Just a Girl Blog http://www.justagirlblog.com Interior design ideas on a DIY budget Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:40:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Christmas for Him http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-for-him/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-for-him/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:47:17 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8410

Truth be told, I think I’m a pretty good gift-giver. Well…I think I am? Men, however, can be a tricky bunch to purchase for. You have your sports fans, your gym rats, your movie fans, your car fanatics…lots of categories, right? Luckily, I’ve gathered what I think are some pretty cool ideas for the man/men in your life. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration!

Gift ideas for guys

I’m not a huge brand name buyer, but I take my winter-wear very seriously. I see no point in spending less money only to be cold or find that my family’s gear doesn’t last longer than a year. This North Face coat is so nice, and it keeps my man toasty warm. North Face Jacket

Men’s North Face Jacket


If you have a beer drinker anywhere in a 50-mile vicinity, you need to buy this for him/her. It keeps beer ice cold. Ice…..cold.Beer Chiller

Beer Chiller

I LOVE my DeWalt tools. They can interchange the battery, so it makes it easy when you’re switching tools. I also love how bright they are so I can find them in my mess. I’m not necessarily the neatest DIY’er. Of course, it goes without saying that they’re just plain ol’ great tools!

Dewalt drill

DeWalt Drill

As I was typing this post, my husband saw this tool and said, “Oooh, I want that!” I think this is incredibly cool. And incredibly useful.Credit Card Tool

Credit Card Tool


I don’t know about your men, but my men love these movies/tv shows. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a favorite here. So funny, but you have to appreciate some dry humor!

Movies for guys

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Captain America

Can you go wrong with an ice cream maker? Who doesn’t like ice cream? Williams Sonoma is offering it for $39.95 right now! It’s normally $130, so I think that’s an impressive deal. **Looks like the price has gone up to $69.95. Still good–but not as great. :)

Ice cream maker

We played Cards Against Humanity at a friend’s house several months ago, and I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. While it’s funny, it is very adult and some might find it offensive. Unfortunately, I do well with offensive, so I fell in love with it.

Cards Against Humanity

**Assuming I did it right (doubt it), there are a few affiliate links throughout the post.


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Favorite Things http://www.justagirlblog.com/favorite-things/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/favorite-things/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8482

Some of my best girls and I were talking about how much we love “favorite things” posts, and of course that lead to, “Let’s do a favorite things post” in the convo. See how we work? We’re complex. Click around to see what everyone’s favorites are! Meanwhile, here are mine…

Favorite things

Infarrantly Creative | Not Just a Housewife | Thrifty Decor Chick | Home Stories A to Z 

All Things Thrifty | Southern Hospitality | DIY Showoff | Just a Girl

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Thanks a lot, world. How come no one ever told me how incredible this stuff is? It took me a while to get on the “buy makeup that’s supposed to be on adult faces” bandwagon, but this stuff? LOVE. I am not joking when I say I got compliments on my makeup the day I started wearing it. It just makes such a difference in how your shadow looks and stays for the day. Swear by it. (I found mine at Ulta.)

Urban Decay Primer

Urban Decay Primer

Speaking of Urban Decay…I’m not a fan of wearing a lot of makeup, so the glittered eye shadow just isn’t for me. When I saw their Naked Basics palette, I knew it was the start of a great relationship. I absolutely love it.

Urban decay naked basics

I live in Michigan. You know I’m a boots girl. I wear them from September to April (May and June if you include my Hunters), so I’m always on the lookout for my favorites. I may have found them. While I love the look of boots, they’re not always comfortable. These are the ones I choose to run errands in. Good stuff.Born alida boots

Born b.o.c. Alida Boots

Oh Mylanta. I’ve never wanted a series of books to keep going so badly. I am an extremely picky reader—nothing keeps my attention long enough—but this series was finished in a matter of days for me. Divergent has what Hunger Games lacked for me—romance. And a hot male lead. Sorry, Peeta lovers.

Divergent series

Divergent Series

So this isn’t technically something for me, but it’s one of my favorite purchases. Michigan, remember? Lots of hard winters here. I’ve been back and forth between Lands End and The North Face for my daughter’s coats, and this is such a favorite. It’s warm, thin, colorful, and the arms can be extended as she grows. It’s money so well spent. A bonus? Lands End customer service is top-notch. I’ve always been pleased with them. (They are out of this color in older girl sizes.)

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Lands End Squall Jacket

Two reasons I’m loving Old Navy right now. 1. These cowl neck sweaters. I love them so much, I bought them in both colors. I think they fit much better than on the models, and they keep me toasty warm at work where I’m generally cold. They pair well with pants and jeans. 2. They have a tall section that makes me giddy. It’s difficult to find sleeves that are long enough for me (let alone pants!), and they have extended size shirts. Score!

Old Navy Cowl Neck Sweater

Old Navy Cowl Neck Sweater

Let’s be honest here. 41 is a bit obnoxious to be wearing printed leggings, but they are so darn comfortable! I wear taller boots, a longer sweater, and I only wear them at night. No joke. I feel silly when I wear them, but I promise I get compliments every single time. What do I know? These are the two I have, and I found them at Sassy Steals.

Reindeer leggings

Reindeer Leggings

If you look at my favorite things from 2013, you’ll see items that I loved then and still love now. So what am I missing? Got a favorite thing you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for something new to fall in love with!

***Assuming I did this right (doubt it), there are some affiliate links in places throughout the post. Just sayin’.


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Christmas Tour {Part 2} http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-tour-part-2/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-tour-part-2/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8463

Happy Friday! I am beyond thrilled to say those words ‘cause it’s been a loooong week. I’m super happy to be a part of Lindsay’s Christmas tour, and I’m glad I get to update you on some of the decorating around here. Of course, now that that’s done, I have to decorate for a cookie decorating party I’m hosting tomorrow. I know—glutton for punishment.

If you’re coming from Roeshel at DIY Showoff, welcome! Grab some coffee, sit back, and enjoy the tour!

BSHT Christmas 2014 Graphic

Dining room (yes, that’s a bat—don’t ask)—some posts about that here, herehere, and here. Gees!

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Christmas vignette

Christmas garland stairs

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Guest Bedroom—you can read more about it here.

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If you’d like to see more (’cause there’s just never enough Christmas, right?), stop by part 1 of this Christmas tour.



Thanks for stopping by, and please visit Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof to check out her awesome home! Fun stuff, eh?


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Holiday Home Tour http://www.justagirlblog.com/holiday-home-tour/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/holiday-home-tour/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8435

It’s an exciting day, folks! The 2nd Annual Holiday Home Tour is here, and I’m first in line. Eeks! I’m so thrilled that these talented ladies have decided to join me this year. You’ll leave this tour with a whole lot of inspiration, that’s for sure.

I had a particularly busy week with kids’ activities, so my plan was to decorate this weekend. ALL weekend. I got home from work on Friday and came down with the stomach flu 33 minutes later. As I was throwing up, all I could think about was, “The tour! How am I gonna decorate for the tour?” I have issues. So bear with me—I’m just gonna have to spread this out through the week.

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Let’s come in through the back door today ‘cause the front isn’t done. Gotta be honest here, ya know?

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Christmas decor

Christmas decor

After you trip over shoes and dodge backpacks in the mudroom, hopefully you can make it to the living room for the Christmas splendor. I won’t bother you with words. Just walk around and take it in…

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Christmas decor
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You know I love my neutrals, but I always try to do some pop of color in the front of the house. My flocked tree—which I’ll talk about in another post—deserved some color, and she shows it off well, eh?

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If you’d like to see some tours of Christmas’ past, you can start with these…

Christmas mantel


 Christmas garland

Christmas garland

 Christmas Centerpiece


Natural Christmas Tree


I have a bunch of “half-done” spaces ready to show you, but that wouldn’t be a very fun tour, would it? Ya wanna know who has their stuff together and will knock your socks off with gorgeousness? Melissa from The Inspired Room. That’s who.

The Inspired Room

And are you ready for the fantastic line-up for this week? I know I am! I will be updating the post as soon as possible with all the links for the tour as they come in! So sorry about the flu meltdown. ’Tis the season, eh?


Just a Girl

The Inspired Room

Kevin and Amanda

Home Stories A to Z

Decor Chick


Thrifty Decor Chick

Eleven Gables

Hi Sugarplum

Tidy Mom

Beneath My Heart


Sand and Sisal

Nesting Place

Ask Anna

Not Just a Housewife

My Blessed Life


Suburban B’s

320 Sycamore

Jenna Sue Design

DIY Showoff

Pretty Handy Girl


The Hunted Interior

Four Generations One Roof

A Thoughtful Place

Southern Hospitality


Want all that holiday beauty in one spot? Check out the tour here on Pinterest!

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Fashion Pin Day {Plaid} http://www.justagirlblog.com/fashion-pin-day-plaid/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/fashion-pin-day-plaid/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:10:03 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8403

Am I the only one crushing on plaid right now? It’s been a long-time love for me, but plaid shirts in particular are high on my shopping list recently. I found some ridiculously cute outfits, and I thought I’d share! Have fun!Black and red plaid

Black and red plaid

Navy red plaid

Red and navy casual plaid

Orange and blue plaid

Orange plaid

Red blue plaid

Red puffer with navy plaid

Plaid outfit

Red and blue plaid

Red tan plaid

Red and orange plaid (source unknown)


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Handmade Christmas Cards http://www.justagirlblog.com/handmade-christmas-cards/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/handmade-christmas-cards/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=7660

The holidays are here and Christmas presents are on the brain! I made these oh-so-pretty cards last year, and I plan on making more. Perhaps this year I’ll actually give them away to someone. Orrr just keep them for myself again. Who knows.

I’m a big fan of stationery. I think the written word is dying on us, so I do my best to correspond with it. I especially believe in thank you notes! Even (especially!) at Christmas, thank you’s need to be sent, and I have an extremely inexpensive way of personalizing them.

Homemade Christmas cards

I picked up a package of blank white notecards at Hobby Lobby. They were about $4.00 with a coupon.

Blank cards

My madness in action involves my Silhouette machine, but you could easily choose designs that don’t involve intricate cuts. I’m crushing on pink and gold now, so I just used a combination of the two to come up with some pretty designs. I used some glue sticks to apply the shapes and a little bit of ribbon to add some dimension.

How to make Christmas cards

Handmade Christmas cards

Of course, presentation is half the battle, so I love to choose a simple satin bow as my wrapping. While I had everything on hand already, I imagine you could do this project for less than $10.00. The good thing is that you could make multiple gifts for people since there are so many cards! Sooooo….$2.00 per gift? Not bad!

Christmas cards

Thank you for letting me share my frugal idea, and I hope it encouraged you to think a little differently about giving presents this year! Good luck and happy holidays!


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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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