Tuesday

Haven Conference Recap - 2017

Cristina Garay, Maison the Pax mentor group
Jennifer | me | SarahJodiLauraLindaRachel & baby | Laura CarrieJennie | WhitneyVanessa | Chelsea

Hi Friends,

This year I finally made the effort to attend the Haven Conference and all I can say is, why didn't I do this sooner!?

If you're not a blogger, you probably don't know what I'm taking about, so let me explain.

Haven is a DIY & decorating professional blogging conference which usually takes place in July. An event that gathers around 350 pro-bloggers under the same roof for three days.
Sessions focus on improving skills on blogging, decorating, home improvement, photography, writing, social media, brand relationships, book writing, and what I think is the best: connecting with other people that share the same passion for all things blog.
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My Travels: Rosario Islands - Cartagena, Colombia


My last travel post was at Puente de Boyaca, the site where Colombia gained independence from Spain. A country site located a top the Andes mountains which sports a cold climate year round.

Well, a bit tired of the cold weather, I headed to the Caribbean alongside my son and sister to enjoy a full week of sun, sand and water. We arrived at Barranquilla, but by the second day we moved on to Cartagena, a gorgeous tourist and cultural district. 
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Thursday

How to Refurbish a Rusty Wrought Iron Patio Set

coastal decor patio set in floating deck.

It was like three years ago that I scored an old, rusty wrought-iron patio set. I was thinking on updating my backyard so, a free patio set sounded like a good choice, not much money to spend buying furniture and instead I could use said money to give the backyard a good makeover.

Ha, it didn't happen as fast as my mind wanted it! More than three years after I got the set, it still looked that bad or even worse than when I got it, as you can see in the picture below.
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Monday

My Travels: Puente de Boyaca

monument in Colombia to the battlefield to gain independence

Hey there,

My last post was about our trip to Nubsa, Boyaca. You can read more about that right here. This post is the follow up trip,when on our way back to Bogota we stopped at Puente de Boyaca, which is the site of the final battle for Colombian independence from the Spanish back in 1819.

It was right here in this beautiful country site where the Battle of Boyaca happened, commanded by Simon Bolivar, the decisive figure of independence for five countries in South America.
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Tool Organization - Four Simple Ways

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot
Remodelando la Casa garage with Ryobi power tools.

Hi friends,

A year ago I gave my garage a needed clean up and well, I'm glad to report I've kept it clean and organized most of the time.

The first part of this year was a busy one finishing all the trim in the living room and then heading outside to work on the backyard floating deck, and as usual the garage got very disorganized. But that final week before heading out on vacation I prettied it up once again and organized all the tools.
-Hey, I'm already missing my working space or working on some of my projects! :(

So, I thought this was a good opportunity to share with you
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Wednesday

My Travels: Nobsa, Boyaca


Hi friends,

It's been quiet around here, RLC, these past few days, but I'm actually enjoying my vacation days with no schedules, doing whatever I want to do, and going to lots of places around Bogota, Colombia. :D

The only thing I've noticed is... Time is flying! It's almost two weeks since I arrived. :/  It may be the fact that I'm just having such a good time.

Anyways, today I'm sharing with you one of the highlights of my first week here, when I went with two of my sisters to Nobsa, Boyaca. A little town to the northeast of Bogota.
It takes about three and a half hours to get there from Bogota, but of course we took longer than that.
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Thursday

Summer Home Tour - 2017

Backyard decor with coastal touches.

Good morning!

I'm so glad to join my friend Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for the 2017 Summer Home Tours. It's always so exciting to share with you all the changes I give my home for the new season, and Summer is no exception.

If you're coming from Eleven Magnolia Lane, welcome! Isn't Christy's new "Mint Chocolate Chip" house the cutest? I love it!

If you're one of my regular readers you probably know I'm
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Monday

DIY - Concrete Serving Tray

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot
wood and concrete industrial serving tray #diyworkshop


It's time for another DIH-Workshop!

This is another wonderful workshop happening this next Thursday, June 15 @ 6:30 pm at your local Home Depot: Learn how to build a concrete serving tray. Register right HERE.

In the mean time, a group of bloggers got together to create a similar version of the concrete tray, in hopes of give you ideas for your own project. At the end of this post you'll find the link to the other trays my friends have built.

First, let me tell you about my project, because I really love it! It was my first time working with concrete and it was fast and easy. I decided to lessen the cold factor the concrete gives by adding pieces of wood for an overall industrial look.
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