Just a Girl Blog http://www.justagirlblog.com Interior design ideas on a DIY budget Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:31:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thanksgiving Outfits http://www.justagirlblog.com/thanksgiving-outfits/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/thanksgiving-outfits/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:31:42 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8394

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I know this is a big travel time, so I found some outfits that are easy and can be mixed up throughout the weekend. Our family is quite casual at Thanksgiving—we eat, play games, and eat again. And then eat some more. These outfits aren’t your glitz and glam of Christmas, but they are cozy and ohhhhh so cute!

Fall weekend outfit

Camel and navy plaid

fall neutrals

Neutral and gold outfit

Thanksgiving clothes

Thanksgiving outfit ideas

Fall Thanksgiving

Ivory and black outfit

Fall Thanksgiving outfit

Comfy denim and cableknit

Gray white comfy outfit

Gray and white comfortable outfit


Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


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Fall Mantel http://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-mantel-2/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-mantel-2/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8386

Thanksgiving is nearly here—hooray!—so I thought it was about time I specify some things about the mantel. I had some inquiries about things, and I’m just now getting around to answering them. Bad blogger. 

The zebra mirror was a homemade deal. My husband and I made it ourselves, and I still love it.  Luckily, the fabric has also held up to the fireplace heat that I have running all. the. time. The wreath is a purchase from this year (Homegoods), and the wood candle decor was a birthday present from a local store.

Fall mantle

The wheat bundle was a Homegoods find a couple of years ago, and the pumpkins are from Michaels. I need to go back for more. I love the color, and I didn’t have to paint them!

Wheat and pumpkins

I’ve had these brown urns for years. I found them at Hobby Lobby during one of their 90% off sales. They were literally a couple of dollars. Score.

Fall mantel decor

I tend to keep my fall mantels pretty simple. Some texture and warmth is all it needs really. Feel free to check out this fall mantel and fall living room from previous years!


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Sharpie Mugs http://www.justagirlblog.com/sharpie-mugs/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/sharpie-mugs/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:31:40 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=7833

I’m not decorating for Christmas yet (Hello? Thanksgiving, anyone?), but I sure am thinking about Christmas presents already. I made these mugs last year, and they were a hit.

Let’s talk about easy directions first, shall we? Buy some mugs at the dollar store. Wipe the mugs down with rubbing alcohol (I don’t know why–just do it), and either use a craft cutter or some shaped stickers to place on the mug. Let me clarify–I have no artistic skill whatsoever. I can barely trace better than a second grader. If you have mad skills, congratulations to you. You’re way cooler than me. If you don’t, this is the way to go!

Sharpie Christmas mug

Once the sticker is applied, just stipple (cool word) your marker all around the shape. The first row should be very tight to create the outline of the tree. Then just start spreading out the dots as if they are dissipating until you like the way it looks. Once you’re done, just take the sticker off. Ta da!

Sharpie art on mugs

The reindeer mug is just the exterior of the sticker. I lined it up as best I could and colored it in.

Bronze reindeer mug

And that, folks, is all she wrote! Well, not really. Place the mugs in the oven for about 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. I HIGHLY recommend using the oil-based Sharpie markers. I used what I had on hand, so these won’t hold up beautifully in the wash. They’ll be fine for hand washing, but if you want them to stay, use the oil-based.

DIY Christmas mugs

For a little touch of pizzaz, I placed a little sapling into each mug–festive, no?–and considered it done.

Christmas mug

Cost? $2.00. I guess it would be a bit more if you didn’t have the other supplies, but I only needed the mugs.

Sharpie mugs

Easy peasy. Are you Christmas shopping/making yet? Please don’t tell me you’re done. No one needs to hear that just yet. :)


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Fashion Pin Day http://www.justagirlblog.com/fashion-pin-day-3/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/fashion-pin-day-3/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8381

We are buried underneath a bunch of this stuff, so it’s only fitting that I choose some warm-weather-wear this week. 

Snow trees

I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee, a fur blanket on my legs, and the fire roaring, so I included a bunch of outfits that said, “Hey! We’re warm” when I saw them. Hopefully, you’ll feel the cozy inspiration from them too!

Green navy outfit

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Casual winter outfit

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 Neutrals with belted sweater

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Black and teal winter outfit

Warm And Cozy Outfit Combinations For The Winter striped sweater red skinnies and knee length boots

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Classic red and black winter

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Black and fur winter wear


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Hosting a Homecoming http://www.justagirlblog.com/hosting-a-homecoming/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/hosting-a-homecoming/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8371

Remember when my husband (and many helpers!) busted tail to get our patio done for my son’s homecoming dance? Well I do. I also remember how it rained and rained on the day of the dance. So while we thought we’d be entertaining fireside that night, we ended up hosting it inside. Not a big deal. {Insert nervous giggle here.}

Patio DIY

We have a beautiful downtown area that served as a backdrop for our pictures, but again…rain. Lots of umbrellas were involved.

Fall Homecoming decor 5

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Dances around here involve lots of couples together, so we decided to host them at our house for a pizza dinner. I thought I’d prettify the house so they wouldn’t realize they were eating pizza for their homecoming dance. We’re talking 9th grade here—no need for steak and caviar. 

Fall Homecoming decor

I dragged my mother-in-law into the woods, and we cut down a ton of branches. I stuck them in vases. That was it. As for the other decor, it was all dollar store. I spent maybe $10 bucks? Not bad.

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We purchased pizza, and other parents contributed desserts, chips, and drinks. It was successful, inexpensive, and it kept the kids right where I could see them. Sneaky plan, eh?  While it may seem stressful to host 20 teenagers for dinner, it certainly doesn’t have to be—unless you decide to build a huge patio at the last minute.


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Fashion Pin Day http://www.justagirlblog.com/fashion-pin-day-2/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/fashion-pin-day-2/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:24:51 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8350

Well, it’s here. Snow. According to Michigan standards, it’s just a dusting right now, but more is on its way. Soooo it’s only fitting that I would introduce some “holy crap it’s getting cold outside” outfits for ya. I have a thing for over-sized sweaters and cute coats. Toggle? Pea? Right up my ally. Hope you enjoy them too!fall outfit

Orange and cream

navy brown outfit

Navy and white fall

winter outfitBlack and cream


gray and teal

Gray and teal outfit

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Navy and camel outfit

Fall Fashion Ideas


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Getting Holiday Ready http://www.justagirlblog.com/getting-holiday-ready/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/getting-holiday-ready/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8340

Well hello, strangers. I hear ya. I’ve been a sporadic blogger, and it’s not my favorite. Believe me. Unfortunately, working full-time and blogging full-time requires a lot more energy than I remember, and it’s proving quite difficult for me. My focus is to get through the work day and hopefully get some dinner on the table for my family. After that…it’s a crap shoot. Sorry about that. I imagine it’ll get better. I think.

For now, my monthly challenge for Lowe’s was to get something “holiday ready” around the house. See this drawer? Not holiday ready.

Battery organization

This drawer? Holiday ready.

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Allow myself to explain…myself. Holiday preparation around here means fighting off germs, taking pictures, wrapping presents, and opening presents. With those preparations in mind, I imagine the drawer makes a little more sense. 
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In all honesty, this was about the batteries. One of the most common question around here is, “Anyone know if we have more batteries?” I used to keep them in a container—which was fine—but I never kept track of which ones we were running low on. I’m a visual person. What can I say? This helps me a ton. And considering all the electronics/toys we tend to get at Christmas, these will come in quite handy.

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This project was completed with the help of Lowe’s gift cards as part of their Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers Network. I love Lowe’s and am happy to be a part of it! If you’d like to see more, feel free to follow them on InstagramPinterest, and their Creative Ideas Magazine

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Birthday Answers and a Winner http://www.justagirlblog.com/birthday-answers-and-a-winner/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/birthday-answers-and-a-winner/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8320

Whoa! It’s been a busy week around these parts. Parent teacher conferences have monopolized the week (the kids and mine), so I haven’t had time to check in. However, I had to come and announce the gift card winner! And of course, explain the weirdness behind our birthday answers. Here we go.

Which one of us…

Has never learned to play an instrument? Sarah is surrounded by musical people and doesn’t know how to play one. Ironic, eh? I can play the piano. Well, I could in the 5th grade.

Never wears matching socks? According to Sarah, I’m weird for this one. I never match them. Ever.

Does not have pierced ears? Again, me. I had them pierced twice, and my body just rejected them. In other words, they really hurt.

Suffered whiplash from a mechanical bull? This is Sarah’s story to tell…

Auditioned to be on The Wheel of Fortune? All Sarah. I would look like a deer in headlights on tv, so it wouldn’t be my thing.

Is a grandma? Ol’ Granny Sarah!

Had horrible experiences on horses and will never ride them again? Uh, me. Twice. I have decided that horses have somehow spread the word about me and refuse to let me have a nice, casual ride. The world of horses has shunned me, and I have accepted that.

Didn’t visit Disney until she was nearly 40? Sarah. I’ve been a few times, and I’m done.

Favorite author is Jane Austen? ME! Can’t get enough of her. Still hoping they’ll find some huge vault of never-before-seen books of hers. 

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for? Here’s the winner of the $100 gift card to Target–

Niki from JandEdoodles

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Congratulations!! Have a great weekend!


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It’s Our Birthday! {Target Gift Card} http://www.justagirlblog.com/its-our-birthday-target-gift-card/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/its-our-birthday-target-gift-card/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8313

Well, Happy Birthday to US! Welcome back to another installment of we’re getting older, and it makes us feel better when we announce it to thousands of people. Sarah aka Thrifty Decor Chick has become one of my dearest and closest friends, so it’s no surprise that we share the same birthday. We also tend to share the same thoughts and feelings, but that might be for another blog post.

Birthday picture

Speaking of sharing, if she were truly my best friend, she would come paint my bedroom this same color…

Gray bedroom

and she would build this fireplace for me (drool).

DIY fireplace

Truth be told, she would probably do both. She’s just that wonderful. So while we contemplate getting another year old, and my husband rushes out to find me a birthday present (why shop early?), we’ve got our annual quiz for you! Social media has probably hinted some of these to you, so I’ll bet you’ll do better on these than you think. If it makes you feel better, my mom missed three of mine last year. My mom. :)

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So here’s the deal. Take the quiz here, then head to Sarah’s to take the other half of the quiz. Once you find out your score, leave it in the comments on her blog. That will count as your entry. One lucky winner will receive $100 gift card to Target! Yahoo! It’s our birthday, and you’re receiving the gift! We’re good people. Good luck!



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Fall Table http://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-table/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-table/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:46:12 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8306

Well the fall decorating just doesn’t stop around these parts! My monthly challenge for Lowes was to decorate a fall tablescape. Don’t mind if I do! 

Fall tablescape

We host Thanksgiving every year, and it’s time for a kid table. By kids, I mean tweens and teens, so it doesn’t need to be juvenile. However, I thought some brown paint paper (from Lowes!) would be an easy cleanup for it. Fall tablescape 2
They had some dusty orange pumpkins in the garden section, and I thought they offered a soft touch of orange to the space. Want in on a secret? The front pumpkin is actually fake. Not bad, eh?The bread, however, is real, and my 4-legged fur man was sitting under the table just waiting for me to finish taking pictures.

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I’m tellin’ ya…Lowes pulls through once again! A pretty tablescape, some perfectly toned pumpkins, and an easy cleanup? Well, I be. Or is it I’ll be? Either way, it’s a win/win.

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My love for Lowes runs deep, so check out their digital Creative Ideas Magazine! You may just spot some creative bloggers you know.

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Disclosure: Lowes provided me with a gift card to showcase this project as part of their Lowes Creative Ideas Bloggers’ team. All the thoughts and opinions are certainly my own. I don’t get gift cards for those. :)


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