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DIY: Thankful Banner Plus a Free Printable

Hello lovelies and happy Monday! I don’t know about you, but I am still finding it hard to believe that it is November already. Not going to lie, I was a little tempted to skip the Thanksgiving festivities and go straight to Christmas, but I decided to wait a while and embrace the season of being thankful for at least a couple of weeks. So I put together this super easy DIY banner that is not only festive for fall, but also a nice visual reminder of how many things I have to be grateful for in my life. I love how it came together and I think I am going to make this a yearly tradition!




First, I created this document in Microsoft Word. It seriously took less than five minutes, but you don’t even have to spend that long because I created a printable version for you! Stay tuned, the link is at the end of the post!

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I printed the design on some white card stock and cut up the little cards. I grabbed a couple of fall colored Sharpies to use when we write our messages.

I then used some fall colored washi tape to hang a piece of burlap string. We have a window cut out in between our kitchen and living room, and it is the perfect place for hanging banners and the like (especially since we don’t have a mantle).

I then used mini clothespins to hang our thankful for signs all around the banner. The goal is to add a new one each day, so by the time we get to Thanksgiving, we have a whole list of things to be grateful for. I made Matt get in on the action too, we’ll see how long he keeps up with it!

Obviously the first things that came to mind for me were the big ones, namely Matt and Squirt. But there is also room to be thankful for the little things in life, like coffee!

This was such a simple project and I love that it adds a touch of fall decor to the living room. But even more than the aesthetics, I love that every time I walk by it I am reminded of what an amazing life I am living right now. You really can’t go wrong with that! As a bonus, I didn’t have to buy anything for this project, everything I used I already had around the house! Score!




If you would like to print out the thankful for cards for yourself, you can use this link to find a printable version. I hope you enjoy, and I would love to see pictures of your cards in action if you decide to use them! Tag me on Instagram or Twitter, @falonloveslife! What are you feeling thankful for this November?


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Keep Your House Clean in Just 15 Minutes a Day with Scotch-Brite Brand

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All right friends, it is about to get real up in here. I don’t know about you, but I hate cleaning (sorry Mom). I mean, I go beyond the general dislike of cleaning into actual hate, and I will find pretty much any excuse to avoid it. But the catch-22 for me is that, because I grew up with a neat freak mother, I also hate living in a dirty home. So I am going to be trying a new experiment over the next couple of weeks to help me find a way to balance my desire for cleanliness with my lack of motivation to clean. Unfortunately, hiring a live-in maid is not going to be an option for us anytime soon, so it’s time to buckle down and do something practical. That something is going to involve me cleaning one specific area of the house–a task that should take about fifteen minutes–per day. I mean, I probably spend an hour a day on Instagram, so I think I can spare fifteen minutes to provide a cleaner and healthier living environment for my family and me.

There are a couple of things I’m going to do to hold myself accountable to my new plan. One, is that in this post I am going to share some before pictures with you. My mother is going to be crying with shame as she reads this, but never fear! Where there is a before picture, there is an after picture, so you can see what my house looks like after fifteen minutes of daily cleaning using Scotch-Brite® Brand cleaning products. Two, I am going to be posting my daily cleaning tasks on my Instagram Stories all this week, so if you want to keep an eye on me and make sure I’m following through, you can!

I’m going to outline my cleaning plan for you and show some highlights from how the cleaning plan worked out for me in this past week. At the end of this post you’ll find a link to a printable of my cleaning schedule, in case you would like to try it out for yourself. And as always, I am only highlighting products that I actually use in my own home and would recommend to a friend. Let’s do this! First, here are the tools you will see me using throughout the week of cleaning: Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges, Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges, and the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand.

And here’s the breakdown of what I clean on each day of the week:

Monday: Kitchen

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  1. Clean the stove: Time to send in the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge. The green side is perfect for scrubbing tough stains and grease off the surface, while the yellow allows you to wipe away crumbs and small spills.
  2. Clean the sink and wipe down counters: Since we have butcher block counters and a porcelain sink, I like to use the yellow side of the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge so that the counters don’t get scratched.
  3. Scrub the microwave: I don’t even want to tell you how long it has been since we cleaned our microwave. I definitely need the “Heavy Duty” part of the Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge to tackle some of the greasy messes in there.

Tuesday: Dusting and Dishes


  1. Dust: Dust all rooms of the house including the living room, dining room, and bedrooms.
  2. Dishes: I really, really hate doing dishes. I usually leave them for my husband, but (sorry Babe!) he just doesn’t clean them as well as I would like (but A+ for effort!). I love using the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand for all our pots and pans because it tackles yucky stuck on food, but prevents me from getting my hands dirty.

Wednesday: Bathroom #1

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  1. Scrub the shower and tub: For our bathrooms, I like to use the Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge. I like to keep kitchen and bathroom sponges separate and I like that I can use a Blue sponge in the Bathroom, alliteration y’all! It means I don’t ever get them confused, which is important because you don’t want to be cleaning your stove with the same sponge you used on your toilet. Ew.
  2. Clean the mirror and sink: Our sink gets pretty gross in our bathroom since that’s where the hubs does his shaving so I use both sides of the Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge to make sure it is super clean.
  3. Clean the toilet: AKA everyone’s least favorite part of cleaning. Look, the only thing I can say to make this task at least a little better is that with a good sponge like Scotch-Brite Brand’s, you only have to wipe once and the mess is gone. No repeated scrubbing necessary.

Thursday: Floors and Dishes

  1. Floors: Mop or vacuum all floors, including the kitchen, living and dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms.
  2. Dishes: See instructions for Tuesday. If your house is anything like mine, we constantly have to dishes to wash!

Friday: Bathroom #2

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  1. Repeat all instructions from Wednesday in your second bathroom (assuming you have one; if not, lucky you!).


Saturday and Sunday: Declutter and Laundry

  1. Declutter all rooms and surfaces: Pick up and put away all stray items in kitchen, living and dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. This way you are ready for your cleaning cycle to start on Monday.
  2. Laundry: Wash, dry, fold, and put away. I know, I know, it’s asking a lot, but doesn’t it always feel so much better when it’s done? And since it’s the weekend, you have two days to get it done!

Really, truly, honestly, I think I can keep up with this plan. Even though it seems like a lot to do each day, if I keep up with the schedule, it really is only about fifteen minutes of cleaning each day. If I knock that out in the first fifteen minutes of Squirt’s nap each day, I still have two hours to relax and watch Real Housewives work on the blog! I would love it if you would try this cleaning experiment with me! If you are interested in trying out the Scotch-Brite Brand products yourself, you can find them at your local Target (and really, don’t we all love an excuse to go to Target?). Plus, if you use this Target Cartwheel offer, you can save 10% on Scotch-Brite Brand sponges from 8/28-9/3.

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Don’t worry! I didn’t forget about your free printable! If you would like to download the handy (and colorful!) checklist I will be using to keep myself on track, click this link right here! Hopefully this plan for fifteen minutes of daily cleaning will help keep us all on track. If you need some more Scotch-Brite cleaning inspiration, check them out here!

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What are your best cleaning tips? How do you manage your cleaning your routine? Make sure you leave me your best tips!

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DIY: Turn Recycled Bottles into Pretty Vases

Hello lovely readers and happy Monday (is there such a thing?)! Yesterday was a pretty miserable So Cal day–lots of rain and clouds and cold. Boo. Being stuck inside all day puts me in the mood for crafting and I have had this project on my to do list for a loooooong time. So I figured I might as well knock that shizz out. Here’s what we’re making today:

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Super easy project, and I love how they came out! First step to these bad boys is to gather your supplies: old bottles (these are from a probiotic water called Kevita, which should be available in most supermarkets), craft paint, painters tape, and round sponge brushes.

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Tape off your bottles however you want your design to come out. I kind of went with a random diagonal deal for these, which turned out fun.

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Make sure your tape is super tightly sealed. It helps to run a fingernail over the edge a few times to make sure it is really smooth. Then use the brush to dab on the paint. I only had to do two coats before I was satisfied with the coverage.

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Once the paint is mostly dry, carefully remove your tape. If you need to clean up any edges, a wet wipe works, or you can use a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover.

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I put some white hydrangeas in my finished vases. I love how the bright colors pop against all the white.

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I literally finished these bad boys in less than a half hour last night. This was a super easy project, and there are tons of color possibilities with this one. You could do Valentine’s Day colors or Christmas colors, or just any happy and fun colors that you love.

Check out the following links (affiliate links) for some of the supplies I used to make these!

 

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Front Door Transformation

Transformations have been happening in our new house basically since the moment we moved in.  As soon as we decided to paint the entire exterior of the home, I knew I wanted a front door with some pizzazz.  I went through a couple of different color options (the hubs ruled out pink, sadly) and in the end settled on a fun color that adds the perfect pop!  Then we dressed up the door with some colorful accents and now it is a welcoming front door that I love coming home to each day.  Here is what the front door looked like before…

…and here it is now!  The house is a light gray and the door an aqua blue.

I have had six of these metal chairs for years now (another hand me down from Mom).  They used to be white, but I spray painted them in a variety of bright colors (the other five now live in the dining room).  I found this outdoor pillow in the clearance section at Target.  I love that it brings in both the blue from the door and the yellow from the chair.

This welcome mat was also found in the clearance section of Target.  I like that it incorporates all of the colors, but isn’t flowery.  I love the juxtaposition of stripes and flowers together.

Here it is one more time all together!

What do you think of the brightly colored front door trend?  Have you painted your door?


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DIY: Ikea Rast Dresser Makeover

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If you are an Ikea-holic like I am, at some point in time you have probably purchased the Ikea Rast dresser.  It is cheap, functional, and a great space saver.  Seriously, for $40 you can’t really go wrong.  But in its original form, the Rast is pretty unappealing…

But never fear, I am here to show you how to make your Rast adorable and chic!



We have had this Rast for a while now.  When I first bought it, I knew I couldn’t leave it bare, but this was long before I was into painting furniture and way long before I actually knew how to paint furniture (if you want my tips, click this post here!).  So I slapped some white paint on it and called it a day.  This is how it has lived for the past four years…

It looked fine, but not cute and certainly not anything I was dying to have in our house.  But we needed some extra storage in our dining room area, in the corner serving as our command center.  So I gave the ol’ Rast a quick sanding and a few coats of mint spray paint.  Then I kicked up the chic factor with these drawer pulls I found at Home Goods, and voila!

We now have a super cute and functional piece that is totally dressing up our command center corner.  It’s the perfect piece to hold pens, pencils, mail, tools…all those little items that tend to float around the house without a permanent home.  A more detailed post on the command center will be coming at you soon!

So in love with how this baby came out!  And now, an exciting new feature for you!  Every time I post a craft or DIY, I will be linking up to sites that will take you directly to the supplies I personally used.  So if you want to replicate something you see here, click the links, purchase the products and you are on your way!  I will only use links to the actual products I used, not similar items, so if you see a link, you know the item was used and tested by me personally.  Look for the little tag or the full supply list at the bottom of the photo.  Hopefully this makes your crafting easier!

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Share it Sunday!

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.  I needed a break this weekend as last week kicked my butt!  So much to do and never enough hours in the day.  I did have time for some blogging, so in case you missed it, here’s what happened at ADMB last week!

I shared my tips for painting furniture…

Told you all the details about my amazing stay at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel…

And showed you how to make this adorable utensil holder…

In addition, I discovered some awesome projects from around the web that I want to share with you.  First are these super cute Halloween treat bags from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom…

The Crafty Blog Stalker shared how to make this adorable watercolor painting.  Think of all the saying/color combo possibilities!

These spirited pots from Uncommon Designs are perfect Halloween treats!

And these pumpkin cookies from Parent Pretty are going to make sticking to my diet super hard!

That’s all for today friends!  Thank you for stopping by and cheers to a great week!


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DIY: Recipe Utensil Holder

Hello lovely readers!  Progress on our kitchen is coming right along so I thought I would share another kitchen DIY with you today.  I made this utensil holder a couple of years ago, and not only has it held up well, it is still one of my favorite pieces in our kitchen.


I found a link for this a long time ago on Pinterest, but it ended up being one of those links that led to nowhere so I decided to employ the same steps I used for my DIY Jewelry Tray.  I found this plain white utensil holder from Crate and Barrel, and grabbed my trusty black paint pen.

I hand wrote my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, trying not to be too perfect about it.

And there you have it!  Super cute and super easy to make.  This baby would make a great bridal shower present, or it’s an awesome addition to your kitchen.  Bonus, you never have to hunt around for your chocolate chip cookie recipe again!


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