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Monday, April 30, 2012

Seeking Inspiration

     Life has been a tad stressful lately. Lots going on! For the first time I have been struggling to put a creative post together! I am currently out of stock of creative juice!

     So what's a girl to do when her creativity has taken a vacation and left you behind? I'm thinkin' a little Pinterest time! This is my dream big post. What I might do if money, time and lack of talent were no object. Here are some of my fave pins. I hope that they inspire you too!

     Wouldn't you love to have a space like this! {sorry for the fuzzy pic!} And that swing looks amazing!

     I love all of the details in this kitchen especially the ceiling! 

     I love this headboard! Currently I am not brave enough to make my own. If I were brave enough I would make it out of drop cloth fabric, plywood, batting, and some nail head trim. In my head it looks amazing and is just what my bedroom needs! Our current bed is squeaky and is too matchy~match with the dressers. Please don't misunderstand, I am not complaining. Remember this is the dream post! Here's the current bed:

With its matchy~match dressers:  {yes, its an old pic}

      This entry way project that Shelly did is amazing. You have to check out the before's on her blog! I would love to do something similar to my front closet because we have this unintelligent configuration of three doors opening into one small space. {Front door, garage door, and closet door}  Eliminating the closet door would minimize the congestion in this area.

    I have had the bathroom project on my list of to-do's. It needs a fresh coat of paint, and I'm thinking gray this time. I would love to do something like this on the ceiling or maybe stripes!:


This is about all of the inspiration I can handle. You have to find that balance between just enough and too much that its overwhelming! I hope this helps! If not, maybe the promised sunshine and warmer temperatures later this week will!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Organizing your grocery shopping trip

     We all have a system for making out our grocery list. My has evolved and changed many times. I like to think that its an art that I'm perfecting! Well, I'm sure that its not perfect, but it has to be close! Here are the basics of grocery shopping genius! (I kid!!!) Let me add that I have tried several grocery shopping apps but not found anything that I really like and is easy to use. We are sticking with the old school method!

1)     Make out a grocery shopping template that is laid like the store you shop in. Mine follows the layout of the Rockford Meijer and in the order that I do my shopping. {From the back of the store to the front} I categorize my shopping into 11 headings {12 when I had baby items to shop for}. My headings are:
Miscellaneous, Dairy, Paper/Juice, Baking, Meals {this category includes two side by side isles of condiments, pasta, & canned veggies}, Bread/Cereal, Pop/Snacks, Meat, Frozen , Produce & HBA {health and beauty aides}. I have a template of this on my computer and each week I print it out and stick it on my bulletin board in my command center.

2)     Throughout the week as you notice items you are low on, add them onto your list in their correct category.

3)     On grocery shopping day, or the day before, determine what meals you will serve throughout the next week. Take stock of what you have on hand and add those items you are out of onto your list. Make out your weekly menu. To make this job a little easier I keep a master list on hand of all of the meals my family enjoys. This too is set up in categories {Beef, Chicken, Pork, Other}. You can make one of your own by first going through your recipe box {or pinterest recipe pins} and write down your favorite meals.

4)     Go to your favorite local websites that list deals for the week and will tell you what coupons you need to save the most money. {Check out my couponing post on how to maximize your grocery money} Now I add to my list items that I don't need now but they are on sale at a really good price and I know we will eat them before they go bad.

     All that's left to do is to go shopping!!! When you are organized and have a plan the task becomes more enjoyable. {Honestly, grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do!, I know, call me crazy!}

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring Flower Wreath

     You may all ready know that I'm a sucker for a cute wreath! And if you didn't you can go here, here, and here. Now that Easter is over I had to come up with something to replace my eastery wreath. I am still crushing on the cutie felt or fleece flowers that I've used in the past, and this time I used a more colorful variety to create this wreath.

If you would like to make something similar, here's what you will need:

  •      A foam wreath
  •      One skein of yarn
  •      Fleece (or felt, but I like the fleece)  in a variety of colors
  •      Hot glue gun
  •      Scissors

     1)     Wrap your foam wreath with the yarn. If you need more specifics check out the Easter wreath tutorial for my fancy shmancy technique.

     2)     Make your felt flowers. Again, check out this tutorial here for the basics of flower making.

To make these flowers above I used a slightly different technique than the tutorial link above. Here I roughly cut petal shapes in a circle.

      Cut a spiral from the outside in.

     Roll it up starting with the outside. Add hot glue as you go.

     3)     When your flowers are ready lay them out on your wreath and glue down. The only "challenge" to this wreath is creating your flowers. Once you get the hang of it however, you won't be able to stop! ;)

     I love this because with the bright flowers I can still see it well through the screen. And, its a happy looking wreath!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Family Emergency Preparedness

     I was on Pinterest the other day and came across several pins that got me thinking. One was a link to a blog that was all about being a self-sustaining family. While I have no desire to start up a farm, this girl had a series running all about being prepared in case of an emergency. She lives in a state where tornadoes are frequent. Besides having a rain barrel, cases of water and all the items necessary to live off the land for a period of time she had a book all ready with their family's important documents that could be grabbed at a moments notice.

     There was a house fire in our development a couple of months ago and this too got me to thinking about what I would grab {besides my kiddos & husband} if time was of the essence and our belongings were in jeopardy. All of our important documents are in several places around the house and I would need like 30 minutes to get them all together. Not good!

     This summer when the kids are out of school instead of putting them in daycare, for the first time I'm hiring a girl from church to come here to watch them. I know I want to have a bunch of info ready for her if something were to happen as well.

     With all of this as motivation I put together a family emergency book. {And what slightly OCD organizer wouldn't have fun with this project?!}

     Here's what I included:

  •           An emergency contact list with our address and home number, our cell numbers, the pediatrician, neighbors, both our parents, our work numbers, and poison control.

  •           A list of each family members allergies, including who has an epi-pen and what for.
  •           Birth Certificates
  •           Marriage License
  •           Social Security Cards
  •           Vehicle Titles
  •           Copies of Drivers Licenses
  •           College Diploma's
  •           I may also include phone numbers for credit card companies, banks, and investments in case cards are stolen, but I haven't gotten that far yet.

     On the blog I referenced above, the girl also had up to date pictures of her kids and had fingerprinted them to save time in case of an abduction. I haven't done that, I'm not sure I will.....I have to think on that one.
     I will say that it makes me a tad nervous to have all of these important documents in one place, I mean what if something happened to it! My plan is to keep it in a cupboard near the phone where family members and a trusted babysitter know where it is. The only time it should go out of the house is for an emergency, which is the purpose of it anyways.

      While my faith lies firmly in the hands of a sovereign God, I know that I have to do my part to be prepared if something should happen but not go overboard. Faith and responsibility go hand-in-hand.

       So how has your family prepared for emergencies?

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

McKinley's Room {Tales of a little girls space}

      Many of you know that I have only one little girl among 3 boys. Let me tell you, she is a treasure! {So are my boys!} There's just something about a little girl! I was never a pink person until she came along, and now I can't get enough of it!

      My mom and I took her this weekend to get her ears pierced. She's six. Half the age I had to be before I could get my ears pierced. My husband and I didn't really have  a time frame in mind for this milestone, I just knew that I wanted her to be old enough that she wanted to have it done. All it took was the next door neighbor getting her ears pierced and hearing from her that it didn't hurt that bad and she was ready. {Never mind the fact that I had told her the same thing! ;) }

 McKinley's room is the only room I haven't shared yet. I think I've waited because its a room that has changed a lot and still isn't where I would like it to be. For a while it had to do double duty when she shared it with her little brother. Her room is pink and green so for Hudson's sake we stressed the green while he was in there.

Now that we've moved him out, here's where we are:

For a while we had the canopy above the head of her bed but she kept getting tangled up in it at night and I was concerned for her safety. With a knot in the bottom the canopy now makes a great home for all of her stuffed animals.

To balance the height of the canopy of the right side I added a chandelier above her bed on the left. She definitely needs a headboard or something above the head of her bed to help with the balance but this works for now.

On her dresser, we needed something to keep all of her hair flowers, bows, headbands, etc. Glass jars do the trick along with a ribbon hung on two nails in front of her mirror. The mirror frame came from an old barn and I had mirror cut for it.

An old end table works well for a bedside stand and vintage children's dishes from my grandma look great in the cubby above her kitchen.

     An old bookcase got a coat of white paint for her books.

Necklaces are hung from on old ladder that was found on a curb.

     The paper butterflies were made from scrapbook paper and a homemade template. I hung them last summer and they still look great and haven't fallen off yet! The 'M' is a cardboard letter from Hobby Lobby covered in scrapbook paper layered with pom poms, a fun project we did together!

She loves having a space of her own and together we have ideas cooking for other things we'd like to do!

     God has blessed us with four precious children and it has been so fun to create their own special spaces! If you are interested check out Camden's room here or Braden & Hudson's space here.

     Thanks for stopping by!

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