When You’re in the Trenches of Motherhood

This season of life can be a tough one. This parenting thing, it's a battle some days. One that makes me feel like I'm in the trenches. Like there is not coffee in the world (or in this giant mug) to get through this day/week/month/life. I thought it was really tough when they were all little. I think sometimes, oh, how I miss those days when we could just nap and nurse and not have any ...

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How to Keep School Papers From Taking Over

How to keep the school papers from taking over! Tips and organizing tricks from a family of 7.

Since moving into our home 2 years ago, I've been using the same system for papers. It's simple and has really helped to keep the school papers from taking over. We currently have three children in school: 2nd grade, 1st grade, and preschool. This may not work for all ages or all kids, but I'm confident parts of our system will work for just about everyone. First, the basics: It's important to ...

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Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl


Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Not for the creepy stuff, for the heart of the holiday: walking door-to-door to visit neighbors, passing out treats to friends, and wearing silly costumes for a day. We don't get a lot of trick or treaters at our house, but every year we try have some food-free alternatives for those with food allergies or little ones. For this ...

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A Slow Summer (plus a free printable)

Get this free printable from white house black shutters.

I really can't believe fall is around the corner. This summer we did things a little bit differently and it ended up being a huge blessing for all of us. As the school year wound down last May and summer started up, the hustle and bustle of family life was really starting to wear on me. I didn't know it at the time. In fact, I didn't know it until we really started to slow down and reconnect. ...

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DIY Tie Dye Curtains

blue tie dyed curtains, how to and tips

For this month's Michaels Makers challenge, we were asked to take on a popular DIY trend. I've been seeing tie-dye pop up in home decor lately, but not the rainbow psychedelic summer camp t-shirt kind. A deep blue patterned style of tie-dye called shibori. I've never tie dyed before, so here's how it went down! I hopped onto our Facebook page and did two live videos of the process: First ...

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Emoji Balloon Photo Props

emoji balloon photo props - great idea for summer parties!

I don't know about you, but I'm addicted to emojis. My kids think they're hilarious too and find ways to figure out my passcode and send random emoji texts to my friends... Summer is just about here and with it, summer parties and gatherings. For the June Michaels Makers challenge our theme was to create ideas for a summer party. I made these emoji balloon photo props and my kids we had a blast ...

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Chunky Finger Crochet Scarf – Trying a New Skill

making a chunky finger crochet scarf!

This month the Michaels Makers and I were asked to check out a class at our local store and learn a new challenge or skill. I decided to go with finger crochet! I walked into the class not knowing anyone or what to expect. We were told to go to the yarn aisle where Dawn, our instructor, helped us pick out supplies. It was SUPER helpful to have her there, and she gave her ...

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Sweet Simple Things Printable


This quote has been on my mind a lot lately: "I am beginning to learn it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." -Laura Ingalls Wilder We have five children age seven and younger. With the older kids, it seemed as if I was living in a hurry or looking forward to the next big step. Whether that was walking, when a kid would be in their own bed, talking... and so ...

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Wooden Photo Hanging Display


This month, Michaels asked the Michaels Makers team to create something perfect for Mother's Day. I know my mom loves pictures, especially ones of her grandbabies, so I made this wooden photo hanging display. It's perfect for large sized poster prints or collages, this one pictured is a 11x16. This was a tricky challenge for me. The biggest reason: my mom is really crafty. While she'd love ...

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Recent Favorite Things + What I’m Reading

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I thought it would be fun to share a few of my recent favorite things. Like Oprah, minus the whole giving you a car and making you pay the taxes. (You're welcome.) I did a periscope on this topic a little bit ago, you can find a video of that broadcast at the bottom of this post. Keeping with the ideas behind 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS, I try to be mindful of what I'm spending and what is coming into ...

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