40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS–Week 6, the basement


  This week, I tackled our basement. I recently was asked for a floor plan for our house, and I love that idea. I like getting a feel for other people’s homes, but I’ll share in another post. Here’s our basement layout: I’ve talked before about our basement laundry room, and our basement play room, and even shared how to build storage shelves. Although it’s unfinished, we have a nice … [Read more...]

Very Hungry Caterpillar Upcycled Wall Art


Do you have a hard time getting rid of books or throwing them away once damaged? While I’d like to consider myself detached (40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS has helped a lot with that!), books hold a sentimental place in my heart. Many of the books I’ve bought were from garage sales, and many of them were books I enjoyed as a kid. I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, my kids love it, and we’ve spent many a … [Read more...]

Wine Crate Shoe Storage


Do you ever find something while thrifting or garage sale-ing, you have no idea what you’re going to use it for, but you just have to get it? That kinda goes against my rule: if you want to cut down on the stuff, don’t buy stuff you don’t need. But another rule I have is to buy only the stuff you love. And sometimes if something is that good, you don’t want to wait, and then kick yourself (over, … [Read more...]

40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS – Week 5!


Can you believe we only have two weeks left? I can’t. This week I didn’t go back up in the attic, but instead wanted to finish everything off on the first floor. The junk drawers in our foyer, the shoe storage there, all the shoes in our house, the kitchen cabinets (I did up one day and down the other), and the hutches in my dining room. … [Read more...]

Back to Back Toddler Beds


  I have a confession to make. I, Ann Marie, am a furniture mover. Even if a room arrangement works, I will want to move things around. My mom is a furniture mover, so I know I got it from her. Have you seen this page in the 2012 IKEA catalog? Every time I flip to it, I’m in love. Seeing this room with the beds back to back and the two (cute) sisters who share a room makes me warm and happy … [Read more...]

40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS – week 4 link party!


  I can’t get over this beautiful weather we’re having! I’m going to be honest, this wasn’t a productive week for me bag wise. I had a colonoscopy on Tuesday (TMI? Maybe but it is my blog so that’s what you get, haha!), spent Monday preparing for it, and spent Wednesday and Thursday just enjoying the heck out of this weather. I’m not always a mean mom so I wasn’t about to pull a Soup Nazi … [Read more...]

Boba Baby Carrier 3G Review (giveaway closed)


The weather is SO beautiful here in the Chicagoland area, how about for you? We hit 78 degrees yesterday! Spring is definitely upon us and I’m stoked. I feel like we’ve been couped up all winter! We took advantage of the day and went on two walks, to two different parks. I am convinced that a good carrier is a must-have for moms. When I first had my almost two year old, Ben, I became a mom of … [Read more...]

HELP ME WEDNESDAY–Creating a Foyer from Scratch


Today I’d like to talk about a spot in our house that I haven’t mentioned here on the blog. Our true entry way. You may have seen the front of our house and wondered why we aren’t using the foyer that came with the house. I mean, we have a pathway, and it’s narrow, cute, and original to the house. (Excuse the extreme need to do yard work. Yikes!) Here’s our true foyer. Arch? Check. Gorgeous … [Read more...]