{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

Annabelle's summer reading list

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...]

Easy {and Cheap!!} Kids’ Summer Craft: Bandana Flip Flops

bandana flip flops

My favorite kind of tutorial is the kind that's only one or two steps long...and this craft fits the bill.  You can pretty much look at the picture and figure it out!  And, best of all, this is a craft that middle to upper elementary school girls can do on their own with minimal assist from … [Read more...]

Kids’ Learning Center Reveal

kids educational center

I am so excited to reveal our Kids' Learning Center as "Part 1" of my Basement Office/Kids' Learning Center/Craft Station Makeover.  As some of  you may recall, the gals at 11 Magnolia Lane listed out our 2012 Home Goals earlier this year and I am thrilled to mark this off the list.   I guess I … [Read more...]

Easy, Sanity-Saving Craft Idea: We Can/Can’t Play Door Hanger

can can't play door sign hanger

A few weeks ago, I went on a personal mission to find a cute door sign that would easily telegraph to the neighborhood kiddos whether my two were available (or not) to play.  Some days it's just easier to hang up the sign than to answer the door multiple times, right? Remembering that I used to … [Read more...]

Letters to Santa

free printable dear santa letter

My kids have already written (and rewritten) their Christmas lists, but this weekend I will make them sit down and write their official "letter" to Santa Claus. This is a great tradition in our house, as my husband won't stand for the standard "list" of toy requests, but instead expects a full recap … [Read more...]

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