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Welcome to part 1 of my new life changing series I'm calling "Operation Home Purge". That's right folks...I'm PURGING everything our family no longer needs or uses. I mean EVERYTHING, top to bottom 😳. I begin this very informative & helpful series with my tutorials… Read More

DIY Refinished Butcher Block Kitchen Island

There's something about a shiny piece of wood that makes me feel very happy. If I was able to have you over for cheese & crackers, I could take you through the house on a shiny wood tour. Wouldn't that be fun? Most folks think… Read More

Dollar Store Fall Ombre Wreath

Am I ready for Fall 😖? Are you ready for Fall? My answer is, "Absolutely not! I will hang on to summer as long as I can. I guess it really does depend on where you live though, right? I know many areas have been… Read More

Affordable DIY Wedding Vow Renewal Tips

Welcome to the final part of our "DIY Wedding Vow Renewal" series. This is the finale! First, I must disclose that I am definitely not an expert on wedding vow renewals. What I am, is just a redhead that renewed her wedding vows with her… Read More

DIY Rose Wedding Bouquet

The older I get, the more I feel capable of doing things my DIY way instead of how society makes me feel I should. I took matters into my own hands last week (literally) and created 2 very simple little red DIY Rose Bouquet(s) for… Read More

Modern Minimalistic Condo with a Private Terrace/View

I am so excited to share this Modern Minimalistic Condo with a Private Terrace/View with you! This 3 part series I'm dedicating to describing how I pulled off probably the best vacation of my life while also DIYing our 25th wedding anniversary vow renewal ceremony.… Read More

5 DIY Wood Plank Decorating Ideas & Giveaway

5 DIY Wood Plank Decorating Ideas & Giveaway is all about transforming a space with affordable stained wood. I hope you enjoy all 5 of my DIY Wood Plank Decorating Ideas and then top it all off with a fabulous giveaway at the end for… Read More

Weight Loss Tips at 50 Years Old

I haven't been completely upfront with you guys 🧐. A lot is going on around here right now that I don't talk about publicly because it's just too personal, too difficult, and I really try to keep my personal life separate to a certain degree.… Read More

Tomato Appetizer Plates

I'm not sure if I selected the right title for these "Tomato Appetizer Plates" 🤔. I'm beginning to feel like flower, pinwheel, or spiral needs to be thrown in that title somewhere, but I'm not quite sure how to fit that in. I guess the… Read More

Blueberry Banana Bread

Hey-wasn't there a children's book about a mouse that ate a blueberry pie and left blueberry foot prints all over the counter 🤔? I remember having that book as a kid and craving that blueberry pie so badly. I'm hoping I can get you to… Read More

Watermelon Cake

I told my family I wanted to make a "Watermelon Cake" while we were on vacation in Florida. No one gagged, or even asked why, or how, they just said, "Okay." 😂 Then they saw the 2 medium sized seedless watermelons arrive to our destination… Read More

Indoor Outdoor Tabletop Fire Pit

Happy first day of summer, my friends 🌞! Finally...oh my goodness, I never thought I would dust my favorite flip flops off ever again. I'm happy to report that I have them on (and I hope you do, too), and I even got a mini-pedicure… Read More

Patriotic Bird House Makeover

Rick the "Brick" is in the house! very handsome husband stepped up to the plate this week and is taking over for me. It's kind of mischievous of me though, don't you think? I mean...Father's Day is Sunday and here he is doing the… Read More

Lush Flower Window Box Tips

Lush Flower Window Box Tips
Summer temperatures have FINALLY arrived up here in Michigan and it feels so incredibly good. I have the windows open and a warm breeze just shuffled through the house rattling the Patriotic Tree. Now the cats are climbing the tree 😆. I'm just going to… Read More

Dollar Store Wreath Giveaway

Time to put your garden gloves on my friends. But wait! This time you're putting those gloves on your door, and not your hands 😎. Let me explain. I've received so many sweet and wonderful compliments on my Dollar Store Garden Glove Wreath that I… Read More

Patriotic Christmas Tree

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all 🇺🇸 and thank you to all who have sacrificed for our country!!! I was actually going to wait until the Fourth of July to decorate our annual Christmas tree for summer, but I just couldn't wait to share my… Read More

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad that is loaded with protein a low in calories.
My lovely mom "Joanne" is 85 next month ❤️ and she makes the best Tuna Macaroni Salad in the universe. Unfortunately, she suffers with severe arthritis, so she doesn't cook too much any more. Luckily, my Dad does still cook and I know he makes… Read More

137 Calorie Breakfast Power Taco

I was about to fall asleep last night, but was craving tacos 😁. I began to think about how I could have tacos in the morning 😁, but stick to my low calorie, low(er) carbohydrate plan without using a tortilla. I eat 1 egg every… Read More

Healthy Stuffed Pork Loin

Here we go again guys...I'm trying desperately to lose a couple pounds for a vacation coming up, and at 49 (50 next month 😳), it's really REALLY been difficult. I've managed to lose 8 pounds in 2 months, but maaaaan it is way harder than… Read More

Thrifty Yellow & Pink Spring Porch

I waited for the sun ☀️ to show up all day today, so my Thrifty Yellow & Pink Spring Porch photos would look all warm and pretty. Well, at about 3:00pm I finally gave up because the clouds were not budging. Wouldn't you know that… Read More

Spring Cleaning Tips & Giveaway

The Best Mop EVER Last weekend, my husband and I were making the bed on Saturday morning and I was shocked at what I saw! The wood plantation shutters we have on our windows behind the headboard had grown fur on them 😳. Well, somehow… Read More

Money Pizza Pie Gift

Our son, Vic, just turned 17 8-O !  He's our last born baby :-( , and he's very smart, funny, and creative.  I really wanted to give him something that he wouldn't expect.  Something he's never seen before.  Something that would freak him out and… Read More

Planting Cherry Trees

  This post is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, however all opinions are the Redhead's. My kids think I like trees too much :-? .  They make fun of me for pointing out beautiful mature trees when we are in the car.  When they were… Read More

Thrifty Spring Foyer

The redheaded minimalist has arrived 8-O .  I'm not sure where she came from, how she got here, or if she'll stick around, but for today, she is in the house.  Our foyer is ready for Easter/spring and all it took was 1 ceramic bunny.… Read More

Dollar Store Tissue Paper Tree

Dollar Store Tissue Paper Tree
You better get a tissue for this one because you're going to need it 🤧. Oh dear no, I'm not going to make you cry! It's just that it's high time for the next tree idea I promised for our year-long decorated tree. No way… Read More

Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Hack

I hope you enjoy our daughter's very popular "Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Hack" recipe which is full of creamy, savory flavor just like the real deal.  Everyone in your family will love and even crave this version of one of Olive Garden's most… Read More

Affordable Rustic Sconce

  Attention all who decorate.  The dixie, I mean thrifty chicks from The Thrifty Style Team are at it again this month.  I have joined creative forces once again on the second Wednesday of the month with amazing blogger ladies who can decorate thrifty style without… Read More

Sexy Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Let's talk about sexy.  For me sexy means confidence.  Am I right ladies & gents?  There is nothing sexier than when a person is confident in themselves.  Not to brag but (okay maybe a little 8-) ), my husband is the epitome of sexy.  He… Read More

Garden Glove Spring Wreath

  I hope you, “Dig it, man.”  I walked into the dollar store 2 weeks ago while my husband was in the shoe store next door, and I saw these bright beautiful garden gloves on the rack right in front of the door.  I immediately… Read More

Affordable Cat Tree

When I was a little girl we would visit my grandmother at my aunt's house who had a "breezeway" that was between the house and the garage where kittens/cats were often found.  It was a kids dream with not only the furry felines, but a… Read More

Thrifty Elegant Jewelry Tray

I'm sitting here in a spider man sweatshirt with holes in it, eating low-fat pringles, about to watch "Housewives".  I am anything but "elegant", but for some reason my decorating always goes back to a little "fancy".  Why is that, you guys???  I guess we… Read More

30 Minute Cheesy Tortellini Bake

  I married an Italian man, so do you know what that means?  I make pasta.  Rico, I mean Richard, LOVES his pasta.  He's taught me quite a few tips over the years regarding pasta, and as we've gotten older, the Italian tables have turned.… Read More

Valentine’s Day Romantic Table for Two

Before I give you the details surrounding my "Valentine's Day Romantic Table for Two", I would like to bring up something that has been on my mind all week.  If you've been following along here at you have probably heard me talk about my husband often,… Read More

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

You're not going to believe this, but our forecast here in Michigan is predicting that we will be experiencing the coldest windchills in Michigan in over 25 years 8-O .  That means -35 to -40 windchill factor.  School has already been closed, and even our… Read More

Dollar Store Valentine’s Day Tree

  I have some explaining to do, don't I?  Well, I'll tell you.  It all began when our oldest was preparing to head back to college after the holidays were over.  She asked, "Hey Mama, the tree will still be up when I get back,… Read More

Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich

I have 2 very, very stubborn picky eaters.  That's right...I'm calling out my 2 very favorite kiddos in the entire universe.  Daphne & Vic.  Okay, so they are barely kiddos anymore, but to me they will always be our babies.  Daphne is in college &… Read More

Repurposed Costco Plastic Apple Container

      Our oldest daughter, Daphne, had a question Sunday night before she headed back to college..."Hey Mama, the tree will still be up when I get back next weekend, right?"  My answer was, "Absolutely! 8-O "  Something I will never quite be able… Read More

Healthy Recipes to Help Lose Weight

Happy New Year, everyone!  If you happen to be new here :-D , I invite you to subscribe to my free weekly NEWSLETTER HERE so you don't miss our next DIY home improvement project.   The year 2018 has been a wonderful creative time here at… Read More

Dollar Store Appetizer Board

  You didn't think I could let 2018 slip by without one more dollar store trick did you :-D ?  Ha ha, you know me too well.  Every time I go in that place (Dollar Tree) I spot something with potential.  A few months ago… Read More

Fireside Christmas Tablescape

I know you are most likely very busy with it being only 5 days before Christmas 8-O , but I just couldn't resist fitting in these beautiful "Fireside Christmas Tablescape" ideas.  I have to admit that I was really in the decorating mood this year.  Don't… Read More

Glamorous Christmas Mantel

  My inner  "glam" is out of the closet 8-O .  Literally.  I started off with inexpensive thick gold garland from last year on the mantel, and one thing led to another, and I was turning into Joan Crawford about to light a long cigarette in… Read More

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Friend Who is 40 or Over

I never really thought about our DIY decorating blog this way before, but I recently realized there are some really thoughtful Christmas gift ideas here 8-O .  Inexpensive, thoughtful gifts, at that.  Don't worry if you don't DIY, I have that covered, too.  Below you… Read More

Christmas Kiss Tree

Were you following (subscribe here) 4 years ago?  If you were, thank you so much for hanging out with us for this long.  I find it hard to believe, but it was four years ago that I posted the "Appetizer Tree" and holy cheese… Read More

Christmas Wreath Giveaway

  I don't know about you, but I have 2 sides when it comes to decorating for Christmas.  One is very, very traditional, and the other is not :lol: .  For example, a traditional fresh pine wreath on our front door is just what Santa… Read More

Thrifty Style Snowman Lovers

It's been snowing up here in Michigan, so it's really put me in the the mood to decorate for the holidays.  Are you ready, or no?  I pulled last year's repurposed snowman shutter dude out of the basement a few days ago, and he looked… Read More

Cranberry Pecan Pie with 10 Minute No Mess Pie Crust

  I drove by about 20 wild turkey in our neighborhood a couple days ago and thought, oh boy...I better get my Thanksgiving butt in gear grocery shopping list together if we're going to have Thanksgiving dinner at our house.  It was going to be… Read More

Stairway Dark Gray Accent Wall

I admit it.  I was wrong.  Darn it, and there I was thinking I was on top of my decorating game by telling everyone to just paint their walls white.  Easy peasy, right?  Well, not so fast, Blanche.  I still love white walls  :lol: .… Read More

Dollar Store Christmas Tree Candles

I know it's early for Christmas candles, but we only have 2 months left 8-O ...lets get this Christmas party started.  We don't have to actually decorate yet, we can just think about it...and maybe go to the dollar store for supplies.  No stress, I… Read More