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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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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How to Keep Kids Clothes from Taking Over

This is great! 8 tips on how to keep the kids clothes from taking over

I've been asked many times for tips on kids clothes and how to keep them from taking over. We could always be better, but for the most part, we have things figured out. As our kids get older, things change, so you might find some of these tips better for kids under 5. The key is figuring out what works in your home and for your family. Once you do that, you'll have a system and the clothes will ...

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Tips for Decluttering Craft Supplies

Cute and SO easy to do. Paintable canvas letters!

Over the years I've decluttered my supplies many times. My interests have changed, projects have come and gone. However, I don't think I have been quite honest with myself when buying and storing supplies. Today I'll be sharing what tips helped me declutter, minimize, and better enjoy my time spent crafting. When I recently created my office space/craft room, I wanted a fresh slate. I'm really ...

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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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