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DIY Floral Wall Installation

I have been struggling to find a permanent decorative solution for our long hallway for as long as we lived here. Most of the past two years, it’s been a giant beige blank slate. Last summer, I got a little nutty and turned some left over moving supplies into art and then for the holidays I strung up a DIY light strand tree, but I’ve been craving something better. Something bold. And something really awesome.

So, I got way into the spirit of spring and loaded up our hallway with flowers!

DIY Floral Wall InstallationIf you follow me on instagram, you might have even seen a couple of hints:

DIY Floral Wall InstallationI used 16 of these beaker glass tube wall vases from CB2 and a variety of different flowers from Hobby Lobby to create this fun and easy DIY Floral Wall Installation.

The part of this project that took the longest was picking out the blooms! I strolled the floral aisles for a good 40 minutes to find a really good mix of interesting colors and shapes. You can see I didn’t just limit myself to flowers. There are a few weird items like lavender and spiky little reed-like things. But together as a whole, it turned into a big wall of fun.

DIY Floral Wall InstallationAs for the actual how-to, I just measured out the length of wall I wanted to use and divided that by the number of test tubes I had (16) to get my spacing. I decided to hang them at varying heights to accommodate for larger blooms and to take up more vertical space in the hallway. After the measuring, I used small nails to hang the tubes, trimmed the stems and extra leaves from my faux flowers and fiddled around to find a nice, balanced arrangement. It took one hour tops.

DIY Floral Wall Installation

And it’s such a happy project! I love walking through the hallway now. Plus, I figured when the seasons change, it’ll be fun to swap out these bright flowers for  fall foliage or more traditional holiday blooms. It’s completely versatile, which is exactly what a gal like me wants!

How have you spruced up a hallway in your home? Working on any floral projects lately? Share below!

goings on + photo ops | March 2014

Happy April! Did y’all have any luck with April Fools Day shenanigans yesterday? Sadly, or not so sadly, there were no pranks here.

Today we’re officially closing the books for March with out monthly Goings On + Photo Ops instagram recap! Now, I’m a little short on instagram photos this month, but in an odd turn of events half of the photos I do have are of my face. (Maybe I’ve been listening to that #selfie song too much!)

goings on + photo ops | March 2014

  1. Went to The Minimalists book signing & the Cheesecake Factory
  2. Embarrassed to admit my top played song right now is “Talk Dirty”
  3. Snow day for Josh. Delay for me.
  4. Glad to have a friend at work… even if he is a crazy sports nut.
  5. Emerald Eagle Honors at the Meyerson
  6. Decided to take tomorrow off. Lucky to be able to do that.
  7. Leah & Riley’s wedding at Ashton Gardens + the coolest Violin Guy.
  8. Stayed at the Wildwood Inn and spent the day in Denton
  9. Daylight Savings has me totally thrown off but I’m ready for the sun
  10. Renewed our lease for one. more. year.
  11. Day 1 with Bambi, my personal trainer
  12. Planning projects to keep my sanity for one more year in 816
  13. A record 3 hour phone call between Josh and Richard
  14. Dinner on the patio at Gloria’s
  15. Rainy day errands in a fancy rental car
  16. My first full strength training workout by myself
  17. Josh’s first ever Candy Crush experience
  18. Flirty emails are fun to send!
  19. Josh had an AC meeting, so I watched Mean Girls to pass the time
  20. Bambi nearly killed me in the gym. But it feels good to be doing something.
  21. Late dinner at Oddfellows to shake off our taxes
  22. Enjoyed driving our speedy hybrid rental during errands
  23. Being productive is super hard sometimes
  24. The restlessness of weight loss has started to set in
  25. Maybe we’ll stay in Dallas a few more years?
  26. Reevaluating what I want to do… again!!
  27. Big, exciting family news!
  28. Finally watched Rain Man and digitized all of my recipes. Accomplished all around.
  29.  Bought a course to actually learn how to use my DSLR!
  30. 21st workout of the month! Met my goal!
  31. Enjoying having the windows open before the heat rolls in!

Anything exciting in your March? Share below!

State of the Blog

Hello and happy Monday! I wanted to take today and just update y’all on what’s going on here at Two Live Colorfully. If you come around often, you’ve probably noticed a little less action. Well, that’s because Josh and I are figuring out exactly where we want to go in the next few years and how to get there.

state of the blog

First things first, we’re officially staying in Dallas for one more year. We’ve signed another 12 month lease for our current apartment. We are knee deep in “saving for a house” mode, so it made the most sense to stay where we are while we prepare. Honestly, I wasn’t too psyched about this, because I’m worried about running out of projects and ideas to share with you all over the next year here, but when it comes down to it, there is still plenty of work to be done.

We’re still going to be continuing with our minimalist-lite series as well as moving decor around, upgrading a few things, and maybe even trying a few new “apartment friendly” techniques just for fun!

The other thing that has been taking up most of my time is a new resurgence of working out and eating right. It’s not something I’ve ever really talked about here, but I’ve struggled with weight issues for as long as I remember. And, up until now it always felt like I would have time later to sort it out and get healthy. But you know what? That time is now! I’m officially an adult and there is no longer an excuse to be unhealthy. (Not that there ever really was an excuse.) If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that I’ve hired a personal trainer to help me out. I’ve committed to six full months with her. For the past few weeks, this is what has been dominating my extra brain space.

I know Two Live Colorfully has been about home decorating and DIY, but I’d like to bring a bit more of our actual life into this our corner of the internet. I’m not sure of the exact details yet, but I’d really love to share a few health and fitness updates with you. Not to take over the site, but just to share a little more of our colorful life. Nobody has a perfect life, even if that’s all you see on the internet. People have struggles and hard decisions to make and I want to be someone who isn’t afraid to share mine with the chance that it could help someone else.

So, three months into 2014 and this is where we are. Lots of changes happening and lots of things to be excited about. I hope you’ll stick around to see where this goes!

green | diy natural orange cleaner

Happy Tuesday gang! March is here and this month I want talk about cleaning! Please don’t misunderstand my enthusiasm as a love of cleaning, because I downright dread it! Why don’t things just stay clean, right?! Well, we’re still trucking along in our Minimalist-Lite series and the next task I’m tackling is how to make keeping a clean home as simple and efficient as possible. Because, I want to enjoy the home we’ve worked so hard to put together not spend hours and hours cleaning it.

The first thing I wanted to try was greening up our cleaning supplies and moving away from harsh chemicals. Over the past few months, we’ve really been loving the method product line, but I wanted to give the DIY route a try too. So, today I’m sharing a super easy DIY Natural Orange Cleaner that you can make for practically nothing!

green-orange-peel-cleaner-promoThis cleaner is made up of three ingredients! Yup, just three! Orange peels, white vinegar, and water. Nothing toxic here!

When I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I was a little skeptical. Whenever I eat an orange, it usually makes a sticky mess! Wouldn’t that mean sticky counters? Well, it turns out it does not! I used this in our kitchen, wiped down with a paper towel and there was no left over residue.

green-orange-peel-cleaner-13Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a clean mason jar, start storing left over orange peels as you have them. To keep them from going bad as we collected, I kept our jar in the freezer. Any time we ate an orange, I grabbed it from the freezer and added the new peels until we had a jar ful.
  2. Cover the orange peels with white vinegar; almost to the top. Let sit for 10-14 days. Again, I kept this in the refrigerator while it steeped to keep it out of the way.
  3. After your wait is up, strain the orange vinegar mix into a bowl. You’ll definitely want to use a fine mesh strainer to catch any gunk that could clog your spray nozzle.
  4. Mix in a large spray bottle. Use 1 part orange vinegar, one part water.
  5. Use on pretty much any non-porous surface!

green-orange-peel-cleaner-23The original recipe came from Gammy’s House Blog and she has a lot more awesome information about why this solution works and what you can use it for, so be sure to check out her site for more details!

I don’t know if it will completely replace our current surface cleaner, but I really do like the fact that I know exactly what’s in this cleaner.

Do you have any other awesome DIY cleaning ideas or recipes? I’d love more inspiration! Share below.

goings on + photo ops | february 2014

Here we are again. At the end of another month. I hope you are all wrapping up an awesome February and are ready for March and hopefully some spring time weather! Down here in Texas, we’ve been flip-flopping between hot and cold like it’s no one’s business! Like Wednesday was in the 30’s and today’s high is 80F! Even though I totally don’t mind the cold weather, I wish dear Mother Nature would just pick one!

Anyways! Weather rant over. Today we’re closing out February with a wrap up from my instagram and daily one-line journal. Let’s see what went down! goings on + photo ops | february 2014

  1. Who knew there was an 8AM on Saturdays? Productive day today.
  2. Basically had an Office marathon playing the background all day.
  3. An awesome coworker brought in authentic gumbo for the whole office!
  4. Bought the Lord of the Pies as a special treat (apple + caramel! Yum!)
  5. We’re planning a cheer party!
  6. SNOW DAY! Except we both still have to work.
  7. Watched documentary on Mitt Romney. Different perspective and good conversation.
  8. Feeling so adult. Underwriting to start retirement planning.
  9. Seriously what breakfast beats pancakes and real maple syrup?
  10. Cupcake baking and party prep
  11. Delayed start because of weather this morning. Perfect time to ice cupcakes.
  12. Freshman cheer party at Sunset!
  13. More cupcake baking! Pink Champagne this time!
  14. My cheesy mustache valentines were a hit with the boys at work.
  15. Gaining some financial momentum! Paid off a major account today!
  16. In Denton for cheer competition. Also met “Ferret Girl” on the square!
  17. Mondays are way worse after an awesome weekend.
  18. Gorgeous weather today. Ate lunch outside and listened to Think on NPR.
  19. Feeling nostalgic and watching The Titanic
  20. Ate lunch in the deli with a fun IT employee!
  21. Cheer tryouts for next year. A late and crazy night for Josh!
  22. Slept in, cuddled, and watched The Hobbit.
  23. Just one of those Sundays where I never put on pants.
  24. Back to the gym I go.
  25. Star Wars and chicken tortilla soup at home for Josh’s birthday.
  26. Planning some big, exciting, and scary changes for this year.
  27. Officially signed on with a personal trainer. Here we go.

How lovely was your February? Let’s hear the highlights below!