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    I am so excited to share my love for photography with you and your friends. I specialize in family and product photography, custom cards & invitations, but I also like to share my DIY projects, crafts, party decor and home decor adventures. Thanks so much for visiting my website!

    - Laura

THANK YOU TO LIFE STORAGE FOR SPONSORING THIS BLOG POST! THE OPINIONS I SHARED AND MATERIALS I USED ARE MY OWN.

We’re just days away from Christmas! It’s time to start wrapping those gifts!

Wrapping gifts can be overwhelming, especially if you do it all at once. It can also be frustrating to organize oddly shaped gift wrapping supplies. After all, nobody wants their bows and rolls of paper to become damaged or crushed in the process.

Over the years, I have simplified my wrapping techniques and designed a station that is not only cute and fun but keeps me organized.

I am currently sharing how to make this gift wrapping station, as well as ways to organize your supplies, on the Life Storage blog. So grab a cup of cocoa and learn how you can make your own holly jolly gift wrapping station.

Happy Holidays!

Laura

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I recently updated my outdoor sink for the month of December and I must say, I am loving it! I have a slight obsession with gnomes this year and I could not resist designing the theme: “There’s No Place Like Gnome For The Holidays“.

I made the “There’s No Place Like Gnome For The Holidays” sign using my Cricut Explore Air 2.  I love that I can use my Circut to make personalized decor for my designs. (You can learn more about my Cricut machine here.) I used black and blue vinyls on a painted white piece of wood. A  simple pom pom garland added a bit of holiday cheer, too!

I have had the little chair for years and one of my favorite pieces. I found the cute white bells at Dollar Tree, the mini tree from Target and the cute gnome and cookie tin are from HomeGoods.

The little white ceramic houses, tree and little Santa Gnome are from Target, too.  They add a little simplistic charm that I love.

And these two candles (yes, the two red nosed Santa gnomes are candles!) and little guy in the middle were HomeGoods finds. It was a very exciting shopping trip!

It was love at first sight with the little gnome – his little legs and blue hat are just the cutest!

I made a yarn wreath by wrapping red yarn around a wire wreath form. I found these cute little gnome ornaments at Target.  This DIY gnome wreath added fun cheery color to the setup!

The little guy with the polka dot hat is a cookie jar I found at Marshalls one day!  It’s going to be perfect for an upcoming party for the kids.

This is my first time decorating the outdoor sink for the holidays and I had so much fun!

Happy Holidays!

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THANK YOU TO LIFE STORAGE FOR SPONSORING THIS BLOG POST! THE OPINIONS I SHARED AND MATERIALS I USED ARE MY OWN.

Over the past few years I have made my own holiday decor, including ornaments as well as a few stocking stuffers and gifts. I recently made five simple DIY stocking stuffers (which can also make great mini gifts for classmates and friends).

Want to make your own? Simply follow the step-by-step guides currently posted on the Life Storage blog.  I even included a free printable for the cute reindeer cocoa!

Happy Holidays!

Laura

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THANK YOU TO HOMERIGHT FOR SPONSORING THIS PRODUCT BLOG POST.  THE OPINIONS I SHARED ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE PRODUCT OR COMPANY.

The holidays are upon us, and I am so excited! I am preparing for Thanksgiving this week and Christmas will start appearing in the home this weekend – yay, I cannot wait!  While bringing out the holiday decor I came across an old nightstand that was not in use and just sitting in storage.

I had received a few products from my friends at HomeRight and this piece of furniture seemed like the perfect item to test out the items.  I was excited to receive the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer and the HomeRight Large Spray Shelter.

I had never used a spray painter before and I will admit I was a bit nervous about trying it out. I had no idea what to expect, but after a few fellow DIYer friends raved about the sprayer I felt it was time to give it a try.

Once I opened the box I was happily surprised that there were very few parts to assemble.

The spray shelter was bigger than I had anticipated, which was great because I had lots of space to work in.  No more days of painting in the garage or side yard.  I could paint multiple pieces at once and not create a huge mess.  Simply place a drop cloth on the floor to eliminate any extra cleanup.

I removed the hardware from my dark brown nightstand and wiped off the dust. I was ready to begin.

I assembled the spray painter, added my paint into the cup and was ready to go. I used a latex paint for this project (Behr Swiss Coffee).  I used a mask so I did not breathe the paint fumes and used gloves, too.

I started-off on a practice board to make certain I had a handle on it before moving onto my “real” piece. Everything looked good so I moved on to the night stand.

The HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer has a fine finish sprayer which keeps you from having much over spray and wasting paint. It took me a few seconds to get the hang of it, but I was shocked at how smoothly the paint went on.  The sound of the fan blowing as I painted made me feel like a professional which was a fun little bonus!

After only two coats I was finished! And the clean up was also much easier than I had imagined. There wasn’t a lot of disassembly and part-scrubbing.  I wiped-down the outside, rinsed of the cup and intake tube, and then ran a few cups of water through it, and that was it.

I added some new hardware and now I have a “new” piece of furniture for my mudroom.  I of course decorated it for Thanksgiving but I can imagine this piece being used for everyday use, too! I love how it came out!

For my first time ever using a paint sprayer I was thrilled with the results! It had a very professional looking finish! You can also use the Fine Finish Sprayer with clear sealer, polyurethane, primer, stain and varnish. I can’t wait to use my HomeRight products for future products!

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THANK YOU TO LIFE STORAGE FOR SPONSORING THIS BLOG POST! THE OPINIONS I SHARED AND MATERIALS I USED ARE MY OWN.

As a homeowner, there are plenty of chores that need to be done around the house. Some are more exciting than others. And some are much more important than others.

When an important home maintenance chore only needs to be done annually or even biannually, it can be extremely easy to forget them the next year around. That’s why fall is a great time to create a home maintenance routine.

Where does one start?  I have put together a checklist of the most common fall home maintenance items around the home that should be looked at and done before the cold weather arrives. You can view it right now on the  Life Storage blog.

Planning ahead and doing a few simple chores around the home this fall will not only allow for a stress-free winter but also free up more time to enjoy the holidays. And the holidays will be here before you know it! I have already started working off my list so I can sit and enjoy my cup of cocoa, too!

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