Posts Tagged ‘home decor’

Amy’s Notebook 01.28.15: The m challenge Focus on Health Syllabus

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

m-challenge Note: As a wrap-up of each month’s m challenge theme, we will be using the last Notebook of the month as a sort of “Cliffs Notes” edition of the challenge – a place where you can find a list of all the articles we’ve published for the challenge, as well as more inspiration and links from the web around the challenge theme. Our hope is that this will serve as a one stop shopping for the theme that you can refer to as well as catch up on in case you’ve missed anything!

January m challenge: Focus on Health

Recipes:

Healthy Links:

Stay in Shape via Living Well Spending Less

Source: Living Well Spending Less

 

Five smart ways to get motivated and stay in shape–without breaking the bank!

You’ll definitely find something to help you focus on health in this huge list of 101 ideas for simple, healthy changes.

25 exercise playlists – I can’t be without music in my workouts!

Great tips on how to get your energy back.

The only 12 exercises you need to get in shape.

22 simple ways to start eating healthier this year.

Healthy Lunch Ideas via Back to Her Roots

Source: Back to Her Roots

 

Healthy, easy, and quick lunch ideas.

32 healthy cooking tips for any level of cook!

11 DIY protein bar recipes.

How to shop healthy – the dos and don’ts for healthy grocery shopping.

12 healthy salad dressing recipes to jump start you to healthy eating in 2015.

Healthy smoothie recipes that are fast and easy.

18 mason jar salads – love these as a fun, healthy lunch idea!

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I hope you enjoyed this notebook, a collection of gathered links all around our m challenge about focusing on our health. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

You CAN DIY!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

You CAN DIY!

When I look back on my life, I can honestly tell you that never in a million years would I believe that I would be sharing tutorials on craft or DIY. I always had crafty ambitions, but seemed to lack that creative gene and talent to take my projects to the next level. My skill set was minimal, but the desire was  always there. When we had to be serious about penny pinching, after the loss of my husband’s job, that is when I knew that I needed to be serious about making the most of our home and to get serious about DIY-ing in our life.

There is nothing like a lack of money that can force you into getting creative.

You CAN DIY!

Each day I am a little prouder of the the things that we have crafted for our home. The comments that I get make me feel so good about the space we have created. My favorite thing people say is, “This house is just so YOU.” Making a house with lots of personality and individuality has always been a big goal of mine and it has been created with an awful lot of crafting over these years. Our house really is just *us* and it was achieved with hot glue, a lot of yarn, plenty of paint, and a strong desire for a house with individuality.

No sewing skills required!

Which is why I am so thrilled to share that I am selling my first eBook called, Easy DIY Crafts for Every Season, in The Ultimate DIY Bundle to help inspire you – from crafting for your home, to creating the perfect hostess gift, to celebrating all of life’s holidays. As someone as un-crafty as I was, this feels like a really big milestone paved with a lot of awful burn marks from poor hot glue planning. :)

Ultimate DIY Bundle

Ultimate DIY Bundle

The resources in this bundle are just the kind of resources that I wished I would have had at my fingertips when I was learning to decorate and craft for my home. It is the kind of resource that would have helped me achieve all that I really wanted to do on my small budget.

Ultimate DIY Bundle

For me, the photography books included really make this bundle special and worth the investment. Kristen Duke is one of my favorite photographers and I have been dying to learn from her. How awesome that Say NO to Auto is included in this bundle so that I can start taking better pictures of my crafts…and my kids?!  There is also Birthday Party Printables from Amy Locurto, The Ultimate Tassel Guide by Myquillyn Smith (aka, The Nester), Thrifty Decor Chick’s DIY Handbook by Sarah Saucedo, A Summer of Stories by Tsh Oxenreider, Easy Mod Podge Decor for Your Home by Amy Anderson, Infarrantly Creative Printable Collection by Beckie Farrant and SO much more!

You’ll gain access to a library full of 75+ eBooks and eCourses (like Photography 101 from the guys at Shoot, Fly, Shoot), PLUS free bonuses which include a Craftsy class worth up to $60! So, DIY + Freebies? You can see why I’d be excited to share this with you all, right?

*Sorry, this sale has ended!*

 

The Ultimate DIY Bundle, is a collection of carefully curated DIY eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry! For just $34.95 you’ll get access to over 75 eBooks and eCourses – and let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information on topics like:

  • Home decor
  • Furniture painting
  • Photography
  • Chalk pastels
  • Handmade gifts
  • Homemade skincare products
  • Cake decorating
  • Photography and photo-editing
  • Paint colors and interior design

There’s no need to worry about information overload though: The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with a complete guide to getting started, so that you can know exactly which resource to use for your specific crafting or DIY project and jump straight into it with confidence!

 

Amy’s Notebook 01.21.15

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Lace Containers via Design Mom

Source: Design Mom

 

Gorgeous DIY containers with lace imprints.

Slow cooker enchilada quinoa bake- get in my belly.

No sew blanket cape- I feel inspired!

I was addicted to Serial- now what?

I like this secret trick!

10 things I have learned by downsizing my life- I love this and the commitment to smaller space living.

Thankfulness via A View From The Fridge

Source: A View From the Fridge

 

A great reminder to give thanks.

Bright & easy rope coaster DIY.

10 ways to cuff your jeans.

Potterhood. Made me laugh especially after just seeing Boyhood this week!

Lined faux fur infinity scarf- get in my closet.

Knuffle Bunny- Oh, snap!

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 01.14.15

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Book purse via A Beautiful Mess

Source: A Beautiful Mess

 

Hello, adorable book purse.

I still can’t stop laughing about this.

14 classic college books you’ll want to read again as a real adult.

Flipping the cabinet doors. Pretty much genius.

Messy waves for 2015.

New Year’s cooking goals & 20 recipes to get started- I need this.

Detox Drinks via Camille Styles

Source: Camille Styles

 

10 best detox drinks.

I love the idea of a monthly discipline challenge (and all Laura learned from it).

10 blogging apps that you need right now.

The thing about being more awesome

Good travel hack to know!

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 01.07.15

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

alisa-burke-in-the-kitchen via Design Mom

Source: Design Mom

 

Living with Kids: A Look Back at 2014 is eye candy for my home for miles!

Best Books of 2014 = more library requests.

And I can’t wait to listen to the year’s best audiobooks!

A reminder to take back pizza night.

Twelve months of organizing through a bag a day challenge.

Six strategies for maximizing the value of a warehouse club.

The paint colors we loved in 2014.

Personal Doormat via A Beautiful Mess

Source: A Beautiful Mess

 

I love a good personalized craft project.

To replace my Serial addiction.

Finding closet contentment.

LOVE this peek into another fashion capsule from Sarah!

I am joining in to read this one.

7 tips to help keep your resolution to declutter.

I love this for many reasons.

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 12.31.14

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Printable Paper Crowns via The House That Lars Built

Source: The House That Lars Built

 

Printable paper crowns for NYE- too cute!

How to make perfect domed muffins.

Best books of the year according to Hollywood Housewife- I love her selections!

Disco ball headbands- what’s not to love about this?

Goodbye, Serial (oh, how I miss you!)

Learn 7 easy morning rituals that will change your life and boost your day’s productivity and awesomeness.

Kids NYE Bingo via Thirty Handmade Days

Source: Thirty Handmade Days

 

Fun printable New Year’s Eve Bingo sheets for kids.

Small kitchen inspiration.

Five smart ways students can use Google Scholar.

Very excited about this beloved author writing another book!

5 under-the-radar reads- I must add these to my book pile!

What adoptive parents will want to know about the new ANNIE movie.

Capsule Wardrobe via Hollywood Housewife

Source: Hollywood Housewife

 

Love seeing other people contemplate the capsule wardrobe!

It’s so fun peeking into other people’s fashion capsules.

More winter fashion capsule inspiration.

How about a capsule Kitchen challenge- could you do it?

Nobody is more healthy, productive or clear-headed than a person who has planned and is living a meaningful life- love this reminder!

More joy less clutter.

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 12.10.14

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Inspired Stairways via The Inspired Room

Source: The Inspired Room

I love a Christmas staircase with style.

Reasons to run your slow cooker at night.

14 health & fitness gadgets worth giving.

3 ways to DIY dough ornaments.

Things to do before before the holidays that you’ll thank yourself for later.

How to make cheap wine taste good. Noted.

An inspiring minimalist home.

Moscow Mule Drink via CamilleStyles

Source: Camille Styles

My new favorite drink- The Moscow Mule

Love this twist on an Elf on the Shelf- don’t you?

Buy once, give twice this holiday season.

Completely geeking out over the NPR Book Concierge selections this year.

Frozen-inspired braid tutorial- cute for the holidays!

Best beauty products for 2014.

How living with less can give you more.

Cable Hat via Purl Bee

Source: Purl Bee

Traveling cable hat in soft merino- so beautiful!

Good reasons to clean out the freezer this winter.

15 tips to turn your finances around in 2015- love this advice.

Charts for people obsessed with Serial – I’m OBSESSED.

Sarah Koenig can’t promise a perfect ending to ‘Serial.’ What??

How a school teacher helped create the first black Peanuts character- fascinating!

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 12.03.14

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Modern Nutcrackers via Up To Date Interiors

Source: Up To Date Interiors

 

Modern nutcrackers made from dollar store supplies.

50 great dark books for the dark days of winter.

I am floored by this oversized holly garland to dress up a staircase.

Can’t wait to try this perfect grilled cheese with an unexpected ingredient.

Five steps toward a more meaningful holiday season.

Slow cooker apple cider via Gimme Some Oven

Source: Gimme Some Oven

 

Slow cooker apple cider – easy & from scratch.

Holiday decorating inspiration is here.

Great tips on what to buy when rebuilding your wardrobe on a budget.

How to get those glowing, lighted christmas tree pictures.

Two simple winter fashion projects, DIY polka dot tights & easy DIY boot socks- so cute!

And…raise your hand if you relate:

Listening to Mindcraft via Buzzfeed

Source: BuzzFeed

 

What it’s like listening to your kid talk about Minecraft:

Of course, I’m listening. Go on.

 

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 11.26.14

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

DIY-Felt-Christmas-Wreath-Pillow via An Oregon Cottage

Source: An Oregon Cottage

 

This adorable pillow knockoff had me at glue gun.

Free printable Elf on the Shelf calendar and checklist- do you do an Elf on the Shelf?

Compound butter party favors- genius.

Our ‘Mommy’ problem.

Would you ever think about a side-dish-only Thanksgiving?

When kids have too much stuff.

Wowed by this dresser makeover.

DIY Cardboard Pie Box via A Joyful Riot

Source: A Joyful Riot

 

DIY cardboard pie box- how cute is this?

Awed by this knitted gradient cowl.

Love a little faux fur detail.

13 genius tips for decorating a small space.

We’ve seen almost every single one of these- have you?

Getting back to holiday simplicity.

Sparkle confetti garland- simple and sweet.

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 11.19.14

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Thankful Printable Placemat via Ella Claire

Source: Ella Claire

 

A thankful printable placemat- how perfect.

20 stores that refuse to open on Thanksgiving- do you shop them?

Recipes for a gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free holiday feast.

Have you tried making bread in the slow cooker?

A typeface designed to help dyslexics read- so awesome!

Have you visited any of these 10 intriguing small towns everyone should visit?

I love a good stripe project.

How can you not help when you read these?

Africa without Ebola via Washington Post

Source: Washington Post

 

The Africa without Ebola is eye-opening.

Do you know the 5 life stages of a roast chicken?

11 jobs where an honest day’s work earns you…poverty.

Finding a uniform- could you do it?

5 fun & creative ways to wrap small gifts.

15 quick and easy productivity super-hacks for busy bloggers.

The top 12 weekend habits of highly successful people.

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!