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Beautiful Bean Pit

DIY Stone Fire Pit This project is sponsored by Bush’s Beans While Bush’s Beans runs their Bush’s Beautiful Summer Contest, where one lucky fan will win a bean-inspired backyard makeover of their dreams designed by HGTV’s “Good Bones” star Mina Starsiak Hawk, they have asked me to create my own take on a Beautiful Bean Pit. I’m… Continue reading Beautiful Bean Pit

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DIY Toddler Bed

This project was done in partnership with The Home Depot The last part of our son’s room makeover is underway with a custom house bed build!  We partnered with The Home Depot on this project as they’ve had the tools and solutions for us to keep building all year long.   We are using these… Continue reading DIY Toddler Bed

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5 Holiday DIY Projects in Under 30 minutes

This post is sponsored by RYOBI RYOBI and I have gotten together once again for a series of super simple DIY projects that can make great gifts for the holiday season. All 5 of these projects can be completed by a tool beginner with just a handful of supplies. Feel free to get creative and… Continue reading 5 Holiday DIY Projects in Under 30 minutes


Top 10 Must Have RYOBI Tools

This post is sponsored by RYOBI  One of the most common questions I am asked is “what are your top must have tools for DIY?”.  I’ve put together a list of my favorite tools that I not only use on a regular basis but are great for beginners.   1. 18V ONE+™ HP COMPACT BRUSHLESS… Continue reading Top 10 Must Have RYOBI Tools

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Potting Bench & Garden Center

This project is sponsored by Fiskars I have been wanting to upgrade our mini planter bench for the last year.  Our old bench that we built back in 2018, using these Ana White’s plans, was no longer able to keep up with my garden needs.  After this first day, the poor table was cramped and… Continue reading Potting Bench & Garden Center

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Kids Closet Makeover

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot and contains affiliate links Phase 2 of the big kid room has begun at Casa Chavez! This phase involves customizing a closet so that it is kid friendly and will easily grow with our boy as his needs change. here is a very real photo of the… Continue reading Kids Closet Makeover


Home Gym Makeover

This project was done in partnership with The Home Depot and contains affiliate links Our home gym has been doubling as a workout room, storage, and playroom for a few years now and has been in desperate need of a make over. It was time for give my husband the man cave he deserves. We… Continue reading Home Gym Makeover

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DIY Monochrome Wall Mural

This post is sponsored by Handy Products. I took on phase 1 of my son's big kid room with a DIY wall mural. My goal was to paint something simple yet eye catching over the existing black shiplap wall I love so much. In staying true to the HofE style I stuck with black, white,… Continue reading DIY Monochrome Wall Mural

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I “should”

This blog post is a paid partnership with Halo Top ice cream. It starts the moment I open my eyes. Not even giving myself a chance and quickly setting the bar to a height that feels impossible to reach.   “I SHOULD”: do more be morework moreplay more sleep moreon and on and on  I was more… Continue reading I “should”


DIY Modern Planter Box

this post is a paid partnership with Ariat International For years I have been wanting to build a space for a garden just off the kitchen. A space that would be as beautiful as it is functional. I had 3 non-negotiable for this project: U shaped with a bench, painted black, and with trellises for… Continue reading DIY Modern Planter Box

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Labor & Delivery Hospital Bag Round Up

Starting to prep for the delivery of my 3rd child and this time around I feel like I finally know exactly what I like and what I will need! This hospital bag will be carrying just the essentials and items I know I can count on. Here is a list (with links) of my labor… Continue reading Labor & Delivery Hospital Bag Round Up


DIY Simple Pegboard

We've long stored our tools and painting supplies on a simple pegboard wall in our garage. We've had this type of set up in every house we've lived in and was one of the first projects we took care of in this house 3 years ago. I love that this can be done on a… Continue reading DIY Simple Pegboard

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$15 Laundry Room Upgrade and just 15 minutes!

This is the current state of our laundry room. It is not one of the rooms in our home that will stop you in your tracks, but it is one of our most utilized spaces. I am incredibly grateful to have indoor laundry facilities and am looking forward to making major changes in this room… Continue reading $15 Laundry Room Upgrade and just 15 minutes!


Bathroom Renovation Reveal!

Our Jeffrey Court renovation marathon has come to an end and the bathroom is finished!  6 Weeks of planning and hard work have paid off.  The result is the bathroom I envisioned and I could not be happier with the end result. I am most proud of the attention to detail we dedicated on every square inch… Continue reading Bathroom Renovation Reveal!


Bathroom Reno Homestretch and Why Taking Your Time is Important!

We are well in to week 5 of the Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel! The amount of Jeffrey Court tile we took on for this room was intense.  Its taken us 3 weeks to inch our way towards being able to grout.  Partly because we have spent… Continue reading Bathroom Reno Homestretch and Why Taking Your Time is Important!

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Operation Surprise!

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. By now you know the things that are most important to me. As the daughter of a US Marine and holding that prestigious title myself, military service sits at the top of that list. My father and I1990 / 2002 I also believe it’s important to make… Continue reading Operation Surprise!


How to Plan a Bathroom Full of Tile

It is week 4 of our Jeffrey Court Renovation and this week proved to be the most intense for us.  We expected the wall tile phase of this project to be a beast so we made sure to prep, plan, and double check every detail at every turn so that our beautiful 4x12 tile would make the… Continue reading How to Plan a Bathroom Full of Tile


Installing Hexagon Floor Tile

Hi everyone!  We are 3 weeks into the Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge and our new bathroom is well underway.  As a reminder this was where we left off last week: Since then we’ve put up cement board on the walls where the new tile will be going.  Now before we could get to installing the gorgeous Potpourri Medley Hexagon tile we… Continue reading Installing Hexagon Floor Tile


Bathroom Demo!

With our vision on paper and Jeffrey Court tile in hand, we can start demo on the bathroom! When I told my father we were starting a bathroom project his first reaction was “but why, it’s a perfectly good bathroom?!”.  Yes, yes it is a perfectly good bathroom, but I am going to change it because I… Continue reading Bathroom Demo!


DIY under the stairs play nook

My list of house projects and dreamy ideas runs lonnnnnng. Occasionally the list is shaken up with a spontaneous 'I didn't know I needed this but I MUST DO IT RIGHT THIS INSTANT' project. Thats exactly what happened with our under the stairs play nook that we have dubbed the HofE Clubhouse. In our home… Continue reading DIY under the stairs play nook