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DIY Vinyl Stencil Pillow Cover



This fun and easy craft project is something you can get done in just a few hours. You can give them away as gifts, or use them to decorate your own home.

If you like to sew, you can go full DIY and sew your own pillow cover (like I did), or you can buy a white cotton cover from IKEA or Amazon and make the project even easier! I used a 100% cotton canvas fabric to create my cover.

How to Build a Shower Niche

It's finally happening... our bathroom renovation has begun... officially!! 


Top 10 Farmhouse Bathroom Must Haves

If you've been following my bathroom journey on Instagram, you know that we've been dealing with a major bathroom renovation. About a year ago our two bathtubs were so stopped up that no matter what we tried we couldn't get the water to drain. So, we had to call our plumber. Both of our bathrooms are back to back and mirror each other... so the sinks, toilets, and tubs share all the plumbing through the wall. It was probably really easy 60 years ago when they built our home. BUT, I'm not sure they thought through the bathtub plumbing very well. 

When our plumber showed up he ran snake after snake through every access point he could for hours.. and could NOT get that water to drain. So, he called in another plumber with bigger tools to take a look at it. That plumber tried everything he could ... but ultimately had to pull out our tub, the surround, and the drywall. 

It turns out, that because the tubs are back to back, the snake could not get up into the actual drain pipe to unclog. It had to be able to go around a bend, but it couldn't because of the pipes coming from the other bathtub. Fun times. So, we've been without our second tub/shower for nearly a year now. It wouldn't be bad... and usually it isn't, but it's tricky to get all 6 of us bathed and showered in one bathroom. 

Well, we are finally getting moving on the bathroom. We had to treat for termites in there, cut out and replace the termite damaged studs, and save up some money to be able to get it all done. I have spent LOTS of time sorting through photos and products trying to decide what I wanted to do. 

My design style is a combination of modern farmhouse and rustic farmhouse... with hints of cottage. If that makes any sense. Today I'm sharing my top 10 Farmhouse Bathroom Must Haves. Hopefully this will help any of you who are working on a bathroom remodel... or dreaming of one! 

Bakery-Style Bagel Recipe

We are CARBOHOLICS. Yes, it's a real thing. Trust me. When it comes to carbs, we aren't picky: cereal, toast, crackers, bread, and especially bagels. Recently though, our favorite bagels suddenly became something we couldn't eat anymore. Let me explain ...

My son has severe food allergies to dairy, eggs, and peanuts. Such that when he comes in contact with those things he gets hives, his eyes turn red and his face swells. If he were to eat any of those he would die within a matter of minutes. Yep, it's scary. But, we've been dealing with it successfully for the last 10 1/2 years.

We read every label, of every thing, every time ... because every once in a while a company will change where and how they produce their foods. Such was the case with our bagels. It was a sad, sad day. Seriously. I'm pretty sure there was a tear or two shed. There was physical moaning in the bread aisle of the grocery store when we saw that our beloved bagels were now "unsafe" for us to consume. So, what's a carb-loving mom to do for her four little carboholics? Make our own bagels!


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I don't know about you guys, but for us summer is a time to have fun and get things done. But... there are inevitably those three words that ever parent hates to hear, "mom/dad, I'm bored!".