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Easy DIY Christmas Wreath Tutorial

November 23, 2019

Let me just say, a good Christmas wreath is expensive. Enter this easy Christmas wreath tutorial. While I love a good traditional Christmas wreath, I like the simplicity of hoop wreaths. They are a little more modern in style, and I really like the look.

Well I took to Etsy and was floored at the pricing on some of these, and was like hold my hot glue gun…I’ll make my own.

And so I did.

These are super easy to make, and if you use a couple of coupons and pay attention to the sales this easy Christmas wreath tutorial may cost you under $20 to make.

You’ll need:

  • Floral Wire
  • Floral Sprays
  • A Metal Hoop in Your Desired Size
  • Ribbon or a Pre-Made Bow
  • Scissors or Wire-Cutters
Christmas wreath

I promise it is super simple. You basically are bending the floral spray to the shape of the hoop and securing it with floral wire, making your own bow (or adding a pre-made one) and fluffing. This short video is easy to follow along with.

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Dollar General Medicine
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How I Organize my Medicine Cabinet with Dollar General

November 18, 2019

This post has been sponsored by Dollar General. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have this magical way of being super prepared in some areas and completely unprepared in others. As much as I plan, it never fails that someone in the house will get sick. I’ll go look in the medicine cabinet only to find no Tylenol or any other cold medicine. Well, sometimes there is medicine there but it is expired, or the dosing cup is missing, or there is only a drop left.

This year, as cold and flu season is upon us, I figured it would be smart for me to get ahead of the madness by cleaning out our medicine cabinet and shopping ahead of time for cold and flu essentials.

I needed to start with a clean slate, so I cleaned out all of the expired and empty bottles and boxes to make way for the new medicine. I separated the medicines from the vitamins to hopefully keep things more organized. I decided since I’m stocking up,I needed to find the best prices for everything I needed. I went to Dollar General and Walgreens to do a price comparison. I noticed a great cost difference.I even used my savings to purchase a few things for myself. 

When purchasing multiple medicines, it can get costly—especially at popular neighborhood drug stores. The beauty of planning ahead is I was able to really look at where I would get more value for my money. I was happy to use some of the savings to purchase a few beauty items for myself. While waiting for Addison to finish dance one afternoon, I ventured into Dollar General to pick up a few items.

If you didn’t know, Dollar General carries the same name-brand cold and flu items as Walgreens and other retailers with the same quality at a portion of the cost. And, you can save even more by downloading the Dollar General app using digital coupons, it’s so easy! Don’t skip on the home decor and storage options at  Dollar General either! I ventured out of my favorite home-focused aisles into the medicine aisle to pick-up some Tylenol, BC Powder for my husband, Nyquil, and a pack of Halls.

For basic comparison, the price of a box of BC Powder and a bag of Halls differed by $4.63—with Dollar General being the most cost efficient. I was blown away!

  • Hall Cough Drops Walgreens: $5.49 Dollar General: $3.65
  • BC Headache Powder Walgreens: $8.79 Dollar General: $6.50
  • Tylenol Walgreens: $5.99 Dollar General: $4.00
  • NyQuil Walgreens: $11.99 Dollar General: $8.50

As you can see there was quite a price difference between Walgreens and Dollar General. I saved a total of $9.61.

Check out the before and after shots of my medicine cabinet below! The first photo is the before, and the second photo is the after, when I shopped at Dollar General to get ahead of the upcoming cold and flu season!



Don’t wait until it’s too late; start thinking ahead and stock your medicine cabinet for cold and flu season. Shop at Dollar General, and save even more by downloading the Dollar General app with digital coupons!

How to Decorate a Fall Porch
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Easy Fall Porch Decorating Ideas + Our Porch Reveal

October 7, 2019

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It was really hard for me to get in the “fall” mood because the temps here in Georgia were still in the high 90s. On Saturday things finally started to cool down, and a quick glance at the extended forecast showed that cooler temps were on the way and I immediately got in a “fall-y” mood as I like to call it.

Hands down fall is my favorite time of year. No doubt, it is the kick-off to crazy season around here, but there is something about the falling temps and leaves that make me feel all cozy inside. Not to mention the best part of fall is my son’s birthday on October 14th. So cliche, but so true…”I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

My fall front porch decor is a mashup of items that I picked up from HomeGoods, Target, Michael’s, Aldi and Home Depot. You can totally get in the spirit and create an inviting entrance to your home on a budget.

I recommend shopping during the off-season and properly storing items away so that you can easily access and reuse them from year to year.

Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas

My neighbor letters all kinds of things, and in the fall she offers pumpkins. I got one this year with our last name on it. A few of my other neighbors have her do faux pumpkins, and I meant to do that this year, but this one is real. Normally my pumpkins last well into the end of November. Matter of fact they lasted so well one year, I contemplated painting them red and repurposing them as large Christmas ornaments.

If you don’t have someone to hand letter a pumpkin for you, I would search on Etsy for someone that makes adhesive name labels, you can get the same look.

These indoor/outdoor lanterns were a steal from HomeGoods. They were $19.99 each, came with batteries, and include a built in 5 hour timer. To set it, I made sure to turn them on around 6p and from then on they come on around 6p and go off at 11p. When shopping for your porch, pick-up items that you can repurpose from season to season. These lanterns will get tons of use. ( here is a similar lantern with the same features.)

Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas
Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas

The yellow rug under the door mat is Opal House from Target, it was a clearance score, and the mat is from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The wreath was also a clearance find. I found it at Michael’s at the end of last year, it was originally marked $79.99 and I paid $14.99. (similar initial doormat) (similar wreath)

I had a hard time finding outdoor pillows for my rocking chairs this time of year. Normally I just use regular pillows that I find on sale for cheap, but I found these clearance goodies at HomeGoods for $15. They were intended to be seat cushions, but at that price I thought I’d try them as pillows instead. Not sure if I’m crazy about them, I may replace them later if I find something I like better. However, they work for now. (Outdoor pillow covers)

Mums came from Home Depot, and the orange pumpkins were Aldi finds for $2.39 each, and my neighbor donated the corn stalks to the cause (you can get them on Amazon). I’m sure I’ll add in some more pumpkins and mums as they start to go on clearance, but for now I’m pleased at how my fall porch decor on a budget turned out!

Up next on the fall decorating agenda is to finish off the inside, and tackle our screened in porch. Stay tuned for those updates!

Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas

Laundry Routine
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My One Day a Week Laundry Routine

September 16, 2019

I’m over laundry. Like so over it. I’ve tried so many laundry routines, and none have really worked so I’m doing the one thing I never thought I would do… I’m committing to washing once a week.

I’ve always been against washing once a week, because it just seemed that it would be an entire waste of a weekend day, but then who said it had to happen on the weekend, and then it dawned on me that if I did it all in one day and had it put away I wouldn’t have to bother with it again until the next week.

For awhile my process of washing two loads a day was working, until it wasn’t. The main problem was the children were in charge of folding and putting away, and with our crazy schedules by Wednesday no laundry was being done, and Addison was haphazardly tossing folks clothes where they didn’t belong. My Addidas pants were being put in my son’s drawer and vice-versa. There are few things more annoying than looking for your things and not being able to find them.

Couldn’t continue on like this. So, our new schedule involves me taking a day to wash and sort all clothing by owner. I’ll handle the linens and my husband’s clothing along with mine. The children are responsible for folding and putting away their own laundry. If dirty clothes aren’t in the basket when I come around to collect, they don’t get washed.


We are consistently saying that as women we can’t be everything to everybody. I’m bringing your laundry routine into the discussion. They are old enough to fold and put away their own clothes so I’m putting that responsibility on them. I’ll have to relinquish control of the fact that they will likely be tossed into drawers instead of KonMari’d like I’d prefer, but you can’t win all of the battles. It’s more important for me to win the war on laundry rather than consume myself with junky drawer battles.

Here are a few tips I’ve found to actually work over the years as I’ve moved from one laundry routine to another… to another:

  • Every one needs their own laundry basket
  • When switching your laundry process, start with a clean slate, meaning wash all of the clothes.
  • Don’t take a break when doing laundry, just power through the process. If you sit down or stop, it might be a wrap.
  • Make it a point daily to pick up clothing that is lying around and put it where it belongs.
  • There are certain clothing items that don’t need to be washed weekly, like jeans or house clothes. Put those items on a separate rotation to help keep your laundry loads light.

I’m joining forces with one of my IG sisters, @MomSavingGrace for a series of videos where we will be attacking problematic processes in our homes. We’ll all get this right, or at least try! If you need a little motivation to get an area organized in your home head over and watch our videos! What does your laundry process look like?!