Just a Girl Blog http://www.justagirlblog.com Interior design ideas on a DIY budget Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:16:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Favorite Fall Printables http://www.justagirlblog.com/favorite-fall-printables/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/favorite-fall-printables/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:51:11 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9908 Author information
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It’s here, folks. Fall is upon us, and I’m loving it! I printed out some free printables yesterday, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you. Granted, this isn’t a “75 Free Fall Fantastical Printable Extravaganza!” for you, but it should suffice.

Bucket List Printable

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Create your own scene! - in seconds. Use it for header images, Product mockups, Environment designs etc. A great way for any creative person to show off their work. In this psd you can create your own fully customizable desk environment where you can display your own, or your clients work. And there is A LOT of different ways to style it.
 

Fall in Love Printable

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Fall Printable

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Fall Banner

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Watercolor Fall Printables

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F all Leaf Printable

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Give Thanks Printable

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Ok, so technically not a printable, but how gorgeous are these invitations? Someone PLEASE throw me a surprise birthday party and use these? Thank you.

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Fall Invitations

So I printed some of these on cardstock through Shutterfly. Outside of using my own printer, does anyone have advice on the cheapest and nicest way to print printables? It can get pricey after a while! Especially when you’re obsessed with printing them.

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Travel with Me: The Palace of Versailles http://www.justagirlblog.com/travel-with-me-the-palace-of-versailles/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/travel-with-me-the-palace-of-versailles/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:33:21 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9854 Author information
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Soooo I’ve been to Europe a few times now, and I always forget to share my experiences with you. So far, “we’ve” visited Austria and Munich. International travel can seem unattainable (or undesirable?) to many, so how about I bring the travel to you? You can virtually visit a bunch of places and not even leave your couch!

Paris is one of those places that just can’t be described in a few pictures. This is a multi-post place. We all know the Eiffel tower is the big dog here, but I’ll save her for last. The Palace of Versailles was a hit for me. It was ten times more beautiful and elaborate than I could have imagined, so you can appreciate that these pictures just won’t do it justice.

The exterior was as grand as you’d expect it to be. But the gold? That was incredible.

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Of course, the inside didn’t disappoint. I spared you all the artwork pictures, but you can imagine they were amazing.

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My favorite? The Hall of Mirrors. I’ve seen it in movies and tv shows, so I was excited to see if it was as beautiful in person. Uh yeah.

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Oh just the king’s chambers.

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And the queen’s. Marie Antoinette. This was just too cool.

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Sorry for the bad signage. It was difficult to get a picture with all the people moving through.

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And finally, the “backyard”. It was a cloudy day, and they were doing some repair work, but it was breathtaking.

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If you ever have the pleasure of traveling to Paris, I beg of you to take include it in your stay. I know I’m going on about the scenery, but the history of it is beyond interesting! And it’ll make you want to watch every movie you can find on French history.

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A Day at Lake Michigan http://www.justagirlblog.com/a-day-at-lake-michigan/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/a-day-at-lake-michigan/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:36:39 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9844 Author information
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We are so blessed to live by what I think is one of the most beautiful bodies of water. Michigan is obviously surrounded by lakes, so we try to take advantage of our proximity to them as much as possible. For my daughter’s 14th birthday (I know–I don’t look old enough to have a 14 year old), we took two car-loads of her friends–and a third car-load of her brother’s friends–for a day of fun. Wanna see some pictures?

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It was an absolutely perfect day. The weather and water temps were awesome, and the waves were just high enough for some fun. Of course, the highlight was jumping off Grand Haven’s pier. Mind you, I was beyond nervous for all these kids to be jumping in at the same time. My husband and I would count heads every time they jumped in. grand-haven-pier
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Oh. And then my husband jumped in.

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For those of you wondering…yes, I jumped in too. And I did not die, so that’s a bonus! Here’s a cute little video of their fun. Ever get a chance to make it to Michigan’s west coast, I highly recommend it!

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Shop with Me: World Market http://www.justagirlblog.com/shop-with-me-world-market/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/shop-with-me-world-market/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:01:41 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9806 Author information
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When cancer decided to visit my life and wreak total havoc on it, I found entertainment in even the smallest things that could bring me normalcy. I didn’t step into a single store for almost 8 months. 8. Let us have a moment of silence for those 8 months.

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I’ve never told her this, but Rhoda (Southern Hospitality) did a couple of posts where she went shopping to some antique stores, and I was thrilled!  I got to look at items and feel like I was out and about too. Thank you, friend. :)

Soooo long story long, I’ve decided to do a shopping series where I virtually take you with me. My mom is now pretty much home-bound with an impaired back. I take her shopping with me by sending her texts of things I think she’d like. Well now she’ll get the whole store. Ready to shop? Let’s go!

Oh and don’t worry—I’ll stay quiet through most of your shopping experience.

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My favorite section.

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I’ve decided these are genius. Casserole dishes with lids that also serve as trivets. Christmas list addition.

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Anyone else obsessed with white dishes and natural accents?

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Again–Christmas list.

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I hope you had some fun. Clearly, I took some notes for personal items I’m looking at. More than anything, if you love shopping as much as I do, you just came along for the ride! Fun, eh?

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DIY Halloween Art http://www.justagirlblog.com/9791-2/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/9791-2/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:52:09 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9791 Author information
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So I made this project a couple of years ago to share with Eighteen25 readers, and I’m just now posting the directions here. No time like the present, eh?

I recently visited The Graphics Fairy and got lost in all the awesome graphics she offers! I spotted this bat print and knew it had to be mine. I printed out a large picture (20×24) of it from Sam’s club for $8.00.

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I went to Lowe’s and had them cut a few pieces of trim down to size, making sure it hung off the picture edges a couple of inches in order to hang it. You can attach the wood pieces together with the poster stickers like I did, or I found that hot glue works well too. I wrapped some jute/twine around the top two pieces and hung it. Done.

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Since I already had the twine and stain, this cost a total of $10.00 and took just a few minutes to assemble (not including stain drying time). It needs to flatten out a bit since the poster was rolled, but it looks pretty darn cool. I love it when I can make a project at little cost and little time!

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There are so many prints/variations to this project that it has my wheels turnin’! Hopefully, you can find some way you’d like to use this project too! Happy Halloweening!

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You people are my idols. You certainly know how to pick up a girl (a hefty one at that) when she’s down and make her feel better! Thank you for all your wonderful messages! I’m humbled.

Remember when I said I was going to be back at blogging more regularly? And then I didn’t blog for a week and a half after that? Yeah. (awkward silence)

The advantage to not blogging for months is that I have plenty of blog material for you. The disadvantage is when your external hard drive decides you can’t have ANY of those pictures to work with. Yikes! I’m working with my technician–otherwise known as one of my tech guys at school–to see if he can save the photos. Please be with us, little baby Jesus. That’s a lot of pics!

Until then, here’s a sneak peek for you. Our school was remodeled this summer, and it gave me a reason to update my classroom. I’m in love. Here’s a quick cellphone picture for you to get an idea.

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I have lots to tell you and plenty of projects to share! Hopefully, I’ll be back up and running next week. Fingers crossed!

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Haven 2016 http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-2016-2/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-2016-2/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 03:42:30 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9743 Author information
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I would be remiss if I started blogging again and didn’t talk about Haven. It’s such a major part of my life, and I’m SO proud of how it turns out every year. This year in particular was pretty darn awesome–if I do say so myself.

So I’ll begin the picture tour (’cause I’m a visual person) and let them do most of the talking. If you haven’t attended Haven before, hopefully these will convince you to be a part of this community. Learn from your peers. It’s amazing!

My friend Jaime from That’s My Letter made this United States map for us. Made. It. I bow to her.

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The best part…the people! So many of them!

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And  the learning? Incredible. I continue to be blown away by the knowledge level of the blogging community.

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A couple of the MANY sponsor booths. Our sponsors are second to none, and I’m thankful they choose to be a part of Haven every year.

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We implemented a mentor program this year, and it was a success! These are my “mentees”. Let’s be clear, however. We all learned from one another! Again–knowledge level, remember?

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Our final night is a Haven favorite. Our sponsors know how to throw a party, ya know? And apparently, we know how to dress like we’re in a girl band.

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And while I’ve been blessed with many blogging friends (old and new), it’s no secret that these two girls are my soulmates. Our saying is basically “I wish we lived closer”, but Haven certainly allows us a few days of laughing, crying, and posing for way too many weird pictures.

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Thrifty Decor Chick and Home Stories A to Z 

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And finally, my team. Three of the most amazing, intelligent, savvy women I know, and I’m blessed to call them my friends. These girls bring it all together every year!

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Here we are leaving the hotel. I think it epitomizes our relationship. Poor Rhoda. She has to put up with Traci and me all. the. time. :)

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When You Take a Break from Blogging http://www.justagirlblog.com/when-you-take-a-break-from-blogging/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/when-you-take-a-break-from-blogging/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:10:23 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9720 Author information
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Oh man.  Where do I begin? I am somehow going to condense a 10-post narrative into one post. Right now you’re thinking, “Well I’m clicking the heck outta here, that’s for sure!”

Maybe stay with me for two seconds. I’ve taken a bit of a blogging hiatus recently, and I thought I should address it before I jump back into the regularly scheduled program.

In January of 2014 I was diagnosed with cancer. It was horrific. I was deathly sick, I had a half dozen surgeries within a matter of months, and life as I knew it was over. By November of that year, I was considered cancer free. Yay!! “So what’s the problem?”, you’re asking. (I like to tell you what you’re thinking, if you haven’t noticed by now.)

The problem is that in April of 2014 my best friend was diagnosed with liver cancer. He died on December 1st at 43 years old.

I’ve been stopped after that sentence for five months now.

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What do I say? “I stopped blogging because I was pissed at the world, and I didn’t want to talk about *#@^!* paint colors anymore?” Yes, I guess that’s what I say.

In a couple of years, my entire world was turned upside down. I no longer worried about gallery walls, and I certainly didn’t give a rat’s behind if you were showing me how to hang one! My best friend was gone, and I couldn’t come out from underneath the hurt.

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As bloggers, we revel in before and afters. My unfortunate before and after was that of my diagnosis and the subsequent death of my best friend. Carrying the burden of my grief in my personal life was difficult enough, but the thought of stifling it while blogging was overwhelming. So…I stepped away.

Two things happened recently that helped me come to terms with it again.

First, David’s birthday was on August 8, and I flew down to Florida after Haven to spend it with his brother (David and I were inseparable first cousins) and David’s partner of nearly 20 years. We laughed, we cried, we cried some more, and I could feel some of the grief alleviating. I was spending time with people who reminded me of him and who loved him as much as I did.

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And then…John and Sherry happened. I feel kind of awkward even saying this because it sounds so dramatic. But it’s true nonetheless. The couple from Young House Love were our closing speakers at Haven this year. We thought it was fitting that they were our keynotes our first year, and our closing on our fifth. More importantly, they stepped away from blogging (blaspheme!), and we wanted them to address what life was like “after the blog”. For me? Game changer.

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~~~~~Take Breaks~~~~~

Young House Love at Haven

~~~~~Pausing is Okay~~~~~

John and Sherry tapped into an insecurity that I believe most, if not all, of us have. If we stop blogging, will “it” go away? Will we be completely lost if we start up again? Their answer was much more eloquent, but essentially…no. While the blogging world does not stop for you, it most certainly does not abandon you.

I think I just needed reassurance from someone. I needed reassurance from another blogger.

Their words rang true. I work full time, I run a national blog conference, and I have a small gig on the side called a family. Pausing is okay. Taking breaks is okay. I literally sat in the front row looking like a bobblehead. I nearly stood up and shouted a good ol’ AMEN!…but I refrained.

So what now? Goin’ back to basics, my friends. Another John and Sherry point is to remember why I started. I just wanted to show people how to do things. I wanted to provide some inspiration for them. So…that’s where I’ll begin. Hopefully, over time I can get back to a more regular schedule. Until then, I’m working my way back.

Thank you for your patience, your support, and your concern over these past several months. I’ve missed you!

And for what it’s worth, this quote has really rung true for me since David passed. Perhaps it’ll help you too.
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“Where there is deep grief, there was great love.”

Amen.

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Medicine Cabinet Organization http://www.justagirlblog.com/medicine-cabinet-organization/ Mon, 06 Jun 2016 01:02:24 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9667 Author information
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Hi all! Sorry about the absenteeism recently. I guess I could give you a list of things that have kept me away for so long, but let’s just say it’s been busy around here! I have a LOT of posts to write, but no time or energy to write them. School’s almost out, and that means back to our regularly scheduled program.

I worked on some organization recently and thought you’d like a tip! The tip? Label stuff. Sooo there’s that.

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I purchased a couple of little drawer organizers for our cabinet and just separated everything as best as possible.

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Oh man, did that make a difference. It took weeks–and I’m not exaggerating here–for my husband to refrain from asking “Where are the band-aids?”

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Of course, this post wouldn’t be possible (well, maybe it would be) without my handy dandy labeler.

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I dare you to buy one and not label everything in site. :)

 

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Duck® Shelf Liners http://www.justagirlblog.com/duck-shelf-liners/ Mon, 16 May 2016 18:26:18 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9640 Author information
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Duck Brand for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have worked with Duck® for quite some time, and I’ve always loved their products. I’ve talked about something helpful, something that saved me for Valentine’s Day, and something creative. They now have shelf liners that are right up my ally! Score.

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I love me some good organization, but it’s even better when I know it can be pretty, fresh, and clean-looking. My kids’ bathroom can get pretty disgusting. They have no concept of drying off their toothbrushes before putting them away. And don’t even ask them to put the cap back on something. The horror! The “exhibit” below shows you the paint wearing off from me trying to scrub it clean so often. Eww.

Enter stage right: Easy Liner® with Clorox®

Woah! Not only was it easy to install, but it grips beautifully aaaand has antimicrobial additives in it (I sound smart) that will last as long as its in use! It’s a win/win.

I always use dollar store baskets as dividers in my drawers, and now the shelf liner keeps everything in its place. If something gets horribly messy–and it probably will–I can just remove the baskets and wipe down the liner.

Of course, I’ve been adding the liner to any drawer and shelf I can find now. Their bathroom has no window and gets little air flow. You can imagine how that goes over with two teenagers. My inner mom and inner organizer are thrilled!

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