookies. They did such a great job with grandmas help. 

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We had our first annual cookie bake at my moms house on Saturday, with my sisters and my brothers girlfriend.  So many cookies, you guys.  My niece and nephew joined too it was just a really great day.  

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I also might have done a little shopping this weekend. No, I didn’t brave the stores, but I did a lot of shopping online and got a lot of Christmas gifts purchased.  I wanted to share with you how I made money while shopping online this weekend.  

I’m sure you have all seen or heard of the website Ebates by now?I know I have shared it in the past with you here.   It can be kind of deceiving when you first see it like, why would I really get money back just by shopping through this link?  But you guys, I PROMISE it is legit.  I have been using it for a couple years now and my total cash back is $108.36.  In the past I have forgotten to use it,  but thats a lot of money if you really think about it, just for taking one extra click.  

But I found out now, they have this new feature that will help you to never forget to use your Ebates when you are already on a site. All you have to do is download their Cash Back Button after you sign up. It will put the button at the top of your screen and each time you are on a site that is eligible for cash back rewards, you simply click to activate it. So easy! I swear if you don’t use this, your leaving money on the table.  AND they have a new feature where you can link your credit or debit cards through the site and use them IN STORE.  So you can also get cash back if your shopping at a store eligible for cash back. Free money just got so much easier! I haven’t tried this option yet, but you can bet my money saving heart will be. 

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I used my cash back rewards at Gap, Old Navy, Kate Spade & Sorel this weekend.  And most of them had at least 8% cash back.  

Today is Cyber Monday so its the perfect opportunity to sign up and start saving if your going to be shopping online.  

Happy shopping, and saving money! Let me know what your shopping for today in the comments! 

 

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xoxo

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Ten Minute Natural Wreath Tutorial

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Hey! I’m stopping in with a quick tutorial for you today on how to create natural wreath. I get so many people who say that “they could never do that” when they see something that I created. And I always think and say, yes you totally can! I believe that if there is a will there is a way, and honestly most of the projects I do aren’t that difficult and it makes them all so much easier if you love doing it. 

I love making wreaths, and changing them out around our house all the time.  I made this wreath, for free, if you can believe it. I literally just went outside my front door and cut branches off the bushes.  I’m not really sure what kind of bushes they are, but they look enough like boxwood to me that I got the idea to cut some branches and make my own.  

Boxwood wreaths are so popular right now, and you can get one at Target that is the same size as the one that I made, for like $45. So yea, I’ll take my free wreath any day.  I already had the grapevine wreath on hand, but you can get them for a few dollars at most craft stores. I think mine is from Hobby Lobby but Amazon has them too. 

Heres a quick how-to make your own! 

10 Minute Natural Wreath Tutorial 

Materials
  • Grapevine wreath 
  • Natural branches- like I said I cut some from the bush in my yard, maybe you have one similar, or someone you know does. Maybe your neighbor does and you would be doing them a favor by trimming it up a bit for them?
  • You could also use fake branches that you can buy at a craft store if you can’t find natural accents
  • Scissors
  • Embellishment or ornament that you would like to add

How to Create a Natural Wreath in 10 Minutes or Less

  • Lay your grapevine wreath flat and start at the bottom in the center by adding your beaches one by one.

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  • I like to start on one side and add branches half way up and then do the same on the other side so it looks even. Then rotate it and start at the bottom and go up the sides. 

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  • Then you just fill in the branches around the whole wreath until it is to your desired fullness.  

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  • Add any embellishment or ornament that you would like. Or if you want to keep it plain and fresh I love that too. I wanted to add something for the holidays so I added a cute little brass horn that I found at the thrift store. 

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  • The last step is to find somewhere to hang it! If you have a nail or hook you could hang it on that. The grapevine wreaths are super nice because you could also tie a little string or ribbon on the back and hang it from that.  

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I hung ours on our front door. I am going to keep our exterior decor really natural this year for the holidays and I think its super cute and inviting.  What do you think? I’m telling you its so easy to create something like this if you just give it a try! 

Oh and just a little tip if you do plan to use something natural, spray it with water every couple of weeks to keep it looking fresh! 

 

xoxo

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How to Brighten Up an Oak Mantle

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Hey guys! I was super busy this weekend with lots of fun projects and I can’t wait to share them all with you. Today I’m going to share how I FINALLY updated our fireplace mantle.  It has a honey oak stain and I have disliked it since the day we moved in, but I lived with it for a long time because honestly, I was kind of afraid to paint it.  It’s a really big focal point of our house because we have such an open concept and the fireplace is right in the middle of the living room. But oh my gosh you guys, I can’t believe it took me this long.  It has already made SUCH a difference and I absolutely LOVE It.  

Here is what the fireplace looked like before.  

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Yeah a lovely orange golden oak and I really was just not a fan. It made the whole room look so dark and orange. So what do you think I did? Obviously I painted it…WHITE. 

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Don’t you just love it? You will also get a little sneak peak at the other part of this project we worked on this weekend, but I haven’t had time to style everything yet so I will be doing a full reveal soon.  

The room is just so much brighter I can’t believe it. It even makes the brick look totally different.  I wish I would have completed this project sooner.  If you’re thinking of doing a simple quick project like this to brighten up your space, here is how I did it. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my disclosure policy.

Materials

  • White interior paint 
  • Painters Tape– I prefer this kind
  • Sand paper
  • Paint brush

Steps

  • Tape around your wall and brick – taping is really my least favorite part of painting but its necessary for this because you don’t want to get paint on your brick because its hard to get off…trust me. before
  • Give your mantle a quick sanding.  I used 220 grit paper which isn’t very strong. I just wanted to give it a little scuff in order for the paint to stick better.  If you have a really high gloss or clear coat on your’s you might want to use a more aggressive/lower numbered paper. sanding
  • Once you have given it a quick sanding go back through and wipe it down with a wet wash cloth.  You just want to get it clean of any dust so you have a fresh pallet.  
  • Paint it! I painted two coats on our mantle, but depending on how dark your’s is you might have to do more.

Super simple, right? The power of paint is amazing.  AND the best part for me was my husbands reaction.  He said, and I quote, “do you think if we paint the kitchen cabinets white they will brighten up the kitchen that much?” I literally almost died.  So maybe…someday…I’ll get a white kitchen, you heard it here first.

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Check back later this week for a full reveal of the fireplace makeover we did.  You can also see how I turned the brass trim on our fireplace to silver here

xoxo

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How To Lock Your Kids in an iPhone App

Ok, Moms. Most of us have been there if we have a child over the age of 1.5.  The time where you just want to get something done around the house, grocery shop or even just go to the bathroom by yourself.  Side note- why are kids so enthralled with the bathroom? Like its really not that great, and its dirty and smelly.  I mean try to make your kid take a bath and its like negotiating with a terrorist, but let them watch you go #2 and your the most exciting thing alive.  I digress.

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We have all given our kid the iPhone or iPad to distract them or occupy them for some amount of time. And don’t try to act like you haven’t done it, because I know. I know you have. And that doesn’t make you a bad mom, its ok, no judgement here. It’s all about moderation right? And they love the thing, they are happy, smiley and giggly in their monkey show, or grover TV as my child would call it but then they get a little home button happy and all hell breaks loose.

For some reason that darn circle is so intriguing and just makes you want to push it, over and over and over again until Siri is all like….”WTH is wrong with you, Courtney just ask a dang question or quit pushing the button.” Ok, maybe Siri doesn’t say that, but I’m sure she’s thinking it.

If you find yourself in this situation often. I have a great solution for you. You can lock your kid in Guided Access Mode so when they are watching a show, or playing an App they can’t get out of it by pushing the home button. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this out, but you can bet I have been sharing and shouting at the rooftops to all my mommy friends.  Here are the super simple steps to follow.

How To Enable Guided Access on your iPhone or iPad

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  1. Go to your settings
  2. Select> General
  3. Select> Accessibility
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  5. When selected it will be green
  6. Enter your passcode, it can be the same as your passcode to unlock your phone or something  different. Or if you use the Touch ID you can use that to end guided access.

So when you want to enter guided access mode you simply click the home button rapidly 3 times. A prompt will come up that says START guided access and your good to go. When you want to end guided access you push the home button rapidly 3 times again and hit end. You will be prompted to enter your passcode or use your touch ID. See how simple it is? It can really be useful to anyone, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles.  Hope you enjoy!

xoxo

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Easy How To: Removing Tarnish From a Copper Kettle

I am seriously the definition of procrastination.  I got this old copper kettle 2 years ago. It has moved around the kitchen a few times and I see it pretty much everyday. But I still could not manage to spruce it up and make it shiny and new looking again.  You don’t even want to know how many times I have thought about it and then decided I had ‘better things to do’.

And those ‘better things’ probably consisted of watching an entire series on Netflix and not leaving my house or doing anything until I finish it.  Do you ever have that problem?  I have to avoid Netflix most of the time because I know if I get started on a TV show I will have to watch them all before I can move on with anything else in my life.  My current addiction is, The Following, so.good.I.cant.stop. The one before that – My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Thankfully there were only like 7 episodes of that show.

Anywho, I finally managed to clean up my old kettle and it was so easy to get rid of the tarnish, I don’t know why it took me so long.

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 This is what we started with, just not living up to its full copper tarnish free potential.

I just cut up a lemon, added some salt and scrubbed the surface of the kettle.  Easy peasey lemon squeezey (pun intended ;))

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The tarnish came of so easily, its pretty much like magic.  I did leave a tarnish in some spots because I like the way it still made it look old and antique but not all over dull. I don’t actually use this kettle for tea, just for decoration. Oh and I would recommend doing this in the sink and probably not on your counter top. Its very messy and the lemon and salt is very hard to clean up if it dries a little.

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So shiny and pretty right? I love this little kettle even more now.  And my pig cutting boards, my new collection I have started, aren’t they the cutest?

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Do you have any super easy projects you have been procrastinating on completing? I would love to hear from you in the comments, or follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

Thanks for reading! If you need me I’ll be watching The Following. But seriously, who comes up with this stuff? Its addicting.

//Inspire Me Please\