Tuesday, March 2, 2021

how to cover your books {old school style}

 Do you have bookshelves filled with books of all different colors and it just looks messy?

Here is a way you can take those books to the next level, streamline your shelves, and have everything look neat and organized.


First things first.


You will need to choose a color paper to cover your books in.

I chose this black:


You can always do white too.


My third choice would be natural, but it is entirely up to you.

If you really want to get resourceful, you can use your leftover paper bags from the grocery store. 
I do find that the thinner the paper, the easier though.

You can google all kinds of ways to cover your books but honestly I think it is pretty self explanatory. 

1. Take the dust jacket off your hardcover book and toss.

2. Lay the paper flat on a hard surface and place the book on top.

3. Make a small crease on the top and bottom of the book in the paper.

4. Fold those pieces in.

5. For the ends you will simply do the same. I used a bit of tape to secure mine onto the cover and back of book. 

It honestly takes minutes to do this project and the outcome is beautiful!

Because I didn't get any good pictures of mine, I will show you how my cousin {on my husbands side}  displayed hers:

 Now, what are you waiting for?

Go cover some books! 

xoxo, Melaine 

Monday, March 1, 2021

how to shop high end home decor on Amazon for less

 Hello and happy March!

One month closer to warmer weather and longer days. 

I don't know about you, but I am super excited about that!

Today I want to show you how you can get a very high end look for your home with products solely from Amazon.

No joke!

Read this post through in it's entirety to show you how you can shop from the comfort of your home and get a high end look with the items I have hand selected for you!

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A lot of people think they need to spend a ton of money to get a high end look.

YOU DON"T! In fact, you just need to know the right places to shop! 

Places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls offer deep discounts on great Home Decor.

But Amazon is one of my favorites because of their easy return policy and of course how fast the products arrive! 

I love having things delivered to my door, especially during the pandemic. For those of you that hate to shop big stores and get overwhelmed easily with too many options, this is a great source for you!

Let's dive a little deeper and dissect a beautifully curated room that looks super high end, but let's swap it with Amazon choices!

This light bright and airy space looks super chic!

And that is because it is! Those heavy drapes give a sense of opulence, the light makes it a bit sexy, the lines of the sofa look very custom, and the cohesive colors make it look very designer.


Now, let's dissect this room shopping only online from Amazon, shall we?


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This post is in no way sponsored through Amazon, I just truly love searching through them and finding good deals for me, and for you!

Happy shopping!

xoxo, Melaine 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Friday favorites

 Hello and happy Friday! 

I hope you all had a productive week and are looking forward to doing something fun this weekend!

This sweatshirt is a staple in my closet. It is sooo super soft and comfy!

Got rid of my Christmas doormat finally and replaced it with this cute one.

This candle smells like Heaven. 

This is a super cute bathroom vanity.

Have you seen the new arrivals at Serena & Lily?

I love this pillow.

I didn't know you could buy acrylic gallery frames here, and they are on clearance!

This chair is made for a kid! How cute is it???

Just bought this phone case in pine green and it might be my new favorite thing ever. The color is so good!

This is such a beautiful planter!

I love this bag!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo, Melaine 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

easy homemade breadsticks

These easy homemade breadsticks will soon become a family favorite!



They are made with 2 ingredients plus an easy topping.

easy soft breadsticks

Yield: 15
Author: Melaine Thompson
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 30 Min

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1 egg
  • Trader Joes, everything but the bagel seasoning

Instructions

  1. In a mixer, combine yogurt and self rising flour.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop, make 15 balls.
  4. Roll each ball into a oblong breadstick shape and place on your greased cookie sheet.
  5. Brush each breadstick with an egg wash.
  6. Sprinkle with seasoning.
  7. Bake for 23-25 minutes at 350 degrees, and then for 2 minutes at 500 degrees to brown the tops. 
Soft and fluffy and eaten warm straight from the oven, these easy homemade breadsticks are to die for!



The egg wash is simply an egg, beaten. Brush it on your breadsticks before baking, then sprinkle on the seasoning.









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The DIY Mommy // Everything Bagel Focaccia Bread with Truffle & Honey

My 100 Year Old Home // Gluten Free Sourdough Banana Bread

Tatertots & Jello // The Easiest Cheesiest Keto Breadsticks

Twelve on Main // Easy No Knead Bread Recipe

xoxo, Melaine 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

DIY knockoff ring top canisters

 I saw these canisters at West elm, but man, $286 for the 3 of them seems absurd.

So I found some jars at Hobby Lobby {alternative sizes here} and decided to try and DIY my own!

Besides the canisters with the wood tops, you will also need the following.

Black spray paint.

Rings for tops, these are the exact ones I bought.

Super glue.

Drill with a 1/4" drill bit.

Pencil.

Ruler. 


Start by taking off the rubber seal on the wood tops, and cleaning the jars, removing the price labels. 



With a few light coats, spray paint the tops and bottoms of the lids with black spray paint.
The one linked above is the exact one I used.


Once dry, use a ruler and pencil to mark the center of each one.

Drill a hole in the top going almost all the way through but not completely through.
If you do go through, simply use spackle on the bottom, sand and add a light coat of spray paint.



Add a couple drop of super glue into the tops and insert the rings making sure they are straight.
Let dry.

Put the plastic seals back on the tops, fill with candy, pantry staples, cotton balls and q-tips, whatever you prefer!

By making your own you will save literally hundreds of dollars. 
Such a simple DIY that even a beginner could do!







Please pin this image so others will see how easy it is to make these and save big!


xoxo, Melaine 





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