Creating A Budget Binder (+ Free Printables!)

creating a budget binder

2017 has officially rolled in, and there are so many things I want to accomplish this year!

I don’t usually make resolutions – because honestly, who actually follows through with those? – but I do set goals for myself at the beginning of each year. My first goal for this year is to start an all cash budget, which means I have to make a budget binder to track all of my finances. Read more

Thankful For Change

time for change

A lot can change in one year.

It’s a universal truth that everyone has experienced, and holds especially true for me these past 12 months. There were a lot of shifts in my life in the second half of 2015 – many that carried over into 2016 – and while I sometimes feel like most of those moves were either backward or lateral, I can see now how far I’ve come since this time last year. I am thankful that I am here today, able to share (a condensed version of) my story with you. Read more

Fall Back into Blogging

fall back into blogging

I’m back!

I’ve been telling myself every day for the past four months that I need to get back into my blogging routine, and every day I have a new excuse for why I don’t have the time or energy to do it. But now that things are starting to slow down for me, I’m out of excuses. And what better time to return to blogging than in the fall? In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been the past few months, here’s a quick recap (not necessarily in chronological order): Read more

4 Secrets They Don’t Tell You At The Paint Store

4 secrets they don't tell you at the paint store

There are a lot of insider secrets when it comes to painting your home.

Whether you’ve remodeled in the past many times or are new to the scene, I guarantee you’ve still got more to learn. I worked in the industry for over two years and still learn about new products and methods. So to help you out with your next project, I’ve compiled a short list of tips that will help make your experience at the paint store better – and cheaper. Read more

How To Make A Coat Rack For $11

How to make a coat rack

If you follow me on Snapchat (@kristangible), you probably saw my story earlier in the week of my latest DIY project.

If you don’t follow me, you missed my sneak peek of an old coat rack that I redesigned (and you also missed some excellent footage of my frustration/mini-tutorial of having to “drill” holes without actually having power tools).

So how exactly did I manage to create such an awesome piece for only $11, you ask? Let me tell you! Read more

To My Unexpected Knight

to my unexpected knight

Most of my late teens and early 20s have been centered on relationships – the majority of which ended badly.

I had this hopeless romantic mindset, thinking that someday my knight in shining armor would show up and help me fight the dragon that has me trapped in my tower. I pictured myself as the damsel in distress, desperately awaiting her prince. Metaphorically, of course. Read more