Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY Christmas Ornament Craft

Welcome to the Blogger Christmas Series! For the next four weeks, I am teaming up with some other fabulous bloggers to bring you a variety of posts about Christmas stuff. Lights, decor, recipes, ideas...anything and everything related to Christmas! You can find the links to the other bloggers posts at the end of this post. Check them out when you get a chance!

Blogger Christmas Series: DIY Christmas Ornament

Let the Christmas posts begin! I have a no Christmas anything before Thanksgiving rule. I've been ignoring the peppermint mochas at Starbucks for three weeks now. That's how hardcore I am. Since it is the week of Thanksgiving, I shall bend it ever so slightly and go ahead and post this Christmas ornament craft. You'll need a week or so of drinking frozen orange juice to be able to make it anyway!

Blogger Christmas Series: DIY Christmas Ornament

I first made these ornaments with my Nana when I was a girl. She used to get me, my siblings, and our friends together every now and then for a craft day. We'd have a ton of silly fun while planning who we were going to give our crafts to for Christmas. I remember making these ornaments many times. She would cut the circles out of Christmas cards and let us paw through them to pick the ones we wanted.

We always had a few of these hanging on our Christmas tree growing up. It is such a simple craft for kids and a great gift they can make themselves for parents or grandparents! So let's get to it!

Blogger Christmas Series: DIY Christmas Ornament

Friday, November 14, 2014

16 Craft and Decor Ideas for Thanksgiving

 It's been one crazy week around here lately! We started the week off with a sick kid and a clogged dishwasher and we're finishing the week off with a recovering kid and a clogged dishwasher. Hopefully this week will see the dishwasher fixed!

Today, I leave you with a little round-up of 16 Thanksgiving craft and decor ideas. Go forth and be creative!

16 Craft and Decor Ideas for Thanksgiving
(clockwise from top left corner)

Happy weekend!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

20 Recycled Pillow Ideas

I've posted many small do-it-yourself(DIY) projects here on the blog over the last year and a half. The key word here being small. I'm not a DIY kind of person, believe it or not. Creative and a little crafty? Sure, but I'm just not into big DIY projects.

I'm quite happy letting someone else install my new floors, thanks.

I do love DIY projects if I can do it cheaply and I know what I am doing OR I can google it and figure it out in 15 minutes. Time is money. Many times I don't have either, but I figure it would take me just as much money to build a dresser as it would to buy one. And I wouldn't have a life until it was finished.

Not only do I want to save time and money with my projects, but I want to save resources. Recycling things is a great way to do that! And my absolute favorite DIY project to work recycling magic on? A project that is easy, fast, and cheap? One of my favoritest things ever?


I. love. pillows. Hubby wishes I didn't. A girl can never have enough pillows! Pillows can be expensive though so I love making my own from old things or by repurposing new things. I just finished putting together a recycled pillow idea board on Hometalk so I can keep track of new ideas!

If you haven't heard of it, Hometalk is similar to Pinterest only it's all home and garden. It's amazing! You can share your own projects or ask questions of the Hometalk community. You can follow Real Inspired on Hometalk and see the board by clicking the link or the picture below.

20 Recycled Pillow Ideas-Real Inspired on Hometalk

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these ideas! Which ones are your favorites? Do you have a massive pillow stash like me?

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Friday, November 7, 2014

October Review {2014}

It's November at last! The weather and the trees are starting to get the memo around here. I love it! This is the part of the year where everything really starts picking up for the holidays and, as usual, I'm not super ready. But that's pretty normal for me. At least since having kids.

Meddlin' kids.

I really did use to be on top of things. And now I have growing piles of laundry, a pile of dirty dishes in my sink, and I can't leave the boys in the same room together for two seconds because Little Man is in a "bully my baby brother mercilessly because I'm jealous" stage. At least I hope it's a stage. Please tell me it's a stage.

Anyway, I'm trying to get myself together for the holidays. We'll see how that goes! Here's a look back at October for you! And me, because sometimes it's really nice to see what you've accomplished in a month!

October Review {2014}

Which one was your favorite? Any no-fail tips to get a little boy to stop knocking his baby brother down? Leave them in the comments!

Happy weekend everyone!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Oat Streusel Topping

I know, guys. Y'all are pumpkined out already and it's not even Thanksgiving yet. I don't think you will mind so much though once you try these whole wheat pumpkin muffins! The streusel topping makes them even more amazing!

A while back, I stumbled upon this pumpkin muffin recipe by Smitten Kitchen. I loved them and have made them many times since. It is my go-to fall recipe! I've made a few healthier tweaks to them by using whole wheat flour and coconut oil, and a not so healthy tweak by adding a yummy streusel topping. Eh, you win some, you lose some. 

And when winners lose, they eat streusel topping.

Today's recipe is a guest post over at Vintage, Paint, and more. Head on over there to read the rest of the post and get the recipe

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Home Tour {2014}

Welcome to the Fall Home Tour 2014!

I'm a little late to the fall home tour game this year. It can take some doing to get the house ready for pictures when you have little ones and toys everywhere! Many of these were taken on different days with different lighting and kiddo toys stuffed safely out of camera view. But the house is finally ready for fall. In the middle of October.

That's how I roll.

Let's start the tour in our entry hall...

Fall Home Tour {2014} Painted blue door

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From Basket to Side Table

You remember that basket? The one I bought on clearance at Target for still way more than I should have ever paid for a basket? This basket that made it's debut in my summer living room tour? Kuzco's poison? That basket?

From Basket to Sidetable

From Basket to Sidetable

Well, now it's table.