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Tips for Organizing Your Pantry

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in organization | 9 comments

Tips for Organizing Your Pantry

I’m not an organized person.

I wish I were. 

It seems like such a nice thing. Organization.

I mean I like organization…and I like the thoughts of organization…and I like to look at beautifully organized spaces…and shop the organizing aisles at Target.

I just have a hard time sticking with organization.

There is no follow through.

I organize a space and buy all of the right organizing bins and labels and baskets.

And I proudly show my family the newly organized space and explain the processes of what needs to be done to keep this space organized.

But then life gets busy and I {we} don’t take the extra 30 seconds to put each item in it’s appropriate home…

…and the next thing you know…

…it looks like something exploded in what was once a beautifully organized space.

So here are a few tips for organizing your pantry:

pantry organization

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Be Brave

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 22 comments

Be Brave

So the other day I shared about my fake picnic and how that changed everything.

And since that post I’ve had more text messages and FB messages and comments that have been a blessing to my soul.

And I was reminded of why I joined the wonderful world of blogland to begin with.

I like you people. Like really like y’all. And I don’t want to leave y’all.

But I also don’t want to waste your time with fake posts about empty crafts and projects.

{Although I do have some fun projects that I’m planning!}

I want to share my real life with you and my real projects with you.

Just as you have inspired me…I want to inspire you. {Not breed discontentment!}

So this morning as I sit here on this balcony overlooking the ocean…I realize I have something I want to share.

I LOVE stories of brave people. I think I love reading them so much because I’m not a brave person.

I have no desires to jump out of an airplane or bungee off a cliff or ride Space Mountain. :)

And if you’re thinking about doing one of these things…I probably have a story of a friend of a friend who knows someone who tried that very thing and it didn’t end well for them. My brain tends to hold on to these sorts of stories. {I’m armed and ready for when my children come to me and want to do something hair-brained.}

Although those are really not the kind of brave things that I’m thinking about this morning.

lets all be brave

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The Fake Picnic that Changed Everything

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in fall | 52 comments

The Fake Picnic that Changed Everything

So today…I almost quite blogging.  I was all set to write my farewell post and call it a day.

It all started with a typical afternoon. My girls were jumping on the trampoline after rushing home from school and I had about 15 minutes before we had to be to the next event of the day and I was setting up a picnic…that no one was ever going to sit down to. It was a fake picnic with no food and no people. I didn’t have time for a real picnic. It was just for the blog. And as I decided which candlesticks looked the best and whether I should include the white owl or run around to the front porch to borrow the mums…I couldn’t help but wonder if this was really how I should be spending my time.

I’m right in the middle of raising 3 girls. Girls that I am humbly trying to raise to love the Lord and love people.

This is not an easy task. It doesn’t just happen. It takes time and training and prayer. But I know that it’s my greatest mission in life currently.

I’m getting ahead of myself…I need to back up…

{And yes, you are going to have to look at these fake picnic pictures…I couldn’t waste them…They took too much time! }

Fall Picnic Ideas

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Fall Front Porch Ideas

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in fall, front door, front porch | 4 comments

Fall Front Porch Ideas

I’m tired…you probably can’t relate. :)

I’m probably the only one running ninety to nothing.

The only one with kids to get to soccer and cross country.

The only one who has children who need to dress up like Disney characters tomorrow and didn’t tell me until we were getting home… at 8:00…with the costumes needed in the morning…really?

I’m probably the only one who had exactly 20 minutes to cook dinner…pack it in a cooler…and rush out the door to the game.

The only one who could use a bit of a break.

The only one who needs to take a few minutes to count her blessings.

A few minutes to be reminded how good life is…what a blessing those children are…what a blessing that there is food that can be ready so quickly and easily…a few minutes to take a few deep breaths.

And when I know that I need those few minutes…my porch is the perfect place to go!

Fall Front Porch @ DaisyMaeBelle

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How to Make a Fall Sign

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in art, fall | 2 comments

How to Make a Fall Sign

So if you have 10 minutes and a garage full of randomness

…this is the project for you.

And if you don’t have that garage full of randomness…maybe you are lucky like me and you have a friend with that perfect stash who is willing to share!

My garage is certainly full enough. {Don’t judge. There are amazing treasures in there. Honestly.}

So I had this idea that I needed a new Fall sign made with all fun letters…so I headed to my garage.

But I couldn’t find what I needed.

So I headed to the antique stores with friends and I put everyone on the hunt for random letters to spell “Fall.”

I came up dry. {Although I did score a few other treasures.}

So later that day my friend called me up…she had searched her stash…and had come up with a plan!

And it’s even more perfect that what I even had in mind!

How to Make a Fall Sign:

Upcycled Fall Sign

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