DIY / $1 Clipboard Art Frame

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Hello, guys!


I’m Vanessa from Casa dos Mael! I’m here today to share a DIY Clipboard art frame!

This specific DIY was inspired by Kara from Kara Rosenberry on Etsy! She is just awesome and a great inspiration! Check out her store!

I got these clipboards from the dollar store. They are simple, but I wanted them to be fabulous! So, I spray painted the hardware with gold paint, added a few inexpensive art prints and, violá, a beautiful, quirky art frame for your home!

I had this idea because I love art very much. Especially illustrations. You can check out my Pinterest board with art I love here! Sometimes, investing in art we love takes a toll on our wallet. Professionally framing it is always expensive and I wanted an option to display my art in a beautiful way that didn’t cost too much, and that I could easily change the print from time to time! Do you guys do that? I think I change the prints in our home according to the seasons!

So here is a step by step:

1. Protect the clipboard and expose only the hardware. 

Certain stores will sell clipboards that come with a protective plastic that exposes only the hardware. Those are the easiest to work with! If you are working with a clipboard you already have at home, make sure you cover the clipboard with paper/plastic and prepare to spray paint the hardware only!

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2. Selecting the right spray paint. 

There are many options at the hardware store (my next choice might be fluorescent pink), I chose my favorite metallic spray paint: Rust-oleoum gold.

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3. Close up of the final result:

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4. Choose your favorite art print:

I constantly get prints from magazines or books that have images that speak to me. You don’t need to invest a lot to find prints that match your aesthetic or your home decor!

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I hope you guys enjoy it!


Have a great week!


Vanessa ~


3 Bed 3 Bath Home for Sale in Littleton, CO

4448 S Independence Ct

This gorgeous 2-story home is located in a great area of Quincy Lakes and has the perfect floor plan. The first floor has all hardwood flooring and a gas fireplace in the living room. The kitchen has a large island making entertaining easy with ample storage for all your kitchen items. Central vacum system throughout the house. This is a valuable piece of Real Estate in Littleton, CO!

The front faces west to see the beautiful Rocky Mountains and see the fabulous sunsets Colorado has to offer!

Learn more about this property and see more photos by visiting our site: Move2Denver

To speak with us directly about this home or schedule a showing, call (720) 775-7950

Listing Courtesy of BRENDA YATES, Keller Williams DTC

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Keller Williams DTC


Denver City Guide: Bad Daddy Burger

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I just had the best double meat sandwich I’ve ever had. It was a Pastrami Burger from Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, the latest in the seemingly endless parade of new gourmet burger joints in Denver, this one nearly half-owned by Colorado owned Good Times and located in Cherry Creek North. My first meal at Bad Daddy’s had delicious sliced Pastrami on top of savory meety goodness with some thousand-island, swiss and sauerkraut.

You get a side too, I got some House Slaw, I had a craving for cole slaw. But you can choose from Hand Cut French Fries, Onion Straws, Fruit Cup, Housemade Potato Chips, Sweet Potato Fries or Tater Tots as well as some delicious slaw. You can create your own burger as well, including adding Buttermilk Fried Bacon which Vanessa had on her, “Create Your Own Burger”,  I tried a piece and it was amazingly tasty. She figured out a way to create a $19 burger with whatever the heck you had on it, but it was also surpassed her previous favorite burger at Tag Burger Bar and was worth every mouth-watering cent. You can create your own salad too which has received some great reviews, the place smells amazing when you walk-in, good luck ordering a salad.

If you like to have a drink with dinner, I’d recommend trying the Breckenridge Bourbon or Vodka which is a great choice and not found everywhere in town. I try to have some when it’s available.  This was an added plus. They have an extensive beer list and our server was really great, recommended some great beer and helped me lean towards the Pastrami Burger which was a great choice.
Bad Daddy was recently named as one of the Best Burger in 25 Cities by Zagat. This location in Cherry Creek North gets 4.5 of 5 stars in Yelp. It was a nice change-up from Cherry Cricket as a fun place to eat, and a great spot to regain my manhood after making paper-mache flowers at West Elm with my fiancee. I’d check it out, plus they have garage doors that open for the coming warm months making this a great summer spot too!
Bad Daddy Burger Bar – 240 Milwaukee St, Denver, CO 80206



This past few weeks have been just plain wonderful! We have had plenty of sunshine and temperatures often in the 60’s, while our family, back in the East Coast, is experiencing a marathon of snowstorms and cold weather. Living in Colorado often feels like a privilege and we have declared in our home: Spring has Sprung!

With the higher temperature spring also brings a lot of chores, it’s time for Spring Cleaning. But, today, I do not want to talk about your home or give you tips on how to spring clean your space. Rather, I want to talk about spring cleaning your life!
If you take a moment to think about it, spring changes radically our behavior. We have had months in which we spent way more time indoors than outdoors, be it inside your home, at museums and movie theaters, winter is just time to look for a warm shelter. A soon as the weather changes, so do our behavior, and here we are: my husband is biking to work, we are going on more afternoon walks, there are plans for picnics at various Denver parks and hike dates in our calendars. It’s just a welcome departure from winter! Life changes with the seasons and, boy, are we glad it’s spring?!
In our home, every spring it’s time to try and live a healthier lifestyle. We stop cooking heavier foods and start eating more salads, we exchange all the filters (water, humidifier, fridge, shower, furnace, etc), and plan for a fun herb garden!
The farmer’s markets are back! We, automatically shop more for local, organic, fresh and whole foods than during the winter! It’s just there: easier to find, more accessible!

And here are other things you can do to enjoy a healthier spring:
Join a local CSA! That’s a community garden or community supported agriculture, where you pay upfront for your share of the harvest and collect your fresh produce weekly, the entire season!

– Colorado has plenty of options for fresh produce delivered to your door! Families that are generally busier and cannot commit to visit a local farmer’s market every week can benefit from these services for a healthier lifestyle!
Start a spring garden! If you are a newbe, there are plenty of “hard-to-kill” herbs your could start with! It will help you make tastier and healthier meals at home and it can look really good! We purchase our seeds here, Botanical Interests is a Colorado company and they will deliver a beautiful box of seeds to your doorstop with plenty of instructions!
– Visit a nursery: bring into your home a large amount of air-claning plants! Not only it will make your home look amazing, but it will improve the quality of air your are breathing. If you are not sure what to choose, any flower market/nursery can help you and there are so many TED Talks on the benefits of air-cleaning plants for a better indoor air quality you can watch!

– Visit a local farm and bring home plenty of fresh produce! Spring is traditionally time to visit farm, bring the kids to see some farm animals and there are countless benefits of eating fresh produce! Did you know, food that needs to travel to reach its destination and is, normally, older than 1 week old looses an average of 50% of its nutrition?
–  Farmer’s Markets are everywhere and you can make a visit to your local one a date night! Often in Colorado, there are plenty of options of food trucks and local food stands at our farmer’s markets! Why not pick up fresh produce for the week, support your local farmer and make a date night out of it?!
– Get rid of, at least, one unnecessary chemical product from your home! The organic cleaning products, health and beauty industry has advanced so much in the past few years! Today, you don’t need to compromise quality for a healthier lifestyle. At home, we started slow: at first, we exchanged all our hand soaps from the bathroom and the kitchen for organic, natural soaps. It’s one step at a time, but it can make a world of difference in the quantity of chemicals you come in contact with!
– Participate on a community-type natural food dinner party! On February 28th, the Denver Botanical Garden will host the next gather, a pop-up dining experience featuring  a five-course meal designed by the Watercourse Foods chef Rachel Kesley. The best part of it? No two Gather dinners are alike! You are in for a delicious surprise! 
– Take a Healthy cooking class! Our friend, nutritionist Heather Braaten holds amazing and fun cooking classes around town, including inside the Whole Foods Washington Park and Capital Hill as well!

Do not obsess over it! Today, any action towards a healthier lifestyle is a HUGE one! Slowly you can change old habits and incorporate more aspects of a healthy lifestyle into your home!
How else does spring changes our lives? Well, the Real Estate market is one of them! Sales pick up in the spring! People are feeling more positive and ready to change their lives and comfortable enough to spend their days outside, looking at homes! Check out this graph from the home sales from Highlands Ranch: it’s absolute proof that sales pick up in the spring and spring is an excellent season lead-in, because summer just looks like a winner!