Category Archives: Life

My Weekly Gratitude

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It’s easy to get lost in life sometimes. One thing that’s always helped me feel grounded and at peace is to think of everything I’m thankful for. With that in mind, I decided to try something new. Each week, I’ll post the current things I’m grateful for. Continue reading to see what’s got me feeling great this week.

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The Ten Commandments of DIY

Ten Commandments of DIY by The DIY HomegirlRules: they’re meant to be broken, but they’re also great for creating order in a world full of chaos. If you’ve ever experienced a Pinterest fail, ran to the store several times in the middle of a project, or ended up spending more doing it yourself than hiring someone—you need these rules. Continue reading for the ten commandments you need before starting any DIY project.

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Decorating Tips for the Highly Sensitive Person

Are you easily stimulated by scent, light, and sound? Are you easily overwhelmed when you have a full schedule? Do you take special care to avoid things that just rub you the wrong way, like violent TV shows or movies?

If so, you may be a highly sensitive person (HSP). Before you dismiss this term as a new-age excuse for being picky and neurotic, it’s believed that HSP’s make up 15-20% of the population.

You may be an HSP or live with someone who’s highly sensitive— a spouse, roommate, child, or even a pet. To know how to decorate for a highly sensitive person, you must first understand what makes them tick.

I’m an HSP and have been my entire life, but have only understood this during the last 5 years or so. Since then, I’ve learned how to customize my home to honor my nature and be a welcoming space. Even after having a fun-filled girls night out, I still need a place to unwind.

Continue reading to learn how my tips on decorating tips for a highly sensitive person.

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The Ten Commandments for a Happy Home

Ten Commandments For a Happy Home The DIY Homegirl

The last two years, I’ve made creative resolutions for the new year. But this year, I’m just not feeling it. It’s not that I’ve become jaded. I just feel like life is such a constant process, a constant resolution.

Instead, I’d like to share some commandments for 2015. Too often, we neglect our homes. We forget that our home is also part of our family and is a crucial part to living a happy, fulfilled life. Here are the commandments I feel are most important to accomplishing this:

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Introducing: The DIY Health Nut

When I began my weight loss challenge, I debated whether I should post about it on this blog, since it was personal & didn’t relate to decor. I gave it a shot and created a Lifestyle section to add my health & fitness posts, along with other related topics like recipes & holidays. Now, I’ve decided to make a change to this.

When you first subscribed to The DIY Homegirl,  it was before I ventured into these topics. It was for the DIY, the decorating tips, the design posts. I’d like to apologize that I’ve been filling your feed with posts that don’t relate to this. I now believe it’s best to keep these elements of my life separate from this site, so you now won’t be notified of these health, fitness, weight loss, etc. posts.

If you enjoyed those posts, thank you! I will continue to blog about them under a new website, The DIY Health Nut. I’m in the process of moving all my health-related posts here, as well.

Talking about my health journey has really helped me be accountable, so I will continue to blog about the Extreme Weight Loss Challenge at my new blog. I will include only healthy recipes, fitness tips, more of my home workouts, and general healthy goodness.

I hope to see you over at The DIY Health Nut, but if not, you will continue to receive my design & decorating posts here. :)

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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Help Out a Starving Decorator: Vote for My Bedroom!

My bohemian/beachy bedroom was selected as a contestant for Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color contest! Each year, Apartment Therapy hosts a contest for readers to show off their rooms of color. They finally accepted my entry so now it’s time to vote!

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The contest has 4 categories based on the color scheme and my bedroom is in the “Light” category.  My bedroom was just posted yesterday, while other rooms were posted a few weeks ago so they may had a better chance of getting more votes.  I’m currently in next to last place. Yes, I will take a pity vote—I have no shame. :)

I think I could still have a decent shot at winning my category though, plus winning $1200 in gift cards from Fab.com and Sherwin Williams would be so awesome. So if you like my bedroom and think I’m deserving, cast your vote for me! You can check out my entry here. The last day of voting is October 3.

You can also see more of my bedroom makeover here.

Thank you!

Let’s stay connected!

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 Flamingo Toes: Think Pink Sunday

My Crafty Spot: DIY Sunday Showcase Link Party

It’s Overflowing: Share Your Creativity

2 Crochet Hooks: Snickerdoodle Sunday

Nifty Thrifty Things: Nifty Thrifty Sunday

DIY Show Off: That DIY Party

Kitchen Table Art: Making Monday

Sew Can Do: Craftastic Monday

Jembellish: A Round Tuit

Carrie This Home: Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop

Huckleberry Love: Much Ado About Monday

Making the World Cuter: Block Party

House on the Way: Twirl & Take a Bow

Sugar Bee Crafts: Take-A-Look Tuesday

A Bowl Full of Lemons: One Project At A Time 

Tiny Sidekick: The Makers Link Party

Elizabeth & Co.: Be Inspired

Ginger Snap Crafts: Wow Me Wednesday

DIY by Design: It’s a Party

The Seasoned Homemaker: Project Parade

Heading Back to College

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In January, I made a resolution: to finally go back to school to become a certified interior designer. And in true Angie fashion, I’ve put it off until the last minute possible.* Going through the application process lately has me in a state of mixed emotions.

*9/18/14: This post has been edited to reflect a slight change in plans.

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