Five Dollar Mirror Makeover

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Let me tell you a story about an old mirror. Many years ago my mother-in-law (AKA the Queen of yard sales) bought this mirror thinking we could use it somewhere.  It was old, dirty and not my style. "What in the world am I going to do with this thing?!?" That was my first thought about the mirror. You'll have to forgive my faithless reaction.  I wasn't blogging and doing easy DIY projects back then.  I couldn't see the potential in things like I do now.  Not knowing the potential the mirror had, I put it in a closet and completely forgot about it... ...until a couple months ago.  I rediscovered it while cleaning out my closet. Now, after many years, ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 106

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Thanks for joining me and Jordan from Lily White. Designs, Amy From A Blossoming Life, Sara from Sneaky Spoons, and Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  We each pick different features each week so be sure to head over to the other blogs to see some more lovely features! Don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list!  This week at Carrie This Home  I hate writing thank you notes.  There.  I said it. As a parent, I want my kids to learn thankfulness so this week I shared some tips on how to make it easy and fun to write thank you notes with kids.    Awesome Features From Last Week's Party: The Vintage Sheet had ... read more

Make Thank You Note Writing With Kids Easy

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Can I make a confession? I hate writing thank you notes.  I don't know what it is but writing thank you notes is one task I tend to procrastinate on. Last week, my son had his third birthday.  It was pure joy watching him play with his friends and seeing his reaction as he opened presents from the people we love most. Now that the party is over, the time has come to write the thank you notes.   I want my children learn the art of saying thank you despite my strong dislike of writing thank you notes.  The act of writing thank you notes offers a great opportunity to teach kids about gratitude while providing a fun activity that can adapt to kids of all ages and ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 105

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This has been a BIG week in our family.  My baby just turned 3.   I know, he's not a baby anymore but he'll always be "my baby". As if that weren't enough change, I decided to potty train my son this week too.  Almost nothing is more exhausting than potty training.  The method I'm (sort of) following requires you to stay with the child at all times for three days straight.  That way you can catch the {ahem} event happening and rush them to the potty.  One really good thing that comes out of potty training is all the special time we spent with each other.   We've been snuggling up together and reading tons of books.  I love these precious times ... read more

How To Organize Sewing Supplies

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Do you have one of those friends that loves organizing?  You know--that friend you would LOVE to come over to help you tackle all that clutter and bring life into those messy areas of your home? I do.  Her name is Morgan and she has genius organizing ideas over at her blog Morganize With Me.  Today I'm excited to announce that she'll be sharing one of those genius ideas here with us! So, let's get started with Morgan! I'm very excited to be here today and to get to share some of my organizing passion with you all! Thanks so much Carrie for having me. (And don't worry, if you are not into sewing, you'll still be able to use these organizing tips for any type of hobby, ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 104

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Thanks for joining me and Jordan from Lily White. Designs, Amy From A Blossoming Life, Sara from Sneaky Spoons, and Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  We each pick different features each week so be sure to head over to the other blogs to see some more lovely features! Don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list!  This week at Carrie This Home  My friend Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods shared a super cute and easy Melted Bead Ornament Turotorial.  My kids had a lot of fun making these and we've already given a couple away! Don't Forget... The Elite Blog Academy course will be opened for a limited Black Friday special ... read more

Colorful Melted Bead Ornament Activity

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Hello to all the fabulous followers of Carrie This Home! My name is Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods and I am so excited to be guest posting. Colorful Melted Bead Ornament Activity Our holiday is always filled with kid friendly crafts. This weekend my three little ones and I created Melted Bead Ornaments for our Christmas decorations. It's a super simple craft that children of all ages will love to make. There are only a few supplies needed to make this colorful ornament: plastic pony beads, metal cookie cutters, metal baking sheets and an oven. There are no scissors, paper, glitter, or smoking hot glue gun needed. This is definitely my kind of kid craft! To get the craft ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 103

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Hello friends!  If you have a blog I have to tell you about a Black Friday sale you DON'T.WANT.TO.MISS. Seriously.  This deal could mean a big change for your blog (in a good way).  Recently, my pageviews have gone up by 49% and my Adsense revenue has been up 24%!   How did I do it? A couple months ago, I started taking the *Elite Blog Academy.  This course has been awesome and I've learned so much.  I’m only halfway through and already the things I've learned from the class have translated into more traffic and more income. Elite Blog Academy is an online course that covers all things blogging.  It's a self guided course, so I can ... read more

Elite Blog Academy Review

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You may have been asking "why are there so many guest posts here?"  Or "where has Carrie been lately?" The truth is I've been at a crossroads with this blog.  It's been such a fun hobby and creative outlet for me but I've realized something.  I was taking a lot of time working to build the blog and feeling like I wasn't getting anywhere.   Working on Carrie This Home part time from home would be my dream job.  In order for that dream to happen, something had to change.   This blog would have to take off.  Big time. Which leads me to the reason why I've been a little MIA.  The reason is because I've been taking the *Elite Blog Academy ... read more

Handmade Christmas Gift Tags

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Hello Carrie This Home readers!  My name is Jamie and today I'm visiting from my blog, anderson + grant.  I'm so excited that Carrie invited me here to share a Christmas project with you. I've found that when people know that you are a creative individual, they tend to give you strange items to make something out of.  Today's project was created from one of those "donations." My aunt had a bunch of Formica samples leftover from a recent kitchen remodeling project.  Rather than throw them away, she decided there had to be something  I could make out of them. There are times that I have to really think about what an item can become, but as soon as I saw ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 102

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Happy  weekend friends!  I hope you all aren't freezing through this polar vortex like I am!  I've been pretty jealous of my friends that live in warmer climates! Don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list!  Thanks for joining me and Jordan from Lily White. Designs, Amy From A Blossoming Life, Sara from Sneaky Spoons, and Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  We each pick different features each week so be sure to head over to the other blogs to see some more lovely features! What's popular this week at Carrie This Home If you're planning on making Thanksgiving dinner, you don't want to miss this.  Let me introduce you ... read more

Office Gallery Wall & Minted.com Giveaway

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One of the things I LOVE about blogging is having a platform to share with my readers.  And today I've got a BIG surprise... I'm giving away a $50 gift certificate to Minted.com!   You can use this to start your own gallery wall or use it to give a meaningful gift this Christmas.  Either way it's a pretty awesome deal! Before I get to the giveaway, let me introduce you to my new office gallery wall: As you walk into the office, the gallery wall is now the focus point of the room.  The gallery wall had to include some photos of my sweet family, inspirational quotes, and beautiful artwork. I recently bought a new storage unit (similar to *this one at ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 101

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Hi friends!  I hope you all have had a fabulous weekend.  Are you ready for the party?  I know I am!  Don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list!  Thanks for joining me and Jordan from Lily White. Designs, Amy From A Blossoming Life, Sara from Sneaky Spoons, and Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  We each pick different features each week so be sure to head over to the other blogs to see some more lovely features! What's popular this week at Carrie This Home This week I shared a free, quick, and easy Thankful Tree Activity.  Seeing what my daughter is thankful for in her own handwriting made this so special! ... read more

Thankful Tree Activity {Free Printable}

Teaching thankfulness doesn't have to be hard. This activity will take you less than 5 minutes to prepare and it's free! Thanful Tree Activity

Raise your hand if you struggle with how to teach contentment and thankfulness to your kids. {I'm waving both hands wildly in the air} Let's face it.  I'm a grown adult and sometimes I struggle to be content and thankful! I want my children to learn how to be content with where they are and what they have.  If I'm honest, most days I'm having "talks" with them and trying to convince them to be more thankful.   My "talks" sound something like this: No.  You don't need another stuffed animal when you have 50 others you don't play with. Yes you got a toy the last time we went shopping but that doesn't mean you get one on every trip. The only reason you ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 100

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Happy Sunday friends!  Can you believe this is our 100th party?  I'm so thankful for all the blog friends I've made through this lovely party!  Thanks so much for sharing your awesome posts with us! Don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list!  Thanks for joining me and Jordan from Lily White. Designs, Amy From A Blossoming Life, Sara from Sneaky Spoons, and Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  We each pick different features each week so be sure to head over to the other blogs to see some more lovely features! This week at Carrie This Home I had fun sharing all the secrets behind my 15 Minute Prep Mashed Potatoes.  You ... read more

Embellished Leaf Garland

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Hello Carrie This Home readers! My name is Amy and I'm so excited to be guest posting for Carrie today. I create and write for Delineate Your Dwelling, a creative DIY blog. With fall in full force, I've been having such fun creating simple and festive decor items for my home. Today I am sharing my Embellished Leaf Garland with you.   The supplies for this project are so simple and could even be done with leaves from your own backyard! I live in NM and all our leaves are still green, so I had to use faux leaves. Supplies: Faux Leaves Washi Tape Black Paint Pen String   The first step for this project is to "embellish" your leaves. Using a black paint pen, I traced ... read more