Take Your Photos from Drab to Fab

My Bright and Clean Photo Editing Process

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As a photography hobbiest, I’m often asked about how I take and edit my photos. I take a lot of candid photos of my children on manual settings, which means I have to move quickly in less than ideal lighting situations, and there have been many times that means I don’t get it quite right in camera. Today I’m going to share my standard PhotoShop editing process that will take your photos from drab to fab.Take your photos from drab to fab with this clean and bright photo editing tutorial | Five Marigolds

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Affordable and Chic Thanksgiving Decor

easy fall centerpiece on a budget

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You may have noticed I haven’t yet refreshed my dining area as planned.

My usual design paralysis took hold, and I couldn’t stop thinking about Thanksgiving. What do the holidays have to do with home design? Well, everything.

The more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t come up with a wallpaper and concept that I was confident I’d love year round. As it turns out, I’m content with my minimalist dining area for now, and I think it really shines when I decorate for a gathering.

I decided to set the table for an inexpensive and easy, but glam fall meal.

I set the table with items I already had on hand: some gold chargers, white dishes, and leftover white pumpkins from Halloween.

I then added eucalyptus branches and pretty fall florals to add a pretty pop.

Affordable and Chic Thanksgiving Decor | Five Marigolds

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Sugar Cookie Oatmeal Bake

the Breakfast Bake so good, it could be dessert

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A big soft, warm sugar cookie. For breakfast.

That’s what was on my mind as I woke up to a ridiculously cold house after the first cold snap of the season.

Something about that first taste of bone-chilling Midwest cold puts me in that winter holiday sort of mood.

Which is why I decided to kick up my morning oatmeal with a little something extra.

Sugar Cookie Oatmeal: it’s as good as it sounds.

All the hearty and healthy goodness of my regular oatmeal, but even more sweet and delicious.

To prepare this breakfast goodness, start  with a cup of rolled oats, and mix in a mashed banana and 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter.The breakfast so good, it could be dessert. This Sugar Cookie Oatmeal has all the hearty, healthy goodness of oatmeal, but even more sweet and delicious.

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Black (and Pink) Cat Halloween Bags

 Friendly Cat Printables for Party Favors and Boo Bags

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Trick Or Treating where I grew up was a ritual like no other I’ve found. When *I* was a kid (said in my best, wise old lady voice), we had to WORK for OUR treats.

When I graduated college and moved to Chicagoland, I remember being a bit appalled at how the kids acted on beggar’s night. They walked up to the door, held their bags open and looked at me expectantly.

Sure, they were dressed up in their adorable little costumes, but make no mistake: these kids were slackers.

I’d ask them, “What’s your trick?” And they and their parents would look at me quizzically, like I was the crazy lady on the block.

See, back when I was a kid in central Iowa, we kids would spend the week before Halloween searching for the BEST joke so we could be prepared for Beggar’s Night. If you had no joke and no costume, you would be DENIED, or at the very least, tsked for not doing your job right.

AKA: Trick FOR treat. Quid pro quo.

I tried to get my kids to single-handedly carry out the tradition  out here, but it was a no-go.  My neighbors were confused at why they were being told jokes. They didn’t quite  appreciate the tradition. I get it.

So, this year we’re trying a new angle: we’re Boo’ing it forward. Surprising neighbors and friends with little treats and goodies on their doorstep.

Forget the traditional and tired oranges, browns and greens of Halloween, and the spooky ghosts and goblins that just aren’t for everyone. We decided to stand out by creating classy and chic Black Cat Halloween Bags.

To make them, start with some simple, inexpensive craft essentials: pink and black paper favor bags, glitter paper, and self stick letters. Oh, and a feather boa.Pink and Black Cat Halloween Bags with Free Printables. Would make great Birthday Favors.

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Easy Game Day Crowd Pleaser

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Today I’m going to share one of my favorite fall recipes: White Chicken Chili, made in the slow cooker.  It’s a family favorite, not just because of the rich flavor of this cold weather comfort food, but because it’s a cinch to make. Made with just a few simple ingredients you can get at your local Walmart grocery, this recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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Neutral, Classic Dining Room Refresh

One Room Challenge, Fall 2017

My husband grew up in a very old, beautiful home. Brick exterior, formal sitting rooms, laundry chutes, wood floors, and wallpaper. Lots of layers of wallpaper from the many years of redecorating by former owners.

When he was a teenager and wanted to change the look of his old wallpapered bedroom, he was given full reign…as long as he stripped the wallpaper first.

As a result, I married a man who greatly dislikes wallpaper.

Wallpaper removal, to be specific.

I, on the other hand, liberally pin wallpaper inspiration on Pinterest. There are so many designs and colors that inspire me.

In my imagination, I see a different wallpaper for every room of my house.

But, my husband’s history with wallpaper removal and my indecisiveness are a potential lethal combination that will make our Dining Room Refresh an interesting process.

Right now, our dining room is clean and simple. Very much a blank space…but in a good way.

We have light walls, a builder grade pendant light, and the same kitchen table we’ve used and abused for the past 13 years.Updated neutral eat in dining room - One Room Challenge

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Matilda Jane Make Believe Review

Matilda Jane Clothing October Launch

I still remember my very favorite nightgown as a little girl. It was shiny and fancy with ruffles at the shoulders and lace trim. Except I could never sleep in it.

Oh, I’d try. But I’d always get in trouble for it.

The repercussion of wearing my fancy nightie was severe.

How irritating! The nightgown, that is.

You see, the seams were scratchy,  itchy, and the fabric didn’t breathe at all. It was unbearable and unwearable. They couldn’t seem to get fancy sleepwear right in 80’s, could they?

I think that’s why I’m so excited about the Matilda Jane line of clothing and went on to sell it this season.

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Honey Bear After School Snack

Celebrating National Honey Month

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Last week my baby started Pre-Kindergarten. Time is going fast, and I’m determined to savor these golden moments I still have with her at home with some special, 1:1 time.. Since she is getting to be such a big girl, I thought it would be fun to have a special tea party with her, letting her make a new recipe, a Honey Bear after school snack, all by herself.

You see, she is so excited to go to her bumblebee themed classroom a few 1/2 days per week,  and lamented on the first day she didn’t have a bee costume to wear 😂

Then, this weekend,we were especially excited to have guests who just started bee keeping. We enjoyed all their stories and pictures, and even got one of their first bottles of honey as a hostess gift. As a result, the kids are pretty sure we should start beekeeping, too (um, no.).

So, it felt especially serendipitous when I received a golden box of goodies from the National Honey Board to inspire us to celebrate National Honey Month with some honey, beautiful party decorations and easy, kid-friendly recipes.Honey Bear After School Snack | Five Marigolds

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Secret Message Lunchbox Notes

Printables for Back to School

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It’s hard to believe in just a week the kids will be back to school. I mean, WHY does summer break have to go so fast?

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know I love a good lunchbox note! This year, I’ve created my favorite, ever: Secret Message Lunchbox Notes!Secret Message Lunchbox Notes | Five Marigolds

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What It’s Like to Leave a Six-Figure Career

My Transition From Career Mom to mom Blogger + Everything In Between

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Today I’m going to share something a little more personal than usual. As this blog grows, I’m learning how important it is to put myself out there, even when it’s not in my comfort zone. Over the past year, I’ve had more and more people reach out to me to ask how I’ve grown the blog and turned my love for DIY into a side hustle. I’m always thrilled to answer these individual questions and try to keep it very real with those who have similar aspirations. But, for fear of ever making my life as mom and blogger look seamless, and not the work in progress that it is, I’m ready to share more about my story right here in the open.

The truth is, I’ve had many roles since becoming a mom – full-time working mom, stay at home mom (SAHM) and everything in between. You’ve likely heard the phrase “Mommy Wars” – the controversy amongst moms about what we feel we “should” do vs. what we “want” to do in the working world, and of course, vs. what we “have” to do. Today I’m sharing something that’s been brewing in my mind for years, my own “Inner Mommy Wars.”

Since becoming a mother, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to experience motherhood in so many ways. I’ve been a full-time career woman, a part-time freelancer, a full-time SAHM, and a part-time work from home (micro) entrepreneur. I’m so thankful that in recent years I’ve had the luxury of being able to choose the role I wanted for my life. However, I haven’t always “had it my way.”The Inner Mommy Wars | Five Marigolds

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Recharging: Lake Life Staycation + Giveaway!

How I Find “Me Time” While Traveling with Kids

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Since becoming a part-time work from home mom a few years back, I’ve discovered how hard it can be to carve out “me time.”

A natural introvert, I crave need solitude daily. Quiet time.  I don’t always get it.

Sure, I’ve tried the whole “waking up an hour before the kids” thing, but they just somehow wake up early with me.

Girl’s Night Out happens too infrequently…and while valuable to my mental health – even GNO doesn’t charge my batteries quite like quiet time alone does.

So this year, for my birthday, I think my husband was a little surprised that I wanted my gift to be a long weekend staycation at the nearby lake, with the whole family in tow.Lake Life Staycation: Rediscovering the lost art of "me time" while on family vacation.

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Pink Flamingo Birthday Party

Tropical Pool Party for Girls

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I can’t even believe it, but my middle baby girl is turning SEVEN. She is full of zest for life, a penchant for adventure, and loves to love.

A girl with this big of a personality needs a bold and bright celebration – like a tropical party with flamingos, pool floaties, and flowers galore. This pink flamingo pool party is adorable! Love the idea for favor bags.

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Easy DIY Toy Car Storage Jars

STYLISH, AFFORDABLE WAY TO STORE TOY CARS

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Today’s DIY is all about finding stylish ways to display and contain toy cars. My son’s love of cars was revived last month when we introduced him to the latest Fast & Furious™ movie. So, of course, he was thrilled when he discovered toy replicas of Dom Toretto’s car and the climax scene of the movie. However, we had reached capacity on car storage in casa de Mangold. Maxed. Out.

Stored here: Fast & Furious™ 5 Pack Vehicle Assorted

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AVOCADO TOAST SANDWICH

Simple “slice’ sandwich for lunch on the go

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Today I’m going to share a delicious meal I’ve found myself making on the regular this summer: Avocado Toast Sandwich.

I’ve been trying to eat a little healthier lately because, well, swimsuit season. But, this sandwich is so good, you’ll make it even when you’re not trying to be good. Plus, it’s great for picnics and on-the go lunches…which is great, because it feels like we’re always on the go.

AVOCADO TOAST SANDWICH: Simple Sliced Sandwich | Five Marigolds

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Beer Cheese Burgers with Onion Rings

Father’s Day, His Way

Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and that is especially true for for dads. This Father’s Day, skip the tie and give him grown-ups gift he can really appreciate.

Dads can be so hard to shop for, and all the dads in my life proclaim they “have everything they need.” So, this year year my husband is getting a DIY Man Crate designed to help create the recipe I whipped up just for him: Beer Cheese Burgers with a side of Cheese Fries.Beer Cheese Burgers with Onion Rings | Five Marigolds

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Summer Boating Hacks

My husband I both grew up spending a lot of time on the water. He lived in a lake town; I went camping at the lake with my family most weekends in the summer. As adults, the water is still our happy place, and we’re thrilled to pass these family memories on to our kids.

We’ve only had a boat for a few years, but I’ve learned a thing or two about how to prep for a long day on the lake with the whole crew. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite hacks.

Feed a crowd – It can get expensive feeding the family for a full day away from home, and we try not to resort to expensive convenience foods. One of my favorite ways to feed the crowd is to purchase a package of Hawaiian rolls and slice the whole slab of rolls in half before adding sliced meat, cheese, lettuce and other toppings.Family Boating Day Hacks | Five Marigolds

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Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle

 Not Your Grandma’s Midi Skirt

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Today I’m going to share one of my favorite tips for adding unique pieces to your wardrobe for a steal: upcycling.

More specifically, I’m going to share how I made  a fabulous midi skirt for less than three dollars,  in 10 minutes.Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle | Five Marigolds

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Matilda Jane June 2017 Release

 Looks I love: Summer Style Edition

Today I’m going to talk about something I don’t often do, and that is one of my side hustles of selling boutique women and children’s clothing.

I’m never sure how much to talk about my Etsy shop, clothing sales, or other side gigs here, but I decided since this blog is all about living life colorfully, with vibrant lifestyle photography, that it’s indeed *quite* up my alley to share beautiful things I love and want to share with others.

Today, I’m sharing my own product review and  images of the latest June 2017 launch of The Adventure Begins,  because it is so stinkin’ adorable.

Before we start, please keep in mind you can get everything you see here, and much, much more, on my website here, and be the first to know about sales and get in on my 50% sample sales by joining my private group, here. 

First up: the big girls’ line. It’s so pretty in my daughter’s favorite pastels: pink and purple. You might have noticed one of our sweetest new additions in yesterday’s DIY Ice Cream Stand post.

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Bean Bag Toss Tank and Tart and Sweet Shorties

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DIY Ice Cream Stand

Good Clean Summer Fun

School’s out for summer! This week the kids and I started tackling our summer bucket list, and at the very top of our goals was “eat lots of ice cream.”

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know we are very serious about our ice cream. So it should come as no surprise that,  on our first day out of school, Eve decided she wanted to DIY a free ice cream stand.  We made our stand with inexpensive poster board and a simple tablecloth.Easy DIY Ice Cream Stand | Simple Summer Nostalgia | Five Marigolds #yo2 #ad

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Clean and Colorful Living Room Reveal

Family Friendly Living Room Makeover

A reminder: I’m participating in the ‘One Room Challenge’ (ORC), hosted by Linda from Calling It Home, that challenges home and design bloggers to make over a room in their house from start to finish in 6 weeks. We have decided to tackle our living room. Here’s what you missed: The Before and Vision , The Design Plans, Tile and Personalization, and the Wood Wall Installation.

I made it! I somehow made it! Against all odds, starting halfway through the One Room Challenge, I somehow pulled it all off by the skin of my teeth.Clean and Colorful Living Room Makeover. Stikwood Wall in Hamptons.

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Living Room Makeover – The Great Wall Edition

Stikwood Feature Wall

A reminder: I’m participating in the ‘One Room Challenge’ (ORC), hosted by Linda from Calling It Home, that challenges home and design bloggers to make over a room in their house from start to finish in 6 weeks. We have decided to tackle our living room. Here’s what you missed: The Before and Vision , The Design Plans, and Tile and Personalization

I’ve been dreaming of a white wood feature wall for about a year, and it’s finally here!White Wood Feature Wall with Stikwood | Five Marigolds

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Adding Personal Touches and a Creative Tile Solution

One Room Challenge – Week 5

A reminder: I’m participating in the ‘One Room Challenge’ (ORC), hosted by Linda from Calling It Home, that challenges home and design bloggers to make over a room in their house from start to finish in 6 weeks. We have decided to tackle our living room. Here’s what you missed: The Before and Vision and The Design Plans.

Finally, I’m starting to make some progress on my living room vision. This week I introduced lots of patterns, personalization and some creative solutions.Tips for creating a beautiful and comfortable living space on a budget: custom photo canvases, faux mosaic tile and vintage fabrics and prints.

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Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages

High Impact Gifts that Mothers & Grandmothers Will Love

A big thanks to GiftsForYouNow for sponsoring my Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts. All opinions are my own.

Happy May Day! Can you believe in just a two short weeks, it will be Mother’s Day?

If you’re one of the many people who haven’t landed the perfect gift for the women in your life this Mother’s Day – don’t panic! I’ve pulled together three thoughtful and inexpensive gift ideas for moms and grandmas, that even the worst procrastinator can pull off at the last minute! Moms can attest: there’s nothing better than receiving a truly thoughtful gift that can be sentimental, pretty, AND useful.Homemade Mother's Day gift ideas: DIY watercolor tea towels

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Living Room Makeover Progress

One Room Challenge – Week 4

Welcome to the week 4 of the One Room Challenge – which, as I shared last week, is really just week 2 for me.

It was bad enough that I started my living room makeover halfway through the challenge, but this week was met by design paralysis. I am such an indecisive decorator and am often left questioning every move I make. It’s why I normally decorate very slowly, but in his case the speed needed to complete my vision scared me straight!

The first project I really need to get squared away is the white wood feature wall I’ve planned. I contacted Stikwood to get some wood samples to help me feel more confident swatching the project out. I’d been eyeing this solution for a long time, as my husband has had little to no interest in completely DIYing a wood wall for me. This easy peel-and-stick real wood treatment seemed like the perfect solution to get him on board (<< see what I did there?).Living Room Makeover One Room Challenge featuring Stikwood Feature Wall | Five Marigolds

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The Great Living Room Makeover

The One Room Challenge

Hi Friends! So, I’m doing something a little  a lot crazy. I’ve always wanted to take part in Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge – a design challenge for bloggers to make over a room within six weeks. However, I’m jumping in right in the middle, which means I want to try to complete it in just three weeks!. Can I pull off a feature wall and redesign in 3 weeks? We shall see!One Room Challenge - Neutral Living Room with Bold Color | Five Marigolds

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Peaches ‘N Cream Overnight Oats

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Today I’m going to share a fresh and clean, but flavorful breakfast idea for spring – Peaches ‘N Cream Overnight Oats.Peaches 'n Cream Overnight Oats - Simple Pure Vanilla in my clean Peaches 'N Cream Overnight Oats recipe - perfect for busy weekday mornings. | Five Marigolds

Perfect for busy weekday mornings, this breakfast so delicious, you might also find yourself making it for snacks or dessert!

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The Printed Photo Challenge

the importance of PRINTING PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

A big thanks to Blurb for sponsoring my Printed Photo Challenge. All opinions are mine alone.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile or you follow me on Instagram, you’re well aware of how much I value natural, candid photography of my family. I’ve talked a great deal about this in the past, so if you’re interested in why it’s so important to me, check out my thoughts, here. Today I’m going to take that conversation to the next level, encouraging moms to take the Printed Photo Challenge.The Print Your Photos Challenge - how I printed my entire 365 photo a day project with Blurb. | Five Marigolds #blurbbooks #ad

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Mom Hacks for Traveling with Kids

 PLUS FREE TRAVEL JOURNAL TEMPLATE FOR KIDS

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Years ago, a very young Mr. Marigold and I moved out of our home state for our careers . We miss our families and our home state very much, and we try to get back to visit our families when we can. This means we are very, very experienced in road tripping, and since having kids, we’ve learned a thing or two about traveling with young ones.

Today, I’m going to share my road trip hacks for traveling with kids.
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5 Tips for Photographing Dogs

 Beginner Tips for Pet Photography

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Last month, our family grew by four paws when we adopted a dog. It was love at first sight when we found Millie on a shelter’s website, and again when we traveled a few hours away to meet her in person and bring her home.

As a hobby photographer who takes part in a #365 (photo a day) project, Millie is an important part of what I’m capturing these days, along with the rest of our family.5 Pet Photography Tips for Photographing Dogs | Five Marigolds #ad #FeedDogsPurina @Target

Today, I thought it would be fun to share some beginner tips for photographing dogs (or any pet, for that matter)  in photography. Let’s begin!

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Big Boy Room Reveal

Colorful, eclectic Boy Bedroom

When we moved into this home two years ago, one of the first rooms I decorated was my son’s.  It’s where inspiration struck first, and I had so much fun creating custom framed engineer prints, pallet art, and industrial pendant lighting. I loved everything about it, and declared his room, “done.”

However, he has since graduated to a bigger bed…which required new bedding…and while I was at it, I decided his room was missing color, and elements that better reflect his personality.

My design style, if I had to describe it,  is an eclectic mix of colorful, vintage and updated traditional. Today I’m going to reveal his colorful / preppy / rustic /  vintage big boy room.Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds #birchlanekids

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Our DIY Fixer Upper Reveal

Part II: SHIPLAP, BARN WOOD and beams…OH MY!

I’m so excited to have my friend, Alicia Bertram of Berties Build on a Budget, guest posting today to share Part II: Our DIY Fixer Upper Reveal – her family’s incredible story of building their dream house, and turning it into a custom home using creativity, inexpensive resources, and lots of elbow grease. To hear how they built their own home, and the crazy sacrifices they made to get out of consumer debt while they did it, please hop over to read Part I of their story!

Last week, I shared how our family built our own home, nail by nail, all while making some incredible sacrifices to get out of consumer debt. This week, I’m excited to share with you the pretty part of our journey – that is, our DIY Fixer Upper reveal!

Pinterest is a girl’s best friend.  Am I right!?  I knew I wanted to put special touches in most of the rooms but also knew I had to keep our budget in mind at all times.  The most important thing I could do in the planning of our house was to first decide how I wanted the house to FEEL.  Our last house was dark, choppy but cozy.  The dream I had for this space was bright, open and airy.  A space that you walk in and just take a deep breath.  Cool tones, light wood floors, clean crisp lines and simple.    

So here’s what we did:

Entryway:  Summer of 2015 we went out to my parents farm where we pulled approximately 500 square feet of barn wood off the barn.  It now covers the ceiling of our exterior entryway and also our range hood.  We also turned an inexpensive antiqued decoration into a light fixture!  

Fixer Upper Reveal: Shiplap and Barn Wood, Oh My! | Five Marigolds

All Photos by Licia Marie Photography

  • Barnwood: FREE
  • Decoration: Purchased 5 years ago and I think it was $10 on sale!

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Our DIY Fixer Upper Story

Part 1: Building Our Dream Home While Getting Out of Debt

I’m so excited to have my friend and fellow blogger, Alicia Bertram, guest posting today to share her family’s incredible story of building their dream home, nail by nail,  from start to finish. This, all while paying off consumer debt and making some crazy decisions along the way to reach their goals!Our DIY Fixer Upper Story: Building our Dram Home While Getting Out of Consumer Debt | Five Marigolds

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How I Earn $500+ Per Month In My Spare Time

Easy Money Making Ideas Anyone Can Do

When my husband and I were discussing the possibility of me leaving the workforce to become a single income family, it was very scary, financially. My income was an important contribution to our family’s finances, but after the birth of our third child I really wanted to spend time home with the kids.

Little did I know at that time, I’d find a number of ways to add to the family’s income, beyond the contribution a stay at home mom makes in the day to day work she does for her own family.

Today I’m going to show you how I earn $500 per month in my spare time and how I hope to triple that in 2017. I plan to revisit these strategies later this year to update readers on my progress so you can use these for yourself.How I make an extra $500 per month in my spare time. | Five Marigolds

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15+ Genius Ways to Use Vintage Sheets

Inspirational Ideas for Upcycling Beautiful Vintage Linens

Lately I’ve been a bit obsessed with all things vintage. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed me sharing lots of my favorite finds.

My mother is a quilter, and because of that I’ve developed an appreciation for vintage quilts, afgans, fabrics and linens. The deliciously soft texture of the worn fabric and the delightful colors and patterns just make me smile.

Since I’ve become somewhat of a minor hoarder, I’ve been doing a lot of research on how to upcycle these lovely finds. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing these ideas with you here.

Inspirational ideas for upcycling beautiful Vintage Sheets and Linens | Five Marigolds

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No-Sew Chair Cover and DIY Valentines

when pinterest fails are a Win

It all started when my son – my oldest and least crafty of the crew – announced he wanted to DIY his valentines this year. This boy not only NEVER requests to craft, but he  also wanted to re-use the Minecraft valentines I’d created for him last year. This, even after I offered to buy the store bought kind. Be still my crafty heart! This called for a celebration!

I decided that over the weekend I’d surprise all the kiddos with a sweet valentine breakfast and then have a crafting workshop. Okay, I have a way of getting a little carried away…but food is my son’s love language and I wanted to have a little fun with this rare opportunity.No-Sew Chair Cover and DIY Valentines | Five Marigolds

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Baked Rosemary Garlic Fries with Dipping Sauce

Oven baked Herb Fries that are a Cut Above the rest

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Today I’m sharing my recipe for perfectly seasoned, oven-baked rosemary garlic fries with a fancy dipping sauce. Whether you serve these as a side dish or as an appetizer for the big game, these French fries are a cut above the rest!Baked Rosemary Garlic Fries with Fancy Dipping Sauce appetizer recipe #ad #KetchupWithFrenchs Continue reading

Baked Mediterranean Feta Dip

Today I’m going to share a new recipe inspired by a new healthy dish I recently whipped up. The chicken dish is baked with a Mediterranean salsa spooned over the top. This salsa is so good I find myself sneaking an extra spoonful or two with crackers or chips before I bake the rest.

 

Then I got to thinking…with the football season really heating up, how could I turn this goodness into a shareable appetizer? I’ll tell you how: Baked Mediterranean Feta DipBaked Feta with Mediterranean Salsa Recipe | Five Marigolds #ad

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