How to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency: Easy DIY

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine.

As you all know, I love old houses, and we’ve lived in quite a few over the years. Our current home, Magnolia Cottage, is over a hundred years old, and of course is full of all the quirks and charm that accompany being a centenarian.

Magnolia Cottage front porch with black and white awning striped cushions | 11 Magnolia Lane

One of the quirks that I’m not too fond of is the energy inefficiency that often accompanies older homes. If they’re insulated at all, they’re usually under insulated, and leaks and drafty windows are the norm. I always know to budget more money for heating and cooling an older house!

I’ve been looking forward to trying out Duck Max Strength Roll-On Window Kit on some of my downstairs windows and was able to install the film this weekend. It’s designed to block drafts and air leaks, and should make our house more comfortable and our heating bills lower this winter.

Duck Brand Roll-On Indoor Window Kit

I was home alone this weekend, but the process was fast and easy and definitely something you can do by yourself. Each kit has enough heavy duty insulating shrink film to cover three 3′ x 5′ windows (you can buy yours at Walmart). Click Here to Read More

How I get my day started each day, my morning routine.

My Morning Routine (Day in the Life Series)

We all know it is interesting to peek behind the scenes of people's lives, that is why we started our Day in the Life series where each month we're talking about how we manage the day in/day out stuff in our lives. This month we are talking about our morning routines.     I am … [Read More...]

Friday Favorite {Finds Fall Decor}

Friday Favorite Finds: Fall Decor

How's that for a title with a lot of F's? Today I was scheduling Facebook posts of our previous fall home tours; my favorite is probably Amy's fall home tour from last year (here). It got me thinking that our fall decor doesn't change that much from one year to the next. Also, we don't tend to … [Read More...]

A {Not Scary} Halloween Tablescape

  I broke new ground this year and did not decorate inside my house for Fall--I know, my home decor blogger card is going to be revoked! Christy did a lovely job with her Fall home tour and you can see our Fall Home Tour from last year HERE so this year I decided I wanted to do something … [Read More...]

Before and afters from my Morpheus 8 procedure | 11 Magnolia Lane

Before and Afters From My Morpheus 8 Treatment

This post was sponsored by Southern Pines Aesthetics & Laser Institute. All opinions are my own. Do you remember back in May, when I wrote about my IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment? {Read about it here if you missed it}  I shared before and after photos, how the procedure felt, and what … [Read More...]

What to Wear for a Fun Night Out on the Town

  I had so much fun putting together this post. It is definitely a bit outside our normal over forty/conservative-ish fashion parameters but the hardest time to figure out what to wear can be with evening or special events. Most of us have some sort of a daytime uniform like cardigans, jeans … [Read More...]

My Daughter’s New Tween Room (Again!)

  One thing that seems to be constant around our house is redecorating! That is fortunate for my daughter because when she decides that despite being sure she wanted an aqua bedroom last year, now when she wants to paint her room blush I’ll probably be on board with the change. She’s lucky I … [Read More...]

Magnolia Cottage: vintage bathroom with cast iron sink and tub

Magnolia Cottage: Progress in the Downstairs Bathroom

Today I wanted to share some of the progress I've made in the full bathroom downstairs at Magnolia Cottage. It's not done by any stretch of the imagination, but it's well underway. If you don't remember where we started, here are a few before pictures. This one is from before we moved … [Read More...]

Summer to fall Amazon fashion | 11 Magnolia Lane

Friday Favorites: Summer to Fall Fashion

So, we're now officially in my favorite season--fall--and even the weather here is cooperating a little bit! We've had a few days that have been perfect "convertible weather" with low humidity and blue skies, and you'd better believe I've taken advantage of it. Today I'm sharing some of my … [Read More...]

Affordable Bedroom Furniture and Decor Pieces on a Budget

How To Decorate Your Master Bedroom On A Budget

  I recently wrote this post about the final touches in our Master Bedroom and mentioned I was planning to do a follow-up post about how to achieve the look of our bedroom on a budget.     I created the graphic above so you can see how cost-friendly the bed and bedding … [Read More...]

How to Clean a Single-Cup (Keurig) Coffee Maker

This post is sponsored by Wagner. All opinions are 100% my own.  We are deadly serious about our coffee around here. Those of you who have been following us for awhile know that you'll find a coffee maker and an espresso machines on my kitchen counter, plus all the accompanying … [Read More...]

What We're Reading at 11 Magnolia Lane (books, audiobooks, fiction and non-fiction)

What’s On Our Reading List (& Other Amazon Fall Favorites)

Another monthly post we're trying to add in regularly is sharing the books we are currently reading. I love to find posts on this topic on other blogs--I am always looking for something new to read! I used to read more than I do now, and these days most of what I pick is within a fun, lighthearted … [Read More...]

Living room with black and white striped chairs, round gold coffee table, and vintage touches | 11 Magnolia Lane

Magnolia Cottage: Updates in the Living Room

This post is sponsored by Walmart. All opinions are my own. Remember last week, during my fall home tour, when I warned you that I was making a few changes (again) in our living room? Well, today is the day to show you what's new, and I'm so excited about my latest finds! I paired up with … [Read More...]

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