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friday favs – jewelry organizers


So, this is what my jewelry looks like.

Yes, it’s in ziplock bag…tangled and terrible. How can I convince my husband I need more accessories when I can’t even get a necklace out of this mess?

I’m looking for an easy, cheap way to organize my jewelry and make something cute. So…thanks to Pinterest, I’ve found plenty of ideas and am going to tackle one this week.


Here are some of my favs:

Jewelry hangy-thingamabob from Love Your Way
Jewelry storage from HomeGoods
Branch Jewelry Display from Apartment Therapy
Hanging Jewelry Organizer from A Time for Everything


I bought this frame today from a street vendor ($8) and I think I’m going to use it…can’t wait to get started on mine!

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Guest Post – Taylor from Our Military Home

Welcome to Taylor…a super smart law school gal who seems to be able to tackle it all – read her post, enter the giveaway and then hop over to her blog, Our Military Home, to read more.

A Decor Grinch’s Guide to Loving Your Home


Hi, my name is Taylor.  I’m a recovering law student and the wife of a Navy sailor.  I’m honored to guest post for Paige, a friend from my hometown of Chandler, AZ.  This is my first guest post, which is pretty exciting.

After I married my Navy husband, Mr. H., I packed all of my worldly possessions into my tiny Hyundai and drove across the country from Arizona to the East Coast to live in an Old, Weird Townhome near a major Army installation.  Soon after, I started up my final year of law school and barely had time to think about putting on mascara, a MUST for us pasty gals, much less decorating for the holidays.  I remember hearing a friend tell tales of beautiful fall decor and responding, “I’m just not into the whole Holiday decorating thing.”  Well, hindsight is always better than foresight.  When I look back, I know that I really was into the whole Holiday decorating thing, but was exhausted at the prospect of it and bewildered about where to begin.  What’s more, my own mother always put up gorgeous holiday decorations for Christmas in her grand home, and I thought that the only thing worthy of placement in the Old, Weird Townhome was a Charley Brown Christmas tree, which we later found at Walmart for the low price of $20 and promptly set up in our living room (fire hazard be darned).

A year later, I’m sitting here in early October thinking about Holiday decorations again, but my perspective has changed.  I’ve decided that any house should be a home.  We military folks move from place to place, and many of you, military and non-military alike, have probably lived in a rental home, small home, or other less-than-idealic abode.  I finally realized that this fact should not, and must not, stop me from making the Old, Weird Townhome beautiful.

After all, it’s old.  It’s weird.  But it’s ours.

It’s high time that I stopped waiting for the perfect place in which to celebrate the holidays and take advantage of that with which God has blessed me.  That’s when I decided to embrace the Holidays and make these semi-portable DIY Holiday shelves.

P.S., I’m also giving away the black pumpkin frame to a Creative Paige reader.  Paige will explain how to enter to win it.

More on point, though, have you ever lived in a crusty old place that floods whenever it rains?  Are the ceilings in your current locale also too short to properly hold a Christmas tree?  How do you carry on and make your house a home, despite less-than-perfect living conditions?


Isn’t she great?

I think we all need a crappy first Christmas tree story (ours was the floor model from Wal-Mart…$15!).

To enter to win Taylor’s pumpkin frame pictured above, leave a comment below telling me something about a crappy place you’ve lived…your college dorm…first apartment…maybe where you live right now! Tell me about it…I’ll post mine in the comments (but I won’t let myself win…). One entry per person. Giveaway ends Friday, Sept. 30th midnight. 

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friday favorites – knitted

So, I learned to knit this week. Well, by learned I mean I can knit a long straight scarf-like piece. Not sure that categorizes me as a knitter, but I took string and 2 sticks and made something, so to me, that’s cool.

Most craft supplies are expensive here, but knitting needles and yarn are not, so I thought it would be a good, cheap hobby.

The first night I wanted to break those needles in half…watching youtube videos to learn to knit = impossible. But finally, something clicked and I figured it out. All that to say…now I have knitting on the brain.

So, here are my favorite knitted things (most of which I found on Pinterest/Etsy).

1. Phoebe Infinity Scarf from
2. Prairie Boots from Coco Knits
3. Knit Bracelets from Pinterest
4. Dusty Purple Chunky Knit Scarf from
5. Mug & French Press Jacket from M.K. Carroll
6. Winter Forest Cowl from
7. Jersey Knit Bracelet from V and Co.
8. Knitted Gray Handbag from



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Friday Favorites – all things pumpkin!

Fall is coming and that means we can bring on the pumpkin! I love pumpkin…problem is…the pumpkins I found here in Puebla were $4/lb! Eek! That’s a whole lotta moolah! I’m hoping they’ll get cheaper as Halloween gets closer or maybe I can find some canned pumpkin (fingers crossed).

Here are my favorite pumpkin related posts:

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pumpkins from Bakingdom

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate from Closet Cooking

Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Pennies on a Platter

Mini Pumpkin Cakes from Southern Living

DIY Pumpkin Specimen Art from My Blessed Life

Lacy Pumpkin from Better Homes & Gardens

Paper pumpkins from It Happened Like This…

Do you have any favorite pumpkin recipes/ideas? I’d love to hear them…I can’t enjoy them right now, but I’m saving all these for when I do find some pumpkin!


Custom Holiday Card Giveaway!

I’m giving away a custom holiday card design to one very lucky person over at Our Military Home!

Get a jump on the holiday rush! If you win, you’ll get a fully customized holiday card with your family picture.

Here’s a sample of our Christmas card from last year:


All you have to do is jump over to Taylor’s site and check out the details on how to enter.

Giveaway ends Monday, the 19th, so don’t delay!

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Friday Favorites…for the home

Things I’m loving and wish were currently in my home:

Recipe Card Wall Hanging from Splendor

recipe card wall hanging
my mom has some recipe card written by my Grandma...this would look great with those


Bookshelf made from apple crates from Sherryl Galt’s Pinterest

I bet I could find crates for dirt cheap here in Mexico

“I love you because” frame from Etsy


Scrabble Tile Magnets from Kinderpendent

note to self: watch for old Scrabble games at garage sales

Mason Jar Chandelier
 from Instructables//

Tree Carving Wall Hanging by The Little Giggler


Check out all of my past Friday Favorites!

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Battle of the Giveaways

I’m so excited to share this with all of you – I’m giving away something over at Our Military Home…but I can’t tell you what. Because, well, I don’t know what I’m giving away yet!

Taylor is hosting a battle to decide which of three different prizes I will be giving away. I’m not even going to tell you what the options are…just go over there and check it out. Then vote on what you want to win and in 1 week we will give the details on how you can win it!

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Friday Favorites – kid & baby rooms

So, living where we do – I’ve had to learn to live a little differently. In the States, I loved decorating Zander’s nursery and I didn’t even have to spend that much because of sales, inexpensive stores & so many do-it-yourself projects. Here in Mexico, childrens’ items are expensive. Decorating your nursery doesn’t mean hopping over to Hobby Lobby (because there isn’t one) or whipping something up (because supplies are hard to find). So, I’ve learned to be ok with simplicity.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t love a really beautiful nursery or a great kids room. Here are some of the ones I’ve been pining over admiring.


Tripp’s Room from Hope, Longing and Life at Hyphen Interiors

I love the bright, fun red of this room. The alphabet wall is my favorite part.



Hannah’s Vintage Nursery from Lemon Tree Creations

Oh, if I ever have a girl. I love that this is not your typical pink girls’ room. The blue, yellow & grey is so cute.
the homemade sunshine artwork is adorable...and I love the doily mobile.


Book wall from Frugal with a Flourish

We love books, so I think this floating bookshelf wall is amazing. It’s almost like a huge, colorful wall hanging, but can be used and enjoyed for years to come.


For now, this is what my kiddo’s rooms look like:



Yes, they need help.