Dining Room Makeover on a Wee Budget

Decorating my dining room only took about a year. That’s normal, right?

With the exception of my last apartment, I’ve never had a space carved out for dining. I was perfectly happy camped out at the coffee table with my meal, watching TV. This is probably why it took so long to truly decorate this portion of my current apartment. Ahh, the comfort of familiarity…

Once I tackled the rooms I used more often–my office and bedroom–I knew I had to get back to the dining room. Finally, I can finally reveal this new and improved space and enjoy it like it should be. Continue reading to see what tips I used to create a dining room in an open floorplan and how I did this on a very limited budget.

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A DIY Kitchen Makeover: The Sweet Smell of Progress

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A year ago, I planned out a makeover/small remodel for my parents’ kitchen. To set the foundation for this makeover, I used Craftsman styling for inspiration. At the time, we didn’t anticipate it would take so long to complete.

But, life happens. The winter came and that hindered some of the work that had to be done outside, like cutting wood and tiles. Then in January, my mother passed away unexpectedly, which really changed things. If you’ve experienced this loss as a spouse or a child, you know your world is changed completely.

Thankfully, things have pretty much settled for my stepdad, so we jumped back into the makeover. In the last month or two, we’ve made some great progress. It’s a sweet feeling when you finally start seeing the fruits of your makeover labor, so I’m excited to share some photos with you!

Continue reading to check out our progress so far…

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Extreme Weight Loss Physical Challenge 1: Conquered!

The day I’ve been anxious about for several weeks has finally arrived. I came, I saw, and I conquered… but I conquered much more than I thought I would.

Read along to find out how our first physical challenge went and what I experienced in the process!

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My former babysitter and I. Consider this a “before weight loss” picture.

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Extreme Weight Loss Challenge, Week 2: Stressed But Still In It to Win It

Week 1 Extreme Weight Loss Challenge The DIY Homegirl fitness health nutrition DIYMan alive, this past week has been a crapload of challenges! Thankfully though, I feel like I’m over the hump and it will be smoother sailing from here. Or at least, it will be smoother sailing in my mind, even if things continue to be stressful.

It’s just been one week, but I feel like I’ve observed so much. That’s pretty amazing, especially considering I have 6 more months of this challenge and will undoubtedly learn much more.

So what kind of lessons and challenges did I face this week? Continue reading find out.

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Week 1 of the Extreme Weight Loss Challenge: Defeated!

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I feel a disclaimer may be necessary. With the weight loss challenge I joined, this past week has kept me very busy. Because this is still a new process for me and I’m reprogramming my mind/behaviors, I haven’t done much in blogland. If this last week is an indication of how the next 5 months will be, I won’t be able to blog or connect as much.

I could be wrong, but I just want to put that out there in case. It may just be temporary because I’m starting a new phase in my life and that once I adapt, I’ll have more time.

Now that that’s out of the way, how did the first week go?

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My Biggest, Most Important DIY Project

Yesterday, I began the journey of what may be the most important, hugest DIY project of my life. It’s going to take some time but I hope to have it completed by May of next year. This project will be a huge makeover of both the interior and exterior. It may even mark my television debut.

What exactly do I have in store? Continue reading to find out. :)

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Hearty Pumpkin Bread with Pepitas

This week, I baked some homemade pumpkin bread for Bosses Day. I’ve had the urge to bake an autumnal treat, but I prefer to do it for others. If I bake for myself, I become a real life Cookie Monster, prone to smashing all the baked goodness over 1-2 days.

This recipe produces a moist, not-too-spicy bread with an added bonus of heartiness: pepitas baked on top. Pepitas are hulled pumpkin seeds. These add a perfect contrast of crunch and nuttiness to the sweet, moist bread. (You can substitute them with other nuts, if desired.)

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This recipe is also great because you don’t have to go out and buy all the individual spices—you just need cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. You also get the bonus of ginger by using the pumpkin pie spice. Mmmm, ginger.

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Decorating with Ironing Boards

A few weeks ago, I was weighing options of shelves for my living room makeover, browsing stores to see what I could find. I really wanted something unique and decorative… not plain and generic like the ready-to-assemble bookshelves you can get at a big box store.

And that is when the decor gods smiled upon me and blessed me with a vintage wood ironing board. I scored this at a consignment store, which has become my preferred option for quality, secondhand goods.

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Random or Meaningful Occurrences?

I’m a thinker. A big-time thinker. All my life. I imagine, I play out scenarios in my head, I have lots of what if’s and tons of why’s. My theory is that because I think so much, I have a much lower chance of having Alzheimer’s when I get old. Or maybe it will be the opposite–that because I’ve used my brain so much, it will one day just give up.

So, it’s no surprise I’ve been pondering why a particular occurrence has been happening lately. I wonder if it’s not really random at all and if the universe/God trying to speak to me, trying to give me signs…

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