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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Giraffe Ring Dish

by leanneja on April 15, 2015 · 2 comments

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It never fails that I get all ready for the night and hop into bed then realize I still have my rings and earrings on. Sometimes I even still have a bobby pin or two in my hair. I’m too cozy in bed to get back out but I hate just sitting things on my bedside table for fear they might fall off. It seems like I’m always making things out of necessity, but I guess that isn’t a bad thing. I kinda like whimsical things too, so this Giraffe Ring Dish is a pretty perfect solution.

Giraffe Ring Dish

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I’m always trying to find fun kid activities and projects to keep the kids entertained. I gathered some of my favorites for all ages. These are tried and true ones that my kids really love. Some are creative, some exploratory, some for rainy days, some for outdoors, some crafty, and all fun. Look through them and find the ones you think your kids will enjoy.

12+ Fun Kid Activities and Projects

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We spent a few days last week at my daughter’s house in California. It was the perfect place to spend Spring Break. Even though it was full of fun and busy days we took some time to plan an Easter dinner and brunch. I decided to make 2 pies. One was a banana cream pie because it’s everyone’s favorite and I decided the other one needed to be gluten free so I could eat it. Since I love tart, I made a Lemon Meringue Pie. Don’t worry I didn’t get to eat the whole pie, everyone else loved it too.

Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

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Floral Spring Mantel

by leanneja on April 9, 2015 · 3 comments

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Easter is over so it’s time for me to change up my mantel again. It’s my favorite thing to decorate in my house. This is definitely not my favorite mantel I’ve ever had but I was happy that I at least had one to decorate when we moved here.  I love that it’s a place I can change things as often as I want to celebrate the seasons or holidays. I tend to get restless in my decorating so my mantel gives me the perfect outlet.

Floral Spring Mantel

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