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Product Review - Giani Granite Paint Kit

Did you know that you could get the look of granite counter tops without paying high prices? 
This project is definitely a must for anyone that needs to redo a kitchen or bathroom on a budget.

Our home actually came with fairly nice counter tops. Although they are laminate, they have sort-of a granite look to them. However, they just look so FAKE!!

When I received an e-mail from Giani asking me if I would like to review their Granite paint kit, I jumped on the offer. I looked at their website and thought 'This stuff is amazing!' When the box arrived in the mail, I couldn't wait to rip it open. I read through all of the instructions, watched the VERY HELPFUL video that came with it. Then I stuffed everything back inside the box, tucked it into the corner of the kitchen... and that's were it sat for almost two months. 

Why?!! Because I realized that I was going to be painting over our counter top!! That's actually quit SCARY!! 
Luckily Giani was kind enough to give me a couple months to finish the review. Eventually I worked up the nerve. I decided to start with our kids/guest bathroom since it needs the most updating. I was still quite nervous when I started and did have a few freak-out moments during the whole process, but I finally finished it and I couldn't be happier with the results.

Here are the before and after shots.
Sorry, I have absolutely no natural light in my bathroom so the photos are not the best.

Valentines crafts for the kids

I always love finding craft projects that the kids can help with (if they can do it entirely themselves it's a bonus but those projects are very rare for a 2 and 4 year old). I know that most of my readers have young kids as well so I though it would be a great idea to gather a bunch of kid friendly crafts for the upcoming holiday.

Sewing 101

Check out these amazing sewing tips, tricks, and tutorials that have helped me out many, many times. Whether you're new to sewing or you have been sewing for years, there are tips and tricks here for everyone.  

DIY Large Keepsake Blanket From Baby Blankets

Actually I finished these before Christmas. Just in time to wrap them up and stick them under the tree.

Walgreens & Express Scripts: What you should know!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
This subject is a little off topic from the normal posts here on DIY Home Sweet Home. However, I believe this is something that you should all be aware of.

GIVEAWAY & Review - Life is Art Creations

A few days ago I was contacted my Life is Art Creations and asked if I would like to receive one of their prints for a review? 

Ummmm...... Yeah!!!! Of course I would

Barbie Hair Fix

 About a year ago my daughter inherited my old barbies as well as a few that used to belong to my mom when she was little. These barbies had been played with a lot and it definitely showed. The worst part was the hair.

Don't buy it - Make it!!

Have you ever thought about making your own soap? What about toothpaste? Shampoo? Well now you can!!! 

I have searched the net for some homemade goodies and placed them all in one post for you to enjoy. Some of these recipes are my own and others I have yet to attempt.
If you have made any of your own products I would love to know what you made and how it turned out. 

Baggy hubby sweater turned chic.

This sweater was purchased a few years back for my hubby. Unfortunately he only wore it a few times before I accidentally tossed it in the dryer and shrunk it. Oooops!!!

DIY Laundry Soap

I've been meaning to make my own laundry soap for a while now and I finally did it.
It was so simple and so cheap. I can't believe I didn't do it sooner.

50 Random Tips & Tricks

Quite often I come across something while browsing online that just amazes me.
Things that force me to wonder "Why didn't I know about this sooner!!!" 
It could be anything from a brilliant life hack, to a cleaning tip, or just something completely random.
Today I wanted to gather a few of these amazing ideas into one place and share them with you.

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