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Make Your Outdoor Living a Dreamland With These Incredible Deals from Houzz

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Entertain in style this summer with these must-have sale items from Houzz.

One of my favorite places to shop all things decor indoor and outdoor is the all amazing platform, Houzz. It's is affordable, stylish, reliable, and every homeowner's dream to a better life. Check it out for yourself! I have compiled a few of my favorite outdoor entertainment elements that are sure to bring your patio to life. Click on the images for pricing and reviews.

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If you have a small or covered patio with limited space, this table top grill is great.. Not only can you avoid buying a huge, expensive grill that takes up all your space, you can grill right from the table!

Outdoor rugs can create a wonderful ambiance to any outdoor setting. Add a little pop and color to your patio to bring everything together.

This simple and sleek outdoor furniture set is a steal! Click on the image for prices and colors. 

There's nothing like the ambiance fire creates to get everyone in a better mood. Sitting around the fire has never looked so stylish or rustic!

Huge, adjustable, affordable. Click on the image for prices and different colors!

This is somewhere I could stay forever. Talk about creating a dreamland in your very own backyard!

Floating 3-Piece Bed Set, Double

A floating bed under the stars? Yes please!

Is the weather or environment a little tricky for you garden? With this greenhouse at an amazing price, you can grow whatever you want with ease and beauty.

Stunning Area Rugs on Sale From Houzz | Most Affordable, Popular, and Hip Rugs for 2018

Contemporary, vintage, rustic, modern, traditional, classic, french, bohemian. These rugs I specifically picked out as favorites are at your disposal, ranging in every style and color. 

Looking for something to liven up your living spaces? Area rugs can make or break a room. When it comes to choosing a rug, it's important to think about the colors that will tie everything else in. Not only are these rugs incredibly affordable, they are unique and sought after, so if you spot one you like, you had better jump on it! 

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This rug would go well for a traditional french style room, or something with light and warm furniture. If you want something vintage and unique looking, yet not overwhelming, this rug would be a good option. 

This is one of my favorites. Inspired by global travel and the bold, colorful motifs adorning fashionable ski chalets, Safavieh translates rustic lodge style into the supremely chic and easy-care Adirondack collection.

A wonderful and rich centerpiece for any room. It almost looks like you have a painting as a rug. This rug would go well in any cool toned contemorary setting; perhaps with a greyish brown or light grey sofa. Made of 100% Polypropylene. 

Would style best in a bright, shabby chic living space, with light furniture and warm woods. The Vintage Odell Area Rug Collection offers an affordable assortment of Traditional stylings. Vintage Odell features a blend of natural Ivory color. Machine Made of 100% Polypropylene the Vintage Odell Collection is an intriguing compliment to any decor.

Inspired by timeless vintage designs crafted with the softest polyester available. This rug is crafted using a powerloomed construction with a polyester pile. The Vintage Persian Rug Collection is artfully crafted and brimming with old world charm and character. This collection features today's hottest trends in home decor. Bohemian with a dash of contemporary assecories and furniture would make this rug stand out as the centerpiece for a room full of character.

One of my favorites. This rug is not overpowering or loud. It combines the perfect mixture of vintage and contemporary, encouraging shabby chic furniture and accesories surrounding its presence. Then again, I think this rug would fit well into any style of room; contemporary, french, rustic, modern, vintage, and many more. 

This ombre rug is not only versatile, put can highlight certain furniture pieces with it's slow change of color. Energize a room with a white or light grey sofa on the lighter side, or a dark colored sofa on the dark side. Pair with adjacent colored arm chairs, and you have a unique setting for entertaining your guests in style. Go visa versa and it would look just as stunning.

Vintage, french, and fabulous. Accent any classic, traditional or french styled room with this incredible colored and patterned vintage distressed rug. It is sure to brighten and energize any room. 

The tradition distressed Medallion Rug is not for the faint of heart. It's hip and will certainly make a statement wherever it's placed. But don't worry, becasue of it's neutral and complementary colors, it will not only accent your furniture pieces, but shed a whole new light on them.

 Brilliantly colored designs inspired by abstract art to classic Persian motifs supercharged with a contemporary palette, the fashion-right Valencia collection is machine loomed in an unusually fine cross weave to create a lustrous heirloom patina. The grey/gold combination gives you an option to go either warm or cool on your surrounding furniture pieces. 

Complementary to any room, this ivory, blue vintage rug is versatile and unique. The muted blue tones can make a surrounding color pop, without distracting or causing a scene. 

Made from the finest material, this rug has such an array of colors, it can surely compliment any piece of furniture in any color. 

These hip and happening Persian style rugs are not only popular, but they are a must have. Pair with a shabby chic, or bohemian surrounding and your friends will feel your home is a home away from home. 

Time for tea? This incredible vintage style Persian rug is not to be ignored. I can imagine this rug in a large window, white panelled room, with light furniture and dark woods. Afternoon tea automatically comes with it. 

Mustard Yellow and modern have never looked so good together. This retro chic contemporary rug offers a warm, yet clean accent to any room. It will not dissapoint. Pair it will any color of furniture, as it is versatile and eye catching.

I hope you enjoyed my rug envy list and can partake in some of these amazing steals! Don't miss them while they are on sale!

 Stunning area rugs on sale | Where to buy and why you should!

 

 

Easter Table Setting Ideas - Easter Terranium for The Table

How to create your own unique Table Decorations for Easter

Easter always sneaks up on me. It must be the change of weather and spring cleaning I get distracted with, but sure enough, I find myself ordering a lamb shank at last minute and running into the forest to scrounge around for an interesting table decorations. This year, my trusty mother-in-law gave me a beautiful terrarium. Germans are somehow miracle workers when it comes to utilizing their beautiful forests for their table decor during the holidays. It is not only less expensive but brings in a fresh scent of spring into your home. Easter represents new life, so what better way to acknowledge that than to bring in the first signs of Spring with this beautiful terrarium. That being said, you can make this terrarium with elements from a forest if you live near one, or just stop at your local craft store for the materials. If you're lazy like me and need to order everything, I will create for you a list that you can purchase everything off of Amazon.

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Materials:

Glass bowl - A fishbowl (first image) would work just fine and is your least expensive option but I also included some more options.

Wood Chips

Moss and Sticks - This include some natural wood which would fit nicely as well.

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White Stones

White Bird Feathers - I bet you anything you have a feather pillow laying around. Pick a few from there and you're all set!

Robin Eggs - I have real ones, but those can run you more money. Here are some plastic guys that look pretty real. Don't go stealing any from nests nearby ;-)

Flowers - This one you will obviously have to go to your local gardening center. The more delicate, the better. you also want something that is growing in its own little pot. Bulbs are probably the most sturdy to work with. I am a little embarrassed because I don't know what these are called in English, but you can get an idea from the picture. 

Music Sheets

I understand that not everyone has this laying around, so you can easily rip out some pages of a book you got from someone that you will never read and burn the edges to make it look vintage.

 

directions

1. add wood chips

2. put in your flower pot

3. arrange moss, sticks, and stones in laters around the pot. 

4. end your layering with moss, and put on your eggs, feathers, and paper strips.

 

Viola! Now you have yourself a beautiful table decoration for Easter! 

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Easter Egg hanging Decor

 Easter table setting decor

Easter Bunny DIY Decoration - On Natural Wood

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DIY Easter Bunny Decoration for your home!

Simple, affordable, and easy

 

I love making something for the holidays that are classic and can be used year after year. This project has even more to offer than that. I turned my Christmas decor into my Easter decor, just by turning it over! Let me show you what I mean.

This was my Christmas project from a few years back. I thought of a way to utilize them for more than once a year. 

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I had a bit of trouble finding a picture of a rabbit that was simple and easy to do, so I ended up just googling "fairytale rabbits" and came up with some ideas. 

Here is the clean slate that I started with on the opposite side of my trees.

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I then drew out my bunny freestyle. I know a lot of you can't do this, so I attached a great stencil you could get beforehand to help make things easier. I wish I would have done mine this way, but I got impatient ;-) If you can't find similar wooden slabs to mine just lying around, I gave a few ideas here for something you could purchase.

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After I first put the idea down with pencil, I then painted over it with white paint. Depending on the texture of your wood, it can be hard to get straight lines. I didn't mind mine being a little jagged, but if you want straighter lines, you can get these awesome painting pens which will help keep it a bit cleaner. I also added some gold highlights to make it more interesting. 

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There you have it! You can adjust this however you like to make it your own. 

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I did an egg decor DIY project last week, and a wooden candleholder project a month ago, so I combined the three and had myself a nice little Easter fairytale display. All I have to do for Christmas is flip it on over!

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DIY Easter Egg Hanging Decoration

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DIY Easter Egg Hanging Decoration

Simple DIY Easter Decor in a few easy steps!

What I love about this decoration is that it is easily interchangeable. You can make it into whatever you want it to be by hanging little birds, or rabbits on it instead. Just add your creative touch and it will become your own version.  

Supplies Needed

1. Long Wooden Branch

2. Egg Decor of any kind

3. Fishing Line

4. Glue Gun or Super Glue

5. Scissors

6. Flexible Thin Wire

7. Two hooks for hanging

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2. Egg decor of any kind. I got mine in Germany, but I also found these felt eggs on Amazon as well as these really cute painted wooden eggs. You can really use anything you like, as well as your own homemade blown out eggs.  Click on the link and learn how. 

1. Long wooden branch - You can easily get one at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, as well as in a forest ;-) My son and husband like to carve wood, so we found one in the woods and they carved the bark off. 

 

 

 

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3. Fishing Line - I wanted them to be floating, but you could also use yarn or twine to hang the eggs. 

Fasten the string to the eggs. Since mine had twine already attached, I just threaded the fishing line through and cut off the twine. 

4. Glue Gun - Make sure you use extra glue from a glue gun or super glue to glue at the base of the string and the top of the egg. This will ensure the fishing wire doesn't come loose.

5. Scissors- cut off any excess fishing line or twine, but make sure you finish measuring where you want your eggs before this process.

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6. Flexible Thin Wire - With your wire tie a knot around each end of the wood. Mold your wire into loops that can hang from your ceiling hooks. There's my cat Bob getting fresh with the eggs.

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DIY Wooden Tealight Candleholder

DIY Wooden Tealight Candleholder

 DIY Wooden Tea Light Candle Holder

Turn a slab of wood into a beautiful wooden candleholder!

I have to give credit to my husband for this one. Through his job, we have access to all of the tools, wood, and all the equipment and materials we need. This project imparticular didn't require much, so you won't need a whole workshop, but you will need a few things. This beautiful slab of wood we found was, believe it or not, a scrap. If you don't have a beautiful scrap of wood just laying around, then go to your local Home Depot, Lowes, Hobby Lobby, or lumber yard. You can also use driftwood or really anything that safely sets on a flat surface. If it's not a pretty piece of wood, you can always paint it! Here are the steps of how we did ours. I included some links to Amazon on the list of materials.

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Materials

Directions

Measure your piece of wood and mark with a pencil the measurements of your holes so that they are evenly distributed.

Drill the holes deep enough for your tea lights to fit into without coming out the top.

The hole saw will only cut the wood in a circle, but not take the chunk of wood out. After you do this, you need to use your chisel to chisel out the remaining wood. It takes a bit of manpower for this step.

Again, chisel the wood out enough for the tea light not to be popping out over the top when you put them in. You want them flush with the top of the wood, or even a little deeper.

Sand the edges as to not have any roughness. 

We used linseed oil to keep things on the natural side and oiled it twice.

You're finished! The great thing about this project is you can make it your own. The character of wood is always so different and there is so much to choose from. You can drill holes into just about any piece of wood and make it a table setting masterpiece that your friends will admire. 

Good luck!

Something else that might interest you in my DIY projects!

DIY Hanging Planter - Simple affordable project

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Thyme to Beat the Flu! 5 Natural Remedies from a German Pharmacist

5 Natural remedies for beating the flu

 5 natural inflammatory, and antiviral remedies to beat the flu

If you're a person who always resorts to cold and flu medicine, then you'll want to read this. I was just like that, but now that I know that there are remedies out there to lessen your symptoms without drugging you or your children Breaking Bad style, I am a believer. 

I used to think that natural remedies didn't work, and even if they did, wouldn't last long. One thing I love about Germans and Europeans, in general, is that the absolute last resort of Tamiflu or antibiotics is just that, the last resort. We moved to Germany two years ago, and my desperate attempts to try and convince these doctors that we needed drugs to live through the night, just made me look even more American than I already do. Bribing didn't work, so I just had to accept it. Not once in these past two years have we been given any sort of antibiotic or Tamiflu, no matter how bad the fever got. It forced me to join the other hippie moms in dealing with this crap. 

I'm no scientist or doctor, but I know for a fact that when my husband (who was born and raised in Germany) gets sick, he maybe has the flu for two days tops. Me, two weeks. The difference between us? I have had a lot more antibiotics and Tamiflu in my lifetime than he has. I can't tell you how many times I've taken them. I'm not gonna lie, it was great! But I can't help but think that maybe, even if only a few times, I need to let things ride out while keeping the symptoms at a bearable level. Again, I'm no doctor, but I'm pretty sure it's good for your immune system to learn to fight sickness in order to get over it faster or fight it all together the next time. 

Almost two weeks ago, for the first time, I got the flu while being pregnant. Not fun. My husband got it, and of course, he was better after two days. Obviously, being pregnant, the only thing I could take was Tylenol, for comfort from the aches and shakes, and as a fever reducer. I have never in my life experienced what the actual flu really feels like because I've always resorted to Mucinex to dry up the sludge, or Nyquil to knock myself out. Man, let me tell you, it's awful! So if you're a hippie mom, or just pregnant and not allowed to take the good stuff, this article is for you.

1. Boost your immune system

Facebook and Pinterest are a moms best friend when it comes to these things. I haven't looked to see whether these tips are up there, so I'm not claiming them as my own secret recipes. I just know them from word of mouth or the lovely ladies who know their stuff at the German pharmacies. 

Ginger and honey booster 

1 tsp Ginger (antiviral, anti-inflammatory)

1 tsp honey (antibiotic qualities)

Juice of 1 lemon (reduces phlegm and has vitamin c)

1 tsp turmeric root (anti-inflammatory for your swollen glands, throat, sinuses, etc.)

Not only will this help clear up that mucus in the back of your throat, but also boost your immune system. I used to add Tumeric until I read an article that debunked any powdered version as helpful. If you happen to have turmeric root in its true form lying around (probably those hippie mommy's do) then go ahead and add that. Just make sure you research how much you're allowed to have during pregnancy.

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2. Thyme steam bath

2 tbsp dried thyme, or 3 bags of thyme tea

Thyme is known as an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial herb. So no matter what sickness you have, it fights it! It is used to treat various conditions having to do with the respiratory tract.

Put in a pot of boiling water and let steep for a few minutes. Drape a towel over your head and breath in the thyme steam for about 10 minutes. That annoying cough you've had for the past week will dissipate. It also encourages you to cough up all that mucus that needs to come out. Drinking thyme tea, in addition, will dry it up even more. This is seriously the best method I've used for clearing up all that nasty mucus. It works just as good as Mucinex, but it doesn't last quite as long. I do it about three times a day.

 

3. Eucalyptus Bath

Not only does this feel amazing, relax and detoxify, it will clear out your sinuses. 

 

4. Warm Foot Soak

Even if you have a fever, making your feet warm will keep your body from trying to warm them up and your fever getting even higher.  Soak your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. 

5. Stay Hydrated and eat salty foods!

Eat Ramen or chicken noodle soup!

The sodium from the broth will help you retain electrolytes and keep you hydrated. It also feels great on your throat. I know it's hard to keep things down during the flu, but ramen for me is somehow manageable. 

 

 5 natural remedies to beat the flu FAST!

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HEXBUG Nanobot DIY Racetrack/maze Made Out of Cardboard

Rainy Days happen a lot here in Germany, so I've had to get creative over the years. This idea came to me when we lost almost all of the 10 HEXBUG's we had, because they literally go wherever they want. So, to make things interesting, we built a racetrack/maze type thing so we could have two of them race to the finish line. If you make it maze-like, by creating gaps, maybe a Bot will end up going back. Who knows! It's an adventure waiting to happen ;-)

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HEXBUG Nanobot diy Racetrack/maze made out of cardboard

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Find an old box

Like one thats been chewed on by your cat. Make sure when you prepare it, it will end up having a ledge. 

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prep it

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Start taping in the racetracks

Make sure the width is big enough for the nanobot to fit through, but also not too big that it can turn around.

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Taping it down

Make sure the width is big enough for the nanobot to fit through, but also not too big that it can turn around.

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Create a maze

Make sure the width is big enough for the nanobot to fit through, but also not too big that it can turn around.

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Finished. 

Now all you need are some HEXBUG's!

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Natural Wooden Branch DIY Hanging Planter

 Hanging Planter on Natural Wooden Branch. Simple. Elegant. Decoration. Easy. Affordable.

This hanging planter on a natural wooden branch is simple, easy and affordable project will add that wow factor to any room, corner, balcony, or pretty much anywhere you want to put it! Here's how I did it.

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How to make a hanging planter on natural wood branch in no time flat! DIY project. 

Supplies:

1. 3 Pots that you are able to fasten metal wiring on. I got mine at Ikea a while back. I wanted to add a something to it to make it more exciting, so I decided to put a gold accent on it.

2. 3 hanging plants - I decided to go with Ivy's. I like that they hang down.

3. A natural wooden branch - 3 in. diameter, or large enough to hold your three pots without giving or snapping. I found mine in the good old fashioned woods. You can save $20 by finding it and not buying it!

4. Gold Paint if you wish to add an accent color. Any color works, but I love the combination of the metallic gold and the natural wood.

5. Gold flexible wiring. I just made a simple loop, attaching to two sides of the pot and hung it over the piece of wood. 

6.  Pliable thick wiring for making your attachment holding the wood. 

7. Two ceiling hooks. Here is a picture of how I used the flexible wiring to make a holster for the wood to attach to the hook.

8. Wire cutters.

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A natural wooden branch 

3 in. diameter, or large enough to hold your three pots without giving or snapping. I found mine in the good old fashioned woods. You can save $20 by finding it and not buying it!

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3 hanging plants - I decided to go with Ivy's. I like that they hang down.

3 Pots

Ones that you are able to fasten metal wiring on. I got mine at Ikea a while back. I wanted to add a something to it to make it more exciting, so I decided to put a gold accent on it.

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Which turned out like this!

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Gold Paint

If you wish to add an accent color. Any color works, but I love the combination of the metallic gold and the natural wood.

Gold flexible wiring 

I just made a simple loop, attaching to two sides of the pot and hung it over the piece of wood. 

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6. Pliable thick wiring

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7. Two ceiling hooks

Here is a picture of how I used the flexible wiring to make a holster for the wood to attatch to the hook.

8. Wire cutters

 

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