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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…

Veggie Loaded Pasta Sauce

3 medium onions, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 medium zucchini, chopped 2 medium yellow squash, chopped 3 medium tomatoes,…

Paint Swatch Calendar

Last summer, I was admiring my little niece’s playroom and noticed a dry erase calendar that my sister-in-law used to write the events and outings for my niece.  It may…

homemade baby food basic puree recipes

Homemade Baby Food – The Basics

Knowing exactly what was going into every bite I was feeding my little girl and saving quite a bit of money in the process made the decision to attempt to…

DIY Chalk Paint

I’ve been reading a lot about how great chalk paint is – it gives a matte finish, it covers without needing to prime, it’s easy to sand down, giving furniture…

homemade baby food puree recipes

Homemade Baby Food: Basic Puree Recipes

Essential “Staple” Homemade Baby Food Purees I find it easiest to make and freeze each of these purees separately.  Then, when it comes times to feed my daughter, I pull…

10 Crock Pot Freezer Meals

There is nothing easier than combining some ingredients in the Crock Pot and coming home from work to a prepared meal ready for the family.  Except, unless, you have all…

Scrapbook Paper Hanging Decorations

I saw a picture of similar decorations on Pinterest, but it was linked to a “dead” website with only an image. Nowhere did it give a tutorial or even materials…