Decorating On A Budget

I love beautifully decorated homes but truthfully my house’s decor is pretty much non-existent. Part of this is because we are renting and can’t do much, part is because I have young children around, and part of it is because I just don’t have a lot of money to invest in decorating.

I was excited when Family Dollar contacted me about their decor line and challenged me to decorate a room on a budget. I eagerly accepted and headed to the store. I knew that Family Dollar had a great selection but I hadn’t really explored the home decor section before. I was going to decorate my downstairs bathroom but then decided that no amount of home decorating would distract away from the hideous fish wallpaper {I rent a home from a fisherman apparently…} so I instead decided to do my entryway.

Entryway Before


Entryway After


Cute fabric "cubbies" for the toys. Two for $5 at Family Dollar!

Family Dollar had a bunch of rugs, some even larger area rugs. I chose a brown and tan one for in front of the door that was $5. I picked out a few prints for the wall, one for $3 and a couple for $5. I found mini-shelves for less than $10 and a small plaque on a stand for only $2. I added in a small figurine on one of the shelves. I spent less than $30 on this area but it makes my home look a lot more inviting, don’t you think? I’m excited to go back and get great deals for the rest of my home!

Want to decorate your home, too? Check out the great sale going on now and get an extra $5 off a $25 home decor purchase using the coupon found here!

(Disclosure: I was given a gift card in order to go shopping at Family Dollar. All thoughts are my own.)

Kirkland’s Hurricane Candle Holder Set {Giveaway}

I love lighting scented candles, especially during the fall with scents like pumpkin and apple cinnamon. They make the house smell wonderful and the flickering light from the candle relaxes me. I love this set of Piper Hurricane candle holders from Kirkland’s and think it makes a great gift {pretend you are surprised when I give this to you for your birthday, ok, mom!?}

Kirkland’s has a variety of other items like furniture, wall art, lamps, and seasonal items. They also have a feature called My Kirkland’s which is a community created to inspire and has member benefits such as:



One reader will win a set of hurricane candle holders from Kirkland’s

(Please note: Candles are not included.)


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Giveaway ends November 2, 2011 at 11:59pm Central Time. US only.

(Disclosure: I received a set of hurricane candle holders for sharing this product with you but all thoughts are my own. For more details from the company please see their full giveaway rules here.)