November 2015 | Live Pretty on a Penny

5 Ways to Create a Welcoming and Functional Entryway

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now that we are back to reality with our full bellies, and preparing to bring in Christmas and the New Year, some of us will have lots of guests come in and out of our homes. I figured that now is the perfect time to share my tips on ways to create a welcoming and functional entryway. Plus, it gives an opportunity  to get a jump on a bit of organizing before the New Year!

 The entryway to my home is pretty small and my main goal since living there has been to create a welcoming and functional area that my not only looks pretty upon entry, but that my family finds easy to keep clear and clutter-free. Here are some tips that I have found helpful to keep my small entryway organized, yet easy on the eye. These tips work well with my fellow small foyer havers, along with those with larger ones that are looking for ways to keep it organized...

DIY Christmas Wreath Trio

With the holidays approaching, I have been in full planning mode. I have been looking for ways to create neutral and non- traditional color pallets into my holiday décor, while keeping in mind my busy schedule. I teamed up with the Home Depot for their DIY Virtual Party and I made this super easy DIY Christmas Wreath Trio with simple materials purchased from The Home Depot, and you can too with their DIY Christmas Wreath Trio workshop! You can register here to attend a workshop in your local area on November 21.

Image courtesy of MSL and the Home Depot
Haven't attended one of The Home Depot workshops yet? Well, here is a bit of info to get you excited!  I have been to several and had a blast each time. The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. There are three types of workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids. At the workshops customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. Visit to learn more.

How To Create a Budget Friendly Transitional Holiday Mantle

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I am itching to get my home ready for the holidays.  In my normal decorating fashion, I started with my favorite focal area in my home--the fireplace mantle.

The holidays hold a special place in my heart, as I love how it brings family and friends together. I have fond memories of my family getting together at my Mom's house and the cozy aroma that filled the air. Now that I have a family of my own, I look forward to creating our own traditions.

First Flight? Yeah, Right!

If you guys follow me on Instagram, then you may remember a couple of weeks ago when I posted about my baby boys first airplane ride to Orlando! Well, I hope you got some time because this is a loooong post...

I was heading to Orlando to attend a conference for work and I figured that this was the perfect time for my husband and baby boy to tag along, because they could enjoy the pool at the hotel during the day, and we can hang out for dinner in the evening. I am a professional Meeting & Event Manager, so I literally plan everything. This trip was no different. I went and bought a bunch of snacks, including gummy bears to help with the popping of his ears upon takeoff, packed his carry-on book bag and prepped his clothes for our early morning flight.

At 4:30am the morning of our flight, we woke got dressed and headed out by 5:40am for our 8am flight. Making good time, about 15 minutes into our drive to the airport,  I realized that we had forgot to leave a spare key for a friend who was going to be watching our dogs for us while we were gone. Shoot! We made a quick U-turn, dropped off the key and were back on our way. By this time, it was around 6:10am. Now I felt like we were rushing, but I knew we would still make it on time.

DIY Floating Shelves (A Throwback Post)

Hey guys and happy November!! Today I am back with another throwback post from 2012--DIY Floating Shelves. I can't believe that these shelves have been around this long and still look great! I still love to re-style them occasionally and don't forsee them going anywhere soon. If you have always wanted to add floating shelves, then this throwback tutorial is for you!

Ikea Billy Bookcase Makeover and Styling Tips

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A few years ago, I purchased the Ikea Billy Bookcases from Craigslist. I got both of them for $50, where they normally retail at Ikea for $69.99 each. I normally love to scout out Ikea stuff on Craigslist first before committing to buy it from Ikea at retail. If I am patient, I typically come across what I am looking for.

Lucky for me, that was the case with these bookcases. This wall used to be very bland and it was tough to figure out what would work.