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Summer is finally here and the official change of the season is always a good time to refresh the entrance to your home. A doormat is one of the easiest ways you can make a difference on your front stoop...
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DIY Mini Bud Vase Craft

With all the Christmas decor coming down, I wanted to highlight the one thing I’ll be keeping up all year long: DIY mini bud vases. In case you missed this little craft that I originally wrote about here, I thought...
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It’s almost December and I can’t wait! I love the Christmas season. It is my favorite time of year. Everyone is happy and friendly. I love the music, the decorations and let’s not forget the food! ...
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