The House

our house

It was 6 hours from where we once lived to the area where we were moving. Just long enough for our butts to become numb but not so long that we were antsy, thankfully. We’d nervously planned our first official weekend of house hunting with our new realtor on the east end of town. Neither [...]

Wayfair Daily Sales Awesomeness

My Wayfair Daily Sales Picks

Because I believe everyone and everything is always a work in progress, I include my home and home’s decor into that philosophy, too. I geek out at home decor sales, always shopping for something new and fun for “this area” or “that area” of my home, or maybe reorganizing to help making our home life [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W25} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Using Egg Shells in the Garden

my new garden friends

I gave you the sneak peek to our garden by showing you my adorable Disney pot hangers a couple weeks ago. Remember them? We’ve been working pretty diligently in our garden this year with tilling, pruning, fertilizing, mulching and more. (My back aches just at the thought of all we’ve done!) Here’s a look at what we’ve [...]

Easy Easter Decorating Ideas with Flair from ProFlowers and More!

Delicate Blooms with Easter Egg Hunt with Easter decor

It’s almost Easter! How are you getting ready for it? We’ve been decorating for it for a few weeks now, and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to with a few select additions the folks at ProFlowers sent me to make it schnazzy and more spring-like! As you enter the house, [...]

How to Repurpose Easter Baskets

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Baskets in all shapes and sizes make me happy. To me, there is no better medium with which to organize than using baskets. They’re so pretty, functional, versatile, and sturdy. Each year on Easter, we crack open the stored box of my children’s baskets, dust them off, prettify them while packing them with goodies to [...]

Kitchen Cooking Hack – Counter Space Saver and Easy Clean Up

kitchen cooking hack

I posted this image to Instagram tonight, and I thought I might share it here with you as well (in case you like to pin household tips and tricks like this). Whether your kitchen is big or small, working effectively in the kitchen is essential when trying to get food on the table for your [...]

Easy Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas

Proflowers Valentine's flowers

The second the Christmas stuff comes down, the Valentine’s stuff goes up. Without fail, my kids always ask me, “Why do we decorate for every holiday?” “Because it’s fun, kids.” And it is! Some people enjoy the house looking suddenly less cluttered, more organized and clean without the Christmas/holiday stuff up, but not me, man! [...]

Laundry Detergent with Essential Oils

all natural laundry with Young Living essential oils

Let me introduce you to my laundry tackling arsenal, especially after the Pukepocalyse™ of 2014 this past weekend: Two all-important bottles of essential oils, and my mongo, extra huge size of Allen’s Naturally detergent. Boom, baby! I have a hearty love of both Purification and Thieves oils, but the combo of the two in my [...]

Recycled Wax Melts as Drawer Sachets and Fresheners

wax melt addiction

I am ADDICTED to wax melts and warmers right now. My house smells like a bakery all.day.long with my HUGE collection of wax melts I’ve purchased from Scentsy and BHG. I love it so much! Here’s my box of wax melts so far. (I’m so addicted, I’m ordering and purchasing more as we speak! Eek!) [...]

Walk-in Pantry Organization and Laundry Room Reorganization

pantry reorganized

As I mentioned in my Pumpkin Beer Bread post, I was a busy bee on Sunday. I took advantage of the most excellent extra day off and took apart my pantry, laundry room, and kitchen drawers to reorganize. I may or may not have DESTROYED everything before I built it back up. My husband hates [...]

Fall Decorating – My Most Favorite Time of The Year

fall decor entertainment unit living room

Getting back to school and rigid sports schedules is totally not my favorite. But breaking out all things pumpkin, the boxes of yellow, orange, and brown decor filled with pumpkins, straw, gourds, leaves, and flowers like mums and sunflowers? Oh, so very much my favorite! Not forgetting to mention, the cooler weather and getting a break [...]

Garden Update

garden

A few weeks ago I mentioned gardening with my family. It’s our Easter tradition every year to garden, and this year’s was quite the task. We had some overgrown plants that were taking over (again), grass peeking through the mulch, stubborn weeds that wanted in on the party, and a lot of crazy to trim [...]

Childhood Chore Memories

6yo doing dishes

“Mommy? Are you doing dishes?!” She calls to me from another room. “WAIT!” She barrels into the room, hopped up on corn bread from dinner, spinning around looking for her chair. “Don’t do anymore dishes without me!” Finally finding the kid chair in the pantry – the chair she uses as a step-stool – she [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Seventeen} #happinessis

monkey on my back

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Weight Loss Update – WHOA!

weight loss April 2013

HO-LY-COW! I can’t believe I’m actually writing this, but here goes: In the past 3+ weeks, it’s been all about spring cleaning and home projects galore. Between lifting heavy patio stones, huge mallets and hammers, nail guns, bags of sand, wheelbarrows, digging, raking, shoveling, planting and more, my exercise has come naturally by being more [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Fourteen} #happinessis

fridge baby

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Before and After Living Room and Entry

before after living room

Ooh, I’m a bad, baaaaad blogger. My husband and I realized the other day we never updated you on what we did with our living room/great room area. Remember when Baby V was only two weeks old and in my looney-tunes state I broke out the paint brushes and paint and we tore up the [...]

We Did It! A New Dining Room Set

new dining room set

As soon as I found it on Craigslist, I transferred money over from Paypal. But would the sellers wait for me? Would the sellers be flooded with other offers? We emailed back and forth throughout the week – asking dimensions, etc. The man was sweet, patient, eager to sell and downsize for his family. He [...]

Operation GMST (Get My Sh*t Together) – January update & February Challenge

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At the beginning of this year, I was determined. Operation GMST was officially afoot. I created our family’s “bucket” or “life list,” and began the #happinessis weekly feature, focusing on all the happiness in our lives each week (which I love so sooo very much). This year is going to be the year of getting [...]

Taking Down Holiday Decorations is a Downer

holiday decorations

The Christmas tree and decorations are still up. I hate taking down holiday decorations. I am addicted to the twinkling LED lights at night. I hate the “after” to the holidays, when the house suddenly becomes so bare, so undecorated, so unjolly. When our porches are no longer lit with sparkling lights illuminating the night [...]

All I Want for Christmas… is Christmas

gift tag garland

I didn’t shop Black Friday. I didn’t shop Cyber Week. In fact, I believe there are a total of 3 or 4 presents purchased, and that’s because my husband went and got them. I have lists of things I want to get, but I can’t seem to even begin to look, let alone price, let [...]

Printable Holiday Savings Bank for Kids

holiday savings bank for kids

Are your children excited about the upcoming holiday and looking to earn a little extra money to buy something for you or for someone they love? I think the holidays are a great time to teach children about saving money for things to buy, whether for themselves or for others. There’s a lot of spending [...]

Lack of Coffee Super Cleaning Powers

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It’s 8:30am and I’m just now sitting down. The kids are fed, off to school, hubby is probably stuck in morning rush hour traffic, and I’m finally slurping my first delightful cup of coffee while dripping sweat. Why are you sweating, Lisa, you ask? Imagine, if you will, my kindergartner getting dressed while I was [...]

Dear Wednesday – You Sucked. Bring on Thursday. Love, Lisa

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Maybe it was sprinting up the stairs after twenty-minutes had gone by before I realized her alarm didn’t go off. It could have been the fog that draped over everything, blinding you while you drove, causing parents to drop off their kids in droves, and drive maniacally in order to do so. Perhaps it may [...]

Back to School, Back to Me

prettied me

I will readily admit I was vehemently against sending the kids back to school. I loved our lazy summer mornings, unlimited in-bed tickling wars chock-filled with wet bathing suits everywhere, squealing happy and tanned-skin kids, and a momma without a crazy, schedule-filled calendar of extra curriculars. I dreaded the 5:45am alarm for this year with [...]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {One-On-One Kid Time}

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! After a little break, the Big Families “How Do You Do It” Series [...]