The Decorating Dork

Wordless Wednesday - I Never Thought Spring Would Come


Do you have a Wordless Wednesday?   Head over to 5MinutesForMom.com and link yours up. Then you can check out everyone else's photos of the week.     


Did You Know April is National Decorating Month?



I'm not exactly sure who decided April was National Decorating Month, but it does seem like the perfect time of year to freshen up your home decor.  After being cooped up in the house during the long, cold winter it's something we can all look forward to.    Spring is the time of year we are cleaning and organizing our homes, so why not do a little redecorating while we're at it?  
  
I am what you would call a "seasonal" decorator.   I decorate my home more so for the seasons then holidays.    I have fall decor that is more harvest colors, leaves, scarecrows and pumpkins (no Halloween). Then my winter decor is snowmen, snowflakes, greenery and lots of lights tucked everywhere (nothing overly Christmas other then my tree)   This time of year is a little harder, all I seem to see is Easter bunnies and eggs, so it's a challenge to find accessories that just say "Spring."

I do plan on doing one big redecorating  project this Spring and that's my living room.   It's long over due.. I mean really long over due!      The whole room needs to be repainted, new furniture, lamps, curtains and a good 'ole fashioned decluttering.    I can not wait!    

In honor of National Decorating Month, here on The Decorating Dork I'm going to have several posts this April to celebrate.    I'll be sharing the process of my living room redo, ideas for making little changes to freshen up any decor and even a giveaway to help with your redecorating.

So, I hope you'll come back and celebrate with me.        

Happy Decorating!    

   




Meal Plan Monday - Week of March 31st




I've carried over a couple of dinners from last week, for one reason or an other I didn't make the ham or raviolis.    I'm already starting to feel like I need new ideas and recipes.   I'm not too adventurous in the eating or cooking department, but it's getting b-o-r-i-n-g.    I also need to start making healthy dinners that my husband and son will eat.    

Do you meal plan?  I'd love to see what you make for dinner.  




Meal Plan Monday - Week of March 24th





This week is all about using up what's in my freezer and pantry.  I can't tell you how excited I am that I don't even have to go to the grocery store at all.    I'll only be making a quick trip to Walmart for a couple grocery items and cleaning supplies.   

Do you meal plan?  I'm always on the hunt for new and easy recipes to try.   




GoodBye Winter.... Hello Spring!


Today is the last day of winter 2014.  Can I get an AMEN?

I'm sure we've had worse winters in the past, but this one has been cold, long, snowy and did I mention cold?  We still have below normal temperatures for mid March but I'm trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel. (and by "light" I mean sunlight)

I never thought I say this but I'm looking forward to Spring cleaning both inside and outside my house. Plus, I'm planning on doing some redecorating in April and May.

Stay tuned......    





It's A New Day With A New Design


Hi, it's been a long, long time since I've done this whole blogging thing... too long.  To say life has been chaotic the last few months would be an understatement!

But last week I decided it was time to get back on schedule in my home, my life and with my blogging.  
I knew it was time for changes.  So I figured I'd start with a new blog design to help me get a fresh start.

I've been stalking the blog templates at Designer Blogs for almost a year now, never committing.  I honestly don't know why I couldn't just pull the trigger, pick one and order it.  

I'm so happy I finally did!  Isn't it cute?  The template is called Blythe.  Lindsey at Designer Blogs designed it and installed it for me.   She was quick, sweet and very professional.  I cannot say enough good things about Designer Blogs, I feel you get a beautiful template, great service at a reasonable price.    I'd use them again in a heartbeat!   Check them out if you're looking for a change.  

I look forwarding to writing and sharing my life and love of DIY, decorating and home decor in my new "online space."  
 

2 Easy Ways To Save $1378 In One Year


When I saw the 52 Week Savings Challenge chart come up on my Pinterest feed, I thought "I can do that."    I have to admit I'm not that great with saving money. For me, this plan seems simple and painless.
 

There are two different ways to do the weekly version, you can either start with $1 and increase it each week or start with $52 and decrease each week.   The end result is still the same, but I figured I'd have more money in the beginning of the year then at the end.   Obviously this is meant as a New Year's resolution type challenge, but you can start it at any time.  I'm starting this week but will save as if this is week 4 which means I'm putting aside $202.   It will be a nice chunk of change that sure will come in handy for Christmas gifts.  Although, you could use the money for a family trip, maybe new furniture or a household project that's been put off for too long.  You could just leave it and grow your savings every year, but that's no fun.


This chart breaks it down monthly, it might work better with someone's budget to do it this way. 

I've seen people tape it to a large jar, but I think it would be too easy to "borrow" from the jar if it was sitting right there.  I'm printing mine out and keeping it in my bill paying binder so it's always there to remind me.  I should frame it and hang it on the wall above my desk, that would be hard to miss!  

Do you have any tips or tricks for saving money?  I'd love to hear about them.  



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