Friday, August 26, 2016

Farmhouse Kitchen Bench Makeover with Diva of DIY's Chalk Mix Paint

I'm here today with an easy little update I recently made to our dining area. A couple of years ago, I refinished our round oak dining table and gave it a beautiful soft white makeover. At the same time, I gave our mis-matched chairs a coat of navy blue spray paint to tie them all together.

Blue and white farmhouse dining room

The only thing I didn't touch at the was the farmhouse bench, mostly because I didn't know what to do with it. Should it be white to match the table? Should it be navy to match the chairs? So, it sat. And sat. And sat. See, even bloggers who do this sort of thing for a living sometimes can't make decisions either!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My New Favorite Kitchen Gadget: Soon to be Your Favorite Too!

Ok, allow me to be a nerd here for moment. (Who am I kidding? I'm probably a nerd on here more than I realize!) I found the best kitchen gadget the other day, and I had to share it with you!

Let me give you just a little backstory so you can see why I am so excited. See, we have two boys, 10 and 8, and we attempt to make them responsible for themselves, but sometimes it backfires. In the mornings before school, they are responsible for getting their own breakfast, and getting showered/dressed/etc. The two of them fixing cereal in mornings was making me crazy; spilled cereal on the floor (that only I know how to sweep up apparently), and boxes or bags not closed all the way when they were done. So, I found a solution, and I couldn't hit order on Amazon fast enough!

This new kitchen gadget is keeping my floors cleaner and making my mornings easier! Definitely a must have!!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Back to School Teacher Appreciation Gift

Well, we got the kids off to school this week. We now officially have a 5th grader and a 3rd grader! And I know I think the same thing every year, but really, where does the time go?

As usual, I put together a little back to school teacher appreciation gift. I try to send little gifts to the boys' teachers throughout the school year, just to show them that we appreciate all their hard work. (Here are some past Teacher Appreciation Gifts.) While I try to gift them useful items they can use in the classroom, and not have to spend their own money, I also try to include fun items, and occasionally small gift cards, as well.

Here is a look at our back to school basket:

Treat the teachers in your life with a fun, and useful, Back to School Teacher Appreciation gift basket!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

6 Wall Stenciling Tips From a First-Timer

So, last month I tackled my first big stenciling project, and gave our laundry room a fun makeover. And now, I am elbow deep in another stenciling project in our master bedroom, I think I am just a sucker for painting projects!

Mid-way through the laundry room painting I started making some mental notes of things I was learning, and things I wish I would have known before I started this project. That's not to say that I'm not happy with the result, I absolutely love how it turned out, it was just some parts were not as simple as I thought I was going to be. So, to save you some of the stress, and make your next wall stenciling project a little easier, here are my wall stenciling tips from a first-timer.

Must read before you begin a stenciling project! 6 tips for wall stenciling from a first-timer.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Back to School Organizing Round-Up

It's that crazy time of year again! Everyone is getting ready to send their kids back to school. We go back to school next week, so I have been trying to get myself into gear. This is the time of year that I really get motivated to clean and organize our home, forget spring cleaning, I prefer fall cleaning. I want to make our morning routine as easy as possible, and I want to make sure the kids are organized so they start the new school year off on the right foot.

I rounded up a few posts to help you get you home organized for the new school year (or any time of year, really), and some bonus ideas for treating those new teachers as well.

Let's start with my favorite 5+ tips for back to school organizing. We keep using all of these tips year after year to stay organized, and they never let us down.