Butterfly Cut-outs

Original title, I know.  My Silhouette and I had a great weekend together.  We giggled, had pillow fights, and made crafts together.  It was a hoot.  What I should have made clear earlier is that my Silhouette was given to me by their VERY generous company.    Apparently, they got together at their huge, executive conference table and said, “We must find an innovative mind that can handle … [Read more...]

Summer List

I’ve got a quick copy of a copy, and it was quite the hit at my house!  Kimba recently borrowed this idea from Meg at Whatever, and I borrowed it from Kimba!  It’s a vicious creative cycle in blog world! As you can see, I have a few more things to add, but my kids wanted it hung right away.  They are 10 and 7 so I thought they might not be into it.  However, they kept … [Read more...]

First Aid Fancy

When I first started blogging two years ago, I briefly mentioned the kit below.  I had three readers.  Two of them were me and one was my mom.  Seriously.  I looked at my own blog so much that I count as two.  Anywho, with the great weather this weekend, it brought out “the kit” again.  I thought you might want to see how it’s set up. I bought it for $3.99 at our local scrapbooking store … [Read more...]

Laundry. The Bane of my Existence

If I haven’t shouted it from the rooftops enough by now, you should know that I have a love affair with laundry rooms.  Don’t believe me?  Check here, here, and here. I do not, however, have a love affair with laundry.  It’s more of a love/hate relationship.  It loves to haunt me, and I hate to address it. As I take you on a tour of gorgeous laundry rooms, I figure I’ll ask … [Read more...]

Simplify 101

I can’t say another word without thanking all of you for your beautiful and kind words.  You had some amazing things to say, and I truly appreciate it.  Luckily, I was able to spend time with family this weekend.  Nothing like baseball games and projects to make someone move forward! Someone sent me an e-mail the other day telling me that my organization posts are her … [Read more...]

Hey-o, Bento!

A couple of weeks ago a conversation among Twitter friends popped up about these “Bento” lunches (See what you’re missing on Twitter???).  At the very basic level, a Bento lunch is a traditional Japanese boxed lunch.  There’s a bunch of other elements to it, but that should perk up your ears enough. Last summer I decided to change my approach when it came to my kids’ lunches, so I had already done … [Read more...]

The Little Mailbox

My kids’ mailboxes was one of my very first posts on here.  After returning from a weekend with family today, I had two e-mails about them.  I’ll use that as a sign to post about them since I have really have nothing more pressing at the moment.   I’ve had these mailboxes for a couple of years, but I recently saw them in the unfinished wood department at JoAnn’s fabric.  I … [Read more...]

Hoppin’ Baskets

It's that time of year again.  Unfortunately, as moms we worry that our kids are eating nothing but junk.  Don't we?  If it came down to it, we'd love to give our kids these types of baskets...Reality, however, wins out and our kids want these types of baskets...If you're anything like me (and I know you are!), you really wish you could give these baskets to your kids, and they'd … [Read more...]

Make Life Easier Part Dos

I’m pretty sure I told you I’d be back with this last week and then never posted.  Oops.  I’m all about making life easier, but I’m not all about acting like these ideas work 100% of the time.  Is that even reality? Something I realized last summer is that I don’t have to fit everything inside my house.  I have a huge garage (even though it fills with snow, falling leaves, and … [Read more...]

Make Life Easier

It's that time of year where I want my house cleansed and my schedule purified. I've received quite a few e-mails about organizing ideas, so I thought I'd share some things that make our daily lives a little less cluttered.The trick, of course, is getting my kids on board. I'm blessed to have a good size mudroom with lockers, but that doesn't mean that my children have fully grasped the concept … [Read more...]

Tree Mural Bedroom

Remember back in 1988 when I showed a sneak peak of what I was doing in my daughter’s room?  Well, here it is 21 years later, and I’m finally ready to show you.  Here’s what her room looked like before. I loved her room.  Loved it.  But she needed a more sturdy bed, and she wanted something that guests could sleep on.  With a new bed comes new walls, I guess. Ta-Da!!!  Not bad, eh?  … [Read more...]

She’s a Funny One

I don’t have much “inspiration” today ‘cause I’ve been busy with this It’s one of those things that just. might. break. me.  I’m almost done, so I’ll show you soon.  Until then, I thought I’d leave you with this conversation I had with my daughter. After leaving my school today… Daughter:  “Mommy, I know what you teach.” Me:  “You do??  What do I teach?” … [Read more...]

Wall Pocket

Everytime I say that, I sing it like “Hot Pockets”.  You do too, right?  Maybe not.  Well, I picked up this little do-hicky at Salvation Army a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve been looking for something like this since last fall, but I could never find what I was looking for. Right now you’re thinking, “Uh…that’s what she was looking for?”  It was $1.99, and it had the clean … [Read more...]

Picnic Basket

Woah.  Where did the time go?  Apparently, in order to blog regularly, you have to actually be home.  Sorry about that.  It seems a little late now, but I told you I would post about the basket we brought to the fireworks on the 4th. (I had a house full of people and my kids just had a pillow fight—the house is a mess.) Regardless of the occasion, I think something like this would work … [Read more...]

Good Intentions…

HI!  I’m back.  Florida sun, sleeping in, going out to eat for every meal…be gone!  Back to reality for me.  I just walked in, and I have about 37 loads of laundry to do.  Until I get back on track, I thought I’d let you see how to spend the perfect afternoon alone in Florida. Step 1:  Pack yourself a goody bag.  By goodies, I mean some good music, something … [Read more...]