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 ūüėÜ. 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 ūüėé. 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 ūüáļūüáł 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 ‚̧ԳŹ 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 ūüėĀ. I began to think about how I could have tacos in the morning ūüėĀ, 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 ūüė≥), 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 ‚ėÄÔłŹ 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 ūüė≥. 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 ūü§ß. 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

10 Years of DIY Makeovers Before & After Home Photo Tour

I'll never forget the first time we walked into our house home. ¬†I found it on-line one evening after a very long, frustrating home search. ¬†We had just relocated back to Michigan and were renting while we searched for the best option. ¬†I drove by… 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, ‚ÄúDig it, man.‚ÄĚ ¬†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

Grandma’s Pizza Fritta

I was terrified to meet Grandma D. ¬†I was only 21, but madly in love with her beloved grandson (now married 25 years). ¬†I remember the day like it was last Tuesday. ¬†My husband spoke very highly of his Italian fraternal grandmother, and it was… Read More

Spooky Witch Halloween Porch

    I never thought of our porch as a "stage", but after this "Spooky Witch Halloween Porch" we created I'm beginning to see it. ¬†I could have the kids set up a booth out front by our mailbox and sell "drive-bys" for $2! ¬†The… Read More

30 Thrift Store Makeovers for All Seasons E-book

Hi there, it's me, Julie!¬† Not only is thrift store shopping amusing, but it relaxes me, gets my wheels turning, and best of all, if I'm feeling low it helps me feel better. ¬†Well, today I hope I can relax you, get your wheels turning,… Read More

13 Italian Recipes Mom Makes

    My husband and I joke about how I have absolutely no Italian blood in me, and he has no Polish blood in him. ¬†To our surprise...we recently found out that our ancestors may have been a little of both 8-O ! ¬†No wonder… Read More

Dollar Store Fall Candles

One sunny Autumn afternoon a few years ago I was driving the kids home from school and I had a talk with them about trees. ¬†Yep...trees. ¬†The kids thought I was losing it, and maybe I was a little, but hopefully the "tree talk" will… Read More

White Hobnail Sconce with Exposed Cord

Do you suffer from ECP also known as --->Exposed Cord Phobia 8-O . Have you noticed that top designers, home decorating stores, DIY bloggers, and home decor magazines are now exposing their cords?! I know that sounds like it's against the law, doesn't it? Well,… Read More

Thrifty Style Fall Home Decor Giveaway

  GIVEAWAY ALERT! ¬†GIVEAWAY ALERT! ¬†FREE STUFF...I'M GIVNG AWAY FREE STUFF! ¬†Yep, you read that right, it's all about giving back to my very loyal, amazing followers by giving away this very vibrant, beautiful, and surprisingly thrifty Fall decorated tray for free. ¬†One lucky… Read More

The Lowe’s UpSkill Project Community Workshop

  Hey guys! ¬†Inquiring DIY minds want to know...have you been following along while I document The UpSkill Project? ¬†If you have, then you probably know that the "The UpSkill Community Workshop", which was the final Detroit event for this exciting program, took place at… Read More

18 Savory Soup Recipes

My husband loves soup. ¬†My oldest loves soup. ¬†I love soup. ¬†My youngest, not so much. ¬†Where does your family fall on the soup spectrum? ¬†Either way, with Fall approaching there's no better time to sift out a few soup recipes you may have never… Read More

Peach & Purple Fall Table

Okay, I admit it. ¬†I am NOT a peach eater 8-O . ¬†I actually tried one again today (from the table you're about to see) hoping to love it, and I can positively say, I do not like to eat peaches. ¬†The sweet juicy-ness is… Read More

The Lowe’s UpSkill Project Do Days

When I was invited to partner with Lowe's for The UpSkill Project I knew it would be an incredible opportunity for ¬†However, I had no idea that my husband and I would connect with such an amazing family on this journey. ¬†You might say… Read More

Removing Cat Hair Trick

I just made a tunafish sandwich for lunch, and I always give our 2 rescue kitties the tuna water. ¬†At this very moment they are both licking their chops, and feeling mighty feline fine! ¬†No, this is not a post about tunafish, but it is… Read More

12 Dollar Store Ideas for Every Season

    It's time for the Thrifty Style Team to bring you their very best thrifty decor, and today I am focusing on the dollar store. ¬†I have 12 Dollar Store Ideas for Every Season, plus my gals from the Thrifty Style Team will share… Read More