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I should preface this post by admitting that I have only sewed three things in my life:  Christmas stockings, pillows, and a couch slipcover.  I’m still new at this sewing…

New Life to a Bathroom Cabinet

I found this cabinet at a garage sale last summer for $5.  I had just ripped down an ugly wicker shelf from above the toilet in one of the bathrooms…

Cottage Refresh (In Progress) Update

We’ve been working pretty hard this past year to make changes to our small cottage lake house in order to pull it out of the 1970s.  We really tried to…

Lake House Boat Oar Address

We’re in the midst of refreshing our small cottage lake house in southern Wisconsin.  The outside has undergone big visual changes for a very little amount of money.  (It’s amazing…

stacked flower pot tutorial

Stacked Flower Pot Herb Garden

Although I’m fortunate to have a massive back yard, I’m always looking for ways to save precious yard and garden space.  I’ve planted herbs in a large pot in years past,…

DIY Crate Storage Bench

I wholeheartedly believe we can never grow too old for “story time”.  Of course, you could never actually call it that in a 6th grade classroom, but the philosophy behind…

Easy DIY Bulletin Board

This doesn’t get any easier, or cheaper.   I spent a grand total of $2 for this bulletin board, but if you add in the supplies I had on hand already…

Framed Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

It’s ironic – I was ecstatic when the chalkboard in my classroom was replaced with a whiteboard several years ago.  I despise the feeling of chalk dust on my fingers.…

DIY Play Kitchen

My daughter’s 2nd birthday was approaching, and I’d been scoping out different play kitchen sets.  I had one that was on clearance in my cart, and something told me to…

DIY Storage Bench with IKEA Shelf

I’m on a mission to turn our small, dark basement into an inviting kid-friendly playroom.  Oh, how I wish I had a before picture of this basement when we first…

Toddler Sensory Activity Table

I’ve been fortunate enough to stay home from work for 2 months after my second little girl was born, and I knew I wanted my oldest home with me as…

DIY Happy Birthday Pendant Banner

Abby’s first birthday is coming up, and I’ve seen so many cute, homemade banners in magazines and on Pinterest lately.  I figured the project wouldn’t be too difficult or time-consuming,…

Welcome to Our Cottage!

Welcome, come on in!  My family has owned this house for 23 years.  I have only fond childhood memories of this place and I am proud to keep it in…

The Best Pizza Sauce. Ever.

I’m planning to make flatbread pizzas for my daughter’s first birthday party, so I set out to find a delicious homemade pizza sauce that I could use.  All the sauces…

Goodbye Canned Beans: Batch Cooking Black Beans

For a while now, I’ve been glancing over at the bags of dry beans as I reach over to pick out a can of beans at the grocery store.  The…

Cloth Baby Wipes

I’ve been using cloth diapers with my daughter for the past two years.  I always said I would love to use cloth wipes as well, but wanted to make sure…

Month by Month Baby Pictures

I’ve seen some adorable collages of pictures taken every month to chronicle the first year of a baby’s life.  On Etsy, I kept stumbling upon onesies and stickers designed for…

Chief Illiniwek Paper Artwork

Every Christmas season, I get together with my friends from college and we have a grab bag gift exchange where often many of the sought after gifts are University of…