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8 Homemade Gifts to Try This Holiday Season

Posted On: December 7th, 2018
Sometimes I think shopping for gifts is the most stressful part of the holidays. Fighting the crowds, worrying about prices, trying to determine the perfect gift for someone—it can all be overwhelming. Granted, online shopping has helped with the crowds, but if you really want to avoid some of the usual pain points of holiday shopping, why not make someone a gift instead of just clicking “buy now”? I love handmade gifts. Not only can you can save some money by making gifts, you can tailor the gifts I have in mind to individual preferences. ...read more

7 Easy Christmas DIY Projects

Posted On: December 4th, 2018
Christmas is already the most wonderful time of the year, and having a little one around to share it with makes the holiday season even better. I get to see everything through her eyes. She sees all the decorations and gets so excited for the upcoming festivities. Each night when we get home, she gets to turn on her tree and exclaims, “Mommy! My Christmas!” ...read more

How to Make a Faux Fireplace

Posted On: November 30th, 2018
All through the month of December, River Valley is having pictures with Santa. That means there will be a lot of festivities and fun at all of our branches. The Beavercreek office got really creative and made a whole background for the pictures, and it is so cute! The crown jewel of their background is an amazing fireplace they made. It looks so real! I love it so much I want to make one for my house. ...read more

5 Simple Thanksgiving Projects

Posted On: November 14th, 2018
The holiday season is almost here! That means we spent the weekend taking down our Halloween decorations and putting up our Thanksgiving stuff. While getting our decorations out I realized I don’t have much for Thanksgiving. In recent years it seems to me that Thanksgiving has just been skipped over a bit, with most retailers going right from Halloween to Christmas. ...read more

10 Last Minute Costume Ideas

Posted On: October 29th, 2018
Dressing up for Halloween is not just for kids. A lot of workplaces allow staff to dress up, River Valley included. I get a big kick out of walking into a local business and seeing my co-workers in costume. Some of them are so creative! ...read more

5 Easy DIY Ideas for Halloween

Posted On: October 23rd, 2018
Halloween is almost here which means I have been feeling extra crafty lately! Each season and holiday I try to include a few new décor items so our set-up is always changing. I can never find exactly what I want in the stores, so I find it easier (and most of the time cheaper) to make it myself ...read more

6 DIY Projects Perfect for Fall

Posted On: October 3rd, 2018
Fall is officially here! It is my favorite time of year—for a lot of reason. I love watching the colors change on the trees and feeling the crisp, cool air, all the outdoor Octoberfests and other fall events …. ...read more

Fall Gardening Tips

Posted On: September 7th, 2018
Most people don’t think of the fall season as a time for gardening, but it is! Before you get started planting, though, you need to know the hardiness zone for your area. In 2012, the USDA created the plant hardiness zone (see the map here ) to help gardeners determine which plants are most likely to thrive in a specific location. Ohio has three different hardiness zones. ...read more

5 Easy DIY Summer Decorations

Posted On: August 14th, 2018
I love having décor for every season; it really brightens up my home. The stores are starting to fill up with fall and Halloween decorations but I am not ready to leave the summer yet! I like to do my seasonal crafts a little late in the season to get more of a discount on items. It makes it feel like I get to stay in the season just a little bit longer. ...read more

5 Inexpensive DIY Projects for College Dorms

Posted On: July 24th, 2018
In just a few short weeks it will be college move in day. That means you are going to need stuff to fill that dorm room! There are plenty of dorm necessities checklists out there (find one here) but something else to think about is décor. Adding décor will make is seem more like home for the time you are there. Now, home décor can get pricey, but fortunately there are ways to decrease the cost. ...read more

8 Fun Summertime Kids Activities

Posted On: July 17th, 2018
I love summer! The days are warmer and longer, so there is more time for outside fun. Summer is also the time of year when the kiddos are out of school and home full time. When I was young, I used to spend my summers at the local pool and library, but pool passes can get expensive, and not every kid enjoys reading. That said, there are many free and low-cost summer activities ...read more

7 Easy Independence Day DIY Projects

Posted On: June 29th, 2018
Can you believe June is almost over? The year is sure flying by. That means that Independence Day, one of my favorite holidays, is just around the corner! I love the history of the holiday as well as the festivities that come with it. Each year, we have a big cookout for all of our family and friends and then walk to the neighborhood park to see fireworks. As I am sure you know by now I enjoy DIYing a lot of things and Independence Day decorations are no exception! ...read more

4 Tips to Help You Save Money on Home Renovations

Posted On: May 15th, 2018
Owning a home is a lot of work! You have regular up-keep, repairs and renovations to worry about. If you are like me, the renovations never stop, and they can get expensive. There are, however, ways to save money without sacrificing quality or style. I promise it can be done! ...read more

Easy DIY Mother's Day Gifts

Posted On: May 8th, 2018
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day when we celebrate how great our moms are. The holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in the early 1900s to honor the memory of her mother. The church where her mother is buried holds the title of International Mother’s Day Shrine . ...read more

How to Start a Garden

Posted On: April 6th, 2018
It’s finally April and my hyacinths, tulips and irises are beginning to bloom which means warmer weather is on its way. My favorite part of spring is seeing all the flowers in bloom, which is why I have 11 different flower beds in my yard. ...read more

Fun and Easy Easter Crafts

Posted On: March 20th, 2018
Easter is one of my favorite holidays for a lot of reasons, one of the most important being that the decorations are just so dang cute! I also enjoy the family time that comes with Easter, from coloring eggs to egg hunts and ending with a big family dinner. Seeing the excited look on my ...read more

Easy Paper Organization Ideas

Posted On: March 16th, 2018
One of my resolutions this year is to get organized. As you can imagine, life with a toddler can get hectic and lead to some disorganization. There are many times when I can’t find what I am looking for, and at other times ...read more

Easy Springtime DIY Projects

Posted On: February 27th, 2018
Ahhhh, spring. A time of renewal. Complete with sunny days, warmer weather and beautiful flowers. In fact, my tulips have begun to sprout so I know it’s getting closer and I can’t wait! In keeping with spring’s renewal theme, each year I like to search out simple, DIY ideas to spruce up my house ...read more

Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Posted On: February 2nd, 2018
It’s February 14, so it only feels appropriate to make my first post about Valentine’s Day. Each year I struggle to find the perfect way to make my spouse feel special while staying on budget. ...read more