Home Security with Lorex Technology


“This blog post is sponsored by Lorex Technology and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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Lorex Technology offers a simple solution of home security system that you can access from your pocket computer-aka your smartphone of your choice.

Home Security Made Simple

Does the thought of installing your own home security system intimidate you? Fear no more, we are here to show you just how easy it is to install you own home security stystem from Lorex. Plus, I want to share why we chose Lorex for our home security monitoring needs! Check out our VIDEO on IG of our installation and how it works

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2K Wire-Free Camera Security System with Wi-Fi Doorbell

Overview

Lorex’s home security has never been easier to install or monitor your home with their indoor/outdoor 2K Wire-Free Security System. The Lorex Home Hub, a 2K Wi-Fi Video Doorbell and three 2K resolution wire-free cameras, this system will help you protect what matters most with no monthly fees. Let me show you how!

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Smart Deterrence

The Doorbell and Wire-Free cameras include a motion-activated LED warning light to deter any unwanted guests. You can even get a notification on your smartphone when someone arrives at your home!

2K Resolution Recording

A 4MP image sensor provides 2X the resolution as 1080p, which provides an exceptionally sharp and detailed video.

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Color Night Vision™

External lighting capture’s full color video at night. In low-light settings, the camera’s IR night vision will activate.

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1080p Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera

Overview 

Combine your security plus lighting with Lorex Technology’s 1080p Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera. With dual LED lights that can produce 4k lumens, which is plenty to illuminate your front door, garage or backyard during the night.  I believe it also serves as an effective deterrent for any unwanted guests on your property.  The 1080p Wi-Fir Floodlight Camera also includes full 1080p HD recording, a remotely triggered siren, two-way audio and infrared night vision, that allows the camera to see up to 50 feet. Local storage means no monthly fees. One of the best features is that you can install by using your existing light fixture wiring, so it stays powered 24/7 without having to recharge batteries! The camera on the floodlight can be adjusted vertically or horizontally. Includes a 32 GB microSD card and supports up to 256 GB microSD storage

Dual LED Floodlights

With the Dual LED Floodlights, there are three ways of activating the floodlights: motion, on a schedule or manually. In motion-triggered mode, the lights will automatically turn on when the passive infrared sensor detects movement. They will automatically turn off after the designated duration. Option to activate the floodlights manually or on a schedule through the Lorex Home app.

Fully Weather-Resistant

The Wi-Fi Floodlight camera is MADE for the outdoors. Featuring IP65 weather-resistance certification, even rain and snow!

Real-Time 1080p HD Video

Its all in the details by capturing important details with real-time, 30 frames-per-second full, 1080p HD resolution recording.

PIR Motion Detection

Passive Infrared motion detector will capture the most important moments and has a 270° horizontal field of view!! It is designed to sense the infrared energy that eminates from people, animals or even vehicles. This helps to reduce false alarms from other moving objects! So smart!

Wide Angle Lens

This Wi-Fi floodlight security camera is equipped with a wide angle lens that is ideal for monitoring large areas or doorways and has a 137° diagonal field of view!

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1080p Full HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera 

Overview

Lorex’s 1080p HD indoor Wi-Fi monitoring is a seamless, easy solution for monitoring doorways, windows, hallways or even your high value items. Or if your like us, have a puppy to monitor while your away! You could even use it to monitor little ones at night. The camera features a pan-tilt feature that allows you to remotely adjust it’s field of view up and down or left and right straight from your phone. It also has 1080p HD resolution, two-way audio and  infrared night vision!

Privacy Mode

Privacy Mode is available using the Lorex Home app to temporarily disable your camera’s remote viewing, recording capabilities and push notifications. 

Pan, Tilt, Digital Zoom

The WiFi camera has the ability to pan and tilt! It also features 16× digital zoom and night vision range up to 33 feet. 

Two-Way Audio

The camera’s built-in microphone plus speaker will help you ward off uninvited guests, all with a touch of your smartphone or even your tablet. You can talk to whoever is on the other end of the camera!!!

Wide Angle Field of View

The Wi-Fi camera is equipped  with a 135° diagonal field of view. I recommend setting up the camera near doorways or wide entranceways for maximum coverage!

Person Detection

With Person Detection, avoid false alerts and unnecessary notifications. Designed to recognize when a person enters the camera’s field of view, this feature will reduce unwanted motion alerts while providing more intelligent monitoring for us!

HEVC / H.265 Encoding

High Efficiency Video Coding, more commonly referred is a video encoding technology that compresses large data files without diminishing the quality. It can compress up to 50% more than previous encoding technology, which helps save you bandwidth space when remotely watching live or recorded footage.

Lorex Security System Installation

Set up

With Lorex, you can easily set up your Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera with a quick and easy installation process by using the existing wiring from your previous floodlight or outdoor house light. It can also connect to your pre-existing standard junction box. How amazing is that?! Win, win in my book!

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Lorex Home App

For our family, if your like us, when your away for a business trip or on a long overdue family vacation, using the Lorex Home App to keep tabs on your home, has never been easier! Stress-free if you will!  Download the app and use your smartphone or tablet to view live and recorded footage, change the camera settings or even use two-way audio plus more!

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Overall Review

I researched every single home security system that is available on the market, right now and I chose Lorex for our home security! Why? Easy to install, budget friendly and it  gives us the home security that we need!

I absolutely love our new security system from Lorex!! I have worked with Matthew from Lorex and from the start, he has been so kind, asking if we had any questions about the system, if we were enjoying it and if he could be of any assistance, he would help!! If I needed tech, he was on it and they would call me within the hour! 

EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCT

Lorex’s reviews online are outstanding and I give them an outstanding ovation of quality of product and outstanding customer service! This system is also super budget friendly when comparing other home security systems! I believe it will fit into almost any budget! If you have any questions, please reach out! I’d be happy to answer any of your questions or point you in the right direction!

PS-Lorex has Black Friday sales now!!!

❤️~Shae

How I Found the Best Appliances for Our Barndominium

[This post contains sponsored links from ZLINE. All reviews and opinions are mine.]

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Today, I am ecstatic to share about how I found the best appliances for our Barndominium Kitchen. I searched for modern looking appliances that were superb quality at an affordable price. I found them at ZLINE and I am thrilled to have the high-end appliances of my dreams without all those high prices!

Modern, High Quality & Affordable ZLINE Appliances 

When we began dreaming of our DIY barndominium , I had substantial plans for our kitchen in the barndominium. I was determined to find high-end, high-quality, modern appliances at an affordable price. When I found ZLINE, I knew my search was over. Their company met all of my expectations and more!

Why You Should Buy a ZLINE Appliance

On average, ZLINE appliances are 50 % less expensive compared to similar products on the market. ZLINE brings the best quality-to-price ratio in the industry. Trust me when I say that I did my research when it came to the purchase of appliances for our DIY barndominium. I wanted appliances with multiple features but also something that would stand the test of time. I wanted to have an appliance to grow old with per say. I have been cooking for over twenty years and I thought it was about time that my culinary experiences would reflect well on a quality, well built appliance. Let me not forget to mention how stunningly gorgeous these appliances are to the eye! A show stopper in any kitchen!

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ZLINE Dropin Gas Stovetop 

All ZLINE ranges use handcrafted Italian burners, which are some of the highest quality on the market and imported directly from Italy. The single-piece porcelain top is durable and easy to clean. All of the ZLINE hinges are designed to stay put and imported from Italy, along with a fluid and stable weighted action.

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Range Features

• Italian brass burners provides superior heat retention and even flame distribution.
• Solid-pieace cast iron grate. Heavy duty, built to last with exceptional strenth-to-weight ratio.
• Heavy duty, no-scratch Italian made porcelain one-piece cooktop. Easy to clean with  no crevices that can hold residue.
• Cooktop can be installed into counter or island.
 
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ZLINE Professional Single Wall Oven 

Luxury is the first word that comes to mind with our new ZLINE Convection Single Wall Oven. Experiencing the beauty of our built-in with a modern design has been surreal! I told my husband we may gain some weight with all the biscuits, casseroles and desserts I have been making!  

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ZLINE Professional Wall Oven has several standard and convection cooking modes, including: Standard Bake, Standard Broil, Convection Bake, Convection Roast, and Convection Broil. 

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Oven Features

  • Standard Bake and Broil modes.
  • Built-in design.
  • Temperature probe and sabbath mode feature.
  • Comes  with one oven rack, one telescoping oven rack and a broil pan and tray.
  • Halogen oven light.
  • Self-Clean technology with delay cleaning feature to begin self-cleaning on your schedule.
  • Safety panel lock.
  • Proprietary stay-put hinges are designed to support the full weight of the oven door and hold at any place.

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ZLINE Built-in Convection Microwave Oven 

Upgrade is the first word that comes to mind with our new ZLINE Microwave! With 11 different power levels, utilizing regular heat, broil, or convection cooking elements. It is perfect for busy families on the go! The microwave oven’s cooking features include multi-stage cooking technology, sensor cooking, express cooking, and multiple auto-defrost settings. I also enjoy the safety of the child lock safety feature! I love the reversable wire rack that you can use facing down for baking or roasting or facing up for grilling. 

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Microwave Features

  • Ceramic made with reversible turntable. The turntable can turn clockwise or counter clockwise. 
  • Kitchen timer feature with a crystal clear LCD display.  
  • Multiple defrost settings.
  • Standard, broil and convection microwave modes.
  • 1,000 watt cooking power to thoroughly cook or defrost any dish.
  • Rapide preheating-The oven reaches the set temperature very quickly to expedite the reheating process. 
  • Sensor cooking-The microwave oven automaticall determines the required cooking time for each food item and allows you to cook foods without selecting cooking times or power levels. 

Closing Thoughts on Our ZLINE Appliances

If you are looking to upgrade your appliances or install appliances in your newly built home, look no further when it comes to ZLINE appliance! Quality, luxury and best pricing for top of the line appliances. I am so pleased with our decision to purchase ZLINE appliances! We love every single detail of each appliance! If you have any questions about purchasing appliances, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

❤️~Shae

How We Built Our Barndominium-With Our Own Hands

During the summer of 2020, my husband and I decided that we would place our house up for sale and move to the beach! The housing market was booming for homeowners and we decided it would be the best time to sell!

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Our home sold within the first week of having it listed and thus began our plan of homeownership via paying cash! We settled on building a pole barn that we would live in temporarily while we built our forever home! The pole barn quickly became our barndominium!

Researching is Key

Researching is key if you are thinking about undertaking a large project like building your own barndominium. This project has consumed us for months, but it has allowed us to build almost everything ourselves and it has been so worth it! When we would shop for estimates, we shopped until we found a price we liked!

The photo below is the backside of our property and where our barndominium currently sets.

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Finding Land

The very first item on our agenda was the land! We knew a quaint little beach town that we wanted to grow old in and began driving around looking at property in July of 2020.

The photo below is the beach across the street from our property!

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We began looking up owners of properties in the town from the plot map, to begin writing them, asking them if we could purchase their land. We had found a couple pieces of property, when my Father-In-Law reached out to us, who happened to live in the same quant beach town and asked us if we would like his property. We were shocked and so happy! Thus began our dreams of building a Pole Barn with an attatched Guest Suite.

In this photo, my husband had begun clearing our land. This is about two days into it!

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Clearing the Land

Next on the agenda was assessing the property. The property was not in the best shape. In fact, you could hardly see it with all of the overgrown trees.

This is the very first picture that I took of our property. This is the front side of our property.

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There was also a older mobile home, a storage building plus seven junk cars that had been setting on the property for years, along with a boat plus a good amount of trash to clean up.

Below in this photo, my husband was removing the last of the junk cars!!! This was car number seven!

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We knew we needed to rent a tractor to clear the land and make a driveway. I also wanted to learn how to operate a tractor! I actually wanted to learn about anything that my husband was willing to teach me during this process!

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Neither my husband or I had never used a tractor up until this point, but we learned! I think we enjoyed it too!

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It was a lot of sweat equity work with taking out trees, pulling them down and across the road and watching my husband drop trees that stood seventy feet in the air!

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My parents would always be calling, when they saw our stories on Instagram and say to be careful! We also have our own portable sawmill that we plan to mill our pine and oak trees that we saved for wood countertops for our home.

 

Setting the Posts and Adding Fill Dirt

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The first step was setting the posts! 

We also purchased two dumpsters of fill dirt from a local company. We rented another smaller tractor to help push the dirt out into the pole barn and help keep it evenly spread.

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Leveling Out the Dirt and Adding Posts for Barn Doors

The next step was buying a laser to level out the dirt for the pole barn. We wanted to make sure we had the ground level!

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We also rented a compactor to compact down the dirt. We also added two posts for the barn doors on the front!

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Adding Footers and Rebarb 

Next we added a layer of plastic and the footers and rebarb. We also attached concrete wire to the rebarb. 

Concrete Pour for the Foundation

We did hire out this job because it was such a large job that we did not think we could handle the amount of work on our own.

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Plus, if you happen to mess up concrete, well, its a hard and expensive job to mess up on!!

So glad we hired this one out! Those concrete guys worked so hard! You can watch the video of our concrete pour here

Buying Windows and Doors

My husband wanted to go ahead and buy the windows and doors before framing, so he knew the size of the frames that he would need to be making for the pole barn. We went to Habitat for Huminity to find our windows and doors. We scored big and were able to grab almost everything we needed from Habitat for Humanity! Some of the windows and doors were used but some were new! We spent under $500 for all of our windows and doors! Check out our trip to Habitat for Humanity!

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Framing the First Floor

Framing the first floor went pretty fast.

We were able to get it all done in about two to three days.

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I learned to frame and framed one of the walls on my own! It is always so cool to learn a new trade!

 

Framing the Second Floor

We second story framing went faster than the first floor. We plan to use the two wings of the barndominium for attic storage and then the middle of the second floor as useable space. My parents came down to help us on a Saturday! Much needed!

Roof

We were able to frame the roof fairly quickly in about two weeks,  then added the galvalume roof.

My parents and my brother came to help for the putting the galvalume roof on! It took about two and a half days for the install on the galvalume roof! Not to bad for two old guys (both of our Dad’s) and two middle aged guys (hubs and bro). No pun intended 🤣

 

My parents and my brother came to help for the putting the galvalume roof on! My mom helped me with cleaning up debris, breaking up a pile of extra concrete and making lunch for our guys! Check out our reel on the installing of the roof! 

After Framing and Roofing

After our barndo was framed,  the next few projects were not nearly as overwhelming. My husband had general construction knowledge and we are both hard workers, willing to do whatever it took to bring our temporary home to life!! Anything we were not knowledgeable on, we turned to You Tube, family or friends that were experts in the subject area.

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I built the exterior barn doors, myself, with the help of a couple assistants to cut and hold wood! Check out that process here!  It is truly amazing what you can learn to do if you have the willingness to learn! You might may some mistakes along the way, but just start over and try again!

 
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Our plan has been to do as much work that we can do on our own, to keep building costs as low as possible. This is a cash build and we had absolutely no plans to get any type of loan for our barndominium build or our forever home build! Our hope was to get the barndominium dried in and basic items checked off then take time to finish the remaining rooms. 

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We are almost completely done with the building process. Finishing up with sheet rock and paint over the next little bit! Would you like to guess at how much we spent on our Barndominium build? The first person to comment with the correct amount, I wil send you a $100 gift card from Home Depot!

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Instagram Collabs

I have been so blessed to have a job that never feels like work to me! I couldn’t be happier as a blogger and a influencer on IG! I am excited to share in a blog post, soon, our barndomium reveal and which companies I collaborated with! Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Love~Shae

 

DIY White Concrete Kitchen Countertops

DIY White Concrete Kitchen Countertops

“This blog post is sponsored by Z Counterform Concrete Countertop Solutions and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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When deciding on countertops for our barndominium, I knew I wanted white and I wanted something rustic. When researching all the different types of countertops, I found a blog that was reviewing white concrete countertops though Z Counterform Concrete Countertop Solutions. I was immediately intriged because we had had concrete countertops in our previous home that I had diy-ed myself! I had never heard of white concrete countertops but as I saw the finished photo’s of a blogger’s review, I knew that white concrete countertops would be in my home!

If you are finding yourself here after pouring over every tutorial and reading all the blog posts…..you think your ready to pour concrete countertops? Come along and read about our concrete countertop expierence.

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Z COUNTERFORM CONCRETE COUNTERTOP SYSTEM

What is Z Counterform? It is a patented concrete countertop form that allows you to pour your concrete countertops in place. YES!! You no longer need to make a mold and pouring concrete countertops then flipping over to secure! With Z Counterform Concrete Countertop Solutions, you literally pour your countertops in place and with a professional result! The Z Counterform is the black piece that surrounds the wall and wood board. 

WHITE CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS

Yes, you can have white concrete countertops. Z Counterform  has a special white countertop blend for a clean white look. The blend is smooth and specially formulated for countertops. 

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Z Counterform  has multiple videos that you can watch to assure you that you can do your own concrete countertops!

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Begin by attaching the Z Counterform is the black piece that is attatched to your wood board. 

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Next, begin laying down the black fiber mesh reinforcement to your board. Cut to size.

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Attach the white Z-clips with screws to your board.

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Mix the concrete per package directions. We made ours the consistancy of cake batter. 

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Get ready to pour! Pour your concrete into the forms and begin using your towel to even out the concrete.  

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Use a finishing trowel to smooth out your concrete evenly! Make sure your concrete is level and tap the form to release any bubbles. Towel it a couple different times until it has been smoothed out to your liking.

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We wanted five days until we removed our forms and sanded our countertops.

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We wiped down all the sanding grit from the countertops with a damp cloth.

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Then applied the two part sealer from Z Counterform.

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We allowed the coat to dry for 12 hours then lightly sanded, wiped with a damp cloth and added another coat of sealer. We repeated this process one more time. 

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IS THIS DIY CONCRETE COUNTERTOP SYSTEM AS EASY AS IT LOOKS?

This is the number one question I have been asked by you! The answer is yes! Educate yourself on the system and watch the how-to videos by Concrete Countertop Solutions. We watched them a couple times each !  We really do believe that anyone can do this!

ARE THE COUNTERTOPS BUDGET FRIENDLY?

Yes! Our countertops were $1100 for 70 square feet but we had plenty of product left over so we actually ordered to much! From my research online, concrete countertops ranged from $65-$135 per square foot. 

HOW ARE THE COUNTERTOPS HOLDING UP?

They are holding up so well! I sealed with three coats of sealer and I am so pleased with the results! They hold up great for our large family and we are always in our kitchen! 

CAN YOU PATCH AN AREA AFTER YOU POUR?

YES! We have product left over to patch if needed. In fact, my husband scuffed up the seal when he was installing the stove top, so I needed to sand and re-stain an area by the drop in stove.

WOULD YOU POUR YOUR OWN CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS AGAIN?

Absolutely! I may even put these countertops in our bathroom! I would 100% recommend Concrete Countertops System and would defintely recommend for concrete countertops, To me, there is never another way to pour concrete countertops unless I use this system! 

QUESTIONS ABOUT CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS?

We would be happy to answer your questions about the countertops. You can also go to Concrete Countertops HOW-TO VIDEO page and their FAQ page. You can head on over to IG and check out our Video on how we DIY-ed our countertops! Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

Shae

Trimming Our Farmhouse Christmas Tree


“This blog post is sponsored by Old Time Pottery and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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Trimming our Christmas trees has always been a favorite in our home! Yes, I did say trees. We have had up to seven Christmas trees in our home! I have always enjoyed Christmas!! From trimming the trees to our youngest placing the angel on top of our family tree to baking and decorating homemade gingerbread houses together. I love it all and I really want to create those special memories with my four daughters.

Shopping for Trees and

Trimming 

One of my favorite places to shop for items to trim our trees with is Old Time Pottery! They also have so many different varities of trees to choose from as well, like my white Christmas tree! This year, they have a wonderful selection of farmhouse items like ribbon rolls, bows and wood ornaments!

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I was like a kid in a candy shop! I decided to use a couple different varieties of their wood snowflakes and joy ornaments .

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I thought instead of garland that I would use some of their Christmas grennery picks. I found these and thought they were perfect to give contrast to the white Christmas tree. 

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I also wanted to grab three rolls of their black and white farmhouse ribbon rolls.  It is so easy to trim with ribbon! Start at the top of your tree with your ribbon and go down the tree about two to four inches and pinch the ribbon, gathering with one of the branches. You can easily make your own ribbon topper by gathering  and licking an entire roll of ribbon!

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Here I’m about half way through the roll of ribbon.

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Tie the end with jute twine! Now I just need to add it to my tree and fluff to my liking!

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I also grabbed three of their pillows that you can use from Christmas through February! Add them to the floor by your Christmas tree, where it can be the perfect spot for curling up and drinking hot cocoa! Head on over to our IG and you can see a full video of the trimmings of the tree! 

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I hope ya’ll have enjoyed trimming your tree with me, this holiday season!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! On behalf of Old Time Pottery and our family, we hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

❤️~Shae 

Decorating the Exterior of Our Barndominium for Christmas

Decorating the Exterior of Our Barndominium for Christmas

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Decorating our Barndominium for Christmas 

If you follow along with us on Instagram, you know that this past year has been a journey as we’ve built our barndominimum! To say I was THRILLED to decorate for Christmas this year is an understatement; especially considering we were living in our camper during the holiday season last year!

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The photo above is the Christmas season of 2020, aka, the christmas we lived in our camper, on our property, as we built our barndominium!

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Exterior Christmas Lights

I had so much fun shopping for exterior Christmas decor pieces for our DIY Barndominium! My husband and I knew we wanted to buy Edison bulb lights for decorating the exterior of our Barndominium and I was thrilled when I found them! Our whole family loves seeing our house filled with lights for Christmas!

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DIY Christmas Wreaths

Old Time Pottery has quite the selection of Christmas wreaths to choose from but when I noticed they had all of the items that I would need to make my own wreaths, well, I just couldn’t help myself! After all, I am a DIY’er!! 

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I grabbed two grapevine wreaths, along with one roll of Christmas ribbon and one strand of my favorite Christmas garland! I was able to make two Christmas wreaths for around $30! So easy and quick to make! I plan to share my diy wreath and bow tutorial soon! Check back on IG!  

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Christmas Winter Pillows

Christmas decor isn’t cozy enough until you add pillows and I believe these pillows can take you through February! Christmas pillows in late November and December. Winter pillows for January and Valentine’s pillows for February! At $15 each, it’s a wonderful, budget friendly decor piece! 

I enjoy capturing our barndominium during sunset! 

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Happy Holidays

I hope you have enjoyed a little Christmas here at our Barndominium! It’s our first Christmas here and we are so excited to share our holiday season with you all! On behalf of our family, we wish you and your family, a wonderful holiday season!

❤️~Shae 

The Vintage Tub and Bath Collections That Helped Revolutionize Our Barndominium


“This blog post is sponsored by Vintage Tub and Bath and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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BARNDOMINIUM DESIGN DREAMS DO COME TRUE WITH VINTAGE TUB AND BATH

When my husband and I began bringing our design dreams to life, I knew our whole family would enjoy a cast iron claw foot tub! There’s something undeniably comforting about a bathroom that serves as a sanctuary. From the bathtub to the sink, this room has the potential to be a serene escape and one of the most effective ways to achieve that atmosphere is by adding a luxurious claw foot tub! Luxurious is the first word that comes to mind when I think of our claw foot tub. Every single family member LOVES it!!

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BENEFITS OF HAVING A CLAWFOOT TUB

  • Luxurious:  Elegance is always in style, am I right?Clawfoot tubs are classic and have remained relatively unchanged for centuries, plus they are  also comfortable. Many modern clawfoot tubs feature deep basins and heat-retaining properties, which make for one of the most relaxing bathing experiences! 
  • Easy to Install:  Clawfoot tubs have legs so you can simply position them where you like and connect them to your plumbing system. Quick installation!
  • Long-Lasting:  Clawfoot tubs are built to last. Today’s models live up to a standard set centuries ago, with high-quality materials! For a tub that truly stands the test of time, choose dependable strength of cast iron.  

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CHARLOTTE CAST IRON SLIPPER CLAWFOOT TUB PACKAGE

The Charlotte Slipper Clawfoot Package features Vintage Tub and Bath’s luxurious Randolph Morris Charlotte Cast Iron Bathtub and a full set of elegant fixtures and mounts. The sloping slipper design is perfect for reclining and relaxing and the included British telephone faucet adds a classic touch!

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FEATURES

  • Premium porcelain enamel over cast iron construction.
  • Excellent heat retention.
  • The hard surface is easy to clean, highly durable, and resistant to scratches.
  • Feet are shipped unattached, easy to install and feature adjustable levelers to stabilize the bathtub.

OVERALL REVIEW

Overall, we absolutely love our Clawfoot tub from Vintage Tub and Bath!! I love that I can soak in the oval tub comfortably! Another little feature is that the rims on the sides are flat so a bar of soap will set there, without slipping off. The British telephone faucet and handle are amazing! The quality of the tub and faucet are outstanding!! I did a lot of research before choosing our clawfoot tub to make sure we were getting a quality piece that could withstand the test of time! I know that our tub will do just that in our barndominium!

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CAST IRON FARMHOUSE KITCHEN SINK 

Ahhhh, the classic white farmhouse sink. It’s no surprise, I love the classic look of the farmhouse style mixed with modern finishes. The  Cast Iron Farmhouse Sink was the perfect way to give our kitchen a chic look while incorporating the farmhouse look I love.

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WHY CHOOSE A FARMHOUSE SINK?

Durability: This sink is heavy duty and super durable. The Classic Farmhouse Sink is cast iron, it will not scratch or stain and it is heat resistant.

Size: One of the big perks of a farmhouse sink is that it’s large enough to place large pans and pans into the sink to wash, comfortably.

Timeless: I don’t think you can go wrong with a farmhouse sink. They are timeless. Farmhouse sinks have a classic, timeless look that will stand the test of time–no matter your style. I believe it changes the overall look of the kitchen and instantly adds character and charm!l

Price: Farmhouse are an investment piece for your home, but I believe there is no better place to buy an investment piece is for your kitchen. It really is the heart of the home.

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OVERALL REVIEW

I feel like you can not go wrong with a cast iron farmhouse sink! One of the focal pieces in your kitchen, a conversation piece, if you wish, plays an enormous role in functionality in your kitchen. When I stand here at my farmhouse sink, in a few weeks, washing dishes,  I know I will be feeling grateful for the people in my life that I will be washing dished for; plus, being able to partner with companies like Vintage Tub and Bath, that allots me to share their products with you…well ya’ll, it’s the good life around here! 

Love~Shae 

Antique Pie Safe Makeover



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Today I’m teaming up with several bloggers to share items that we have found in a thrift shops, estate sales, yard sales or side of the road items and share how we turn them into something beautiful.

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I have wanted to find a pie safe for our home for the longest time! I was so grateful when my Father-In-Law offered me one of his pie safe’s! I knew immediately where I wanted to use it in our new DIY Barndominium! I thought it would be gorgeous in our bathroom and we could store towels and linens in it!

Check out our DIY Barndominium here.

Before Photos

We can’t have a diy makeover without the before photos, right?!

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This is the before photo after I’d taken out the shelves and the drawer. The cabinet had several layers of paint, from green to yellow and white primer with a couple layers of really old stain!

Time to Strip & Sand

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I decided to sand the entire piece first, with my orbital sander. Here is a similar one to mine. Next, I used Citri Strip for the entire piece. I like using this stripper better than others as it’s not such a harsh chemical to use and breathe in. Grab it at Home Depot. I stripped the cabinet four times and in between each time, I used my razor to remove the old paint and stain.

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The pie safe also had a sheet of vintage yellow flowered contact paper with  layer of glue on it. It took a lot of tugging but I got it all off! I also decided to remove the old screens from each door. Each screen had a layer of staples that I removed as well.

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The interior side walls were also painted with a bright yellow paint. Here is about 50% through the stripping process on those walls.

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For the shelves, I decided to sand with my orbital sander instead of stripping. Look at those layers of paint and stain.

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On the backside of the shelves, there was an Army printed wording in black writing. It looks like these shelves were made from an old wooden Army shipping crates. It makes me think about all of the families who have owned this pie safe over the years and repairs that were made just like we were doing now!

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The exterior side walls also had a wooden ruler that had been used for trim at one time but was only revealed when the Citri Strip had removed all of the old stain.

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I love being able to think about all of the other people who owned this pie safe before me. It such an honor to have such a beautiful piece!

Time to Seal

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Before I began sealing, I cleaned the pie safe with good ole soap and water! For the wax, I used Minwax Grain Highlighting Finishing Wax.


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I wanted a wax that would highlight the wood’s natural beauty along with give it a slight white matte finish. 

Repair Time

The pie safe drawer needed to replace all three sides of the drawer. It also needed a new drawer bottom. Two of the sides and the bottom were press board.

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I grabbed a 1/4 inch oak craft board and traced the old sides, marked with a pencil and cut with my saw

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I did the same for my drawer bottom. I also traced with a pencil, cut with my saw and used a 1/4 oak craft board.

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My husband made grooves for the drawer sides so that the drawer bottom could slide into.

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Here is a close up of the cut grooves.

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My husband also cut notches out of the bottom exterior of the drawer so that the drawer could slide in and out from the drawer slides.

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He is such a sweetie! ❤️

Finished Piece

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I enjoyed sharing our project of our Antique Pie Safe Makeover with y’all! Did y’all follow along in stories on IG, as I made this piece over? Hop on over and give me a follow, take a look around too! Check out my other fellow bloggers too and see what they’ve come up with for this week’s Thrift Store Challenge!

❤️~Shae

Thrift Store Challenge – Christmas In July

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https://lecultivateur.com/2021/07/15/thrifting-in-July-with-Christmas-in-mind/

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https://www.robynsreverie.com/new-blog/ChristmasInJulyThrift

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https://www.worcesterrun.com/post/whimsical-nursery-decor

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DIY OUTDOOR TABLE for $70

Today I wanted to share how my husband and I made our simple farmhouse diy outdoor table for our new outdoor space! We recently moved so we are starting over from scratch on all of our outdoor spaces!

We needed this outdoor table on our new property! It’s easier than you think to create an outdoor table!

SUPPLIES:

1-4x4x12 for the legs-$18

6-1x6x8’s deck boards for the top-$33

3-2x4x10’s for the frame-$14

2.5 inch exterior screws-$5-Had on hand.

Gloves-$5-Hadon hand.

Paper Towels-$1-Had on hand.

Paint and Stain-$20-Had on hand.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut your 3-2x4x10’s to make into the table frame.

Lay out your six, 1x6x8’s on top of two scrap pieces of wood and begin making your table frame, making sure to attract with screws.

Cut your 4x4x12 into four legs and attach with screws to your frame.

Flip over your table frame and add the 1×6’s to the top and screw into your frame.

Stain-I used Minwax Red Oak in Semi-Transparent.

I did one very light coat of stain. Paint-I used Sherwin Willians Eider White. While the paint was still wet, I immediately went over it with stain.

Paint-I used Sherwin Willians Eider White. While the paint was still wet, I immediately went over it with stain.

While the paint was still wet, I immediately went over it with a light amount of stain.

And your done! Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!! We love having our outdoor table for dining options and especially since we are coastal living now, its warmer here for about ten out of twelve months!

While we are currently living in our RV on our property as we build our barndominium and eventually our forever home, this table is our dining table for now!

I hope ya’ll have enjoyed this DIY Outdoor Table! Please reach out if you have any questions.

Love~Shae


DIY BOHO SOLAR LIGHTS

DIY BOHO SOLAR LIGHTS

I am so excited to team up with several of my blogging buddies for a Solar Light Challenge! My sweet friend, Terrie from Decorating and More with Tip heads us up! Did you come here from my friend, Liberty’s blog? I am loving what she came up with for our challenge!!


I knew I wanted to make some kind of outdoor light to hang outside above our boho hammock! I came up with the idea of a boho solar light to fit the bill!

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

The rules were as follows: The rules were that we had to make a indoor or outdoor item with solar lights! Plus we needed to keep it budget friendly! Challenge accepted!

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SUPPLIES

Wood Embroidery Hoops 12 inches 

Spray Paint

Wire 

Twine 

Rope

Small Screws 

Drill

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LET’S GET TO WORK

Head on over to my instagram and you can watch my reel of how my husband and I diy’ed our solar light fixtures! First, spray painted my embroidery hoops, leaving them to dry for about ten minutes. 

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Next we threaded the wire through the holes of the solar light and wrapped the light around the light fixture, several times, making sure it was secured well.

The next step is to hang the boho solar lights in your outdoor space!

It sure does help to have a husband who enjoys helping out his wife with small projects!

This was a one hour, easy, budget friendly project that we enjoyed doing together on a Sunday afternoon. We took a much needed break from building our barndominium! We spent a total of a whopping $15 on all three lights, since I had some items already on hand!

Our whole family loves this little space! The girls love the boho solar lights and the ambiance it adds to our new backyard!

I would love for you to check out my friends to see what they have come up with for their project as well! I know you won’t be disappointed! My friend Kelli’s project turned out amazing!! Don’t miss it!

❤️~Shae

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