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#ClutterFree Journey, Week 2 Entryway

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series #ClutterFree Journey

As you know, I am on a mission to regain all the quiet I can this year.  And part of that process has been starting with an uncluttered home.  As I have begun to strip away the messes and the clutter in our home, I have discovered a peace and a joy that is unmatched.  My husband mentioned yesterday that he just doesn’t find the “joy in cleaning” like I do.  I asked him, but don’t you like the results?  He said, “Yes.”  I said that is what motivates me.  I LOVE the feeling of a clean, well-organized space.  So this week I am focusing on our entryway as part of the clutter-free journey.

Our entryway is not actually used the way that most entries are used; meaning we come through a different entry when we come home (through the laundry room from the garage).  So, it doesn’t get as much typical use as in other homes.  Our entryway consists of three main spaces: the entryway proper, a coat closet, a side entryway that leads to a bathroom and bedroom/office. Continue Reading


DIY Paint Sample Art

As my husband and I decorate and remodel our home, we have discovered something about our design aesthetic: We are primarily boring!  We shy away from most bold statements.  And we would pick a solid over a pattern almost every time.  We like grey (a LOT) and we like wood (a LOT).  At the same time, we realize that we need to infuse our home with some color and some character.  So we are slowly throwing in pops of color where we can and I am really pleased with the choices we have made, so far.  I decided to take on a DIY art project to infuse a little more color in our entryway.  And once I put it up, everyone, EVERYone who walks into our home make some comment about it.

I realize now that I have done this DIY art project that it is not a new idea (are any ideas? really?).  Nonetheless, I am exceedingly proud of how it turned out and what it does for our little entry way.  And my DIY art project met the requirements I have for a DIY project: achievability (new word) and interest for our home.  Oh, and I am by no means artistic (I cannot draw, paint, or otherwise craft true art pieces), so this is right up my alley!

You want to hear about it?

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Countdown in Style (Co-Hosting Spot)

I recently linked up to Countdown in Style and entered for the opportunity to co-host.  I never win anything, but I WON!
This link party celebrates all the fun stuff of the web in the last week.  So come on in and take a good long look around.  You are sure to find lots of fabulous links.  If you have a blog, feel free to add your link, too.  And enter to be a co-host!  Who knows?  You could win and host next week!

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Best of ’13

I am a little slow on the pick-up most days.  That’s why we don’t do a lot of activities for Christmas and Thanksgiving until the week of.  I suddenly wake up a few days before big events and think, “I should do something for that to teach my kids why we do it.”  And sometimes, it still doesn’t get done.

So, I woke up this morning, January 1, 2014 and thought, “Hmm…it would be cool to find out what posts were the most popular on this blog for 2013.”

I know!  Bloggers have probably been doing this for quite some weeks, but here I am just figuring it out.  But, I started genuinely working on this blogging thing in January of last year, so I while I have learned much, I still haven’t figured out everything.

I did a quick search of what was most popular on Simple.Home.Blessings. in 2013 (google analytics is kind of spooky) and there were some surprises in there.  But if I am honest these are some the posts I am most proud of from the past year. Continue Reading

Growing Up, Uncategorized

A Simple Indian Summer Playdate

Everybody is talking fall already, but we live in the desert so we can count on another month or two (maybe three) of summer before the temps start to really fall (all the way to the 70s!).  So I thought I would share a little summer end play date idea.

I wanted to give the kids a fun activity to do without getting messy so we set up a clean finger painting station on a plastic yellow table-cloth taped to the floor.  I have seen this idea just about everywhere on Pinterest and it actually took a long time for me to understand just how it worked. Continue Reading


Saturday Stroll

We are having a cool spell here, so today is a good day for an actual walk!  Our temperatures are in the 80’s right now.  I am going to try to squeeze in as many outdoor activities as I can during this time, because it will get so hot so fast over the next couple of weeks.

How are you spending your Memorial Day weekend?  D has the day off on Monday and is deep in the throes of planning a grilling session.  He is kind of scaring me with the amount of food he plans to grill.  But maybe I will have food for the rest of the week already done on Monday, so I shouldn’t complain.  I am definitely going to get some asparagus and red onion to make one of our favorite salads while he is grilling.  Oooh, that sounds good just thinking about it. Continue Reading

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