Fun in the Sun Link Party and Giveaway!

Summer, summer, summer! It’s like a merry-go-round. I LOVE summer time! Let’s get this party started! 

Fun in the Sun link party and giveway

If you missed the kick off with these Fun in the Sun posts, take a few minutes to get caught up starting with my DIY birdie garland then visiting the rest of the series.

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

Domestically Speaking

Debbie Doo’s

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Setting for Four

Clean and Scentsible

Town and Country Living

At The Picket Fence

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage

I gathered up some more of my past summer projects. Just click the image to be redirected to the original post. 

DIY Show Off summer home tour slide barn patio makeover house number flower pots tire flower planter decor DIY Dog Bed stacked ombre flower pots tutorial DIYShowOff chandelier planter free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden DIY brick patio how to add curtains to a patio swing   DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

Ready to share or browse the links for inspiration? Let’s go!



THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Danette Dillon! Time for the grand finale! Enter to win $250 cash using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!
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Anna Maria Island Getaway

Anna Maria Island, Florida – a fun and relaxing getaway! Enter to win a dream vacation!

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I recently met up with a small group of blog friends for a relaxing retreat on Anna Maria Island.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida

The best part of any vacation for me (aside from fun times with friends) is the lodging. And this Anna Maria Island home rental named Sirenia Cove did not disappoint. 

Sirenia Cove, Anna Maria Island Home Rental

Let’s take a tour! Beautiful decor, four bedrooms (sleeps 12), three bathrooms…

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Fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living spaces…

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Plenty of quiet spaces…

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but lots of room for entertaining too AND right on the water (great location for boaters). 

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Beach cottage style. Happy, bright and colorful.

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Because I deal with anxiety and panic attacks, I was the fuddy-duddy who stayed behind house watching during some of the adventures; content to relax in this beautiful home and most days you could find me lounging and reading by the pool. No complaints from me. My kind of get-away. Few plans, low key, stress-free! Beautiful, comfortable surroundings. 

Sirenia Cove pool

It felt like a big birthday celebration with all of the gifts! We each brought some cute things to swap and Anna Maria Island businesses welcomed us with a surprise swag bag full of goodies! 

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Plenty to do for my sight-seeing adventure seeking friends as well!

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Beautiful sandy beach, pier, shopping and restaurants within walking distance, kayaking and other fun excursions close by.

Anna Maria Island blogger retreat

Golf cart and bicycle rental for touring the island. Thanks, Fun and More Rentals!

Fun and More Rentals

Thanks SO much to Anna Maria Island Home Rental for the beautiful and tranquil accommodations.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida  

Thanks to Ford for providing local transportation. 

Ford Fusion

Looking for more pictures and details or to make a few new friends? Visit:
Kelly from Eclectically Vintage
Diane from In My Own Style
Beth from Unskinny Boppy
Karah from The Space Between
Carrie from Making Lemonade
Denise from The Painted Home 

These girls are so sweet and so much fun! 

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So what do you think? Want to go?

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How would YOU like to get away to Anna Maria Island? Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER IS Jennifer Davis Schultz who won by liking AMIBL on Facebook. Congratulations, Jennifer!

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Giveaway starts at 7 am CST on Monday, June 16th.  
Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm CST on August 1st, 2014
This Giveaway is open only to legal residents of the U.S. & Canada who are 25 years of age or older, at time of entry.
Winners announced on our blog posts (edited after giveaway ends) and Facebook.
Prize Package includes:
• 4 Night stay at Sirenia Cove on Anna Maria Island
• 1 ~ $60.00 Gift Certificate to Eat Here Restaurant Group
• 1 ~ Free Golf Cart Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free Beach Bike Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• 2 ~ Paddleboard or Kayak Rentals for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free use of Beach Chairs for 4 Days from Sirenia Cove
• 1 – Portrait by the Sea value of $100.00 from Photography by Billi
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• 2 Free Shadepops
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The Nesting Place Book Giveaway

A phrase that fits our home and perhaps yours too: “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” That’s the mantra at The Nesting Place and one that applies to not only our decorative surroundings or our design style but imperfect beauty in real life. 

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The Nester has just released an amazing book that covers the topic of accepting imperfection: The Nesting Place. 

Here’s a description that says it so much better than I ever could since I’m only part way into the book: Perfection is overrated. Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) is all about embracing reality—especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life. In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn shares the secrets of decorating for real people—and it has nothing to do with creating a flawless look to wow your guests. It has everything to do with embracing the natural imperfection and chaos of daily living. Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style—without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons. Full of easy tips, simple steps, and practical advice, The Nesting Place will give you the courage to take risks with your home and transform it into a place that’s inviting and warm for family and friends.There is beauty in the lived-in and loved-on and just-about-used-up, Myquillyn says, and welcoming that imperfection wholeheartedly just might be the most freeing thing you’ll ever do.

It’s easy to get caught up in focusing on what I don’t have, how my home compares to others, what’s missing. You too? This book helps change and redirect focus to appreciating what we do have, living and that creating a beautiful home not only doesn’t have to break the bank, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. 

Find a quiet space, put your feet up and read every word. You’ll walk away inspired to look at your home in a fresh new way by embracing imperfections and flaws (they can be good and comforting!), accepting that a lived-in home is a happy home, as well as gain tips for making the most of where you live. Now. Without waiting for perfect conditions, without maxing out the credit cards.

The Nesting Place

Here’s the story behind the cover —> http://www.thenester.com/2014/04/risk-of-imperfections.html And here’s more info about the book: http://www.thenester.com/landing/the-nesting-place-book.

Want a copy for yourself? Of course you do! Here’s an affiliate link:

The Nesting Place is generously giving away a copy to THREE lucky DIYShowOff readers! Enter for a chance to win using the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway starts right now and ends Friday, May 9th at midnight EST. Winners will be announced shortly after. Giveaway is only open to US residents (sorry, international friends!). Good luck!

The Nesting Place book review
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Mother’s Day Giveaway

Looking for a great Mother’s Day gift? Or maybe a special treat for yourself? How about something useful too? Something that will help keep your time organized, something especially designed for your schedule?

personalized planner

If I don’t write it down, there’s a big possibility I’ll forget. Appointments, blog post ideas, DIY projects, deadlines, meetings, birthdays, get togethers, passwords and lists. And I like to have something physical that I can carry in my purse and refer to offline.

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Personal Planner, a company that specializes in custom planners that YOU design gave me the opportunity to create a personalized planner that fits my needs in order for me to stay organized. It’s created online, using the layout, design, patterns, photos and colors that I chose.

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in a format that works best for me…

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I chose to fill the back with graph paper and notebook paper for my DIY designs, plans and ideas. I love moveable little ruler too. 

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Uploading pictures for a personalized front and back cover (with a transparent plastic protective outer cover) means it’s truly mine…

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along with a custom front page… Personal Planner giveaway at diyshowoff.com Personalized Planner Giveaway at diyshowoff.com

a transparent pocket for holding important items or receipts…

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Those are just a few of the available features. It’s easy to do and there are so many fun options to choose from! 

The planner is unique, adorable, affordable, but most importantly: it will help you maintain an organized life!

The planners are personalized so it fits YOUR life and that includes:
 
Outside
– Upload personal pictures for front and back cover from desktop and Instagram
– Change background, size, font, lining, images
 
Inside
– Pick what month you want your planner to start
– Design writing space details; “work”, “workout schedule”, “exam schedules”, “to-do lists”, “goals” etc
– Include personal calendar dates as birthdays and holidays
– Add extra pages in the back for addresses, lined pages, coloring pages, suduko, maps
 
 
Check it out: Personal Planner – Pop over and play around!
 
 
Win it: Personal Planner is offering two lucky DIYShowOff readers a chance to win!  This giveaway is sponsored by Personal Planner. Giveaway dates start today, April 26, 2014 and ends Friday, May 2, 2014 at midnight EST. Two winners will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after. Giveaway is open to US residents only. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below. 

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It’s a Spring Thing Link Party and Giveaway!

Let’s share some spring themed ideas! After a strange week of spring like weather with temps near 70 and sunshine one day to snow and 30s the next, I’m thinking Mother Nature needs some spring inspiration. You too? 

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Check out these spring themed posts from the It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hoppers:

Maryann from Domestically Speaking

Heather from Setting for Four

Kim from Sand & Sisal

Courtney from French Country Cottage

Jennifer from Town and Country Living

Roeshel from DIY Show Off 

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Destiny from A Place for Us

Angelina from JoJo & Eloise

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road

Mary Beth from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Kristi from Lolly Jane

Debbie from Debbie Doos 

Now it’s time to see your spring-induced DIY, decor, crafts and recipes. Share your link and thumbnail picture in the link party below to be entered to win! Visit the links for inspiring your next spring related project!

Need motivation in addition to inspiration? How about a chance to win over $1600 in prizes? Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Karen Aber Ploransky. Congratulations!

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Bathroom Before and After

Hello DIY friends! Let’s talk bathroom makeovers! Do you have an embarrassment of a bathroom? Outdated? Blah? Boring? Frightening? I know the feeling. Read on, my friend. You just may find yourself in a position to give your bathroom a serious facelift thanks to Virtu USA! bathroom makeover before and after

There are two bathrooms upstairs in our home. The master bathroom is the smaller of the two (remember, old farmhouse = bathrooms were not a part of the original house plans) and the bathroom I’m about to show you. One for my hubby (the master) and one for me (this one). I know you’re going to be envious that I have had this gem all to myself for a couple of years. Labeled the “girls’ bathroom”, welcome to my own little private oasis…  bathroom makeover before Gag! Because no one sees the upstairs main bath except those who live here, it hasn’t been at the top of the DIY priority list in the 7 years since we moved in. It was functional and clean even if it was super ugly and outdated. Sort of a hurry up, shower, brush your teeth, throw on some makeup and get the heck out of this room! But a less desirable (to put it nicely) “before” makes for a magical “after”. This girl has a happy ending for sure! DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover Vurtu USA When the opportunity to work with Virtu USA came up, it was just the motivation I needed to finally FINALLY rip out the old cheap doorless vanity (will have a new life as storage in the barn). The old medicine cabinet with Hollywood dressing room lights (that’s what those lined up round bulbs remind me of) became a roadside treasure for someone who must have needed it. My heart didn’t break as we tossed the old peeling up vinyl and I think the bathroom cried tears of happiness when I painted those poor sad walls. bathroom before Tiling the tub and shower surround will have to wait until later this year but that didn’t keep me from putting some blood, sweat, tears and lots of DIY and love into turning my bathroom into a beautiful new peaceful place just for me.  bathroom makeover after There are a couple of things that really make this an OMGosh! reveal. You probably couldn’t help but notice that gorgeous 48 inch Huntshire vanity topped with beautiful Italian Carrara marble… Huntshire bathroom vanity and the Talia faucet talia faucet I was immediately drawn to what the Huntshire description calls “straight lines and strong features”. I love the square basin with the traditional beauty, not to mention the size and storage (drawers and doors have soft closing hinges and slides!)…a place for everything and a big bold statement that this bathroom is finally not only truly functional but stunning as well! espresso bathroom vanity

More photos: DIY bathroom makeover I know you’re drooling over that lighting too, right? They’re the Monroe Polished Nickel Adjustable Wall Lights from LampsPlus DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover

See something you like? Check out the source list with more details and pictures here

DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover before and after

Does your blah bathroom have you wanting to borrow your neighbors? Do you have a vision for creating a spa-like oasis? How would YOU like a chance to win a DREAM BATHROOM MAKEOVER? Head over to the Virtu USA Dream Bathroom Contest page for more details on how you can enter to win! Good luck! dream bathroom giveaway Ready for some more bathroom makeover inspiration? Check out these awesome blog friends for more:

*This post is sponsored by Virtu USA. As always, opinion, photos, and words are my own.