Free Printable Spring Outdoor Maintenance Checklist

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Free Printable Checklist plus tips for spring outdoor home & yard cleanup and maintenance!

The bees are buzzing, the birds are singing, the sun is shining (for a minute...) and that can only mean one thing, SPRING! Along with the nicer weather comes the realization that snow will no longer hide the grass, and damage from winter weather needs to be fixed. With that in mind, I whipped up a handy and FREE printable spring outdoor cleanup checklist to help you fix up the landscaping and get ready for summer. From the lawn to decks and patios to outdoor furniture, it's time to dust it off … [Read more...]

Should you Splurge on an Excursion? {Traveling with Kids}

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Turks and Caicos Snorkeling Catamaran Trip through Beaches Island Routes- looks incredible! Love the crystal clear blue water and DOLPHINS!

Where in the world is Making Lemonade? Sometimes I'm not even sure where I am myself, I've been on three trips this month alone! March kicked off travel season 2015 with a surprise birthday trip back to one of my favorite places in the world, Turks & Caicos. My husband planned the entire thing as a gift for my recent BIG birthday (cough-40th-cough), proving that I want to turn 40 every year from here on out if I get to go back to one of the most amazing islands of the Caribbean! One of … [Read more...]

Best of the Blogs {Links I Love}

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6 great posts to read this week!

Hey, everyone! We've just started our shortened Spring Break (thanks, snow days) and the kids are getting ready for Easter and enjoying a few days off from the normal routine. Here's some lazy weekend reading for you to enjoy; a few of the links I loved this week! Have a wonderful weekend! 1. The science of why stepping on LEGOs makes you want to die. 2. Is your home making you cranky? 3. Why women need their girlfriends (REALLY feeling this one this week!) 4. Need a quick bedroom … [Read more...]

How to Make a Terrarium {in 3 Easy Steps!}

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Terrariums and indoor succulent gardens are beautiful and have easy upkeep; check out these 3 quick steps for making them!

Indoor gardening is my favorite. It's on a smaller scale with no heavy lifting, there's no weeds to deal with, and unlike my outside garden I never find spiders hiding in the plants and causing me to FREAK THE YOU-KNOW-WHAT out. I have little terrariums tucked all over my home, and each time we pass a succulent container in a store my husband hurries me by, "NOTHING TO SEE HERE!" he begs. {did you see the hanging glass terrariums at Whole Foods recently? egads! LOVE!}  Making your own terrarium … [Read more...]

Easter Baskets for Skylanders Fans

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Skylanders fans will LOVE these Easter basket ideas!

If you've spent any time around elementary aged boys lately, you've likely heard of Skylanders. In fact, you may hear of nothing else BESIDES Skylanders! As part of my quest for a candy-free Easter basket, I looked for toys my kids would love without any sugar content. BINGO. Skylanders it is, especially with three fun new Easter themed toys to stuff in Easter baskets! I'll admit I was in the dark about what exactly Skylanders are, but quickly got an education thanks to questioning a few … [Read more...]

50 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

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50 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas for Kids-- clever and easy ideas that you (and your kids) will love, MINUS the sugar high!

Easter time is here, and truth be told, we're still making our way through the Valentine's Day candy. In an attempt to not add more fuel to the fire (or sugar to the kiddos), I decided to go candy-free in our Easter baskets this year. Plus so much of the commercial candy out there is full of artificial flavors and colors, yuck. Once I started brainstorming ideas, they were endless. Who knew there were so many great way to stuff a basket (without stuffing yourself, too?) Looking for candy-free … [Read more...]

Amazing DIY Hair Mask with Essential Oils {Healthy Hair Serum!}

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This DIY hair mask & serum has powerful essential oils and is all natural... with AMAZING results! Love the AFTER!

It's pretty funny, life. Last year I could barely find time to blog because I was so busy taking care of sick kids (and a sick me!) all winter long. Fast forward a year, and I'm still finding it hard to find that precious blogging time-- not because we're sick, but because we AREN'T! Or if the kids do get sick, they speed through it, and everyone wants to know how. This epiphany has led to teaching essential oil classes and helping others find wellness over the past few months, so balancing two … [Read more...]

Deck Dreaming & Spring Cleaning {Outdoor Living Ideas!}

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Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

Spring was in the air today, for a moment, and it was delightful! Each year as spring approaches I survey our winter ravaged deck and today was no exception. You'd think we'd learn to clean it up in the fall, but truthfully I fight winter so much I stand my ground  and stubbornly leave out our furniture in the hopes of a warm day mid-winter which never seems to materialize.  As spring rolls around, inevitably we face a major spruce-up to get our beloved deck back in shape. It's been covered … [Read more...]

DIY Chalkboard Globe & Musings on Change {Anthropologie Knockoff}

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Love this Anthropologie painted globe knockoff-- personalize it with favorite quotes or constellations! So pretty!

Seasons come and seasons go, and I'm feeling a shift in the electricity signaling that I'm entering a season of transition.  It brings to mind the Mary Poppins quote: "winds in the east, mist coming in, like something is brewin' and 'bout to begin...", the feeling of change around the corner is seeping into my heart.  I'm not sure if it's because we're facing change with my kids moving into full-time school mode this fall, or if it's something larger-- a big move, perhaps-- but it's there.  … [Read more...]

New Favorite {Stylish & Affordable} Furniture Source

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Scouting unique, handmade, and AFFORDABLE furniture finds at Nadeau! Come window shopping and scout out gorgeous pieces in a variety of budget-friendly styles that you'll love.

It's been cold and dreary here for months. VERY cold. VERY dreary. But last week my mood was lifted when I was invited to visit a bright spot of sunshine right here in Philadelphia for a much-needed dose of treasure hunting among gorgeous, affordable pieces at Nadeau Philadelphia. If you don't live in Philly, no worries-- Nadeau has plenty of locations for you to find this exotic, trendy, and curated furniture collection, keep reading to see if Nadeau is in your neighborhood too. This … [Read more...]

15 Spring & Easter DIY and Craft Ideas {that you’ll love!}

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Spring & Easter DIY Ideas

Hey hey! Spring is in the air, can you feel it?! I'm ready to add some LIFE back into our home after a long, chilly season indoors and I've found 15 great Easter and spring DIY ideas.  These spring crafts double as gorgeous home decor, and are just the thing to usher in a new season! Bonus? Many are kid-friendly and the perfect addition to Easter Baskets or creative kids' activities just in case a snow day dares come between now and our spring bliss. Wreath for All Occasions from Simply … [Read more...]

Toy Organization 101: Taming the Toys

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How to Organize and Tame Toys! Practical steps and clever ideas for organizing ALL types of toys to help you declutter and simplify your life!

It's time to get real about toy organization, because this is a topic that comes up often and gives many parents a large amount of angst. Let's face this organizational issue head-on today, with tips to help you declutter, organize, and SIMPLIFY your toy and playroom situation! But first, a Pop Quiz: visualize the room where your kids play with most of their toys. Do you see: A: a neatly organized space where each toy has been lovingly placed in it's correct spot B: a grand total of 5 … [Read more...]

The {Top Secret} Stinky Shoe Solution

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shhhh... here's the secret to getting rid of bad odors with this all natural stinky shoe solution!

Come in closer and make sure no one else is listening, because I'm about to let you in on a little secret that I like to call the stinky shoe solution. Not that YOU have stinky shoes. But let's be honest-- there are certain brands of shoes that tend to smell terrible after awhile (hello, UGGS and Keens), and certain occupants of shoes that don't help that cause either (teenage boys, anyone?) Don't worry though, no matter the source if you want to get rid of stinky shoe odors naturally I've got … [Read more...]

Getting Rid of Hard Things (or, why I tossed my wedding bouquet)

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How to Declutter Memories and Heirlooms (or, why I tossed my wedding bouquet)

Decluttering is easy when it's outgrown clothing and expired food. Pretty mindless, actually. Doesn't fit? DONATE!  It's expired? TOSS! Getting rid of stuff gets harder when it's in a gray area between not loving it and feeling like you need to keep it. Examples like heirlooms, items attached to a memory, kids art, a cat that scratches the furniture (KIDDING on that last one! We heart our cat!) are much easier to keep shoving back in the box or on the shelf where it will sit hoarding valuable … [Read more...]

So Much More

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Tips on why bathtime for kids is about so much more than getting clean-- must read facts about brain boosting through play and scent!

I'm not sure there's a daily ritual I love more than bathtime.  Since the beginning of  my kids' lives, it's been part of our nightly routine-- a way to signal that the day is done, a soft landing from the chaos of day to the calm of night. A way to play and interact and learn, and oh yes, also a way to keep my 'babies' clean after a day of hard work and play. Even now at ages 4 and 6, my kids adore bathtime and would spend hours splashing in the warm water and weaving tales of adventure if I … [Read more...]

If You Give a Girl Fifteen Minutes…

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Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

If you give a girl 15 minutes, she might try to clean the built-in bookcases. When she cleans the built-ins, she'll think about how nice they'll look with a new color on the inside of the shelves. So she'll head out to the garage, grab some paint and a paintbrush, and paint piece of posterboard to test drive a color. And if she likes that color, she'll probably ditch the posterboard and just start painting even though she has to pick the kids up from school in an hour. As she paints the … [Read more...]

The Problem with Blogging About Organizing

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Organizing and Decluttering Challenge

Here's an equation for you: organizing your entire home plus blogging about organizing your entire home equals complete exhaustion. I wanted to make the 31 Days Organizing Challenge as authentic as possible, and work right alongside you for the duration-- plus document it the entire step of the way. I photographed, edited, wrote, created images, published, and social media-ed in the process.  I'm crawling towards the finish line, with some miles left uncovered but feeling like I ran the … [Read more...]

Organizing for Homework Success {or, the “I Hate Homework” Solution!}

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This simple organizing tip turns "I HATE HOMEWORK!" into a peaceful, hassle free routine. Here's how to set up an organized mobile homework station that fits everyone's needs and makes homework time a breeze.

Kids’ organizing week continues (I just made that up, it wasn’t intentional but all this week’s posts happen to be about organizing kid’s stuff so let’s go with it). When I was a teacher, I encouraged my students to have a ‘homework spot’ to make their homework routine easier. When I became a parent myself, I knew I needed to walk the walk—both because it helps to corral all the needed supplies and because having a designated routine helps my kids focus and get more done in less … [Read more...]

Timesaving Tricks for Organizing Kids’ Clothes

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Great tips for organizing kids' clothes that I wish I knew sooner! Huge timesavers and they make staying organized a cinch!

For years these two EASY tips for organizing kids' clothing have saved us tons of time and kept my sanity intact. If you only read two tips this month in our organizing and decluttering challenge, and you have young kids, I hope it's these! We are a busy, lively household so anything we can do to simplify our lives, such as these two tricks, is a win in my book. Tip #1: Roll Your Clothes I've used this tip since my kids were babies, and my daughter is a youth size 6 now and it STILL … [Read more...]