Friday, September 23, 2016

Midway reno: Cabinets out, drywall starting to go up, plumbing issues, wall oven waiting

Being totally honest here, and I'm SURE I have many readers who've been through this, but renovation isn't for the faint of heart! This organized, clutter-free girl is knee deep in renovations and can't wait for it to be over! And, this is ONLY our kitchen, not a whole house reno! So, I'm going to share my journey today of how I've been dealing with living in a mess and keeping my sanity - well, most of the time.

If you're following me on Instagram, I've been using the hashtag #OMFnewkitchen with all kinds of up to date photos of what's going on. I wanted to give you an update on the midway through renovating

Friday, September 16, 2016

Organizing an Upright Freezer {Garage Freezer}

Right as we were getting into our kitchen renovation, while my husband was away on a business trip for a week, our downstairs fridge/freezer died! We have a lot of people over and feed a lot of people, plus I like to buy in bulk, so our downstairs freezer is vitally important. I knew it could go anytime, as we had problems with it. It was "only" 15 years old but we loved it as it had a TOP fridge and BOTTOM freezer and they don't make those anymore, sadly. So, we had to explore some new options, and fast. 

Organizing an Upright Freezer {Garage Freezer} ::

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

3 Tips to Get Kids to Do the Dishes

This post contains sponsored links from Full Circle. 
All opinions are my own and the tips are yours to keep!

3 Tips to Get Kids to Do the Dishes ::

Is it me or are dishes one of those things that you just either love to do or hate? Sometimes it's pretty much hate! But, my kids have to do their share of dishes! How do I get them to do it? Well, I've got three tips that help kids get the dishes done - hopefully, without complaint!

3 Tips to Get Kids to Do the Dishes ::

Friday, September 9, 2016

5 Reasons Why Your Kids Need to Do Their Own Laundry

I am absolutely in favor of kids doing their own laundry. Let's be real, at a certain age they are totally able to handle it! But, I've also received some criticism or excuses why it's too much for kids to do. In our house, starting at age 10, my kids are expected to do their own laundry. They are each assigned a day of the week to do it. I have my own "laundry day" and they have theirs. Here are five reasons why your kids need to do their own laundry, too:

5 Reasons Why Your Kids Need to Do Their Own Laundry ::

Friday, September 2, 2016

August 2016 Wrap Up

Our house has been busy with our kitchen remodel this month and each day we get a little closer to being done.  In addition to kitchen updates, I've shared some tips about staying organized and having a stress free morning along with dorm room organization and back to school readiness.  Don't you just love getting organized at the start of the school year?  

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Destruction of Our Kitchen and More

The excitement of having a new kitchen is getting me through the time of having NO kitchen right now! If you have been following me for anytime, you may know I've been dreamingplanning, designing, and budgeting my way through this kitchen renovation. Now, we're in the destruction phase! It's not pretty, but necessary!

Getting ready to rip out kitchen cabinets ::

Monday, August 22, 2016

5 Tips for Back to School Organizing and Cleaning

When you think of back to school - do you think of cleaning? I don't, honestly! But, it's actually a perfect time to start perfecting your cleaning and organizing routine - again! Yep, every year you are probably having to tweak and fix that schedule and your routine for cleaning and everything else. I know that I have to every year when school starts. I now have a high school junior and a seventh grader so things are so different now than just a few years ago when my kids were little. Whether you public school, private school, or homeschool it's a perfect time to sit down and work out your routine and schedule. Here are my FIVE tips for getting back to school and getting updated in your routine:

5 Tips for Back to School Organizing and Cleaning ::

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Have a Stress Free Morning

I am partnering with IKEA to share some of my best tips for the #First59 Campaign. 

With school just around the corner, or just having started for many of you, I am guessing that the one area you struggle with is having a stress free morning! Am I right? Yes? Well, let me tell you that you aren't alone! Having a stress free morning CAN be done and I have a few tips that will definitely help you out the door and on your way to work or kids off to school. 

Tips on having a stress-free morning ::

Friday, August 12, 2016

Top Dorm Room Accessories to Keep You Organized

If you have a college student or you ARE a college student, you are probably getting ready to head off to college in the next few of weeks! I've shared with you lots of great ideas for dorm room organizing, RV small space organizing, and small space organizing! It's a fun challenge to see what you can do to maximize a small space! So, I found some really cool products for your dorm room that might help you keep much more organized - I only wish I had these when I went away to college! Soon, I'll have my own college student! 

Feel free to share this with your favorite college student, as I have a special offer for them at the end of this post, too!

Top Dorm Room Accessories to Keep You Organized ::

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

My Quick Tip for Your Next Potluck

Do you like potlucks? I do! We have lots of them between church, school, and home! Well, I wanted to share this quick tip with you for the next time you have a potluck or bring your crock pot {slow cooker} with you with all your yummy goodness inside!


Use Chalk Ink to label your crockpot {slow cooker} at potlucks ::

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Kitchen Renovation: Buying Large Appliances and Getting Bids

Our kitchen has been going through some changes! With my husband's upcoming busy schedule, we've decided to demo the kitchen a little each week! It seems weird, but it's actually working out quite well! So, the total demo is not quite done but nearly done! It's a mess though!

Kitchen Renovation: Buying Large Appliances and Getting Bids ::

Friday, July 29, 2016

Getting Back to School and July 2016 wrap up

I can't believe how quickly summer has sped by!  This month we have been busy with our kitchen remodel and I can't wait to show you how we are coming along in the coming months.  We've been designing, shopping and even starting a little of the demo process and my living room is FULL of all the beautiful new cabinets and appliances just waiting to be installed.  If you've missed any of my recent post's you'll want to check them out here. 

In light of school starting early in August I am sure you would also like to check out all the Back-to-School info you can get your hands on about now.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How to Organize a Complete Diet Change

About 7 1/2 months ago, I decided I needed a change. I needed a complete change in what I was eating and stop from being addicted to sugar and bread. I felt like I just couldn't NOT eat it when I was around it. Last year, even if I didn't eat much, I'd still gain weight. It wasn't coming off. I was fed up and knew that eating a consistent way that was unprocessed and whole foods, I would feel better - whether I lost weight or not. 

How to Organize a Complete Diet Change ::

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wake Up Happier with Simple Organization

I am partnering with IKEA to share some of my best tips for the #First59 Campaign. 

Oh, the mornings can be a bear some days! Some days we just don't want to get out of bed and deal with what is going to go on that day. Am I right? I don't! I have found that it's CRUCIAL for us that we get our mornings set right when we have routine for the First 59 and Last 59 minutes of our day! It's especially crucial when school starts, so this is a great way to get ready for that next month, by preparing today and getting organized!

Use a candle dish to organize bathroom essentials ::

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Designing: How we’re designing our kitchen to work with our needs

Hold on because this is going to be a FUN post to see! Today I am showing you the FINAL sketches for our kitchen!! Woohoo! I want to point how that you just have NO idea how much work is involved in JUST the planning of a kitchen. We haven't even gotten to the demo yet!

I am super excited to work with MasterBrand cabinets and their designer, Becky {awesome name for a designer}. She and I have chatted so much and I even sent her this short video of our kitchen. Yes, we have a crazy kitchen - there are doors in weird places and things you just can't imagine unless you physically walk into our home or via video.