We just took our daughter to college and helped her move into her dorm last weekend. It was definitely bittersweet. We miss her so much already and know there are times when she will probably be homesick. So decorating and organizing her room is more than just a process that needed to be done, it is a way to help her feel comfortable and happy away from home. I’m sharing Dorm Room Decorating and Organizing ideas we used in her dorm room to make that tiny space comfortable and her own. Warning: lots of photos ahead. I hope you’ll get some great ideas. The list of dorm room essentials is in another post.

Dorm Room Decorating and Organizing on a budget and using items you already have

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lennox® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Living in the desert means we have very hot dry Summer days, reaching over 100 degrees for many weeks at a time. I have some tried and true ways to save energy during the Summer months. Try them and see how much they make a difference in your home. Lennox® has some exciting events coming up where you can participate and win prizes. Continue to the bottom of this post for more information.

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It’s that time of year again. Once you buy bags and bags of school supplies you need to get them organized by child and classes. That’s why I enlist my kids in the process of checking supplies off the lists, dividing the supplies up between themselves and then dividing them into classes. We usually have stacks of supplies all over the living room floor for about an hour, but then we’re ready for the new school year.

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Dorm Room Essentials

by leanneja on August 19, 2016 · 0 comments

in Bedroom, General organizing, Kitchen, Office

A few days ago I shared Dorm Room Shower Caddy and Bathroom Essentials. In this post I will be sharing Dorm Room Essentials for the kitchen, study area and sleeping area. I can’t wait to share with you the whole room and some of the really inexpensive decorating and organizing ideas we used. She moves into her dorm room in a couple days so it won’t be too long. Like most of you we are working on an extremely tight budget so we are using as many things from her room at home as we can.

Dorm Room Essentials including sleeping area, study area, and kitchen

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Living in a rental means I have a lot of restrictions on making permanent changes to the home. Painting a whole room was a big no but I was given permission to paint a small area in the family room. I’ll take anything I can get to make a few changes while my family is living here. Painting a small area doesn’t take as much time but it can have challenges. I’m sharing How to Paint an Accent Wall or in this case a small inset area above the fireplace.

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We’ve spent the past few weeks enjoying Summer but our daughter leaves for college in a week and it’s time to get serious. This next week is going to be about gathering everything she needs to make her dorm room feel like home. One of the first things we worked on was her Dorm Room Shower Caddy and Bathroom Essentials. She’s going to college in a small town (there’s only one traffic light) and she won’t have a car so we’re trying to get her stocked up for a few months.

Dorm Room Shower Caddy and Bathroom Essentials (a checklist) and organizing ideas

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Thank You Teacher Gift and Printable Tag

by leanneja on August 12, 2016 · 5 comments

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Doesn’t it seem like Summer gets shorter and shorter every year? School has already started in some areas and we start in 2 weeks. I know teachers are prepping the classroom for the first day of school in anticipation of making it a great year for their students. I like to get the teachers a little something extra at the beginning of the year besides the things on their wish list. This teacher gift and printable tag is a fun and useful  gift for the beginning of the year.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Custom Vinyl Decor and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All creative ideas and opinions are my own.

I love decorating the walls in my home but since I’m renting and have a strict landlord, I have to find ways to do it without damaging them in any way. I love that you can add personality to your home with Vinyl Wall Decals without damaging the walls or any other surfaces. Here are a couple of my favorite ways to use vinyl on different surfaces.

Add personality to your home with Vinyl Wall decals

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Back to School Lunch and Dinner Ideas

by leanneja on August 5, 2016 · 0 comments

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hillshire Farm®, Jimmy Dean®, Ball Park®; Tyson® Foods. All ideas, recipes, and opinions are entirely my own.

I don’t know how it is at your house but once school starts here it’s a whirlwind of activity from Monday through Friday. Once the kids get home from school there’s homework, instrument practice, sports, church activities, and hopefully they can fit in a little play time. I appreciate quick and nutritious snacks and meals. These Back to School Lunch and Dinner Ideas are the answer to busy evenings, plus the kids will love them.

Back to School Lunch and Dinner Ideas by Tyson

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Kitchen Cup Organizer

by leanneja on August 4, 2016 · 16 comments

in Crafts, General organizing, Kitchen

Most of my organizing ideas come out of necessity and many times frustration. I made this Kitchen Cup Organizer a few years ago and we still use it everyday. It has been a lifesaver from having a sink full of cups, especially in the Summer. It doesn’t matter how many kids you have, it seems like each kid goes through at least 4 cups in one day.

Kitchen Cup Organizer Tray helps keep the kitchen neat and tidy

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