My Daughter’s Art Themed 7th Birthday Party

Art Themed Birthday Party Fancy Frugal LifeWe hosted this birthday party back in May, but I came across these photos recently and thought I’d share the details, because it was such a fun party! This was my daughter’s first party we paid to have at a party place, and although it was on the pricey side for us, we thought it was super fun and worth it!

I picked the art studio Me the Artist located in North Phoenix, and they were wonderful with the kids. I’d like to go again without the kids and create something for me sometime!
Art Party Details

Art Party

Lily's 7th

Mom & Lily

Paint Room

Painting Party Fun

SevenAll the kids made a masterpiece and had a mini art lesson. The best part was they cleaned up the mess! Haha  Our party favors were inexpensive watercolor paint sets and the kids snacked on fruit and cupcakes.

Also, I made these art themed invitations and we had fun putting them together to give out to her friends a few weeks before the party.

Art Party Invitations
What a fun 7th Birthday! She LOVED it and so did all her cute friends. Thanks for stopping by and letting me share!


That Time I Found 2 Pottery Barn Kids Backpacks for $14.99 each with Our Names on Them!

How I scored Pottery Barn Backpacks for Cheap! Fancy Frugal Life

Sometimes the skies open and the shopping Gods shine down on you while browsing your favorite store!

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This happened to me the other day and it was SO EXCITING!

A discount shopping store called DownEast Home recently opened by me in Phoenix and I noticed that they had really cute kids furniture and items, but what I didn’t realize until I saw the backpacks and lunch boxes they recently put out, was that they are Pottery Barn stuff! Click here to see all their locations

It was like a fun treasure hunt to see if they had anything with my own kids names and they did!! Hooray! So I scored two backpacks with their names already on them for just $14.99 each, and they retail for around $59!!

Now this retailer won’t tell you where they get their items for legal reasons, but as a PB Kids fan I can tell you a lot of it was from there! They had lunchboxes, luggage, furniture, bedding ect. What a fun place!

Where to get cheap pottery barn kids stuff Fancy Frugal LIfeI featured my new dining room table we purchased from this same store in a previous blog post, and now I’m wondering and thinking if it may be Pottery Barn too?! Cool right?

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White Metal Farmhouse Style Chairs for the Kitchen

White metal farmhouse style chairs fancyfrugallife.comWe recently moved our kitchen chairs into the dining room, so I’ve been searching for some new ones that would match this table from the thrift store I painted last year.  I was super excited to spot these fantastic metal farmhouse style chairs at DownEast Home on sale last week. They are heavy weight, painted yet perfectly distressed, and easy for me to wipe down and keep clean!  I love the contrast they have to our chalkboard painted wall, and the brightness they bring to this space.

I think they fit in perfectly and look super cute in here! This kitchen nook makes me happy!


Kitchen Table– American Humane Society Thrift in Phoenix

Metal Chairs– DownEast Home

Light Fixture-Lamps Plus

Cream Cabinet -Everything Goes, Phoenix

Farm Milk Sign– World Market

Blue Dinner Plates – Goodwill AZ

Placemats & Napkins – HomeGoods, Phoenix



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Thrift store Tabel and White Metal Kitchen Chairs Fancy Frugal LIfe
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Pantry Makeover -Using Baskets & Trays to Keep Organized

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I struggle with organizing and am always trying to improve that part of life, so today I’m excited to share some images of my current pantry and proud that it looks the same a month after these photos! I’ve done a couple pantry makeovers on my blog because we’ve moved quite a bit, but this is the largest pantry we’ve ever had and I admit…it’s pretty fantastic. The only thing is, it’s super easy to just throw clutter in and shut the door! Ha

That’s probably the reason it’s looked like this for the last year! See before/after photos below.

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BeforeAfter Right Side of Pantry Hip2Save

beforeafter left side of pantry fancy frugal lifeI started by collecting more baskets from thrift stores. Below is an photo I shared via Instagram of some from my local Goodwill. That’s my number one place I go to for baskets and they are priced at a couple dollars.
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I also started collecting clearance trays and baskets from discount stores like Ross. It’s helped me to keep like items together and separated.  The file organizer turned out perfect for canned goods, see photo below.
Fancy Frugal Life Tips for Organized PantryLazy Susan Pantry Storage Hip2SaveI am a fan of lazy susan organizers, so I have a couple of those. (Look at the green one from Goodwill!) Love.
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Baskets for Snack & Pantry Storage Fancy Frugal LIfeIt was important to me to have the paper plates, cups, napkins, cutlery, and plastic bags organized and ready for my kids to help make lunches and meals. I also have all their snacks together in one basket.

thrift store baskets for pantry storage fancy frugal lifeInstead of just dropping the paper towels and toilet paper from Costco, I bought some stylish metal bins from Ross to throw them in.

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My Pantry MakeoverAnd yes I have a lot of appliances! Remember, I am a food blogger as I remind my husband quite often 🙂

Pantry at Fancy Frugal LifeThanks for stopping in to see my pantry makeover today! Hopefully we can keep it together for awhile. 🙂 Are you great at organizing your pantry? Share your tips with us!

New Dining Room Table & Pendant Lighting

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We’ve been slowly working on some additional lighting in our home and also recently replaced our ten your old dark brown dining room table with a new one from a beautiful new store that just opened by me called DownEast Home. It’s kind of like a HomeGoods but with larger pieces of furniture! I was in there three times last week! ha ha

Anyway, we found this very nice designer table on clearance because it was missing a leaf and had a few minor scratches. I’ve always wanted a farmhouse style table and it looks fantastic in our space. The planked wood look is beautiful and exactly what I was looking for.
Planked Dining TableI moved these chairs from the kitchen in here, and will use the old dining room chairs in the kitchen with some cute chair covers I ordered that are on the way. I still LOVE these pretty Spanish style chairs I found at a local antique store and painted last summer. They were a steal and so unique! I get compliments on them all the time.

Spanish style chairs paintedThe end chairs are our old dining chairs. I’m using these cute ruffle chair covers found at Looking at them I should probably bust out the iron! Oops. 🙂

Dining Room Fancy Frugal LifeI looked all over the internet and local stores for affordable and stylish lighting! That is hard to do because lighting can be hundreds of dollars! I fell in love with these Pottery Barn inspired outdoor lanterns from amazon. The price fluctuates between $109-$120/ each for these, and they look awesome!
lantern lightAshley Antique Copper 4-light Foyer Hanging Lanternvia Amazon
What do you think? Before we just had recessed lighting, but I love how the two hanging fixtures completely transforms the space and adds some style and interest. 🙂

Outdoor Lanterns for Frugal Dining Room Lighting Fancy Frugal LifeWe will be painting the walls in here this summer as well as our hutch, so as always it’s a work in progress. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in!Dining Room by Fancy Frugal Life

My breadbox makeover to phone charger and kitchen clutter catch all

Breadbox to Cell Phone Charging Station Fancy Frugal Life

Since it’s Earth Day and one of my favorite hobbies is to makeover, repurpose, or reuse inexpensive second hand or thrift store items, here is a great example I am LOVING in my kitchen!
Breadbox Makeover Fancy Frugal Life

If you’ve been following along via Instagram last month, I posted this pic my vintage $6 breadbox find from Goodwill.
breadbox beforeIt’s actually pretty large and my hubby was like, “What are you gonna do with that?” LOL I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for! A spot to hide the kitchen counter clutter! You know the spot where you drop wallets, phone chargers, watches, change, keys, ect? That stuff!
breadbox duringAll it needed was some paint and to be cleaned up. I love the bread lettering on the roll top, and wanted to keep that part the same.
Breadbox to phone chargerWe drilled a small hole in the back for phone chargers and added this phone organizer we already were using and a spot for pencils, and change. I also added some hooks for car keys.
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breadbox after fancy frugal lifeAhhh there, now close it up and that stuff disappears. My heart is happy! 🙂

My Backyard Tour (Getting Ready for Summer)

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Last weekend we filled all our patio pots and planted a few flowers and palm trees in our backyard. We moved in last summer and this is pretty much where we live for three months straight trying to keep cool in Phoenix during the summer. Our backyard is what sold the house for us. Remember- We bought our home sight unseen from California and this was the main reason! It really is a fun place to spend family time and entertain. 🙂

Now, I’m not saying I’m ready for our impending scorching hot summer to be here yet, but I’m excited to get the patio pool party ready.

We also did lots of general trimming and yard work. I cleaned and waxed our patio furniture and that was a whole project by itself.

How to Fix Faded Patio Furniture Hip2Save

You can read how to wax aluminum furniture with automobile wax in a post I did for Hip2Save here. It’s actually easy to do and works great, but requires some elbow grease. This set is nine years old and still going strong.

We also recently purchased two new wicker style lounge chairs from Costco and love them! They were pretty affordable, but still an investment, compared to most outdoor furniture options these days. 🙂
new lounge chairsI usually have success with succulents in pots due to the fact they don’t need as much water!
potted succulentsbackyard fancy frugal life backyard our dream backyard hip2save Pigme Palm trees potted bunt pan red and green patio decor styish patio whole backyardI love filling my small tower of pots each year with either herbs or inexpensive annuals.
442 My pots My potted plants by fancy frugal lifeSo I planted a dwarf Meier lemon tree in a large pot, pictured below, and am excited about it! I hope we get lots of lemons someday.
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styled patio hip2Savebackyard succulents and plants planted tropicana lillies pool with waterfall

We decided to plant a couple Tropicana lilies and a small palm tree in a small grouping by the pool. Later in the week, they eventually both bloomed and are so pretty. We used to have these in Fresno, CA when we lived there and hoping they make it through the summer! 🙂

tropicana lillies tropicana lilyThe next day the other lilly bloomed!
backyard tropicana lilliesThanks for stopping by and always being so supportive of my projects and blogging adventures. Have a great weekend!

My Mossy Easter Centerpiece & Table 2015

Easter Centerpiece by Fancy Frugal Life

You know me and holidays. I love them, especially the decorating part. I don’t always have time to go all out, but I recently set up a few pretties in my living room and dining room to get in the Spring spirit. I picked up this large mossy basket this week from TJ Maxx and decided to make it the center of my table along with a large bunny, eggs, and carrot I already had. I layered it with a few candlesticks and a couple other bunnies for this festive table.
Also take note of these gorgeous blue plates I thrift-ed last week from Goodwill! They are so pretty and heavy. I topped them with cute milkglass bowls and these sweet baskets and eggs from Cost Plus.
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Easter Place Setting Fancy Frugal Life
Fancy Frugal Life Easter Table
Mossy Basket Centerpiece for Easter
Easter Basket Tabletop
Blue Plates Easter TableI also dressed up our entry with a few Easter things as well. This sweet handmade santin flower wreath was one of my very first blog posts ever in 2011 and I still love it! More info on how to make one here.

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Spring Wreath Entry Way Fancy Frugal LifeWishing you a wonderful Easter and Happy Spring!! 🙂




My Christmas 2014 Home Tour

Christmas Home Tour 2014 Fancy Frugal LifeWelcome friends! Decorating for Christmas has always been a passion of mine, and I’m excited to share some images of our home all dressed up for the holidays this year! We had an exciting move back to Phoenix this past May and it’s always fun decorating a new space.

Central Valley Magazine Christmas Feature

Our Christmas feature of last year’s décor came out this month in the December 2014 issue of Central Valley Magazine. I did some freelance work for them when we lived in Fresno for a two year stay.

Central Valley Magazine Dec 2014It’s always exciting to see your work published! This four page article of decorating tips and tutorials, was written by me and included photography from both myself and the magazine’s photographer. We had fun participating.

(Images and details of our home at Christmas for the past two years can be viewed  here and here if you’d like.)

This year’s setup includes our main Christmas tree in the living room when you walk in, and the dinning room tabletop is decorated as well. Joel built an amazing hall tree and for us in our entryway recently, and it’s a fun place for favorite seasonal items. The banister has a pretty swag of garland that is new this year including those pretty faux pinecones, and our family room has a decorated mantel and nooks.

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The most wonderful time of the year plates

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Christmas garland with large pinecones
Christmas Banister DecoratedBanister GarlandChristmas Family Room 2014Christmas Nook
Reindeer Tree

family room holiday decor

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Christmas Centerpiece
Christmas Entry
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Christmas Entry 2Christmas Hall Tree
Our kitchen has a pretty tabletop tree with chalkboard ornaments from Target and these pretty white deer heads from Lowe’s this year! Check out the pretty Santa on the right my mom recently gifted us! Love it!
Kitchen table decorated
French Inspired Santa
Chalkboard ornament tree

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from my home to yours!


Blue and White Striped Painted Walls (Stylish Nautical Inspired Boys Room)

Stylish Boys Nautical Room Fancy Frugal Life

Today I’m sharing my son’s stylish nautical inspired room! He has pretty much had this theme for years, but we just refreshed it with some striking blue and white painted striped walls in our new home. His room also received some new wood flooring and thick white baseboards, as well as white trim around all the windows. (My talented husband does all the carpentry work in our house.)  Our upstairs flooring project is finally complete and I’ll be sharing more pictures as I finish putting our spaces back together!
before and after boys room makeover
Before, his room had four plain beige walls, and old pet stained carpet. We painted two walls and left two walls beige. We also added some new red curtains for beautiful contrast. We all love this space including him! He is super proud and excited for his new room!

The two colors we used for these walls are called Polar Blue White and Wipe Out Blue, both by Behr. We sectioned off the middle with tape and a laser level tool and painted it white. Then when that was dry, we taped off more stripes using the laser level tool and painted them blue. (My tip is to make sure you clean your walls before you even start taping because we’ve found that helps to avoid bleeding on textured walls.)
Painting stripes on the wall using a level laser

Blue & white nautical striped boys room
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fancy frugal life surfer nautical roomThanks for stopping by! I’m just now finishing my daughter’s room and it’s turning out cute as well! Stay tuned for that before and after! Have a wonderful week.