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 ...

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DSLR Camera Giveaway!

win a new Canon T3 DSLR!

Hey guys! You're the best and it's Christmas so I've teamed up with a few friends to give one of you a camera. :) That's right, we're giving away one Canon T3 DSLR with a 18-55 lens. I know having a great camera has helped me take better pictures of our kids, capture some memories, and if you don't have one, it would be nice to have BEFORE Christmas! Use the widget below to enter, the more ...

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7 Reasons Why You Need a Robot

reasons you need a robot to come clean your floors!

I really don't like to mop. Like at all. And that's really bad because these floors should probably be mopped daily. Ummm, yeah. That's gross. And now I'm embarrassed. :) So when I was asked to review the new iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot, I wanted to jump through the computer and hug the sender. I remained calm and said yes. When the Braava got here, or Mr. Roboto as I like to call ...

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How I Clean My Hardwood Floors (with Oreck Grab-It and Steam-It)


With three young kids in an old home with all hardwood floors, I feel like I am constantly cleaning up the floor. We have dust bunnies, the occasional crumb, toddler messes,and a crawling baby who tries to eat any speck of mess that he finds. (yuck) A few of you have asked how I clean our hardwood floors. I’ll tell you how I used to clean them, and then how I clean them now. Here’s how I used to ...

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Wasting Our Saturday Away


Last Saturday started out productive. I was in the garden for a good 2-3 hours, Doug cut the grass, the kids got their naps in and then later played in the yard. And then we realized after we were exhausted by 1 pm, that it’s Saturday. What are we doing?! Let’s go have fun!             It was a blast. We let loose and actually enjoyed our ...

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My Grandma’s Milking Stool


It will be 10 years this November since my grandma passed away. I remember the day she asked me to come close and told me to go find something to keep. To remember her by. She had lung cancer. Some days were good, some days were really bad. This was during a good time. I was seventeen, and my naïve brain didn’t want to accept the fact that one day, she wouldn’t be here. I told her no and ...

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Hot Glue Icicle Ornaments

Inspired by the look of these vintage icicles that were on my parents’ tree (and now ours), I wanted to make a ton of icicles for our tree! To make the icicles, take an ornament hook, straighten it out, make a little loop, and hang them on some string Take your hot glue gun and glue away, letting the glue drip as it wants to to create more natural looking icicles. After they dry, ...

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Shrunken Sweater Leg Warmers

wow, take 30 seconds and #upcycle an old sweater or sweatshirt into leg warmers! #tutorial #legwarmers

I heart upcycling, especially with old clothing. I also heart quick, no-sew projects, this one took me all of, oh I don’t know… 30 seconds! Take a sweater that no longer fits, use your fabric scissors to cut the arms off, and slip them on your legs. Bam. Done. No sewing required. ;) Although I probably will need to sew these before or after washing them… and possibly add ...

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Peeling Crayons

There’s something about a newly opened box of perfect crayons that is so beautiful and comforting to me. I normally cringe while she does it, but there’s also something about seeing a box completely destroyed. The care it took to peel each crayon, put the wrappers in a pile, color a scribble with the crayon,  and then line them all up. Likewise, pretty beautiful. I need to let go more ...

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