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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ball Brand Products Review, International Can-It-Forward Day and a Giveaway!


I have teamed up with Jarden Home Brands 
once again to review Ball Brand Products and spread the word about International Can-It-Forward Day


Have you heard about International Can-It-Forward Day? It's being held on Saturday, August 1st from 11am - 4pm at the new 
state-of-the-art Jarden Home Brands Headquarters
in Fishers, Indiana. 
Can-It-Forward Day encourages gardeners and food enthusiasts across the country to celebrate what "Made From Here" means to them by preserving their favorite local ingredients in peak season. The webcast will have an integrated chat function where viewers can submit their home canning questions to be answered in real time. New this year, there will also be an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast! You can see the schedule and get more information here.




You all know that I love Ball Brand Products and use Ball Brand Jars everyday. I use the blue and green jars for drinking glasses. I also use them to store craft supplies and my favorite use for Ball Brand Jars is to make quick and easy desserts in them! 





I was so excited to review some of their Heritage Collection Jars, Design Series Lids and Sip & Straw Lids!
First off, I have to say that I love the purple jars! 



The pint jars are the perfect size for drinking glasses. Adding the Sip & Straw Lids make them great for outdoor use. No pesky bugs can fly into your drink plus they just look super cute!


While I was playing around with the lids and straws I realized that a paper straw fits nicely in the Sip & Straw Lids! Bonus! 
I love how the Design Series Lids and Sip & Straw Lids can be interchanged with different jars for a completely new look!





The quart size jars can be used for just about anything! I love to use them for vases, craft supplies and storing pantry items.






What's really awesome is that Jarden Home Brands is giving away a case of jars to one of you! That's right. I'm talking about a GIVEAWAY
The lucky winner will receive a coupon for a FREE case of Ball Brand Jars!





To enter just leave a comment and share your favorite way to use Ball Brand Jars. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner!
The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Good luck and thanks for entering!




Be sure to stop back here on Saturday for a direct link to the International Can-It Forward Day webcast. You can also watch the webcast right here on my blog!







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Disclaimer: Jarden Home Brands provided me with product in exchange for my honest opinion and review. 



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Handi-Treads Review


Hello friends! 
Today I am reviewing a product that I recently received from 
Handi-Treads. 

You are probably wondering what are Handi-Treads?
Well, I didn't know either until I tried 
their product.

WHAT are Handi-Treads?
  • Raised button surface grips on to your shoe or foot and provides instant traction
  • Lightweight, attractive, cost-effective, install in seconds
  • More durable than non-slip tape and grip pant
  • Will not need replacement like other options
  • Won’t rust or corrode
  • Use inside or out
  • Gentle on feet
  • Comes in variety of colors

WHERE can Handi-Treads be used?
  • Decks
  • Wood and cement ramps
  • Interior wood steps
  • Exterior wood and cement steps
  • Docks and piers


I received a set of Handi-Treads and decided to try them on our garage steps leading into the house. There are only 2 steps but they can get slippery, especially in the winter with all the snow and ice.


The treads came with screws and were very easy to install! All you need is a screwdriver or drill and in a few minutes your treads are ready!






Here are the (dirty) stairs before. I gave them a good cleaning before installing the treads.





Installation was super quick and easy! 
In just a few minutes you're done!


This is what the stairs look like now ...








Did you know?

  • Slips and falls account for over 20,000 deaths per year (Source: Center for Disease Control)
  • Injuries from falls are the most common cause of emergency room visits (Source: National Safety Council)
  • 59% of general liability claims are from slip, trip and fall accidents (Source: CNA Insurance)
  • Slips and falls are the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. (Source: National Safety Council)
  • Slips and falls kill 5 times as many people as the flu each year (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

You probably know of an area in or around your home, or somewhere in public, where people tend to slip and fall.  The potential injuries can cause harm to someone you care about and can put you and your family at risk of litigation. There’s an easy, low-cost, attractive solution -- Handi-Treads, a safety product produced by Handi-Ramp.



 I'm sure you want to try some 
Handi-Treads for your own home. Lucky for you, Handi-Tread is giving Thrifty Decor Mom readers a 10% discount! Just use the code BLOG2015 when ordering. 
Click here for their website. 



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Disclaimer: Handi-Treads provided me with a set of treads in exchange for my honest opinion and review. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

How I Updated My Ceiling Fan (with just spray paint)

Hello friends! A few weeks ago I shared some photos of my family room along with a wish list of things I want to change or do. One eyesore is the ugly green ceiling fan. It's so, ummm, UGLY and GREEN that I always crop it out of pictures.


Well I am happy to report that the ceiling fan is no longer ugly or green! 

I used spray paint to give it an updated look ...


After taking the fan down, I cleaned it off then gave everything a coat of primer. Nope. I didn't even sand it! The base was sprayed white and the blades a light gray. I finished with a clear spray sealer. 


I was going to replace the glass globes but after a good cleaning I decided to keep them. It's amazing what a little soap and water can do! haha!

It really doesn't even look like the same fan! The best part is how inexpensive this is ...  just the cost of a few cans of spray paint!



So what do you think? Would you ever spray paint a ceiling fan? I'm so glad I painted mine! I'd love to hear from you ... leave me a comment below.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th of July

Hello and welcome! 

I can't believe today is July 1st! This summer is going by way too fast!
Today I'm sharing some of my July 4th decor. I didn't buy anything new ... just used stuff I already had. 

Let's start with the front porch ....


I was worried that the yellow and turquoise wouldn't work with the red, white and blue but I actually like the way it turned out.





Moving inside, here is my hallway shelf that I love to decorate for the holidays and seasons.


I found the large free printable here.


Here are some of my hydrangeas. I love these flowers but can't get them to turn blue. I've tried the stuff (technical term) that you sprinkle on the soil around the plant. Nothing happened. I even planted a blue hydrangea plant but it looks like the flowers are coming in pink this year. 



I'd love to hear from you if you have any advice about hydrangeas. Please leave me a comment below.

I used some sparklers and pop-its to decorate the table in the family room. I painted the striped pot last year and just added faux greenery and a flag.



Here are some July 4th ideas and decor from 
last year .....


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I also have tons of ideas on my Red, White & Blue Pinterest board. 


Have a wonderful 4th of July!!
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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Family Room ...

Hello everyone!
It's been a while since I've updated my house tour page. A lot has changed over the past year or so and I haven't shared much here on the ole' blog! 

I am in the process of taking new and current photos of each room and will be sharing them with you over the next several weeks/months.

Today we're talking about the 
FAMILY ROOM ...


Our family room is long and narrow and faces south so it's filled with sunlight all day. It's open to the dining area and kitchen and also has sliding glass doors that lead to the patio and backyard. 



I recently updated the gallery wall above the sofa and added the shoe cabinet from Ikea.



This room has been a decorating challenge for me but I really like how it looks now. I have tried every furniture placement possible and this seems to work the best. 



There are a few things I would like to change or add but for the most part I'm happy with it.

Just for fun, here is my wish list ...



I always edit out the ugly green ceiling fan! It really needs to be updated so my plan is to spray paint it a neutral color ... probably white so it will blend in the with ceiling. I'm also going to ditch the glass light globes and replace them with a drum shade. If anyone has experience or suggestions for painting a ceiling fan I'd love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment below.

Crown moulding would be a great addition and further down the road we'd like to replace the sofa with a sectional in a lighter, more neutral color (probably gray).

If you want to see something really scary, here is what the family room looked like years ago.



Yes, that is the same room! 


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