How to Bring Life to Your Home Decorations

If you have visited me before, you know I love fresh flowers. They just add so much to a room. Unfortunately, buying flowers every week isn’t in my budget. The question is how to wake up my rooms? 2022 is all about creating safe spaces that are loaded with brightness and positive energy. I’ve rounded up cheerful decorating ideas that don’t need to be refreshed on a weekly basis. Think: unexpected bursts of color, whimsical motifs and vintage finds that double as art and bring the outdoors in. If you’re looking for new ways to bring life into your space this season, keep reading to get inspired!. 

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Decorating Mistakes of First Time Home Owners

Buying your first house is a major milestone for most of us. Not only is it intimidating to get a mortgage, save the down payment, and orchestrate a move, now the question is what do I do with this empty house? You’ve made a long term commitment buying this house and getting a mortgage. You may have certain indulgent ideas from a fantasy of the younger you. Your dream could be owning an oversized bed, or integrating a fireman’s pole from ceiling to floor, or designing truly magical children’s rooms. Whether or not it takes shape depends on your circumstances and updated sense of taste.

Yet sometimes, great décor decisions are not just about what you hope to achieve but also what you should avoid. That might sound negative, but actually, knowing a few limiting parameters can help you reign in your creativity to a reasonable and sensible degree, often to the point where decisions you make are fully justified, pointed, and appreciated.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Many of us love our homes and enjoy doing small projects that make it special. This is certainly true of your home’s exterior. Whether you are looking to sell your home, or you just want to give your home a fresh look, view your house from the street. At first glance, is the yard welcoming? A well-maintained garden can add beauty and value to your home, while a neglected one can make it look run down and unkempt. Let’s consider basic easy steps to make your home’s exterior pleasant and appealing without breaking the bank.

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How to Refresh Your Home on a Budget

Most of us have had the experience of gazing around our house and not being content or inspired by its décor. Perhaps the wall color you once loved is now just tired and dated.

Whatever your motivation, periodically most of us need a refresh in our rooms. If you’re like me, that also usually means my changes and updates are on a small budget. Fortunately, there are a number of interior modifications you can do that can make a significant impact while requiring very little time or money from you. If you want to fall in love with your home all over again, let’s think about changes with little or no cost that you might like. First, give your home a deep cleaning and get rid of clutter. Your home will seem larger now.

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Family Fun For Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo does not celebrate Mexican independence as many Americans believe. Mexico celebrates their independence on September 16.  Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French in Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. It is not formally observed in Mexico countrywide. It is a full holiday in the states of Puebla and Veracruz, where parades, battle reenactments, and poblano culture displays are held.

 The 5th of May is a popular party holiday in America and other countries. How did it become so popular in the U.S.? It was introduced to encourage pride in Mexican Americans back in the 1800s. Like St. Patrick’s Day, this patriotic holiday has been commercialized into a time to party. A 2018 survey by NationalToday.com showed only 10% of Americans knew the true reason behind the holiday, yet it has turned into a day where people can get cheap margaritas and eat tacos.

If you like to celebrate the day with your family, I suggest you include a little history about the Battle of Puebla in 1862. French forces sent by Napoleon III were on the march to Mexico City and encountered the Mexican Army in Puebla. The small Mexican army in Pueblo defeated the French in a historic battle on May 5th. Ultimately the French did win the war, but the day celebrates the resilience of the Mexican people to resist invaders who are trying to take their land.

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Black Bean Hummus

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip, spread, or savory dish traditionally made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. I’ve shared various versions of hummus before in all kinds of flavors. Today my twist is a spicy version based on black beans not chickpeas. Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Taste your hummus and adjust spices as needed for your family. I’ve added jalapeño pepper, garlic, and lime juice for a pop of flavor.

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Spring Crown of White

I live in Central Florida, growing zone 9B which is semi-tropical. Amaryllis is a subtropical bulb that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South Africa. It is grown as a potted plant in most parts of the United States but can also be grown outdoors year round in warm areas like Florida. The red amaryllis you buy at Christmas are FORCED bulbs.

Two weeks ago I shared my first white amaryllis blooming in my front yard here in central Florida. Over the next few days almost every white flower opened in a beautiful white crown in the garden. Today I’m sharing photos from a early morning visit.

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