5 Tips: Have a Fun, Successful Flea Market Adventure

By Kim Vargo /

With summer in full swing, it can only mean one thing – the flea market season is upon us! Those that know us well, know that Scott and I live for this time of year. When we’re not DIYing our way around our big, old house on the weekends, we’re mapping out and plotting our next early morning date with fellow hidden treasure lovers. Over the years, we’ve learned what makes for the most successful and satisfying flea adventure, and we’d be amiss not to share those tips with you. Whether you’re on the hunt for home furnishings, a vintage clutch or quirky memorabilia, there are a few steadfast rules we stick to; are you ready?

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What to Include on your Birth Announcement

By Rachel Castro /

Even though many of your friends will have seen digital photos of your baby within hours after the birth, there’s something special about being able to send your friends a photo of your baby that they will hang up on the fridge and see every day. To make it quick and easy to create your birth announcement, we’ve gathered our best tips for what to include on your birth announcements.

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Wedding Photo Etiquette 101

By Kristin Appenbrink /

Gone are the days of wedding-themed disposable cameras being fixtures of the reception table place setting. Now that nearly everyone carries a far better camera in their pocket at all times, the number of photos taken at weddings has grown exponentially. From the wedding procession, to the ceremony, to the first kiss, there are likely to be guests capturing every moment, along with the professional photographer, of course. But should you really be pulling out your phone during the ceremony? Probably not.

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5 Steps: Give Tired Furniture a Pick-Me-Up

By Kim Vargo /

Over the years, Scott and I have rescued a lot of furniture from flea markets, thrift stores and, yes, even back alleys. Because vintage and antique furniture were traditionally crafted with solid wood (sometimes with a veneer), we’ll first try to repair the condition of the wood. This doesn’t mean that we need to break out the power sander and spend hours going over every surface of our piece until we’re down to the raw wood; rather, we continue to use a simple 5 step “wood refresh” method that will revive our tired furniture and make it look new again. Spruce up what you already have, and fall in love with your antiques again!Most recently, we purchased four gorgeous Mid-century dining chairs at a flea market. We placed them around our dining table, which is part of an open concept floor plan in our main living space.

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Father’s Day Dinner: The Perfect Steak

By Bree Hester /

Dad deserves a special dinner to celebrate Father’s Day, don’t you think? The dad in our house loves a good steak dinner. I don’t make a lot of steaks so it is a treat for everyone. I think that I didn’t make a lot of steaks because I was terrible at making them. I either bought the wrong cut of beef, over-cooked it, or under-cooked it. After much experimentation, this is my foolproof method for a perfectly cooked, juicy, delicious steak.

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Spring Style for Girls

By Merrilee Liddiard /

For me, springtime for girls calls for a rural peasant look, complete with a head scarf and practical yet flowing smocks – loosely styled tresses and boots to stomp through fields and pick flowers in. Add a touch of bold color block shapes, bright primaries, and a spot of metallics to update the look and you get the “Modern Peasant.”

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