Decorating Tips To Make Your New House A Home

Decorating Tips To Make Your New House A Home

After you quickly and easily unpacked your house, you are probably looking around and thinking, “what should I do next?”. Should I improve the living room? Dining room? Kitchen? Should I buy furniture to fill up the other rooms?  You may be thinking you are at a loss at what to do first. But, you have just bought a house and need to get the finances in order first, right?  You don’t have to wait too long, though.  Here are some affordable decorating tips to make your house a home.

Tips To Make Your House A Home

Look for Used pieces that fit your style:

Visit consignment shops, flea markets, antique dealers, and discount stores for pieces of furniture you can upcycle. Make a list of items you are looking for and carry it around with you. This will keep you focused on what to buy in the array of many older items. Keep in mind that you can also find tools and other items at these places as well.

Use your creativity and make something.

We all have a little creativity in us so why not utilize it. Here is a list of suggestions on what you can do to improve your home with a little creativity.

  • Make your own artwork with canvas purchased from the nearby craft store. Frame your kids’ artwork for their rooms. Cluster the artwork together on one wall in each room to showcase the pieces.
  • Make your own headboard with wood board purchased from a home improvement store and your favorite fabric.
    Victorian House Southfields
  • Design a bench or coffee table that represents where you came from. Use Mod Podge and add pieces of paper items that represent areas you visited.
    Brettkelly Re-model (Our House)
  • Ask family members for pieces of furniture you can upcycle.  Turn two old chairs into a bench. Use chalk paints to update a bedroom set. Be sure to ask them if it is OK to do this to their old furniture.  Usually, parents don’t mind, but you better ask anyway.

Learn to paint walls.

Painting is an easy and affordable way to spruce up a room.  Changing the color of the walls or even the floor will freshen up the shape and make it warmer and inviting. Sticking with neutral colors can be calming.  But, try making the wall behind your entertainment center as the focal point of the room and add a little color that complements the neutrals.  We had a nice salmon color behind our entertainment center for years when we moved into our home.  We then painted the wall an eggplant purple.  It was so pretty we actually refreshed the wall with the same purple some years later.

Enjoy the rooms empty for a while.

Large furniture pieces can fill up the rooms very quickly. So, buy when you find something you absolutely love, not just because you think you need it right now. Make it a rule to only bring items into your home that are things you love. This will significantly reduce the amount of stuff filling up the room.

I hope this gives you inspiration to take time with your home and really decide what you want to bring into the new space. What are your favorite affordable home purchases? Do you have a favorite store to shop for afforable items? Please leave a comment below.


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Dairy Free Banana Walnut Muffin Recipe

DF Banana Walnut Muffin Recipe

Muffin recipes are great for a quick and comforting addition to your morning breakfast. My favorite is ones that are dairy free.  Here is one where I used coconut milk instead of regular milk. They are so delicious that I was only able to free 6 of the 18 muffins because the kids and my hubby really loved them.  Try them and see if you can freeze all eighteen.

Dairy Free Banana Walnut Muffin – Freezer Friendly

Ingredients:

1 Egg scrambled
1 cup coconut milk (whole)
3 ripe bananas – mashed
1/4 cup Canola Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBSP Baking Powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  2. To a separate bowl: Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.DF Banana Walnut Muffin Recipe dry ingredients
  3. To a large bowl: Egg, then coconut milk, mashed bananas, canola oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry a little bit at a time to the wet ingredients. Mix as you go.
  5. Then add the walnuts and mix into the batter.
  6. Spray the muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  7. Using a larger ice cream scooper, add batter to each of the muffin openings. You should make about 18 muffins. pour batter into muffin tin
    use an ice cream scooper
  8. Then bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.cooked DF Banana Walnut Muffin
  9. To freeze: Allow to cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap individually and place in a Gallon freezer bag.
  10. To reheat: From the freezer, remove the plastic wrap and place on a microwaveable plate and microwave for 15-30 seconds or until heated through.

Here is the final delicious muffin with no diary. woo hoo!

DF Banana Walnut Muffin

Here’s the video:

For your convenience, here is the printable recipe:

Dairy Free Banana Walnut Muffin Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 18

Serving Size: 1 muffn

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg scrambled
  • 1 cup coconut milk (whole)
  • 3 ripe bananas - mashed
  • 1/4 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 TBSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  2. To a separate bowl: Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. To a large bowl: Egg, then coconut milk, mashed bananas, canola oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry a little bit at a time to the wet ingredients. Mix as you go.
  5. Then add the walnuts and mix into the batter.
  6. Spray the muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  7. Using a larger ice cream scooper, add batter to each of the muffin openings. You should make about 18 muffins.
  8. Then bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  9. To freeze: Allow to cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap individually and place in a Gallon freezer bag.
  10. To reheat: From the freezer, remove the plastic wrap and place on a microwaveable plate and microwave for 15-30 seconds or until heated through.

DF Banana Walnut Muffin


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How To Upcycle Planters Into A Desk Pencil Holder

How to upcycle planters into a desk pencil holder

In the coming weeks, I am going to share with you some DIY projects I did recently. If you have an aversion to DIY projects, have no fear, these projects are so easy and fun to do that you will be amazed.

This week’s project is a DIY pencil holder.  I transformed these planters into a great pencil holder for my daughter’s desk.  She loves to draw and there were pencils and markers in a variety of different containers in her room. So, to consolidate all of them together, I decided to make this for her. After finding these planters at a nearby used marketplace, I visited the nearby hardware store to have them help me figure out which screws and bolts I should use. We measured the distance of the two planter sides so the screw will pass through and have enough room to attach a bolt securely. Check it out.

Transforming planters into desk pencil holders step by step tutorial

These three boxes are actually planter boxes.  They came with these little handles.  If they weren’t already distressed in white, I would have done it anyway.  Perfect find for me!

old planters found at a resell marketplace

And these liners were included. I want to keep the lining because it protects the screws from getting undone. It also protects my daughter’s hands when she goes into the boxes to find a pencil.

planter liners

I drilled 2 holes straight into the side of the boxes of the smaller planters.  After drilling all the way through on the two areas, I lined up the back of the box on the table and used the screw to mark the place where I needed the hole to be for the larger box.  Then I removed the smaller box and drilled right into the marks that were indicated on the box.  I did the same with the other smaller box and then marked the other side of the larger box, removed the smaller box, and drilled the other holes. So, the larger box had 4 drill holes and the smaller ones had 2 each.

screw in the first hole into planter

screw the screws through the holds and use a washer and bolt on the other end to attach

drill the holes into the side of the planters

I passed the screw through the holes from the smaller boxes to the larger box. I then passed it through and attached the bolt to the other side. And, then I replaced the liners that covered the holes.

pass the screws through the holds and lineup with the other wholes in the other planter

And, that’s it! This is the finished product. What do you think? Cute, right?how to upcycled planters into a desk pencil holder

The entire project took a total of 20 minutes to put together. The planters cost was $10.00 and the screws were less than $5.00 so the entire project was around $15.00.  I didn’t even need to paint it because it matched my daughter’s room. So easy!


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How To Pack Up Your Home Easily

How To Pack Up Your Home Easily

Packing can be quite intimidating. And, if you are packing an entire family, it can be downright stressful. You can go out of your mind just thinking about all that needs to be done. Well, lucky for you, I compiled a list of tips to help you pack up your home with ease.

If you missed last Thursday’s post, I talked about how to make your moving process more seamless and less stressful.  I talked about several ways to set up your move process before you actually take action on packing and moving.  Here are some of the tips from last week’s post: Purge unwanted items, Pack a week’s worth of clothing in a carry with your bag, Pack essentials for your new kitchen, Gather your important papers and carry them with you, and many more tips.  Click here if you missed it.

Packing Up and Moving Tips

“Before Moving” tips:

  1. If you have access to the home before you move in, clean the rooms, especially the bathrooms.  Make a list of things you want to do before you move in.
  2. Create a packing box list. See our previous post for examples.
  3. All boxes should have a lid unless you are planning on taking it with you personally.
  4. Start packing items in boxes from each room that you do not need right away. Starting with attics, basement, garages, closets, etc… will help you with this.
  5. Get rid of as much as you can.  Using paper bags with handles help with donating stuff easily to charities.
  6. Find a charity that will pick up and schedule a date for them to pick up the items you don’t want to move. Click here to view a list of charities.
  7. Take pictures of all the cables in the back of TVs and entertainment centers.  Even better, label the cables and pack them in a gallon baggie.

“Immediate Use” boxes tips:

  1. Pack a week’s worth of clothing in a luggage. This is primarily where you are going to go for your unpacking days. Be sure to include items like shampoo, soap, makeup, etc…
  2. Use wardrobe boxes for packing clothes on hangers. It will save you time and if you need to pull from it right away, it is ready to go.
  3. Use plastic clear containers for the items you need to find and unpack right away.
  4. Have paperwork and electronics (including charging cables and extension cords) with you at all times.

“Packing Items Safely” tips:

  1. Packing tape is more sturdy than duct tape.  ONLY use packing tape.
  2. Remember: heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
  3. Keep one box of content for a particular room in its own box. If you do wish to mix rooms in a box, write on the side of the box which rooms are in that box.
  4. Put plastic wrap over the opening of the liquid bottle and then screw on the lid to help seal the bottle shut for shipping.

“Outside the box” labeling:

  1. If the box needs to be carried a certain way, be sure to indicate a LARGE up arrow to show the direction it needs to be stored.
  2. Write on each box the content and destination (room) for the box.
  3. You can use color coded circles and assign each color circle for a particular room and stick it on the box.

“Packing Specialty Items” tips:

  1. Platters: Wrap towels and sheets around platters. You can use t-shirts for protecting less breakable items as well.
  2. Artwork: Get an artwork box that has padding in it.
  3. TVs: Keep your boxes for newer TVs.  For older TVs, we have wrapped it in lots of bubble wrap and taped it with packing tape and it held up well when we moved cross country.
  4. Books: Use smaller boxes for books since they way a lot if you put several books in one large box.  Try separating the books in several boxes that contain lighter items.
  5. Plates and glasses: Use specialty boxes for particularly delicate items like plates, glasses, etc… Plate Moving Boxes and Glasses moving boxes from Amazon.com. You can use socks over glasses and wine glasses for extra protection.  Slide protected plates vertically in smaller boxes.
  6. Clothing in kids chest of drawers: use the inside of the drawers to store light items. Wrap the chest of drawers with Sticky Wrap to keep the drawers from opening in transit.
  7. Hanging hooks: Use sandwich bags and label what the content is for.
  8. Blankets / pillows: Use large bags that you can vacuum the air out to save space.  Something like this: Ziploc Space Bag- Vacuum Seal Bag- 13 Bag Variety- 4 Travel, 2 Med, 5 Lrg, 2 XL
  9. Piano or other heavy expensive items: Have professional movers to move these items.  They are way too heavy to have a few friends do it, and the weight of it may damage your vehicle.

Well, that’s it!  I hope this was helpful for you and helps you pack easily. If you want a FREE ebook, please sign up below.


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Greek Breakfast Wrap – Freezer Friendly

Greek Breakfast Wrap - Freezer Friendly

I love the recipes that can easily be frozen and reheated. It doesn’t have preservatives and is made with real food. We used a recipe similar to this one for breakfasts when we were remodeling the kitchen. And, I can say, “Yummy!” It really helped us make our no kitchen days less stressful and more enjoyable.

Greek Breakfast Wrap – Freezer Meal

Ingredients:

1 cup red onion (chopped)
1/2 cup black olives sliced
3/4 cup egg whites
4 large eggs
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1.5 cup feta
1 Tbsp oregano
1/8 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup spinach (squeezed to drain all the water out)
8 flour whole wheat tortilla wraps  (I used Joseph’s Flax Oat Brain & Whole Wheat Lavash Bread)

Instructions:

  1. Heat pan well and add nonstick spray to skillet.

  2. Add red onions and cook until translucent.

  3. Add egg white, mixed egg, black olives, diced tomatoes into the pan and mix with red onion. Add the oregano to the mixture.

  4. Keep heating and mixing until the eggs are almost cooked.

  5. Then, add the feta and spinach, mix and cook until it is completely dried and cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Let the mixture cool and dry.  If there is any liquid left in the mixture, be sure to dry it before putting the mixture in the wrap.Greek Breakfast Wrap - Freezer Friendly

  7. Lay the wraps on a flat surface.Greek Breakfast Wrap - Freezer Friendly

  8. Add 1/2 cup of mixture to the center of the wrap and then fold the two sides on top of it and then roll.Greek Breakfast Wrap - Freezer Friendly

  9. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside.Greek Breakfast Wrap - Freezer Friendly

  10. Repeat step 8 to 9 to make eight wraps.

  11. Place in a large plastic bags.Greek Breakfast Wrap - Freezer Friendly

  12. Reheat: Reheat in the microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until heated in the center.

Here is the greek breakfast wrap recipe printable for your convenience:

Greek Breakfast Wrap – Freezer Friendly

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8

Serving Size: 1 wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup black olives sliced
  • 3/4 cup egg whites
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1.5 cup feta
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup spinach (squeezed to drain all the water out)
  • 8 flour whole wheat tortilla wraps (I used Joseph's Flax Oat Brain & Whole Wheat Lavash Bread)

Instructions

  1. Heat pan well and add nonstick spray to skillet.
  2. Add red onions and cook until translucent.
  3. Add egg white, mixed egg, black olives, diced tomatoes into the pan and mix with red onion. Add the oregano to the mixture.
  4. Keep heating and mixing until the eggs are almost cooked.
  5. Then, add the feta and spinach, mix and cook until it is completely dried and cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Let the mixture cool and dry. If there is any liquid left under the mixture, be sure to dry it before putting the mixture in the wrap.
  7. Lay the wraps on a flat surface.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of mixture to the center of the wrap and then fold the two sides on top of it and then roll.
  9. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside.
  10. Repeat step 8 to 9 to make eight wraps.
  11. Place in a large plastic bags.
  12. Reheat: Reheat in the microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until heated in the center.

Here is the finished dish.

Greek Breakfast Wrap - Freezer Friendly

Greek Breakfast Wrap - Freezer Friendly


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