Back to School Ideas for Teenagers


Thank you so much for all your kind messages about my Lowe’s makeover. I certainly have some specifics to show you, and I’m working on that. For now, however, we have something perilous to talk about. Back. to. school. "GAH! Run for your lives! Hide the alarm clocks! Not peanut butter sandwiches again!” Once the flood of negativity has worn off, perhaps you can appreciate that stuff needs to … [Read more...]

Organized Drop Space


Happy Monday! Orrrr Tuesday. Summer is HERE for me, and I am already losing track of days. I. love. it. I have some awesome pictures to share of our weekend getaway, but first I thought I'd show some organization I've done recently. This month's project for Lowe's was a welcomed challenge. I was asked to show how to organize a drop space for your home. You know I love me some organization, and my … [Read more...]

How to search for an image on Google


I mean really. How can I possibly come up with a clever title for that one? The clever post will have to make up for it. If you're anything like me, 80% of your searching on the internet is images. I'm a visual person, and I need to see see see things! I came upon a little nugget of information the other day that changed my Google-searching life. No joke. There's nothing funny about images. Unless … [Read more...]

How to Photograph Products


I've got a bit of an issue with measuring cups. I don't have display cases full of them or anything, but I have more than I need. They're just so….pretty. And useful. And I feel good about myself when I buy a new set. I need therapy, I know. But that's not my point. I was messing around with my camera this weekend and thought I'd share how to photograph items with a crisp, white background. I was … [Read more...]

Contain the Car Clutter


Thirty-One has no idea who I am, but I'm about to reveal my obsession with their bags. If-after this confession-they decide to reward me with free bags for life, I'd totally be ok with that. Just sayin'. As you can see from the sampling below, I have an assortment, and I use them for various things. Today, however, we're just going to talk about the car. Otherwise known as "the dumping ground for … [Read more...]

Duck Tape® Flower Headband

I have a bit of an obsession with Duck Tape® right now. Well, more specifically, my daughter has an obsession with Duck Tape® right now. That girl has some pretty mad skills when it comes to creating things with this stuff, and we had some fun making things together the other day! Duck Tape® brand is running a Stuck at Prom® contest right now, so we made a couple of accessories that we … [Read more...]

A DIY Chalkboard Wall


Chalkboard walls are quite the rage, and I can see why. They're inexpensive, easy, and give a space some creativity. There are a few things, however, that should be done in order to properly paint a chalkboard wall. In order for it to last, it needs more than a coat of paint. So let's go over some things! My mudroom organization station has seen it's day. As my kids are getting older, they … [Read more...]

How to Organize a Closet


Clever title, no? I promised you this post a few weeks ago, and time got away from me. Obviously, anytime you organize a space, it's going to be an individual experience. My belongings won't necessarily be the same as your belongings, ya know? So this is just a "general advice" post for you to show you how I approach it. Perhaps the most exciting part of this newly organized closet was the … [Read more...] {How to Choose Fonts}


I'm blogging better today (Thanks, Beth!) and sharing a new site I'm in love with! In recent weeks I've become a bit obsessed with new fonts. We're talking' hog wild obsessed. They're addictive. The only problem is remembering what each one looks like when you want to inset it into something you're typing. Enter stage left: Wordmark.  It's not the fanciest site in the world, but it will … [Read more...]

Su Su Su Succulents


When you live in Michigan, January either looks very white outside or very brown. It's a pretty good idea to have some kind of foliage in the house since so many other things are dead outside. Depressing, I know. I'm certainly not known for my green thumb, but I took a risk on some succulents on clearance at Lowes several weeks ago. I think the most expensive one was $2.00? The orange … [Read more...]

15 Favorite iPhone Apps


Three things about my relationship with my iPhone. I l-o-v-e it. I don't consider myself an iPhone junkie, but I love everything about it. I'm an app snob. If I download an app, and it's not just what I want? Delete! I don't fill up my phone with useless apps, so I'm pretty particular. I leave it in the most random places ev. er. (This one was really for my husband. He doesn't understand … [Read more...]

Closetmaid Closet


When we built this house, the number one mistake we made was not utilizing our closets better. Let me show you exhibit A. Great space, lots of room, and very poorly planned. We ended up putting all kinds of items in bins on the floor. Well that wasn't working out well! (Bad cell phone pic taken by husband) It was at that moment that Closetmaid entered our lives and saved. the. day. Wanna hear … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Recipes {Link Party!}

My ONE marital fault (ahem) is that I don’t cook. Well…I don’t cook good food often. So I’m trying to work on that. I tend to have great ideas about how I’m going to cook more and what I’m going to cook and how great my cooking is going to be—I just need to actually do those things.  I’m pretty sure this thing is my ticket. I praise and bow down to all you working women who can come home … [Read more...]

Woodland Theme Party {Part 3}


Wow. Three posts for one party? Yeah, I hear ya. We’re almost done. You saw how the woodsy table was decorated, and I showed you how I put together a play tent for the girls to hang out in. Now—how to entertain them? I knew the girls would be watching a movie when it came time to settle, so I thought a popcorn bar would be the perfect companion! And it. was. loved. My brother-in-law arrived … [Read more...]

Ikea Butcher Block Countertop {giveaway winner announced}


Long title, eh? It kind of matches the process of this laundry room transformation. Baby steps. Soooo we started with the DIY pedestals. It was a priority for me, so we knocked it out first. Let me tell ya—still in love. We had inexpensive laminate installed when we built. The ol’ “It’s just a laundry room” argument. Well, I was over it. I drove two long hours to our “local” Ikea and purchased … [Read more...]