Memorial Day Craft: How to Make a Paint Stick Flag

Memorial Day Craft: How to Make a Paint Stick Flag

Are you looking for a super easy and cheap folk art craft to do with your kiddos? Look no further than your local hardware store. Paint stir sticks are cheap and can be used to make so many cute things.

In the picture below, you will see everything needed to make a paint stick flag:

Simply glue your paint sticks together like this: lay two paint stir sticks vertically and glue the remaining sticks horizontally so that they cross the vertical sticks. I used hot glue for this, but craft glue may hold better.

Once the glue is dry, paint your sticks to look like an American flag. I used white star stickers, but if you’d prefer, you could paint or draw your stars.

So there you have it- a folk art inspired wood stick flag!

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Scripture Sunday: How to deal when you’re overwhelmed

Scripture Sunday: How to deal when you’re overwhelmed

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Have you ever been overwhelmed? Most of us, if we’re honest, will admit there have been many times when we’ve been overwhelmed. Maybe everyone in your home is sick at the same time, and everyone knows moms CAN’T get sick. Maybe there are a million things at home AND at work that need your attention and you feel there is no way you’ll ever catch up. Maybe you’re running low on money and your car is making expensive-sounding noises, and you’re wondering just how you’re going to manage to cover everything.  I can honestly say I have been overwhelmed on a frequent basis, and sometimes, I’ve handled it pretty poorly.

In recent years, I’ve realized there are two things you can do when you’re overwhelmed. You can throw your hands up and give up, or you can give it to God. And while we’re often tempted to just throw up our hands in frustration and just stop, we know it’s truly not an option anyway. Too many people need us and depend on us. It’s in those moments, when I’m screaming and in a place of despair and yelling, “I can’t do this on my own,” that I hear that little voice echo in my mind.

“You were never meant to carry this on your own.”

When you’re overwhelmed, hurting, and ready to give up, don’t. Give it to God instead. He is higher than we are. He is bigger than any struggle we might face, and He is there to walk beside us and shoulder our burdens along with us.

When your heart is overwhelmed, give it to the God who’s bigger than anything you’ll ever face.

Farmhouse Fridays: Favorite Farmhouse Kitchens

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I have really been crushing on these farmhouse kitchens lately. There is so much simple beauty in a farmhouse, and the kitchen is certainly no exception. I love the muted colors, the timeless details and the warm tones of the wood. Today, I’d like to share these lovely farmhouse kitchens with you all.

The photo above is from DIY and Crafts Magazine. It has so many details I’d love to see in my next kitchen. The classic white cabinets, beadboard ceiling, subway tile and wood countertop speak to me. And how pretty is that apron sink?

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Our Vintage Love Home

Maybe white cabinets and wood floors in a kitchen aren’t your thing. These tile floors and gray cabinets are simply beautiful as well. I also just love that chippy, distressed table. While I don’t really want open shelves in my kitchen because my house tends to get really dusty fast, I do love the look of these.

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Design Dreams by Anne

Butcher block counters? Check. Beadboard? check! Distressed shutters? check!!! If that’s an apron sink, I’m in.

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Better Homes and Gardens

I love the muted pop of color on the cabinets. That subtle mint color adds a little warmth to the white subway tile and light colored counter tops. That apron sink really pops against the color, too.

What are your favorite features in a farmhouse kitchen?

Finding cheap wall art online

Where to find cheap art

Most of us enjoy decorating our homes with things that reflect our personal style and inspire us. Like most people, I do not have a lot of extra money for expensive art, so I have to get creative. I had luckily had a lot of success finding cute and decorative art on the Internet.

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  1. Print botanical prints off of Pinterest or Graphics Fairy.com 

This botanical prints gallery is in our dining room. I printed every single one of these pictures off of Pinterest for free. I then framed them in Dollar Tree frames, and spent a total of $9. I have gotten so many compliments on this wall, and it looks so good in our dining room.

The Graphics Fairy offers a collection of vintage art and illustrations. Most of them are public domain and can be used however you’d like. Simply download and print your images. There is also a project gallery so you can see how others have used the graphics to create things. I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas for my own use.

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2. Create your own art using Adobe Illustrator or Canva.

There have been many times when I have seen something I liked in a store or on Etsy, but decided to try to create it myself instead of shelling out a lot of money for it. The printable above is something I created for my youngest daughter’s room after realizing her wall needed a little more color. I used Canva to create it and it was super simple to do.

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3. Allposters.com or art.com

There are two great websites I love to visit for cheap prints and posters to frame. My oldest daughter’s room once featured this tulip print that I bought for next to nothing on AllPosters.com. It cost me less than $20 and the most expensive part of it was the frame ($25). It looked great in her room and the colors worked perfectly.

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4. Get creative!

Who says art has to be a print, painting, or picture? These papier mache letters were purchased very cheaply from Hobby Lobby.com with a coupon, and then I painted them myself. I have also seen people hang and frame old keys from Ebay, a boat motor propeller from Amazon, and even deer antler sheds from Etsy.

I also once purchased Christmas gift bags, cut them apart and framed them.

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5. Google Images Search

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Most of the pictures in this gallery wall were found when I did a Google Image search for kids’ art. I saved it, printed it and popped it in a frame. I love how much it adds to her room.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. What are some of your favorite places to buy your budget-friendly wall decor?

Our cleaning routines

Our cleaning routines

How to have a cleaner house

 

As the busy, working mother of an active rising second grader and a toddler, I often don’t have the time to clean that I need. Sometimes I look around at my house and worry about when I’m going to get everything done. In the past, I have cleaned my home on Saturdays, but then I realized my entire Saturday was being lost to cleaning! Then, we had no time to spend together as a family.

The solution? Create a cleaning routine that enabled me to do a little cleaning each night. I found a neat cleaning schedule on Little Green Notebook.

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While this routine would work pretty well for us, there is no way that we could only do laundry on Saturdays. I had to tweak this a little to make it fit our needs. I came up with this:

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Our only solution was to wash and dry clothes every day, using the timer. I wake up, throw a loud of “ironables” in the washer, and they wash while we are getting ready. We then hang these clothes up to dry before we leave the house. I then throw our “dryables” into the washer and set the timer so that the washer will start shortly before I get home. I then don’t have to worry about the dryer running with no one at home.

Washing and drying clothes every night also makes for smaller laundry loads, therefore, less to fold and iron.

This cleaning schedule also means that we can do a little cleaning each day and have a house that both feels and looks a lot cleaner. The best advice I can give you is to find an idea you like and tweak it to make it work for you.

Cleaning our house a little each night was the only way that would work for us. Plus, we have a lot more time to spend together on the weekends.

 

Red Horse Inn: a vacation recap

Red Horse Inn: a vacation recap

Last weekend, the hubs and I took a little anniversary trip sans kids…our first anniversary get away since our first anniversary eight years ago.

We stayed at a gorgeous bed and breakfast in upstate South Carolina. It was called The Red Horse Inn. It’s very secluded, peaceful and the views are to die for. It’s also just a short drive from three cute little mountain towns.

Isn’t that view amazing?

Red Horse Inn offers cabins you can rent, but we stayed in the main inn in the Gable Room. This was the view from our balcony:

Our room was clean, comfortable and very cozy.

Our bathroom was huge with a big deep jacuzzi tub for soaking in.

One of the coolest things about the Inn is that it’s a totally personalized experience. This card and letter awaited us when we arrived.

We also had a very delicious breakfast waiting for us in the room each morning. There was oatmeal and grits, coffee or tea, huge and delicious muffins, fresh fruit and yogurt.

Christian, the innkeeper, is very friendly and accommodating. He even directed us to some delicious local restaurants for dinner, and his recommendations were on point!

We also enjoyed exploring the local towns of Landrum, South Carolina, and the North Carolina towns Tryon and Saluda. I will write more about visiting the towns next week.

We also hiked to a 90 foot waterfall.

More on that next week, too.

All in all, it was a great experience and a wonderful weekend, and we will most definitely return.

And if you’re looking for a relaxing, beautiful place to visit, I highly recommend The Red Horse Inn!

10 Kitchen Organizers You CAN Afford

10 Kitchen Organizers You CAN Afford

I’m a sucker for an organized kitchen. There are a ton of ready made cabinet organizers available, but most of them are costly. I’ve managed to find a few nice cabinet organizers for an affordable price.

1. Dollar store pull out basket organizer from The Kim Six Fix

My kitchen sink cabinet is one of the hardest to keep organized. This cabinet organizer would be cheap and easy to make, and it makes a good use of the space.

2. Pyrex organization using pot and pan organizers from Kevin and Amanda

I own several of these organizers that I use to organize bakeware and pots and pans. They’re inexpensive and you can find them at most big box stores. They’re also pretty sturdy.

3. This DIY baking sheet organizer from Indulge

This could be made easily and cheaply. I could see this being in a cabinet above a fridge or microwave.

4. Use inexpensive baskets to organize a small pantry via Pinterest

You can buy these baskets from Target for a small amount of money. They have different sizes as well.

5. Use baskets in deep drawers to corral Tupperware and lids via BHG

My Tupperware cabinet is a frequent mess. If I had a drawer deep enough, I’d use this idea.

6. Use a mop holder to store spices via City Girls and Country Pearls

Tired of searching for spices in a crowded cabinet? This life hack makes use of the back of your cabinet door.

7. DIY silverware drawer organizer via Princess Pinky Girl

You could do this very easily!

8. Got deep cabinets? Create some in-cabinet drawers! Via Remodelaholic

You could build these fairly cheaply; much more cheaply than the ready made ones big box stores sell and install.

9. Use command hooks to organize pretty much anything via Two Twenty One

I use command hooks to organize our baking cups and spoons, but I really love the idea of using them for your mixer attachments.

10. Undershelf baskets will add cabinet space via Pinterest

These baskets are fairly inexpensive, durable, and you can find them anywhere. Take advantage of some tall cabinets with these!

So there you have it. 10 cheap and useful ideas for organizing your kitchen cabinets without spending a lot of money.

Have a wonderful weekend.