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One Project at a Time: 7/22/14

Tuesday, the second day of the week. I used to think there wasn’t anything very special about today, it’s not the start of the week, it’s not hump day; it’s stuck in the middle. And maybe that’s why we chose today to host our link party! With a party on Tuesday, it make s the entire day more enjoyable… gives us something to look forward to. Am I right? I know it’s true for me. I love seeing what all you’ve been working on lately. I enjoy the multitude of DIY projects, home renovations, new ideas on how to organize… anything, craft projects that will turn the least crafty person into a full time crafter and so much more. So, what do you say we get the party started!  Grab a button and link up today.  If you don’t have a blog, no worries, you can enjoy browsing all the blogs, getting inspired along the way.

 

 

TONI’S PICK:

 

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by clothes? Last seasons, last years, last waist size… stuff we love but never wear, stuff we love and wear all the time… night on the town outfits, stay at home and get work done outfits… the possibilities are endless. It’s so easy to have more clothing than you realize which can make purging and sorting it a real challenge. With this inspiring post from Anderson and Grant, you’ll have your clothing purged and organized in no time at all. To see just how simple it is click  <HERE>

 

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RACHEL’S PICK:

 

My pick this week is simple and sweet but to the point. Do you wish you had an unlimited budget to spruce up the exterior of your house? Laura, from The Turqoise Home proves that you don’t have to have unlimited money flow to give your home more curb appeal. With a small budget and some elbow grease, you too, can have your house looking lovely in no time. To see all it took to give her home a touch of curb appeal, click <HERE>.

 
 

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And now that you’re inspired to get doing, I’d love to see what’s keeping you occupied, so grab a button and link up today!

 

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Damage Free Wall Collage

Do you have a wall in your home that looks bare like mine?  Or maybe you are a renter and are not able to put holes in your walls.  If so, keep reading to see you can create a beautiful wall collage without using a nail or hammer.  With the help of 3M Command, I was able to decorate a large wall in my foyer by using damage free picture hanging strips and a single Command hook.   The transformation was fabulous.
 
 

Here is a before shot of my foyer.  The walls were bare, boring, and not very welcoming.

 
 

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Here is the after shot.  I was able to hang several large picture frames, a wreath, an “H” letter and decorative items without using a single nail. I like to change up my decor often, so using Command products allows me to place pictures anywhere. Once I am ready to switch to something else, they are super easy to remove.

 
 

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Picture hanging strips are probably the most used “tools” for decorating in my home. I hardly ever use a nail or screw anymore.

 
 

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All you need are some frames & Command Strips and you are ready to begin.

 
 

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The picture hanging strips are easy to use. Just follow the directions on the back of the package.

 
 

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Fill in the bare spaces with decorative pieces.  Use your imagination and go with your own style.  The possibilities are endless.

 
 

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Use a Command hook to hang a colorful wreath with the pictures.

 
 

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One last before shot.  It wasn’t very welcoming for an entryway wall.

 
 

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Now the space looks inviting and stylish.

 
 

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Book Club Selection: August 2014

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A Bowl Full of Lemons Virtual Book Club

 

With the hot summer months upon us, it’s always a great idea to head to the beach or pool to cool off. While you soak up some sun, having a good book to read may be the perfect combination for a relaxing afternoon.  If you’ve never been a part of a book club before, it’s a great place to meet others with a mutual love for the written word and with such variety in likes amongst genres, writing styles and more, you’re bound to be stretch, at least once, to read something you never have picked out on your own.

Our virtual book club utilizes the internet for our connecting. Facebook offers us a central meeting ground while Goodreads.com offers us a place to answer questions about each months book, give insight into what we think the author was aiming for and so much more. Each month we invite our members to suggest and vote on the book we will be reading next, sometimes a specific genre is decided other times, the voting is wide open.  This month, we chose to have our members vote openly.

 

August 2014 Book Club Pick

 

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July 2014 Book Club Discussion

I hope that you all enjoyed The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. I invite you to join us on Goodreads for our discussion which will take place on 7/28. There will be no set time for our discussion. You’ll find the questions ready for you in the morning, so you can come and go as you please. If you haven’t yet, we’d love to have you be a part of our Facebook Group where we share book ideas, engage in general discussions and much more!

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One Project at a Time: 7/15/14

I was reading the Sunday newspaper, well the circulars anyway, and was slammed with Back To School ads! How is it possible that we’re at that point in the summer when we have to start thinking about school supplies, back to school shoes and getting back on a schedule?!  Although it makes me a little sad to know Summer will soon be leaving us, I’m excited because I know you all are going to start bringing all of your amazing crafty projects perfect for the impending Back To School Season!

Because I love keeping you on your toes, starting this week, we’ll be featuring TWO posts from the previous weeks party; mine and Toni’s picks. You all have been doing a phenomenal job at visiting our top bloggers, thank you for visiting our link up friends!

If this is your first time joining you, welcome! Today is our weekly link party where we invite all of you to link your blog to ours. You can share your DIY projects, recipes, organizational tips, cleaning ideas and so much more. We simply ask that you grab a button before you do so your readers will know about our party!

 

TONI’S PICK:

 
 

When it comes to living a frugal, green lifestyle one of the biggest issues many run into is the laundry. With so many detergents filled with all sorts of chemicals and those chemicals stay with us all day long, being breathed in by us and our loved ones. So today, Angela Says stole our attention with her DIY laundry detergent link up.  If you’ve never tried making your own detergent I encourage you to try this. You’ll find it really is easy and the soap tends to last a lot longer and cost a lot less than the store bought brands. To get started, click <HERE> for all the instructions you’ll need.

 

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RACHEL’S PICK:

 

As a busy mom, wife, friend and daughter, I seldom have any time for just me. I rarely do anything nice that’s only for me (if I paint my nails, I end up painting 3 other sets (sometimes 4 if I let my son get his painted). If I take a bath, I usually end up with an audience. One thing I’ve noticed is that my cuticles are always in rough shape. Constant hand washing and house cleaning has certainly taken its toll.  Needless to say, when I saw this link up from Confessions of an Over-worked Mom, I fell in love and realized I really do need to take some time for myself and it really doesn’t have to be ALL that time consuming. To see her simple DIY steps to making your own nail pampering cream, click <HERE>

 

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I know I can’t wait to get doing these DIY projects and I’d love to see what other DIY projects you’ve been working on. Grab a button and link up today!

 

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4 Ways to Tame the Clutter

Clutter.

We’ve all got it.

You may have clutter that is out in the open or you may have clutter that is neatly tucked away. However you manage the clutter, there is always going to be some clutter in your life. It’s just a part of life. Life sort of IS clutter. Life is messy and there are always things happening that we just don’t plan for or anticipate.

Am I saying that you will always have some clutter?

Yes, that is exactly what I’m saying. Especially if you have more than one person living in your home. The more people in your home usually means the more stuff in your home. And, more stuff = more clutter. You’ve probably heard the term “cure the clutter”. Well that saying implies that you can actually get rid of it entirely, and I don’t think that you really can.

What is the good news here?

You CAN maximize your peace and simplicity by minimizing the clutter in your home. You can’t necessarily avoid the clutter but you can tame the clutter.

 

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Here are four ways that you can greatly minimize (or TAME) the clutter in your home.

 

T – Take only what you NEED.

Stop bringing home unnecessary paperwork. Leave that take out menu at the restaurant. Only take home one program flyer from the school play (and file away immediately). Grab a business card, punch card, or schedule only if you really NEED the paper copy. In this day of technology, snap a photo, jot down the website, or bookmark your favorites. We have the luxury of going much more paperless, so look for every opportunity to leave the papers behind. In addition, just because something is “free”, don’t just grab it. A free item, that is something you don’t have a need for or let alone a place to store, is not free. It will end up costing you some time and energy.

 

A – Always shop with intention.

It’s easy to use shopping as emotional therapy. It feels good to buy stuff. However, much of what we buy can over time end up costing us time. Time that has to be spent maintaining what we purchased . When we buy things that we simply don’t need or don’t have the room or space for, we end up having to manage the stuff rather than just being able to simply enjoy the purchase. Try to shop with intention, rather you are doing your grocery shopping, home shopping or clothes shopping. Shop for specific needs and always have a plan. You will minimize extra trips, unnecessary returns, and have much more time for other more important activities. (Insert hobbies and relaxation!)

 

M – Move the clutter.

Always be on the move. When you walk through you home be constantly on the look out for items that need to be put back to where they belong. (If you have children hold them accountable for their things as well.) Never miss an opportunity to take something upstairs with you or to tidy a junk drawer while on the phone. If you keep a clutter taming mind-set, you’ll be better able to stay on top of it. Try to touch things only once, rather than moving things from corner to corner or pile to pile.

 

E – Expect (and plan for) the clutter.

School just ended for my kids and I can’t begin to tell you how much paperwork, artwork, and pure randomness came through my front door. I get a headache just thinking about. I wasn’t ready to deal with it immediately, so I set up a corner station in our dining room for a future date to go through everything. It takes a lot of energy to focus on a project like that and I wanted to make sure that we could find a good time to go through things and sort appropriately. The plan being to recycle what we don’t need to keep, to store school items that can be used the following school year, and then to file away school paperwork that falls into the memories category.

 

Try these four ways to tame your clutter! The more you anticipate clutter and the better you plan to minimize what you bring home, along with a daily focus to stay on top of it, you will be able to experience a more peaceful home. (Even if there is a pile of unaddressed schoolwork sitting in the dining room corner!)

Embrace a little clutter and then work to tame it by making intentional daily choices. For more information I also shared my De-Cluttering Do’s and Don’ts with you. That post will give you even more tips on how to stay on top of it all. (Or at least mostly on top of it all.)

Remember, there will always be some clutter in our lives, but we can tame it by taking some deliberate daily steps!

 

 

 

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One Project at a Time: 7/8/14

Is it me or does the weekend always go by so quickly?! I honestly don’t mind though because once the weekend is over, it means that Tuesday is just that much closer! This week, I’m excited to share three featured link ups that will, hopefully, get you excited to craft and organize to your hearts content and when all that is said and done, get you prepared for the vacation of a lifetime!  Toni’s pick, my pick and the link up from last week being featured are all great reasons to share your ideas! You never know when your link up will be picked.

If today is your first time joining us, welcome! Today is our link party where we invite you all to share your handiwork with us. We simply ask that you grab a button before doing so. Each week Toni and I pick our favorites and then we congratulate one of last weeks link ups that was amongst the most visited. You can share just about anything… gardening, recipes, crafts, organizing tips, DIY projects… the list is endless. If you don’t have a blog, that’s OK. I invite you to browse the blogs linking up. You might just find a few new favorites to follow!

TONI’S PICK:

 

 Sometimes a DIY project is just what’s needed to make your space perfectly yours. When the project is simple and cute, it’s even better. These jars from Kim at Made in a Day are super easy to make with her step by step instructions that you can find <HERE>

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RACHEL’S PICK:

 

 I kid you not. Every single time I walk into my closet, I knock at least one of my husbands hats on the floor. Needless to say, it drives me crazy! I thought I had a good thing going when I first put up all the removable hooks but now I realize it is not the best location and/or solution for hat storage. And so, I move on, searching for THE perfect solution and I think I may have found it. Random Reviews shared this great POST last week on a simple, sweet, easy to install hat storage system and it has me itching to get working on my master closet!

 

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TOP PICK:

 

 With summer break here, you may already have taken your family vacation or at least have it planned out and hotels booked. But, if your starting to think about next year already, this link up from last week is for you. Lauren, from Midget Momma, shares her tips and ideas on how you can go on the ULTIMATE vacation for cheap or even free.  If going to Disney has been a dream of yours, you’ll want to stop by her <POST> today. Make sure you leave a comment telling her ABFOL sent you!

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I hope that these featured links encouraged you to link up, to get started on your own project, get saving or to cook up something great! I would love to see what you’ve been working on, so grab a button and link up today!

 

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One Project at a Time: 7/1/14

Welcome back to our Tuesday link party. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did. We camped with friends in their backyard (and by we, please know I mean the husbands and all 8 kids!), enjoyed fireworks, bbq and a birthday party! For those of you in the USA, I want to wish you a very Happy 4th of July.  I’m definitely looking forward to seeing all the fantastic red/white/blue crafts and projects I just KNOW you’re going to share with me today!!

If today is your first time joining us, I would like to extend a special welcome to you. Today is the day we turn the spotlight on all of you as we ask you to link your blog to ours, sharing your latest DIY projects, crafts, recipes, home projects and just about everything in between. Each week we feature three links from last week; Toni’s Pick, My Pick and a Link that was among the most visited from last weeks party. If you don’t have a blog, don’t worry! You can sit back, sip a lemonade and enjoy browsing all the blogs, maybe discovering a new blog or two.

 
 

TONI’S PICK:

 

What’s more fun than fun food?! With the Fourth of July just a few days away, I hope that you enjoy Toni’s patriot pick  with a fun take on a pretty common breakfast food! To see how The First Year was able to spruce up their food table for this holiday weekend, click <HERE>

 

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RACHEL’S PICK:

 

Sometimes even the most organized people get into a rut and need a new perspective and encouragement to think outside the box. Of course, as I’ve said in the past, I love repurposing items from around the house in my organizing endeavors and so it should go without saying that I love <THIS POST> from Simplee Thrifty. With 30 clever ideas for how to organize just about anything, you’re bound to find something to help you if you’re just getting started with your organizing or need some new ideas on how to take your systems to the next level!

 

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TOP PICK:

 

You might be hard pressed to find something more encouraging and motivating than a beautifully decorated, organized and staged home. And with the amount of visits that It’s Overflowing received, I’m thinking you ALL are inspired and encouraged to continue working on your homes. I know I am after seeing all of her lovely pictures! If you haven’t had the chance to tour this gorgeous home, you’ll want to click <HERE> and enjoy!

 

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I hope these features have encouraged you to get crafting, cooking and DIY’ing. Now it’s your turn, so grab a button and link up!

 

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Martha Stewart Closet Makeover….


I was recently contacted by a sweet gal from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to see if I was interested in sharing a closet makeover on my blog.  She obviously didn’t have to ask me twice. I was super excited to be a part of this review, especially since I was in need of something more functional than wire shelving.  (Not that there was anything wrong with my closet. There wasn’t! But who can say no to a “Martha” closet? Not me).  Without further adieu, here is my review of the Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System.

 
 

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The first step in the process was to design the closet.  I actually got to design the closet all by myself.  It was was easy and fun!  The design looked a little something like this…

 
 

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After the closet was designed & ordered, I had time to spring clean my closet.  Here is a “before” picture.  I emptied it out completely, in anticipation of the new system.

 
 


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The size was right but the wire shelving was a pain.  Visit this post to see detailed pictures of the old closet here.

 
 

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2 days later (and a lot of sweat and hard work), our new closet was installed.  It took us amateurs (my husband and I) 13 hours to install it (its a large closet) and an other day to organize everything.  All in all, it wasn’t too bad.  If you know how to find wall studs and work a drill, you can install this yourself.

 
 

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There are so many nooks and crannies to organize our things now. I LOVE it!

 
 

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We use the drawers for under clothes, swim wear, etc.

 
 

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My favorite part of the Martha Stewart closet system is the shoe shelving. I love just standing in the closet,  admiring the shoes.  It makes me smile. :)

 
 

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My husband keeps his things nice and tidy too.  A man after my own heart. <3

 
 

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This isn’t a part of the Martha Stewart system but I had to share. I organize my tank tops in a over the door shoe organizer. I know exactly what colors I have and whats clean, in a cinch.

 
 

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I’m also in love with my hand bag shelving.  I spend a lot of money on bags so I want to take good care of them. The Martha Stewart shelving helps me keep them organized.

 
 

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I keep my wallets, travel bags & small over the shoulder bags in my Martha Stewart cloth bins.

 
 

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I hope you enjoyed my review of the “Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System”.  Thanks to Martha Stewart and Home Depot, I am now more organized than ever.

 
 

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Need more organizing ideas?  Here are 4 different ways to use the Martha Stewart Living Closet system.

 
 

Home Depot’s Summer Home Organization Event

“Don’t miss out on The Home Depot’s Summer Home Organization Event starting July 10th through August 17th that brings you the best prices on shelving units, boxes, moving supplies, totes, baskets and more. Organize your life with fantastic storage and organization ideas from The Home Depot. From your closet to your garage to your pantry, The Home Depot’s storage options simplify and streamline your living spaces.”

 
 

 Disclaimer:  This closet system was provided by Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot . All opinions are my own & I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe my readers will enjoy. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  Please click here for full disclaimer.

 
 

Sponsor Shout out: June 2014

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Month at a Glance: June 2014

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With the beautiful weather, summer activities, vacations and more, it’s easy to miss a post here or there. We’ve had a fantastic month full of some really great posts and we don’t want you to miss out. That’s exactly why we’ve put together today’s post. With a glance back at June, it’s easy to see how much fun we’ve had. You can click on the following pictures to see each post and for  your convenience, we gathered all this months posts and put them in one easy to find spot. You can click <HERE> to find all of June’s posts. You can also click on the “Month at a Glance” in the Blog pull down menu and pick your desired month to find all our posts from past months.

 
 

Some highlights from this month include:

 

an easy to follow how to for creating a damage-free meal planning center:

 
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Tips, from our contributor, on how to organize all the necessities for exercising at home:

 

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Our book club selected our newest read:

 

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Another contributor shared great ideas on setting up a gift wrapping station:

 

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With Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July all so close together, this post is sure to inspire you to get your patriotic decor out and on display:

 

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And, did you hear that our 2014 Rainbow Planner is now on sale?!  Make sure you grab yours today. The new 2015 planner will be available soon; the release date has not yet been announced.

 

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My favorite cleaning tools & a giveaway…

I have two favorite cleaning tools & I use them more than any other tools in my house. They are both from Scotch-Brite and they are just fabulous. The first is a lint brush & the other is the dish wand.

 
 

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There are two reasons why I love my lint brush so much… One is called “Maggie” and the other “Jane”. I have 2 persian cats. They are both the sweetest little cats you ever did see, BUT they are hairy and they shed! Their favorite spot to sit and play is on my slipcovered chair, in the kitchen. Needless to say, I get a lot of use out of my lint brush.

 
 

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When it’s time to brush off the chair, my cats look at me like I’m crazy. They don’t want to give up their seat.

 
 

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Maggie is thinking… “Back away from the chair and nobody gets hurt”.

 
 

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She usually just lays there while I’m rolling away the hair.

 
 

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The Scotch-Brite lint brush works better than any other brand I’ve tried. It doesn’t hurt that its stylish and colorful too! That attracts my cats inquisitive nature.

 
 

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I use the lint brush on a daily basis. It picks up all of the hair.

 
 

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Yep… it’s pretty gross.

 
 

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All clean now! (For a little while anyways)

 
 

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Maggie says “ahhh much better”. Another cat nap is in order.

 
 

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My next favorite and most used cleaning tool is my Scotch-Brite dishwand.

 
 

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This tool is great because I don’t have to fill a sink full of water to wash a couple of dishes. When I dirty a bowl, all I have to do is get the dish wet and scrub it then rinse. I don’t have to dirty a ton of washcloths.

 
 

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I love it and use it throughout the day. I keep it in my brush caddy, in the sink.

 
 

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Are you a fan of Scotch-Brite cleaning tools? If so, I’m giving one of you the “Gift of Clean”!!

 
 

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Today, I’m hosting a #GiftofClean giveaway. Tweet about your experience giving or receiving the “gift of clean” for a chance to win the Scotch-Brite bundle.

  • Participants must follow @scotchbrite_3M on twitter to qualify

  • Enter via the Rafflecopter

  • Must be a US resident 18 years old or older to participate

  • Must like ABFOL on Facebook

  • One winner will be chosen

 

What’s in the giveaway?

o Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge

o Greener Clean Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge

o Greener Clean Non-Scratch Scour Pad

o Printed Dish Cloth

o Dishwand Family

o Disposable Toilet Bowl Cleaner starter kit

o Shower Scrubber

o Printed Lint Roller

o Stay Clean Family

 

Follow the Rafflecopter below

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Good Luck! The giveaway begins NOW and ends on July 2nd at 11:59 pm EST!

 
 

Disclaimer:
*Scotch-Britefollowfollow is the sponsor of this post, however all opinions are my own & I only recommend products that I personally use and love. See disclaimer for full details.

 

Summer Activities Your Kids and Budget Will Love

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Ah, summertime! The season for sleeping in, running through the sprinkler, licking popsicles, riding bikes around the neighborhood, roasting marshmallow for backyard s’mores… It makes me want to be a kid again.

But there are days when kids (and/or parents!) need some variety and want to get away from the house and do something different. Here’s a list of 10 free or nearly-free summer activities that will allow your budget to keep humming along nicely.

  • Library Programs: Unless you live in a small town, you may be amazed by the free programs your library system offers in the summer! Beyond the standard preschool story time, ours has events for elementary age and tweens/teens that include science experiments, a weekly LEGO building club, a Hobbit party, and recycling old toys into art. Check your library district’s website for information.
  • Movies for free or $1: Watch $1 G & PG movies with Regal Summer Movie Express and Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse (5 for $10 with this chain if you purchase a punch card) or free movies at Bow Tie Cinemas. Be sure to double-check that yours is a participating location. Click here to view additional theater chains with summer movie programs. Also, watch your newspaper for free outdoor movies at local parks.
  • Kids Bowl Free: Kids who are registered can bowl two games daily for free. Bowling centers have varying age limits and participating days, so check the details for your location. There are Canadian locations as well. This one’s great for when the weather’s not so hot!

 

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  • Kids Skate Free: Participating skate centers across the United States email weekly passes to kids who are registered. Age limits vary by center.
  • Factory Tours USA: Check this map to see if your area has any interesting tours available. Many of them are free!
  • Public Pools & Splash Pads: In our city, it’s $1 for swim admission or $20 for a 25-swim pass. And on the weekend, a child under age 12 is free with each paying adult. That’s a relatively inexpensive way to stay cool and active! Splash pads with water features that spray and dump are especially fun for younger kids and can be found at many parks. Check your city’s Parks & Recreation site for information on both.

 

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  • Vacation Bible School: These programs are typically spaced throughout the summer and provide a positive environment for kids to see friends or make new ones, play games, and learn. Most of them are free, while some charge a nominal fee to cover supplies.
  • Geocaching: This one is a family favorite and can be enjoyed by all ages. Using GPS coordinates and clues, participants search for a little “treasure” that’s been hidden, remove the contents (optional) and leave something for the next person, and write in the log. See this website for more information and to download cache coordinates to your GPS device or phone. Locations are worldwide!
  • Hiking or Biking Trails: If your area has a city trail system, it can be an ideal place to walk, bike, or roller blade without having to worry about traffic. Ours runs along a river, and our kids love leaving the trail to explore. We also have some great hiking trails in the area that require a very short drive to the trailhead and make for a perfect half-day outing.

 

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  • Summer Concerts: Many cities have a free summer concert series in one or more parks featuring bands, orchestras, and/or symphonies. Pack your dinner and a blanket or lawn chairs, and enjoy some local talent. Just do a Google search with your city’s name and “free summer concert.”

 

Do you have other budget-friendly ideas to add for having fun out & about this summer?

Please share them in the comments so that other readers can benefit!

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For more about living on a budget with joy and style, please visit Melissa’s blog, A Time for Everything.

 

 

Patriotic Porch

My favorite holiday is Independence Day so I love to decorate with Americana.  With the help of 3M Command, I was able to hang decorations on my southern porch, without damaging the siding or paint.  Here is what my house looked like “before” I began.

 

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These are the Command products I used for damage free decorating (The Window Hooks & the Terrace Hooks).

 
 

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With a few flags and a hanging basket, I was ready to get started.

 
 

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After adding the flags, basket, and ferns, our home came alive with an abundance of color. I especially love the bunting flags I purchased from Martha Stewarts “American Made” products on Ebay.

 
 

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The outdoor Command hooks work great on windows.

 
 

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I purchased the pendent flag at Hobby Lobby.

 
 

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Don’t forget to hang an American Flag.

 
 

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To add a little more color, I hung 3 ferns on my balcony.  Ferns are my favorite hanging plant. They take a beating and keep on going.

 
 

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Voila!  My patriotic porch is complete.  Do you decorate for Independence Day?
 
 
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Have a safe and fun Forth of July!

 
 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Command Brand. All opinions are my own & I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe my readers will enjoy. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  Please click here for full disclaimer.

 

How to keep the messes away in just 5 minutes a day…

I was a guest over at Better Homes and Gardens this week, where I shared a few tips on how you can keep the messes away.  You can see the full article here.  Share your clever tips for keeping the messes away in the comments below.  

 

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You can also visit my blog series “Daily Cleaning 101″  for more tips on how to keep your house in order here.

 

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Happy Cleaning!

 

One Project at a Time: 6/24/14

 Welcome back to our Tuesday link party! Today is the day we turn the spot light on all of you and invite you to share your blogs with us. You can share your recipes, DIY projects, organizing tips and tricks, green living ideas and everything in between! We simply ask that you grab a button when you link up. If you don’t have a blog to link up, that’s OK, you can sit back and enjoy all the wonderful blog that are being shared. It’s like Pinterest only better (if I do say so myself).  So, grab a lemonade, iced tea and a comfy spot and enjoy the party!

 
 

TONI’S PICK:

 

You may be hard pressed to find anything better about summer than growing and harvesting your own garden. To eat clean, fresh foods that were grown as a result of your hard work, is an extremely satisfying thing.  If you don’t have the space for a garden, many towns offer community gardens. If you’ve never considered a food garden, I hope that this <POST> from Six Figures Under will encourage you to consider starting a garden all your own.
 

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RACHEL’S PICK:

 

Living a productive life… with the new year, my ‘word’ was purposeful but really, it could be replaced with productive. How to get the most out of life, to start each day on the right foot; that’s where I want to be in my life. I absolutely loved Neelu’s < post > on just that, living a productive life. From setting a morning routine to living life to its fullest all day long. There is so much life to be lived, I don’t want to miss out on it! Please take a moment to visit this fantastic post on Neelu’s Journal

 

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TOP PICK:

 

Lauren from The Thinking Closet had her finger on the pulse with her link up on how to live a more balanced life. In this day and age of hustle and bustle, it’s clear we’re all looking for a way to simplify and truly LIVE our lives. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her post, you’ll want to, so you too can start living a more well balanced life.

 
 

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I hope these featured link ups have inspired you. I would love to see what you’ve been working on, so grab a button and link up!

 

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Gift Wrap Station

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A gift wrapping station. Probably one of my favorite projects of all time. I think that I like it so much, because despite constant use, and with just minimal tidying, it looks the like the day I created the station, nine years ago!

 

Of course, I can’t take all the credit. When we first moved into our home, my husband installed IKEA cabinets all around the perimeter of our garage. It was hard work (for him) but oh so worth it! That project gave us so much storage, and I immediately knew that I wanted to dedicate one cabinet to gift wrapping. It turned out, I only needed half a cabinet, and here it is:

 
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Half of the cabinet (along with the rest of the wall of cabinets) is dedicated to party planning and entertaining items. We used to host a lot of backyard parties when we first moved into our home and acquired quite a few platters, chaffing dishes and large sets of plates. Well, then we had two kids and the parties were more frequent but smaller. I still didn’t want to get rid of them, so I store them in the garage (the chaffing dishes, not the kids. We keep the kids inside).

 

The bottom half of the cabinet, is the gift wrap station that I want to share with you today. Here is a closer look.

 
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And here is an even closer look at the drawers. My husband installed two plastic drawers and a metal one, to help me contain all the small items involved with gift wrapping. Here is the first drawer that holds the bows and ribbon.

 
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I use inexpensive clear shoe boxes to separate all the different color bows. Separating the bows by color, is an added step, that makes wrapping fast and keeps the drawer organized. When everything is visible, you won’t rummage through the drawers looking for the perfect bow, and everything stays tidy.

 
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I removed the boxes in the front of the drawer so that you see the ribbon storage. I keep the ribbon in similar clear plastic boxes and they not only look pretty, they are practical.

 
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More ribbon, along with my favorite pair of scissors (Target, in case you are wondering). Notice this box is smaller, but it still works.

 
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I also keep colored pens nearby so that I can write quick notes on the gifts, while I am in the garage wrapping.

I only do quick gift wrapping in the garage. If it’s during the holidays, I bring all my supplies inside. Because it’s a garage and because it’s hot and because I would hate to pass out from heat exhaustion while wrapping (or ever). Although should that happen, I have a first aid station in the following cabinet. My thought process amazes me…but mostly, it scares me.

 
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The next drawer is also plastic, and it holds all my gift bags and tissue. The gift bags are in size-order and the really small ones are towards the back. Of course, they are not sorted by color because only a crazy person would do that.

 

Yup, I’m probably doing that tomorrow.

 

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On the other side, I keep all the tissue. The larger tissue is on its side so that I can see all the colors, and it’s bookended by two shoe boxes. One holds smaller packs of tissue, and the other small cards to include inside the gift bags.

 

Here is a picture without the lid.

 
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The last drawer is the metal one. I keep all my rolls in here and I love how it looks. There are a ton of rolls in there and most of them are visible without having to move them around.

 
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In the very bottom of the cabinet, I keep three stackable plastic boxes that hold extra gifts. I only store clothing in these boxes so that they stay clean. I keep extra toys visible, on the on the other side of the shelf.

 

Throughout the year, I pick up toys that are on sale to create my gift stash, for last minute gifts.

 
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In the middle of this shelf, I keep two boxes full of cards. They are sorted by categories such as birthdays, thank you, weddings, etc. I love buying personalized cards that are especially for the recipient, but sometimes there is just no time and having a box like this is a life saver. I also keep a list in here with all the birthdays, as a quick reference.

 

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Here is one last look at the gift wrap station.

 
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I hope that you can take some ideas from this even if you don’t have a cabinet like this one. You can do a similar arrangement in a dresser, or any small closet. No matter how you configure your gift wrap station, it will be worth it and it will save you so much more time than what it took to put together.

Please let me know in the comments how you currently store your gift wrap and does it work for you. For more organizational tips and ideas, please visit me at my blog, Graceful Order.

 

 

-Maria (blogger and rapper wrapper)

 
 
 
 
 

One Project at a Time: 6/17/14

How to use ordinary products for extraordinary projects, learning how to create something new, organizing in an ‘out of the box’ way, exploring new tastes through recipes… it can all be found today during our link party! You all share so many fantastic ideas; crafts, gardening, decorating, organizing and more, there’s always something for everyone. While we feature three favorites, you’re welcome to grab a button and link your party to ours while enjoying seeing what else is going on in blog land.  If you don’t have a blog, no worries, you can enjoy the wide variety of blogs linking up and be sure to comment which one is your favorite!

 
 

TONI’S PICK:

 

With the functionality of chalkboards and the way they add to any kind of decor, it’s not wonder that they’re so popular these days. To buy from the store can be pretty pricey and that’s why Toni loves this DIY link up from Anderson and Grant. With just a few simple steps, you too can have your very own chalkboard message board! To see how to create your own, just click <HERE>

 

DIY Transformation Chalkboard Message Center from Anderson and Grant

 
 

RACHEL’S PICK:

 

I’m a sucker for being green. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When something can be reused, re-purposed, I’m all over it. My pick this week hit really close to home. I attend a moms group twice a month where the coffee is free and hot! We go through 5 coffee pots every meeting. That’s a lot of coffee grounds! As our meetings were ending for the year, I started saving the grounds to toss in my compost bin but that’s where my ‘green’ ended. Modern Christian Homemaker shared a fantastic post containing so many more useful and inventive ideas to do with those grounds than just tossing them. You can see all of her ideas by clicking <HERE>

 

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TOP PICK:

 

Are you like me? Lists everywhere? While waiting at the doctors office, you scribble a few notes to yourself; at the grocery store in the check out line, a few more scribbles on a different piece of paper. Before you know it, there’s so many lists you don’t know where to start? With this weeks top visits link up from Of The Hearth, you can learn how to streamline your to do lists and keep track of just what it is that needs to be done.  Click <HERE> to see how to make the ever elusive ‘TO DO’ list work for you!

 

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I hope that these posts have encouraged you to think about every day items and how you can re-purpose them, reuse them and think outside the box while doing so.  I’d love to see what you’re working on in your neck of blog-land, so please grab a button and link up!

 

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Book Club Selection: July 2014

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A Bowl Full of Lemons Virtual Book Club

 

Warm breezes softly swinging the hammock, kids laughing and splashing in the pool, freshly cut grass and a garden full of colorful blooms. Summer is such a wonderful time of year. I know one of my favorite things to do is to lounge… poolside, in the shade, by the surf… with a good book. To me, it is the epitome of relaxation. This book club is a great way to expand horizons, try new books and enjoy the relaxing days of summer. With each passing month, reading a new book, there are bound to be new favorites as well as ones that will never be revisited. That’s the great thing about book clubs. Our virtual book club allows genres, open discussions and much more. If you’ve never been a part of a book club before, I’m glad you’ve decided to join us and invite you to take part this month with our latest pick!

 

 July 2014 Book Club Pick

 

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You can purchase your copy of The Invention of Wings <HERE>

June 2014 Book Club Discussion

I hope that you all enjoyed Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman. I invite you to join us on Goodreads for our discussion which will take place on 6/30. There will be no set time for our discussion. You’ll find the questions ready for you in the morning, so you can come and go as you please. If you haven’t yet, we’d love to have you be a part of our Facebook Group where we share book ideas, engage in general discussions and much more!

Rainbow Planner SALE…

Who loves a good sale?  I do!  The Rainbow Planner digital “BUNDLES” are now 50% off!  Choose between 4 stylish covers to match your planner or home management binder.  It comes in 8/5×11 or A5. Use the coupon code PLANNERBUNDLE50 to get this awesome discount!  Don’t miss out on this special deal.   Happy Planning!!

 
 

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The Digital Planner Bundle is $15  $7.50 & includes:

1 Cover

2014 Month on 1 page (12 pages)
2014 Week on 2 Pages
1 Daily (Undated)
1 Notes

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If you would like to purchase a digital printable bundle for immediate download, visit my shop below.  If you do not get an automatic email once you place your order, please check your spam folder. The files will go to your paypal email on file.

   Start shopping HERE.

 
 

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