Fun Fall Décor You can Make at Home

I have to confess, I’m not an extreme decorator. I love the seasons, the special holidays…I even love crafts! My problem? I rarely have time or I lack the energy for anything too terribly elaborate, especially during any kind of holiday season.  Read more...

Sunday Night Blues

This scenario may sound familiar- It’s Sunday evening at 8pm. After a busy weekend, you finally get your kid(s) down to bed and you make your way downstairs for some much needed relaxation. Once your feet hit the family room, you realize- the weekend is over and there is work to be done. Loads of laundry, toys to be picked up, a kitchen to clean, a car to vacuum so your carpooler doesn’t sit on dirt and other remnants from the weekend, the list is long. Each Sunday I think, why aren’t I more productive on the weekends? But I know the reason. Weekends are for family time, play-dates, perhaps a much needed trip to the gym, for fun! But, how can I balance both? This past weekend, I tried something different. And it worked. Read more...

Chores for Hire DIY

This project took me about five minutes to whip together and then I had to wait for a coat of spray paint to dry. It's quick and inexpensive and that's the way I like them. My husband and I have debated on putting actual cash in these clips vs. a ticket for $ or something but I'm leaning toward the instant gratification thing as a motivator. Read more...

Cinder Block Garden

I'm not very good at planting gardens or keeping plants alive. However, my husband and I thought it would be fun to try plant a garden so our son could watch things grow. Last year was the first year we did it. Our peas and beans did great. Our carrots...not so much! Read more...

Garden Décor Round-Up

I’ll be honest with you. I say that my family is big into gardening and outdoor living…but really, my husband is the one who does it all. I have grand intentions, but I also have a teeny problem with follow-through. In the spirit of those grand intentions, however, I’ve scoured the internet for some of my fave garden décor ideas – ones that are so cute and simple that even I could pull them off. Read more...

A Garden For Each Season of Life

As I think back on all the gardens I’ve grown, I realize that each one mirrored what was happening in my life at the time.  As I grew and changed, so did my gardens. Read more...

TOMATOGEDDON

My point. Our yard and garden is a work in progress and we only spend so much time on it among doing life with these busy kiddos. It's more about the feeling in our yard (cozy and welcoming) than about perfectly sculpted edges and such. It's a come as you are space and we like that. Read more...

A Lego to Stand On

Dinner preparation at the Slaney house looks like this: my wife feverishly cooks after a long day at work while I do my best to keep the kids from interrupting that process. The fewer the distractions, the sooner we’re able to come together and enjoy her delicious cooking.  We feel that coming together for a family dinner is really important.  That’s what brought about the need to creatively overcome an issue which had been disturbing me for quite some time:  our son’s Legos consuming half of our eating space. Read more...

Quick decorating tricks & clutter busters

As a mom on a budget, I'm all about finding a thrifty way to turn my house into a comfortable, welcoming environment.  I love browsing decor magazines and gleaning good ideas so I've gathered my top ten list (plus a bonus idea) of fun tweaks you can accomplish with a few simple supplies that won't cost an arm and a leg, and less than an hour.  (Most of my ideas literally take minutes.) Plus you don't have to be the superwoman of crafts (I'm sure not!) to make these happen.  In no particular order, here are my favorites! Read more...

Mama Must-Haves!

Hi BE-YOU-tiful Mamas! So thrilled to be sharing with you today some of my go-to Mama Must-Haves! Whether you feel like you’re a shoe-in for mother of the year or just barely getting by, these fab products are sure to help you tackle your day just a little bit better. Read more...

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