5-Minute DIY Holiday Wreath

This holiday season I was proud of myself for starting (and finishing) some holiday tasks early, but I was also disappointed for not giving myself as much time as I would have liked to spend on other tasks. One of the projects I waited to complete until the last minute was creating a wreath for…

DIY Pinecone Ornaments

This past weekend we finally got around to decorating our Christmas tree. While the tree is usually an assortment of miscellaneous ornaments, I wanted to have more consistency in the decor this year and a classic vibe. To achieve this goal, I made these simple handmade ornaments from pinecones. Supplies Medium-size pinecones Red pre-made ribbons…

Cooking at Sur La Table

My mom is an excellent cook. For as long as I can remember, she feels at ease in the kitchen and is always challenging herself to learn new techniques and try new recipes. While I have always admired her passion for homemade meals, I sadly am inexperienced in the kitchen (except when it comes to…

DIY Housewarming Basket

My best friend, Danielle, recently moved out of her parents home and into her own townhouse. While I knew Danielle had stocked up on kitchen supplies and the like prior to moving in, I was unsure of anything she really needed. Therefore, instead of buying her one big housewarming gift, I decided to put together…

12 Things to Do Before You Move In

Bought a new condo or house? While each property is unique and may therefore have it’s own needs (especially those identified by your inspector), this checklist is a good place to start preparing your home for move-in. I’ve compiled this list using advice from family members, current homeowners, and my own move-in experience. 1. Clean…

Quick and Easy Mini Apple Pies for the Novice Baker

While I love to bake, I am not a very experienced baker and do not have as many occasions or as much time to bake as I would like. This week I am participating in a fundraiser, for which I volunteered to bake. After seeing a 2-Ingredient Mini Apple Pie recipe that Pillsbury posted on…

Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Not a Job for the Faint of Heart We purchased a humble two bedroom home on a quiet street in the town I grew up in. The house has a spacious fenced-in backyard for our pup, Sandy and is in close proximity to my parents, who hint they want grandchildren on a daily basis. There…

15-Minute + $15 DIY Autumn Wreath

The previous owner of our home did not invest in exterior improvements within the past decade or so and in the months proceeding our purchase, even the lawn went uncut. As a result, the outside of our house needs a lot more than just maintenance. Much of the work my fiancé and I have done…