Personalized Journals – Perfect Grad Gift

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Looking for a fun gift for Grads? Personalized journals make a great gift and kids love to see their name in print. It’s fun to buy a set of personalized gifts for the grad. For elementary kids, I’ve gotten a lunch box, journal, coloring book and a few other items. My kids love writing in journals and bring them with us on trips so they make the perfect gift for summer and road trips! Click here to check out all of our products on Frecklebox.com. And don’t forget the invitation, click here (scroll through to see all of our designs including graduation) and here for a selection of Simon+Kabuki designs.

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Happy Easter – Freebies!

Hope you have a fun and relaxing Easter with lots of chocolate bunnies and easter eggs! Here are some free tags to download and also free coloring pages to keep your kids busy! Click here for Tags, Frog Coloring Page and Lady Bug Coloring Page.Screen shot 2014-04-15 at 10.34.37 AM Screen shot 2014-04-15 at 10.45.11 AM

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Comfy Guest Room

My daughter went away to college and when she didn’t move back home after the first year my sons went on a campaign to put a pool table in her room. So we did. After 4 years away, she came back home for a few months until she could afford her own place. Since her old bedroom is now the Pool Room, she moved into our guest room. With her effin’ cat. Who tore up the carpet trying to escape.

This is how a lot of my home projects start, with one repair that snowballs into a total makeover. I figured if I have to replace the carpet, I might as well paint while the room is empty. And now that I’m painting a new color I’ll have to get new bedding. And since I’m starting over, I might want to rearrange the furniture because I haven’t hurt my back lately.

Vintage-y guest room

Vintage-y guest room

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Sitting area, comes with a free dog.

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Vintage family photos mixed with antique prints warm up the room.

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Homey collection of prints and photos in a simple arrangement.

The afternoon sun shines on the bed so this room might have to double as the Afternoon Nap Room. Now I just have to redo the attached bathroom, stay tuned!

 

 

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Shady Veggie Gardening

Screen shot 2013-07-10 at 8.51.49 AMI have two spots in my yard that I plant veggies. A really sunny spot where I have one raised bed (pictured above from last summer). Last year I grew tomatoes, swiss chard, eggplant, basil and lettuce with great success. This time around I will plant tomatoes, basil and probably swiss chard again. My other larger area is two large raised beds in partial shade (pictured below). I’ve had some success with broccoli and cauliflower but other veggies that I’ve planted wanted full sun. This year I did some research on shade tolerant plants and I’m going to try kale, spinach, lettuce and strawberries for sure, not sure what else. I think I will also mix in some shade tolerant flowers and plants. Here’s a good list or this one for some shade tolerant veggies. Now if I can just figure a way to keep my annoying dogs out of the garden area everything would be peachy! Got any ideas?

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