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Inexpensive Kitchen Renovations With Huge Impact!

DHREA 06/07/2018


Upgrades to a kitchen can make any house or property feel more cozy or posh (yes, I went there), while greatly improving the value. The biggest misconception is these improvements come with a hefty price tag. With a little hard work and elbow grease, a kitchen can be renovated beautifully without breaking the bank. Check out some popular ideas below!

Paint The Fridge
Oftentimes, the most obvious of solutions go right over our heads. Repainting the refrigerator can modernize any kitchen, pull color-schemes together, and really make your kitchen pop. In fact, most appliances can be repainted. Just make sure to ensure you’re using the correct paint, as you’ll be looking for specialized appliance paint! There’s also a fun factor involved. If you have kids, imagine turning your refrigerator into a giant chalkboard! Find out how HERE!

Refinish Kitchen Cabinets
This means either sanding them down and re-staining them, or just painting them in a semigloss or glossy latex paint. For a bold change, ditch the white and try a pale blue, coral red, or even glossy black for a modern look. All you need is sandpaper, paint, and equal parts elbow grease and patience!

Buy Under Cabinet Lighting
As you can see, lighting can really make or break a kitchen. Consider lighting you can attach under the cabinets. Department stores are now selling inexpensive under cabinet lighting that utilizes wall outlets, and in most places, you can find energy efficient LEDs. Again, a very affordable way to modernize your kitchen.

Add A Kitchen Lamp
For a cost far less than permanent track lighting, add a flea market find. A pop-bright colored table lamp, a hanging kitchen chandelier, etc. You’d be amazed how this simple addition can change the whole look and vibe of the entire room while giving another personal touch to your kitchen.

Replace The Countertop/Sink
Not all countertops are made or cost the same, but there are affordable options if you are willing to put in a little work. It should be noted that replacing a countertop isn’t likely to add value to your house other than pleasing aesthetics, but we all enjoy customization, don’t we? These days, you can find a quality stainless steel or acrylic sink for around $100!

Remember…home renovations are not for everybody! Please use caution and avoid projects you are uncomfortable with!



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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas For Parents And Kids

DHREA 13/02/2018


There are two kinds of parents: those that will always be prepared, and then there’s “The Others:”. The Others are barely scraping by and forgot that, just like when they were a child, their kid has 25 other kids in their class to prepare Valentines for.



“‘Member when we had to take Valentine’s Day cards to school? I ‘member!” – DHRE Staff



If you’re reading along and nodding about that second type of parent (or the joke), this post is probably for you (and me). With only a day left until the holiday that celebrates love and friendship, you may be scrambling to figure out what in the world you’re going to craft and assemble. Fear not friends, these three easy Valentine ideas will look like you put a lot of effort in, but really, you didn’t. As an added bonus, these are all junk-free/candy-free treats, and there’s no sugar high involved. I call that a parenting win! 

You Are Special

In a world where there is negativity all around, isn’t it nice to give a little positive reinforcement? Simply buy little tubs of Play-Doh, print the free template found here (“Doh-not forget how special you are!”), have your child write their name (or do it for them if they don’t know how to write yet), cut out the tag to fit the top of the tub…and boom! You’re done.


Kids love dinosaurs. And who doesn’t love a cute little dino figurine? You can find them at Dollar Tree, Target, Walmar, etc. This template uses a dinosaur eraser so it doubles as something useful for school, too. In addition to the dino, you’ll also need a hole punch, baker’s twine like this and colorful cardstock. You can find the dino-mite template here as well as the short and sweet directions. 

Color Me Happy

Crayons are cheap and kids love them. Why do you think they give kids crayons at restaurants when you’re trying to remember what it was like to eat out before kids. Anyway, crayons. This cute valentine celebrates friendship in a colorful way. Go nuts and buy a ton of crayons — you’ll want to use at least 2-3 per kid/valentine. Get some funky washi tape (these are super cute), print the template and you’re done. 


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