My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer, model, and former journalist who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. Here I share my home life, work, and efficient lifestyle solutions.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy home decor, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life, travel, and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

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Binge watch The Man in the High Castle

We first heard about the show when a friend said Benjamin looked like a main character.

If you have Amazon Prime then log on and start streaming The Man in the High Castle. It’s about America if Germany and Japan had won World War II. The Japanese rule the west and the Nazi’s run the east. All I can say, is its a fantastic show with wonderful acting.

Actor Luke Kleintank who plays Joe Blake is a fox. I think I can say that because he looks like Benjamin!

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Right?

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Teach children to write Thank You cards

Mr. Wonderful and his brothers write thank you cards, thanks to my mother in law. I find it darling when my friends and our nieces and nephews, send thank you cards, even if they can’t hold a pen for more than a minute. Usually we get a cute scribble drawing of of art with a note from the parent, or a verbatim thank you that the parent has written down coming out of the mouth of our little tot and we crack up reading them.

Teach Children to Write Thank You Cards is a fantastic post I ran across in my blogging community if you want to teach your children.

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Sweet Honey Lane is written by my old dear friend Christina, we met through pageants and share a love for many similar things – one being home decor. She and her husband Tyler moved to Indiana and bought a gorgeous 1930s farmhouse. They are fantastic DIYers and are flipping homes. Call HGTV because they need their own show.

She inspired me to buy a miter saw. Of course, it’s still currently in the box, but there are hopes, dreams of sheds and tables to be built one day.

She made this desk for $35!

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Watch 73 Questions with Celebrities

I love the 73 questions VOGUE asks celebrities! Have you ever watched them?

Here’s an oldie but goodie, which was the first 73 questions I watched – Sarah Jessica Parker. I enjoy the way the interview (which is clearly rehearsed) flows so quickly.

See the entire 73 Questions playlist here. Check out Reese Witherspoon and Anna Wintour.

Anything you can suggest I do this weekend?

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Well the chandelier is up, and you might be thinking, hey, can I see the rest of it? No way, dude. This is all I can show you this week my friend.

The dining room adventure is almost comical. Because nothing is not going my way. A sneak peak wouldn’t even be pretty – the room looks like a disaster (it’s just incomplete) and I took this photo at an angle so you won’t see that the oil painting isn’t centered – on the to do list.  My idea of pleating curtains came to a fail on several occasions and every item in the dining room has a disaster story – except the table. To say I’m ready for this room to be finished would be an understatement!

This wouldn’t be a big deal if we weren’t hosting weekly small group. When you entertain on a weekly basis, it puts a little more stress on a perfect home. Has it really only been a month since we I crazily decided to undergo this dining room overhaul?

As I was looking around still dreaming of pleating curtains, look at this gorgeous trim I found from Lewis and Sheron Textiles.

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It’s $50 a yard. I like it a lot (in Jim Carrey’s Dumb and Dumber voice).

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No, I can’t have it because I’ve spent too much already! *Slapping my own hand*

Maybe one day, when I prove I can make better home improvement decisions.

When I finally reveal our dining room, it’s going to be one heck of a celebration and we shall feast like kings and queens!

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It’s a new month, ready for another episode of my latest discoveries?

1/ Glass Canisters with Oak Lids

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 Of course these are on backorder until end of April, argh. But, backorder never bothered me if it’s worth the wait. I want these darling these artisan glass canisters with oak lids from Container Store! Priced $12.99 to $15.99.

2 / Cutest Crib Mobiles

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My girlfriend and former bride Kate created the sweetest baby and home store called Zion Baby and Home. Her line starts with these adorable crib mobiles she makes with darling fabric – including Liberty of London.

Great gift for an expectant friend, or to add some style to your little one’s room. I love the way Kate decorates, she’s my go-to girl when it comes to questions like, “Does this look to scale?” and “Does this chandelier look right in this space?”

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I love how Everett’s room is ski themed. Kate and her twin sister are big skiers and her sister Sara who also has an Etsy store called The Reclaimed Trail for these custom ski signs.

Visit Zion Baby and Home.

3 / Chapstick Total Hydration

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$2.99 at most retailers (coconut, peach, vanilla flavors)

I always feel like my lips are dry – nothing can quite calm my dry lips down. Maybe it’s because I live in the dry climate! I worked with Pfizer a while back and discovered Chapstick Total Hydration! The normal Chapstick doesn’t work for me, neither does the cute EOS lip balm balls I WISH worked.

This affordable Chapstick Total Hydration takes the cake for helping with my dry lips – I keep one at my desk and on my nightstand.

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