: Home Decor & Crafts

DIY Tombstones

I have always been a fan of decorating our house for Halloween.  At the same time, I will happily admit that I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to the scarier or more ghoulish decorations. I have a few neighbors who go all out and create amazing haunted houses every year.  I love to walk by and check out their set-ups, but there is no way I could sleep at night if I had some of the more ghoulish decorations at my house.

DIY Tombstones

A few years back, my three boys starting complaining that our house wasn’t “creepy enough.”  Apparently, my “Happy Harvest” pumpkins and scarecrows weren’t getting them into the Halloween spirit.

Easy Closet Organization

If you have small children, you have small accessories.  A LOT of them.  Depending on where you live, that can include mittens, beanies, scarves, umbrellas, sunglasses, hats to protect from the sun, flip-flops – you name it.  If you’re lucky, like me, you live somewhere that gets seasonable weather and calls for both cold and warm-weather accessories – double the “stuff.”

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I think it was somewhere between the arrival of Kid #2 and Kid #3, that I had finally had enough of trying to keep track of all of those teeny, tiny things.  (You can only deal with so many meltdowns as a result of your three-year old not finding his absolute-favorite-can’t-live-without-it pair of sunglasses.)  I needed to figure out some sort of easy closet organization system.  We didn’t have any place for one of those cute, locker room-style mud rooms that have become so popular.  I was stuck trying to make the most of a standard coat closet.

Gift Wrap Storage

Our office tends to be the dumping ground for our family.  Anything that doesn’t have a home seems to wind up getting stored in the office, leading to a large accumulation of crap stuff-I’m-sure-I’ll-need-some-day-and-can’t-possibly-throw-away.

Easy, DIY gift wrap storage solution.

 

One of the things that was taking over the office was a large amount of gift-wrapping supplies.  Not only was it all over the place, it wasn’t pretty to look at and was causing a large amount of visual clutter.

Me + Visual Clutter = NOT good bed-fellows

Clutter-free Kitchen Counters

 

My kitchen counters tend to be a magnet for clutter.  

Mail that needs to be opened and sorted.  Paperwork coming home from school.  Random odds and ends that are going to some other final destination.  During baseball season, I probably remove at least three baseballs per week from the counter.  (I’m pretty sure that baseballs are breeding and reproducing somewhere nearby – that is the only explanation for their seemingly ever-increasing numbers.)

My boys come home from school and my kitchen island is instantly full of binders, books, reading logs, lunch boxes, water bottles and whatever else they pull out of their clown-car-esque backpacks.  Read More

How to Set Up a Family Command Center

 

I have a confession to make:  I don’t consider myself particularly organized.

I am a bit of a hoarder and I have a hard time letting go of STUFF.  I get emotionally attached to things.  I worry that if I get rid of some piece of clothing/home decor/furniture/whatever, I’ll need it sometime in the future.  I actually have a physical reaction when I donate items or have a  garage sale.  When it’s time to let things go, I just feel…off.

While I’m not as organized as I’d like to be with our “stuff,” I might be *slightly* uptight when it comes to our family’s schedule.  Read More

Christmas Wishes Ornaments

In an unexpected series of a events, I went from a being a stay-at-home mom who enjoys DIY projects to doing a few segments as a “DIY Expert” on a local news’ morning show.  (You can watch the first segment HERE.)   The whole thing is still quite surreal – I watch the segments and think, “Is that really ME on TV???”  I find the title of “DIY Expert” to be especially hilarious.  (I guess “stay-at-home-mom-DIYer” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it in the news industry.)  But, I’m enjoying the unexpected change of direction my path has taken.  Probably not ironically, it all began with a Pinterest project. Read more