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How to Make a Festive Tablescape {DIY}

Big dinners and holiday parties is one of the reasons why I love this time of year.  But we all know hosting friends and family can also be super stressful.  Last year Mark and I hosted Thanksgiving at our new house and I definitely was stressed. We had just moved into our new home, had a new baby, and were hosting family from out of town.  I was having major mom brain/sleep deprivation thanks ot my adorable 2 month old, so I had a vision of what I wanted to do, but no real plan.

And when I started laying out my generic plan of …

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Another Kipling Home Remodel {Part 2}

We are in the final home stretch of our remodel (read my Part 1 here) and as you can see someone is excited to be back in her crib.  Despite being so close to the end, this is the part that feels like it takes the longest.  It’s all the little things, touch ups, and finish work that can take a long time to complete.

We definitely have to give a big shout out to our contractor Avi from ARY Construction. When you are taking down walls, adding a bathroom, redoing electrical, etc. it is so helpful to have …

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Another Kipling Home Remodel {Part 1}

So people probably think Mark and I are crazy for moving and remodeling a home, yet again (ICYMI, it’s our 3rd home in 6 years of marriage!).  Not to mention, we keep taking on these projects while I’m pregnant…and this time with a toddler in tow!  Yeah, I guess we’re a little crazy 😉

For some reason, every couple of years we get the itch to buy a fixer upper.  Even through the stress and chaos, there’s obviously something about it that we really enjoy. Although this time, I told Mark “we’re not moving again until we’re 80…or at the very least we better stay in this house …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

Before we get to our Five Friday Faves, we just wanted to take a moment to recognize all the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our country and our freedom.  We will never forget September 11th, the lives lost, and the courage and bravery we witnessed that day.

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1. Our friends over at Tater & Tot Style recently made this adorable sign for the kitchen and we LOVE it and want to make one of our own…and you will too!  Oh and they also have adorable style (duh!) so be sure …

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Chalkboard Pantry Door + Chalkboard Paint Recipe {DIY home}

My husband works evenings, and some weekends, which means I occasionally have big chunks of time on my own.  This lends itself to some great opportunities for one of my favorite pastimes: DIY projects!

This Friday, we celebrated the 1-year anniversary of closing escrow on our home [and subsequently split an entire bottle of champs… oops?]. In hindsight, I can’t believe all of the projects and updates that we did to our house in the span of a year — thank goodness for friends and family, who were willing to wield a paintbrush!  With FakesGiving coming up, we’ve gotten a second …

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Home Remodeling on a Budget: Tips & Tricks {DIY Home}

We are still in the midst of remodeling our home and have now come to terms with the fact that we might not be in there by the time our little girl is born. But you know that’s ok, one thing we’ve learned about remodeling a home is that it never really goes according to schedule…whatever you think the timeline is, add another couple weeks…or more like another month 🙂 Which brings me to the tips and tricks of remodeling that I have learned thus far…

1. Make a schedule (but make sure it’s flexible)

My husband made this really awesome spreadsheet schedule on excel …

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