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5 ways to cozy up your home

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Hello Love!
Since we’re all still staying home more, I thought I’d share my 5 favorite ways to cozy up my home so go grab yourself a warm cup of coffee and let’s go!
First up, blankets. Now as you can see from the photo above, even the cat is a huge fan of warm, fuzzy blankets. We’ve got baskets full of them all around the house, just waiting for someone to grab as they walk by.
Our favorite blankets are from Barefoot Dreams but if you’re on a budget, you can find some fantastic dupes like THIS ONE.

Next up, plants.
Now, if you follow me on social media, YOU KNOW I love me some plant babies. All the plant babies. They add so much earthiness and warmth to a space so we have them all over our house. I mean, ALL OVER our house…as you’ll see in the rest of the pictures.

Another way to cozy up your home, get pictures of you’re family around you. Run to Ross, TJ Maxx, or even your favorite thrift store to get some frames and print off your favorite photos from your camera roll. Better yet, print off all you’re favorites and get them in a photo album for your coffee table. Trust me, you’ll find yourself picking it up all the time!

Alright, this next one is a good one…ready?
Ditch those hospital white light bulbs and get nice warm toned ones. Trust me, they are SO much better! My favorites are the new vintage bulbs if your bulbs are in a lamp where they’ll be seen. THESE vintage bulbs are my favorites but if you’re wanting just regular ones, TRY THESE.

Last up, candles and diffusers.
Now, since I started using essential oils and cleaner products, I rarely (and I mean rarely) burn candles. I do have one candle that I LOVE and it’s the Leipers Fork scent from Southern Firefly Candle Company. It’s a rich sandalwood scent and it’s enchanting.
For the other 99.9% of the time, I’ve got my favorite oil scents diffusing into the air. Spearmint, Purification, and Christmas Spirit are my favorite ones from Young Living and if you’re in need of them, you can find them HERE.
Well, that’s my list! What makes your house super cozy? Share with me in the comments below!

My Bright and Cheery Home Office Makeover

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Hello Love!

When we built our house we had this extra space at the top of the stairs and weren’t sure what to do with it. It was too small for a bedroom but not big enough to do much else with. It started off as my scrapbook/craft room but then changed a few years ago to my office, when I started working from home. It was a mish-mosh of furniture from other rooms and was always a mess.
While antiquing one Sunday, we found these AMAZING framed shopping bags and the design inspiration started then and there. I framed bags that I had saved and started designing the room around them.
Most of the furniture and decor was bought from Ross and TJ Maxx since I was on a tight budget and the room turned out amazing.

It was the perfect little office for me to work out of. Bright and cheery.

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Shaw Avenue Blog by Jenn Pennell. Lifestyle, affordable fashion, family of 5 travel, Young Living Essential Oils, Longaberger Baskets, Dresden & Company.
Shaw Avenue Blog by Jenn Pennell. Lifestyle, affordable fashion, family of 5 travel, Young Living Essential Oils, Longaberger Baskets, Dresden & Company.
Shaw Avenue Blog by Jenn Pennell. Lifestyle, affordable fashion, family of 5 travel, Young Living Essential Oils, Longaberger Baskets, Dresden & Company.
Shaw Avenue Blog by Jenn Pennell. Lifestyle, affordable fashion, family of 5 travel, Young Living Essential Oils, Longaberger Baskets, Dresden & Company.

Christmas In Our Home

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Hello, Love!
Welcome to Christmas in our home. ❤️
After many years of having the same old decor up, we decided it was time for a little upgrade. We kept older trees but bought all new decorations to brighten up this crazy year. 2020 sure has been a doozy, hasn’t it?! We hope you enjoy this little tour of our front porch, living room, kitchen, and master bedroom tree.
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Master Bedroom Christmas Tree, full of Longaberger baskets❤️
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How To Create A Fun Fall Front Porch

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Hello Love!
Welcome to our fall front porch!
I had honestly debated on whether I should decorate my porch this year when I decided that we desperately needed a bit of magic and whimsey to brighten our moods. Christmas is on the way I but I really felt like we needed some cheering since 2020 has been so terribly awful. I grabbed the family and went to Lowe’s to get all the fall things we needed.
I kept our budget in mind and only bought flowers, stalks, the witch hats, and mini lights this year and pulled everything else from the attic.
Yes, those are 100% fake pumpkins. 😂 I usually buy new ones every year but instead I grabbed some paint and made these more real looking. You can find a short video HERE on how I did it.
The pillows, light-up pumpkins, giant pumpkin door piece, and the rusty Halloween buckets were all things I had in my attic and didn’t cost me any additional money.
If you’d like to see how we put this all together, head on over to my Instagram page and watch my Reels! There’s a few fun videos there to show you how it all came together.
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How To Use Your Dresden & Company Baskets And Products All Year Long

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Hello Love!

Today I’m going to share with you many ways you can decorate your home and for the holidays using products from one of my favorite USA companies, Dresden & Company.

Whether you have party plans in your future or are just looking for products made in the USA to decorate your home, D & Co. is one that you need to check out.

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Our New Farmhouse Living Room Decor

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Hello Love!
Over the winter we decided that our home was in need of a refresh. Not a major change, but we knew that after living in this house almost 10 years it was time to repaint and get a few new pieces of furniture since our couches were going on 15 years of service. 😉
We went to a few places looking for new couches but fell in love with this set from Ashley Furniture Home Store. We got a great deal on the couch, loveseat, and rocker set but delivery was an absolute nightmare. It took almost 2 months to get the couch and loveseat and over 3 months to get the rocker, my favorite part of the set. Even though we wanted to cancel after all the hassle, the pieces were still worth it in my opinion. 
I kept almost all my other decor the same but I added in the little needlepoint chair that I found at an antique store for only $20! Such a great find! I would say 75% of the decor in this room has been bought over the years in antique stores. Those are my favorite places to buy things because it makes our house special and not looking like every other “farmhouse” on Instagram.
If you see a piece you love, comment below and I can help you find a similar piece!
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How to create a capsule closet

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Hello Love!
Many moon ago, like back in September, I went through a complete closet clean-out. I took everything out of each section in my closet and purged, purged, PURGED until anything that didn’t make me happy was in garbage bag headed for Habitat.
AND IT FELT SO FREAKING GOOD.
I filmed the entire project on my Instagram stories and you can WATCH IT ALL HERE so you can see everything step by step.
For a quick little recap, this is what I did:
First thing was cleaning my closet. It had gotten COMPLETELY out of control so I spent my first day putting everything in it’s place. I then started with the season I was coming out of, which was summer at that time, and tossed every shirt, short, and skirt that I hadn’t worn that year. Pants and handbags came next, followed by the shelving down the middle. Shoes took a day all on their own. #facepalm. The last section I went through was fall/winter clothes, followed by jewelry.
Finished look!
Man, even though it took a few days, it was 103% worth it!
There aren’t too many things I love more than a clean closet.
If you need some inspiration and motivation to clean your closet, please visit my IG stories and watch my process!

How to organize the laundry room with baskets

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 Hello Love!
I’m so excited to show you my newly renovated/organized laundry room! Over the winter we painted our entire house inside. Almost every room got a little facelift, not just the new wall color, but new decor and arrangement. It was chaos but SO worth it!
I’m slowly showcasing the rooms off here on the blog and in case you missed it, here’s my 9 year old’s updated room, my updated pantry, and bathroom cabinet organization.
Alright, back to the laundry room.
After cleaning out my pantry last week I decided it was time to give the laundry room the much-needed cleaning. I’m usually REALLY GOOD at keeping it in good shape but it just needed straightening up and rearranged a bit.
I went around the house and grabbed more baskets to make the cabinets inside look beautiful and hide all the mess. I love having everything in the baskets because it just looks so neat and tidy. Don’t you think?
In these baskets I’ve stored all my steam mop towel heads, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, lint brushes, and other laundry items.
The toilet paper stacked beautifully in the baskets is my absolute favorite part. The baskets on the middle shelves hold all my stiffer refills, sewing notions, and our emergency candles. The top shelves hold my extra iron, steamer, and extra wool dryer balls.
We installed 5 hooks so everyone has a place to hang jackets, backpacks, and coats. Jason also built this shoe rack that has bins for the kids to keep their dance/baseball gear, bathing suits, belts, and whatnots with their shoes in the bottom rack.
If you’d like to shop these baskets, I’ve linked them here, but most of these are no longer in production so I’m tagging eBay items. If you’re looking for a particular basket just let me know and I can help track one down for you!

If used baskets aren’t your thing, you can shop brand new Longaberger baskets on my website HERE!

 

How I organized my pantry with baskets

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Hello Love!
After watching my cousin, Angela Lanter, organize her beautiful pantry a few weeks ago I knew I needed to take time to get my own done. I decided that instead of using acrylic pieces to keep everything organized, I’d save some money and use what I had, my Longaberger baskets.
I started off by going around the house and grabbing all the baskets I knew would hold boxes and cans really well, took everything out, cleaned the shelves, and got to work. I kept all the kid’s food on the bottom shelves (so I wouldn’t be called in 198 times a day to grab something for them) and side dish ingredients on the top. I moved our recycling bags out to the garage to make room in the bottom in order to store the cat’s food and our 20,000 bags of chips.
By the way…I was AMAZED how much expired food I had in there. I thought I was good about keeping up with those things but apparently not.
Now everything is neat and tidy.
Has it stayed this way? Surprisingly, YES! Now, my kids are a little older but they’ve been good about putting everything back where it goes.
I would love to eventually customize this closet and get wider shelving in here, but for now, this will do.
One more thing, these baskets do take up quite a bit of room, which means I can’t get as much in here. What it has done though is make me cautious about what I’m buying and I’m not just buying a bunch of stuff that I really don’t need. My budget has liked that quite a bit!
What do you think? Do you like how it turned out?
If you’d like to shop these baskets, I’ve linked them here, but be aware, most of these are no longer in production so I’m tagging eBay items, which could sell out. If you’re looking for a particular basket just let me know and I can help track one down for you!

If used baskets aren’t your thing, you can shop brand new Longaberger baskets on my website HERE!

What To Grow in a Vertical Garden

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What To Grow in a Vertical Garden

What to grow in a vertical garden

Hello Love!
Gardening has become Cal’s absolute favorite hobby. We planted a big vegetable garden in the backyard about a month ago and we got her this amazing vertical garden for her to plant whatever she wanted. We’re keeping it on our front porch, right outside her bedroom window and away from all the critters.  We teamed up with GreenStalk Garden for this project so she could plant her own food and watch it grow step by step.  Here’s what to grow in a vertical garden.
 We went to Lowe’s as soon as the kit arrived to pick out different seeds to plant. GreenStalk suggested we do a mix of both flowers and veggies so we grabbed a couple varieties of flowers along with lettuce, spinach, strawberries, and her favorite, broccoli. We also grabbed some marigolds because we heard they help keep insects away.
 You can grab a kit with 3 layers up to 5 but since she’s not too tall, we went with the 4 tier so she would be able to reach the water basin on top. We loaded up each section with lots of potting soil and started seeding.
TIP: Make sure to fill each pocket at least 1″ or less from the top to keep plants from breaking as they grow. We had ours too low and had to go back and fill in after sprouts started appearing.
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To water the flowers, all you need to do is fill up the water basin at the very top. Instead of flooding each pod with water, this is a drip system and waters each pocket at the same time.
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3 days later…
SPROUTS!
 
If you’re interested in trying one of these incredibly easy gardens, all you need to do is CLICK HERE and use my code SHAWAVENUE to save $10 off!
 
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What To Grow in a Vertical Garden