10 Ways to Take a Break

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My husband was gone last week on a trip for business.  Meaning I was a single mom for a few days.  And as any single parent will attest, you get a whole lot of kid caring time and not a lot of personal time to relax.  And I definitely needed this last week!  Actually I need it on a daily basis.  I find that if I take an hour or so in my room to just recharge, my kids just play together and then I come out ready to take them on again. But … [Read more...]

Bringing Outdoors In and Indoors Out

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This post was sponsored by Target, all opinions are my own. It's so close to summer I can almost taste it.  Except that it has been raining and cloudy every single day this month; it almost feels more like fall or winter and I'm getting depressed.  Utah's weather is moderate but the spot where I live is a wind tunnel that makes the weather a bit more extreme than most other parts of the state. Since I also live in a new construction zone, … [Read more...]

DIY Stair Wainscoting

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I finally finished the hardest thing I have ever worked on-- DIY stair wainscoting.  Whew--guys, this was HARD to do.  However, it was much, much harder because of one thing that most of you won't have in your house--this angled wall that my stairs wrap around.  If your stairs just go straight up a wall, it won't be nearly as hard.  I loved this tutorial by Thrifty Decor Chic. This isn't really a tutorial as much as it is a story about … [Read more...]

French Grain Sack Chair

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I recently gave this chair a makeover to go in my guest bedroom.  It used to look like this: And now it looks like this.  I wanted to do a more neutral, classic style to go in the guest bedroom.  I love the French grain sack chair style so that's what I was aiming for. It was cute before, but after two years of living with kids, the wood was covered with yucky stuff and the fabric was completely stained beyond recognition.  It was … [Read more...]

Staying Hydrated this Summer

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Brita, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BritaOnTheGo http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV We had a soccer game on Saturday...along with 4 million other kids in the world.  Soccer is THE sport, am I right?  But my son loves it and will play it rain or shine.  But we tend to forget one little super important thing...a water bottle!  I always forget … [Read more...]

DIY Two Toned Curtains

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Our new house has lots of big, bright windows.  We also have a large patio door.  And while this is great for lots of natural light, since we back south, we get some pretty intense sunshine in our house.  I actually don't mind it at all since sunshine makes me happy, but it was blinding to eat breakfast, especially when it snowed and the sun was reflecting even more light off the snow. I hung a curtain rod and my old IKEA curtains in front of … [Read more...]

Rustic Painted American Flag

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This post originally appeared on the DecoArt blog June 2014. It's the season for being patriotic!  This rustic painted American flag craft I did is super easy and turned out so cute.  It's very rustic looking, but the only thing old is the wooden box its in.  You could recreate this even if you don't have reclaimed wood. I used this old reclaimed wood box I got at a thrift store.  Every time I go to the thrift store I keep my eye out … [Read more...]

5 Games to Play with Candy

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Summer is approaching and that means lots of hours with your kids.  Lots of hours where they need entertainment.  Something we tried today turned out to be super fun and easy--a great combo.  All we needed was a couple bags of Twizzlers Twists and a bag of Hershey Kisses.  And we came up with five games to play with these two candies.   Twiz-Tac-Toe:  This is the easiest game, perfect for young kids.  Just lay out your Tic-Tac-Toe … [Read more...]