DIY Ribbon-Embellished Kids’ Towels and a Bath Time Gift

DIY Ribbon-Embellished Towels | 11 Magnolia Lane

If you read my earlier post about a Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {here}, then you know that I'm a fan of Target's up & up line as an affordable substitute for similar name brand items.   Today I'm back with a fun way to use their colorful and yummy-smelling 3-in-1 Body Wash line as … [Read more...]

My Daughter’s Favorite Fashion Ideas for Tween Girls-Lilly Pulitzer

Tween girl fashion--coral pink, gold, and Lilly Pulitzer | 11 Magnolia Lane

My daughter is eleven, and she loves fashion like most sixth grade girls. Sometimes it's a bit of a struggle when we disagree on what's appropriate for her age, but for the most part she does a great job of being stylish, yet age-appropriate. I thought it would be fun to share an outfit that she … [Read more...]

The place where our family comes together

Sunset over lake in Maine

It’s that time of year. We’re packing up way too many belongings, cramming them in our suddenly too small SUV and heading out on vacation. My daughter has been asking for weeks when we were leaving, painstakingly counting the days.  We make it a priority to take a family vacation each summer, … [Read more...]

My Daughter’s Summer Reading Picks –The Best Books for Fifth and Sixth Grade Girls

Summer reading list--books for 5th and 6th grade girls

I wrote one of these posts last year (see my daughter's reading picks for fourth and fifth grade girls here) and it's been a consistently popular post, so I figured I would post another list this summer.  My son's list for eighth and ninth grade boys will be coming up early next week (click here to … [Read more...]

{Another!} DIY Ballet Barre For My Little Ballerina

ballet barre DIY-002

One of our most popular posts is my tutorial on a make your own / DIY ballet barre--it brings us lots of search engine traffic.  My daughter has loved having a barre in her room, and it was an easy and inexpensive project.  However, she asked me to make a few modifications when we moved, so I built … [Read more...]

My Daughter’s Summer Reading Picks–the Best Books for Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls

Summer reading list for 4th and 5th grade girls

Here in Tennessee, the kids have been done with school for over a month.  I know some of y'all are just finishing up for the year, but don't be a hater--remember, we'll be back to school in early to mid-August, and you won't have to worry about it until after Labor Day! In the interest of … [Read more...]

Ruler Growth Chart

chart done marked

While I am slowly starting the purging, organizing and packing process that proceeds a move, one project I had to complete prior to leaving our home was to make a portable growth chart. Soon after we moved in--it must have been all these plain white walls just calling out to me--we started … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Kids’ Artwork Wall Display

Kids wall artwork display

I spent my weekend removing moldy caulk from my shower and recaulking, and replacing the ripped screen in our porch door, but you don't want to see any of that, now do you?  I know--boring!  So, instead, I'm going to show you what I did on Friday to display some of my daughter's artwork.  The … [Read more...]

Organizing Life {one step at a time} LUNCH KITS

lunch kits marked copy

  I am already appreciating this little OCD kick I am on. Primarily because these "Lunch Kits" I came up with have really made my life SO much easier. I am not much of a morning person, and people who know me might say that is an understatement! I attempt to get up before my kids each day … [Read more...]

An Organization Epiphany {Homework Boxes}

homework bins

So, this last weekend we celebrated my husband's birthday, and even though it was his big day, I am the one who learned something. On Saturday I was enjoying a rare child-free trip Target to finish up some back-to-school items {and yes, buy him a birthday card}, when I suddenly got anxious about … [Read more...]

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