Sunday, September 14, 2014

Off on Her Own

I wish I could tell you I was using this amazing print to decorate a nursery, but instead this graphic is a reminder to me of letting go and releasing your child into the world on their own.

I can not believe this day has come, but my little girl move out on her own.  She found an adorable little apartment with one of her friends.  I am excited for her.  She eagerly packed all week the little things we have purchased over the years for this day, colorful mixing bowls, a polka dot yellow vase, mason jar glasses, a couple cute coffee mugs and some cookie cutters and of course her wine from Trader Joe's. I am left with an empty room and an empty counter in the bathroom ....  more new ground for me to deal with or to redecorate it depends how you look at it.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A true sign of a Grandma

You know you are a Grandma when you get a coupon to Pottery Barn and you use it to buy goodies for you grand baby.  

It will be my grand baby's first Halloween and she will need a costume.  We decorated her bedroom with elephants so it was fitting that for Halloween she dress like an elephant.

Pottery Barn kids has this adorable elephant costume.....


........and then I found on sale a cute pumpkin bag for her.  Yes of course grandma got her name monogramed on it.

I can not wait to see her in the costume on her first Halloween.  I just hope she is smiling and not crying.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Just Good Ideas

I found two good ideas this week to think about.   I have a big blank wall in my kitchen and I would love to display my colorful bowls somewhere.  I really like the simple white shelves in the background of this kitchen.  I think it would less expensive than a buffet or hutch.
I found this simple book shelf converted into a purse organizer.  This is a great idea.  I don't have this many purses, however I do have a couple that are stuffed into baskets.  I think I could make something similar and it would not cost a lot of money.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Improving Coupon System

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I am not a big coupon person.  I save coupons I see in the newspaper, when I remember.  I save the coupons that are sent to me in the mail.  However I do not search them out online.  I only save coupons I know I will use.  With that said, I have tried different systems over the years and the one that works best for me is something simple on the refrigerator. 

Why?  That is because I am not the only one who reads the mail or paper.  My husband and daughter will also save the coupons they know we will use and if I don’t have something that they understand they just leave the coupons on the table.  That will leave more work for me!  No thank you I already have a lot of responsible.  For years, I just had envelopes on the refrigerator.  The problem with the envelopes is that they tend to sack after a while or rip. 

I tried these bins from Ikea and magnets however the bins wiggled around the refrigerator too much and the bows would not stay on.  Once in a while they would tip over and all the coupons would end up on the floor.
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This week at Target I found in the bathroom section these neat organizers.  3M recommends that you use them for organizing your bathroom supplies or school supplies in your locker or even spice bottles in your cabinets.  

I thought they would be perfect for my coupons.  I labeled the bins with some red stickers because my silhouette machine is broken.

Now I have a coupon organizing system that I will not have to replace every six months. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Where I am Now!


You would not believe the disaster I have in my house right now.  It is August and my attention has been at school setting up and organizing my first grade classroom.  Usually the house suffers a bit, however this year it fell into a sinkhole.  My sweet adult children are talking about moving out….ok I am ready for the change.  What I am not ready for is the things they are collecting from family.  When we cleaned out Grandpa’s apartment we moved many things to our house because the kids might want it.   MIGHT is the key word in this sentence.  We cannot park in our garage, we cannot walk in our basement, they’re our boxes just lying around the house that we need to go through and make decisions.  To add to our problems, now we have window treatments on the guest bed because we just put in new windows on the first floor and they need to be stained.  I need to sort through all the photos from Grandpa’s board and put them back where they belong as well. 

Now that I am back at work it is hard to tackle large projects.  I just do not have the time.  So for the month of September I am going to focus on one pile a day.   If I can just put away one pile of things a day or at least start to organize something I know it will add up by the end of the month.  On the weekends I can tackle some of the bigger projects that need to get done as well.  I know this will not make for great project pictures on my blog however I know that a more organized house is a happy house …….. and that is more important to me.