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Weekend Kids’ Closet Makeover With DIY Shelving (Easy Weekend Project)

Wondering what to do with a small closet in your kids' room? Adding DIY custom closet shelving is an easy weekend DIY kids' closet makeover.

Give Your Kids’ Closet A Makeover This Weekend With DIY Shelving: Looking for kids’ closet makeover ideas? Wondering what to do with a small closet? The best DIY closet makeover ideas don’t have to be expensive, take forever, or require the pros. This DIY kids’ closet makeover is a low-budget weekend project that’s easier than you’d think, and is great …

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Ways to Warm Your Home (and Save Money!) This Winter

Ready for winter and its hefty heating bills? Whether you can spend $10 or $10K, these tips will help you warm your home (and save money!) this winter.

Has winter weather reached you yet? In our neck of the woods, we seem to have skipped from shorts weather to winter in about 36 hours last week. We’ve flipped the AC to the heating system, are scrambling to find the girls’ winter boots and coats, and are excited to test out some of our …

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Why and How To Choose A Contractor

Considering a major home project? Wondering if you need a contractor? This step-by-step guide on how to choose a contractor will get you started.

We all know that adulting is hard. And parenting is hard, too. But you reach a new level of grownup-dom the first time you find yourself wondering if you need to hire a contractor. Not to mention wondering how to choose a contractor. If you’re a homeowner and also a parent of young children, you …

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Why Clean Air At Home Matters

Why does having clean air at home matter for you and your family? Learn about both the risks of indoor air pollution, and what you can do about them!

Clean Air Is Literally A Life-And-Death Issue: Those of you who’ve read my previous posts on the importance of making sure your home’s air isn’t making you sick, by keeping allergens at bay and otherwise keeping your indoor air healthy, know this is a top priority for me. But have you ever wondered why clean air at …

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Is Poor Indoor Air Quality Making Your Family Sick?

Is your home making your family sick? Knowing the consequences of poor indoor air quality is the first step to improving your family's breathing and health.

Is your home’s air making your family sick? Knowing the consequences of poor indoor air quality is the first step to improving the air your family breathes at home. And improving your indoor air quality at home will help make your whole family healthier in the weeks, months, and years to come. I speak from …

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Things To Consider When Renovating Your Attic

Considering renovating your attic to add to your living space? Be sure you take these factors into account as you plan out your renovations.

The new year is almost here; are you already contemplating your new year’s house projects? Maybe one of the things on your to-do list is renovating your attic. You may need better storage space, or want to add a home office. This is what we did in my husband’s old house after we got married, …

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What Your Baby Really Needs In The Nursery

Your baby has a lot of needs - but what your baby really needs in the nursery is another matter! Make sure you cover these bases when planning Baby's room.

Your baby has a lot of needs. They need feeding, they need burping, they need playtime and plenty of socialization, and they need lots and lots of sleep. And that’s just for starters! But what your baby really needs in the nursery is another matter. RELATED POST: Designing Your Nursery On A Budget  To be fair, …

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Easy Kitchen Organization Hacks You’ll Love

Does your kitchen work for you as well as it could? These budget-friendly kitchen organization hacks have revolutionized our kitchen; give them a try!

This past weekend my Junior Girl Scout completed her Simple Meals badge. One of the requirements for this 21st-century version of the Cooking badge was to tour a kitchen with a knowledgeable adult. Since she’s already spent a lot of time helping out in the kitchen, I had HER give ME a tour. She correctly …

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Top Tips For Nesting On A Budget

Baby's almost here, and you're in full-blown nesting mode! These hacks will help you indulge that nesting instinct without breaking the bank.

That energy burst from the second trimester has ground to a halt. You’re having a harder time sleeping at night. Oh, and you’re obsessed with getting your house set up for the imminent arrival of your firstborn. Yup, no doubt about it, you’ve entered the third trimester – and the “nesting” phase of pregnancy. Of …

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Quick Ways To Make Your Home More Relaxing

Home should be a place to unwind, not a source of stress. These quick ways to make your home more relaxing will help you transform your home into an oasis.

Feeling stressed? Feel like you need more sleep? Or is life just too much from time to time? Want to make your home more relaxing, but don’t know where to start? We all feel like this, more often than not. And while you may do your best to keep everything at bay, there are times …

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Designing Your Nursery On A Budget

You don't have to shell out thousands to get Baby's nursery ready! With careful planning, designing a nursery on a budget is totally doable; here's how.

Are you getting ready for your first child? Or expecting a new sibling for your existing kiddo(s)? Either way, you know Baby will need some space of their own. But contrary to what you may fear, you don’t have to shell out thousands to get Baby’s nursery ready. With some careful planning, designing a nursery …

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How to Organize Important Documents: My New Secret Weapon

Wish you knew how to organize important documents more effectively? I've discovered the ultimate secret weapon in the ongoing battle against paper clutter and lost papers.

Think about it. How many hours of your life have you spent hunting for a missing piece of paperwork? Your Social Security Card. Your kids’ birth certificates. The contact info for that guy who unplugged your drain a few years back. The warranty and purchase information for an appliance on the fritz. Time and time …

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Easy DIY Wall Mount Art Caddy

Because our kiddo art table is too small for a supply caddy, I made one to hang on the wall.

This week’s post is a follow-up to my previous post, on having a workable kids’ art table set up. If your kids have an art corner set up that’s truly functional, chances are there’s a storage caddy involved. Every kids’ art corner needs an art caddy: a place to contain markers, crayons, etc. when they’re not …

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Five Must-Haves For a Kids’ Art Table That *Works*

Do your kids have an art table? If not, setting one up is easy. Here are five must-haves that make my girls' art table a place where they LOVE to create.

Do your offspring have a designated place to draw, color, do Play-Doh, paint watercolors, and work their way through activity books? If not, they need a kids’ art table. No, you don’t need a huge space to do this. Our kids’ art table fills a small corner about 2 feet x 3 feet. It’s a …

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Ten Things to Purge From Your Garage NOW

10 things to purge from your garage NOW

Spring is nearly here, as my children keep reminding me. Time for some spring cleaning. Or making good on those New Year’s resolutions to clear out the clutter. Either way, here are ten things to purge from your garage NOW. If you don’t have a “garage,” substitute “attic” or “basement” or “junk closet” – wherever you stuff things …

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Baby in a Small Space: Five Hacks to Save Room (and Money!)

It’s a fact of life. As the crowded image above suggests, baby gear takes up a LOT of space. So how do you manage a baby in a SMALL space? We were facing this prospect when I was pregnant with Kimmie, and my husband and I were still living in his bachelor pad. We finally …

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From Best Highchair Ever to Only Booster You’ll Need: My Top Picks

From my budget pick (the Fisher-Price Booster Seat) to my splurge (the Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair), these highchair/booster seat combos are the only ones you'll ever need.

How do you know you need to find the best highchair ever? Maybe you’re a first-time parent. Maybe your second or third child is ready to try solids, but a slightly-older sibling is still hogging the highchair. Or maybe you’re realizing that your former mealtime solution no longer works. Whatever the case, you realize you …

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Need More Storage Space? Try Looking Up

The New Year is here; perhaps you’re cleaning house as part of some New Year’s resolution. If so, or even if you’re still just dealing with the aftermath of holiday gift-giving, you may be on the hunt for more (or better) storage in your home. If you feel stuck when it comes to adding more …

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Less Is More: Three Ways We’re Cutting Back and Living Better This Holiday Season

Even though the first week of December was rainy and dreary in our neck of the woods, the girls and I have had a super start to our month. Part of the credit goes to the fact that I’ve made some very conscious decisions to simplify our lives, both for the holiday season and beyond. …

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My Two Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

Want to save tons of time and revolutionize your food prep? That's what these kitchen gadgets - my mandoline and my chain-metal glove - have done for me.

There are two items in my kitchen that make my life oh-so-much easier. These kitchen gadgets take a lot of extra time and work out of food prep. In the process, they make it easier for me to cook healthy meals from scratch, AND help me save money by cutting my own produce (instead of …

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