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How to Update Old Dated Shower Handle With No Plumbing Skills AND a $90 Ace Hardware Gift Card Giveaway!

How to replace old clear plastic shower knob with new metal handle. Easy, and no plumbing required!

Our master bathroom shower started out with a builder basic shower handle - you know the type. The clear plastic "crystal" look. It was old and dingy and I really wanted to replace the whole thing, but that wasn't in the cards right now. It's a fair amount of work to replace a whole shower faucet … [Read more...]

Involved Living Series Part 3: How to Live With Less Without Deprivation

Inspirational series on how a couple is working towards financial independence. A must read!

This is Part 3 of my Involved Living Series where I am talking about our journey to financial independence. You can see all posts in the series here. I recommend starting at the beginning if you are stopping by for the first time. In my last post in the series, I talked about the most important … [Read more...]

Super Easy DIY Bathroom Art


When we completed our hallway bathroom renovation last year, I wasn't sure what to put above the toilet. I knew I wanted some art or something decorative. Art is one of those things I just can't ever bring myself to buy. I'm never crazy about the stock stuff you see in stores, and the real kind is … [Read more...]

Organizing Our Garage AND $100 Ace Gift Card Giveaway!

Using a pegboard to organize garage workshop.

Last year I was asked to be part of the first ever Ace Hardware Blogger Panel, and I did a series of paint related posts on my paint color blog, Involving Color. It was such a great experience, and I had the chance to meet their team in Chicago along with the rest of the Blogger Panel. Ace Hardware … [Read more...]

Involved Living Series Part 2: The Most Important Question to Ask About Every Purchase

Inspirational series on how two DIYers are working towards financial independence. A must read!

This is Part 2 of my Involved Living series where I am talking about our journey to financial independence. If you are just tuning in, I highly recommend you start with my intro post, then read Part 1 to give you all of the background on why I'm sharing this and how we plan to achieve this … [Read more...]

That Project that Went Perfectly


You know how when you are working on a house project, and you have to build in that extra time because nothing ever works out perfectly? Yeah, this project wasn't like that. Too bad it was only for our garage, but hey, I'll take it. In my 2014 goals post, I mentioned that I wanted to clean up our … [Read more...]

Involved Living Series Part 1: How We Set Financial Independence in Motion

Inspirational series on how two DIYers are working towards financial independence. A must read!

  This is part 1 of my Involved Living series where I am talking all about how we are working towards financial independence. If you are just stopping by for the first time, I highly recommend you read through my introduction where I covered why I'm sharing this topic, what I mean by … [Read more...]

How to Keep Shower Drains Clog Free

Easy and eco-friendly way to keep shower drains from clogging. Full post with lots of tips!

I'm glad so many of you liked my tip for how to never scrub your shower again, and didn't totally shame me for my methods! It really does work and I hope you give it a try. I'm also so thankful for all of your encouragement and support on my last post announcing my new Involved Living Series about … [Read more...]

Our Journey to Financial Independence: Announcing Involved Living Series

Inspirational series on how two DIYers are working towards financial independence. Must read!

I thought I'd delve a little deeper into that big goal I mentioned the other day - how Marty and I are working towards financial independence. This post, along with the upcoming five posts in the series, took me awhile to brainstorm and write. This kind of thing is harder to put out there than a … [Read more...]

Never Scrub Your Shower Again

Easy, cheap, and eco-friendly method to keep shower clean. No scrubbing and only takes one minute a day. It works!

I just love cleaning my shower, don't you? There's nothing quite as satisfying as breaking out some cleaning products to attack mold, mildew, and soap scum, right? HA. Back when I did our hallway bath reveal last year, I did a post answering some questions where I mentioned that I was trying a … [Read more...]

Out with the Brick, In with the Gray

Updating a dated brick fireplace and brass door using paint. Easy!

In December I shared on Involving Color our new gray painted fireplace, just in time for the holidays. I'm always a little sad taking down my Christmas decorations, but it is nice and refreshing to have things back to normal, too. It was fun to see how the new painted fireplace looked with our … [Read more...]

I Will Do These Things in 2014

Painting oak banister

I'm normally pretty good about going for goals year round, so I generally don't do new years resolutions. But, lately I've noticed that I have been dragging my feet on some house projects that I wanted to get done, or at least started, in 2013. In some cases it's design paralysis, in others it's … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned in 2013

Gray Budget Bathroom Remodel - a closer look and questions answered!

2013 was a great year. It was my third year blogging, my third year being married, and my fourth year being a homeowner. As the year is coming to a close in just a few hours, here are 10 (somewhat random) things I learned over the past year: 1. This was a lighter year for us with the DIY which … [Read more...]

Why We Gave Up On Real Christmas Trees

Martha Stewart Downswept Denison Tree

I love Christmas trees. Marty and I don't exchange Christmas presents, but we do give each other an ornament every year. We both have a lot of fun getting creative with it. Last year, we took our first trip to Bethany Beach, and as soon as we got there we realized this was a beach we would probably … [Read more...]

Hacking Up Our Ikea Kitchen

How to install Ikea microwave cabinet without extra shelf

In my Ikea kitchen planning tips post I promised to share some of the "Ikea hacks" we did on our cabinets. Ikea furniture and cabinets come completely unassembled, so somebody somewhere came up with the term "Ikea hack" to mean modifying the assembly to meet your needs. We made many trips back and … [Read more...]

Getting To Know Me Part 3: The post I was scared to write

Home Exterior

I've been doing a little getting to know me series here on Involving Home, and this third part I've mulled over and debated about writing. Then I realized that if I'm thinking about sharing this thing this much, I should just go ahead and share it, right? I mean, it's a big deal to me, it's a goal … [Read more...]

Getting to Know Me: Part 2

Home Exterior

I recently had the chance to help my parents paint my brother's old bedroom, and while I was there I snapped a bunch of pictures of the whole house. This is the home I grew up in since I was 4 and is really the only home I remember since I was so young when we moved. This home was brand new when … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Stir Fry

Quick and easy stir fry recipe. Tastes great and is fast to make!

We make stir fry about once a week which is usually a big affair since we normally make the sauce from scratch. It's not what I would call easy, but it is good and healthy. You know what is easy, good, and healthy? This stir fry recipe. All you do is stir fry a few veggies (If you so … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Planning an Ikea Kitchen (plus 6 bonus tips for ANY kitchen!)

Excellent Ikea kitchen reno tips!

Since we DIYed our whole kitchen (on a tight budget of $8,500 no less!), I've received questions about if I have any tips to share about planning a kitchen. I've broken out this list into two parts - Ikea kitchen planning tips and then general kitchen planning tips. Tips for Planning an Ikea … [Read more...]

Getting To Know Me: Part 1


Thanks so much to everyone who filled out my reader survey here and on Involving Color. If you haven't yet, please do! I'd love to learn more about you. Now that I know a little more about you, I thought I'd do a three part series about me. First up, today I'm going to talk about my DIY and … [Read more...]