Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 95

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If you want to make sure you don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list & you won’t miss a thing!  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 I've Been Up To: I had the great privilege of doing my first video interview and podcast!  Theresa (over at A Mom In The Making) and I had a great conversation talking about Overcoming Pressure To Be The Perfect Mom and how to decorate on a budget.  It was ... read more

Top 15 Places You Might Find Asbestos

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I'm practically addicted to home renovation TV shows.  I love seeing how people can transform a nonfunctional home and turn it into something amazing!  There's something about seeing the transformation process that is really entertaining! Often times, older homes are a huge part on these awesome transformations because they can be purchased for a bargain price and renovated into a dream home and bring instant equity to the homeowner.   Renovating an older home can also be risky.  You never know what you'll find lurking in an older home.  Things like... Asbestos. Today is the 10th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  Mesothelioma is a cancer that is ... read more

Overcoming Pressure To Be The Perfect Mom

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I'll be the first to admit that I don't have it all together.  In fact, I sort of adopted that as my slogan for Carrie This Home.  I gladly point it out on my bio photo: Why do I do this?  I want Carrie This Home to be a place of encouragement.   I struggle with things just like you do!  I want to be the Mom my kids deserve but sometimes feel I'm not measuring up.  My living room is usually a mess.  I'm lucky if I get a shower.  I struggle with having healthy confidence.  The constant mountain of laundry causes me daily stress.  The list could go on. I am willing and happy to share my struggles with my readers in the hope that I can also ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 94

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If you want to make sure you don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list & you won’t miss a thing!  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 There's a few things that get me really excited.  One of them is when I discover a recipe that tastes great, is easy to make, and doesn't force you to buy 10 million ingredients.  Let me introduce you to Orange Cream Fudge for Under ... read more

Orange Cream Fudge For Under 5 Dollars

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This dreamy Orange Cream Fudge For Under 5 Dollars proves you can make a delectable dessert without breaking the bank! You can't go wrong with the taste combination of orange and cream, right?  Orange and Cream has to be one of my top flavor combinations.  When I bite into this fudge, it reminds me of those orange creamsicles my brother and I used to get from the ice cream truck when we were kids.  Weren't those awesome? This amazingly easy fudge will satisfy any sweet tooth.  The taste is beyond wonderful but the best part is you'll be able to make this for under $5! Tasty, easy, and inexpensive?  Now that's my kind of recipe! Orange Cream Fudge is ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 93

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If you want to make sure you don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list & you won’t miss a thing!  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 I've Been Up To Earlier this week I shared a simple tip I've done over the years.  It's all about how to Play With the Kids, Clean and Exercise at The Same Time!   Talk about multi-tasking!  It's worth hopping over to check it out just for the video! ... read more

Play With The Kids, Clean & Exercise At The Same Time

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Some days I feel like I'm drowning under my to-do list.  Spending time with my kids verses getting things done are constantly battling over my time.  I have two energetic kids that love to play.  I also have a house to clean.  And a body to take care of.  And bills to pay.  And people to take care of. You get the idea. Most days I have three things I try to accomplish: spend more time with the kids keep the house somewhat presentable exercise  It's difficult to do well at all three of these on the same day.  If I do really well with spending quality time with the kids, the house gets ignored.   When I do well to get the ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 92

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If you want to make sure you don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list & you won’t miss a thing!  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 shared my all-time favorite hair care tip.  I'm one of those people who takes a long time to get ready in the morning.  By the time I shower, put on makeup, blow dry and flat iron my hair, an hour has gone by.  I don't always have ... read more

Get Rid of Greasy Hair In 10 Minutes

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Have you ever noticed your hair getting greasy but you don't have time to shower?  Me too!  A shower would solve the greasy hair problem but it takes a lot of time to go through the whole process. I have great news!  I recently found a life hack that that solves the greasy hair problem so well it's been a huge game changer for me! This tip is perfect for busy women, new mothers, and for people like me who take a long time to get ready need a quicker solution. My hair gets VERY greasy if it's not washed everyday.  My hubby jokes if I go too long without washing my hair, it looks like I've put hair gel in it.  I guess I can't blame him when it looks ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 91

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Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you all are in the midst of enjoying this long Labor Day Weekend!  We have plans of relaxing as a family and going to a local fair.   Going to the fair is always entertaining.  Maybe it's the good food, the rides, or the mullets. Mullets? Yes.  Mullets.  State fairs are the perfect place to count mullet haircuts.  The hubby and I have made a silly game of counting the number of mullet haircuts we see each year at the fair. I know.  We're pretty strange, right? Okay....moving on! This week at Carrie This Home I shared our Budget Deck Makeover.  Investing some money into our deteriorating deck has proved to ... read more

Budget Deck Makeover

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I'm kicking myself that I didn't do this project earlier. We've lived in our home for 7 years and we are just now starting to use our deck.     Our home was unoccupied for an entire year before we purchased it.  Several things went without maintenance and the deck was one of them.  I don't think any of the five previous owners stained or maintained the deck at all. Our wood deck was structurally sound but was it was splintering badly.  We were so worried about getting splinters that we wouldn't walk on it without shoes on. We could have replaced the deck.  We also could have installed composite decking on top of the splintering wood.  But ... read more

Tour Through Blogland

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Happy Monday!  I hope you all are having a great start to your week!  Today I'm doing something a little different.  I've been nominated for the Tour Through Blogland!  I'm going to share a couple things about myself and introduce you to some other great blogs! I was nominated by the lovely Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  She is a sweet girl who has an amazing talent for creating sweet treats and cute crafts.  She's also shared a lot of her experiences with running.  Katie and I have known each other for years, and our friendship has grown closer since we both started blogging.  It's so fun to have a friend like Katie to share blogging ideas, ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 90

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It's official.  I have a Kindergartner in the house!  Life is a little different now that I only have one kiddo for most of the day!  Last week I shared a pretty cool story of how God made our last day of summer pretty special.  Let's just say I was really surprised by God! Now on to the party! If you want to make sure you don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list & you won’t miss a thing!   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 ... read more

Surprised by God

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I've been a bit of an emotional mess the past two weeks. My daughter is starting Kindergarten.  She will be gone ALL DAY 5 days a week! Part of me is beyond excited.  I'll finally get some time to myself! But the other part of me is a mix of sadness and guilt.  She's not a baby anymore and what if I didn't spend enough time with her?   I was feeling a lot of "mom guilt". I've had a lot of struggles with my daughter lately.  I haven't had much sleep which brings my patience to an all-time low.  My daughter is very energetic and she's beyond ready for school to start.   Put those two together and you've got a recipe for disaster. I never wanted to be ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 89

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 What an emotional week for me.   Being a little sleep deprived lately, I've gotten upset at my kids this week a lot more than I'd like to admit.   I also sent my firstborn to Kindergarten this week.  I'm excited for her and also a little worried.  Thankfully God has reminded me that I can let go of her and trust that He's going to take care of her. If I have time next week I may try to share some stories and photos of my daughter's first day at school! Now on to the party! If you want to make sure you don't miss a party,  subscribe to my email list & you won’t miss a thing!   Thanks for joining me and Jordan from Lily White. ... read more

How To Sanitize a Hotel Room in 5 Minutes

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Today I'm showing you all a different side of me. My name is Carrie and I'm a germophobe.  Or maybe I'm just "germ conscious".  Either way, germs gross me out.    All jokes aside, I think we can all agree that hotel rooms can be the perfect place for unwanted germs.  Think about all the previous people who have used that room and what they've done in it. That's enough to give me the creeps. There is hope for germophobes out there.  You can travel and use hotel rooms without fear!   Here's how: Fighting Germs Starts Before You Book The Hotel Research your hotel and the rooms before you book.  If you see some of these words ... read more