My Halloween Wreath

Fancy Frugal Halloween Wreath

I haven’t started decorating for Halloween just yet, but I did just revamp my daughter’s Olivia birthday party wreath into an easy Halloween wreath! Do you make a new wreath every year or redo what you have?

My hubby’s been trying to throw away this in the garage for months, Ha!

Olivia the Pig Wreath

I took everything off the Olivia themed one and left the white boa which is wrapped around the wood wreath form.

Feather Halloween Wreath

First I made this image with,

trick or treat picmonkey

and painted the little wood frame black. These light weight frames are at Michael’s.

Painted wood frame

I added some spiders I already had and the crow is from Michael’s.

Everything is attached with E6000 glue, (except the boa and bow) and I moved the feathers back a little so it’s glued to the wood wreath.

Feather Boa Wreath

I had this scrap piece of black and cream fabric and ironed in the sides in really well after cutting a long piece. Then I just hand stitched the ends together after looping it around the wreath, so it could hang. The bow I had from my Halloween wreath last year.

fabric and ribbon wreath bow

Not bad for a fast little Halloween project, right?  and I saved the party wreath from the trash 🙂

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Add Beauty to Your Home with Laminate Flooring

Are you thinking of adding laminate flooring in your home?

We like our laminate floors upstairs in our loft and in all our bedrooms very much. They are easy to clean and look nice!


Start out by visiting Flooring America! They offer a broad selection of laminate wood flooring that’s both visually appealing and highly functional.

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Laminate flooring is unarguably beautiful! Even better, laminate flooring is durable, easy to install and extremely easy in terms of maintenance. Available in a large number of finishes that closely resemble hardwood, stone or tile, laminate flooring is the most affordable choice that offers a wide variety of styles to best suit your specific design tastes. Laminate flooring is quickly becoming one of the most popular flooring choices, due to its affordability, aesthetics and durability.

With its water resistant properties, laminate flooring is perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms, but also looks great in family rooms because of its resistance to heavy foot traffic. Extremely easy to clean, and versatile enough to be installed anywhere, laminate flooring might be the flooring choice you’ve been looking for. If you’re considering installing a durable and hassle-free maintenance flooring option, consider visiting a Flooring America and finding out more about beautiful and durable laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is the perfect flooring choice that combines the beauty of natural wood with the durability you deserve.

Two Healthy & Easy Appetizer Ideas: Mini Bell Peppers & Hummus, Caprese Salad on a Stick

2 Healthy Easy Appetizer Ideas

This past weekend I had so much fun partnering with Kirkland’s for their grand opening event near me. I served these appetizers, and talked home decorating with such nice customers. Here is me with Lacey, part of the PR team for Kirkland’s.

She is super sweet and we had fun going through the store discussing our favorite finds!Kirkland's event

I love those bags of mini sweet bell peppers from Costco, don’t you? For this easy appetizer idea all I did was cut them in half and pipe hummus on top with a pastry bag.

Mini bell peppers with hummus

They look so fancy and cute, and taste delish!

mini sweet bell peppers with hummus piped on w a pastry bag

The caprese salad on a stick idea I saw on Pinterest via Terri’s Table.

Caprese Salad on a Stick

I used these great bamboo forks found at Party City and skewered a grape tomato, basil leaf, and piece of fresh mozzarella. Super easy and great tasting.

Caprese Salad Appetizer

We used this pretty Kirkland’s serving dish and put the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the middle for dipping the “salad”. Both apps were a big hit! People kept telling me they appreciated this healthy snack option.

Let’s talk about how Kirkland’s has some really nice stuff! I spotted these pretty peacock inspired decor pieces and loved.

I just want all the pretty things! Look at all the owls. Love it.

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I made a photo canvas to display the name of my blog with some of  examples of the projects I’ve done and so many nice people said “Oh is this your book?”

Ha no. but that does make a good book cover 🙂

Fancy Frugal Life 8x10 Collage

Someday maybe!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Perfect Parmesan Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Perfect Parmesan Meatballs Recipe

 Ladies and gentlemen last night my very picky eater son said these exact words after eating this meal, “Thanks for the fantastic meal Mom.” What?! That has never ever happened. Ha ha Usually if a meal isn’t chicken nuggets or Pizza there’s meal time drama and complaining at my house. Spaghetti and meatballs is one meal I can count on the kids and husband loving and here is a great recipe for Parmesan turkey meatballs.  I double the batch and keep some in the freezer and on busy weekday nights I can throw them in the slow cooker with spaghetti sauce and have dinner ready when we get home from soccer practice!

Perfect Parmesan Meatballs by Lina Darnell


one pound ground turkey, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup finely diced onion, two tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs, one egg, one teaspoon dried Italian herbs, one teaspoon garlic powder, half teaspoon red pepper flakes, Salt & Pepper to taste.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl combine and mix all ingredients. I like to use a potato smasher tool to mix these. Roll one inch balls and place on a baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown and cooked..

Parmesan Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Combine with your favorite sauce and spaghetti for a wonderful meal! When I can find it on sale at my grocery store, I like to stock up on this brand of gluten free quinoa pasta. It is so great tasting, gluten free, and organic.

The best Quinoa Pasta Gluten Free


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Fall Decor Inspiration from Kirkland’s & Giveaway

Kirkland's Fall Inspiration Board

I’m so excited for Fall so we can bring on the decorating! I  love the warm colors and textures Fall brings and today I’m sharing some of my favorite items from Kirkland’s.

Kirkland’s is a wonderful destination for affordable and stylish home decor items. Have you visited a store or been on lately? I love their new Fall and Autumn Harvest decor.

Grab a pumpkin spice latte and lets get started with some beautiful FALL inspiration!

Natural Rattan Pumpkin, 13 in. at Kirkland's

How great would these fun rattan pumpkins look on your kitchen or dining room table this season?

Ceramic Turkey Platter at Kirkland's

You’ve worked so hard baking that yummy turkey all day, so make sure it’s served on something pretty like this gorgeous ceramic turkey serving platter perfect for Thanksgiving!

Ceramic Pumpkin, Set of 3 at Kirkland's

I’m a big fan of ceramic pumpkins, and these ones have a great shape, perfect for any Fall tabletop.Autumn Harvest Typography Doormat at Kirkland's

Let’s not forget about the front door step. Look how chic and festive this Fall Autumn Harvest Typography doormat is!

Cream Pumpkin Wreath at Kirkland's

Dress up your front door with this large Fall cream pumpkin wreath. It’s so pretty! I love the burlap bow.

Here’s my Thanksgiving table from last year. I’m already starting to think about what’d I like to display this year, can’t wait!

 I am excited to announce that I’ll be attending the Grand Opening event of the new Kirkland’s store in Clovis, CA Septembver 14 and 15! The store hours are 10-9 Saturday and 11-6 Sunday

Come say hi to me as I’ll be setting up Fall tablescapes and tagging all my favorite finds throughout the store! I’ll be in store from 1:00-4:00 PM both Sat & Sun handing out appetizers and giving free tips about Fall decorating! Doesn’t that sound like so much fun?!!

Plus I hear Kirkland’s is giving away free tote bags to the first 50 customers, free mini jar candles with every purchase, and all sachets will be 3 for $5. There will be a local live radio station giving away free concert tickets too.

Kirkland's Grand Opening in Clovis

I’d love to meet any local Central California readers and bloggers!

To get us even more excited about Fall Kirkland’s is giving away a $50 gift card to one very lucky Fancy Frugal Life Reader! Whoohoo what a great way to start off your Fall decorating!

Enter below via rafflecopter. Good luck and I do verify all entries. Must be 18 and in the U.S.

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I will pick a winner in one week!

Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Kirkland’s for this exciting opportunity!

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Mohawk Home Rug Review & Giveaway

New Mohawk Home Rug

I have a new rug and I’m super excited about it!! Yay! This lovely 5×8 rug is from Mohawk Home. Don’t you love the colors and shapes?

Our former rug is great too, but we were ready for a change after having this with us for over five years. It is now upstairs in the loft area playroom.

After looking over all the beautiful options at the Mohawk Area Rug Search, I had my top 4 choices.

rug choices

It’s so hard to choose! I asked my Facebook friends to vote and there was no clear winner. You all liked different ones!

This is the beauty we settled on!

Mohawk Home Ornamental Ogee Nylon Rug, Multi-Colored


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Look how great it turned out in our family room! It goes perfect with the warm and cool colors we have going on in here.

decorating with orange and blue colors

It feels super soft and I love how it added some modern color and pattern to this room! It really brings everything together.

Mohawk Rug Makeover

Mohawk Rug Review

This room has really turned into one of my favorites in our home and I’m proud to have it be the first thing you see when walking in our front door.

Blue and Tan modern rug from Mohawk

Did you know Mohawk Home’s quality rugs are still made in the U.S.A?

 Mohawk products are found in major retailers across the country and the world. From Home Depot to Bloomingdales, from Lowe’s to Macy’s, from Target and Wal-Mart to specialty boutiques in large cities and small towns. Mohawk is making the world a more beautiful place.

Watch this short YouTube video on what makes Mohawk’s rugs great!

And now for the really great news! Mohawk Home is giving one lucky Fancy Frugal Life reader a brand new 5×8 rug of their choice up to $150!!! Whoohoo! So exciting!
Mohawk Rug Giveaway

Enter this awesome giveaway below via rafflecopter.

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Also make sure to follow Mohawk Home on Pinterest because they have some really great decorating ideas around their rugs. See which rugs other people have chosen in their homes!

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Good Luck and this giveaway will be open for three weeks! Thanks so much for entering, and thanks Mohawk for this awesome opportunity!!

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Magazine rack side table makeover

before and after grain sack Annie Sloan painted table

I’m so excited to share this little side table makeover with you today! This past weekend we went junking at a huge warehouse in downtown Fresno Called Yoshi’s looking for a unique side table or magazine rack for our family room.

Thrift Store Fun

I came out with some really great finds, including a side table that is also a magazine rack for $20! Sweet, right?  Here’s a wine rack I hope to makeover  soon and look at my pretty ruffle milk glass plate. Plus we are big fans of Henckel brand kitchen knives and my husband found three nice big chef Henckel’s in perfect condition for $10..great steal 🙂

When I posted my thrift store find on my facebook fan page someone asked why I am painting this piece and I actually wanted to stain it, but we tried sanding it and that faux painted on wood grain wouldn’t come off. It looked like someone had also started to sand it and gave up. I’m not a furniture restoration expert so I decided painting would be safer. I started off by painted two coats of Annie Sloan Decorative Paint in Pure White. The drawer is painted in French Linen and I decided to paint on a vintage inspired grain sack stripe. It’s very easy to accomplish with painters tape! I distressed with both sandpaper and a  wet rag and finished with the Clear Wax from Annie Sloan

Side Table Makeover using Annie Sloan Paiint

I love the distressing on the stripe, do you?

grain sack stripe side table

Annie Sloan Painted Side Table Makeover

The detail of the little vintage crown knob is my favorite part!

Crown Shaped Decorative Knob Hardware

I found the knob at Cost Plus World Market! I love these.

Vintaeg Crown Knobs

I’m happy to have a little table beside the couch that has a little storage!

side table & magazine rack makeover

What do you think? Kind of a fun makeover, right? Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to follow me on Instagram where I tend to post all my thrift store finds and things I love.

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What We Wore Wednesday (Girls High Wast Ruffle Shorts)

high waist ruffle girls shorts

Last year I saw the below image on Pinterest from the very adorable online shop Fleur + Dot. Their kids clothes are absolutely gorgeous but sadly not in my price range. Since then every once in awhile I’d ask friends and family if they could sew some for my little lady and had no luck, and then I spotted an Etsy shop called The Busy Monkey which has some very similar available for sale! Yay! And for $15…This isn’t a sponsored post, just me excited to share a great Etsy shop!


I’m sure many of you talented sewers would be able to duplicate, not me. I may try sometime though. I love the high waist ruffle! Aren’t they so cute? And yes we will still be wearing shorts for awhile..Its still nearly 100 degrees everyday!

high waisted toddler shorts

I love finding a way to look high end while not spending a ton of money! Thanks for stopping in!

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