October 15th, 2014
Halloween is already scary enough without food allergies. But for kids who could have severe reactions or even die from unsafe-for-them foods, it’s extra-scary.
Join the #TealPumpkinProject by passing out only allergy-free treats this year. Non-food options are fantastic, fun, and safe.
Here are the 10 Best Allergy-Free Halloween Treats, in case you’re looking for ideas.
Let trick-or-treaters know that your house is allergy-safe by printing out one of these door signs and displaying it on Halloween, and be sure to spread the word to friends so they can participate in supporting and protecting kids with food allergies too.
Click below to grab your printable door signs for #TealPumpkinProject.
Click to get the sign-up form and your free printable door signs.
October 14th, 2014
A little while back, I mentioned that I had received requests for me to share more of my home with you, so that you can see how the homemaking methods and techniques I talk about look in action.
I share a bit of this stuff on my Instagram account (say hi on IG if you follow me over there!), but I’m happy to give a more in-depth tour on the blog.
This week, I’m happy to give you my living room tour.
We have a very open floor plan, so you’ll be able to see glimpses of the dining room, kitchen, and office nook too, but I’ll cover those in more detail in later posts.
Click to read all about how we organize and use our living room, and to see lots more pictures.
October 7th, 2014
I’ve been hard-core decluttering the house. And I’ve been working hard to keep the clutter from coming back in.
I’m guessing you’re here because you’re on the same kind of journey.
And Halloween is working against us!
With all of the costumes, candles, spooky decor, junky little trinkets and toys, the clutter situation can get quickly out of hand.
How can we cut the clutter without cutting back on any of the fun?
I promise, it’s possible! Here’s how.
Click to read all 18 ways to prevent clutter-creep while you celebrate Halloween!
September 30th, 2014
You love your kids.
You want them to be creative, to explore the world, to use their imaginations. You want them to learn, make connections, and grow. You want to encourage their interests, support their passions, and broaden their horizons.
And for many families, the playroom is where it all goes down.
But there’s a problem that happens in playrooms.
It’s the same kind of problem that happens in your own closet if you’re not careful. You know the feeling that you have too many clothes and nothing to wear? Kids get that too, with toys.
When they enter a playroom that’s full of toys, but there are things they’ve outgrown, things they don’t like anymore, and mismatched pieces, it’s pretty overwhelming.
What would make you look at your closet, let out a frustrated groan, and then choose the same yoga-pants-and-tank outfit you usually wear? That’s the same feeling that makes the kids leave their playroom and grab the pots out of the kitchen cabinets to play with.
There’s nothing wrong with wearing yoga pants and a tank top, and there’s nothing wrong with the kids playing with cooking pots. But wouldn’t you rather those things happen on purpose, instead of as the only alternative to an overwhelming number of choices?
Toy rotation is a huge help in those situations, and I’m happy to share with you how to get started.
Read more to find out why parents AND kids will love toy rotation, and how to stat your toy rotation system. Plus, get the printable checklist.
September 23rd, 2014
You have been asking me to share more of my home with you, so that you can see how the things I homemaking methods and techniques I talk about look in action. I share a bit of this stuff on my Instagram account (say hi on IG if you follow me over there!), but I’m happy to give a more in-depth tour on the blog.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared my garage with you. This week, I’m sharing my kids’ playroom. My children share a bedroom, so that we could take advantage of this sun-filled room for playing during the day. We love this room!
The playroom changes a lot. We have simple furniture that’s easy to move, not too many static decorations (just a few things on the walls), and everything that’s “loose” is for playing. The room is totally open-ended, and my kids can exercise their imaginations here.
Here’s the tour of our simple, bright, open-ended playroom.
The little couch and chairs are Guidecraft furniture from my teaching days, and I recovered some of the cushions with fabric from IKEA. My daughter hand-sewed the purple pillow at school, as a Mother’s Day gift to me. I’ve proudly displayed on my bed since then, but recently she “stole” it for her baby doll.
See the rest of the kids’ simple, open-ended playroom tour.