Tips to Create a Family Room

simple changes, secondhand furniture, and paint make this family room fun

Of all the rooms in our house, our family room has gone through the most changes. I'm really not even surprised cause we live in this room 80% of the time. That and the fact that I am a changer-upper. Recently I had enough with not doing any projects so I challenged myself to give this room a summer refresh and spend very little. $30 for the pillows and $10 for some plants that I have not ...

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How to Take a Timeout

how to take a mom timeout, love this hilarious post!

I love summer. After months of being cooped up you can finally get outside, relax, take it easy with a cool drink, and enjoy the hot summer sun. But other days you're all hot and sticky and the days are long and kids are arguing and AHHHH! SERENITY NOW! Hey girl, deep breath. Here are six simple tips on how to take a timeout. A mom time out. 1) Find a spot. Lock yourself in the bathroom ...

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What to Do With Old T Shirts

FINALLY!! What to do with old tee shirts. I have tons of pins, but this post has the answer!

Once upon a time, I didn't know what to do with old t shirts. T-shirt quilt, repurposed items, pillows, rugs, Pinterest boards with project ideas... nope! I had hundreds of ideas and none of them were being executed, the tee shirts just sat in a bin, in the back of my closet, or taking up valuable space in my drawers. Here's what to do: Set them free. Set yourself free. Use ...

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Glitter Mug UPDATE

This blogger says her dishwasher safe glitter mug held up after 6 months! Here are her tips, tricks, and the tutorial to DIY your own.

Three years ago, I made a dishwasher safe glitter mug and posted the tutorial. You guys must have thought it was cool or something because it then went crazy on Pinterest and Instagram. I've had a few people asking for a glitter mug update so here is the update I wrote after 6 months of use. 3 years later, it still looks great and everything I said here applies. Still looks awesome, ...

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How to Declutter Your Closet

Ahh, I need this! How to declutter your closet and stop letting clothes consume you.

Clothing is one of the toughest things to declutter. It is a basic necessity but also a burden. Clothes saved for years just because, shirts with tags sitting there taunting us, and stained shirts. I'm going to show you how to declutter your closet by sharing the simple system I use. When I was in college, my mom counted over 200 t-shirts in my closet. And that was just t-shirts! This is my ...

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How to Cut an Avocado


Avocado is one of our favorite foods around here, but I remember a day when I had no idea how to cut one. And then I ended up wasting a whole bunch of avocado or making a big sloppy mess. Here's how I cut and dice an avocado, it makes things super simple and also helps when your avocado is not so ripe. When you're done slicing, head over here to learn how to make a real easy ...

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How to Take a Pregnancy Silhouette Photo (with your iPhone!)


I'm currently 36 weeks pregnant and have been wanting to recreate this picture (scroll down a bit) from Kelly Hicks Photography for a while now. Before whipping out my fancy camera, I thought I'd see if I could get a similar look with my iPhone. And sure enough! With a little bit of work, apps, and an iPhone camera (an outdated 4 at that ;)), this is what I got. Every week I post a bump ...

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How to Grill a Pizza


Some nights you want to make dinner, and some nights you just don't. On those types of nights we'll usually throw in a frozen pizza or two, but during the summer things get tricky. It's hot. And I don't want my house being pre-heated to 400 degrees. You could just scrap the idea and make a salad or something, but if you really have a taste for frozen pizza, you're stuck. Stop being stuck, ...

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50+ Ways to Make Water Taste Better


I never drink enough water. Couple that with the fact that I'm either pregnant, nursing, or it's summer, and even when I do drink a lot of water it's still not enough! Adding stuff to your water makes it taste better, and then you're going to drink more. Make it cold and you might drink it even faster. Here are some of my favorite things to add to water, some favorite combinations, and even some ...

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My Top 8 Garage Sale Tips


My favorite time of year is upon us and I couldn't be more excited: garage sale season! Here are 8 of my favorite garage sale tips that are simple, but you might not have been doing. They'll help you find the best sales and selection, get the best prices, and even some tips on going with kids. I'll also share some of my favorite finds from a sale from last year! 1.) Make a list of what ...

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