Farmhouse Loft Makeover

I really love my house.  It's very open and the biggest reason is because above the kitchen is a loft which is open to the downstairs.  We've used this room as a playroom for my kids but it's always been a huge embarrassment to me.  It's the first thing you see when you go upstairs and it's an eyesore.  Not anymore!   Before:  Before I fixed it up, we had our old super stained couch that looked absolutely dreadful.  We had a TV … [Read more...]

My Birth Story #4

On May 10th, at 1:40 pm, I welcomed my fourth child into the world.  It was a beautiful experience, one of my best birth stories.  And it's going to be long and detailed. The weeks leading up to his birth were torturous.  Each day dragged on, despite my attempts to fill each day with fun and productive activities.  I'd made a bunch of freezer meals, taken my kids to museums, parks, and gardens.  I'd met with friends for lunch and bought all … [Read more...]

20 Things for Postpartum Recovery

I know this is primarily a DIY blog, but the only thing I've been DIY-ing lately is a ginormous baby growing inside me.  This is my fourth baby and it's been fun to be pregnant again after four years.  I'm 36 weeks now and hopefully this babe will be born in the next three weeks because MAN I'M HUGE.  I've been stocking up on all the stuff I'll need right after the baby is born and I realized how much there is just for a postpartum mama!  There … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Bangles

Mother's Day is coming up quick!  It can be really hard to know what to get your Mom when it might feel like she already has everything she wants.  But really, can a girl have too much jewelry?  An easy Mother's Day gift idea is to buy some wooden bangles and paint them to customize them in her favorite colors! I love how cute and custom this gift idea is.  Or you could do this as a craft for a girl's birthday party or something.  Want … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Hearth

Everyone loves decorating their mantels and there are lots of great inspirational pictures out there to help you do it.  I love my new mantel so much but it's still hard to decorate right now because there is a ginormous TV above it.  We are still planning to plank above this mantel and center the TV above it (we have to keep the TV for my husband, he is adamant!) but I want to build some type of door to go over it so it doesn't look like we … [Read more...]

20 Things to Clean with Magic Eraser

It's spring cleaning time, even though it totally snowed last week and doesn't currently feel all that springy outside.  But nevertheless, I am antsy to get my house in order--especially since I'm having a baby in about a month! I love using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean...it's my go-to sponge for difficult stains and marks.  I have gotten tons of stuff off using a Magic Eraser.  Did you know that a Magic Eraser actually removes MORE … [Read more...]

Painting the Mantel

The mantel is 99% done!  But I'm going to show it to you anyway because the only thing it's missing is the very very top which won't make a huge difference in looks once it's on.  We haven't done that yet because a) I'm 34 weeks pregnant now and so, so tired all the time and b) in order to make the top I have to slide a 2x8 piece of 3/4" MDF through my table saw which I just can't do alone and c) my husband has been, as usual, extremely busy. … [Read more...]

Kids Spring Cleaning Bingo Game

I love spring so much--the weather warms up and everyone starts going outside.  And then the sun shines in your house and you see how dirty your house got all winter.  Ha!  I made a helpful spring cleaning list a few years ago, but who wants to do that all by themselves?  Have your kids get involved in the spring cleaning and make the jobs go faster. I actually love getting my kids to work around the house because not only does it help me, … [Read more...]