Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone!¬† It’s 2020!!

I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve, whether you partied or stayed home for a nice quiet evening. When the kids were younger, we would always have other families over and eat pizza and play games. We always had a great time with lots of good memories! But now, it’s just us. So a quiet evening is perfect for us now.

The day before Thanksgiving, I had an accident at work and shattered my index finger on my right hand. So now I am waiting to have surgery. That means I won’t be able to blog for a little while. Lauren will still be here and maybe I can convince her to post a bit for me too. ūüôā Anyways, I just wanted you all to know where I will be! I can’t wait until I get the surgery over with and be back here with you all! I will try to keep you updated!

Since it’s the new year, I know a lot of us are looking for ways to get organized. I know I am! So I found a few ideas around the internet!

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  1. I think this idea is brilliant for an attic! We have a small attic and I would love to get all the boxes set up like this! There are even printable storage labels.

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2. I wish my garage looked like this! I do have most of my stuff on shelves and in totes, but I really like the idea of clear totes so you can see what’s inside. Also the large labels are great! Head over to Instagram to see how she did it!

3. My cabinet under the sink isn’t this full, but we are thinking of putting in an under the sink pull-out trash can, so I may need to do some reorganizing.¬† Head over to by lauren m to see what she used to get organized.under the sink kitchen diy organization - dollar tree diy organization tips! You're going to love this kitchen organization before and after! Spend $5 and completely revamp your under sink cabinets! | bylaurenm.com

4. These bins are a great idea for any cabinet or closet. And the best part is, they come from the Dollar Tree! Check out the other ways to organize from Dollar Tree too!

5. This is a great way to store wrapping paper! Just hang it behind a door or in a closet! You could use the extra slots for storing tissue paper, bows, scissors, tape and other supplies. I’m not sure of the original source for this one, but there are other great ideas on Buzzfeed.Dollar Store Organizing: Cut the bottoms of shoe organizer pockets to hold wrapping paper.

6. Here are more ideas for a shoe organizer. These could be used all over the house! I have one in my hall closet for gloves, hats and scarves. Here is the link for the Barbie Organizer  and the stuffed toy organizer,

7. This is brilliant! Why didn’t I think of this! It’s so much easier to get games or other boxed items out of this than when they are in a big and tall pile! Visit here for more ideas.board-game-storage

8. Tax time will be here soon, so it’s time to get your papers in order. See how Home Made by Carmona set up her files.Improve your productivity and stay focused on your work by using these 11 desk organization hacks to organize your desk! Get rid of clutter and make your desk stand out!

9. How are your craft supplies looking? Sometimes, mine are in pretty good shape. Sometimes…not so much. Again, clear containers help to see what you already have and what you need to stock up on.

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10.¬† I couldn’t forget our pets!¬† Finding a place to store leashes, clothes, and collars can sometime be a challenge. The Well Groomed Home has some great ideas!

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I hope this gives you some inspiration for getting organized this year! Have a wonderful 2020!

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Santa’s Photo Scavenger Hunt

Good morning! Are you enjoying these posts? I sure am! There are so many great ideas and talented people! It’s been enjoyable to see what everybody else is doing and getting some ideas for myself. Don’t forget to go back to the original post, here, to see over 50 holiday ideas.¬† ¬†There is also the inlinkz at the bottom of this post so you can other party game ideas! And the giveaway!¬† Don’t forget about that!

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Today’s topic is games. I played a game similar to this back when I was in high school, back in the stone ages, you know, before cell phones. :0¬† I think we used Polaroid cameras. I guess now that Polaroids are back again, you could still use them! This game will take a little planning ahead of time, but it’s not too difficult.

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You will need:

  • a larger group of people
  • a list of items to find
  • a phone or camera

Before the party, you need to decide where your scavenger hunt will be. Will it be inside the house, around the neighborhood, at the mall? Once you decide where, you will need to walk around that space and make a list of the items you want found. This can be as easy or specific as you want. It could be a general item like an inflatable Santa to finding the house with 3 palm trees and a penguin. You will want a list between 10 -20 things depending on how long you want the game to go and the space you selected.

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Divide your large group into smaller groups, between 2 and 6 are probably the best. It can include any age groups too. If you have younger kids, you will probably want an adult as a chaperone and to help out when needed.

Each group will get the same list of items, but in a different order. That way they are going in different directions and won’t see where the other groups went. They will follow the list and take a picture of each item as they find it. They need to be back at a designated point within the allotted time with their pictures.

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Some things to decide and to explain before you start.

  • You will need to decide how picky you are about the pictures. Do you want exactly the object you are thinking of or just something similar?
  • Print out your lists.
  • Do you want pictures with participants in it?
  • Will there be prizes for just the winner or all players?
  • Also, be sure you players are respectful of other peoples property or other shoppers.

Now you are ready to start! Get your groups divided, explain how the game works and go! Once time is up, the teams should be back at a meeting point with their pictures.

Now, have fun!!!  See other great party games here!

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And here’s the giveaway! There are such good prizes! I wish you all could win! Have fun!

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We will see you in a couple of days with Advent Calendars. I’m excited to show you mine, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with too.

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50 DIY Holiday Ideas For You!

Good morning! Lauren and I are so excited to join the 12 Days of Holiday Ideas Blog Hop! This is our first year joining in and we have been very busy! Do you need some holiday ideas? There are ideas for decorating, crafting, cooking, games, baking and the grand finale will be our Christmas Trees! We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

It’s the fifth year of the Holiday Ideas Blog Hop! If you aren‚Äôt familiar with this annual blog hop, it‚Äôs a 4 week event where 50+ bloggers share Christmas ideas 3x a week. Scroll down to meet this year’s Holiday Ideas Team and grab the free printable event calendars! The official Holiday Ideas Blog Hop starts Monday, November 11, with all sorts of Gift Guides! In the mean time, enjoy this round-up of the Best DIY Holiday Ideas from this year’s hosts and get started on your DIY holiday projects!

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Intelligent Domestications  ~  My Pinterventures  ~  Chicken Scratch  ~  That Fit Fam
An Alli Event  ~  Domestically Creative  ~  Rosewood and Grace  ~
From House To Home  ~  Happily Ever After, Etc  ~  Across the Blvd  ~  Farm Girl Reformed
Creative Cynchronicity  ~  Country Hill Cottage  ~  My Humble Home and Garden
  ~  PolkaDot Poplars  ~  Family Around the Table  ~  Domestic Deadline
Purple Hues and Me  ~  Glitter On A Dime  ~  Sparkle Living ~ Crafting Is My Therapy

As For Me and My Homestead  ~  Cookies, Coffee and Crafts  ~  The Aspiring Home
Practically Homemade  ~  The Fresh Cooky  ~  Simply Inspired Meals 
Love My Little Cottage  ~  Mom Home Guide   ~  Blogghetti
Nourish and Nestle  ~  My Family Thyme  ~  Simple Nature Decor
Interior Frugalista  ~  Elle Marie Home  ~  DIY Adulation  ~  Through My Front Porch
Weekend Craft  ~  Our Crafty Mom  ~  For the Love of Food  ~  Tikkido
Home on the Corner  ~  Adventures of a DIY Mom  ~  My Hubbard Home  ~  Hello Central Avenue
Harbour Breeze Home  ~  This Autoimmune Life  ~  Creative Ramblings
Radiant Pearl Living  ~  Super Mom РNo Cape  ~  Little Vintage Cottage  ~  Christmas Tree Lane

Get the FREE November and December Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Calendar at the end of the post.

50+ Best DIY Holiday Ideas

Holiday Decor Projects

Holiday Signs

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Holiday Wreaths & A Tree

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Crafts

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Best DIY Holiday Ideas Crafts - Wood Christmas Tree Signs and rustic luminaries

Ornaments & Tree

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Games

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Gift Ideas

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Recipes

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Best DIY Holiday Ideas Cookies

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Hope you enjoyed these holiday ideas. Remember to check back on November 11 for Gift Guides!

Printable Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Events Calendar

Print these Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Calendars and stick them on your fridge! It’s a great way to have all the holiday topics and post dates!

Just click on the image to view and print out the November and December Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Event Calendars.

November Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Calendar

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I hope you are all as excited as we are! I can’t wait to see all the different ideas these talented ladies come up with! See you on Monday!

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Back to School Round Up

Hello!  I hope everyone is doing well.  It is unfortunately nearing the end of summer and that means that many people are going back to school.  Now, I am done with school, but because Mom is a teacher I feel like I am reliving the first day of school.  And there are lots of things that people do on the first day of school, but here are some of my favorite ideas.

Some of these are for parents, some are for kids, and some are for teachers.  So enjoy!

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First Day of School Photos from Passion for Savings

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Cute Student Gift from Teach with Laughter

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DIY Duct Tape Locker Pockets from Fiskars

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Do Not Disturb Folders from I Am Camping Teacher

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Hand Tree Artwork from Candace Ashment Art

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Rolling Homework Station from 4 Men 1 Lady

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Middle School Survival Kit from Mom Unleashed

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Bright Future Student Gift from Lessons with Laughter

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Dollar Store Homework Caddy from Simply Made Pretty

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DIY Time Capsule from I Heart Crafty Things

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Fun Summer Ideas To Do With Your Kids

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Good morning! Are you enjoying your summer so far? Are you keeping busy, or more importantly, keeping your kids busy? I don’t usually write too much about ideas or activities with kids, but I used this when my kids were young and it was fun and kept them busy.

I started out with some ideas I found from magazines. This was before Pinterest, so you will have a much easier time finding ideas now! I found all different types of kid-friendly ideas, from baking to crafting to playing! I printed out the ideas on individual note cards.

Summer Fun ideas for kids

Some ideas were really simple, like this one and others took a little more time or material. This one would be a great science lesson. The kids can compare the bugs by size, color or shape. If they are older, they can even look up information about the bug.

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I included directions or pictures with the card when there were some. This baking idea actually starts with a pre-baked cake, but you could easily use the baking as part of the idea. I tried to use ideas that had most items I already had in my home. I didn’t want to have to go run out and purchases things just to make it work.

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This is always a fun activity. Any shoe box will do. Kids can take pages from magazines, or photographs, or even stickers to decorate a box. Then they can store all the special memorabilia or crafts they made over the summer.

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All kids love to play in the sprinkler! I included some fun games they could play while getting wet!

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You can see I had a whole stack of cards. Some days we didn’t need them, but they sure were nice on the days where “I’m bored” was heard. I’m not sure we ever made it through all the ideas, but it was a great way to make some new memories together.

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I would love to hear from you if you use this idea or try something similar. How do you keep your kids entertained during the summer? Hope you have a great week!

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