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.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Independence and Organization

Independence Day is just around the corner and it has me thinking about the traditional American values of independence, freedom responsibility and hard work!  

Men and women with these characteristics helped to shape our great nation and I hope you and your family have a wonderful time together celebrating your freedom to make a difference in our world just like they did! 

This month I shared about how we've taught our son to be responsible and hard working and gave some tips so you can help your teen find work even when it seems no one is hiring. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How to Help Your Teenager Get Work (Even If No One is Hiring)

Call it frustration or call it determination -- whatever you call it, I call it a mom on a mission! My 17 year old son CAN NOT find a paying job anywhere -- and I'm not alone. The jobs for teens are scarce or non-existent, at least where we live! So, we are taking matters into our own hands and we figured out a way to help my teenager get work, even though there was no one hiring!

How to Help Your Teenager Get Work (Even If No One is Hiring) ::

Monday, June 20, 2016

5 Ways to Get a Better Night's Sleep

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

How can you possibly get a better night's sleep? Well, for me, there are things that I do each day to help me ease my way into getting a better sleep! It might seem like simple ways, but they are definitely something that help me be calm. We've got a busy schedule some days and I try to consistently get to bed around the same time. 

5 Ways to Get a Better Night's Sleep ::

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

10 Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas

Oh no! Father's Day is on SUNDAY! That's just five days away! Have you forgotten about your dad or husband? Well, if you are JUST now thinking about it, don't fret! I've got you covered!

10 last minute father's day gift ideas ::

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Planning the Kitchen: How to Organize Your Budget

Last month, I let you in on a BIG secret that we're getting a new kitchen {thanks to the generosity of MasterBrand cabinets}. To say that I'm excited about getting a new kitchen is an understatement. I've never had a new kitchen or been able to pick out anything new before. We've been married almost 22 years and I've been content with all the kitchens passed to me and made them all as cute and nice as I could. 

My Kitchen Renovation Mood Board ::

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The BEST RV {and Camping} Organizing Products

Last year, when we bought our used RV, we planned on using it for multiple family get aways - and we have! We go away as many holiday weekends as we can, and we love every minute of RVing. We just got back from a wonderful trip this past weekend and I wanted to share some of the best products that we use while we're RVing. Many of these products are also great for camping, as well. So, be sure to share this with your camping friends! If you want to see more good stuff that we do while RVing, go to my Instagram #OMFRVmakeover hashtag and you'll get to see all kinds of fun stuff I post about it. 

The BEST RV {and Camping} Organizing Products ::

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Make The Most of Your Summer

I don't know about you but the past couple of months have been just crazy with all the end-of-school activities.  On the blog we've been busy as well and if you've missed any of our posts you can find them here.

  No matter what you have planned for the summer I am sure you are all in need of a little change of pace.  

If you are a little apprehensive about what  you're going to do with your kids on all those summer days with "nothing" to do, then I've got some tips for making the most of your time with them over the next two months!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Let Them Struggle a Bit

Yesterday was SIX years since I first started this blog. On May 26, 2010, I decided to give it a try. I'm somewhat amazed at what it's turned into! 

Today we're going to chat a little bit about parenting and organizing. Why? I have just noticed something going on whenever I read online - what is it? Parents who are afraid to let their kids struggle, to feel pain, to have disappointing days, to get out and experience things. Now, this is mostly my observations and opinions so you may completely disagree with me here, but I grew up experiencing disappointment, having to struggle, earn my way, and feeling pain. Some children, sadly, experience far more than others and I'm not talking about those. I'm dealing with organizing - yep, organizing, of course!

How to Get Kids to Do Hard Work ::

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tips to Improve your Nighttime Routine

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

It's always been important in our home to have a nighttime routine. I've been a mom for nearly 17 years and STILL have the kids do a simple nighttime routine, and I have my own too! I have come up with 16 great ways to do that, using a few simple everyday products from IKEA and some creativity, to keep your mornings and evenings from becoming a nightmare! Today I'm going to share two of my tips, focusing on your nighttime routine. You can find all the tips from myself and other experts by going to IKEA's First59 page

Tips to Improve your Nighttime Routine ::

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to Freshen Up an Outdoor Candle

Summer is just about here and spring has been especially good to us this year - we've had a little bit of rain and lots of amazing weather. Well, living in Southern California, we've usually got good weather, but we also get lots of dirty smog and it can make things outside look awful! I have these lovely plastic, outdoor candles that I like to have on my deck to look pretty. But, they don't look so great! So, I made them pretty again!

Fix your outdoor candles this easily ::

Friday, May 13, 2016

How to Properly Fold a T-Shirt

Years ago I showed you a method of folding shirts and it seems that everyone is now figuring out a similar method! I do this method with my kids, mine, and my husband's shirts. It makes things completely tidy, organized, and fits twice as many in your drawer! Wow! How is it done?

How to Properly Fold a T-Shirt ::