DIY Hanging Octagon Mirrors

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I just started working on decorating our bedroom. It’s always been the last on my list of decorating because #1, it’s the least seen by everybody else and #2, I already have this Anthropologie inspired bedspread I made and a few furniture items I love so it feels done up enough to keep me pretty happy.

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Recently, however, I’ve felt a resurgence in desire to get this room even more put together and feeling like our space so I’ve begun adding a few elements and will be working on a couple more projects all through this week.

I love the look of hanging mirrors, they add a little something more special than just a framed or plain mirror and yet they’re still modern and simple. And a few years ago I bought all these hexagon shaped ones from Hobby Lobby for another decor project I was working on that I decided not to do. They’re return policy (at least at the time, I don’t know about now, I no longer shop there) was terrible and not long after purchasing them, for whatever reason, I couldn’t return them. Things like that always bum me out, when I’m stuck with a bunch of an item I no longer want and it especially bothered me that 3 years later I’d still never figured out a way to incorporate them into any of my decor. What a waste!

Finally I felt inspired to create my own version of these mirrors right when I saw them because I already had the mirrors just sitting there!
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6 Delicious (and Whole30!) Roasted Nut Recipes


6 Paleo and Whole30 roasted nut recipes to amp up your healthy snacking | A Joyful Riot If you’ve done or are doing a Whole30, or are trying your hand at the paleo diet, or even if you’re just trying to eat healthier and replace some of those chips with more nutritious options, you may have discovered nuts are your very best friend. I know I have!

I’ve been trying to stick to the paleo diet for most of 2015 though I’ve fallen way off the wagon a few times and still don’t force myself to be perfect every day. I’ve also done two whole30’s in that time. I absolutely love the way I feel when I eat clean but it is a lot of work, especially when you’ve gone from never cooking at all ever to making all three meals a day from scratch.

6 Paleo and Whole30 roasted nut recipes to amp up your healthy snacking | A Joyful Riot

When I am doing well sticking to the diet, though, nuts are my go-to snack. I know on both diets you’re still supposed to watch your snacking and not go over board on the highly fatty nuts but I’ve found even when I do, I still feel great and lose weight so I don’t stress too much about those rules.

I love raw almonds and cashews but sometimes I want something a little different! I’ve been playing around with roasting nuts and come up with these 6 fabulous recipes that are all downright DELICIOUS! There’s 2 savory options and 4 sweet ones (I still got that sweet tooth…). I find that these are especially great when you’re getting together with friends and family who aren’t as concerned with diet but you want some compliant snacks on hand. They’re also the kind of paleo/whole30 treat that’ll convince the strongest critic that you can eat yummy while being healthy. Does cinnamon roll and pumpkin pie almonds, coconut cashews and candied walnuts sound good to you? Yeah, I thought so…

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All of these recipes are a simple mixing of ingredients and then roasting in a low temp oven for 1 hour except the walnuts, those you just mix in a sauce pan and allow to cool! Nothing hard or requiring any kitchen skills WHATSOEVER. click through to see all the recipes + pictures and enjoy!
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DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Tufted Crib

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My crib dreams have come true!!!! 2 years ago, when I was just starting to plan my upcoming baby’s room, I found this gorgeous Restoration Hardware tufted crib and died, it was so gorgeous! I’d never seen a tufted crib before and thought it would just be the greatest thing ever to have, baby girl needed it. But for $1200…it just wasn’t gonna happen. Additionally, it was a little more “antique french” than I wanted to go for in our nursery so I knew it wasn’t quite right anyway. I immediately formulated a plan to DIY my own version.

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I’ve been SO excited about this project ever since then! I carefully chose a crib that had a similar shape, with the higher, curvy head and footboards and a simple, rectangular shape. This is the one I got. At about $300 (including the price of the crib itself) I am completely thrilled with this crib. I only wish I had had this room all put together and ready for Stella when she first came home. Even though she wouldn’t be sleeping in it for the first 6 months, there’s just something so exciting about having an actual decorated space that you love just for your baby. That wasn’t possible for us at the time though as our house purchase was still going through so I’m just grateful to have it now for us both to enjoy!

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Faux Galvanized Pipe Bookshelf

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Today we are sharing some faux galvanized pipe shelves that add just the perfect amount of industrial flair to your book collection. Head on over to Drifter + the Gypsy for the full how-to and step-by-step photos!

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In my opinion no book collection would be complete without some Harry Potter and Narnia! :) What are your book collection must-haves?!

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DIY Colorblocked Office Chair

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I have no idea how this summer has completely passed me by but somehow it has, alas, I return to school tomorrow. I’m excited and depressed, the typical back to school feelings you know.

I’m scared to be ultra, mega busy/stressed out again but I’m excited to get a little break from Mommy time two days a week and get back in to the world of adults again (if I’m even still capable of that kind of interaction anymore…)

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But really, I think I’m mostly depressed because I somehow thought this summer would be just overflowing with time to do things like decorate my house and be clean and organized. But, like, I just got around to all of those things last week. For real.

Each room is coming along really slowly. Mainly because I keep doing like 10 projects at once instead of focusing in on one room at a time. I guess I like to be an everywhere, doing-a-million-things-at-once, all around mess of a person! Idk!

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But anyway, I’ve actually been pretty proud of myself for keeping my craft room decently clean most of the time. And honestly, when it is a disaster, it’s not my fault! I swear! That tornado of a baby I’ve got can tear a craft supply shelf to pieces all over the floor in POINT TWO SECONDS! It’s impressive almost.

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Regardless of how messy it may or may not be 75% of the time I’m in there (because Stella is in there with me) I still want it to be a cute room! So I got started with some new tables, reorganization and this all new chair!

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Ok, all new is a total lie cus really it’s just all new to me, it’s thrifted! I got this West Elm cast off for $5 at Goodwill and I couldn’t have been happier! With a shape like that, it could’ve been left cream and silver and still been a great addition to my space. But of course, I had to DIY it a little.

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