Let There be Light (and Sun Tunnels)

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about VELUX Sun Tunnels!

Organic modern dining room and hallway with abstract modern artwork

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, one of the best decisions we have ever made for our house, in terms of renovations, has been adding VELUX skylights. But there are a few areas in our home where Sun Tunnels are the better choice, for various reasons. And guess what…we just had five Sun Tunnels installed!

Now that we have both options in our home, I can compare the two and share my honest opinion. In case you’re deciding between the two. Or simply want to know more about Sun Tunnels.

*And it’s perfect timing too because you can enter to win your very own VELUX Sun Tunnels for your home through all of July. All the details for how to enter are at the end of the post. So don’t miss it.

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Let’s Make: DIY Cutting Boards

DIY cutting boards for the win!

I’ve made DIY cutting boards before (this one). BUT not like these! I wanted to do something a bit more unique. Something that would stand out, sitting on the counter or as serveware when we have people over. But more importantly, something that still functioned as a cutting board – using the best food safe wood, oiling it properly, etc.

I did a lot of research and learned a ton along the way, so I’m sharing everything I learned in this tutorial.

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7 Flower Hacks: Arranging Flowers at Home like a Pro

7 flower hacks for arranging flowers at home like a pro.

Colorful flowers arranged in vases on white table

I’m no florist, but I have been making flower arrangements at home since I was a kid, for fun. Sometimes for myself and sometimes for parties, friend’s weddings, etc. So, while I might not be a pro, I do have a lot of practice under my belt. And I’ve learned a lot through trial and error. I also made all of the floral arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres for my own wedding. Which I learned so much from.

So, I thought I would share 7 flower hacks I’ve picked up along the way that can help you get a professional looking arrangement in less than ten minutes. With grocery store flowers! Nothing fancy needed.

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How to Make a DIY Console Table (It’s Easy)

Build your own DIY console table, like mine, in just an hour or two. It’s easy! 

Simple console table with abstract artwork and mushroom lamp

DIY console table tutorial! I made this console table for our bedroom recently for under $30 because I couldn’t find a console table that was the perfect size for our space. Making my own was the best decision. It was easy to do (only took about an hour) and the cost of materials was WAY less than what I planned to spend on a console table online. Win-win!

Full disclosure, I actually made this a few months before hitting the publish button on this post because I wanted to make sure it held up to use. Spoiler alert: This DIY console table has held up really well so far! So I put together a tutorial to share how you can make your own… in any size you want.

The design is really simple. So there’s lots of room for customization (add shelves, change the height, etc). AND it’s a great beginner wood project too.

So, if you’re keeping track… A DIY console table that costs less than $30 to make, takes only an hour to put together from start to finish, and can be customized to fit any space? Yep! Click through for the tutorial.

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Get Organized: 42 DIY Organizing Ideas for Your Home

Talking DIY organization (for your home) today! 

Photos of DIY organizational ideas in the home

The need for organization is real right now. And I don’t know if it’s because I’m on an organizing kick or I just have a messy house in need of attention. But either way, sometimes you just need a clean slate. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago when everyone with a Netflix subscription was jumping on the Marie Kondo tidying up train, right?

Getting organized feels like more than just tidying up though. It feels like taking control of your life. Kinda. I think? Stay with me!

Whether you’re on some deeper quest to gain control OR you really just want to organize your craft room, bedroom, bathroom, etc – this list has TONS of DIY organizing ideas!

My favorite part of this organizing guide though? Many of the projects (like most of them actually) utilize items you might already have in your home(or garage) that can be repurposed as something new. Creating more sustainable organizational systems, rather having to go out and buy a ton of bins, baskets, and storage things.

Anyway, here are 37 home organization ideas that you can totally DIY – from clothing racks to hanging wall organizers, trays, decorative boxes, and jewelry stands!

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Singing in the Rain: Cute Kids Rain Boots

Cute kids rain boots in an easy-to-follow guide.

Kids rain boots in various neutral colors for boy and girls

It’s been raining way more than expected this year and my toddler loves jumping in puddles. So I started searching around for cute kids rain boots he might like.

I ended up finding quite a few cute options and since I’m only buying one pair, I put together a roundup of all the cool kids rain boots I found. There are so any adorable ones! Most of the ones I found come in additional colors AND nearly half the list is under $25! Check ’em out if your kiddo needs a pair of rain boots for the season.

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(Easy) Spiked Cider Holiday Punch Recipe

It’s that spiked cider time of year! By far, one of my favorite fall / winter cocktails is spiked cider. Have you ever tried it?

Cocktails in coupe glasses with dramatic lighting

I’ve been making this spiked apple cider for the last couple of years and it never fails! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved regular (un-spiked) apple cider, but then I tried spiked cider at some holiday party years ago and I just can’t go back.  It tastes oh-so-good AND warms you up like nobody’s business.

So I’m sharing the cocktail recipe, in case anyone needs an easy holiday cocktail idea that can be batched, like this one.

Because this time of year, nothing warms your insides up like a strong whiskey drink, except maybe your kid(s) seeing Santa for the first time or Christmas morning when you were a kiddo…or a whole slew of other Christmas moments. BUT I THINK YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

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