Handbag Collection

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I received several requests to show my handbag collection and I FINALLY filmed one. I LOVE handbags. I am so cheap when it comes to everything else in my life, but I really value designer handbags. Some women like jewelry, others like shoes and clothes……..I like purses! I hope you like this video I will film updates in the future when I mix my collection up.

DIY Bay Window Curtain Rods

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I was considering paying $60-$100 for a bay window curtain rod. Then I did some searching online and found a lot of DIY options that I could do at home. The first option I was considering was using PVC pipe and elbows to make the corners. Once I went to Home Depot I realized that the PVC was not going to be strong enough for my curtains. The PVC ended up bending so I used electrical conduit pipes. I bought the 3/4 inch size 10 ft in length for $3.06/piece. My bay window was 45in x 64in x 45 in so the 10 ft pole wasn’t going to be long enough. I bought 2 and just cut the second one to the right length. Tom and I measured the conduit pipe and then bent the pipe to match the angle. I used a protractor to measure the angles.

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Then once the pipe was bent and cut to the right angles and length, I used some spray paint to paint the pipes gold.

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I bought this plumbing “nipple” to use to connect the cut pieces. It took FOREVER for me to find something like this in Home Depot. I don’t understand why they didn’t have anything like this in the electrical conduit section. I eventually found this in the plumbing section.

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TADA! Finished, well almost. I still need to buy something decorative to go on the ends of the poles. This whole project was under $10. We already owned the ikea hanging hooks from the windows we had curtains on in our last home. This project was CHEAP, easy, and relatively quick so I encourage you to give it a try. I have a large window in the Den that I want to make a curtain rod for also.

Shrimp And Chip Appetizer

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Today I have a recipe that I recreated after having these as an appetizer at a reception. I was shocked at how simple and amazing these were. I think this would be great for finger food at any event.

To start I cooked some tail off small shrimp in a hot pan with olive oil and salt. Once those were cooked through I set them aside.

Use my Guacamole recipe – http://smohrlife.com/2013/08/26/guacamole-recipe/

Once that is finished cut some leaves off cilantro bunches and pick out your best looking chips to use. Now just drop a spoonful of guac onto each chip and top with the cooked shrimp and a cilantro leaf.

Now just set out onto a pretty plate and enjoy! These are so tasty and pretty to look at.

The Holidays Are Over!

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I am having a actually happy this is over and we can get back to real life. Our move was just timed so wrong. I’m tired of the crowds, the mess, the rush, the traffic, shipments being delayed, people being out of town……… the list goes on and on. I am sad because I feel like I skipped this holiday season completely. We did do the bare minimum and so that counts, but I didn’t get to decorate and that really makes me sad. Last year I stalked Wal-Mart to shop the 75%-90% off Christmas sale, so this year I was SO excited to bust out (literally 4 boxes) of new decorations that I bought at these sales, but unfortunately I couldn’t. And yesterday I went back to Wal-Mart and bought more things from the sale haha. I’m a borderline decoration hoarder. Then there is the possibility that I won’t get to decorate next year also if you buy a home and move AGAIN in December. I did get lots of good wrapping paper yesterday 🙂 JUST IN CASE! Haha and let’s be honest, I’ll probably go back tomorrow.