DIY Chalkboard Menu

DIY Chalkboard Menu

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My three (or four depending if we are getting technical and counting contractions) least favorite words in the English language are….

….what’s for dinner.

I should know that it’s coming.

I should be prepared.

I should anticipate and plan and think ahead and have a stocked refrigerator and something cooking on the stove.

And yet, every night around 5:00 when the little birds in the nest start chirping and asking what we are having for dinner….

….I look around surprised.

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The Day the Spoons Got Freshy

The Day the Spoons Got Freshy

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When you write a blog and you style your kitchen with apples and random metal trays and there are wire cloches and stacks of plates and bird’s nests everywhere, it can be a little overwhelming sometimes.

I get it.

I understand.

The plates used to be in one place and now they are in a basket.  You reach for a cutting board and discover it has four new friends.  There are leather sleeves on the mason jars and the measuring cups are having a getting-ready-to-bake convention half-way across the room.

My husband has a name for this.

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Back to School Office Organization (and a Little Before and After)

Back to School Office Organization (and a Little Before and After)


This post was written in collaboration with Birch Lane.

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metal handled basket

In not-organization news I spent a not-productive Sunday watching an entire marathon of Flea Market Flip.

Have you ever seen that show?

It features two teams of two people who meet at a flea market and are given a certain amount of money and an hour and three categories of projects to create and they have to shop the market and buy loads of sad, neglected parts of this and that and turn it into something amazing.  Then then the next day they bring their treasures back to the market and try to sell them and whoever makes the most profit wins $5000.

I know all of this because I spent hours yesterday watching the show.

I couldn’t help it.

As soon as I saw the teams I would start rooting for one of them and when I saw what they bought I had to see what they turned it into and then I had to see who won.  And I kept thinking that this was going to be the last show and that any minute an episode of House Hunters was about to be on.

Good thing I got all organized before the whole Flip Market Flip debaucle.

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Industrial Farmhouse Organizer DIY

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer DIY

DIY Industrial Farmhouse Organizer Project

Have I told you lately how amazing you are?


When they were handing out readers….

…..they knew I needed good ones.

For example, when I first posted pictures of this front entry there was a deer head hanging on this wall

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How to Save Yourself 10 Minutes Every Day

How to Save Yourself 10 Minutes Every Day

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Can you even guess how many minutes are in a year?

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred.

Or a whole bunch.

Depending on how particular you are.

What if you saved 10 minutes every day?  It doesn’t seem like that much until you add it all up.  10 minutes x 365 days =3650 minutes.  And can someone please check my multiplication because I ran from higher math in high school.

3650 amazing, incredible, precious, glorious minutes….

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Five Simple 10 Minute Organizing Ideas

Five Simple 10 Minute Organizing Ideas

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I have a cabinet in my house that attacked me last week.


I’m so not even kidding.

Like something out of a horror movie.

I opened the doors to get a plastic container for left-overs and two pitchers, four lids, a foil pan that used to cover a casserole and 47 tiny spice jars reached out and bit me.

Do you have a cabinet like that?

Oh good.

Because my cabinet needs friends. 🙂Continue reading

Easy Closet Organization Tips

Easy Closet Organization Tips

This post was written in collaboration with Home Decorator’s Collection.

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Ideas for fun when you have been snowed in for eight days with four children and the sun is scheduled to come out next Saturday…..

1.  Build an igloo in the woods and come to the realization there’s enough snow left over to build an igloo metropolis.

2.  Cheer enthusiastically when you can actually see the see the sidewalk to get to the mailbox.

3.  Make your 347th cup of hot chocolate.

4.  Play games and tell stories and make brownies and think up new braided hairstyles and paint a dresser….

….and decide make-up is totally over-rated.

5.  And when all else fails….organize your closet. 🙂Continue reading

Creative Ideas for Storage Containers

Creative Ideas for Storage Containers

Creative Ideas for Storage Containers Yesterday I ate my cereal with a fork.

And it wasn’t because I thought it might taste better that way.  I ate my cereal with a fork and oddly tried to scrape up the milk at the end with the prongs because the sink was full of unwashed dishes.  Bowls and plates and cups and mugs….

…..and spoons.

Stacked to the ceiling.

I almost took a picture of my dirty dish leaning tower of pisa.

But that might be grounds for un-friendom.

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