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Thrifty Decor Chick By Sarah by Sarah Thrifty Decor Chick - 21h ago
Remember last year when I asked your thoughts on the type of fridge we should get? Specifically one with or without the water dispenser on the front? You can read all about that here (there are some great comments on that if you're in the market). 

My plan all along was to go with one with the water dispenser inside the fridge. I liked the idea of a cleaner look on the front, and at the time we used more water in bottles instead of from the fridge. Your comments had me on the water inside train even more. 

But then I showed my husband the options (we wanted to match the appliances in the rest of the kitchen). And he was SOLD on the sexy version with the dispenser on the outside. You'll understand why I say sexy in a minute. YES. A sexy fridge


Anyway, I actually found this Kitchenaid refrigerator a year ago while my son and I were killing time in Lowe's one day. We both (yes even the 10-year-old at the time) thought it was the prettiest one we've ever seen. You'll see why in a minute. 

Fast forward to picking one for our new house, and I was leaning toward the one without the dispenser for the reasons I mentioned, plus it was a lot less expensive. It felt like we were bleeding money the months before we moved in, so I was doing anything possible to slow. it down. But then my husband, who rarely has a strong opinion about anything house-related, saw this one and was sold. We also found out from a friend that we could get a significant discount through her and that sealed the deal. 

So...the pretty fridge it was! Yes, it looks good from the outside: 

But the inside is where it really shines. The first time we opened it I swear we heard angels singing:

It's the lights, right? It's SO bright. Love it. And the gray interior. And the wood. Have you ever seen wood in a fridge? We hadn't. So not needed but so sharp. 😆

I have to say -- we didn't care for this gorgeous specimen for the first few months. I was so disappointed. There was NO room inside for tall items like drinks so we didn't have room for everything. Tall drink containers had to sit towards the front and took up all the space. We later realized you can make the shelves a little higher, and thought that would fix everything. But it only helped with a few of the beverages. 

I was kicking myself later when I realized the drinks are supposed to go in. the. door. DUH. Total game changer. It was like getting a new refrigerator.  I was so annoyed with myself for not realizing it earlier:

The right door is super deep so big containers fit perfectly. 

NOW we love it!:

I cleaned it out this week, so keep in mind it's not usually this empty. But the doors and drawers hold a TON of stuff. Speaking of the drawers...did I mention they are soft close? Like cabinet drawers? Yeah, it's ridiculous and I love it. 

Told you...sexy

We do keep extra cans of soda and bottles of beer in the garage fridge. A good amount would fit in here but we like that we can keep large quantities out there for entertaining. 

I've learned over the years that if I keep healthy food OUT in front of my face, I'll reach for it. I ended up removing one of the door shelves to fit the 2-liter, so I used the container to hold fruit and snacks for easy access: 

There are a few things I like about this refrigerator other than the looks:
  • We can close either door to shut the fridge -- on our old one we had to shut the left one first, then the other. 
  • The water on the door. Now that we don't use water bottles anymore (I showed you what I use instead) I am so thankful we went with that on the outside. I fill up so many times a day (with ice and water). 
  • The water dispenser has a "favorite" and "measured" fill. You can pick from a precise amount to fill a water bottle or measuring cup. It will turn off at the perfect amount.
  • The lights are pretty but really do make it easy to see EVERYTHING:


The only downside to this refrigerator is the freezer -- it doesn't hold as much as our last one. It's not too bad, but it makes me thankful we have something in the garage for long term freezing. 

There you go -- a tour of my fridge. 😂 She's a beaut! I ask people if they want to see the inside when they come over, no lie. I feel very spoiled every time I open it up! 

Do you prefer a refrigerator with a clean exterior or one with the dispenser on the outside? 

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! 







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Well hey there friends! It's one of the best shopping days of the year! Another Amazon Prime day has arrived, and as always, I like to share my current favorites. Many of these I've shared with you before, but it's fun to gather them again...especially because I'm still using them and most I've had for years. That's a good sign of something that works! 

I always take advantage of Prime day every year because they have amazing deals. And you don't have to leave your couch -- score! I usually do some Christmas shopping and plan to do even more this time. 

If you don't have Amazon Prime and want it, you can use go here to find out more about it and get a free 30 day trial. We LOVE the quick and free shipping. Many times we'll order something and have it by the end of the day. 

Here's a few of my favorite Amazon items that I thought you'd like! (Affiliate links included.) I got a lot of questions about the bench on my porch when I shared the tour of our exterior a couple weeks ago. I couldn't find the link for this one at the time but did today!:

It's more than 40 percent off right now! This bench is especially cool because it folds up so you can store it easily over the winter if needed: 

My tub caddy is one of my all time favorite Amazon finds! I keep it on our tub at all times because I think it looks cool: 

It expands pretty wide so it fits most tubs. It has a spot for a book or device to lean (and it's adjustable), a spot for soap or a candle and (the best part) your wine glass slides in at the other end. Everything you could need for a relaxing bath!

I talk about this book all the time, I know, but it's because it's made such a difference in our lives. This book about the Konmari method is a super quick and easy read too:

It will change how you look at all the stuff in your home!

This is a fun one and is always a conversation starter at our house. Poo-pouri is a natural spray that you use before you "go" to the bathroom...and it prevents the bad scents from escaping: 

It is especially useful when you have company or when traveling with others. I keep a travel version in my bag at all times. :) It really does work and lasts a long time. 

I've shared my love of the Amazon Dash buttons before -- they are such a great convenience! You can pick from hundreds of options and when you run low on an item you just push the button and a new one will been to you by the next day (usually): 

I use it for things around the house that we run out of most often -- and they are items that you don't want to be without. Toilet paper, detergent, tissues and cat litter are my favorites. I absolutely LOVE this little invention. AND they are usually $5 each and during this sale they're only a buck. I've never paid more than that for one. 

Anyone else have the travel pillows that you put around your neck? And they don't seem to ever work well enough? My head was never propped up enough and they never stayed where I wanted them. We tried brand after brand and I hated them. I was so thankful when I decided to give this Jintop travel pillow a try: 

It's totally different because it's mostly flat -- not a pillow at all. It's got boning in it that supports your whole head/neck and it is a game changer. You wrap it around your next and secure it with Velcro. You can put it wherever you want it. I prefer it in the front, but you can move it from side to side. It's the only travel "pillow" I've found that works and is comfortable. 

I shared this leather purse with you a few years ago and it still looks like the day I got it: 

If anything, it looks better as the leather has softened up a bit. It comes in a few colors but this brown is just luscious. It's got long handles and deep pockets. Big devices and even smaller laptops fit easily. I LOVE this purse and use it every year. That says a lot because usually I'll get a purse and it will be worn out within months. I usually pull this one out about now for the fall and winter season and it still looks so good. 

And finally, I love this little doodad! It's a tool that's a quick and easy way to thoroughly clean your makeup brushes

You use one of the grips (it comes with a ton of sizes) and attach it to the brush. I put water and some hand soap in the pot and then push the button to spin it: 

I did it by hand in the past and didn't get it close to this clean. If you've ever tried to clean out a paint brush you know how much stuff is inside you can't get to. It's SO much easier to dry them too -- just pull it out of the water and spin while it's in the pot. The brushes keep their shape and dry much faster. 

There you go! Some of my all time favorite Amazon finds! Have you used any of these? Do you have a favorite item from the 'Zon? 

If you don't have Prime you can use this link to get a free 30 day trial. The Prime sale goes through tomorrow (Tuesday) night. Happy shopping my friends! Let me know if you find anything good! 


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Thrifty Decor Chick By Sarah by Sarah Thrifty Decor Chick - 1w ago
Hey there my friends! Hope you had a great July 4th! I'm off to the Haven Conference this week, this time in Charleston! Funny story...I just realized today that I booked my flight to CHARLOTTE. That would be North Carolina. Not Charleston...South Carolina. Thankfully my husband has a bajillion miles with the airline so we got it worked out. I legit would have gotten on the flight and gone to the wrong city state. I knew where I was supposed to go and kept looking at Charlotte thinking something wasn't right. 

So yeah, crisis averted. Let's take a look at our master bath, shall we? 😁 This room is one of the biggest upgrades we made with this house. Our old master was really the only room in our last house that I hadn't really touched. Not sure why -- probably because it was going to be expensive and be inconvenient and take a long time since I try to do most of the projects myself. OK, I do know why. ;)

Anyway, the master bath in this house feels like a fancy spa to us! There are also so many things I want to do in here to give it more personality and character.  It's nicer than anything we've ever had, but there's still a lot I plan to do to it...because, ME

We had a tub with jets in the old house and actually used and loved them. I loved the idea of a stand alone tub for this house, but my husband really wanted the jets. To get both was going to be another $2500 so that was nixed from the list. :) I have to tell you though...I've taken more baths in this tub by far! It's SO DEEP and I'm obsessed with it: 

I went with a basic faucet on the tub that I may upgrade someday. But again, the depth of the tub makes for up for no jets. I was so excited to get a caddy for the tub -- our old one was wide so they never fit. This caddy is awesome -- we can prop up a book or device, plus it has a spot for a candle/soap and a wine glass. YES!

I shared how I pseudo-upgraded the light over the tub (safely) a few months ago. That pop of black is a hint of things to come in here: 

Another big upgrade was the shower. The first time we walked through this house I was guessing where the shower would go (I was correct) and I did a happy dance at the thought of it. It's the size of a walk-in closet. And it. has. a. bench. No more balancing on one leg like a flamingo to shave! This right here makes us feel completely spoiled:

I went with marble hexagon tiles for the floor and the faux marble tiles for the walls: 

The other aspect we consider an upgrade are the separate vanities. We love having our own space -- it wasn't a problem before at all, but we have a ton more room now. I love that they flank the tub: 

Another detail you can't really see here is how tall they are -- I had always planned on raising our old master vanity because my husband and I are tall. I hear a lot of builders are going with this higher cabinet now, but if you're tall and planning to build, I would make sure! 

I have very few regrets in this house -- and most of them are in this room! One of them would be to have more drawers in our bathroom vanities. Those lower cabinets don't hold much -- I'm concocting a plan to make them work better. 

Also, I wish we would have done a rain head in the shower. Neither one of us had ever used one until we were on a short trip right before we moved out of our old house. My husband loved it! But by then we were overwhelmed and stressing about adding anything else to the bottom line, so we didn't do it. 

The third thing -- I forgot to ask our builder not to install towel rings and bars for the bath towels. I prefer hooks and we could have saved a few hundred bucks throughout the house. (I've already taken down a couple of them.) There used to be one here -- I installed the hooks right over the anchors from the towel bar: 

I just find hooks prettier, easier to use, and I think towels dry quicker. Not a big thing but I was kicking myself after we moved in. 

The paint color is the same as the whole house -- agreeable gray by Sherwin-Williams. It works so well in every space!: 

By the way, the mirrors are not hung. I made both of these years ago and really want to use them in here...but they are about half an inch too tall. They both hit the lights over the vanities. I mean...it's SO close. I hate to buy something new when we have these, so they will continue to lean until I figure out what to do. 

Remember the little bamboo table from the Habitat store I redid a couple years ago? It fits perfectly in here and holds our towels and some bath items:

Our linen closet in this bathroom is half the size of our old one, so towels stay out. I have plans for that spot that will give us a lot more storage!

Our vanity light fixtures are one of my favorite things in here -- they have an old school vibe with the white globes. I found similar lights I'll link below if you're interested: 

We love how clean, bright and fresh this room is, and I'm not going to mess with that as I add to it. I plan to add a bigger rug in the middle of the room, and I want to find coordinating rugs for in front of the vanities. I want to add some contrast, and definitely some trim. Crown molding for sure, and perhaps something on the walls. Gotta decide exactly what I want. It will come to me eventually -- it always does!

We feel very spoiled when we walk in here -- we've never had anything like this! That shower...I still do a little dance in there because it's so big...so I can. 😂

I hope you enjoyed the little tour! I think this is one of the only rooms I haven't shared with you in our new house. Is there anything you would change about your bathroom? Any details you really love?

I tried to gather all the sources for items and projects -- if I forgot anything let me know! Some affiliate links are included for your convenience:

Rug, small stool -- HomeGoods
Cat -- free to anyone who wants him (just kidding, mostly)
Waste baskets -- IKEA 


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It is a VERY good day my friends! My sister moved back home to Indiana today! They've been gone to West Virginia for about a year and half and it's killed both of us. We've never lived more than about an hour away from each other for our whole lives. 

But they're home and not only that, but they moved in to a house about five minutes away from us! We're both pinching ourselves. She just had her second baby girl three weeks ago and I finally get to meet my new niece tonight. I can barely even wait. 😃😃

Thanks for the kind comments on my latest project! The trim and paint made such a difference in the foyer. It got me thinking about some of the projects I've done over the years that make a big impact but don't cost much. I gathered a few to share that cost $15 and under specifically -- it seems too good to be true that such a small amount could change a space that much, but it absolutely can!

First up, a quart of paint can go a loooong way! It's enough to paint a large piece of furniture like my favorite black dresser: 

I'm a big fan of adding black accents around the house -- an old dresser is the perfect pallet! This had a wood finish I didn't love and the black made a BIG difference. (And the brass handles look a million times better!)

A quart is more than enough to paint a few doors a daring color:

Just be sure to read this post to check the paint on your doors first! I haven't wanted to add the black doors to this house till recently...but now the urge has started creeping. ;) We'll see if I do it! 

Of course painted doors don't have to be dark -- any color would do! Even lighter doors make a beautiful accent. 

Fifteen bucks in wood goes a very long way! I created three large DIY picture ledges for around $30, but if you used inexpensive pine, you could get close to these sizes easy. They are a GREAT way to fill a big wall:

This is one of my absolute favorite projects ever! It's just silly how easy they are -- especially when you see how much they cost to buy! 

You can make my DIY floating shelves for cheap as well. I loved these in our old laundry room: 

Just adding a few of these makes for a nice moment in a space. 

Now onto the biggies! If you use the luan I mentioned in the last post you can make one 4x8 sheet of wood make a big impact.


Just that simple detail was a lovely addition. 

If you have the strips cut thinner, your sheet of wood will go even further! I did our old guest room accent wall with one sheet: 

And back then those were only $13 a pop, they've gone up to $15. ;) 

If you missed my latest project, you can see how I made that same stuff go far in our foyer

And finally, depending on the size, a DIY chalkboard wall could be done under $15 as well:

A quart of chalkboard paint goes a long way. You could cover a small wall with it to make a fun spot for you the kids. ;) I especially love them in a pantry, kitchen or mud room. 

By the way, that good to be home art was done with well under $15 too! Not quite the large impact, but still cute!

Do you see the theme here? Wood and and just a little paint can go a long way to making big changes in your home! These are some of my absolute favorites because they ALL add interest and character to a house! 

Have you tried any projects similar to these? I'd love to hear if you have! I didn't include the cost of paint (on the walls) or stain (on the wood) because one can of either one will last through a ton of projects. 

Have a great weekend! I'm off to cuddle a sweet baby girl. 


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Thrifty Decor Chick By Sarah by Sarah Thrifty Decor Chick - 2w ago
Are you ready for the weekend? So far the summer has been SO busy, and I'm not a person that likes to be busy. I prefer easy days with nothing planned, so I'm looking forward to slowing down this weekend. 

I haven't gotten any big projects done this week but have a few in the works. I have been doing little things around the house over the past few weeks that I thought I would catch you up on! It's been so fun to see this house become "ours" more and more over time. It has been a joy for me! 

I hung a light in my office finally, and found a chair for my desk! I searched for eight months for a comfy chair that wasn't crazy expensive. And this one rolls too. I absolutely love it (a HomeGoods find)!: 

The light is the Danville linen shade pendant from Lamps Plus. The shade is a bit darker than I thought it would be, but I really like it. It's going to look so great with bookcases behind it eventually!

The drawer on this desk catches a lot so I found a pretty drawer pull in my stash and installed it. I got it at a cute shop in Lexington Kentucky years ago but I found it online for you here! (Affiliate). Cute and functional -- my favorite!: 

Other than the drawer catching I love that desk! 

I returned a bunch of stuff from IKEA and got a few more frames for the Disney wall in our loft with the credit -- score!: 

We'll continue to add to it over time. I also spray painted the NOOK letters that used to hang in our book nook and hung them with command strips. It's looking cute up there!

I have the Disney pin art we made a few years ago on a nearby wall: 

We're missing a pin from one of his ears but otherwise it survived the move well! 😄

I've been hanging a LOT of stuff. I've purchased very little new art -- we had a ton from the old house. I mean, A. TON. I've enjoyed finding spots for the pieces I love:

You can see more about the guest room here. I have plans for it but it will be a while. :) 

Remember the other lights I told you about earlier this week? The ones I got for a steal at the Ballard Outlet along with the new one for our master? Well they are adorable and I just can't even stand how much I love them in the mud room

They are the Suzette Ceiling Mount and we have two of them in here (one isn't pictured). They work so well with the brass accents and are sooooo much better than the "boob" lights we had the builder put in. 

One of the best things about summer is a clean mud room bench. 😂 The shoe storage is high on my list of projects. Those baskets drive me mad: 

I'll tell you more about that sconce soon -- if my project works out the way I hope! ;) 

And finally, a little thing but it has helped tremendously. We really needed a small bulletin board near the kitchen and mud room, but I didn't want anything too big or bulky. I found a simple pin board at HomeGoods and used command strips to hang it on the small wall by the fridge: 

I love it because it helps keep stuff out where I want to see it, but is still kind of hidden away. Most visitors would never even know it's there. (And the command strips were great because I didn't have to put holes in my cabinetry! 

There you go! Just a few of the little updates around here. I feel so productive when I get these smaller projects done, and they take no time at all. (Except for the lights...boo hiss.) 

Have you added anything fun to you home lately? I love when small additions make a big impact! 

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I've mentioned before there are a few decorating ideas I'll definitely be repeating from our old house -- and a few I won't. I've always known this project would show up here! I've been planning it on a smaller scale to start.

Many years ago I fell in love with painting the "fifth wall" -- the ceiling. If you go dark it creates drama and if you go light it makes the room feel more open. Light blue in particular makes a room feel taller.

I really love it against white crown molding as you can see in these rooms from our last house:



Back in the day I would go really dark -- you can see what I did in the old dining room here. 😳 I'm not against a dark ceiling anymore, but chocolate brown is no longer my color of choice. ;) 

It's been a few months since I started working on our powder room so I decided it's time to get moving on it again. I've known all along I wanted to paint this ceiling a dark blue to work with the walls. Turns out the color I used in our family room was a close enough match so I just used that. 

Painting ceilings isn't the most fun DIY, but smaller rooms aren't too bad. Probably why I lean towards bathrooms for this project. ;) I started by taping off the crown molding and then painting two coats with a brush around the perimeter of the room: 


When I do a color on the ceiling I usually paint the bathroom fan as well. They actually take paint quite well. I did three coats on the fan: 

But WHY can't they make cool looking bathroom fans?? The color is called Cyberspace and it's a pretty dark blue with some gray to it. Love this color! 

It's not an exact match but it's close enough cause it was FREE. 😂 The bottom part of the walls will be bright white and will tie in nicely with the trim in the room. It took a couple coats to get the dark color done: 

It's so hard to get pics of this space! 

This color is a satin finish and normally I prefer a flat -- I don't love seeing any shine on a ceiling. I gotta say though, it's not bothering me in here. At least so far. Satin is very low sheen so that helps: 

I may change my mind later -- we'll see. But I'm calling this part done for now! Now it's time to get those dang walls done!! The next time you see this room I'll be done with it. :) 

The dark ceiling looks good during the day but it's sooooo much better at night! It's just lovely. I want this room to feel like a little jewel box and the painted ceiling makes all the difference!

Here are my tips for painting a ceiling: 
  • If you can use a thicker nap roller it will make for quicker work. I used a 3/8 inch and it was fine, but the thicker the better (if you have any kind of texture on your ceiling). 
  • Typically ceilings are painted in a flat paint, but it just depends on your preference. Flat minimizes any imperfections and sheen highlights texture or issues. But some LOVE a shiny ceiling so it's up to you!
  • If you're painting a larger room I recommend using a pole on your roller and this roller cover (affiliate) is awesome -- it prevents the paint from getting all over the room. 
  • I don't always think that a dark ceiling makes a room feel smaller, but it will create much more contrast, which can be jarring. It will definitely become a focal point -- it just depends on what you want for the space! 
  • Our ceilings are nine feet in this room but I've painted eight foot ceilings in lighter colors. 
As always, do what you want! I think a painted ceiling is a lovely little detail that's not always noticed right away, but always registers as something unique about the space. 

Have you painted a ceiling in your home? What color did you go with? 




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Well hello there! Remember last week when I celebrated ten years of blogging and I mentioned a fun little event called the Haven Conference

Well, it's not so little -- we were terrified the first year that just the eight of us would be standing there...but SO MANY came! That first one was a total whirlwind. Every conference since has been a huge success and I'm proud to be a founder of this amazing event: 


A couple of us left the team a few years back just because of the sheer amount of work involved. But we're always happy to help, so I was honored to be asked to be a mentor again this year. Mentors are there to meet up with new attendees and make them feel at ease. We each have a small group of bloggers and will catch up here and there throughout the conference. If you don't know many people this is a great way to get to know a few right off the bat! 

You'll probably recognize many of these faces: 

If you are a blogger, and especially a new blogger, I'm writing this for you! This conference is geared towards those in DIY/home decor niche, but those who write lifestyle, crafts and food blogs will walk away with a TON of helpful information. More importantly, you'll walk away with lifelong friends. 

If you're on the fence about attending, check out the info below and I think it will help you decide! And be sure to check out the posts from all of the mentors (I link them all at the end of the post). 

What is your best advice for a blogger? 

A few things:
  1. Stay consistent with content and publishing posts. I mean stick with the topic(s) you're good at and try to have a consistent publishing schedule. Your readers want to know when to watch for your content! 
  2. Speak in your OWN voice and just be yourself! It's so easy to compare. I know...I did it a lot early on! Anything other than being you will be exhausting and therefore no fun at all. 
  3. Respect your readers -- don't lie, don't make stuff up. Don't pretend you, your family or your home is something it isn't. Real life wins every time. 
  4. It's OK to keep some stuff private. I don't share pics of my family here much because they're "mine" -- I share enough with the world and I want them to myself. :) I also don't want to share anything my son may not appreciate as he gets older. AND...there are just weirdos out there. Simple as that! 
  5. Don't get obsessed. Man, I'm so glad I started this gig ten years ago. I cannot tell you how many times us blogging grandmas say that. It's much harder now breaking in, I know. But it can easily take over your life quick. Take a breath and step back consistently to keep some balance. 



What is your best advice for a new Haven attendee? 
I highly recommend chatting with attendees online before hand. See if there's anyone going from your area and meet up before you head to the conference. 

If you don't know anyone there, I'm not gonna lie -- at first it will be nerve-racking. But if you can open up a little and approach new people I can absolutely promise you these will be some of the best days of your entire year. Meeting other people that do what we do is so awesome. It's such a weird job we have and it's hard for most to identify with it. You will find "your people" at Haven.

And if you go and want someone to talk to, come up to ME! I'd love to meet you. 


Who are you most excited to meet or see at Haven this year? 

I always look forward to meeting new bloggers every year. It's funny because you feel like you know the person so it's hard to tell if you've already met. ;) You see each face so many times on their blogs and social media, and sometimes I could swear we already know each other! 

I look forward to this weekend every year because of the new people I meet and the ones I get to reconnect with. A bunch of us have been at this for a very long time and we only see each other once or twice a year. It's like a high school reunion and we always have the best time. 

Two of my best friends, Beth and Chris, are people I talk to every day but only see a few days a year. We cherish that time together so much!! 


So there you go! If you didn't figure it out by now -- you should come! ;) Whether you've been at this for a few weeks or a few years -- if you want to get more serious at it, this is the event for you. I'd love to meet you! 

Check out the other lovely ladies joining me as Haven mentors this year:

Monday

 Rhoda of Southern Hospitality | Sheila of Maison de Cinq | Liz of Liz Marie Blog | 

Tuesday

Chris of Just a Girl | Haneen of Haneen's Haven | Ashley of The Handmade Home

Wednesday

Traci of Beneath My Heart | Erin of Erin Spain

Thursday

Laura of Duke Manor Farm | Stacy of Stacy Risenmay | Debbie of Refresh Restyle 

Friday

Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl | Diane of In My Own Style | Beth of Home Stories A to Z
Lauren at Bless'er House | Katie at Bower Power


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