October 16, 2014

All treats, no tricks GIVEAWAY HOP!

Welcome to the first annual "All Treats, No Tricks" Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging! We are a group of bloggers that specialize in giveaway hops - so stay with us and you will have many chances to win some amazing prizes! Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 - and some are much more than that! Be sure to visit them all - there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! Good Luck and Have Fun!

re•solve is treating your cold-weather dry hands to Arbonne's FC5 hand creme, a $22 value! It works and smells amazing! (US only). Enter below, then visit the blogs below for more prize opportunities!

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October 13, 2014

promotion across blogland—GIVEAWAY!

Awesome news for my fellow bloggers! re•solve has teamed up with more awesome bloggers to offer 19 - yes, NINETEEN - free ad spots to one lucky winner! The winner of this giveaway will win a ton of ad spots - see a complete list - and $25 PayPal cash. Who wouldn't love that?! Giveaway is open to everyone, and entries will be verified so be honest!

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October 10, 2014

five on friday: home edition

It's the little things that make a house a home, and thankfully, we were able to get lots of little things out of the way recently:


5. I finally have a dresser! Check out yesterday's post about our IKEA Tarva Dresser Makeover.

4. Bye bye, static: Eco Nuts sent me their wool dryer balls to try out. My last set from another company had been used to the max, and the difference in a fresh set is huge! The laundry is drying faster, the lint is less, and the static is gone!

3. Finally! I always knew that when I bought a house, I wanted the front door to be green or navy with a claddagh door knocker.  The knocker we chose went on backorder for months when we bought the house, and it's finally here!

Speaking of claddaghs, we got the most stunning claddagh-themed housewarming gift. We're still debating where the perfect placement will be, so stay tuned for photos!

2. More green! Remember the awesome purse I got from Red Buffalo Trading? We got together again for some throw pillows which I love!

now, to reupholster the gliders...

1. I mean, seriously...look how happy and complete a home looks with a giant puppy!

If you haven't linked up with Five on Friday, this is the week to do it: hosts Christina, April, Darci, and Natasha are having a giveaway with multiple awesome prizes!


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October 9, 2014

house update: IKEA tarva dresser makeover

The last time I had a dresser was in college. I'm embarassed to admit that for the last 4.5 years, my "dresser" has actually been this lovely:

*apologies for the shoddy quality of this and the upcoming photos. My camera was recently stolen so I'm relying on cell phone pics for awhile.

In the apartment, that was no big deal. We had an enviable walk-in closet that could have fit our queen-sized bed and probably had a little space to spare. Hiding the drawers in there was no big deal.

But now, we're homeowners. City homeowners. And if you know anything about city living, it's the lack of storage (OK, I'm sure most of you would say lack of space, but we're quite fortunate in that regard. Our home is a good size, but there's simply nowhere to put things!)

Enter IKEA. Sean and I occasionally go on idea-gathering trips and on the visit before our settlement, I saw this kid:
Meet the Tarva dresser. The Tarva series has a few pieces and as you can see, there isn't much to it. However, there isn't much to the cost, either, making this a blank canvas ready to customize and leaving you the cash to customize it. This 5 drawer version only retails for $99, and with a lovely find on our local facebook yard sale group (if you have one, join! you can get rid of crap and find things you need!), I scored it brand new for more like $70.

I kept my customizations simple and even accounting for those, the total cost of the finished piece was around $85-90: the white paint was left in the house by the previous owner and the hardware I had my eye on (which was sold at eye-gouging prices at the hardware stores) came to less than $12. Add a mini paint roller to speed up the job, and you have a thrifty, pretty dresser!

One of my favorite details of the bedrooms is the antique glass doorknobs...so, choosing hardware was a no-brainier - more glass!

Also, I wanted a "whitewash" look so the wood grain would still show. The paint the owner left behind worked perfectly!

I know, I know...the finished product. Here you go:

What do you think?

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PS -are you following me on YouTube? Lots of reviews are coming and some will be in vlog form!

October 6, 2014

#givethanksgiveback: the opportunities

All throughout November, bloggers will be meeting up for good! #givethanksgiveback events will be taking place in the regions listed below - find one near you and get in touch with the blogger in that area for more information on their specific event and how you can help!

Don't see anything in your area? Contact Bekah to schedule your own #givethanksgiveback event!


Northwest Arkansas - MC Awesome


Atlanta - Be Blessed, Ya'all


Baltimore - re•solve
Western MD - Nifty Thrifty Lady


Southern - Byrd is the Word


Western - Failing Perfect

South Carolina


Dallas - Glitz n' Grits


Richmond - Designer in Teal