10 mud activities for kids

June 29th is international mud day! let your kids get muddy with these super fun mud activities for kids!

Dirty kids are really no stranger to our house.  Our kids play hard and get dirty, a lot.  What they don’t typically get to play in is mud which pretty much means mud activities for kids are about the coolest thing ever!  I swear they can sniff it out since it’s a treat when I let them get nice and muddy.  I actually caught the 2 youngest under the trampoline where all the grass is dead … read on–>

how to organize with baskets

Knowing how to organize with baskets is crucial for our home to stay organized, and not look cluttered. Great ideas here!

Baskets are the first thing I look for when I am trying to get organized. I mentioned before in my crazy awesome organization ideas post, that I am not an organizational goddess.  That said, I am always on a mission to be more organized.  Knowing how to organize with baskets is crucial to my survival.  Haha!  I love baskets, and I love that most of them hide the junk inside.  I don’t like being able … read on–>

fun rock crafts

These fun rock crafts are so easy, and definitely a quick idea for something to do with your kids.

Finding time to do crafts with the kids is something that has really gotten pushed to the side the last several (just being honest here) years.  There are a couple of reasons for that- 1. I just don’t have time, and I really try to extend myself a little bit of grace and acknowledge I can’t do everything. and 2. despite the fact I attempt to keep some art supplies set aside for the rare … read on–>

family photo gallery wall ideas

These are such fantastic ideas for hanging family pictures! I love a good family photo gallery wall ideas. I love how it tells your family's story in pictures. It's such a fun way for people to get to know you when they visit your home.

Knowing what to do, or having an idea when you start is the key to really good photo gallery walls.  And, what kind of photographer would I be if I didn’t absolutely love ideas for hanging family pictures?  I love how they decorate your walls with your family’s story.  It paints a picture of your life on your walls, and that always makes me so happy to see.  The best thing is it doesn’t matter … read on–>

Ways to entertain kids when you need a minute

Sometimes you just need a couple minutes to get things done without entertaining a child. These are great ways to entertain your kids!

There are plenty of times you need to find ways to entertain your kids.  I mean you can’t sit and play with them every moment of everyday.  I often find myself feeling guilty for not playing with them enough.  I have to work, I have to grocery shop, I have to cook dinner, cart kids to after school activities, clean laundry, the list goes on…  I know you all feel me. I honestly don’t remember … read on–>

diy spring wreath

This DIY spring wreath is so pretty, and I can't believe she made it with a pool noodle! How awesome is that?!!

Deciding to decorate the house for spring on a budget, has made me really think creatively.  I was seriously so excited when this idea came to me, and I was really hoping it would work out.  And, guess what, I managed to make the easiest DIY spring wreath ever!  What’s even cooler is what it is made out of, and that I managed to finish the whole DIY spring wreath in about 30 minutes.  Which … read on–>

how to distress furniture like a boss

I love distressed pieces of furniture, and this is one of the easiest DIY projects you can do!

There is no shortage of painted furniture in our house, and every single piece of that painted furniture is distressed.  I have 4 kids.  They are not the cleanest kids around (if you’ve been privileged enough to see my van, you can attest to that).  They are rough on everything in my house, and no matter how had I try to keep things looking “new” it doesn’t happen.  On top of that, I like white … read on–>

super cheap DIY moss covered eggs

I can't believe these DIY moss covered eggs, are made out of scrap paper and a plastic bag! So easy, and they look great!

Easter and spring decorations are my favorite, but I am also one of the cheapest people on Earth.  Spending money on decorations that aren’t meant to stay up year round, are usually not on the top of my list.  Hey, I’m still working on filling in rooms of our house. This year though, I promised myself Easter/ spring decorations.  I’m kind of obsessed with all things Pottery Barn, and their spring decorations are no obsession. … read on–>

DIY fairy wands your kids will adore

These are the cutest DIY fairy wands, and they were so easy to make. The kids loved this craft!

Crafting, with the kids, is not something I do very often.  When there was only one wild thing, and we didn’t have a busy schedule, and I didn’t work as much as I do now, I planned special things to do with him all the time.  He was the lucky one.  Wild things 2-4 never have had as many special crafts planned by me.  Sure, they do crafts in their playgroups and at school, but … read on–>

natural fiber rugs- you will love!

I am drooling over all of the texture in these natural fiber rugs!

Refreshing our bedroom means that without doing any major renovations, we are going to freshen up our room, and make it new again.  I can’t tell you how excited I am about this, and how much fun I am having with the planning process. One of the things on our list of things to buy is a natural fiber rug.  Our room currently has no rug in it at all.  There was once a rug in … read on–>

diy succulent window for the gardener with a black thumb

I am so happy I figured out a place to put my succulents. This succulent window adds so much to my kitchen.

If you haven’t taken even one quick look at pinterest lately, you will most likely have seen succulents in your feed.  If you have opened a Pottery Barn or West Elm catalog, you will have seen succulents too.  Succulents are ornamental plants that thrive on low water supply.  Guess what that means- even someone like me, who has a total black thumb should be able to handle these plants.  And, I plan too. DIY succulent … read on–>

diy painted kitchen canisters

I am in love with these DIY painted kitchen canisters, and they were so easy, and fun to make. It was so nice to be able to pick any color I wanted.

For the last several (I am not exaggerating here) years, I have been on the hunt for canisters for my kitchen.  The fact that I am super cheap, and our kitchen was the ugliest room in our house helped to talk me out of anything I found.  Now that our kitchen has been redone, I was ready to take the plunge.  The only thing I had working against me now was the cheap part. So, … read on–>

gingerbread houses + toddlers= fun?

gingerbread houses can be super fun to make with kids--and frustrating. if you're thinking about making one, you're definitely going to want to read this!

Years ago, before the birth of wild thing #3, I found a haunted gingerbread house.  It was insanely easy, and we had a blast with it.  Two years ago, I thought it would be fun to make another one. This is what it looked like (by the way, if you don’t follow me on instagram, you should!  😉 ).. Needless to say, we skipped making one last year. This year, wild thing #4 was given … read on–>

diy glitter pine cones

these diy pine cones are so cute, and ridiculously easy for anyone to make!

Oh goodness!  I cannot believe we are less than a week away from Christmas!  I swear, the older the kids get, the faster the month of December goes.  I really feel like there should be another couple of weeks, at least, before Christmas!! Every year, I try to add a couple of new decorations to our Christmas collection.  This year, I finally got around to making our pallet stocking hanger.  I love how simple and … read on–>

diy pallet stocking hanger

this diy stocking hanger was so easy to make, and i am so happy with how it turned out. it's perfect for anyone that doesn't have a mantle or a staircase.

I have been trying to figure out where on earth to put our stockings since we moved into this house nearly 5 years ago.  We don’t have a fireplace, and since it is split-level, we don’t even really have a staircase to hang them on. The first year we were here, I hung a branch on the wall, and attached them to that.  I had an idea in my head, but it just didn’t work … read on–>