DIY Photo Clip Frame Gift Idea

DIY Photo Clip Frame Gift Idea
Giveaway Winner I am happy to announce the winner of the Brit+Co wood burning tool and cheese board kit.  Congratulations to...Susan Ryan, you are the winner! Please email me your contact info. Today's project is a bright and cheerful diy, and would make a great gift for any occasion.  


Create an Activity Table Set for Kids with Mismatched Furniture

Create an Activity Table Set for Kids with Mismatched Furniture
Do you love a good matchmaking story? Oh good, me too! In fact, my very favorite kind is when... ...two people from completely different worlds fall in love, scorn society's preconceived notions and make it work....just like Poldark (if you haven't seen this Masterpiece Classic yet, you are missing out!!) Before we get to today's furniture redo, which is a classic love story of opposites uniting, I just want to take a minute to say  Welcome  to all my new followers! It is so exciting every time I get an email informing me that someone else has chosen to follow diy beautify! Without you guys, this blog would probably be pretty lame! But because you are enjoying what I have to share, I am inspired to keep creating and to push the boundaries of DIY. My goal is to inspire you and get you excited about bringing beauty to your ordinary!!  Now, let's get to the makeover, aka opposites attract! My kids are well past the age where they would enjoy an


DIY Inspiration for Wood Burning Tool and Giveaway

DIY Inspiration for Wood Burning Tool and Giveaway
Did you catch all the changes at diy beautify? There's a new logo, new blog design, a new image of yours truly! To celebrate all these awesome changes, I teemed up with Brit + Co . to bring you a fabulous Giveaway. It's a diy kit (valued at over $50) that will make someone very happy! One lucky winner will receive this  Design*Sponge Cheese Board Kit .


Back to School Ideas for Dorm Living

Back to School Ideas for Dorm Living
Back to school is here! Our two youngest have already been in school for a week, and our oldest heads off to College for his Sophomore year in just a few days. For all you mamas out there who are sending a child to College for the first time...you will survive this! Trust me, it's much harder on you than on your child! My son loves his independence while he's at College and not having us there to hover! Don't be that parent! Last year went by in a blink. We've started packing up our son's room and shopping for all the essentials


Homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe

Homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe
It's Friday! Our kids survived their first week back to school and I know they're going to be doing some serious chillin' this weekend! Video games, tv, and food. Speaking of food...we are Mexican-food-aholics in our home...yeah, I may have just invented a new term...but it's true! We love Mexican. And while I love going out to eat, it's not something we do often because it's so pricey. When we can stay home, save money and have an amazing home cooked meal, it's a triple-win!


5 Tips to Make a House Feel like a Home

5 Tips to Make a House Feel like a Home
There is something very appealing about a house that is sleek and modern with minimal decor. I like cleanliness and orderliness as much as any of you...but in my opinion, these houses lack that crucial feeling that makes a house feel like home....they have no personality...nothing to tell me about the people who live there. And while it's fun to walk through a home that feels like a museum, those houses seem too sterile for daily living. They're missing that sense of home ...that feeling of comfort and familiarity we all crave that makes us want to unpack our bags, put up our feet and stay awhile. Your home may not be sterile or ultra modern, or even messy... but it may be lacking personality. Perhaps you just moved and are not sure how to create a cozy home...or maybe you just cannot figure out how to add warmth with the accessories you own. I'm sharing my top 5 tips right here to help you achieve warmth and personality in your own home.


Chicken Burrito Bowls

Chicken Burrito Bowls
These easy chicken burrito bowls are made from leftover chicken and layered with favorite Mexican flavors! These bowls are faster than take out!


Birthday Party Ideas for a Tween Girl

Birthday Party Ideas for a Tween Girl
This weekend was a whirlwind! We hosted nine 10-11 year old girls at a birthday party for our daughter. One night. At our home (yes, we are crazy!) There was madness, mayhem, blood (a small flesh wound) and even a phone call from an upset neighbor complaining about the noise (except it turns out it was a friend tricking me out!). I thought you might enjoy a little behind-the-scenes look at our day...from set up until break down (not breakdown ...although it was close!) So I wrote a little poem to celebrate the occasion, with lots of poetic license (thank you to Clement Clarke Moore for the original). Hope you enjoy!