Did everyone have a Merry Christmas?!?!?!  We are still recovering from fun-filled family function after family function, with more to come this week!  Most years, by the time it’s all said and done, we have had 7 Christmas get-togethers!  (And, no we do not do gift exchanges at every one, thank goodness!)  I’ll tell you one thing, next week will be filled with naptimes and early bedtimes to get ready for school again!!! 🙂

   So, I recently joined Pinterest.  Oh my GOODNESS, there are so so many things on that I am interested in making, but let’s be honest, it’s just not going to happen until I have a bit more free time on my hands and some serious cash flow.  But, away I pin:  pinning it away for a future day with future extra time and future extra money, when my future kids are old enough to not need me to meet all their future basic needs.  🙂

  However,  balancing 3 different school schedules from 2 different school districts, has taken its toll on this ol’ brain, and when I forgot a school thing for the 2nd time, I knew it was time to up the Organization around here. 

  My calendar sits on my desk in the office/playroom at one end of the house:



  My laundry room, where all the kids lockers and school notes live, is allllll the way at the other end of our very long, ranch-style house. 

(Check out our laundry room makeover here.)  

laundry room

  It is just not feasible to run to my office as they walk out the door, to make sure I didn’t forget “Bring a $1 day” or  some other event written on my desk calendar. 

  So, as I was thinking about what to do, I remembered a pin I had re-pinned to my “Home Sweet Home” board, shared by Makes and Takes.

Here is what I did:

Bought a Poster frame at Wal-Mart for around $7.50, it was a nice big 18 x 24 one, but naturally I didn’t take a photo of it, so here is the crumbled paper from inside the poster frame that I pulled out of the trash can. Nice, right!? 

  The “glass” (plastic) on these kind of poster frames will be perfect for writing on with a dry erase marker!  And they are much lighter than a regular frame for the hollow door I plan to hang this on.


  Next, I went to Hobby Lobby and got scrapbook paper at 50% off, spent around $3.  I picked brown, cream and deep red to match the laundry room colors.


I had Dale Spray paint the black metal frame a bronze color: this was free since we already had a can.

Then, I printed an empty Calendar page: found online for free.

  Next, I started working on paper layouts until I figured out how I wanted them.


  I decided to do a Calendar, Grocery list, To Do List and 4 Empty Squares: 1 for each kid.  I am excited about being able to easily keep track of each child’s needs for school that week, as they empty backpacks at the end of a school day. 

Here is the finished product:

(Yes, I am aware that I do not have pretty handwriting!)  LOL 🙂


Here it is in the laundry room:


  My new Organization Board aka “Brain Board” is on the door of the pantry, nice and accessible to me, but high enough to not get erased by little fingers.  Plus, clever Dale found me a WET erase marker for calendar dates and the children’s names, so when I erase notes, the “basics” don’t erase too.

  Cool, right?!  I was pretty proud of it!  {Pats self on back}


And all for around $10, too!  🙂

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The Start of a New Look!

A couple of summers ago, we got Destiny new “big girl” bedding from PB Teen for her birthday present.

She was using my day bed and dressers from when I was a kid, but once Avery was old enough to need her own bed, we decided to get the girls bunk beds.


  We sold the day bed, and found the black bunks I wanted.  Praise the Lord we were able to find them for the exact price we sold the day bed for!! 

  The top bunk still needs a comforter, but I am holding out for another sale someday down the road when cash is more readily available! There is a super cute paisley one Destiny picked out that is the exact swatch from this other comforter that now resides on Avery’s bed.


I thought it’d be fun to spray paint my old dresser and chest of drawers black to match the bunks. Well, what I WANT to do, and what I can actually accomplish these days, are two VERY different things.  I was a bit scared of the paint not adhering properly to the fake finish on my 1980’s dresser, so I chickened out.  (its particle board under fake cherry finish)  Someday we will purchase black furniture for the girls, but for now, this will totally work!


  I wanted to change the look of the dresser a bit, so tonight, we took a mirror we’ve had just lying around forever and put it above the dresser.  (GRrrrr! The Before pics are NOT supposed to turn out nice than the After.  Just trust me? It’s BETTER than the old way in real life!)016
(See my sweet little Avery all ready for naps?)

  You can’t tell it from the picture, but it totally opened the space up and actually makes that room feel bigger!  Craziest thing!

  Dale, being the crafty man he is, also built the girls cubbies for their Bible’s, journals, treasures and Destiny’s alarm clock.  He cut old white shoe shelves and spray painted them black and attached them to the wall at the foot of each bed.  So crafty I tell you!

They turned out GREAT!!!!

Destiny’s  cubbie                            Avery’s cubbie (which is now full of stuffed animals)


To go with the new black theme, we also changed some of the white décor with the help of a can of black spray paint we found lying around the shed.





I am very pleased that this room is starting to become what I’ve wanted it to be all along……..and with no money out of pocket! SCORE! 🙂


Except one thing.  A BIG thing……



 This wallpaper has been in this room for 9 1/2 years now. It is well past time to get it out of there!  Again, who has time for this nonsense though?!  Not me! Not right now anyways.  We do have colors picked out for our “someday” project: tangerine and hot pink.


The colors are so off in these shots, here are the paint samples in natural window light, they match her bedding perfectly.



I dream of Tangerine walls and hot pink walls with big circle decals.  SOMEDAY.




PS  This is post 1 of 2 today, make sure you click over to read about some Simple Smothered Steaks! YUM!!!!