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… 

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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… 

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How to Have a Perfectly Clean House

Tips on how to have a perfectly clean home?! uhh, is this too good to be true...

Today I'm sharing my secret of how to have a perfectly clean house. If we can do it with four small kids under the age of five and in a house with 1200 square feet, you can do it too.  If people followed these steps they would have a perfect house just like us. What are you waiting for?! You won't believe how simple these seven tips are.   Here are the steps to have a perfectly … [Read More...]

Best Waffle Recipe Ever

The best waffle recipe EVER! Soft, buttery, and slightly crispy.

Looking for a recipe for waffles that are soft, buttery, yet slightly crispy? Here is the best waffle recipe EVER. Yes, ever! My husband, Doug, is a breakfast champ. He tweaked his recipe for pancakes adding a little bit more butter and this was the result. We've tried other recipes in the past, and even some mixes, but nothing compares to the texture of these waffles. You'll need eight … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

How to Afford a Kitchen Remodel

kitchen renovation over time, wow!

There's something that drives me nuts about first time home buyer shows. Many times they look at a room and say "this needs to be gutted", to which someone replies "oh yes, a kitchen remodel will cost about 15 to 30 thousand" and they get all scared because they can barely afford the closing. They've got it all wrong. You can gut and pour money into a room all at once, but you do not NEED … [Read More...]

What to Do With Your Stuff

great post!! a list of what to do with stuff you are decluttering.

As part of our 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge I have had many people ask me: so when I fill my bags with stuff, what do I do with them? This is a very good question, and the answer is actually going to vary from person to person. What you do with your stuff depends on YOU, your situation, and the stuff you are decluttering. As for me, I use all of the methods below depending on the item and … [Read More...]

Areas in Your Home to Declutter

want to clean your house but don't know where to start? Here are 78+ possible spots to declutter.

If you are working with us on the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge, you might be looking for suggestions of places in your home to clean. I've compiled this list of 79 areas and will add to it as we think of more. Think of it as your go-to checklist when working on your 40 Bags (or more or less). If you can think of more ideas, list them in the comments! Want to join in on the challenge? Find more … [Read More...]

40 Bags in 40 Days 2014 Decluttering Challenge

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

Are you guys ready?  Ready for what, you ask?  Ready to completely change your life. Ready to declutter and simplify your life. Ready to get rid of emotional clutter. Ready to figure out how to get a handle on all of the things holding us back. What is 40 Bags in 40 Days? A forty day period in the spring (coinciding with the 40 days of Lent) where you focus on cleaning one area per day. In … [Read More...]

Beige to Greige Before and After

beige to greige before and after, you won't believe the difference paint makes in this room!

When we closed on our house four years ago, the first thing we did was grab some swatches, pick out a beige color, and coat our ENTIRE home in 5 gallons of that same color. Learn from me, will you? Don't buy one color for your whole house without living in it. I liked the color in daylight but when it started to get dark out and our lamps were on, it turned into a peachy color. One that made … [Read More...]

Free Printable Popcorn Valentines

Free printable for popcorn Valentines! For boys and girls, nut-free, dairy free treat.

  We are new to the whole Valentine thing. My oldest, Lily, isn't in preschool but does go to what she calls "church preschool" every Sunday. I wanted to make a special treat for her to bring, but was kinda clueless as to what. Treat or no treat? I know that peanut/tree nut free is important, as well as other allergens like dairy or egg or whatever. Little toys? Those sweet paper character … [Read More...]

My Make Believe Dining Room

dining room with greige paint, white trim, black and white furniture.

Do you ever think about what you'd do differently to a room in your spare time? Silly question, I'm sure. Because I do it a lot. Our dining room is done and I won't change it because there's no need to. I love the big white trim, the artwork, the color of the walls. (Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart, The PERFECT grey-beige) But what if? What would I change to make this the perfect … [Read More...]