A Holiday Ready Dining Room Reveal

a holiday ready room reveal, you won't believe the before and after!

Forget the hustle and bustle, my favorite holiday tradition is being home with the people I love. Homemade hot chocolate, weeknight fires in the fireplace, rolling out cookie dough, kids setting the table to earn brownie points with Santa, singing (loudly) to Christmas carols while doing dishes, last minute invite-yourself-over dinners with family. And it… 

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7 Tips to Simplify Christmas

the holiday season is crazy enough, simplify Christmas and the holiday season with these 7 simple tips.

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I want you to read this post about Christmas now. Because as soon as Thanksgiving hits it will be one big blur of activities and decorating and things you HAVE TO DO AND YOU HAVE TO DO THEM NOW. So stop, don’t decorate yet. Declutter and simplify Christmas before… 

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Falling In Love with the After

"...you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness."

A few weeks ago, I did something I promised myself I wouldn't do. I fell in love with a house. When we initially started this journey, I told myself I wouldn't start looking at homes because I knew what would happen. Doug agreed and wanted to focus on selling our house first. You see, I suffer from an affliction called "Falling In Love With Every House Syndrome." One house came along last … [Read More...]

How to Keep Laundry From Taking Over

how to keep the laundry from taking over! Tips and tricks from a family of 6.

I feel like laundry is one of those topics where one method doesn't fit all. It can't. Add kids into the mix and husbands and everyone's habits, and yep. For the first time in the six years we've been married, this year I finally found what works for us. And I've changed a few of my habits and THOSE have stuck. (cue some cheering) Even if only a few of these tips work for you, maybe the post … [Read More...]

The Kid Clothes Survey and Results

do other people struggle with kids clothes too? yes, yes they do.

A few months ago I wrote a post on how to declutter your closet and another on what to do with tee shirts. But kids clothes are tricky! Before I write a post on that topic, I wanted to see the situation in your homes so I posted a survey on our facebook page. Here we go: The Kid Clothes Survey and Results. If you haven't filled it out yet, you can do so below. But first, What is so tricky … [Read More...]

40 Bags in 40 Days Summer Edition

join the decluttering revolution! Challenge yourself to simplify and get rid of 40 bags in 40 days. #40bagsin40days

Maybe you've heard of this thing called 40 Bags in 40 Days. Maybe you tried it and didn't stick with it. Maybe you wished you had tried it, but were scared to commit. Or maybe, you haven't heard of it at all (in that case, keep reading). We have too much stuff in our lives and we have too many people trying to sell us more stuff. We don't need to organize, that's not the focus here, we need … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

Simple Shared Kids Room

colorful but neutral shared kids room, love the colors!

You know those rooms that get done-ish, but never quite finished? Meet our kids' room. A few months ago we finally finished things off and created a simple shared kids room that is neutral but still colorful. Here's the room reveal, before pictures, and a bit of back story behind the room that is shared by three of our kids. We have lived in our house for 4.5 years and in that short span … [Read More...]

Letter Tracing Sheet Printable

a simple tracing printable for letters, great for practice or for displaying as artwork!

My 5 year old and almost-4 year old have been really into practicing letters lately. Up to this point, I've just written them out for the kids to practice and we've filled up notebooks fast. I was unimpressed with the ones I found online filled with watermarks and lines and so on. I wanted something SIMPLE! Something that I could easily frame and display as art. So of course being a DIY-er, I made … [Read More...]

Tasty Little Bits of Life

gumball machine bead storage - genius!!

I enjoy reading the mundane, normal, real stuff on my favorite blogs, sometimes more than the helpful ones. But I still get so caught up in writing posts that are helpful. Or the posts that are pinnable, shareable, stumble-upon-able, likeable, search engine optimized, traffic bringing gems. Pouring your heart out feels good so here we go: five tasty little bits of our life that I might not … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

by reusing items and waiting patiently, this kitchen only cost $2500 to renovate. WOW!

One of the first things we did upon moving into our home 4.5 years ago was paint our kitchen cabinets. It was one of my first big DIY projects, and wasn't too tricky! I could write out a complicated tutorial with lots of pictures, but I'm not going to do that. Here is a simple, straightforward guide on how to paint kitchen cabinets. Keep in mind that I am not an expert, but this method has held … [Read More...]