DIY Holiday Mantle Garland

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I made a “real” garland for the first time last Christmas and was super happy with how it turned out. I was really looking forward to making another one this Christmas, but to be honest, I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out. It’s way bushier than I intended it to be, but I also don’t care enough to redo it, haha. I’m learning how to be less of a perfectionist. There’s a time and a place to be relentless, and a time and a place to accept things and move on.

I still think it looks good, and anyway, the process was still super satisfying, as DIYs tend to be. Here’s how I made my Christmas fireplace garland from real evergreen branches!

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DIY Holiday Planter Arrangement

DIY Christmas Holiday planter display

You may have noticed by now, but I love decorating the front door with the seasons and holidays. It just adds a little extra something special to the joy of coming home after a long day out. This year for the holidays/winter season, I decided to use my trusty porch planters to create a lively evergreen porch display. Here’s how I did it! Continue reading “DIY Holiday Planter Arrangement”

Sephora VIB Sale Haul

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I haven’t been wearing a ton of makeup this fall, for a number of reasons. I go through phases with makeup where sometimes I’m just not feeling it, haven’t got a lot of inspiration etc. Also, I had my laser eye touch-up in October so I wasn’t able to wear any eye makeup for a couple of weeks.

All this to say….That didn’t stop me from going a little crazy during the many sales this month. There was the L’Oreal warehouse sale, the Sephora VIB sale and I had a 20% off coupon for Tarte’s website….In my defense, I haven’t been indulging in new products as much as previous years, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to stock up since I could take advantage of some discounts. So stop judging me! She yells defensively…

Tarte Glitter Treats Liner Set No Shower Happy Hour YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 4 Rouge in Danger Bite Beauty Multistick Brioche Boscia Luminizing Black Mask Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask Huda B

Truth be told, I went a little crazier than I had originally planned….I don’t know what happened, guys. I just kept adding things to my cart. WITH ABANDON. It was equal parts exhilarating and shameful. Where are my fellow makeup junkies at? You know what I’m talking about….

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Fixing Front Steps Part II: Grinding, Concrete Repair and Textured Paint

Fixing Front Steps Part II: Grinding, Concrete Repair and Textured Paint

One of the most urgent home repairs I wanted to make sure we finished before winter sets in, was finishing our DIY concrete step repair. If you haven’t read my Part I post, you can check it out for more detailed steps on the actual concrete repair process, which I won’t be going over in this post.

Once again, Kyler took the lead and basically did everything, but in my defense, I wasn’t around at the time. And unless you have multiple sets of tools, this is really more of a one-person job. Here’s how Kyler finished repairing our concrete steps before the snow sets in: Continue reading “Fixing Front Steps Part II: Grinding, Concrete Repair and Textured Paint”

First Ghosts

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Halloween’s not my favourite holiday, but it has its moments. I have a weird fascination with the possibility that ghosts might exist. And I actually like horror movies (good ones) and being scared from time to time. Also….any excuse to decorate, amirite?

This year, along with some standard dollar store bits and bobs, I wrote a little story about ghosts and recorded it with spooky music for your listening pleasure. It’s not super scary, if you’re too afeared to listen. I was trying to create a mood more than actually scare anyone. As you may have gathered from the title of this blog and the many times I have reiterated it, my tastes are somewhat eclectic and I like trying new things. Let me know what you think.

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