Just a Girl Blog http://www.justagirlblog.com Interior design ideas on a DIY budget Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:05:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DIY Custom Closet http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-custom-closet/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-custom-closet/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:05:26 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8602

So I was a single working mom for a week, and then I had parent/teacher conferences. Sorry about the absence. I have been trying to get a couple of things done around here, however. The main one being getting alll my closets and cabinets organized. Amazing how out of hand they can get when you don’t stay on them, ya know? 

Wanna see how out of hand they can get? It’s embarrassing, but here it is. Guest bedroom closet before…

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Let me redeem myself. And quickly. Guest bedroom closet after…

DIY closet

Better, eh? This was one of the most satisfying, yet inexpensive, projects I’ve done. It’s one of those “WHY didn’t I do this sooner?” projects, ya know? 

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Because it’s in an upstairs guest room, I went with the cheapest plywood I could find. I figured out all my measurements and had the handy employees at Lowes cut it for me. That is a lifesaver! If it were more visible, I would spend a little more money on smoother wood. With paint and some finishing trim, it looks plenty nice for it’s function. After measuring out the space, I mocked up how I wanted it to look. I wanted as much storage as possible, so I brought the shelves out as far as I could without getting in the way of the doors. 

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We built a bookshelf essentially and screwed it to the wall. Then we added cleats on the sides to add more shelving. The right side still needs a bar, but it will house some hangers for guests who want to hang their clothes during their stay. I used even more space by making the top shelf shallow. This way it can be accessed still. I put spare lamps or shades up there. Who knows. I never go up there.

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Because the trim work was so narrow and thin, I used wood glue to adhere it. I taped them into place until they dried, and they’ve been perfect ever since. You might also be able to see that we removed the baseboard behind the shelving I wanted it flush with the wall, so we just cut it out. I’ll cut it and put it back on. Someday.

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DIY closet

I love labels, so I used some adhesive ones to specify each shelf (I thought them out before the build). It makes it very easy when putting sheets away or making the beds—especially ‘cause I love white sheets!

DIY closet

The baskets and bins hold random things such as shams, irons, fabric, and extra blankets for guests. Clearly I need more labels. 

DIY closet

And if anyone can figure out how to fold sheets so they’re not wobbly, I’m all ears. There’s gotta be a better system!

DIY closet

This project was in collaboration with Lowes as my monthly project. I would say January is a good month to post about organizing and utilizing space better, right? Of course, now that I have one closet done, I’m already working on another! Must. have. more. shelves! 

Lowes

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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Yogabed http://www.justagirlblog.com/yogabed/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/yogabed/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 04:05:58 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8584

Are mattresses exciting to talk about? Mattresses are one of those things that you don’t think about purchasing, but when you get a great one, you wanna tell everyone about it!Yoga bed

My daughter has been asking for a new mattress for a couple of years. We kept thinking, “She’s little. How bad can the mattress be?” See Evidence A below.

Yoga Bed 3

Ok, I get it. We won’t be winning parents of the year awards anytime soon. When we started looking at mattresses, Little Miss starting having an opinion about what kind of mattress she wanted. She specifically asked for a foam mattress. Slow your roll, 12-year old. 

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Well, lucky for us Yogabed came around, and we were sold. Apparently, so was a certain tween.

Yoga Bed

“Mom, take a picture of me sleeping on it.” at 3:00 in the afternoon, mind you.

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So why Yogabed? My selling point? The removable, washable mattress pad cover that simply zips on and off! Can I get an Amen?

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Yoga Bed 8

Ok, so enough with the dramatics. Clearly there’s more to it than a removable mattress pad cover. I think.

1. Comfort. No joke, Little Miss came downstairs the other morning and said, “Mom, it is literally like I slept on a cloud last night. It was the best sleep I’ve had in my entire life!” Yeah, all 12 years of it.

2. Yogabed is hypoallergenic and no latex-based foams. When you have a kid with allergies, that’s a pretty big deal!

3. The informative website. Seriously. Anything you want to know about Yogabed is readily available. It’s not a used car salesmen approach. You can tell they’ve made a great product, and they just want you to be a part of it too! 

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I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a long time, and I have never promoted a product that I didn’t believe in. This mattress really is dreamy, and I certainly feel like a better parent for providing her with that kind of comfort at night—until I fed her toast and Oreos for dinner. 

If you’d like to connect or research them a bit more, you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

*Disclosure: Yogabed provided us with this mattress, but the opinions are completely my own. If I can spread the word about a great company with an awesome product, then so be it.

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Easy Hostess Gifts http://www.justagirlblog.com/easy-hostess-gifts/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/easy-hostess-gifts/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:07:52 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8573

Are you tired of all the holiday parties yet? Well, with New Year’s Eve upon us, I imagine you’ve got one more in your schedule. We are hosting this year, but I have a cute and easy hostess gift for you from…..Lowes. Yup. Lowes’ monthly challenge was a hostess gift, and it wasn’t a difficult task. 

Easy hostess gifts

I used a couple of dollar store vases (my favorite), but all the other supplies can be found at Lowes. They have a beautiful holiday selection where I found my embellishments. If you’re lucky, you’ll find them on sale right now!

 DIY hostess gifts

I wrapped the rope around each vase with some hot glue to hold it in place. 

Hostess gift

Then I just embellished with an ornament and some clippings from a holiday pick. Dab the hot glue carefully so it’s not seen, and you’re done! You can leave it as is, or you can add a candle inside. Perhaps a wine bottle narrow enough to place in it? Who knows…cute idea though, eh?

Make your own hostess gifts

I love Lowes, and I love their Creative Ideas magazine. The inspiration is awesome, and it’s free! I prefer to read it on my iPad—maybe you will too! 

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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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2014 in Review {Cancer update} http://www.justagirlblog.com/2014-in-review-cancer-update/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/2014-in-review-cancer-update/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 03:01:18 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8566

I’m not gonna lie. While most people are saying, “Can you believe it’s the end of the year already?” I’m saying, “It’s about freaking time!”. 2014 and I did NOT get along well, and I’ve been ready and waiting to ring it out. However…this is a time to reflect and appreciate the good that did come out of the year. The blessings I was given. The happiness I experienced. So let’s take a look back and see what happened, shall we?

1. I survived CANCER

Quite honestly, everything after this one means jack comparatively, but this is a decorating blog after all. I’ve spoken of it a couple of times, but I don’t think I ever told you that on November 3rd I found out that I am cancer free. Gone. El Done-o. I will spend the rest of the year regaining my energy and getting rid of residual side effects, but my life is slowly coming back to me. Something else coming back slowly? The hair. Ugh. I lost 30 inches, and I’ve gained about an inch back. 

Here’s your before (a few months before my first treatment)…

Us

And here’s the after (taken the other night—5 months after my last treatment)…

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Believe me—I know it’s ridiculous to complain about hair when I just went through hell, but man…losing it was tough on me. I’ve had long hair for decades, and this side effect got me. There’s my complaint. Otherwise, I’m THRILLED to be cancer free. 

As I said, what really compares, right? Well, here’s a few things I accomplished house-wise that deserve some honorable mentions.

How to make snow ice cream

Snow ice cream

How to finger knit

Finger knitting

Organizing a desktop

Desk organization

A battery drawer to get ready for the holidays

Battery drawer

We built a huge patio!

Diy patio

I decorated for fall

Fall tablscape

And then I decorated for Christmas

Christmas decor

Soooo decorating/organizing/DIY’ing-wise, it was minimal. But I’d say I accomplished a lot. My family accomplished a lot. I look forward to a very boring, uneventful, and healthy new year! 

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#BestGiftEver http://www.justagirlblog.com/bestgiftever/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/bestgiftever/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:19:01 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8544

I was recently asked to “pay it forward” to people I might not usually purchase a gift for. Homegoods/TJMaxx/Marshalls are my favorite stores, so when they asked me to shop at their stores, it was an easy decision.

Another easy decision was deciding who to purchase gifts for. I tried to choose items that truly captured my recipients’ character and spirit. My first stop was TJMaxx…My aunt recently lost her husband and moved back home to be with family. It was such a great decision for the rest of the family (we missed her horribly), but I know she gets lonely and misses the life she had.

If there’s anyone who can “embrace the quiet”, it’s her. She appreciates every moment, and I thought this beautiful Noel teacup with some Christmas tea would be just the thing to reflect her appreciation of just being still and taking in her surroundings.

Tea cup

My grandmother is one of those people who just doesn’t need anything. However, she deserves to open presents too, right? I wanted something shiny, sparkly, and beautiful for her to open. Because she’s shiny, sparkly, and beautiful too! Since she’s older and more forgetful, I purchased this and a battery operated candle at Marshalls to put inside. This way, she won’t accidentally forget about the candle, and she can enjoy it without worry.

Silver bowl

And finally, my girlfriend is a single mom who never buys anything for herself. I have some white bowls that are similar to these, and she just loves them. Do you think Santa placed them in Homegoods just so I could find them for her? Perhaps. Regardless, she’s going to love them, and that’s what matters!

Blue bowls

I could seriously do 90% of my Christmas shopping at Homegoods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx. They have such a variation of items that I never struggle to find something special for that someone special.  And because they are so cool (and generous!), Homegoods/Marshalls/TJMaxx is offering a $100 gift card to one lucky winner!

Just share your #BestGiftEver with me on Instagram! Show off all those great items you’ve found, and be sure to tag Homegoods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx too! Happy Shopping!

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Cookie Decorating Party http://www.justagirlblog.com/cookie-decorating-party/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/cookie-decorating-party/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:37:14 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8538

If you have no Christmas shopping done and pretty much no time to spare, might I suggest you throw a cookie decorating party for six 12-year olds? This is the second year we’ve hosted it, and it’s pretty smooth sailing once you figure out some short cuts. 

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I definitely suggest having everything ready before the guests arrive. Plastic tablecloths from the dollar store keep things inexpensive and make for an easy cleanup. 

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These little plastic cups make the decorating easy and less messy than the sprinkle caps that come on the original containers. Whatever’s leftover just goes back in the container.

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The cookies are pre-made, and they’re delicious. I purchase them from Gordons Food Service. Whatever you do, don’t slave in the kitchen trying to make 100+ sugar cookies. It just doesn’t make sense. 

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I like to have a little activity for them while I’m getting things finalized, saying hi to Moms, etc. This easy little craft was snowman heads. Really cute!

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Turn on some Christmas music and let the decorating begin!

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Of course, be prepared for the after…

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The hot cocoa station was a favorite. 

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I used a crockpot for the hot chocolate, and I kept the options simple. Marshmallows, cinnamon chips, and chocolate chips—they were plenty happy with it.

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Now for an easy way to get rid of all those cookies! I bought little disposable trays for each of them, and all the cookies they decorated went right into the tray. I wrapped each one up with some ribbon and sent them home. No leftover cookies for me to gorge on all weekend. 

Cookie party tins

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The best part? This girl. She had a great time with her friends, and really…that’s the goal.

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Christmas for Teens http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-for-teens/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-for-teens/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:46:11 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8513

Well apparently you guys like some Christmas ideas, eh? Thanks for the messages! The next most difficult group to buy for? Teens! Oh sure, money and gift cards are nice, but it’s always fun for kids to open presents too, don’t you think? And yes…teens are kids. Since I have a teen and a tween, and I’m surrounded by 675 teenagers every day, I think I have a good handle on what they like. Maybe? Enjoy!

You’re gonna notice a common theme of electronics. It is what it is. Kids live in an electronic world, and it’s what they know/like. These earbud pouches double as a little money holder too. Perfect for those girls that don’t like to carry purses (raises hand). 

earbud case

And for boys…er men? These earbud holders cool!

leather earbud holderSpeaking of earbuds, I know that Dre Beats are popular, but Bose is way superior in sound. Like, way. A special teenager in my family will be getting these earbuds this year.

Bose earbuds

Remember typewriters? Yeah, me too. Now teenagers use USB’s like they’re going out of style. This USB wristlet really is perfect for the student who needs the storage but loses it all the time. Not that that’s ever happened in our family.

usb wristband

Teens love Instagram, and Pinstagram is a great way to print out prints, books, calendars, and—my favorite—these large posters of some of their favorite pics. Buy a gift card for them and let them go to town!

instagram poster

Ahhh yes…the selfie. If you’ve ever tried taking one, you know it can be a miserable task. A selfie remote is the thing. Your teen will thank you.

selfie remote

A popular item now is the midi-ring. Such a pretty fashion statement, eh? You can really find them all over. The fun is mixing and matching them. Charlotte Russe has a good selection.Midi ring set

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If you have any athletes in your family, then you know just how important a good bag is. We love this Nike duffel. He has specific bags by sport, but this one is small enough to lug around gym clothes and not be overly bulky.

Nike duffel

While I would easily and quickly recommend books for teens, I would suggest a Kindle first. It can be much less expensive than a tablet, and it’s awesome for that avid reader that doesn’t need all the other apps that can spike up the price of a tablet. 

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While generally a little pricey, you can’t go wrong with PBteen. I want it on my list every year! If you have sleepovers as much as my little tween, then this sleeping bag will come in mighty handy! 

Pottery barn sleeping bag

Hopefully, this list will spur some ideas for you! I have all kinds of ideas! Now if I could just find the money to go with them… Happy Shopping!

**Assuming I did it right (doubt it), there are some affiliate links in this post.

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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

Transformers

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-decor

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.

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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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