Small Updates, Big Impact – Use These to Make Your Smart Home Even Smarter

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I like to consider myself an early adopter when it comes to technology and I was very quick to jump on the smart home trend. We started off with smart speakers, streaming devices and displays and later started adding in other smart products like plugs, lightbulbs, and cameras.

I was excited when I found out that The Home Depot carries an exclusive line of smart home products that also integrate into their easy to use app, Hubspace. The Hubspace app is intuitive and makes setting up smart products easy. Visit www.homedepot.com/hubspace to learn more about the Hubspace products and App.

The Hubspace App

The Hubspace app is available for Android and IOS operating systems, has a simple interface, and is extremely intuitive! Device setup is also simple:

  • Scan the QR code included with the device
  • Name the device and assign it to a room
  • Pair to your network

Download the Hubspace App

Ceiling Fan

My daughter’s room is always a little bit cooler or a little bit warmer than the rest of our second floor so I’ve been wanting to add in a ceiling fan for a while. I’ve been hesitant because I’ve wanted one that I could control without having to disturb her sleep.

The Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan has been a great addition to her room so far! This fan is 54” and is designed for a slightly larger room than what she has, but it’s definitely been a blessing to have a ceiling fan in her space!

The fan can be controlled with a physical remote, via the Hubspace app, or with the “Hey Google” command we use with our smart speakers (it also works with Alexa).

Smart Bulbs

We already had a few smart bulbs in our home but the Ecosmart smart light bulbs are a new favorite because they’re dimmable AND they’re tunable. What does tunable mean? Well… let me tell you! 

Tunable means that you can change the color temperature of the bulb! If you prefer cooler light, there’s a setting for you! If you gravitate more towards warm light, there’s also a setting for that! You can even adjust the light to replicate daylight and candlelight. I haven’t had a smart bulb with that option before and that’s what makes these bulbs unique.

Smart Plugs

I added a few smart plugs to the house, two indoors and one outdoors. The indoor smart plug that I will use the most is one that I added to my kitchen for my espresso maker! This is an espresso maker manufactured in the 1990’s so it’s far from smart. For the longest I haven’t had a way to have an auto-on setting for my espresso maker but now I do! I can just put my ground espresso beans in the machine before I go to bed and can tap the “on” button on my phone when I wake up to trigger the brewing of a few shots of espresso! It’s been a game changer (and much cheaper than buying a smart espresso maker).

The other indoor plug is for use with our iron. I have a better peace of mind being able to switch it off remotely just in case I forgot to turn it off before I left the house.

The Defiant outdoor smart plug is a perfect addition to our deck space. I have the most beautiful cafe lights but prior to this smart plug I would have to plug them in and then unplug them every time we would hang out on the deck. The smart plug can be controlled by the Hubspace app, via “Hey Google” commands, or via buttons directly on the plug. I love that I don’t have to bend over and pull the plug everytime I want to turn the lights on and off.


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6 Outfit Ideas for the DIY woman in your life (plus a bonus off-day outfit)

Whether you’re on the market to upgrade your work wear, looking for a mothers’ day gift, or you’re shopping for a fearless DIY friend, it’s important for women to have clothes that are comfortable and that fit well. Today I’m sharing 6 days worth of DIY friendly outfits and I’m sharing one of my favorite “off day” outfits as a bonus! Scroll down to see photos of each piece!


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MONDAY: Graphic Tee + Stretch Denim Workpants

DIY List Tee

Who wants to wear a plain black t-shirt when you can wear a graphic tee that speaks exactly to your craft? This DIY List Tee is equal parts comfort and style.

Work Pants for Women

These pants do it all and they’re designed to fit a womans body. They have pockets, reinforced demin, and they’re stretch. What’s not to love?

*Dovetail Workwear kindly gifted this product


TUESDAY: Utility Shirt + Classic Denim

Utility Shirt

You can never have too many pockets when working on a DIY. They’re comfy, stylish, and functional.

THE Classic – Levi’s 501

There’s a reason why these are a classic! These jeans can be worn while tackling a project but transition to everyday wear for running errands, spending time with friends, or for dinner out.


WEDNESDAY: Work Shirt + Sweats

Shirt Jacket

This “Shacket” is heavier duty so it would be great to wear for warmth, style, and comfort. This one is chambray with a flannel lining.

*Dovetail Workwear kindly gifted this product

Sweat Pants

Sometimes you just want to be comfortable. When that’s the case there’s no better option than a pair of comfortable sweat pants!


THURSDAY: The perfect ‘fit for painting

Cotton Twill Coveralls

Coveralls are perfect for painting! They keep you and your favorite clothes free from paint! Another perk is that you don’t have to worry about if you get paint on them or not.

*Behr Paint kindly gifted this product

Sporty Sandals

Wearing appropriate close toe shore sis important when handling heavy materials and machinery but i think it’s okay to wear something a little more comfortable when painting indoors or working on crafts.


FRIDAY: Pocket Tee + Comfortable (yet durable) Pants

Pocket Tee

T-shirts are life and a pocket tee makes an already perfect item of clothing more perfect. This tee is soft, stretchy, and comfortable.

Jogger Work Pants

The comfort of a jogger with the performance of a work pant! I mean come on, this combination is what dreams are made of.

*Dovetail Workwear kindly gifted this product


SATURDAY: Classic Tee + Classic Shoes

Ringer Tee

Yes, I’m recommending not one… but two graphic DIY tees. Every DIYer deserves a fun uniform and this DIY definition tee is too cute not to have.

Classic Sneakers

These are great for when you’re on the go — whether it’s a trip to Home Depot or Home Goods it’s important to have a comfortable (and on trend) shoe.


Sunday: Bonus outfit for a day off

Babydoll Dress

It’s important to take a day off from DIY, work, or projects to just enjoy and rest. Sunday brunch, church, or time with family are some of my favorites! Why not come up with an excuse to dress up?

Ankle Strap Heels

Heels aren’t for everyone BUT they’re definitely a favorite for me. These transition well from spring into summer and into early fall.

DIY Accent Stool – Repurposed Barstool

I purchased two barstools back in 2011 for $6.00. I’m sure you’re asking me why I still have those stools, but honestly I knew that I would be able to put them to good use at some point. I originally purchased them to move into an apartment my senior year of college, but that ended up falling through and I moved back home… But for some reason, I kept the stools.

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Fast forward to 9 years later, I finally knew what I wanted to do with the barstools, I wanted to repurpose them into accent stools for my bathroom.

I ended up using supplies and tools that I already had at home so this project literally cost me $0.00 out of pocket. I’ll admit that it did take a bit of time to cut down the legs, sand, stain, prime, and paint… but I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Here’s the before and after!

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If you’re interested in completing a project like this at home here’s what you need. I’ve also outlined the steps for you below. CLICK HERE for a visual of my entire process.

Tools/Supplies

Method

  1. If your stool is assembled, use your drill or screwdriver to take it apart.
  2. If required, cut down the stool legs to your desired length.
  3. Using your sander and 80 grit sandpaper, sand the wood pieces you plan on using in your finished stool. You want to make sure there’s no paint or gloss on the wood pieces.
  4. Once all the old paint or gloss is removed, re-sand with the 120 grit sandpaper. This step ensures a smooth finish for the stain, paint, and polyurethane.
  5. Stain the legs of your stool and let dry completely.
  6. While your stain dries, prime the top of your stool.
  7. After the legs of your stool have dried, tape of your legs at the desired height using painters tape.
  8. Once legs are taped off, use a foam roller to paint primer to the top half of the stool, remove painters tape, and let dry.
  9. After the primer is dry, retape the legs and paint the legs and stool top with your desired paint color. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet and let it dry for 2 hours.
  10. After the paint has dried, re-tape the legs and paint the top and legs on final time. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet and then let the paint dry completely.
  11. Once the paint is dry, use a foam roller to coat the stool in an initial layer of polyurethane on the legs and top and let dry for 20 minutes. Recoat two more times.
  12. Let the stool dry overnight to cure.
  13. Once dry, reassemble the stool!