6 Projects Using Reclaimed Materials

In my quest to keep my renovation budget down, I've spent a lot of time looking for free and/or cheap materials. Here's  a compilation post of the projects I'm most proud of.

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Ten Easy Ikea Hacks - Before & After

Here are some super easy Ikea "hacks" mostly involving paint...  It really is amazing what a coat of paint can do for a piece of furniture!  Click on the headings for more information!

How to make a New Year's Resolution that Sticks

Every year as January 1 dawns, we all decide to really make an effort to lose weight, eat healthier, start an exercise routine, blah, blah, blah. Great sentiments, great intentions, lousy time to do it!

The fact is if we really wanted to do those things, we would be doing them already. Every time we force ourselves to start up these regimes because “it’s the thing to do,” we set ourselves up for failure. Each time we fail, we accumulate more evidence to prove to ourselves that our wish list is unattainable. It becomes more difficult to believe that we can ever have things the way we would like them to be. Ridiculous! Of course it’s possible but New Year’s resolutions are simply the wrong approach.

What are resolutions anyway? They are goals. When you set a goal, what you’re really doing is saying there is something lacking in your life. You are focusing on a negative aspect and giving it all your attention. No wonder resolutions don’t work out! Half the time, your resolutions aren’t even what YOU want, they’re what you THINK you should want based on what others are saying or doing. These resolutions actually detract from your feeling of self-worth and take away your self-confidence.