After the holiday season comes DIY season!

After all the excitement of the holidays are over the DIY season hits in my house!  We live in a snow state so winter is a great time to tackle indoor projects.  This year, with a new house, we have a LOT to do.  But one of the simplest projects that can make a HUGE impact is cabinet hardware!!!! I'm so excited to show you the new hardware I picked up at True Value Hardware.  I've been drooling over it for years and this new kitchen was perfect for it.

Here is he before.  The drawer pulls were custom made and very cute, but not our style.  Plus there were some missing.

And here is the after!

Since the old hardware was custom it was an odd size.  Which meant a little more work and the perfect opportunity to share some DIY skills with you!

What you need-
Your new hardware
Wood filler
Putty knife
Sand paper
Paint (we used EasyCare Platinum Paint & Primer in One)
Screwdriver (we recommend the Master Mechanic's Swift Driver!)

Alright.  It's not a difficult task, but it can be time consuming if you need to change the orientation of your hardware.  First, remove all your old knobs.  Then fill the old holes with your wood filler.

It doesn't have to be beautiful to start.  Once it's dry you will lightly sand and paint over these areas.

Pick up your favorite brand of paint from your local True Value Hardware.  I prefer an eggshell finish. A paint and primer in one (like EasyCare Platinum Paint & Primer in One) saves a lot of time also!

Once your holes are filled, dry, sanded, painted and dry again (this usually happens in the time it takes you to work your way around the kitchen so there isn't as much dry time as it sounds like) you are ready to drill the holes for your new hardware!  We prefer to use a cordless drill.  Choose the bit that fits the size of your hardware, mark were your new handles will attach and create your new holes.  Once this is done it's time for the big finish!

If your kitchen is like mine you have a lot of cabinets.  Which means a LOT of screwing.  You will find that in hard to reach areas (like on drawers) it's nearly impossible to screw your hardware on with the electric drill.  Which means the good old hand screwdriver.  Which is miserable right?  Not anymore!  This year we discovered the Master Mechanic's Swift Driver, a whole new breed of driver tools!  It's a ratcheting screwdriver which means you can spin it back to your starting point without backing your screw out.  It came with all the interchangeable screwdriver bits so it's an all in one tool! It's ergonomic design has a soft grip, the shaft has a magnetic catch and there is bit storage right inside the handle!

The driver is a 29 piece tool that includes 7 phillips bits, 3 slotted, 3 square recess, 4 star, 6 SAE nut driver bits, a flexible extension to access hard to reach areas (this was the only thing we thought could be improved upon, there is no where to store the extension on the tool itself), plus the bit and case.  With a lifetime warranty this is a must have tool!  Available only at True Value stores and TrueValue.com

Enjoy your new hardware!  

This winter we will be tackeling our living room with lots of paint and maybe some new dry wall.  What's on your winter DIY to do list?


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Holiday Party Decor with Dollar General

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Galoshes and I had a very fun weekend!  We hosted a cookie exchange with some friends.  It was the first time we had invited these friends to one of our gatherings so we really wanted to go all out.  Luckily we have a Dollar General in our town (we live in a very small town) so it was easy to get stocked up with Dollar General Holiday décor and not break the bank.  Here are some of the images from the party preperations.

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We had so much fun getting it ready.Pretty much everything shown is from our local Dollar General Holiday décor section.  But there are some details you may not realize so I wil share them specifically!
  • The ornaments in the first image are on a cupcake stand on top of a cake stand.  The ornaments are from Dollar General, the stands I had already.
  • The little cardboard house next to the wine glasses are from Dollar General.  it was only $1! and my kids loved putting it together and playing with it and the little elves it came with afterward.
  • The ice bucket with the cranberries inside was made after empting a juice container form the Dollar General then filling it with water and using some soda cans to create the holes as it froze.  Fill the cans with water to keep them from floating then run it all under water to loosen after freezing.
  • On the table I places some light up packages (from Dollar General Holiday décor) as well as a thing of pens, aren't they fun!!!, and some little note pads for the games we had planned.  The pens were a HUGE hit, and at Dollar Genearal prices only a buck a piece.  The candy in the dish is also from Dollar General.  
While in the Dollar General Holiday décor section I found these rub on transfers.  They were supposed to be for ornaments, but I used them on the little bowl to dress it up a bit.
  • The labels on the soda and water bottle are also from Dollar General.  We couldn't resist them!  
Under the tree you will see a goodie bag for each lady that attened the party.  It was a great way to get our holiday gifts to our friends without having to track them all down and run all over.  Each lady got their bag on the way out of the door at the end of the night.
I hope this inspires you to have a holiday gathering of your own!  And check out your Dollar General Holiday décor when decking your halls!  And be sure to Like Dollar General on Facebook, I do!
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Holiday Art Display with Duck Tape®!

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It's December!!! Which at my house means lots of festive decor and crafts.  My kids are at that age where they really love seeing their artwork displayed (usually on the fridge) which is great, but I don't like a ton of clutter on my refigerator.  So I came up with a solution we are all very happy with!  

It started with this box of Duck® Brand duct tape with all the great holiday themes!  I have a million uses for it, but I am most excited about this project so I thought I would share the tutorial with you.  We made reversible magnetic frames for the kids' art!  Check out the final result-




It was super simple and you only need a couple supplies.  

  • At least two patterns of Duck® Brand duct tape (if you want it to be reversible)
  • Maganets (make sure they stick to metal on both sides, some maganets only have one magnetic side)
  • Scissors
  • A piece of paper to dertmine size (what ever size your kids normally draw on, for us it was standard paper)



I don't like to do a lot of measuring so I found laying the paper down and using it to determine the size of my duct tape strips was easiest for me.  I made each stip a bit longer so that I could trim the corners nice and neat.  Place the duct tape sticky side up and work your way around the paper.  



Once you have the full frame add magenets to the sticky side.  How many magnets you need depends on how large your frame is.  



Now with your second pattern do the same thing but with the sticky side down right on top of your first frame.  Sandwhiching the magnets in the middle.  The tape holds it in place.  


Then trim the excess on the cornes to make it nice and neat.  

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Now let your little ones test it out!  We found it was easiest for them to use if you put a small magnet on the art work to hold it in place while you put the frame on, then take the place holder magent off.  You can choose the side of the frame that goes best with each art work or your mood for that day!  


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Stuff Your Stockings at True Value Hardware Gift Card Giveaway!

Tis the season we all try and figure out what to buy for the men in our lives.  Heck, with all the things True Value Hardware carries who needs men to shop for!  They have lots of great things for women!  I've been eyeing the Shark Deluxe Steam Mop for quite a while now!

I know Mr.MJ&G would have fun with this welder.....

Or maybe this grill!  He is the grilling master in our house.

Galoshes is obsessed with organizing, so I'm pretty sure she would love to spend a $100 True Value Gift card in the storage and organization department! Wether you have last minute holiday shopping to do or you just want to reward yourself for making it through the holiday season....... we are giving away


Two lucky MJ&G readers will each win a $100 gift card to their local True Value Hardware store.  Deck the halls, fill the stockings, spoil yourself.... how ever you want to spend them!  Enjoy some holiday cheer on us!

How to enter-
1. Leave a comment here saying what you would get from your True Value Hardware (or who you would buy for).

2. "Like" True Value Hardware on Facebook. Leave a comment saying you did this.

3. Pin from this post with "Win a $100 True Value Gift Card" on Pinterest then leave a comment with a link to your pin.

Giveaway ends December 10th at midnight central time.  Winners announced on December 11th.  You will have 48 hours to contact me to claim your gift card or a new winner will be chosen.  Good Luck!

Cash Back on your Online Holiday Shopping (or any online shopping!)

I recently discovered a site I have to tell you guys about for no other reason than that I'm getting some GREAT deals!  I was a bit skeptical at first so I waited until all of my things went through before I shared  this.  I am not being paid to post this or have any reason too (although if you sign up through my link I can get referral bonuses! And I love it so I'm sharing).

I'm talking about Ebates

Have you guys heard about this yet?  I do a lot of my holiday shopping online.  Its a drive to the nearest city and I have three small kids...... so online shopping is huge for me.  This year I decided to give something new a try because Ebates offered me a $10 gift card if I made a purchase through their site (which directs you directly to the store of your choices website so your safe just like you would be purchasing from i.e.. Best Buy or Target directly).  

I chose I would want a Target card as reward for my first purchase, placed an order through Ebates at the store of my choice, and in a couple weeks there was my $10 gift card!  Plus I earned cash back on my purchase (amount varies by store).  I again waited to make sure I would actually get this money (you can choose to have it mailed by check or paid by paypal).  I chose Paypal and voila, there was a payment made to me shortly thereafter.  

So now I'm hooked.  And I'm passing the word along to anyone looking for great online deals with a bit of cash back and even some rewards! 

Right now to keep up with the holiday madness a lot of the participating stores (which is every store I have wanted to shop at so far) are offering even more cash back and special deals through Ebates.  Check it out!  There is no cost to join and you don't enter any payment information.  Just shop as normal and get some money back!  

Happy Holidays! 

Fossil Vintage Revival Bag WINNER!

Jessica Warfield

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Victoria's Secret Makeupa

I came across this image on Pinterest and loved the look. It reminds me of VS Angels.  It's very different from what I normally do because I typically blend my shadows in a lot.  So I pushed myself to try this look.

The inspiration- (I would credit the original source but Pintest has blocked it saying it was reported as spam.  If anyone knows where this came from I would be happy to link it directly to this gorgeous girl!)

Since there was not original link I converted the look using my best guess. Here was my result-

I recently got a sample of Stila's In the Light pallet from Sephora.  I used Bare, Kitten, Gilded Gold, Night Sky and Ebony for this look.  On the lips is NARS Belle De Jour.

Fossil Vintage Revival Handbag Giveaway!

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If there is one thing that is a must in my closet it's a great, well made, long lasting bag!  I am so excited to tell you about the new line of bags from Fossil!  The Fossil Vintage Revival Handbags are modern bags modeled after vintage classic style.  Made from hand-burnished heirloom leather, these bags will last you and not go out of style with their classic silhouettes. You can now find the bags in some modern colors and patterns like rust color or giraffe pattern!  The are big bags and small bags, day and evening styles as well as some fabulous clutch wallets.  I've created a Pinterest board for my favorite two bags. One for day, one for night!

My night look!


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And my daytime look!


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My favorite thing about a great leather bag is how it only gets better as the years go by.  It wears in and creates character.  Unlike other bags that look dingy over time, great Fossil Vintage Revival Handbags get better with age.  Each bag is burnished, stitched and finished by hand!  

Are you ready to win one of these fabulous bags for yourself?  I thought so!  Here's how-

You have until midnight on November 25th to create a pin board on Pinterest of an outfit you'd pair with your Fossil Vintage Revival Handbags.  Include #FossilVintageRevival in your Pinterest Pin.  Then leave a message on THIS POST sharing your pin.  YOU MUST SHARE YOUR PIN IN THE COMMENTS in order to be eligible.  You must also leave your email address when you enter so that we can contact you when you win!


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Good Luck! 

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Like New Kitchen Aid Mixer for $5 with True Value Hardware!

I am so excited to share this project with you guys!  It was so quick and easy and the payoff was HUGE!  My mom gave me her old (and I mean it was probably the original) but working perfectly Kitchen Aid mixer.  Although I was super excited to get that bad boy, I was less than excited about how it looked at the time.  She's been around for a while......

As you can see there were a few spots where the paint had chipped away as well as a few rusty loking spots.

While looking for spray paint at True Value Hardware I spotted the Appliance paint (usually found on the top shelf of the spray paint section).  AHA! I picked up a can of black and didn't look back! I also picked up a roll of 3/4 inch blue painters tape (it's the perfect width for the Kitchen aid).

After cleaning the machine well and removing any bits that can come off, I carefully taped off the rest of the silver.  It doesn't take long to do this, but it makes a HUGE difference.  Like the difference between "Look I spray painted my mixer" and "Wow! You got a new mixer!!!".

After taking this photo I noticed I still needed to tape off the mixing attachment piece so don't forget that!

Now follow the directions on the appliance paint and WALA! You have this beauty!

It looks just as amazing in person.  The appliance paint made all the difference.  Great sheen, perfect finish not that spray painted look.

Thanks True Value for the "brand new" Kitchen Aid for $5!!! 


Top DIY tool in my house.... Sharpie Markers!

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If there is one tool I CAN NOT live without in my house it's my assortment of Sharpie® markers.  We all have atleast the standard black Sharpie laying around right?  Well at my house you would find not only that but the awesome 24 pack of fine points in amazing colors...... (which by the way have lasted me FOREVER.  I can't even say how many years I have had them)

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If your not quite as Sharpie® crazy as I am, you may opt for the more modest 12 pack....


But for the holidays this year I picked up the fun new metalics!


I think they are perfect for the holidays.  I'm labeling my gifts, writing on top of treat tupperwares, filling in chips in  ornaments!!! Seriously, what can't you Sharpie® on?

As a DIYer (and I'm sure this is no surprise to you) I'm constantly pinning projects that I want to do.  The number one thing I have been dying to try is baking your Sharpie® designs on cheap dishes.  What fun gifts, or keepsakes for kids art work.  I think we will make a Santa cookie plate this year with our Sharpie® markers and bake it on.  Next year the kids can make a new one and some day we will have a whole set! 

I'm not the only one pinning Sharpie projects!  They have their very own Pinterest board!!!! Check it out http://pinterest.com/sharpieuncapped/holiday-happenings/


Happy Holidays! Now go Sharpie® something! 

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DIY Driveway part 2!

I shared the DIY steps for redoing your driveway a bit back.  You can find the steps here.  So here is the after picture!  The scuff looking things are dirt, I waited a few days to take the picture and it wasn't all sparking clean anymore.  But much better than the before!  And it's all protected for the winter.  

Some of you asked for the details so I'm happy to share!  This project was done with True Value hardware, so all supplies and pricing are from my local True Value.

Sealer- 8 pails which totaled $120
Caulk for cracks- $16 worth of caulk tubes
Brush/squeegee $9

So a total of $145 and 3 hours of labor.

I use the term labor fairly loosely, as I feel it was easy enough for anyone to do themselves.   I hope next time you need it done you consider doing it yourself with True Value Hardware!


Girls Night! Getting ready with Hpnotiq

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One of my favorite parts of girls night is getting my girlfriends together at my place to get ready before we hit the town.  It's a time to gossip, be goofy, learn makeup tips, ask if your ass looks fat in that outfit..... the stuff you need your girls for.  I'm really excited to take girls night to a new website that just launched by Hpnotiq.  It's all about getting ready for your night out with tips on how to Primp & Prep.
Not only will you find amazing makeup tips and fashion inspiration, but you will find my favorite part too! A Pandora radio station with great music selected to get your night off to the right start!  I know for me my mood is all about the music!   hair down, music up!
We can't forget about the pre club cocktails! Show your girls a good time by checking out the drink recipies on the site.  We all like our drinks to be pretty, well check out these great colors!
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Having guys night? No problem, Primp & Prep has lots of great things for guys too!  Learn how to catch the eye of the hottie across the bar and how not to blow it when you walk up to her!
Book mark it for your next girls (or guys!) night..... or plan one just so you can party it up with Hpnotiq!

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