Decorating On a Budget (plus a tutorial!)

Good afternoon everyone!

It’s so stormy here right now, but I’ve been feeling super productive. It’s been difficult to blog as often as I want to since I’ve been working so much but I’m doing my best to put out at least a post a week for you all. With that said, here are some ways to decorate inexpensively that might get you feeling motivated as well!

  1. Papering: Papering is a really old trick to making things in your home a little more pretty. Scrapbook paper is cheap and comes in a variety of cute colors and patterns. I use scrapbook paper to line drawers and cabinets, to cover containers, and as pictures. See below for a step by step tutorial!
  2. Painting: Painting or drawing is a great creative outlet and can result in some really beautiful things to hang in your home. If you’re not so much the creative type, you can always get stencils and use them on your pretty scrapbook paper we discussed above!
  3. Free Print Outs: There are lots of free print outs to find on pinterest or just sifting through google.
  4. Thrift Shopping: I’ve had the most luck finding frames, furniture, vases, and antique kitchenware. Thrifting can be a fun hobby, as it usually takes a couple of tries to find the best picks, or a specific thing you are looking for.
  5. Coupons: Michaels usually has a 40%-50% coupon that can be printed off of their website or used from your smartphone every week, in addition to other coupons for weekly specials. Craft stores can have some really good steals on home decor items!

Papering

Pick the pieces you want to paper

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Before pic!

Line your paper up to the item you want to cover and mark it so you know where to cut.

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Mark and measure your paper

Tape your paper to whatever it is you want to look nice!

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Tape any overlapping lines to seal it and make it look neat.

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Ta-da! You can now coordinate all the repurposed pieces in your home!

Enjoy,

The Navy Wife xoxo

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Healthy Eating Series: Breakfasts

Hello there blog followers, today I want to talk about eating healthy. Don’t roll your eyes yet! Healthy eating can make you feel so much better, have more energy, help you lose weight and build muscle naturally. I thought about doing a whole day of meals in one post, but I wanted to break nutrition down to the basics and give you a lot of different options for breakfasts before we move on to other recipes and ideas. After all, it is the most important meal of the day. Eating a healthy breakfast can help motivate you to make good food choices for the rest of the day. Here’s my list of typical breakfasts I eat throughout the week

Breakfasts

Yogurt with fruit and granola – my first tip for this one is to use full fat yogurt. It sounds backwards, but I sincerely believe that a food in it’s natural state is the best way to eat it. Low fat foods can have a lot of preservatives and high sugar content. Plus, fat is good! Healthy fats help prevent artery disease and some recent studies have shown that fats aid in weight loss.

Eggs with veggies and cheese – Eggs have gotten quite a bad rap in the past few years. Lots of people have switched over to egg whites because they’ve heard that yolks are bad for your health. Unless your doctor has recommended that you give up egg yolks (like if you have high cholesterol), in moderation, they are good for you. Egg yolks have practically all the nutrition of an egg. With veggies and a small amount of full fat cheese (see note above!), this is a great healthy breakfast choice.

Oatmeal with bananas and nuts – Oatmeal has lots of fiber which is so important to lose weight. It’s great for reducing bloating as well so it’s an ideal breakfast to have after a day of unhealthy eating. Bananas give the oatmeal some natural sweetness. Throw in some walnuts for healthy fat.

Cereal (or granola) with milk – Granola. It can be so healthy, or so bad for you. A lot of commercial granolas have so much sugar! So make sure you check labels carefully or make your own using small amounts of natural sugars. This goes for cereals as well (I’ve really been into Purely Elizabeth’s Blueberry Hemp cereal lately if you guys want a recommendation). Now, this breakfast has a lot of the same health benefits as oatmeal but the milk is a good boost of protein and fat.

Smoothies – Smoothies can be tricky. Fruit is basically just carbs and sugar, albeit natural. However, if you add some veggies(like spinach)* or some protein powder it can give it a new dimension. Adding small amounts of ingredients like lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or ginger that boost metabolism are also great options.

*Tip: If you are going to use a vegetable such as spinach, make sure to drink your smoothie right away. If you let it sit you will be able to taste the spinach as it becomes much stronger after a while.

One thing I want to stress before signing off. Don’t consider unhealthy meals “bad”. They’re are just less healthy than other choices. Everything in moderation. One unhealthy meal won’t kill you, just like one healthy meal won’t solve all your problems. If a piece of chocolate every once in a while puts you in a more peaceful state of mind, then indulge. Just don’t let it turn into a whole bar. I hope this helps you guys out, and as always if you have questions feel free to comment. We’re all in this together!

The Navy Wife xoxo