Friday, January 22, 2016

Girls Night In Valentine's Party

Since I am on a Valentine's kick, I was thinking about how kids have all the fun. Then I got to thinking, why can't adults have fun too? After all, Valentine's Day really is about sweethearts.

While celebrating with your sweetheart is great, celebrating with your friends is fun too. So, why not have a girls night in Valentine's party? Some great food, fun and favors all make for a great time.

Looking for some inspiration? Check out these great ideas.

Serve festive cocktails complete with pomegranate ice cubes.

Pomegranate ice cubes and lots of other healthy Valentine's Day food ideas!:
via Two Loves Studio

This heart salad not only looks good but tastes good too.

via A Designer Life

Start off the evening with a girlie drink.

Girls night recipe | Raspberry rose cocktail.:
via Camille Styles

Serve these along side your main dish.


Roasted Herb Heart Potatoes | Community Post: 23 Lovely Reasons To Do Breakfast In Bed This Valentine's Day:
via Hanielas

Decorate with pretty flowers and candles.


via The Glitter Guide

For entertainment, play cards, do a craft or watch your favorite romantic comedy.
Top off the evening with cute favors for your friends.


Valentine's Day Favor Idea + Free Printable "I love that we are friends" tag! Download it here: http://www.thetomkatstudio.com/mimosabar/ #tomkatstudio for #simplyjuicedrinks #ad:
via The Tom Kat Studio

Happy Valentines Day!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Awesome Valentines for Kids, Teachers and Friends

While looking for adorable crafts for my blog yesterday, I came across some awesome Valentine's. These easily could be Valentine's you give to anyone however, they are perfect for the Valentine's exchange my kids do at school.

Now a days you have to be careful about what your kids put in their Valentine's due to allergies. I, for one, know all about that, since my son has a severe nut allergy.

Therefore, I am always looking for cute Valentine's that are not the general store bought kind. After stumbling across some really great ones, I felt I just had to share them with you.

How cute are these Love Bug Fruit Cups. Healthy and adorable at the same time.

Love Bug Fruit Cup
via The Melrose Family

Here is another cute but healthy one.

21 Creative Valentines for Classrooms, Friends, and Family:
via Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Don't forget your teacher. Here are a few great ideas.

21 Creative Valentines for Classrooms, Friends, and Family:
via Jolly Mom

21 Creative Valentines for Classrooms, Friends, and Family:
via A Night Owl

via Skip to My Lou

You can just buy these from Kraze4Paper, or you could make them yourself


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via Kraze4Paper

What girl wouldn't love these?

free printable valentine's day labels
via TomKat Studio

These are too cute!

I chews you valentine craft from All for the Boys blog
via All for the Boys

Sometimes simple is the way to go.

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via Lia Griffith

This Valentine is fun and creative.

via 3 Garland Girls

What about one of these clever Valentines?

21 Creative Valentines for Classrooms, Friends, and Family:
via How Does She

25 Creative Valentines Crafts That Will Knock Your Kids’ Socks Off!:
via Meet the Dubiens

Free printable Valentines ... mustache and lip suckers!
via iHeart Naptime

Here is the winner for me. For anyone who knows my son, this is the one!

Star-Wars | Free Printable Star Wars Valentine's for the kids classroom or your friends and family.  Perfect for your Star Wars fans.
via The Idea Room

Happy swapping!



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Valentine's Day Fun

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to start decorating in my house for the next holiday,  Valentine's Day. This is not a holiday we make a big deal about in our house but it is fun for the kids to decorate and receive a little treat. 

Sure, buying store bought decorations is always an option. But, giving my kids something to keep them busy on a cold weather weekend is equally appealing.

I have rounded up some adorable Valentine's Day decorations to get you in the spirit. I intend to try out a few myself. Click on the links for tutorials for all these great projects.

Inexpensive frames, scrapbook paper, small candies, and a glue gun are all it takes to make some cute decorations for your table or mantle. 

XOXO Valentine's Day Decorations - Made From Pinterest:
via Made from Pinterest

Send the kids out to round up some branches, glue on cut out paper hearts and display them in a vase or jug for a festive and heartwarming display.

Tutorial for DIY Heart Tree:
via DIY Crafty Projects

Dress up simple white candles with twine and felt hearts to add a little warmth to your home.


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via At Home in the Northwest

This is my favorite. A garage sale globe painted black and decorated with a paint pen. I would leave this out all year!

via Driven by Decor

I love simple decor that creates an impact and this vase filled with candy and flowers fits the bill perfectly.


via Evolution of Style

Need something to keep the kids busy for a while? Get out some scrapbook paper, glue and ribbon. Simply have them roll up the paper into tubes and glue them together.



via Place of My Taste

Looking for something a little easier? Then try this super easy one. Just print with a color printer, punch holes and string together for an adorable and festive banner.

Printable Valentine's Day Banner from Crafting E for www.thirtyhandmadedays.com
via Thirty Hand Made Days

Happy crafting!








Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hidden in Plain Sight

I am always on the lookout for great ways to add storage to my home. I am currently on a kick to get organized this year. I am one of those people who cannot relax when there is clutter around. Every time I look around my house I think of ways to better organize my space to clear the clutter and restore order.

As luck would have it, there is not much in the way of storage space in my home. There is no entry closet, no coat closet and no mudroom. My kitchen is beyond small, as is every other room on my main floor. While I would love to expand my home and built closets galore, that just isn't in the cards right now. So, I just have to find clever storage solutions that hide the clutter and don't add to it.

One way to do that is with hidden storage. Hidden storage can be coffee tables that open to allow items to be stored and closed to hide them away and other like furniture pieces that serve more than one function. But, there are many other ways to hide that clutter in plain sight.

Hide keys in your entry way behind pictures on hinges.


Hidden space behind a picture, http://hative.com/clever-hidden-storage-ideas/:
via Planq Studio

Expand the storage in your bathroom with a medicine cabinet like this.

17 Secret Hiding Places That Will Fool Even the Smartest Burglar:
via Architecture and Design

Add a hinged panel on the end of your cabinets for notes, keys, pens and papers.

Hidden storage at end of cabinets.:
via Southern Hospitality

Mount a wall hung desk for crafts or work.

via Bit + Co.



Use the space between the studs to create a hidden cabinet.


100 Cheap DIY Upgrades for Under $100 Each. (2014, September 30). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://www.choicehomewarranty.com/blog/100-cheap-diy-upgrades-100/:
via Shanty 2 Chic

Hide a workspace in a closet.

via Apartment Therapy

Use bins to conceal clutter.

DIY Chalkboard Toy Bin Labels- Perfect for keeping your living space organized when living with kids.:
via Balancing Home

Happy decluttering!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2016 Trends

A new year and new trends are starting to develop. Let's start with paint. This year Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have opted to go white for their colors of the year. Both are warm whites that are perfect for walls, trim, furniture or cabinets. Pantone however, has decided to go in an entirely different direction choosing a pink and blue pastel hue for its color of the year. In addition to the colors of the year, home decor accents in navy are on the rise. While chrome and stainless steel are still popular, brushed gold accents are making a comeback.

Here's some ideas to get you started.


Benjamin Moore

Color of the year 2016 Simply White...I'm ahead of my time...Using this now for my kitchen cabinets. Yay me! LOL!:
via Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016: Simply White, Color Trends and Interiors:
via Home Bunch

Sherwin Williams

via Huffington Post

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2016 | - KitchAnn Style:
via Sherwin Williams

Pantone

It’s here! We are proud to announce the Pantone #ColoroftheYear for 2016 is #RoseQuartz & #Serenity:
via Pantone

via West Elm

Navy Accents


2016 Navy Home Decor

2016 Gold Home Decor

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Winter Decorating

Shortly after the New Year I took down all our Christmas decorations. On the one hand I am sad the holidays are over but, on the other, I won't miss the clutter the decorations cause. Despite loving the uncluttered feel of my home, it does start to feel a little bare after a few weeks.

Then I got to thinking. Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean you can't continue to decorate (sparingly, of course) for the winter. Here are some great ideas I may try.

Paper covered coffee tins dressed up with pinecones and branches are cozy and evoke the snow covered trees outside my window.

Oh man.. I’m putting this post up before Christmas because there is always a BIG question after opening up all the presents Christmas day & after the Christmas tree comes down, how do I decorate my house for winter?! Of course I will be showing you how I decorate at our house for winter here …:
via Liz Marie

Place a tray on your coffee table outfitted with silver candlesticks, simple flowers and jars covered in knitted cozies for a warm and inviting display

via Digs Digs

Add a cozy table runner by sewing hexagonal shaped felt together in warm cozy hues.


First DIY project in our new apartment will be this rug.
via Apartment Therapy

A twig wreath sprayed white and hung with a pretty ribbon and adorned with a white bird adds texture and interest to a door or window.

Winter Twig Wreath
via Thistlewood Farm

A few simple elements such as the snow shoes, miniature pine trees and cozy throw invoke a subtle but effective feeling of winter in this entry.

A little winter foyer fun:
via The Picket Fence Projects

Pom pom garland a kitty piece of art and some black and white photos make a fun and cozy winter mantle display.

A simple winter mantel display using wintery photos of kids! Get those photos printed and on display this season!:
via Landeelt

Warm up your bedroom with a chunky knit throw, matching pillows and a basket of birch wood.

Make your bed right when you get up. Fold your clothes and put them away right when the laundry’s done. And do the dishes right after you eat. | 27 Life-Changing Habits All Twentysomethings Should Adopt:
via Buzzfeed

Dress up your bathroom cinnamon sticks glued around a candle. It will make your bathroom look and smell amazing.

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via Decor and Dine
Cozy up!





Monday, January 11, 2016

5 Junk Drawer Organizing IdeasmetNvia via I


via The Lighter Side of Life

I am not one for making New Year's resolutions however, I am one for wanting to start the New Year off more organized and less stressed. Like any new endeavor, starting off small is the key to success. Find an area you want to reorganize, like your junk drawer, closet or bathroom vanity. Then decide what you want to keep and what you don't need anymore. Take stock of what you are keeping and find a way to corral like items into groups to create space and making locating those items easier.

Need some ideas for organizing your junk drawer? Get some inspiration from these great ideas.

1. Bamboo flatware organizer. Use a bamboo flatware organizer to separate and group items together. Use additional space for larger items. Separate the other area with small baskets.



via Two Twenty One

2. Boxes, lids and bowls. Lids from shoe boxes, smaller boxes from jewelry and small bowls make the perfect containers for organizing a junk drawer.



via The Kitchn

3. Custom cut melamine dividers. Buy melamine sheets at your hardware store. Cut them to your desired shape and nail and glue them to your drawer for a custom storage solution.


via JRL Woodworking

4. Metal desk set. Repurpose a metal desk set to use in your junk drawer. They are perfect for sorting pens, tape and rubber bands. Lining the bottom of your drawer with pretty scrapbook or wrapping paper makes you more likely to keep your drawer neat and tidy.

via iHeart Organizing

5. Stackable drawer organizers. Shops like the Container Store sell stacking drawer organizers to make the most of your drawer space.

via Centsational Girl

Over the next few weeks I will be writing more about organizing other areas of your home. Stay tuned!

Happy organizing!