New uses for old things: how you can use a shoe organizer in every room

Most people own an over the door shoe rack, or have at least seen one. They’re cheap, they’re easy to find, and they’re strangely versatile. 

Most of us use them just like this:

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Did you know you can use them in almost every room?


Life Hacks

You can cut them and affix them to the back of your bathroom cabinets to hold extra toiletries. 


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You can use them in your laundry room to store bottles of cleaner.


Better Homes and Gardens
Use one for extra storage in your kitchen pantry.


DIY Village
How about in your mudroom or coat closet to store winter hats, gloves and scarves?


A bowl full of lemons
How about in the playroom to store art supplies?

Or in your craft room to store your own crafty supplies?


Once Upon A Hive
I have three of these things right now. I can’t wait to show you how I’m planning to use them.

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Make Something Monday: Fall Crafts and Printables Roundup

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love football, pumpkins, big sweaters and boots. All year I look forward to this season. Our leaves aren’t doing much yet but our temperatures are starting to cool off and we can finally sit outside without sweating buckets.

This week, I’d like to share a number of fall prints, fall decorating ideas and fall crafts. All of these are super cute and cheap to make. 


Free fall printable from Ann of Green Gables

Simple fall wreath

And then after you finish your decorating, you can make this easy fall chicken noodle soup. 


Easy chicken noodle soup

Happy fall, y’all!! I am so excited that it’s finally here. 

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fall home tour

I have been fighting the urge to decorate for fall for soooo long. As soon as August hits, I do everything I can to find an excuse to decorate for fall. I live in North Carolina, so even when it’s September, it certainly doesn’t feel like fall here.

I decided to do a late summer/early fall kind of decorating scheme, with lots of textures and using things I mostly already had. I did have to buy some new apples, because my old ones did not survive the weather too well.

This is our front entry. I like to just do something small here. I used my great grandmother’s jug to hold some faux bittersweet, a galvanized bucket to hold a faux fruit, and my other great grandmother’s milk glass to hold a battery operated tea light.

 

I really, throughly enjoyed using antiques and things that have been in my family to decorate this fall. Here, I’ve used my grandmother’s scale and milk glass bowl to display some fruit, and a milk glass pitcher to display some burlap sunflowers. Also, I used this Pepsi crate I bought in the mountains last March. I thought my table vignette could use a bit more texture, so I made a gallon jar less boring by adding some lace and burlap to it.

See that pitcher and plate in the background? Those also belonged to my great grandmothers (on opposite sides of the family).

I love looking at this vignette. The scale and the gallon jar remind me of my grandparents and that makes me happy.

My grandmother loves to give me things like this scale, because she knows I love them and I use them proudly. Display your treasures and heirlooms, folks. Don’t stash them away in a cabinet. Use them out in the open and enjoy them.

You can buy rolls of lace and burlap, already combined like you see here, for just a few dollars at Walmart. You can make so many pretty things with it!

Someday I’ll have a real mantle…until then, I have this weird pass-through window in our dining room. Here is my fall “mantle-scape.” I have milk glass, copper pumpkins and milk glass pumpkins, cat tails and ornamental grasses, and a pretty fall plate I bought a few years ago. Simple, and natural beauty.

You may have picked up on a burlap obsession. In my dining room, I currently have burlap sunflowers in a pitcher, a gallon jug with burlap and lace, and some candles with burlap and lace on them.

Yet another gift from my great grandmother, handed down through the years. I never got to meet her, but this footed bowl was hers and I’m sure she’d be happy to know I love it and enjoy it.

In our office, I chose to display grass-wrapped pears in a footed bowl, and several glass pumpkins.

I will likely change up my decor as it becomes cooler, and well…actually fall!

Have a wonderful day. I hope you enjoyed this tour.

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Back to school: how we save time in the morning 


Preparation is key to a less stressful morning. Do Anything you can do ahead of time to get yourself prepared for the next day. Some people are far better at this than I am, but I still want to take the time to share what works for us.


1. Use an agenda to be more organized overall

I like to read my agenda the night before to make myself aware of any to do list items for the next day, and any appointments or meetings we might have. This way I don’t have any “surprises” and I know what I’m facing (for the most part) when walking out the door.


2. Get your clothes ready the night before. 

I like to lay out everything I’ll need AND make sure it’s ironed the night before so I’m not scrambling in the morning. This includes workout clothes and my work outfit, down to undies and shoes. I do this for my kids’ clothes as well.


3. Use grab and go breakfast items. 

I like to make several breakfasts ahead of time and freeze them. Then I just grab them, heat them and eat them. It saves a lot of time.

4. Put everything you’ll need by the door. Then you can just grab it and walk out.

5. Pack lunches the night before so you aren’t scrambling to do it in the AM. 

6. Unload your dish washer at night so you can put your dirty breakfast dishes in the dishwasher before you leave. 

7. Check your bags the night before to make sure you aren’t missing anything you need. 


Lastly, don’t forget to say goodbye to your loved ones!! I hope this list has been helpful! What do you do to prepare for your day the night before?

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Tips and Tricks: How NOT to take DIY family pictures

Sometimes, I do things against my better judgment. I knew I wanted some current pics of both my children together. I wanted them so badly I disregarded every good rule I knew for photographing children. I am sharing this post with its appallingly bad photography not only to serve as a cautionary tale, but also to make you laugh. They are pretty funny! Besides, one downfall of the blogosphere is that bloggers often show you their perfections and we forget about the imperfections. Behold, the imperfection:

  1. Mistake number one: taking pictures at the wrong time of day.

What do these three pictures have in common? Well, I’ll give you a hint. It may or may not involve the sun being in someone’s eyes. To avoid this, take pictures around the time of sunset. This time of day does truly provide the best light for taking photos.

I took this one a few hours later, when the sun was beginning to set. This is way better, isn’t it?

Mistake number two: keep the toddler happy

If your little one is tired, hungry, or not distracted enough, he or she just might cry. or throw a tantrum. or just get up and walk out of your shot altogether.

But, if you try again post nap and post meal, you might get this:

I know it’s far from perfect, but I think it’s still a pretty cute picture.

Mistake number 3: Mind your background!

Awww, what a cute shot! Wait, what’s that in the background? An UMBRELLA?

Before you start shooting, take a few test shots to see that nothing weird is in the background.

Which leads me to my next point…

Mistake number 4: Put your dog up before you start taking pictures…or this might happen.

Mistake number 5: Getting discouraged if you don’t have many good shots.

I took about a hundred pictures that day, but only ended up with a few I truly liked.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little laugh at my expense. I also hope my “what NOT to do” tricks will help you.

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Farmhouse Friday: Favorite Farmhouse Finds at Pier One

I haven’t done a five Friday favorites post in a long time, so thought I’d share a few of my favorite things currently at Pier One.



Chas Zinc Grey Velvet Armchair
This traditional styled overstuffed chair is comfy looking and stylish. They’re expensive and yet I still want two of them!


Popcorn Jute Rug
What says farmhouse more than classic wood floors and a jute rug underfoot? This rug has so much texture and it’s so neutral. It goes with everything.


Farmhouse pitchers
I certainly don’t need anymore pitchers, but these are so neat looking. I love the color and shape of them. They look like they could be handmade. 


Farmhouse console table
This is a cute little table, and I really like how it looks. The price is good too. 


Farmhouse trays
What are your favorite farmhouse finds?

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Trim Healthy Mama cooking day part two

Freezer meals are one of the surest ways to save time in your busy schedule. I’m a teacher with two small children, one who is extremely busy with a number of activities. Time constraints make it easy to fall into the fast food trap. 


Perhaps you remember my post two weeks ago when I posted about my breakfast cooking day? I ended up with three weeks of breakfasts frozen in our freezer, which is definitely making our mornings easier. 

I just used this printable meal planner I made and it made the cooking day so much more organized. 


To download, just right click on the blank pages and save to your device. For best results, click “fit to page” and print on 8.5×11 paper.

I used my second cooking day to make freezer dinners and some condiments. One of the great things about the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook is that they include a “freezer to crockpot” note in all their crockpot recipes. This tells you how to easily prep your meals for the freezer so you can just take them out and pour them in the crock pot.

At the end of the cooking day, I had  made peanut junkie butter, sugar free chocolate syrup, sugar free strawberry jelly, sweet and tangy salad dressing, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

I also made whatcha want Mexican chicken, Cajun cream chicken, lazy lasagna for two…

Wicked white chili, 

Wipe yo mouth BBQ,

Taco soup 

And rich ‘n’ tender stew


This will make my nights so much easier AND ensure that my family has a healthy meal each night for dinner. 

Here is my recipe list. All are Trim Healthy Mama recipes and are sugar free and white flour free. Some special ingredients are required.

Peanut junkie butter

Slim belly jelly

Sweet and tangy salad dressing 

Chocolate syrup

Balsamic vinaigrette 

Lazy lasagna

Cajun cream chicken

Watcha want Mexican chicken 

Wipe yo mouth BBQ

Wicked white chili

Taco soup

Rich and tender soup

Hope you’ve enjoyed this list! Keep your eyes pealed for yet another cooking day in the near future.

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Wordfull Wednesday 


I don’t know about you, but there is a small, determined little part of me that loves proving others wrong. I like how I feel when I accomplish something, but I really like when someone else thinks I can’t/won’t do something, and then I do it anyway. 

I once had a friend who swore up and down I’d never get a masters degree. I did. I had another relative who didn’t think I’d be successful in transitioning to a sugar free life. I’ve been sugar free for 22 months now.

Take your haters and use them as motivation. Don’t take their doubt and make it yours. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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A mountain trip and some antique store finds


Recently, my dad’s side of the family took a trip altogether to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

We rented a cabin and we all stayed together. We shopped, we drove around enjoying the sights, and enjoyed some great food.


But one of my favorite things we did was visit an antique mall in Sevierville.

I love antique stores. I’d rather go poke around in an antique store than eat. My oldest daughter loves it almost as much as I do.

We went to a store called I R Cheap, which I first thought would be a discount store, like Ollie’s in North Carolina. 

I was pleasantly surprised. I found loads of pretty wood and metal signs.

And this pretty, patriotic wreath.


And some tobacco stick ladders that were incredibly cheap and cute!


I also found some Barn stars and paint stick stars.


They also had lots of pretty canisters


And some lovely Christmas things.


I really enjoyed my visit there. 

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

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Make Something Monday: a Fixer Upper style printable

Lately I’ve really been into these farmhouse style “handlettered” signs. Now that these signs have been made more popular by Fixer Upper, they’re popping up everywhere. 

On a recent trip to Tennessee, I spotted these in an antique store.


I decided to make something similar but truthfully, I’m pretty horrible at hand lettering. But I am good at downloading fonts and creating printable art on my computer. Stick to what you’re good at, you know?


I can’t wait to show you where I put this. In fact, I’ll show you that really soon. Until then, here’s the printable for your downloading pleasure. Just right click, save to your device and print.

8×10 size:


11×14 size


Have a wonderful week! Happy Monday!

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