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Simple Snack Planning on a Budget


As we get closer to the time to have our next baby, I have been in nesting mode to the MAX.  I have tried to create systems that are easy to understand and follow for when we (inevitably) have help in the home after baby arrives and I recover from the (likely) c-section.   And I know having these systems in place will help our girls to be able to direct whoever is helping with the procedures of our home.  One of the most pressing needs in our home is food.  The girls are ALWAYS hungry – always!   So, I thought it would be wise to create a snack station that is easy to reach for our girls and contains LOTS of options for each week, depending on what they want for snack times.

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Keeping Glass Shower Doors Clean (from Day One)

keeping glass shower doors clean from day one

We are so close to being ready to reveal our remodeled downstairs bathroom…so close!  (UPDATE:  See our full bathroom all done and pretty here!)  And the patience that has been wrought in my heart as a result of this project is indescribable – it has been over a year since we started working on it!  But we have had almost everything done in that room for months now and are waiting on finishing touches.   So, I thought I would share a little preview of the made over bathroom along with a quick tutorial about keeping glass shower doors clean from day one. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Getting More Done, Knowing the Girls are Safe (+ A GIVEAWAY)


We are in a kind of strange place as a family.  It is a place marked by transition.  We are in the midst of preparing for the addition of another family member to our household.  This involves lots and lots of projects; nesting is REAL, folks!  But it also involves preparing the girls to be a little more independent in the coming days.  I will be nursing the new little one and know that means the girls will need to have some activities to do during all that time focused on the baby.  And I have been crazy impressed with how their independent natures have come out as I have been running around in the morning doing projects and preparing for baby.   Continue Reading

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Easy Things to Add to your Vacuum Routine

simple ways to get the rest of your house clean while vacuuming the floors

Oh, how I love a clean room.  And one of the biggest factors in my enjoyment of a clean room is a clean floor with beautiful vacuum lines.  There is something almost meditative about it.  And I must say, I am a better vacuum driver than I am a dust director or even bathroom scrubber.  There is something so great about a vacuum for ease of use and major results.  And I was working through the house with my vacuum the other day and started thinking about why I love my vacuum so much.  And I realized it is because I can do SO much with it and not spend a bunch of time on cleaning.  And then I wondered, “Does everybody vacuum the way I vacuum?”  So I thought I would share with you my Vacuum Routine – including the 4 things I get clean when I am vacuuming besides the floors. Continue Reading

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Creating a Layered Look for Shelves

We are in the middle of a remodeling project in our living room that has (of course) taken much longer than we were expecting.  But we are starting to really see things come together and are almost done with it!  And last week we had some custom shelves installed on one of our walls.  I have been having so much fun deciding how I want them to be styled and I am pretty happy with how they have turned out so far.  So I thought I would share with you 5 steps to creating a layered look on shelves.

The shelves we had made are inspired by Restoration Hardware shelves that we just could not see ourselves spending what they ask.  Continue Reading

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Menu Planning Resources for Busy Moms

I am really a good cook….really I am!  But I have lost my mojo since having kids.  I just don’t have the energy to be creative in the kitchen every day.  And I also have trouble finding the time to meal plan (or go to the grocery store).  But I have been working on my meal-planning, meal-making mojo and I am slowly getting it back.  And I thought I would give you a list of resources that are my go-to meal planning helpers.  These are really the basics (some are actual cookbooks!) ideas that have kickstarted my menu planning. Continue Reading