Genius Camping Hacks for Summer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® and OFF!®. The opinions and text are all mine. It's summer and it's the season of outdoors.  Whether you are planning a week-long camping excursion or just a little hike in the woods, some or all of these outdoor tips and camping hacks can come in handy!   Sunscreen:  My favorite is this Banana Boat® SunComfort™ Spray.  It has a water-resistant formula, … [Read more...]

10 Cool Summer Treats

In the heat of the summer, there is little energy left for anything but things that make you NOT. SO. HOT.  Am I right?  Swimming, splash pads, mountains, beaches.  Watermelon, ice cream, popsicles, and grilling outside.  And the food is the best!  Making tons of concoctions with ice cream makers and the freezer so they cool you down.  Here is a list of 10 cool summer treats that are sure to hit the spot with friends and family!  These … [Read more...]

Master Closet Organization

I'm a member of the BHG Live Better Blogger Network.  All opinions are my own. This month's Better Homes and Gardens post theme is "Small Spaces."  I instantly thought of my master closet.  It's a large closet that became a dumping ground from the moment we moved in.  It just wasn't pretty.  Since BHG has such a great line of organizational products, I figured this would be a great time to tackle this.  We jumped in and started the ultimate … [Read more...]

IKEA Hack: Expedit into Long Storage Unit

Check out my latest IKEA hack--in my Farmhouse Loft. I'm always pretty proud of my latest builds and this one is no different.  Though technically I didn't really build much.  But I took one tall bookcase and an IKEA Expedit and turned it into this: I love it!  It turned out exactly as I pictured it in my head...don't you love it when that happens?  It was one of those things where no one thought it would work and I kept saying, "Don't … [Read more...]

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...]