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Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don't) and a Giveaway!


Here we are, at the end of another week already.  The trees are rapidly changing and are absolutely gorgeous, so I'm trying to enjoy every bit of it before everything goes bare and depressing for the winter.

Some fun things on my 5+1 list this week - I think you'll appreciate them as much as I do.  This post contains some affiliate links.

DIY Gallery Art
Gallery walls continue to be a hot trend, and I have more than my fair share in my own home.  But sometimes it's hard to figure out how to compose your gallery wall, right?  Enter DIY Gallery Art.  I spotted these at Hobby Lobby this week, and they're just plain fun.  Plus they make creating a gallery wall easy.

It's a booklet of gallery art that you just cut out, frame, and hang on your wall.  You can use as little or as much as you'd like.

There are lots of options too.  Here are a just a few of them. 

Color Me Happy - 

Isn't She Lovely 

Color Me Happy - 

Life is Beautiful

What girl wouldn't love the Young Girl gallery art?

One more, and then I'll stop - sorry, I can't help myself.  The chalkboard art is fun too.  There, done.

Handmade at Amazon
Have you seen this yet?  I just discovered it yesterday.  Handmade at Amazon looks like it's Amazon's take on Etsy - offering a bunch of different lines of handmade products.

I'm digging these key chains -

Personalized cutting boards maybe?  A great wedding or Christmas gift.
I'm loving this monogrammed one.
Disposable Table Runners
I must have Thanksgiving on the brain since I'm hosting this year, and these table runners provide a fun way to change things up a bit.  Whether it's the kid's table, or the adults, there's something for everyone.

I saw these at my local Fleurish Home store - 

They're made by Kitchen Papers.  I've seen their fun placemats, but there are lots of fun options with the chalkboard table runner too.
Or this pretty cutlery runner -

I love their Christmas options too.  This one caught my eye - how fun and festive!

How gorgeous would this black and white table runner be with some gold accents for your holiday dinner?
Just something to think about as you start to ease into the holidays.

Luxury Loungers at the Movies
When I saw this sign at the movie theater, I wasn't sure if they were selling loungers or adding them to the theater.  Well, they're adding them to our movie theater, and I'm a little too excited about it.  

Uncommon Gifts
I love finding gifts that are off the beaten path, and that's where Catching Fireflies comes into the picture.  They have wonderful a wide range of options that are bound to fit your needs.  Like these cute office accessories:

This book is a fun stocking stuffer, yes?

I love things like this, in my office or not - doesn't matter to me.

My husband is impossible to buy for these days, so I'm always on the lookout for something new.  Catching Fireflies has a great selection of fun guy gifts.

How about this book for the traveler in your family?

A book for the history buff:

This book could be for any man -

They just have a great selection that cover every base, and I love that.  Who wouldn't want to share a plate like this?  What a great hostess gift.

The best part is that they're offering a giveaway and a 20% discount code (use the code STYLE at checkout).  It's good for 30 days from today.  The giveaway is for a $43 gift certificate at Catching Fireflies.  Why $43?  Because it's whimsical, just like their gift ideas.  Three ways to enter:

  • Check out their Facebook page
  • Follow them on Instagram

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

My +1 for the week - mystery bruises.   Is this a phenomenon with anyone else?  I can be getting ready and look in the mirror and see a bruise and not recall how/where/why I got it.  I am not the most graceful person in the world, and have a tendency to run into things, but sometimes it gets a little ridiculous.  Perhaps it's just another side effect of getting older.  

Good times.

Have a great weekend!


One Room Challenge - A Girl's Bedroom Makeover


In keeping with getting a puppy this summer, I'm continuing my trend of doing crazy things this year.  After jumping into the Spring edition of the One Room Challenge and tackling my master bathroom, my daughter has convinced me to do it all again.  Except this time, it's her room.  Her birthday is actually tomorrow, so the timing of it all is perfect, and she is incredibly excited to get things underway.  A big thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for organizing the One Room Challenge, giving me the inspiration to tackle this project!

So, let's take a look at the room as it stands now.  I have to clarify that my daughter has rearranged this room more than once in just the past few weeks against my advice.  (Translation: She recruited her dad to do her dirty work).  She's a creative soul, and is always wanting to change things up, so I can't blame her for wanting to rearrange things.  

That said, bear in mind that she has put her personal stamp on the room at the moment. :-)

She apparently swiped some rugs from the bathroom to add to her floor decor.

Festive black ribbon on her dresser for Halloween...

And her bedroom door is tricked out for Halloween too - complete with cobwebs and some black and orange garland.

We have been talking about this room redo, and here are some of the things she would like to incorporate:
  • Artwork with quotes (a girl after my own heart)
  • Some pom-pom pillows
  • New bedding
  • Blinds that block out the light
  • A smaller dresser and a mirror
  • A space to organize her books
  • Organized areas for all of her stuff
  • Creative storage since her room isn't that large
This is going to be a fun project because Kate is typically very organized (she rearranges her closet when she gets bored), and I think she will really appreciate and keep up with the changes that we make to her room.

Some inspiration that has caught our collective eyes so far:





Let the games begin!  Take a look at all of the other crazy bloggers who have linked up their rooms and are taking the challenge.