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5 Ways to Make Your Home HAPPY -Unlock It.


1. Make your Bed. Start off on the right foot, when you make your bed you’ll crave a little more organization in your life because you’ll appreciate how good it makes you feel. And if we feel good, we are happy. Don’t you just want to jump into that nicely made bed!


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2. Fresh Cut Flowers-I love this photo, I think she looks so happy. Whether it’s cutting your own flowers in your backyard, going to farmer’s market or hitting your local grocery store, fresh cut flowers will make you smile. Their cheerfulness puts a spring in your step and lightens your home with fresh positive energy.

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3. Choose Colors that Flatter YOU! I know this sounds a bit crazy, but for example,  if you have bright red hair and you walk into an orange kitchen, I think you might clash a bit. Choose colors that flatter your best assets, make you shine, make you the king of your castle. I love green, I wear a lot of green as it goes with my green eyes and blonde hair, so I naturally find myself accenting my home with the calming color. Find your color in the rainbow and slide down to your pot of gold, then sit back and watch it brighten your mood.


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4.  Express Yourself- Art tells a story, I am not talking about the stock art you pick up in the store that half your block might have hanging on their walls, I am talking creativity. Art that crates a memory, a feeling when you were on vacation, a handmade piece from your kids, or a family symbol that keeps your tradition alive. What makes a home happy is putting YOU in it, so take a look around your home and ask yourself if your art tells your story. Here’s what I came home to the other day, my kids got a little crafty. Total Framer!


 5. Let go of the Crap. Sorry, that’s a little harsh, but really so many people hold onto things that make them hold negative feelings. We feel this obligation to keep things just because they were given to us, don’t get me wrong, I am all for memories, but if you hate it, here’s what I am telling you, bless it and move it along. So I wanted to share this quote with you.


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 I am gonna let you in on a little secret I do daily. When I walk through my front door everyday, I say, “thank you.” I might not say it out loud, but I am thinking it! It’s a fun little game I play with myself to recharge my mind into HAPPY and to appreciate the support my home gives me everyday.  It is as simple as that.



5 Last Minute Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I love that families and friends all throughout the country come together to connect, feast and be thankful for all their blessings.  Thanksgiving does not get overshadowed by presents, Santa Claus and the mad rush to get it all done.  Thanksgiving is truly about people, a long meal, sipping spirits, the family nap all sprawled out through the living room in a complete turkey coma, conversations, long autumn walks.  For me, it all comes down to this…Connection. There are so many ways to connect on Thanksgiving Day so I wanted to offer up a few last minute ideas to make the most out of this thankful holiday.


1.  The Thankful Tree.  I am obsessed with the thankful tree. It is so simple and such a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.  Simply collect some branches from your yard, I love Manzanita branches as they have an organic look.  Any branch will do ( you could also spray paint the branch) to  go with your decor.  Cut out fun shapes on some vintage paper and have your guests write down what they are thankful for and tie with raffia to the branches.  A great way to share what you are thankful for with all your guests.



2.  Giving Garland- I am a little bias as I made these for our Thanksgiving Trunk.  The giving garland is made of jute twine, tied a both ends and simply attached with different questions to the twine.  Questions such as “What is something that always makes you happy?” String the giving garland through your Thanksgiving centerpiece to create positive conversation during your holiday feast. Simple. Easy. Fun.



3.  Teepee Centerpieces- You can’t forget about the kids.  While the turkey is in the oven, have the kids get a little crafty.  All you need is card stock paper, some paints, a few sticks and a little glue.  Let your kids get creative and when they are done display them on your Thanksgiving table. It makes a great conversation starter.




4.  Mini Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces.  Thank you Living Locuroto, I love this idea so much that I had to share it. Great last minute ideas, So simple, so modern, so chic.


5.  Dawl up the Punch Bowl- Don’t be afraid to put the Thanksgiving touches on all festivities.  All it takes is some acorns, a few oak leaves, a little twine and you have the organic touches of Thanksgiving. Dipping pumpkins and fruit in metallic paint is also a fun addition. Get your party talking before you sit down at the table, it just takes a few festive touches.



Here’s to your last minute Thanksgiving crafts! Get inspired. Be crafty and make the most out of this Thanksgiving holiday.