Category Archives: Videos

{Video} BEFORE Ranch House Tour

Filming a video always seems like a good idea. Until I download it onto my computer and watch it…then it seems like a really, really bad idea.

The video below is the perfect example of this. Kyle and I wanted to do a quick video tour of our “new” home because  there were just so many 1960′s gems in the house that we didn’t want to forget about. So we did it. However, we were under pressure as I was on my lunch break, we had juuuust argued about a not-so-important renovation decision that we couldn’t agree on, and it was a dark day, which equals a dark video. Not a good equation for filming a video.

Also, I know we are overly critical of ourselves (especially when we see our mugs on camera – yikes!) but I mean, can I get a hairbrush? My hair looks like I haven’t touched it in days (which is actually probably the truth). I also say “ummmm” probably 50 times, open with the cheesiest introduction, and I keep referring to my right, when I really mean my left.

Man, I did a good job of setting this video up, didn’t I? Without further ado, here’s our “before” house tour.

Did anyone spot the lovely built-in flower box near our front door? It had real soil, but fake plants. Who knew that was a luxury item in 1961?

Simple Ways To Spice Up An Everyday BBQ

Last Friday,  I made a little return visit to KATU’s AMNW morning show and chatted through a few simple tips for throwing a backyard BBQ. As we all know, parties can be quiet elaborate these days, but I tried to keep my tips super easy and turn-key.

Once again, I’m hecka relieved I didn’t pass out or do anything totally silly (except for say the word “exactly” like a million times) on LIVE TV. Whew!

Also, you can find the downloadable BBQ invite, and strawberry lemonade/s’more labels mentioned in the segment here. And, if you are looking to order personalized napkins, coasters, or cupcake holders like the ones featured, email Heather Lawes at Paper Dolls at [email protected].

See you tomorrow, friends!

How to throw a successful garage sale


I survived.

I made my TV debut yesterday on KATU’s AMNW morning show and I’m happy to report I somehow kept it together and didn’t lose my cookies on live television. Whew! I filmed a piece on throwing a successful garage sale and chatted through 10 of my personal yard sale tips. Since I know many of you don’t live in Oregon, here’s the video for your viewing pleasure.

 10 Garage Sale Tips

1.)    Purchase pre-labeled garage sale stickers and price your items to sell.

  • Pre-labeled stickers make pricing items easy and can be picked up at most local stores like Fred Meyer. Also, price your items to sell and be realistic about what an item might actually sell for.

2.)    Stock up on change for your cashbox.

  • Make sure you have plenty of change before the sale starts. It’s a  good idea to have $40 in 5’s and $20 in 1’s as well as some change on-hand.

3.)    Market your sale.

  • Post a free ad on Craigslist under the “garage sale” section and include all of the sale details as well as photos of a few of the main items you’ll be selling.

  • Make 3-4 simple, but bold signs and place them around your neighborhood. Just include the time and address of the sale on the sign – no other details are needed!

4.)    Watch the weather forecast

  • Sunny weather equals more foot traffic and happy shoppers. If you can, watch the weather forecast and pick a day/weekend that won’t be rainy.

5.)    Organize/merchandise your items just like a department store does.

  • If possible, group like items together. For example, all kitchen items should be in the same area. Shoppers are usually looking for specific items, and this way, they can easily find what they are looking for without having to dig around.

6.)    Have a buddy.

  • Team up with another family or friend. It makes the set-up and the actual sale more fun and it’s also nice to have someone helping shoppers and someone else manning the cash box.

7.)    Expect early birds.

  • A handful of people WILL come early to your sale, especially professional pickers. Decide beforehand if you will sell items to them before the posted sale starting time.

8.)    Stow away cash as you make it.

  • It’s a safe bet that you’ll make  a few hundred dollars at your sale, so just to be safe, don’t keep all that money in your cash box. Every hour or so, place a good amount of money inside, in a safe place.

9.)    Be willing to budge on prices, especially after 2 p.m.

  • People come to garage sales for deals and be mindful of that. Be ready to barter with folks.

10.)   After the sale, reorganize your items.

  • Create two piles

                i.      Items to be donated

               ii.      Items to be stored

  • This way, you’ll feel organized immediately after the sale and you won’t be tempted to put the stuff that didn’t sell back in your garage.

Are you guys planning on hosting a garage sale this spring or summer? They are a lot of work, but it certainly feels good to clean out those closets. And the extra cash is nice too!

Goo Gone Passion Project

Today I have another video comin’ atcha.

You see, the folks at Goo Gone had a challenge for me. To demonstrate the power of the product, they sent me a chair, and I had to clean it up with Goo Gone. Here’s my story…

It turned out to be super easy and painless – Goo Gone erases sticky, gooey, gummy and greasy messes. It’s a staple in our household, and my Mom used to always have it around the house when I was growing up. And let me tell you, that woman can clean! It’s tried and tested stuff, no doubt.

The chair is super fun and fabulous and is all cleaned-up and ready for action:). Not sure where it’s going in our home yet, but I’ll keep you posted. I also used the Goo Gone on two different plates that had horrible sticker residue on them. And poof! Sticker residue is gone. And I am a happy camper.

Again, stay-tuned for a little holiday download action on Friday! It’s a fun DIY and download in one post.