January 2015 | Live Pretty on a Penny

Paint Dilemma Solved

Hey good people! I hope that everyone is off to a fantastic year so far! Mine is going well,  I have gotten a couple great opportunities that I cannot wait to share with you over the next few months (eek)!!   Besides the good, of course the bad had to show its ugly face, through the breakdown of my water heater...boo. I am working with my home warranty and hope to have hot water very very soon, so we shall see.

Anywho, I finally selected a color that I love in my living room. If you read this post, then you may remember that I am starting my living room makeover this year and I am suuuper excited. However, I was having a hard time narrowing down a paint color, but I knew for sure that I was looking for the perfect green, blue, gray color. Wouldn't you be happy to know that I found it and love it! I went with Benjamin Moore Seahaze, color matched to Behr paint in eggshell. Capturing the true color of paint on camera was very hard for me, so here ya go. You can also see a sneak peek of one of my latest projects off to the right in the second picture;)

The wall head on shows the wall color before.

I am very happy with how the color turned out and I look forward to continuing to improve this room. It's a blank space, so the planning has been fun.

Until next time!

Buy vs. DIY

Making the decision to buy or DIY a project or craft item can be left up to the person who has to do it. Many people are curious as to how I am able to tackle some of the projects that I do, yet some bigger projects I choose to contract out, and crafty ones I stay away from period. The answer is simple...I know my limits.

I would classify myself as more of a person who likes to build, rather than do cutesy, crafty things even though I love seeing it. I blame it on the fact that I have small fat fingers, so cute and crafty stuff does not work well for me. However, I love to tackle larger projects that I get to use tools and can imagine a big picture. While some projects I get exhausted thinking about doing, and just decide to buy. So the question is just because it can be DIY'd, how to make the decision of Buy vs. DIY:

1) Time=Money

I like to weigh my options when trying to decide a buy vs. DIY. If I determine that building or staining, or painting a project will take over a week, and I am working on it everyday, that is too long...for me. Even if it takes a week to complete and needs to dry or cure for longer, as long as it is done, then I feel okay.  You may feel differently. I don't like living in chaos so working on something for over a week makes my head spin. I would probably rather buy or contract it out. Of course there are different situations, but this is in general. 

2) Know Your Limits

I definitely have my struggles with this one. But I have learned to embrace my limits. Its okay that just because I like to do things myself, that sometimes I just can't. Let's take my fireplace for example.

When I first moved in , my family room fireplace looked like this. Boo! We DIY'd the fireplace, because after planning and researching this project, we knew we could do it in a weekend because it  required minimal work, just the use of a new tool, tile, grout, mortar and sealant. Plus it was much cheaper than contracting someone to do it. We are over three years in and the tile is holding up wonderfully. Totally worth the man hours:)

The floors were a different story. If you look at the old image of my family room, you can see the old oak laminate which stretched along my entire first floor.  We wanted it to look professional and based on our level of expertise, and the time that we knew we could commit, we knew it would probably look a little bootleg. So we hired a friend, and he did a phenomenal job.

Then there were these chairs that I bought from the Goodwill which I just knew I would tackle.

Ha! I did one, saw how much work it was and gave up. I ended up donating them back to Goodwill:/ See how I wasted that money buying the chairs and supplies to do the chairs AND the time? Don't do it to yourself. Lol.

They were supposed to be for my dining room, but I ended up going a totally different route, and I am happy that I did.

By sticking to what you can handle, you are able to save more money in the long run. Have you ever watch some of the HGTV DIY Network shows? People have attempted projects which they totally screwed up, which costs money, then they have to bring someone in to fix the job, which costs even more. Just stick to what you know will work for you:) Just because it is a DIY, doesn't mean that it has to look like it:)

These two tips are all of my opinion and in no way am I an expert. I just wanted to put these things out there to think about. I think about them each time I decide on a project.

Also, buying does not have to be expensive when it comes to furnishings, or other décor. I swear by Goodwill, Facebook Online Yard Sales, or Salvation Army and Craigslist. I check all of those before trying retail. It pains me to pay retail.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time!

What Does Living Pretty on a Penny Mean? 2015 Goals

Happy New Year! I wanted to come check in before that saying became old. I think you have about a week to wish someone Happy New Year, then it's back to business as usual.

When I first started blog back in 2012, I was super excited because I had just became a homeowner a few months prior, and it was the blogs of others that helped me develop my current style. Because others had inspired me for so long, I wanted to do the same which is where my blog came from.

My motto has always been to live a balanced and fruitful life for less. Just because I didn't have endless amounts of money to spend on clothes, home stuff, makeup, food, or whatever my heart desired, did not mean that I couldn't have these things. I just had to do it a little more frugally. Which is what I love to do. I love to find deals and bargains on things that look and feel just as good, and not pay retail! It really makes my heart skip a beat. It also makes me want to share that you can do the same! Paying retail sometimes makes me sick to my stomach. No, really...

Anywho, I am saying all this to say that I have been thinking about where I want this blog thing to go and grow. I love sharing the home/DIY stuff, but I am so much more than that, and so is living pretty on a penny. It means living life just as the motto under my blog header says: Creatively, Beautifully and Frugally. Creatively by thinking outside of the box. Checking multiple avenues to find ways to save money or designing a life that is meant for you, not what you think others should see or what they want. Beautifully meaning waking up each day is a beautiful blessing that should be embraced. Embracing it by going after the things that God wants for your life. Living each day with a purpose and on purpose. We are all here for a reason, and I am personally on a mission to find out what that is! Lastly, frugally. Frugally means to me finding ways to enjoy life without depleting the bank. I have found so many ways to enjoy my life without spending alot or going into debt, and I know their are many more. I want to share these things. I have never been the one in a rush to finish a particular project or room just to get blog content. My home is not for show even though I do show it here on the blog. It is lived in, so I like to take my time and make sure that things work for my family and my life. Its not always only about the prettiness, but about the functionality. I will continue this mindset into 2015.

Here are my 2015 goals in a nutshell:

  • along with seeing my normal home decor/DIY content, I will be throwing more content in that relates to my life and how I live by my blogs mission (Creatively, Beautifully, and Frugally). 
  • Take my time as I design and showcase projects. Its not always only about the prettiness, but about the functionality.
  • Start a blog YouTube Page-with my house tour being the first video ( pre-planning additional videos to post at least once a month)
  • Post once every other week by better planning in advance. More if possible.
  • Continue and grow the Creative Spotlight
  • Work on bettering my blog photography
  • Partner with brands that align with my blogs mission


  • Finish my bedroom makeover on a budget
  • Finish my living room makeover on a budget
  • Complete guest room makeover on a budget
  • Continue to minimize material clutter live with things with a purpose and functionally
  • Clean and organize garage in the Spring so I can park my car in it!
  • Organize Cedar room
  • Pressure wash house and deck and stain deck with stain provided by Thompson Water Seal
  • Get landscaping quotes and possibly work on new landscaping outside of the house
  • Gutters
  • Continue to earn multiple streams of income, but double (selling stuff online and makeup business)
  • Partner with brands that align with my blogs mission
 Family and Friends
  • Spend more time with my friends
  • Pray to become a better wife and mother (my prayer each year for better and better)

  • Make better eating decisions
  • Stay Healthy!!! 
If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw that I shared my vision board for the next 12 months. It pretty much aligns with the goals that I have listed. Here it is:


 If you feel stuck in a rut and are ready to think about what this next year will hold for you, then I encourage you to do one. I have been there, and this vision board helped put things into perspective. Plus, they are really fun.

As always, thanks for sticking around and reading along over these past 2.5 years. I love blogging and you guys have made it more rewarding than you will ever know.

Until next time!