I don’t know about the rest of you parents out there, but I’m a worry wart. I do most of my worrying at night. What is my problem?  I should be sleeping but instead, my mind is going a 100 miles an hour. It won’t stop until I either get up and take care of whatever is bugging me or I count sheep. Ok, so counting sheep doesn’t really work for me but I’ve always liked the idea.

A few days ago, I was thinking about one of the times Misty came over to visit. The kids were playing in the living room. While we were chatting, I walked over and pulled up my blinds. I really didn’t even notice but my little 15-month-old, Carson, was instantly attracted to the strings and started playing with them. Misty suggested I don’t leave them hanging down because kids can easily get tied up in them and not be able to get out. I’ve never had blind strings hang down far enough to worry about my kiddos playing in them but our new house as blind strings hanging down EVERYWHERE!

So then I started worrying about other things and decided rather than sit and fret, I’d do something about it. That is how my “Uncommon Household Safety Tips Worth Trying” list was born. And honestly, these are all things I’ve thought about at one time or another. I realize I shouldn’t worry all the time – about everything – but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared and preventative.

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So let me just start off saying that this project was both a HUGE pain but a HUGER (is that a word?) success! It took many hours digging through recipes, both in my recipe book and my favs saved on Pinterest, lots of copying and pasting, lots of typing and LOTS of patience. There were so many times I considered giving up on the project all together but I’m SOOO glad I didn’t!!!!! So, if you’re considering this project be sure you understand how much patience you’ll need to complete it…and if you’re a busy wife and mom like I am, go into knowing it’s not just a few day project. So…if I haven’t scared you off yet, let’s get started! Continue reading

 

Nothing is better than finding a recipe that can be a dessert and a snack and I found one. I found it at this site. The bad part is when I make it, I almost want to say to my kids, “You want a cracker with that red velvet.” Needless to say, it tends to go quickly! The best part is when I told my husband Wednesday night that I was making it for Friday’s post, he got all sorts of excited and then quickly became disappointed when he realized he had to wait until Friday to eat it. So yes, it is indeed delicious! So without further ado, here it is.  Continue reading

 

I hate to admit this but for the sake of this blog I will sacrifice some of my-not-so-likable details about my house (probably won’t be the last time I do either). Our office – which happens to be right off the entry way – is also being used as our guest room. Not ideal but sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do. It really isn’t too bad. It is a decent size but as most houses go nowadays the door has a window and for people visiting the last thing they should have to worry about is the rest of the household watching them sleep or getting dressed. Just slightly awkward! Continue reading

I’d like to introduce you to a little place I lovingly call “Organization Nation”. Now don’t get me wrong, my house has plenty areas of clutter, every normal house does, right? So despite what my husband might think (lol) I really enjoy organizing. I’ve found, seen and come up with some great hacks to organizing along the way and want to share them!

For today, let’s focus on the bathroom!

You’ve seen those silverware organizers in the kitchen section at the store, right? I got mine from Walmart. Forget actually using them for silverware–where’s the creativity in that?! Let’s organize our makeup!

I know, I know, I have a LOT of makeup. Let's just say I love variety.

I know, I know, I have a LOT of makeup. Let’s just say I love variety.

Do you ever get those cool perfume sets that come in boxes? Let’s just say Victoria’s Secret is my hubby’s go-to place for gifts…and I’m NOT complaining! Call me a pack-rat but I always save these boxes for organizing! I used this cute one for fingernail polish! Continue reading

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Ok so I going to share a weakness of mine. It’s a horrible one. If you are a health food critic you should stop reading now. I love bread!! It doesn’t matter if it’s store-bought or homemade, it’s all divine. I blame it on my dad really. He has the same problem. I remember when I was little he would get off work and grab 5 or 6 slices of white bread and eat them for a snack, and if I’m honest it is my same go-to snack now. I know it’s both horrible and delicious.  So when I found this recipe and tried it and realized that it went amazingly with my crock pot chicken fettuccine alfredo I was sold (don’t worry I will be sharing this recipe in the future). Better yet, I have cooked it for family and friends and they all rant and rave about how delicious they are. Continue reading

Who’s ready for summer?! This girl! More importantly, who’s ready to be done with school so you can enjoy some time away from books, studying and early mornings?! This girl! Ok, this doesn’t REALLY apply to me. I don’t have kiddos in school…yet. However, my world still revolves around school schedules somewhat because when school is out that means more time with my family and in particular, my sisters! YAY! That said, I can still empathize with all those school-aged children. I do happen to still remember my high school and college days. Counting down the days to summer was about the ONLY thing that got me through it. I remember cramming for tests and staying up late only to wake up early with bags under my eyes. Ahhh, the good ol’ days! But when summer came — that was when the fun began!

Sadly, the days of books, homework and studying will return much to soon for me once my 4-year-old starts going to school. Then our summers will become a treasured time for us (not that they aren’t now, because they are, but you know what I mean). It’s weird how once you have a child in school you view your summers differently. Continue reading

I’ve been told a few times that I’m somewhat high maintenance. Uh, you say that like it’s a bad thing? I just like being well put together and presentable as much as possible. (I actually think that’s one of the things my hubby likes about me lol) So…I won’t take it as an insult but as a compliment.

Hopefully I’ve peaked your interest into what my favorite ‘high maintenance’ must-haves are.

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So one of the amazing things about having a girl is living vicariously through her. Lucky for me she happily goes along with it. She must love her mom. One thing that you will quickly discover about me is that I am almost done building a house. A lot of posts will be about new projects there or some new furniture I want to redo or decoration I think I can make. With that being said we are about a week from moving in and the carpet is just about to be laid so it’s a good time to get my daughters accent wall done. And not just any wall, a herringbone wall. Her color scheme is amazing and one that I can totally run with. Grey, Navy Blue, Coral, and Turquoise. Something else about me is that I love turquoise, doesn’t matter the shade, if it’s turquoise I can make it work.

I am not a painter, so to start with a project like this was a little bit out of my comfort zone, even worse was that I only had a small window to accomplish it in. I woke up this morning and said it’s now or never. I am going to share some of the things that I learned and hopefully what is in my brain will transpire to the wall. Our base color of our walls is Argose-it’s a grey color-sorry not a good description but it was part of the color scheme so it meant one less step I had to do. Continue reading

We recently moved — such a dreadful way to start a post, sheesh — but it’s the truth. There’s never a dull moment between packing, cleaning, sorting through unwanted clothes and toys and then unpacking and cleaning some more. I find it rather painful really! We have moved five times in our nine year marriage. You would think it would get easier. That I would have some great how-to insight into moving but I don’t. I have wonderful intentions of color coding the boxes, having everything organized before the big move and being packed by a certain time. But alas, it NEVER happens. I guess I need to come to terms with the fact that I’m the type of person who just throws things in boxes and plans on dealing with it later. It’s not until after we move into the new place that I regret being that type of person. I could talk about moving and how much I hate it all day long but how boring is that?! I want to get to the more exciting aspects of moving. Like buying new things and finding fun projects to keep my mind off of all the unpacking.

When we finally got into the new house, one of the first things we did was downsized our entertainment center. With a 14-month-old, we needed to find something that would keep little fingers from playing with all the electronic gadgets and we needed to find it quick! So we bought a smaller media cabinet with doors (hallelujah) but that meant we didn’t have room for our DVDs. Continue reading