DIY Your Way Into Your Daughter’s Heart

iStock 000045641344Small DIY Your Way Into Your Daughters Heart It can be difficult finding a gift your teenage daughter will like because teenage girls are generally picky, about everything. But no worries! We have put together these DIYs that your daughter will find adorable and useful.

Twisted Headband
Materials:
- Sewing machime
- Scissors
- Thread
- Stretchy fabric (color/pattern of choice)

Craft on:
Cut two 6″ by 22″ pieces of fabric. Fold each piece of fabric the long way and sew them shut so the pattern is continuous. Lay the long strips diagonally across each other to form an X then fold one side over the other. Do the same with the other side. Stack all four ends on top of each other and sew them together with one straight line. If you think your daughter will really enjoy these, get crafty and make them with different colors and patterns.

No-Sew Plaid Scarf
Materials:
- 2.5 yards of flannel fabric
- Scissors

Craft on:
This one is even easier than the last one. Simply cut the edges of the fabric, using the plaid pattern as a guide. This is allow you to fray the edges. Once you’re done cutting, gently pull any threads sticking out on the edges and this will give you that frayed edge that can be so expensive in stores.

Word Pendant
Materials:
- Gold wire
- Paper and pen
- Two pairs of pliers
- Wire cutters
- Gold chain

Craft on:
Write out whatever word you’d like onto the piece of paper. Some popular ones are “make”, “love”, “believe”, or you can write your daughter’s name. This will allow you to shape the wire with a model instead of in thin air. Use one pair of pliers to hold the end of the wire down and the other to shape the wire into the word. Before you shape the word, make a little loop with the wire so you can attach a chain. Do the same once you’ve finished the word. Once you’re done, cut the wire and attach the chain to the loops. Of course you can do all this with silver wire and chain if that’s what your daughter would prefer.

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Decorate Your Tree With DIY Ornaments

iStock 000046970396Small Decorate Your Tree With DIY OrnamentsYou can’t have Christmas without a Christmas tree and you can’t have a Christmas tree without DIY ornaments. We’ve found some great ways to dangle your skills in front of everyone with these easy and fun DIYs.

Twine Ball
Materials:
- Twine
- Balloon
- Modge Podge
- Gold string

Craft on:
Blow up the balloon to whatever size you’d like the ornament to be and tie it shut. Wrap the twine around the balloon leaving open spaces to give it that see through effect. Modge Podge the entire twine/balloon ball and let it fully dry. Once it’s ready, pop the balloon and pull it out from the twine ball then attach some gold string to it so it can have something to hang from the tree with. Feel free to make multiple different kinds with colored twine, or glittery Modge Podge.

Scrap Ribbon Tree
Materials:
- Small stick
- Various scraps of green ribbon
- Thin twine
- Glue gun

Craft on:
To make this a crafty ribbon tree, select green patterned ribbon, solid ribbon of various shades of green. It will make it more interesting to look at if each section is a different ribbon. Simply tie the ribbon to the stick in a tree shape. Leave equal amounts of ribbon on either sides of the stick and make the ribbon larger as you go down the stick. Once you’ve finished, glue some twine in a loop to the top of stick so that it forms an tree attachment.

Candy Cane Ball
Materials:
- Styrofoam ball
- Red and white striped fabric
- White ribbon
- Mistletoe

Craft on:
Place the styrofoam ball in the middle of the fabric and cover it with the fabric, leaving a gathered end at the top of the ball. Tie the fabric with the white ribbon, into a bow and leave enough hanging out to make a loop for the tree attachment. Stick the stem of the mistletoe through the bow and leave the leaf part hanging out above. Now you’ve got an excuse to steal that mistletoe kiss!

Glittered Snowflake
Materials:
- Glue gun
- Wax paper
- Silver glitter
- Silver string

Craft on:
Lay out enough wax paper so that you don’t get any glue on the table. Shape the silver string into a loop and began your snowflake from the ends of the string. Simply glue gun the shape of a snowflake onto the wax paper. Sprinkle glitter onto it before it dries then allow it time to harden. Once the glue is cooled off and solid, remove it from the wax paper and hang it up!

What’s your favorite Christmas ornament to DIY?

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3 Easy Home DIY Gifts

iStock 000019902472Small 3 Easy Home DIY GiftsTwenty-two days till Christmas! But who’s counting… It’s great getting store-bought presents that are exactly what you wanted but sometimes you want a little more heart put into it. We’ve come up with a great way to do that: DIY gifts! Here are some of our favorites that are perfect for the house if you’re wanting to give a practical gift.

Animal Bookends
Materials:
- Two animal shaped paper weights
- Wood glue
- Paint (any color you’d like)
- Paint brush
- Two piece of rectangular shaped wood (big enough for the paper weight to fit)
- Sand paper

Craft on:
Sand the bottom of the piece of wood so that it doesn’t scratch whatever surface you decide to put it on. Glue the animal shaped paper weight to the top of the piece of wood and let it dry completely. Paint the entire piece of wood and paper weight the color of your choice. Once it’s all dry you can start on the other bookend to have a complete set!

Coasters
Materials:
- Small square tiles
- Square pictures (a little smaller than the tiles)
- Modge Podge
- Carpet
- Glue gun

Craft on:
You’re probably thinking that this looks really complicated because there’s tiles and carpet involved but it’s actually super easy! Cut the carpet so that it covers the bottom of the tile and glue it to the bottom with the glue gun. Make sure you glue the bottom of the carpet to the bottom of the tile so the fuzzy side touches the table. Modge Podge the picture to the top of the tile. Once it is dry, it is done!

Wooden Cutting Board
Materials:
- Pencils
- Wooden cutting board
- Excellent etching skills

Craft on:
The kids can help out with this one! Have them draw something on the cutting board with pencils. If there’s multiple children, give them each a section to do their own thing. Once they’re gotten all their creative juices out, go back over all the designs with a safe and sharp tool to etch out the design. This way there’s a guarantee it’ll stay forever.

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I’m Dreaming Of A Decorated Christmas Home

iStock 000029774152Small Im Dreaming Of A Decorated Christmas Home That’s right folks, it’s Christmas time! Our favorite holiday of the year when there’s eggnog, chocolate, and Christmas cheer. Put on your Celine Dion Christmas album and get your elves to work, it’s time to decorate.

Pine Cone Christmas Tree

Materials:
- Pine cone
- Forest green paint
- White paint
- Gold paint
- Paint brush
- Mini plant pot
- Mini star
- Glue gun

Craft on:
1. Paint the entire pine cone green.
2. Once dry, paint the tips of the pine cone white.
3. Paint the mini star gold.
4. Glue gun the star to the top of the pine cone.
5. Place the the pine cone on the mini plant pot and you now have a Christmas tree!

Christmas Wreath

Materials:
- Different colors and shapes of ornament balls
- Glue gun
- Foam ring
- Thick Christmas ribbon

Craft on:
1. Glue gun the various ornament balls to the foam ring, switching up the sizes and colors next to each other.
2. While the glue is drying, form a giant bow with the ribbon and leave the wings falling down.
3. Glue gun the bow to either the top of the ring or the bottom. It just depends what look you prefer.

Twine stars

Materials:
- Twine
- Ten pop-sickle sticks
- Glue gun

Craft on:
1. Glue the pop-sickle sticks together in the shape of a star.
2. Glue the end of the twine to one of the points of the star.
3. Wrap the twine around the entire star
4. Once the star is completely twine wrapped, glue the second end of the twine to the back of the star.
5. If you want to hang the star up, leave a bit of twine left instead of cutting right at the star.

Wooden Christmas Garland

Materials:
- Twine
- Saw
- 9 hook screws
- Sharpie
- Small log

Craft on:
1. Saw the log into 9 even circles.
2. Screw the screws into the log circles.
3. Write “Christmas” on the log circles, one letter per circle.
4. ?String them along the twine and admire your DIY work!

Window Snowflakes

Materials:
- Puff paint (various colors of your choosing)
- Wax paper
- Marker

Craft on:
1. Draw different shapes and sizes of snowflakes on the wax paper.
2. Go over the drawings with the puff paint of your choice.
3. Once the puff paint has dried, peel it off the wax paper and stick it on the window

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Your 2014 Christmas Gift Guide

iStock 000014667409Small Your 2014 Christmas Gift Guide Thanksgiving and Black Friday are the only two holidays that stand between you and Christmas. Granted it’s still a month away but no one likes doing their Christmas shopping the week of. Whether you’re a husband looking for his wife or a girl looking for her furry friend, we’ve got you covered! Check out our 2014 Christmas gift guide below for some great ideas that will blow any past Christmas into the snow.

For Her
-Plaid Heath Scarf
-Kate Spade Sailor’s Know Earrings
-Mar Jacobs Watch
-Fitbit Flex Wristband
-Michael Kors Clutch
-Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Robe
DIY:
-Teacup candle
-Sharpie letter mug
-Quote pillow

For Him
-Corniche Heritage 40 Watch
-Keurig
-Bespoke Post gift card
-Beats by Dr. Dre
-Moscow Mule Mugs
-L.L.Bean Signature Leather Duffel
DIY:
-Mr. & Mrs. etched wine glasses
-Liquor bottle soap dispenser
-Beer bottle glasses

For Girls
-Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll
-GoldieBlox and The Builder’s Survival Kit
-Disney Frozen Sparkle Anna of Arendelle Doll (can’t have one without the other)
-Pretend & Play Doctor Set
-American Girl Pom Pom Scarves Kit
-Build & Imagine StoryWalls
DIY:
-Jewelry holder
-Painted Keds
-Felted owl

For Boys
-Disney INFINITY Marvel Super Heroes
-LEGO Juniors Knights’ Castle Building
-Disney’s Karaoke Series: Frozen
-The Puzzling Professors Puzzles For Kids
-Zoomer Dino Boomer
-MarMarvel Captain America Super Soldier Gear Battle Helmet
DIY:
-Super hero mason jar banks
-Sock monkey
-Comic book coaster

For A Friend
-Canvas with photo of you two
-”You’re My Person” mug
-Long Distance State pendant
-Gold infinity bracelet
-Friends photo album

For Your Pet
-Star Wars Chewbacca Plus Dog Toy
-JW Pet Treat Tower Dispenser Dog Toy
-Petstages Catnip Plaque Away Pretzel
-Grreat Choice Wobble Cat Toy

For Your Teacher
-”You are the key to my success” keychain
-Smart clip table cup holder
DIY:
-”It takes a big heart to shape little minds” canvas
-Hot cocoa kit in a jar
-Crayon candy dish

Of course there are thousands and thousands of gifts you can get someone you love but some of the most memorable gifts are memories. Here is a list of unforgettable activities and experiences you can do with your friends and family:
- Ornament decorating
- Radio City Christmas Spectacular
- Cookie decorating
- Tree picking and decorating
- Christmas day volunteering
- Christmas symphony concert
- Holiday carroll singing

How do you make Christmas special for your loved ones?

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Tips For Surviving Thanksgiving

1. Find a buffer

That’s right, you need to find a buffer friend. Someone who will keep you sane around your insane relatives. People act differently and well-mannered when they’re around someone they don’t know. Try this tactic out this year and see how much more smoothly your Thanksgiving day goes.

2. Activities

The kids can get a little too hyper around each other usually. They feed off of each other’s never ending supply of energy and there’s days when you envy that but this is not that day. You want to pig out and relax! The best way to keep them contained is to have activities ready for them. Set up Dance Dance Revolution in your basement for them to let out all their energy. Have them play outside if it’s not too cold or board games if they can concentrate for that long.

3. Plan but don’t plan

That probably sounds confusing. What we’re saying is that you can plan when people will arrive, when the food will be served, when the dishes will be done, and when everyone will leave but the likely hood of that working out is slim. No matter what time you set, someone will be late. No matter when you want the food out, a dish will take longer to heat up than you expected. And no matter how much you want people to leave, they won’t. But that’s okay because Thanksgiving is about being thankful and spending time together.

4. Eat slowly

If you’re worried about gaining that Thanksgiving 5 then eat slowly. You will feel fuller faster if you take small bites, chew an excessive amount, and put your fork down in between each bite. Once you’re done with your first plate, wait 20 minutes before going for seconds so your stomach has time to realize what’s going on. The worse feeling is when you eat too fast and it all hits you at once and you want to dive into the couch. This technique will make sure you have a slim yet satisfying Thanksgiving meal. And don’t forget there’s always leftovers for the week that follows so you can have Thanksgiving everyday!

5. Be thankful
There are very few times in a given year that you will be with your whole family. Cherish that time together, find out what’s going on in their lives, what they’re doing after they graduate or retire. It doesn’t matter that the apple pie burnt, what’s important is not burning the relationships you have with the people you love.

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Your Guide To A Successful Black Friday

48526432 thumbnail 1024x1024 Your Guide To A Successful Black Friday Black Friday is the best shopping day of the year because of the insane deals you can get. However, it can also be overwhelming due to the amount of people and offers there are on the big day. We’ve put together a list of the major retailers and what they will have as well as a Black Friday survival kit so that you can shop prepared!

Walmart
Xbox One for $349.00
Samsung 46″ HDTV for $528.00
Sony 48″ LED LCD HDTV for $348.00
Nextbook Tablet wwith 8GB Memory for $49.00
Frozen Light-up Dress for $28.00 (this will be a huge hit for families with little girls)
Barbie Dreamhouse for $120.00
Graco Travel System for $99.00

Target
Element 40″ LED HDTV for $119.00
Beats by Dre Solo HD Drenched for $97.00
Apple iPad Air 2 16GD with $140 gift card for $499.00
Playstation 4 500GV Console Bundle for $399.00
GoPro HERO3 with $50 gift card for $249.99

Best Buy
Panasonic 50″ 60Hz 1080p LED TV for $199.99
Beats by Dre Solo HD on-ear headphones for $79.99
iPad Mini 3 16GB for $324.99
Microsoft Surface 2 32GB for $299.99

ToysRus
LEGO Star Wars Palpatine’s Arrest Set for $69.98
Disney Pixar Brave Merida and Queen Elinore gift set for $9.98
Despicable Me Dancing Minion for $24.99
Fisher-Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza for $29.98

JC Penney
Sunbeam Heritage Series Stand Mixer for $99.99
70% off Samsonite Soar Luggage Collection
Bulova and Citizens Mens Watch for $99.99

Survival Kit
You will never be ready for this crazy holiday but there are ways to be as prepared as you can be for it. The first thing to remember is that you will most likely be camping out all night till the doors open to your favorite retail stores. Since you’re going to be sitting there for a while, invite a friend to go with you so you’re not bored, make it an adventure! Stay hydrated. We cannot stress this enough because when you start shopping, you won’t be doing anything but shopping so you need to hydrate before the day begins. Thanksgiving is the day before so you don’t have to worry about eating before you go because that’s all you’ll be doing all day, the day before. However, bring snacks to re-energize yourself throughout the day if you plan on skipping breakfast (which we don’t recommend doing). Speaking of food, don’t forget about lunch! It will be a long day, a good way to break it up is by stopping at your favorite restaurant and grabbing a meal with your friend.
The last thing to remember, is to not get caught up in the Black Friday Deals once you’re in the store. If you’re going with a budget and need to stick with it then bring someone along who can hold you accountable. Oh and of course don’t forget to have fun and shop away!

Share with us your Black Friday Survival tips in the comments!

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Making The Most Of Your Children’s Thanksgiving Break

iStock 000017909402Small Making The Most Of Your Childrens Thanksgiving Break Thanksgiving break is just around the corner and you have no idea how you’re going to keep your children occupied and entertained. Here are some fun and easy crafts your kids can do on their own while you sweat it out in the kitchen preparing your feast.

Mayflower Craft
Materials:
- Paper cup
- Coffee cup coozie
- Two coffee stirrers
- Four white, rectangular pieces of paper
- Narrow red tape
- Scissors

Craft On:
1. Cut the paper cup in half and place the bottom half in the cup coozie
2. Cut two of the rectangular papers so that they’re slightly smaller than the other two pieces
3. Make one horizontal slit in the middle of each long side of each piece of paper
4. Tape the stirrers on the inside of the cup, on opposite ends.
5. Place the larger piece of paper on the stirrer, followed by the smaller piece. Do this for the other stirrer as well
6. Place a piece of tape at the top of both stirrers, leaving enough sticking out to cut it in the shape of a flag

These make for some cute center pieces for the kids table at Thanksgiving or a nice decoration for their room.

Tic Tac Toe – Thanksgiving edition
Materials:
- Construction paper of the following colors
- Brown
- Green
- Yellow
- Black
- Red
- Blue
- Scissors
- Glue stick

Craft on:
1. Cut out five, 2 inch yellow squares
2. Cut out four, 2 inch blue squares
3. Arrange the squares three by three in a way that it forms a Tic Tac Toe board, alternating colors. Once you’ve done so, glue them to the red paper
4. Cut out five small leaves from the green paper
5. Cut out five small acorns from the brown paper
6. Cut out the words Tic, Tac, Toe from the black paper and glue them to the top of the red paper.

Now your children have a wonderful little Tic Tac Toe board to play with when they get done eating on Thanksgiving day!

Thankful Wreath
Materials:
- Construction paper (various colors, any you want)
- White construction paper
- Black marker
- Scissors
- Glue stick

Craft on:
1. Cut out leaves of various shapes and sizes in several different colors from the colored construction paper
2. Cut a 2 inch wide ring out of the white construction paper
3. Write something you’re thankful for on each leaf
4. Glue the leaves onto the ring

You can display this when your friends and family come over so they see what you’re children are thankful for.

What crafts do your children do during the holiday season?

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Traditional And Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

iStock 000028461860Small Traditional And Non Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes Thanksgiving is only two weeks away and it’s time to start planning the feast! It might seem a little early but those turkeys go fast, at least the good ones do. We’ve pulled together the traditional recipes but if you’re feeling a little more adventurous this season, try some of these non-traditional food recipes to switch up the food table.

TRADITIONAL RECIPES
Sweet Potato Casserole (from My Recipes)
Ingredients
4 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups cornflakes cereal, crushed
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake sweet potatoes at 400 for 1 hour or until tender. Let stand until cool to touch (about 20 minutes); peel and mash sweet potatoes. Reduce oven temperature to 350.
2. Beat mashed sweet potatoes, granulated sugar, and next 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon potato mixture into a greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.
3. Combine cornflakes cereal and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole in diagonal rows 2 inches apart.
4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle marshmallows in alternate rows between cornflake mixture; bake 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Cream Corn (from All Recipes)
Ingredients
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
1. In a skillet over medium heat, combine the corn, cream, salt, sugar, pepper and butter. 2. Whisk together the milk and flour, and stir into the corn mixture.
3. Cook stirring over medium heat until the mixture is thickened, and corn is cooked through.
4. Remove from heat, and stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted. Serve hot.

Cornbread Stuffing (from Food Network)
Ingredients
2 large onions, chopped
4 ribs celery, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
2 cups chopped pecans
2 (16-ounce) bags dried corn bread stuffing mix
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 stick butter

Directions
1. Saute onions and celery until tender in a heavy skillet, about 6 minutes.
2. Add the thyme and sage and saute until fragrant. Stir in pecans.

3. In a large bowl, add the cornbread mix, bacon and vegetables, and stir in the chicken broth.
4. Add to a 13 by 9 by 2-inch casserole dish.
5. Add butter slices to the top of the casserole and cover with foil.
6. Bake for 30 minutes then remove foil and cook until top is crisp, about 15 more minutes.

iStock 000029413758Small Traditional And Non Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes NON-TRADITIONAL
Pear Salad with Raspberry Cream (from My Recipes)
Ingredients
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup raspberry preserves
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 firm, ripe pears
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 head Bibb lettuce, torn
1 small head romaine lettuce, torn
1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Directions
1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients. Set dressing aside.
2. Peel pears, if desired; quarter pears. Brush with lemon juice.
3. Arrange lettuce on 4 plates. Arrange pear quarters over lettuce. Drizzle with dressing; sprinkle with cheese, bacon, and raspberries.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Mustard and Walnut Vinaigrette (from Cooking Channel)
Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces slab bacon, cut into lardoons
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 shallots, sliced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon grainy mustard

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Toss the Brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons of the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet.
3. Spread the Brussels sprouts out on the baking sheet and roast, stirring once or twice during the cooking process, until tender and charred in spots, 35 to 40 minutes.
4. Add the bacon to a medium saute pan and render over medium heat, 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the walnuts, garlic, shallots and a pinch of salt.
6. Cook until the bacon is crispy, being careful not to burn the walnuts.
7. Stir in the vinegar, honey and mustard with a fork.
8. Whisk into the bacon fat until emulsified. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
9. Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a large mixing bowl, add the bacon mixture and toss well. Serve.

Roasted Acorn Squash (from Cooking Channel)
Ingredients?
2 acorn or dumpling squash, about 1 pound each
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil, optional
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons amaretto
8 fresh sage leaves
1/2 pound crushed pignoli cookies, almond biscotti, or vanilla wafers

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Split the squash in half through the equator and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Set the squash halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, if desired. If squash are very large, cut lengthwise into quarters.
4. In a bowl, cream the butter with the sugar, and almond liqueur.
5. With a brush or a spoon coat the cut sides of each squash half with the butter mixture and put 2 sage leaves on top of each.
6. Sprinkle with the crushed
cookies. Bake until tender, 30 to 35 minutes, basting every 15 minutes with any remaining butter.

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How To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

iStock 000039061984Small How To Make Your Home Look More ExpensiveBefore inviting all your family and friends over for Thanksgiving, update your home with these quick and easy DIYs. They will give your home a fresh new look without having to do all that construction work!

Painted Vinyl Floors
Some older homes still have vinyl floors, especially in the bathroom and laundry room. It’s not the greatest look and those who do have them typically want them gone but don’t have the time to do much about it. Well stop procrastinating and do this quick DIY to hide the vinyl. Simply paint the floor! Okay maybe it’s not that simple. You need to sand the floor first, then use a deglosser to get the rest of the vinyl gloss off, and prime the floor. Now you can paint the floor! The most important details is that you need to use porch and floor paint. If you’re feeling adventurous, paint a patter: strips, gingham, polka dots. Anything that can bring the small room back to life.

Garage Organizer
The garage is usually a helpless space that won’t ever look nice or organized because people don’t have the time to put effort into it. However, we’ve found an easy way to organize the clutter while giving it an aesthetic appeal. Buy two or three wire shelves along with some plastic containers that will fit on them. Begin organizing the various amounts of things you have in your garage and label the outside of the container to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Next comes the artistic touch. Slip on a shower curtain of your choice (the fabric ones that go in front of the plastic curtain are better) onto a preferably light weight curtain rod and zip-tie it to the edge of the top shelf.

Kitchen Backsplash
That’s right you’re going to give your kitchen a much needed face lift. Pick out a fun blacksplash that you like and would enjoy looking at every time you do the dishes. Some popular ones are herringbone, subway tile, and glass brick. To avoid the traditional work of removing any tile that is already there and sanding, use peel and stick. It’s easy to apply and eliminates the hassle of dealing with grout!

How do you update your home without tearing down walls?

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