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Mother's Day Gifts to Make and Create Link Inspire Party

Welcome to another week of the create, link, inspire link party. I hope you find inspiration here every week and that you check back often for ideas. I'm always impressed with what gets linked up and I always add a handful of crafts, DIY's and recipes to my to do list.  


Mother's day is just around the corner and it's one of those holidays that tends to sneak up on me. I put together a round up of the best


Tips for Visiting Las Vegas if you DON'T Drink or Gamble

I feel like I am the last person in the world to visit Las Vegas, Nevada. To be honest, I didn't really see the appeal. I'm not a big drinker or a gambler and while I like shows, I'm just as happy to check out the shows that come to me locally versus traveling somewhere to catch one. When a trip I had planned got canceled at the last minute, and my kids were already booked on their own adventure, my husband and I were left without kids for a week. I am a sun seeker so we immediately started looking for a plan B. Spring travel can be expensive with many schools and families traveling for spring break, so many options were just too pricey to consider. However, if we wanted to spend some time in the sun, Vegas was a great option that wasn't too expensive or difficult to get to. We spent some time asking ourselves if we really could have fun as a couple in Vegas if we didn't drink and gamble. The answer is yes! If you think drinking and gambling is all that Vegas has to offer, you might be missing out on some great adventure. I'm sharing some ways you can have fun in Sin City, without selling your soul.

entertainment, hiking, sin city

DIY Aged TerraCotta Pots


I love a good deal almost as much as I love a good before and after. It's even better when both come together and create a project I've been drooling over in the stores but haven't necessarily been able to pull the trigger to buy. There is far more satisfaction in creating something rather than purchasing a completed piece, and if I can do it on a budget, then it's a major bonus! I love the current farmhouse style trend and love being able to bring some living greenery inside and this project mixes both of those with an updated thrift store find. 


I do a lot of thrift store and garage sale shopping and while it's sometimes hard to get creative and see past the current state of an item, it's possible. I usually have to remind myself multiple times to look at the bones of something and get past the current color. In fact, color is one of the easiest things to change. I have a huge stash of spray paint in many different colors because it's such a quick transformation for so many items.



I found this hot pink wooden tray at my local second hand store. It looked like it had a bad spray paint job, but overall, it was an interesting shape and I knew I could look past the color since I could easily change it with some spray paint. 

I love the look of an aged terracotta pot but not necessarily the price tag or the time it would take to create one, so I found a way to create my own DIY aged terracotta and I found that four pots would fit perfectly into my newly spray painted tray. 

Weeknight Dinner Ideas plus Create Link Inspire Party

Welcome to another week of the create, link, inspire link party. I hope you find inspiration here every week and that you check back often for ideas. I'm always impressed with what gets linked up and I always add a handful of crafts, DIY's and recipes to my to do list.  


This week I'm sharing my favorite weeknight dinner ideas. I'm always struggling with new ideas of things to make for dinner. We are totally in a rut right now and if you are like me, you could use some new meals to put in the dinner rotation.


The Ultimate Garage Sale Handbook

I recently read a question that asked "if you had to give an hour long presentation on one topic with no preparation, what would you give it on?" I thought this was an interesting question and the first thought that popped into my mind was, hands down, I would talk about garage sale shopping. To be able to speak on a topic with no preparation requires you to be very knowledgeable on that topic. Some might say that it would require you to be an expert on that topic. 

I don't know the exact age that I started garage sale shopping, but I know that I have more than 35 years worth of experience shopping sales. Through the years, I've taken friends who had never bought anything used before under my wing and showed them how they could save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars by buying used items at garage sales. 

Every summer for decades, I have spent nearly every weekend going to garage sales. Garage sale season is starting and I want you to be prepared to get started saving money by shopping used. I've put together all my best tips and tricks so that you can get started saving money as soon as the garage sales in your area start. 
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