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10 Life-Changing Ways to Find Extra Time in your Day

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I always complain I don't have enough time in the day, but these easy lifechanging timesavers showed me how to quickly work smarter, not harder!

If you saw yesterday's free decluttering printable (31 Things to Declutter in Under 15 Minutes), you may be saying to yourself, "that's great Carrie, but how on earth do I find 15 free minutes every day?" Or you might be saying "clearly you haven't seen my sock drawer."  But if it's the former, I wanted to share ten life-changing ways I've found extra time in my day. Some were really easy. Some were harder (sniff! My Facebook app!) but ALL bought me tons more time in the day. Do you agree with … [Read more...]

Free Printable: 31 Things to Decluttter in 15 Minutes or Less

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31 Areas to Declutter in 15 Mintues or less! This post is FULL of ideas for decluttering in just a few minutes a day as part of the Organize Everything 31 Day Challenge.

You've made it to day 5 of the DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING CHALLENGE, and we're just getting started! The glorious break between Christmas and New Years meant full-on decluttering and organizing mode for us. I can not WAIT to show you the Hoarder-worthy 'befores' and much better 'afters'. However, the new year also means back to the grind for most of us so time will be limited. Don't let that deter you or halt your progress, even on busy days you can still find 15 minutes in your day, … [Read more...]

Top Tips to Organize & Declutter Your Home

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20 top organizing and decluttering tips to help you get organized this year!

It's Day 3 of our DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING Challenge, and a weekend to boot, so that means the energy is high to dig in and really tackle the clutter. I've been blogging 5 years now (!!!) and over the years have amassed many posts on organizing and decluttering. Please don't think my home is perfectly organized and clean. It's not. Especially today after 10 days off of school. ;-) However we're a creative bunch with many projects going on at any given time, plus I work from home and run … [Read more...]

Personalized Organization and Decluttering Plan {Free Printable!}

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Get organized this year with a FREE PRINTABLE Decluttering and Organization Plan!

It's 2015, and we're off to a great start with our DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING CHALLENGE! That really does need to be in all caps you guys, because it is SO BIG. It's not always going to be easy, but working to make your home clutter-free, organized, and simplified is going to feel so good. SO DARN GOOD. More caps. I truly do speak like that. You may be wondering why I didn't just focus on decluttering OR organization. I mean, the challenge name alone is a mouthful (trust me, I silently … [Read more...]

Declutter and Organize Everything CHALLENGE!

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Declutter and Organize EVERYTHING Challenge! Tips, Tools, & Motivation to organize your entire home in 31 days

Happy New Year everyone! I'm not sure about you, but January always jump starts a frenzy of decluttering and organizing for our home. Between the cold weather keeping us inside, influx of Christmas gifts, and mid-season outgrowing of kids' clothes we're stuffed to the gills and ready to declutter and organize. I've been planning this for awhile, so I'm finally happy to announce that I'm running a 31 Day Declutter and Organize Everything Challenge so everyone can participate, motivate, and get … [Read more...]

14 Posts that Rocked the Blog in 2014

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Best of 2014: the posts that rocked the blog this year!

I've spent 2 hours attempting to write this opening paragraph. Not because I have anything life-changing to say, but rather I can't seem to find the right balance between sharing what an incredible year it's been and conveying my deepest gratitude to YOU who made it all possible. I mean, do I scream at the top of my lungs "here's the most popular posts on my blog this year!" or shyly say "golly gee, these posts did pretty well I suppose". What I really want to say is "I LOVE MY JOB WITH ALL MY … [Read more...]

How We Drastically Changed Our Christmas Mornings {for the better}

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Tips for minimizing the mess on Christmas morning and keeping the focus on the real meaning of the season

Is there anything MORE FUN than Christmas morning? The chaos of unwrapping gifts, squeals of delight, my husband and I sitting bleary-eyed watching it all unfold... it truly is the most wonderful day of the year. HOWEVER, I've learned a few things over the years about making the morning go smoothly, minimizing the mess while not interrupting the fun, and also teaching my kids it's not about what you GET, but what you GIVE too. Here's what's in our Christmas Morning Survival Kit, which I tuck in … [Read more...]

FREE Printable Christmas Decorations Inventory List

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Free Printable Christmas Decorations Inventory and Christmas Organization Tips!

I know, I know, you don't even have all the decorations up yet and here I am already discussing post-Christmas organization! Can't help myself, I'm a planner, so in the middle of the decorating and attempting to locate missing bins and lights and wreaths it occurred to me there was a better way to find all the decorations that have been creatively tucked into various corners of my home. Believe it or not, having an inventory decreases the amount of stuff you'll have because you won't find … [Read more...]

Great Gift Ideas for HER {Holiday Gift Guide}

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Great Gift Ideas for Her: fantastic gift ideas for the women on your list, yourself included! {holiday gift guide 2014}

Almost all our gifts have been bought and even wrapped (I can assure you, that is a first, and it only happened because my husband suggested cracking open a bottle of wine and watching Love Actually so we wrapped during the movie last Saturday, wild times...) and now it's time for a little day dreaming. A little wish making. A little... Dear Santa... slip a few of these under the tree for me, please.  ;-) These gift ideas for women would also be appreciated by best friends, sisters, mothers, … [Read more...]

As Ever, Ideas for the Last Minute Christmas Card Sender

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A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

I wish I had a legitimate excuse for always ordering my Christmas cards late, but I don't. I mean, EVERYONE is busy. But even my busy friends still seem to get their cards in the mail on time. Let's face it, I'll probably always be a last minute Christmas card sender. It's not that I love my friends and family any less (in fact, I probably love them more than they know), but I'm always waiting for the 'perfect' photo. And the 'perfect' stamps. And the 'perfect' time to sit down and put them … [Read more...]

Stunning Ideas from the Philadelphia Design Home 2014

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Stunning high-end interior design ideas from the Philly Design Home!

A few weeks back before the holiday decorations came tumbling out and everyone decked the halls, I joined a few of my fellow Philly Social Media Moms friends at the invitation of Comcast to tour Philadelphia's Design Home and learn just how 'smart' some new homes are getting! From stunning decor to a bubbling pool to incredible futuristic features, it was certainly an eye-opening day. I've always loved soaking up other people's home designs, so it felt good to be able to openly oogle the … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour {Holiday Decorating Ideas, Lemonade Style}

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A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Each year I struggle with posting a Christmas home tour. Not because I don't love decorating for the holidays-- obviously I do, hence the glam Scandinavian handmade holiday explosion!-- but rather it's because I strive to keep this blog a place of reality. And the reality is that I have two young kiddos and very little free time to spend fluffing pillows and arranging greenery for hours on end. There may be a season where that IS my reality; perhaps next year when both kids are in school full … [Read more...]

DIY Faux Birch Candleholders {more woodland decor, I can’t help myself!}

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The perfect look for your rustic Christmas decor: DIY faux birch candleholders using thrift store vases. Catch the tutorial to see how to bring this beautiful Christmas decor idea int your home this holiday!

Growing up in New England, I was surrounded by birch trees-- and to me the peeling white bark so beautifully symbolizes nature's perfect imperfections. Since taking birch bark off the tree can damage the tree, I used birch scrapbook paper to get the same look without being a tree killer.  And thus, these faux birch candleholders were born from thrift store glassware with just a roll in paper, piece of tape, and dash of gold! A more simple rustic Christmas craft you will not find. ;-) The … [Read more...]

DIY Whimsical Woodland Ornaments {aka, my dream come true}

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These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

I've always loved miniatures, so when I saw woodland ornaments at West Elm recently I WANTED THEM. My West Elm allowance has been blown this month however (new coffee table, woot woot!) so I knew I had to knock them off. So that I could save for another West Elm splurge that's a little bigger. ;-)  Getting to play with teeny bottle brush trees and mini-deer in the name of Christmas crafting made me all kinds of happy! Keeping with my natural woodland Christmas theme (Glam Scandi, I call it) I … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Woodland Fairy Light Shadow Boxes

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Check out the CUTEST way to use fairy lights: whimsical woodland fairy light shadowboxes! Add some GLOW to your holiday decor; you need to see this easy tutorial!

Are you looking to add a whimsical touch to your holiday decor this season? I wish I came up with the idea for these glorious fairy light boxes myself, but truthfully I saw a similar version at Terrain and just knew I had to DIY them. Especially since I can't find them on their website anymore.  They were super easy to make (of course, I mean, it's ME, I can't do complicated!) and add a beautiful glowing touch to these dark nights. Plus the kids are enthralled by the dimming lights and rush to … [Read more...]

It’s Giving Tuesday! (Our #WishForOthers)

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Teaching Kids about Giving Back

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I've posted several gift guides over the past week, highlighting what's on our wish lists this holiday season. My kids' eyes light up when discussing what Santa might bring and planning careful lists of what they want to find under the tree. It's pretty easy to get caught up in receiving sometimes, especially when dreaming of LEGO mini-figures and Frozen dolls. However that's not the point of … [Read more...]

Great Gifts for Bloggers {Holiday Gift Guide}

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GREAT tech gifts for bloggers-- take your blog to the next level with these great gift ideas!

This year was a big turning point for me professionally. I've worked hard over the past 5 years to turn a hobby blog into one that generates enough income to make me not feel guilty about working on it. ;-) It's a dream come true to create content, craft, write, cook, travel, photograph, and decorate-- and be able to share it here, as my job! That being said, it is hard work. There's been many sacrifices (I don't think I've sat down to watch tv without a laptop in hand since 2009, and I'm often … [Read more...]

DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs {Homemade Gift Idea!)

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Homemade Peppermint Bath Bombs with Essential Oils: these bath bombs are SO easy to make and they smell amazing; great DIY gift idea too!

I have a treat for you today... a recipe for a homemade gift you'll that's perfect for pampering the ones you love-- Peppermint Bath Bombs! These little treats pack a powerful punch when added to a warm bath. Place them under running water and they'll dissolve and fizz and create a wonderful soaking environment. Best yet, you can add whichever scents you choose. I used peppermint because it's seasonal and invigorating, but add lavender for calming, rosemary for energizing, RC or eucalyptus for … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Advent Calendar {Kids Craft Idea}

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Easy Christmas Advent Calendar (great kids craft activity-- it's inexpensive, quick, and pretty-- what's not to love?!)

Popping in for a minute for a super quick Christmas craft: a stamped advent calendar that doubles as a kids' activity to keep 'em busy. As much as I love our photo advent calendar, it was getting tired, so on a recent shopping trip I picked up a few supplies to create a new one. Advent calendars provide a tangible way to countdown until Christmas morning, plus you can fill these little bags with either small treats or activities from this advent activity printable. BONUS: you can pick up all … [Read more...]