Pumpkin Plate

Fall is here, which means pumpkins, apples, and Halloween is our main focus for home-schoolers, parents, and teachers alike! Fall is such an enjoyable season for festive crafts, and also tuning into our creative side for DIY costumes, and home decor! One of my favorite mediums to use for crafts is construction paper. The colored sheets of paper, gives great opportunity to create in so many ways!

Using construction paper, children will practice their tearing skills to create a few fall favorites. From an apple core, pumpkin, candy corn, to an owl. Tearing is a great small motor practice and enjoyable even for students who can cut!! I did this craft with both my boys ages 5 and 9. I gave my 5 year old the easier one, and my 9 year old a more difficult one. Check them out below!

Supplies Needed:

-Colored Construction Paper

(Colors: Red, Black, White, Orange, Yellow, Green)

-Paper Plates


On A Budget?

These supplies are fairly inexpensive. Check out your local Dollar Tree or WalMart for supplies! I’ve seen glue, paper plates, and colored construction at both locations under $3!

Tear Art | Pumpkin/ Jack-O-Lantern

Great for ages pre-schooler to 1st grade (4-6)


  1. Take a paper plate, flip it over to the back/flat surface so it facing up.
  2. Using Brown construction paper, tear out a large “finger” sized piece for the stem of the pumpkin.
  3. Glue the stem on the top middle part of the plate.
  4. Tear out 2 inch piece of the Orange construction paper, and glue all over paper plate, leaving no white exposed.
  5. (OPTIONAL step) Take green construction paper, tear out a few pieces for the vines of the pumpkin.
  6. Using the Black construction paper, tear out your jack-o-lantern’s eyes, nose, and pieces for mouth.
  7. Tear, glue, set to dry.And voila! A pumpkin/jack-o-lantern made out of teared art!! As mentioned, this is a great, fun and easy exercise for fine motor skills.

Try this craft this month of October, as we prepare ourselves for Halloween! Jazz up your home or classrooms with different pumpkins, made by out littles –that’s one great festive way (and cheap way too!) to decorate! Nothing like DIY/Craft to help add charm to a space!


Be sure to check my blog out daily, as this month on I’ll be continuously posting fun cool crafts, decorating tips, and other creative content to share!

Happy October!!!


Halloween Collective

Halloween is officially here!!! I’ve wrapped up all of my summer decor, pushed out the foundation for my fall harvest decor, and now formally adding in my spooky Halloween decor. Over the years, I’ve been able to do a stock of Halloween crafts, decoration ideas, and fun festive snacks. Before I share with you more crafts, check out my collection of Halloween themed posts from previous years!

You can also find them linked below, or in my blog categorized by themed pages!


Check them out HERE:
Festive Fun
Seasonal Style

Check out my Halloween Collection on the blog for Festive Fun & Seasonal Style ideas!!

For Fun Kids Festive Crafts:


Vampire Handprint


Creature Feature

Craving Snacks? Check Out My Pumpkin Poop!!


Pumpkin Poop

Swooning For Succulents? Check out my Pumpkin DIYs:


Succulent Skulls


Pumpkin Succulents

For Affordable Budget Friendly Halloween Decorating Ideas:


Low Budget Spooky Style


Front Porch Chalk Art

Hope you will find this post helpful, as I know I have covered quite a few Halloween crafts!!! Be sure to leave some love, and comment on the posts!! I’d love to see your Halloween crafts, inspired by my blog!!

Happy October!!

October Bubbles

October is finally here!!!!!!! But although the month is filled with pumpkin patch visits, harvest festivals, and Halloween fun, the summer heat still lingers on. I remember a couple years ago, it was still 80 degrees in November!! Now, obviously I’m speaking as being a full on California native. Raised in the Bay Area, and now raising my young boys in sunny Sacramento.

Sacramento heat is absolutely no joke. 8 months out of the year its between 85 degrees to 100. While some cities like Seattle, Washington, have rain just about 8 months long, and spring weather the rest of the time………Sacramento, as told by my neighbors and new friends describe the weather to be hot, and within a flip of a switch, its winter. Being raised and blessed for the past 30 years of my life with the San Francisco breeze, I honestly cannot wait for mother nature to flip that switch!

October is here, but Mother Nature won’t allow us Sactown folks to embrace the autumn season just yet. So until the weather kicks in, the boys and I will continue to enjoy summer like activities outside like, bubbles!


Having gone through raising two young boys, you end up learning a few tricks up your sleeves. Millennials call it “Parenting Hacks.” We all see this cool Nifty and BuzzFeed videos on our Facebook Timelines on how to fix things, and make adulting easier. Here’s one cool bubble fun Parenting Hack I’ve used to keep the cool bubble soapy liquid inside the tube!

Note: Assuming parents, teachers, and guardians alike are reading this blog, you know exactly why this hack can be useful.

If not I’ll explain.

We’ve all seen the bubble tubes. Usually sold during the Spring/Summer season for children to enjoy, and help parents keep children unplugged, and pretty much used as a quick and easy go-to activity. Sold for $0.99 a pop, these fun little bubble tubes/wands, are easy to enjoy, to pack anywhere from a diaper bag, backpack, to a purse. I usually keep them in my trunk handy. These bubble wands simply open with a quick twist, and swing away using the wand, creating fun bubbles. 90% of the time, your child does not have the eye and hand coordination to keep the open bubble tube upwards, as he/she wands away.

THE RESULT: The bubble solution spills EVERYWHERE, at your feet, sticky, ekky, and the first bubbles blown fly away. #FAIL

SOLUTION: Zip ties.

I’m aware this will no longer give you the flexibility to take your bubble wand anywhere, but if fixed to the house/backyard or grandma and grandpas you’ll definitely want to thank you.

For Day cares, after-school, schools, or care-takers/teacher alike, we can all find a away to fit this in within the child’s daytime home/facility.

Here’s what you’ll need….



-Large Zip Ties

-Bubble Tube (Can be purchased at Target/ WalMart/ Dollar Tree) 


  1.  Take a few zip ties, (I used 2, per bubble tube) and zip tie the tube to a fence/patio railing gate.
  2. Attached zip tie to the tub part of the bubbles (The plastic tube, which holds the liquid solution.)
    This holds the tube upright at ALL times for the solution to never spill!!!!! (YAY!!!)
  3. Secure the zip-tie to the tube, and the railing/gate/fence.
  4. Keep bubble want accessible for child to easily use, and twist off.

And viola!!!!! Your bubble wand is now ready for use!!!

If for a school, or daycare center, this makes it really really fun, and easier for the adults/teachers alike to have all children participate in bubbles. You can also keep the bubbles, left on the railing/gate/fence, and refill at any time! This also is great for families with multiple children, wanting to play with bubbles!

COOL ADDITION: Create a rainbow bubble area! Target usually sells this bubble tubes in different colors. Collect the all, and place them next to each-other creating a rainbow bubble area!!

What’s your favorite parenting hack? I’m looking for simple, easy, and ready-to-go hacks that will make my life as a parent a “little-bit” easier. Share! Comment below!


Warm & Cozy Decor

Let’s face it friends. Fall is so much better than summer. You can pile on the plaid, go all out on the throw pillows — and don’t forget the mugs! Mugs, on mugs, on mugs!!!! The years comfiest decor season is here, and I want to share with you the best ways to do it up. BIG and on a budget.


I’ve noticed I don’t provide enough style ideas on my blog, so I want to start now! Here are a few Fall Decorating Ideas (Collected from Pinterest/HGTV/HouseBeautiful/ and some of my favorite YouTube Budget Stylists) The list below is my spin-off of interior styling to make it work on a budget, and not to break your wallet before the Holidays! Let’s get started:

  1. Swap In Seasonal Greenery
    The branches pick up warm colors of the space. Go outside, and collect leaves with your kids, create a fun and cool fall leaf garland!
  2. Build Up The Fire
    A fireplace, is def a focal point to any room. Warm it up at night, with throw blankets & lots and lots of piled on pillows
  3. Add A Cozy Throw
    Throw blankets are a massive MUST HAVE during the fall season. Check out your local Ross/Marshall’s/TJMaxx for discounted and awesome cozy throws!
  4. Hang A Wreath
    HomeGoods or DIY!!!!!! That wreath already starts at the door, letting anyone know walking by, you’re ready for fall!!
  5. Style Your Porch
    Restyle your outdoor space. Out with the summer patio look, and in with the “mountain range/Tahoe retreat.” Check out Craigslist for patio furniture local neighbors are getting rig of. Or KMart/WalMart to Target — Check out their summer clearance, and restyle main pieces of patio furniture adding in warm weathered textures, and prints!
  6. Tablescape
    Your dinning room should have that statement piece. My current dinning table has wooden candlestick holders (Threshold Target Brand) purchased from Goodwill! Style them with a long table runner, warm candles, and some pumpkins!
  7. Attention Nook
    Aside from your dinning area, don’t forget to add the cozy love to your breakfast nook. Fall is about gathering together. Be sure to give additional table scape details to that breakfast nook. From Placemats, to autumn neutral florals (From Trader Joes) in a thrifted vase!
  8. Bath Mat
    Most people wouldn’t think about redecorating the bathrooms. But I do!! From the bath mat, towels, to the decorative pieces to use in the powder room. Continue on the look of fall ALL throughout the your home!
  9. Layer LOTS of Rugs
    Too many carpets? There’s no such thing. It’s an open invitation to put your feet up.
  10. Reading Corner
    Fall is the time I read the most books! Designate an area for quite reading. Curl up with a glass of wine and you won’t miss the warm weather quite so much.
  11. Let There Be Light
    Plug in some extra lamps!! This is something new I’ve been learning. With the shorter days, you’ll want to add brighter lighting to your favorite spaces. Nothing better than that soft glow sprinkled around your living space.
  12. Rethink The Dining Room
    For a more relaxed feel, add pillows to stiff-backed chairs. I’ve purchased 2 chairs from the Goodwill Outlet for ($12 for the pair!) After repainting them,my DIY mind, wants to repaint them just for the cold season! (Possibly a splash of plum or a dark peacock green jade.)


Check out more of my interior styling ideas for the season!


Have you been transforming your home for the wall winter season? Comment below or tag my on IG for your fall decorating trends!


Cherrio Corn On The Cob

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a casual craft. I’ve been focusing on my new lifestyle here in Sacramento, that it’s been difficult to slow down, and enjoy a simple craft with my kids. With fall inches near us, I thought it was appropriate to share a harvest craft! In celebration of fall/autumn, and settled down in one of the top cities in California that harvests majority of the states agriculture, this would be a perfect craft to share!

I live fairly close to a few farms. One exit away, I’m already downtown. The other, I hit farms, and just a few yards away, is the Sacramento River. I actually drive by two farms every day, on my way to work. At first it was something to get used to, as in the Bay Area, there was only 1 or 2 farms I’d actually see. But these farms are gorgeous!!!!!! Acres and acres of amazing fruit and veggies. Early Spring, when I first moved to Sacramento, there were miles out to the sunset sunflowers. Beautifully, amazing tall sunflowers. A photographers dream. Living here in Sacramento has also inspired me to grow some fruits and vegetables. I’ll have to share with you how my garden boxes are doing. (So stay tuned for that!)

Like every craft I do, this was so affordable, quick and easy. It fits any age child, and if you have an older child (3rd/4th grade) I’d highly suggest talking about agriculture, and food.


Here are few examples to talk about with your kids:

  • Ask your child about almonds?
  • Where are they grown?
  • Where did almond trees come from?
  • When did almond trees arrive in the US?
  • What kind of weather do almond trees like?
Have fun talking with your child during the craft…Here are some more questions you can ask your child over crafting!!! This encourages talking, learning, aside from doing the craft in front of you. Depending on the craft, keep topics concentrated of the same craft at hand! Since this craft if about corn, and fall harvesting, topics about farmers and agriculture should be covered!
So as you enjoy this craft, be sure to talk to your kids. This is something that I’ll be incorporating into my craft tutorials. As my kids grow, and get older, so will my tutorial craft posts. I’ve come to terms with my children growing, and it’ll hit a point of no more kids craft posts (BUT that won’t hit for a couple more years, since I still have a kindergartener. ) Sniff. Sniff….. Imagining them getting older, not doing these crafts with me does sadden me, but I do look forward to whats to come!
In the mean time, I introduce to you my version of the Pinterest Inspired: Cherrio Corn On The Cob!!!


What You’ll Need:

  • Green & Yellow Construction PaperDon’t have construction paper handy?
    No worries!!! This craft can be done using crayons/markers/colored pencils/ or paint!!!! Read scroll down below for separate instructions!
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Cherrio Cereal
  • Hole Puncher
  • Fall Colored Yarn/Twine


  1.  First, take your yellow construction paper and cut into quarters.
  2. Stack them together, then with a pencil freehand a corn ear shape. It kind’ve looks like a giant’s thumbprint.
    (Don’t worry about the bottom of the corn ear cut out, since it’ll be covered.)
  3. Cut and set aside.
  4. Taking the green construction paper, cut into 6 equal pieces.
  5. Stack the green squares together.
  6. Draw out two leaves, the shape of a “v.”
  7. Cut and set aside.
  8. Take green “husks,” and glue on top of the yellow corn.
    If you have young ones, this is where they can join. Older children, and definietly do the above steps.
  9. Take your Cherrios, and have your child glue Cherrio’s to the corn.
  10. Apply the Cherrios, set to glue, and wait to dry.From here they Corn on the Cob is complete.

    No Construction Paper?????????
    Sometimes we don’t always have the art supplies needed to create with out children. But, using white paperworks just fine, after applying paint/crayon or markers! All you need to white paper, and the colors yellow and green!
    To  transform it into a harvest garland, continue on to steps 11-13.
  11. Take your hold puncher, and punch a hole on the top of your ear of corn.
  12. String through your yarn/twine, through each corn.
  13. Cut, snip, and adjust to your desired length.Your corn on the cob craft is complete! Display your garland around your home, as it adds it that fun harvest DIY feel!

Once you have completed the garland, hang them around your classroom, or around the house. I usually place my decorative garlands on my china hutch. I also had a few extra corn on cobs, which I plan to tape around my kitchen!

If you’re interested in my Autumn decor, you can read more about HERE.


And voila! A corn on a cob craft!!! This is a perfect craft the kids can enjoy after school, or in the classroom!! Enjoy this fall autumn craft, munching on Cherrios, and discussing farmlands, and your favorite vegetables!! Teachers, this is also a great introduction to fall harvesting topics, and Thanksgiving.

Stay tuned for more fall crafts!! I have tons to share, but so little time. So I’ll try my best to share as much can before October!! Once October hits, get ready for some Halloween crafts!!!

You can check some of my previous Halloween Craft HERE!

End Of Summer Clearance Finds

Summer is over, and  well, according to what the people say the first official day of autumn was September 22nd, which was 3 days ago. While I’ve pushed out all my autumn decor, and putting away my staple summer decorative pieces — retail stores have been marking down their summer inventory! Here are a few items that I’ve stumbled upon from UrbanOutfitters to Target!!

While shopping my at favorite retails, I always make it an effort to check out the stores backend of the store, or “end caps” of department aisle. UrbanOutfitters is one of my most favorite places to purchase marked down items. Whenever it’s the end of a season, retailers have to get rid of their previous inventory. UrbanOufitters apartment clearance items are a go-to for me!

While visiting Santana Row I had spotted a few ceramic mugs on the shelf. Stacked on top of one another, and mixed with a few political mugs. Mugs marked down to half the original price, is a definietly a home run. I had spotted 4 mugs that I was crushing over. A milk glass-esque mug, to 2 aqua and navy blue ceramic mugs. Originally $8, and cut down to $4.99, I knew I couldn’t pass them up.

See folks, I have a decorative mug problem. I collect mugs. And not just any mug. I like mix matching, simple mug coffee/tea cups. Usually mugs can cost you over $12.99 to $14.99. So seeing $4.99 for a cup is a steal!!! I ended up purchasing a “Natural High” mug, and a soft faint aqua colored mug. My personal kitchen style gravitates towards, soft, dainty, and eclectic. Really, I don’t have a name for it. If I like it, I buy it. I don’t like really giving a name to my style because it’s always changing. One minute I’ll love rustic pieces, another month I’ll be strictly all about vintage. What can I say? I can’t stick with one style.

I’ve come to terms that my house will never be at its finished complete perfect look. I’m always constantly buying more things every week. Yes. Literally, every week. From little small contributions to my home, my collection grows at a stable pace, with an evolving look, that turns to something new every time. Check out my newest page on my Home & Style page of my blog! From there you check out my interiors page, and see posts of my home!

Summer clearance mark downs are really fun. Something self-control is needed at hand. Example. If you find yourself at Target, and see all the fall/Halloween decor everywhere you look. It’s only September, and October hasn’t even hit. All the Halloween decor impulse shopping can honestly wait. Take your butt straight to the back end of the store and check out the Home & Garden clearance section. Marked down items from gardening tools, patio pieces, to fun summer picnic accessories. Check out these half dipped wooden coasters. Last seasons current trend of half painted pieces create a simple, modern fun touch to everyday pieces.

I scored the set of 4 coasters at $3.99 at Target. Each coaster had a wooden finish, with a half dipped painted touch from colors of white, aqua, coral, to sea-foam. A perfect pair to the set of 2 mugs I had previously purchased at UrbanOutfitters.

If you’re on budget with home decor, and need to spruce up the home, it’s all about adding small decorative pieces. At times, I lean on fresh florals to add life to my home, other times, I just need something new.


Check out the total of my new pieces:



Natural High Mug, $4.99

Aqua Mug, $4.99

Target Coasters, $3.99

TOTAL: $14

A small amount does accumulate over time, as small purchases like these are made, but to me it’s all worth it. These coasters, and mugs have been in use everyday within my household.  What are your current end of summer marked down finds? Comment below!!

Autumn Details

Welcome back readers!!!! We’re now entering the season of fall as the first leaf falls to the ground –indicating it’s fall (autumn if you may). If you’ve been following me on IG, you’ve probably noticed I’ve already started pushing out my fall decorations. If not, please do follow on IG! There, you can see what’s currently going on, and usually a good indicator on what’s to come on an upcoming post. Sometimes, I get inspired by you guys! Yes YOU!! I get a few followers who comment, and always ask, “where did you I get that piece?” “How much?” “You made that?!” Yes! All those questions, come to me, and make me want to create a blog post covering all your questions!!


If you’ve been following me for a while, autumn decorating is one of my favorites throughout the entire year! The orange spices, colorful hues, mustard yellows, and warm glow to decorative pieces give such cool and calm energy to the home. Also, my favorite feeling…Warm and cozy. Currently, in Sacramento, the temperature is still hot and toasty, but that wont stop me from decorating!!!! As some people love to easily jump into Halloween decor, I like to ease in autumn. Pumpkins, toasty faux leaves, cool metals, and yarn tapestries are what I have. This year, I’ve incorporated many of my gold accents as well.

You can check out my post on decorating with Gold Accents HERE.


Last year, I wrote a post on being Frugal in Fall. This post, is quite similar, but just an updated version on how I’ve been styling my new home here in Sunny Sacramento. (If you’re new to my blog, welcome! You can catch up with my move to Sac HERE.)

Now, I’m a huge thrift store shopper, garage sale extraordinaire, an avid Craigslist shopper, and flea market goer. Antiques, vintage, secondhand, sold-as-is, and clearance are my main shopping goals before I go full retail. You can call me fabulously frugal. If you walk into my house, I promise you every since piece, item, furniture, picture frame, shelf, all once came with an awesome price, and pretty cool story at finding it. It’s literally my hobby, and job as the head of the home decorating team of my household.

Let’s start off my goals at approaching to shop for the fall season.

  • Walk Into Target
    Yes, you read it. Check out Target. Or World Market. Wherever a festive display of home decorating pieces are neatly and specifically arranged to make you buy. CAUTION: You may have to hold yourself back from purchasing all the cute items. BUT you don’t want to. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading my blog post at this moment.
    Walking into Target or Cost Plus World Market, is to gather inspiration. See items, up front, how they styled it (Props to all the visual merchandisers out there!!! I was once one, looong ago…) See the small vignette styled pieces. Also, take a close look at the prices. Those prices are what we’re trying to avoid.
  • Price Check
    Once you’ve gathered inspiration, go directly to the clearance/sale section. It’s usually at the back end of the store, or at the end of every aisle. See if there are any pieces from last year’s collection, or inventory they may be trying to get rid of.

Above picture:

Here are a list of items int he picture above – on where I purchased my autumn accessories.

(TOP Picture) Bronze metal pumpkin candle holder, Savers Thrift Store $2.99, faux pumpkin, Flea Market $0.99

(BOTTOM Left Photo) Leaf Candy Dish, Savers Thrift Store, $1.99, Outdoor Glass Gold Lantern, Target, Clearance $9.99 (Originally $19.99), Gold Tray, Target $11.99 (Originally $17.99)  

(BOTTOM Right Photo) Pumpkin candy jar, Savers $3.99, faux pumpkin, Flea Market $0.99

Folks, total everything up, that’s about $30 dollars! Minus, my gold Threshold trey, which I’ve had the past 4 years. Strictly, all fall decorations were a total of $20!! Cover 3 different areas in my home.


This photo above is a vignette I’ve created on the top of an IKEA china cabinet I have near my dining area. I styled 2 wooden crates stacked on top of each other, paired with 3 birchwood branches. Both the crates, and birch wood branches were purchased on Craigslist!!!!! YES!! Craigslist! A common source where I purchase a lot of my best finds. Even the IKEA china cabinet it sits on was from Craigslist!!

  • What To Search 
    A fews years back I was into event styling. I’d help style, and assists a wedding planning in San Francisco over the weekends as well as being hired independently through close family and friends for their parties. With not much of huge budget, I’d source out to Craigslist and search for what I was looking for in particular. (i.e: Wedding Decor, Rustic pieces, crates, escort card holder you name it!!!!) From there I’d find countless brides, getting rid of their wedding stuff!! After that, the rest is history, and over the years, I’ve collected many,many pieces, which have become my festive/seasonal decorating.
  • Strangers Trash
    Oh honey, that’s where you’re wrong. It all depends on what you’re looking for. How is it that I’ve managed to collect so much through all these years? All secondhand, from people who no longed needed it, and just styled in new ways!!

So before you end up buying the entire home decor collection at Target, check your local thrift stores, garage sales, or Craigslist. You’ll never know what you’ll find! Happy hunting, and happy decorating!! Stay tuned for more decorating tips, and ideas this month all about fall!!!


Also be sure to check out more posts on my IG feed!!

Follow me @TiffanysTidings



Autumn decor is back!!!

Labor Day In Los Angeles

Due to my crazy schedule of going back and forth to the Bay Area, and desperately needing a mommy daddy date this past Labor Day weekend, I’m going to take back a few years ago to a Labor Day getaway weekend Derrick and I had. It was our first weekend away together with two boys at the time were the ages of 4 & 10 months.


This throwback, kind’ve brought me to tears as I was going through my Facebook ‘On This Day’ feature. Just about 5-6 years ago, having the opportunity to travel on a quick 3 day weekend road trip was so hard to come by. Now, to this day. It still is difficult to achieve. Be parents with full time jobs, children in after school activities and such has become harder, then it was to raise an infant and toddler back then.

Parent readers, if you’re new to parenting with young children…..Let me hit you with a parenting truth. It get’s harder. Or maybe it gets easier. It all depends. But as we parent our young beautiful children we brought to the world, we also have to find the balance with our love life. Our part of our grown up lives to explore and discover…A few years ago, we decided to take a weekend road trip to Los Angeles. Here’s a quick overview of what we checked out and visited while visiting Southern California.


Derrick loves Venice Beach. If I could describe Venice beach in a nut shell….Think Berkeley hipsters or Haight/Ashby locals from San Francisco, hanging around the beach. From vendors, local food spots, recreational beach activities, and more!!

Venice is a residential, commercial and recreational beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles. Venice was founded in 1905 as a seaside resort town. It was an independent city until 1926, when it merged with Los Angeles. (Wiki)

One of our favorite things to do while traveling to different cities, is renting out bikes. Anything from taking your own car, or being in a motorized vehicle exploring the city, is the best option to take in the city…And actually ‘see’ it. It’s the same concept as walking around your own neighborhood. Walking/ taking a light jog around the neighborhood, may give you another perspective of your local area.

For a few bucks an hour, rent out a bike from Venice Beach and bike the boardwalk all the way down to Santa Monica Beach!!! Enjoy the sun, breeze, and fun cool people watching.


Vendors with cool shades, to souvenir shops fill the boardwalk!! People from all over the world come visit sunny California, for the beaches to the celebrities of Hollywood.


Venice has always been known as a hangout for the creative and the artistic. In the 1950s and 60s, Venice became a center for the Beat generation. There was an explosion of poetry and art.

Venice is today a vibrant area of Southern California and it continues a tradition of progressive social change involving prominent Westsiders (Read more from VeniceBeach.com)

Exploring Venice Beach is alreays refreshing to us. Being close to the ocean, seeing artistic people express themselves through art, and expression, and also the cool locals that bring and make Venice Beach all together. During this time visiting, (as it was literally our first time traveling without both of the kids) it was a great reboot/ to our relationship as a couple, and as parents. The long 6-7 hour road trip gave us time to talk without being interrupted, and other times, just to sit and think, and reflex in quite peace.

All that sounds, so simple, but oh so so needed to parents…


Another spot we checked out was Santee Alley in Downtown LA. Located in LA’s Fashion District they have everything from clothing, toys, knock-off purses, to Halloween contact-lenses.

Santee Alley is one of the most popular retail shopping areas in the LA Fashion District, best known for its festival-like atmosphere and amazing bargains. Santee Alley’s 150+ stores and vendors sell everything – apparel for the entire family, accessories, toys, perfume, gift items and much more! (Explore Santee)

Santee Alley is an actual alley, located between Santee Street and Maple Avenue, from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street. It is open 365 days a year, including all holidays.

Santee Alley Address: 

319 E Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015


As far as the toys, pretty much everyone is selling the same thing just walk a few more feet and the next guy is selling the identical thing. Which helps in negotiating. They have tons of clothing here for men and women especially. Everything here is negotiable so don’t be afraid to ask for a discount. Chances are they’ll give it to you at the price you want otherwise walk away and look somewhere else.

The food is like your usual Mexican Street food. From fresh fruit, already pre packed and freshly cut for the day, to bacon wrapped hot dogs all from street vendors.  It’s all for the experience and the culture that lives within Downtown LA. Don’t miss out on all the tasty treats! It’s definitely something we enjoyed as a couple. LA3


Check out more of our family travels here on the blog! Click above to Life & Family to Family Adventures. I also created a page for San Francisco, and Sacramento. Both two of our most frequent spots we travel too.


I also try my best to upload my family vlogs as we visit different cities. This is something new, I’ve started within the summer. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find a balance in created and editing on top of the up keep for my blog. But if you’re more of a visual person, and want to see San Francisco, and the discoveries here in Northern California, check out my newest YouTube Channel –different form my craft channel!




Gold Accents

I’ve been all about gold accents around my house!! They just bring a a simple modern clean look to the home. Gold accents also go great against color!! Sometimes when color is missing, hints and sprinkles of gold items help tie in the room together. Now, I know decorating with gold can get intimidating. It may be too bold for you…Hey, I was the same way.. So I started off with gold stapler from Target. (Yeah, you know that Nate Berkus Limited Edition Stapler that everyone has. Especially the gold scissors.)

Yes. I started off with something as small as a simple gold office accessory. And honestly guys, it doesn’t take that much to get the love of gold to get going. The obsession kept growing as I stepped into every retailer, and always saw gold accents, decor, accessories everywhere.


During my last Craigslist flip of my bamboo desk, I styled the blue lagoon desk with some Target Threshold gold accents.


You can read more about my Craigslist Bamboo Desk HERE!

Click on the pic for a closer look and see the detailed step by step process of transforming this Craigslist find!

Decorating with gold accents don’t have to expensive too. Of course there are amazing decorative items at West Elm, Z Gallerie, and Restoration Hardware, but let me tell you. There will never be a time I shop at those retailers. Clearly because there is no way in hell I can justify any of their prices. So let me start off with some ideas on gold items you can DIY, or look out for when on a budget. Just remember, gold decor doesn’t have to be expensive.

DIY Gold

If you haven’t picked up yet on my blog, I’m in love with DIY projects, and being budget friendly as well. If I can make it vs buying it full price, I will. With that said, a good DIY project is so much full filling. If you like being creative, and enjoy the process of making something awesome– DIY it! Incorporating gold accessories don’t have to be items that sit on the shelf to be pretty and sterile. Make something, and place it in your home, being proud of your work. Try making a piece of art work using gold acrylic paint or spray paint or a functional piece too! Some ideas could be like these fantastic Pinterest finds:

  1. Geometric DIY Art (By: Sum Of Their Stories)
  2. Gold Painted Elephant (By: Build-Basic)
  3. Gold Dipped Bar Stools (By: HoneyBearLane)
  4. DIY Mirror Frame (By: Pretty Providence)
  5. DIY Abstract Art With A Golden Touch (By: LollyJane)
  6. Himmeli Geometric Sculpture (By: Ash And Crafts)


Street Cheap Gold Decor:

When I say street cheap, I mean free to less than $10 to basically nothing! It’s also goes with the Gold themed DIY. When you’re on the hunt for secondhand keep a special eye out for things you love. From gold textiles, figurines, and if you’re lucky, and vintage find! All these items and also be flipped, or they just need a good cleaning. Here are places to search if you’re looking for a “canvas” for a GOLD diy project.

  1. Thrift Stores
  2. Flea Markets
  3. Garage Sales
  4. Craigslist
  5. DollarTree/99 Cent Store
  6. Target DollarSpot


Affordable Gold | Retailers: 

I understand not everyone is into the hunt through secondhand. It’s just not you to search through thrift stores or flea markets. Here’s a list of my favorite go to budget friendly retail shops. (They’re also my favorite spots to go shopping at during the holidays!) —-Psssst, when gold decor comes out REAL hard.

  1. Marshalls/ TJ Maxx/ HomeGoods
  2. Ross
  3. IKEA
  4. Target
  5. Cost Plus World Market

What are your favorite gold items to decorate with? Are you a gold DIYer? Or do you just buy from your favorite store who has a wide selection of gold accented pieces? Comment below!

Craigslist Bamboo Desk

Everyone, my craigslist game is on! The family and I just got back from a week long vacation visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. After day 5, I was already craving to go home back to Sac just to settle down and gain back a normal routine. And guys, when we arrived..I made no plans to waste time and let my creative itch rest. The Sunday evening we arrived home, I hit Craigslist, and searched my tail off to something to transform.


Photo from my Instagram account @tiffanystidings

Is it me? Or am I on fire on Craigslist?! Vintage Bamboo desk, that is screaming for a new paint job!!! ($30)

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I’d like to present to you my latest Craigslist transformation. A vintage wooden bamboo desk purchased for $30 (Originally $40, but the lady spotted some cracks, and knocked off $10 bucks!)

So it all started with the intent to browse through Craigslist for a desk for my oldest son. The school year is about to begin, and with entering 4th grade, I wanted him to have a solid big boy desk. Well, my search derailed, as I spotted this fantastic vintage bamboo desk for $40. With a few knicks and chips, it was not bothered by the imperfections. I jumped to contacting the seller and arranged a pick-up for Monday morning.

The boys and I traveled about 20-25 minutes north from Sacramento to a town called Orangevale. A neighboring city to Citrus Heights. My 9 year old son helped me carry the desk into the car, and we went straight to the closest home improvement store for paint and supplies.

As we got home, I just used some wall spackle to fill in the imperfections of the desk, which was the reason the seller took off $10 of the original price. The wall spackle is something I had already after using it to fill in holes at our previous residence. Simply, using a joint putty knife (flat surface tool –basically the handyman version of a kitchen spatula) spread your spackle using the putty knife to the surface of your project. If you look closely at the above picture, I filled in the holes of the top desk surface, and also on the right corner side of the desk.

Spackling Process:

  1. Spead spackle.
  2. Set to dry. I waited 30 minutes since they were small areas.
  3. Scrape away excess compound from surface with your putty knife.
  4. With the blade at a 90-degree angle to the surface. Take care that you don’t remove the spackle from the hole or crack when you remove the excess.
  5. Use a damp cloth to remove any compound adjacent to the patch that you didn’t remove by scraping.

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After evening out our imperfections using the spackle, my son and I gently sanded down the desk, and also gave it a good cleaning with a wet cloth. After that, the painting process began. The color palette I decided to go for was a navy blue, and blue lagoon by Valspar.

The color selection was chosen upon my family room IKEA area rug.  (MARSLEV High Pile, Tuquoise, Beige Rug) Also, the main reason I was searching up desks on Craigslist was because my son needed a desk. This bamboo may or may not be his, but will be placed within our common living area, which can be used as a pop-up desk area for anyone to use besides mommy. Hehehe.

We painted the exterior of the desk in the Blue Lagoon, and interior (drawers), and dark mid-night blue. I also kept the bamboo hardware the original color, but gave it a fresh look with Krylon Satin Ivory spray paint I already had.

Paint Colors:

Exterior: Valspar Blue Lagoon (CI 189)

Interior Drawers: Valspar Dark Night (4003-4C)

Hardware: Krylon Color Max Spray Paint in Satin Ivory

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Before purchasing this desk, I had already knew how I wanted to style it! Gold, gold, gold!! If you’ve been shopping at Target lately,  I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed the College/Dorm Room decor and essentials. Over the summer, I’ve been slowly collecting the gold items at Target. From outdoor patio gold glass terrariums, gold candle holders, to the DollarSpot file and mail holders!

Speaking of dorm room essentials, please be sure to check out my latest YouTube video!!! Yes!! I’m back!!! Seriously, it’s been like a year! But I’m hitting it hard on all social media platforms that I’m able to handle! Check it out!



If you know of anyone entering college and moving into a dorm, first apartment,or on their own for the first time, please be sure to check out the video! (Like & subscribe!)
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Target has tons and tons and tons of gold embellished items. From the dorm room accessories and decor, to Nate Berkus office supplies and decor. After walking throughout Target I got exactly what I needed, with still a little more wiggle room to get more elsewhere (like my favorite discount retails: Marshalls/TJMaxx/Ross and also the thrift stores!)

I purchased this awesome desk lamp, and paired it with a Target glass terrarium I purchased a few months back. I love pairing surface items in three, or 2. “Grouping” items with different heights compliment each other quite well, especially when on a desk, table, or night stand.

Target Gold Buys

Desk Lamp: James Collection LED Task Lamp -Threshold ($29.99) 

Lantern/Terrarium: Lantern Gold Metal – Small Threshold ($12.99)

Geometric Candle/Pencil Holder:
Threshold ($4.99)
Magazine Holder:
DollarSpot ($3.00)

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I’m so happy with the way the bamboo desk turned out! Stay tuned for more Craigslist furniture flips and transformations, as I continue to furnish my house here in Sac! Happy August!