Friday Round up

Good Friday morning friends! The weekend is finally here! I hope y’all have had a great week!! Its been busy here as usual but its been a great week and today I wanted to share a little bit of my week with you from my Instagram!

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If you’ve been following me long enough, you know I love my coffee! And weekend coffee always seems to taste better, maybe its the slower pace of the morning or the fact that we have the Mr. home with us, either way it just seems to be better! This shot was from Saturday morning, in our sitting room. The camping mugs are ceramic mugs that I found at Tjmaxx. I was lucky enough to find two in the same day and I just love them for this time of year!! The throw was a Tjmaxx find from last year. I actually found it on clearance after Christmas.

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Vintage new and handmade. This photo captures all the things I love when it comes to home décor. Not only is it all of the things I love but it also follows my whites, woods and something green rule! I love this little steel cup I found at our local thrift store, I added a candle and some green moss from Target. Very simple and beautiful. The star garland is from our DIY stars the girls and I made last year. (I’ll be sharing those again this year)

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I think its safe to say that our sitting room is my favorite room this year for Christmas! Our King of Christmas tree definitely helps but I also love the coziness from our little gas stove and the mantel is always a favorite. This year with our décor I wanted to keep it simple and natural. I used the clay pots I found at Hobby Lobby this fall to help achieve that look in this space.

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I also shared a little throw back photo from a snow day last year. It was the prettiest I had seen it here on our property. All of the trees were completely covered and I couldn’t help but stand in the driveway taking pictures. It was simply magical. I’m really hoping we have the same scene this winter!!

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I did a little sewing the other day and the day before I did, I used a piece of the fabric to create this little table set up. The fabric is from Hobby Lobby (you’ll be seeing more of it in just a bit) the sweet little tree is from Ikea ($9.99) I just added some twinkle lights to it, the candle holder was a vintage find, the oats and co. linen bag was ordered from h&m.com a couple years ago and the cookie cutter is from Walmart. A simple little table set up that made our dining space feel extra cozy!

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And here’s that fabric I told you you’d be seeing more of!! I made my first ever pillow covers and y’all I am in LOVE! They were so fun and easy to make! I love the colors for this holiday season and the bonus, I made 3 covers plus a little scarf for $10!! If you missed the tutorial for these pillow covers you can find it ((here)).

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Yesterday I shared this shot of our master bedroom. I still love our DIY barn door and wedding date sign just as much today as I did the day we added them to this space. Our room is still my favorite and I don’t think that’ll ever change!! Looking out of our bedroom is our homeschool room, another room in our home that I love! We’ve made a few small changes in the space (I really need to blog about our school room) and we are working on the finishing touches for Christmas!!

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Another shot from our bedroom last night. I get asked so many questions about our rast dressers I hacked, you can read all about them ((here)). Again going simple I just added trees I purchased at Target last year after Christmas on clearance (I’ve seen them this year with a slight variation to them), some berry filler to our bedside tray and switched up the pillow covers.

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The last photo is a sneak peek of what I’ll be sharing this morning. I little shot of our dining room space all ready for Christmas. I hope y’all enjoy this little Friday round up. If you have any questions about the photos I’ve shared or an item in the photo that I may not have mentioned, please feel free to leave your questions in the comments below or email me at misdiy@outlook.com! Also, stop by my Instagram @misdiy and say Hey!!

**I did want to share one more, I guess behind the scenes thing with y’all. I’ve been working on my blog schedule and I thought I would share some of the topics I’ll be blogging about over the next month or so.

-Simple Tree Décor    -Gift Guide    -Christmas Home Tour    -DIY Stars + Trees

-Favorite Christmas Recipes    -Christmas Room tour (link up)

-DIY Bedside Tray     -DIY Signs  and more…

So I hope you guys will join me for the fun stuff I have planned. I love getting to share with my followers and I appreciate y’all so much!!

~Happy Reading

 

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Easy DIY Pillow Covers

Good Thursday morning friends!! Its been a busy week here but yesterday I took some time to work on a couple sewing projects I’ve been wanting to do and I’m so excited to share with you guys! If you’re not big into sewing seriously its not a problem here! The project I’m sharing today, anyone can do!! If you can sew a straight line, you can make these pieces!

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The first thing you’ll need is some fabric, thread, pins, scissors, an iron, tape measure/ruler and your sewing machine. I picked up two yards of fabric from Hobby Lobby and I was able to make three pillow covers and had enough for a little scarf my youngest could wear!

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(I made these early yesterday morning so you’ll have to excuse the light!!) Once you’re ready, lay out your fabric and grab a tape measure or ruler. The width of your fabric should be 45″-46″. For my 20×20 pillows I only had to cut out my height for the cover so be sure to measure the width of your fabric before you begin cutting. Here are some basic measurements depending on your pillow size.

*Pillow size:      (14″) Cut- 15″ Height / 34″ Width                  (16″) Cut- 17″ Height / 38″ width

(18″) Cut- 19″ Height / 42″ Width                  (20″) Cut- 21″ Height   46″ Width

 

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Once your fabric is cut you’ll turn the fabric WRONG side up. With the fabric I chose I didn’t have to worry about the sides because they were the same but if you do have a right and wrong side be sure your fabric is WRONG side up for this step. Now you’ll create your hem.

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For the hem on the SHORT sides of your fabric fold in 1/4″ and iron it down. Then you’ll go back and fold over 3/4″ and iron again (on each short side). Once you’ve done this to both short ends of your fabric you’ll stitch each end.

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I found that its best to run your stitch right in the middle of your hem. This way it catches both folds. ( the 1/4″ and 3/4″) Your long ends are still left untouched at this point.

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Now that your short ends are hemmed you’ll lay the fabric right side up and bring your short ends to the middle OVERLAPING them by 4″. This part takes a little adjusting to get the hems in the middle. I laid the first side down and then measured over 4 inches from the hem (as shown) to see where that would set my hems before I folded in the second piece. Once you have your short ends laid, overlapping 4″ you’ll pin your long sides. Be sure to leave a 1/2″ allowance for your seam. I placed my pins at an inch to give room for the foot of my machine to pass easily.

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Once you’ve pinned your long sides and sewn them that’s it, flip your cover right side out and give it a good shake. Oh!! And don’t forget to remove ALL of your pins before the shake!! 🙂 I removed mine but last night while hubby was admiring my work, he was running his hand across the pillow and a pin that I had missed stuck his finger. Hahaha, it was rather funny and no blood was shed! I’m just glad it was him and not one of the kiddos that found it.

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(The cover right side out with the envelope showing)

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Iron your covers if they need it and then fill with your favorite insert! (mine are from Ikea!!) And just a side note, not one of my envelope openings were perfectly centered but they were really close and I’m happy with imperfections! These covers were so fun and easy to make! I’m officially hooked.

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I also had a separate one yard of this fabric that I made a sweet little lap throw with. for this piece I just simply hemmed the edges to clean it up! I had a little fun with this one and used the zigzag setting with red thread!!

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That’s it friends, I whipped up three covers, a throw and a little scarf yesterday in roughly 3ish hours from set up to clean up (kid breaks included). It was so fun and easy!! I absolutely love the outcome and I hope this inspires yall to go grab some fabric and make your own!!

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As always friends, if you have any questions at all please leave them in the comments section below or feel free to email me at misdiy@outlook.com. You can also follow my blog via email by clicking the FOLLOW button on the right hand side of the screen and if you’d like to see more behind the scenes of our home, come follow me on Instagram @misDIY!

~Happy Reading

Friday Round up

Good Friday morning friends, we’ve finally made it!! I don’t know about y’all but this week felt like it was never going to end…is it because of the time change? I’m not sure but I do know I’m so thankful the weekend is finally here! Today I wanted to hop on the blog and share what I’ve been up to this week! (via Instagram) I’m hoping to make this a weekly drop in so that I can share our week and also dig into it a bit more by sharing sources for items and allowing y’all to ask any questions you may have! This week was the week for decking the halls my friends. Yes I put a tree up last week but this week it all came out and I’m really loving it so far.

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This year for our Christmas décor I had a direction I thought I wanted to go, ‘Cozy Country Christmas’ I thought…once I started to put the pieces in place with this theme in mind I just couldn’t figure it out. NOTHING was going together like I wanted. This had me stumped for almost a week and then one morning it finally hit me! I had put myself in a decorating box, given it a label. I wrote more about this on my Instagram in a post (@misdiy) but I decided to get out of the box, get rid of the theme and things finally started to come together. I created a Christmas ‘feel’ in our home that I love. Not a style, I didn’t name it or go with the trend. I simply used items I love to decorate our home for the holiday. If you’re in a decorating box GET OUT NOW!

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You guys know I love incorporating the old with the new and the hand-made, that’s just a mix I love. For our center piece I used a vintage cabinet door that I painted and distressed, some vintage metal containers that I place a candle in, stuffed a plastic grocery sack around the candle in the bottom to fill up the space and covered with this beautiful moss I found at Target. The tiny little white wooden stars were found in the Target dollar spot!

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In our dining room we also have this sweet little peg rail that is one of my most favorite recent DIY’s (I will get a tutorial together soon). It was super easy and I absolutely love decorating it! Again I kept this clean and simple, I added a pop of red with these adorable $.79 tea towels from Ikea, yes you read that right, and this gorgeous little custom banner Arami at Madre Handmade (here) made for me!

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Metals, linens, vintage rolling pins and stars…you just can’t go wrong! This metal basket was a vintage find, an old freezer basket I believe. I added our table linens and tea towels that I randomly use, a couple scrub brushes I found at Tjmaxx and this vintage rolling-pin. I love all the texture and goodness here, plus those sweet little stars I made with our girls last year! We will be making more of them this year because I just cant get enough of them, I’ll be sure to share all about them here on the blog!!

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Our piano couldn’t go without some holiday cheer as well. I love this piece and it’s another fun piece to style! Over the summer I dried a lot of eucalyptus to use around our home and this large glass jar is one bunch of what I had. To give it more of a Christmas feel I simply added some red berry stems I had picked up at Hobby Lobby. The wool blanket was a thrift store find and the Christmas Tree Farm sign was a DIY last year!

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Our Christmas tree… I shared a night shot of it this week, I just love the reflection of the lights in the windows. There’s something so magical about the glow of Christmas lights. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about where the tree is from, it’s from a company called King of Christmas (here). They have the most beautiful artificial trees I think I’ve ever seen. As you can see I have not decorated it yet, I really love it in all of its natural nakedness but next week I am planning to get the decorations on.

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I also shared this SUPER simple and inexpensive tree skirt! I’ve never really been able to find a tree skirt that I love. Last year we built a wooden box to go around the base of our tree but this year, with our new tree it just didn’t fit. So I had to go shopping for a tree skirt once again, and again I had no luck! Then the idea to use a drop cloth finally came to me. I see these used for so many things, slip covers, curtains, shower curtains…the list of creativity goes on but I hadn’t seen a tree skirt done. (I am finding now that I’m not the first one to have this idea. lol!!) I simply draped the 6’x9′ drop cloth around the base of the tree, folded the edges under and fluffed it until I was happy. Seriously so easy and I love it!

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Our master bedroom couldn’t be left out. Although it’s not finished, I still have a tree to put up and stockings to hang, its pretty close. Again simple pieces were brought into the room to create this look and feel. I added a throw I found last year at Tjmaxx on clearance, some Target trees to our rast dressers, a pillow cover, and some vase filler and a candle to place on our bed tray.

misdiy-1510313793514 The pillow cover is from Linen and Ivory (here) and the vase filler is from Hobby Lobby.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this weeks round up via Instagram. If you’d like to follow along on IG you can find me a misDIY. As always please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below or you may email me at misdiy@outlook.com! I’ll leave you with a sneak peek at one of the photos I’ll be sharing today on Instagram!

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‘Simple touches in each space create a feel of Christmas’

~Happy Reading Friends

Farmhouse Fall Tour

Good Wednesday morning friends! Today I wanted to share a little tour of our home decorated for fall. I started decorating around the end of August this year, I love fall and I was so ready to enjoy all the fall things! As the months went on, naturally I moved and switched things around but I never changed our decor. One thing I learned this year is that I like simple and REAL fall decor! You’ll also notice, since its been nine months when I last shared our home, that a few things have changed.

In our dining room this year I had alot of fun putting together another table scape, similar to last years (Fall Home Tour). I used real pumpkins, dried eucalyptus and the cutest little terracotta pots I picked up at Hobby lobby (50% when you go the right week) and Target (on clearance). The brass candle sticks were a vintage find along with the small white plates. The chargers are from Ikea and the large white plates were purchased at Wal-Mart.

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This setting didn’t last long because it’s not super practical for our family but I enjoyed it so much for the time being. If I were to host Thanksgiving in our home this would have been my set up. I love the natural organic feel, as if I went to the field for pumpkins and on my way back I grabbed some old pots from the garden shed and threw it all together.

Our dining space is currently very simple and I love it. I’ve simply placed a few real pumpkins around, using mostly white with a couple of muted orange ones. Because I know I’ll get asked, the peg rail was a DIY project that I do plan to share in the near future and the large shelving unit is the Ivar from Ikea! ($40 for this exact set up here!!) I wanted an old bakers rack but I had a very hard time finding one, especially in my price range, so this was the perfect solution. No it’s not a vintage bakers rack but it definitely gives me the look and feel I wanted.

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Our entry way was simple, with a few real pumpkins, and a scarf + pillow cover I had from last year.

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For our entry table, again I simply added a few real pumpkins to the space. The wreath was purchased last year from Target on clearance and the large framed shiplap was a DIY. (another one I’ll be sharing soon!) I have to say though, the wreath with the baby boos is my favorite!

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Our sitting room; more clay pots with white pumpkins on the mantel and a few muted orange in the doughbowl.

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Our family room has probably taken on the biggest transformation since I last blogged and I promise to share more about it in another post! This fall season was all about simple+cozy and that was easily achieved in this space! A few pumpkins and some extra blankets was all this room needed!!

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Our masterbedroom: white pumpkins, some faux eucalyptus and candle sticks from Ikea ($3.99 a stem/$9.99 set of three candle sticks) and a gorgeous sign from HarperGrayce (you can see her work here). P.S New bedding I’ll be sharing soon but the ticking stripe is still my beloved duvet from Ikea!

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Thats it for this years little Fall Home tour, I hope y’all have enjoyed it! As always if you have any questions at all please leave them in the comments below or feel free to email me at misdiy@outlook.com! You can also follow my blog via email by selecting the FOLLOW botton on the right hand side of the screen! And if you’re on Instagram come say hi (@misdiy), I love getting to chat with my readers/followers over there! I’ll leave you with this last photo of what our home currently looks like. 🙂

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~Happy Reading Friends

 

9 Months

Good Monday morning friends!!

WHAT?!?! I know….I’m sure most of you have forgotten about me by now. I mean it has been 9 months since my last blog post. But I’m back and I wanted to explain why its been so long since you’ve heard from me. I also wanted to say THANK YOU to those of you that have stuck around. I appreciate YOU! ❤

It’s hard for me to pin point when I started to pull away from blogging but I can pin point what made me start to pull away. I remember after Christmas, I had a pretty good groove going and I was happy with my blog, although it’s a very new and tiny blog, I was still happy with it. I started making (amazing) friends in the blogging world and little doors were opening up for me. Then it was like a brick wall came crashing down on top of me…I blame this feeling partly on my anxiety and partly on the fact that I am human, I am flawed. I started to learn that I needed to do ALL these things with my blog to become a successful blogger, and gosh it all sounded amazing and fun! Of course I want to reach more people with my blog, share more DIY’s and home décor, and to be honest if I made an extra buck or two doing it that would be icing on the cake. Stay at home mom here would love to help my family financially. So I was excited, but remember that brick wall I mentioned. It slightly crushed me. I began looking into what it would take to get my blog to the next level, man oh man did I feel in over my head. It was like reading a foreign laungage. I’m not tech savy, its just not something I did as a kid. I mean I sent emails and researched things but to know and learn how to build and opperate websites or even how to use codes and all the other fancy things, I never learned how to. Now as an adult I’d like to but the reason this brick wall was so heavy is because (the flawed part I mentioned) I am a ‘dig in and do all now’ type of person. When I want something done or I see that theres a task to be done I like to get it done right this minute. Now saying that, I’ve gotten a lot better over the years, God has put me in situations that have truly taught me to be patient but with this I didnt listen and I got BURNT OUT! Another flaw I have, when I get burnt out I walk away…for me burn out means stress, anxiety, worry, self doubt and anger. My go to is flight instead of fight when this happens so I simply walk away because all of those things just arent worth the issue that caused me to feel that way. I hope this is all making sense and I hope that yall understand where I’m coming from.

Fast foward seven-ish months and I started thinking about blogging again. I think I was working on a project at home or I had spoken to a friend, again I cant really pin point it but I remember thinking ‘Oh I should share this with my readers/followers’. This thought honestly surprised me because up until then I had no desire to blog. I brushed it off, or so I thought, and continued to enjoy the summer. Then again the thought of blogging hit me, so I decided it was time to really think about getting started again. The more I thought about it the more I found myself getting excited about the idea.

And then that brick wall was lifted. Friends, I’ve realized something these last few weeks, I had lost something in the mix of codes and links, my passion. I got so wrapped up in what I needed to do to make my blog better that I lost the real reason I started blogging in the first place. Again, flawed. When I started this tiny little blog it was for two reasons, to share my love of DIY’s and home decor, and to inspre and encourage other women (or men) to create a home they love! That was it, my reason, and I was PASSIONATE about it. I got lost friends, in the mix of things and I hope you will forgive me. I’m so excited to have my passion back for blogging and I cant wait to share all the things with you!!! Maybe one day my blog will grow and have all the fancy bells and whistles but for now its my place of comfort to come and share the things I love doing with YOU! Thank you for allowing me to do so!

 

P.s I see I have lots of questions and comments to respond too since coming back. I will work through those as quickly as possible and please remember you can always email me at misdiy@outlook.com.

~Happy Reading friends

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Part 3 of 3: How I Refreshed our Home Spending Less Than $50

Good Friday afternoon friends! Today is somewhat bitter sweet, I’m sharing the last blog post of this little 3 part series. I’m excited to share with you today but I’m also a little sad that this is coming to an end. I’ve had a lot of fun putting this together and sharing it with you all. If you missed Mondays ‘Introduction’ post about some things I’m bringing to the new year you can find it here. Wednesday was all about ‘How I stay Organized at Home’. Where I talked about having a cleaning schedule, a meal plan and some habits that I’ve found that work for me and help my day run smoothly. Today I’m sharing ‘How I Refreshed our Home Spending Less than $50’.

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The very first thing I did to start this refresh was remove everything…I’m not joking. I wanted to start with a clean slate! I wanted to purge, I wanted to shop our home and I wanted a new look for the new year without spending money, or at least not a ton of money. So I began by emptying the space in our sitting/dining room and making piles. I made a pile of décor I knew 100% I wanted to use again, then I made a pile of décor I wanted to sort through.

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Once I had my spaces cleared and my two piles made, 1 pile for keeps and 1 pile for sorting I began prepping the rooms. To clean the space I simply dusted all of the surfaces, vacuumed under and around everything, washed the windows and window sills and threw the pillow covers and blankets in the wash. I then filled any nail holes that I knew I wouldn’t be using again and touched up the paint. This refresh is some what of a process and took me about two and a half days to finish but it was so worth it!

 

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Décor to sort and purge

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Decor to 100% keep 

Ok up to this point I have made 2 piles, one with 100% keep items and the other is the purge/shop pile. I also have a red 30 gallon tote that I keep for décor items that I like to rotate through. This usually consists of greenery, chargers, some baskets, glass ware and wooden items. I have a rule that once the tote is spilling over I have to go through it and purge items…well, it was time. So the tote and all of the contents were added to the purge/shop pile. For the purging process I had 10 questions I would ask myself about each item.

 

  1. Is this item something I use regularly?
  2. If not, is it something I love?
  3. Am I keeping this out of obligation or expectation?
  4. Am I holding onto this because I think I love it?
  5. Am I saving this just in case?
  6. Do I have multiples of the same thing?
  7. Could something else I own do the same thing?
  8. Am I holding onto a broken item to fix one day?
  9. Is this item worth the time I spend cleaning/storing it?
  10. Could I use this space for something else?

*Bonus question-Does this item help me achieve the look and feel I want for our home? (this is a biggie my friends) After you’ve asked these 10 11 Questions to yourself you should have a keep pile and a purge pile. If there are some items that you don’t know why your holding on to them but just cant quite commit to letting them go, place them in a box and store them away for 3-4 weeks. If you haven’t needed to open the box for an item then consider it time to say goodbye.

Goodness y’all, when I finished purging it felt SO GOOD! I was excited about the items I was letting go and I honestly didn’t know why I had held onto them for so long. When I started this refresh I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go with it but I knew I wanted to simplify things and stay true to my style and what I love. I think I achieved that look. There’s still some tweaking to do here and there but our sitting room, dining room and entry way areas are complete! (for now (-;)

PSA: Below you will find ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos. I was able to dig up pictures of the spaces before the holidays, that I refreshed but please know that some things changed even between the ‘before’ pictures and the holidays. I tried to get photos that were as current as possible. You may notice a piece or two that may not be shown in any of the before photos. With that said, for this refresh I listed the 4 items that were bought to be added to our home. In total the refresh came in under $40 due to those 4 items.

 

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Our sitting room before the holiday and the refresh

 

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Our sitting room after the refresh

 

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Sitting room before refresh

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Sitting room after refresh

If you notice in these photos some items did stay in the same spot but most of the items where switched up to a new location creating a whole NEW look. The only new items I purchased for our sitting room are the candle stick holder and fiddle fig for under $30. Everything else I shopped our home for to create this new look.

 

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Entry way table before refresh

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Entry way table after refresh

Yesterday, my hubby had a doctors appointment in the ‘big city’ where all of the best stores are located. Of course I had to stop by my favorites… Homegood’s, Marshall’s, Tjmaxx and Target. Y’all I did so good! I shopped with a purpose! I only brought home this super cute blue rug for our entry that was $9.99 (we totally needed one because the other one was BAD!!!) and the blue candle $7.99 on the table (of course the house needs to smell good!). So even though I know my husband will give a huff of laughter and probably roll his eyes when he reads this but, I did good!! 🙂 The rest of the décor here we already had, just in other places of our home. But again, shopping our own home and simply moving things around created a whole new look!

 

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Entryway before refresh

 

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Entryway after refresh

 

 

 

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Dining room before refresh

 

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Dining room after refresh

 

For our dining room my goal was to simplify the space. I just wanted it to feel fresh, clean and cozy. Again I moved a few pieces around and some items were purged. I also received this gorgeous Farmer’s Market sign a few weeks ago from my sweet friend Jenny at Down Grace Lane and I love it hanging above our shelving unit! Giving this space a little refresh honestly made it feel more open and bigger! I was surprised!

 

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Open shelving after refresh

 

 

 

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Lastly, our family room. Again my goal for this entire refresh was to simplify our spaces. In our family room I moved and purged a lot of items that were just taking up space. I had used a gift card I received at Christmas time and bought a record player. I needed a space to sit the player and my records so I cleaned off the sofa table and used the space for another purpose! Although our family room  a fresh new feel its still just as cozy and that is the main goal for this space. Its our favorite place to be!

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Well friends, that’s it for today! I hope you all enjoyed this little process I shared with you and I hope that it inspires you to start clearing spaces and making piles!! Clear out the clutter and shop your home! Its amazing what you can do with the items you already own! Love a red vase but its just not your style anymore? Think outside of the box a little. Sometimes we have all the pieces we need to create the home we love but they may need a little face lift or refresh of their own! Grab some paint or use the pieces for a different purpose all together! Just have fun with it and remember its all about creating spaces that YOU and your family love!!!!

~Happy Reading Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 of 3: How I stay Organized at Home

Good Wednesday morning friends! I’m excited today to share part 2 of this little 3 part blogging series this week. If you missed it, Monday I shared a little ‘Introduction’ to this grouping and some changes I’m making in the new year. Today I’m looking forward to sharing some things that I do to help me stay organized and on top of things in our home. I’ll be talking about things like: having a cleaning schedule and meal plan, making a master grocery list and some habits that, if you don’t already have, you should! I am FAR from having it all together or being an expert at this thing called life, but I have found some things that help me keep my sanity and keep our home running smoothly!

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The very first thing you MUST do, is buy a planner! I’m not fancy when it comes to things, I don’t print everything out and put it in a pretty binder with a fancy cover page…while that’s super cute and a lot of fun, its just not me. A planner where I can write everything down that I need works just fine!! I found this one at Tjmaxx for $7.99 and its PERFECT! The front has each month laid out and then as you go through each month is laid out once again by weeks. It provides space for each day to write notes and has a To-do list and note section on the side! Perfect for keeping me organized! Once you find or create a planner you love, I suggest going through and writing down all of the important dates for the year. Doctor/dental appointments, birthdays/anniversaries, special events and such. Now is the perfect time to make those yearly check up appointments as well!! Once you have your appointments made and filled in lets talk about a cleaning schedule…

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Here is my cleaning schedule for each week:

  • Monday: Laundry/Vacuum/Wash Dishes/Kitchen wipe down. This allows me to tackle the laundry that has built up from the weekend, sweep up the dirt brought in and you will notice that ‘dishes/kitchen wipe down’ are on each day.
  • Tuesday: Dust furniture/Dishes/Kitchen wipe down.
  • Wednesday: Sweep/vacuum carpets & rugs/mop (bi-weekly)/Dishes/Kitchen wipe down. I sweep the floors every week, mid-week instead of just vacuuming through. I also mop the floors every two weeks.
  • Thursday: Bathrooms/Dishes/Kitchen wipe down. Bathrooms get cleaned top to bottom. Tub, sink, toilet, mirror, soaps filled and toilet paper restocked.
  • Friday: Bed sheets/regular laundry/vacuum/Dishes/Kitchen wipe down. I wash our bedsheets every Friday so they are fresh for the weekend. I also do all of the laundry so there wont be any to do over the weekend. (or in hopes that there wont be any to do)
  • Saturday & Sunday: Relax, have fun and enjoy family! 🙂 I purposely schedule all of my cleaning to be finished by Friday so that my weekends are open for more important things. Although I do still keep up with the dishes and kitchen!!

 

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When it comes to cleaning I try to choose products that aren’t harmful to our family. These are a few of my favorites. You can find them here!

I also make a list of monthly cleaning tasks that need done like, wash windows, clean appliances, wash down cabinets (kitchen & bath), wash baseboards/doors/walls, disinfect trashcans…these are just some examples. You can tweak the list to fit your home but, by making a monthly list this will help you stay on top of those jobs that easily get put off or forgotten!! I have my monthly list written out and when I have free time during the week I try to pick a task off the list to complete. I also have a seasonal list which includes things like clean/organize pantry, clean throw pillows/blankets, wash windows/window treatments, clean/purge closet and store seasonal clothing, wash comforters/duvets and clean/organize fridge (throw out expired foods). Again you can create this list to fit your home and you may also want to sit down with your spouse to create a seasonal list for the outside of your home to keep it just as neat and tidy!!

Another way I try to stay organized is by having a meal plan for each month and a master grocery list. Once you have the dates in your planner and your cleaning schedule written out you’ll then want to write down all of your families favorite meals. I usually come up with 16 meals that we can rotate through and I like to add in one or two NEW recipes to try each month. In the back of your planner, or wherever your ‘notes’ section is, make a list of meals you know your family loves. You’ll then refer back to your current week and start filling in each day with a meal. I rotate our meal plan every two weeks. This makes it easy and helps me stick to our master grocery list. We also account for ‘take out night’ which falls every two weeks on payday week! Doing this allows us to enjoy a take-out pizza or burrito and still stick to our budget! Once you have your meals listed you can work on your master grocery list. I suggest doing this on the computer. This will allow you to print a hard copy each time you make your shopping trip. I do one BIG grocery run once a month. Then I only need to pick up perishables in between! Again this will help tremendously with budget and organization. No more frantically thrown together meals at 6pm! Another great thing to try and do is to purposely plan easy meals or crockpot meals on the weekends or nights during the week when you know you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking!!

 

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Starting my day with our bed made makes me feel productive before the sun even rises 

 

Ok now to share my ‘habits’ with you. Its taken a little time to make these habits stick but I promise once you do you’ll thank yourself!

  • Wake up early: This one may have been the hardest one for me but I can finally say its my most enjoyed habit! I wake up 2-3 (4:30am-5am) hours before my girls wake up. This gives me much needed mommy time! I have time to help my husband get his things ready for work and to do whatever it is I want to do uninterrupted for a few hours. Workout, read, work on a DIY, read my Bible, enjoy coffee in complete silence, blog…I mean really, whatever I want. It gives me time to wake up, do something I enjoy and be ready for the girls when they roll out of bed!
  • Make your bed as soon as your feet hit the floor: This is a great habit to form because not only does it help you to complete a task right away but if you don’t see your room the rest of the day, its already tidy because the bed has been made! A made bed and good coffee is the best way to start the day!  🙂
  • Nap time clean up: Each day before the girls take a nap or have quite time we clean up. All of the toys are packed away and we make sure their chores are done. This not only helps keep the house tidy but allows me to have another hour or two that I can focus on cleaning or whatever the task needing done may be instead of going through the house cleaning up all of the messes while the girls sleep.
  • Daddy clean up: My husband never gets home at the exact same time every day but when he calls to say he is on his way, I know we have 30 min before he hits the door. Once I hang up the phone I announce ‘daddy’s on his way!’ and we begin our daddy clean up routine. Toys are put away, I do a quick walk through of the house gathering things that are not in their proper place and put them away, pillows are fluffed, dishes from lunch are put away and by this time we usually gather by the door just in time for him to open it. Why do we do this?? Out of all of the habits I’ve ever tried to stick with, I have to say this is number one…does it happen every single day? No, there are days that something happens and we don’t get it done but those days are far and few between. We practice this habit because when my husband gets home I want him to enter a peaceful home, not chaos. I want him to know that we are so glad to have him home and I want him to feel comfortable and relaxed as soon as he hits the door. Not stressed out by the pile of toys he has to push out of the way to walk through the door.
  • Night time clean up: After dinner I wash the dishes and clean the kitchen while my husband gets our youngest daughter ready for bed (the older two only need prompting). Doing this each night provides a clean kitchen for me to wake up to. Which helps to make my morning run smoother. I don’t wake up to a sink full of dishes needing washed and dirty counters to wipe down.

 

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A normal morning/afternoon 

 

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What the family room looks like after a quick nap time clean up and before my husband gets home.

 

I think that just about covers all the things I do to help stay organized and keep our home running the way we like it. These aren’t crazy miracle secrets and like I said, I am NO expert! I’m still learning every single day, but I have found things that keep our home and family happy. Our days and nights run smoother, there’s less stress and chaos. I hope that I’ve shared something here today that inspires you or helps you get a little more organized in your everyday life. I don’t do anything off the wall crazy, I just write a lot of stuff down. 😉 I find that having these lists and schedules help keep me on track and I find that I actually have more free time!  If you have any questions about something I mentioned today please feel free to leave them in the comments section below or email me at misdiy@outlook.com!

~Happy Reading Friends