Most of us don’t have unlimited resources and space. Downsizing to a smaller home has made me more aware of my limited space. I used to have a whole basement for storage, now I have a small closet and a portion of the garage. The problem is there are things I still like to have that aren’t used often. I have tried to make pieces function in more ways than one, like this tub bucket for organizing and fun.

Bucket for Organizing

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How to Decorate with Florals

by leanneja on May 4, 2015 · 1 comment

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I love florals! I enjoy having flowers in every room of my home whether it be on cushions, prints, rugs, towels, furniture, or framed. Since I live with a male who doesn’t necessarily want to live with flowers floor to ceiling I try to tone it down a bit. Adding just a touch of flowers to every room gives me the feel I want without overpowering the room. So let’s talk about How to Decorate with Florals (without alienating everyone else in your house).

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April Posts Round Up

by leanneja on May 2, 2015 · 0 comments

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I can’t believe it’s already May. It’s time for the April Posts Round Up where I share all my posts from the past month. If you missed any of the posts in April this is where you’ll find them. Now it’s confession time. I didn’t get nearly as much accomplished in April as I had planned to. Life has many twists and turns and they’re not always easy for me to maneuver through. It’s been one roller coaster after another around here. I love roller coasters but after too many I just want to get off and take a leisure, slow boat ride. Anyway, I have a plan to gradually add to what I’m already doing until I get back to where I was before. I have some furniture I’m working on, some recipes I’ve been experimenting with, lots of craft projects in the wings, and of course, lots of organizing ideas I need to share. I hope you find a few things that will inspire you to be creative, get organized, and maybe try a new recipe.

April posts round up

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How to Care for Succulents

by leanneja on April 29, 2015 · 2 comments

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I did it! I finally graduated from faux succulents to real succulents after some encouragement from my instagram and facebook friends. I am by no means an expert, I mean I just recently jumped in, but I did do some research so I wanted to share with you what I have learned about how to care for succulents. And I have to say I am already in love with these awesome plants.

How to Care for Succulents

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It’s pretty easy to get things organized but keeping them that way can be more of a challenge, especially in the kitchen. There’s so many kinds of things in different shapes and sizes that need to be stored but also easy to get too. By Organizing the Kitchen with Baskets things are neat and tidy, easy to get too, and contained. Plus you can label the baskets so everyone knows where things should be returned. It’s easy to find inexpensive baskets at second hand stores, yard sales, dollar stores, and other discount stores. You can buy a few at a time if you need too. Even though the baskets are behind closed doors I like to keep them to a few colors so they’re coordinated.

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Mother’s Day Printables

by leanneja on April 26, 2015 · 0 comments

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I love Mother’s Day! I’m a Mom so how could I not love it. My kids make the most adorable and thoughtful gifts, fix me breakfast, sometimes dessert, and usually let me sneak in a little nap. They even let me pick a movie for the family to watch, that’s a big deal.

I also love giving gifts to other women on Mother’s Day. I know so many wonderful women that I look up to and try to emulate, they make me a better mom by their example. My own mom is the best example of love I have, but I haven’t lived close to her most of my adult life. It made me realize that a lot of other women are in the same situation. Since I don’t have a lot of money to purchase gifts for all these amazing women in my life I decided to make some Mother’s Day printables to give them. Of course, there are phone calls and gifts from their loved ones but sometimes it’s also nice for someone close by to show their appreciation of what a great example they’ve been. In our church all the women attending get a small gift on Mother’s Day. I have always thought that was such a lovely tradition and so appreciated.

Mother's Day Printables Collage

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Neighbor Gift Ideas with Printable Tags

by leanneja on April 23, 2015 · 0 comments

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We moved about a year and a half ago and I haven’t been a very good neighbor in our new area. I used to be a good neighbor. I would get mail for my neighbors, bring them treats, watch their dog, water their plants, and so on. I guess because I really didn’t want to be in this neighborhood I was having a hard time reaching out to my neighbors. We were actually starting to get to know our neighbors to the right a little but before we knew it they moved and the house sat empty for a while. Well, new neighbors are moving in this week and I am determined to be a good neighbor so I’m starting with a little treat and introducing myself. I’m sharing some neighbor gift ideas with free printable tags if you would like to get to know your neighbors too.

Neighbor Gift Ideas with Printable Tags

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Mom Survival Kit

by leanneja on April 21, 2015 · 5 comments

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

Whether you’re a new mom, a mom that’s been around a while, or a grandma we could all use a little attention and pampering once in a while. Mother’s Day is the perfect day to give a mom you know a Mom Survival Kit, but really any day would be the perfect day for a little pampering.

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I hate wasting things but I don’t like things just hanging around either. I like to be able to recycle and find a purpose for them if possible. This DIY Pencil Holder is so simple but is exactly what I needed to hold my awesome branch pencils.

DIY Pencil Holder

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Gluten Free Blonde Brownies

by leanneja on April 16, 2015 · 1 comment

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I don’t know how this happened but up until the age of 27 I had never heard of Blonde Brownies. Our young family had moved to Florida from Maryland and I had already lived in Indiana, Utah and California but not in one of those states did I ever taste a blonde brownie until living in Florida. Why were people hiding this delicious dessert from me? Luckily I met a friend who was willing to show me what I had been missing.

Gluten Free Blonde Brownies

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