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29 August, 2013

Bridal Shower DIY: Photo Banner

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Since I’m still having withdrawal from my friend’s wedding last weekend, I’m going to keep the theme going with an adorable DIY project, courtesy of my sister.  As a bridesmaid for her friend, Dana, she crafted up a photo banner for the bridal shower. She gathered some pictures, from childhood to her engagement, and placed
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26 August, 2013

Wedding Season Gifting

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My best friend is married!  What a beautiful wedding in beautiful weather, all for a beautiful bride! For me, it’s the end of wedding season.  But for many, I know there are plenty of fall weddings ahead. Of course, in celebration of a friend or relative, you give a shower gift straight off the registry
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8 May, 2013

Ikea Hack: GRANAS Dining Set

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Today’s Rehab Wednesday is an Ikea hack – taking a budget-friendly Ikea product and turning it into something that looks like a million bucks. When Kiley moved in and started to decorate, she was on a budget when it came to furniture. So, she purchased the Ikea GRANAS Table and chairs for $99.99.  Here’s what they
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24 April, 2013

Rehab Wednesday: Kitchen Mini Makeover

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Last week, we kicked off our new “Rehab Wednesday” home renovation series with the importance of paint and lighting.  Today’s makeover takes this advice into account and shows off Kiley’s updated kitchen. When you don’t have the money for a full kitchen renovation (which can be the most expensive update to your home) a little
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17 April, 2013

Rehab Wednesdays

Comments : 1 Posted in : DIY, Home on by : jtravis16

No, I’m not giving up my wine.  I’m just starting a new weekly feature on J’ai La Vie that exemplifies some crafty home projects as completed by me and my sister, Kiley (who up until now, is a behind-the-scenes contributor to J’ai La Vie). So a little about us and our projects…. Our first love
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10 January, 2013

Give Gift Baskets … the Right Way

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With Christmas behind us, we have presents we have received that we love, like, and plan to regift later.  But as a gift giver, we also have those gifts that we are proud of and plan to repeat, gifts where we just aren’t sure what the person thought, and a few where we know we
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28 October, 2012

Easy Halloweeny

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I’m just not a fan of Halloween. I say it every year.  I think it’s the pressure of finding a costume, spending money, being creative, and overpaying for drinks.  And I don’t really like to dress up.  But, this year, Kiley and I actually planned our costumes ahead of time.  I was still shopping the
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