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    Julie CapouchJulie Capouch is a Master's candidate in Literature at APSU, military wife, and mother of two very busy preschoolers. Children's literature is her passion, and she loves all things Bill Martin Jr . She writes monthly book reviews in Clarksville Family, and is also a WorkMom blogger for Working Mother Magazine.

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    The Viceroy Performing Arts Center is an ideal wedding spot


    The Viceroy Performing Arts Center in Oak Grove, KY

    There’s a little-known gem nestled in the fields of Oak Grove, Ky. Right beside the War Memorial Walking Trail stands the Viceroy Performing Arts Center, a full-service entertainment complex offering the ambiance of an outdoor venue with the amenities of an indoor reception hall. But you want to know the best part?

    You can get married at the Viceroy.

    Clarksville Bride Ashley Parsons found the Viceroy after having complications with her original wedding location in Clarksville. “We were working on a small budget and didn’t have a huge guest list. Wanting something outdoors, yet intimate, we thought we found the perfect location,” says the September Bride. “After several hoops and hurdles we dropped the venue. We went and looked (at the Viceroy) and I fell in love.”

    Matt and Ashley Parsons walk through the Military Arch of Sabers at the Sept. 4 wedding.

    Matt and Ashley Parsons walk through the Military Arch of Sabers at their Sept. 4 wedding.

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    DIY Wallpaper Remover


    JulesIf you have ever tried to remove wallpaper, you know how tedious it can be. The large number of commercial wallpaper remover solutions is a testament to this fact. But the truth is, you do not have to buy an expensive chemical solution to remove that old wallpaper from your walls.

    Our home was built in 1991, when floral wallpaper was all the rage, and our walls were certainly fashionable then. The master vanity was complete with bronze light fixtures and bright whole wall floral wallpaper. But what worked in 1991 did not work in 2008, so one of the first things we did was remove that red and green catastrophe.

    Good Bye Flowers!

    Good Bye Flowers!

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    How-to: Reupholster a kitchen chair


    JulesS5001669Does this picture look familiar to you? Stained, dirty kitchen chair cushions that will not come clean not matter how much you try. Perhaps your chair cushions sport an outdated pattern that you’d rather leave back in the eighties. Maybe you have redecorated your kitchen or dining room and found that your chairs are bland in comparison.

    Whatever your reason for wanting a change, reupholstering kitchen chair cushions is a quick and inexpensive way to bring new life to your kitchen. It only takes about 30 minutes, and is so easy; you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner.

    Supplies Needed:

    • Choice of Fabric (apx. 1/2 yard x 1/2 yard per chair)
    • Scissors
    • Staple Gun
    • Screw Driver
    • Iron
    • Foam Stamps (optional)
    • Acrylic or Fabric Paint (optional)

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    If you want it done right: Do It Yourself



    Does he really know what he's doing?

    Does he really know what he’s doing?

    I”m a former HGTV junkie. I used to sit and watch hours of it, and I absorbed more interior decorating, real estate, and DIY than I could possibly use in a lifetime. I would probably still be that way, but my current occupations as mommy, taxi, nurse, teacher, finance manager, counselor, cook, maid, and of course, writer, do not leave much of an opportunity for television.

    But if there was one thing I learned from my HGTV education, it’s that preparation is key when doing any type of project. I’ve put this principle into practive with every job I have done and have always had great results. Whether it is painting a bookshelf or completely gutting a bathroom, you have to start out the right way.

    I wish someone had told that to the handyman I hired a couple of weeks ago to paint my kitchen buffet. As the  DIY mommy, I prefer to do things myself, but for this particular project I was pressed for time and wanted it done before my husband returned from a business trip. So, I found two local “experienced” handymen who came complete with referrals to tackle the simple task of painting a hutch along with a few other small things around my house. Sounds great, right?

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    DIY Tree Wall Decal


    JulesVinyl wall decals are all the rage in the decor world right now, and rightly so. They are super cute, easier than painting, and you can pull them right off the wall without any damage.

    But with a price tag of $50 or more, it may seem that wall decals are meant only for the prosperous and affluent. But you can create the look of wall decals for a fraction of the cost of buying one. Here’s an easy way to create this tree decal, using one of my favorite friends… contact paper.

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    DIY Countertop Rescue


    JulesWhen my husband and I found our house in Clarksville this past November, we knew it was the home for us. It had so many excellent features: spacious living area; big backyard; and  in a great school zone, for when our son starts kindergarten. But as soon as I stepped into the kitchen, I knew one thing… those countertops had to go!

    In terms of functionality, our countertops were fine. They were good enough to hold small appliances and prepare food on, but after years of use and abuse, there were a couple of burn holes and lots of discoloration. Not to mention they were utterly plain beige, with no personality.


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