I finally decided to go ahead and start painting my kids' rooms! I'm not really big on projects, so the paint on the walls of their rooms is from before they were born. (They are now 8 and 10 years...
I have a new day planner. Yes, I know we are a month into the year. I will have you know this is a replacement planner. (Sidenote: Don’t store your kids wet bathing suits in the same bag as the...
My goal this year is to reduce food waste. That's easier said than done with a busy family, however. I want my family to lead an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. However, I find this task is overwhelming. I narrowed down my focus...
Do you have an Elf on the Shelf?  We do.  Her name is Jingle. I was super excited to start this tradition when I heard stories of a co-worker's mischievous elf two years ago.   Elf painting red noses on the children's...
I have wanted a kitchen renovation ever since I moved into my house twelve years ago. However, we kept putting off the kitchen renovation because we had no idea what to expect. My husband had done smaller projects around the...
Does this sound familiar? Throughout the day our son would leave a tornado of destruction by pulling all of his toys out and not ever really playing with any of them. Toys were piled in a heap, and bins...
In my last post, I mentioned that when I’m getting ready for an outing with my son, I pack something that I call a ‘God Help Me Bag’ (GHMB for the purposes of this post). A GHMB is a...
So here we are... its December! No matter what you and your family celebrate it is the season of giving. We give to our friends, our kiddos, and our favorite charities (if you haven’t done the last one you...
Decluttering and tidying -- they remind me a bit of the chicken and the egg scenario. Which problem really came first? And with the solutions of organization and a minimalist lifestyle being all the rage, how do you know...
A week or so ago, I found myself multitasking away... Making a dish for a potluck, while helping my daughter happily put together a book collecting her most recent artwork, while on the phone listening to the details of...
I am not on board with Marie Kondo, and minimalism is definitely not my thing. Don't even talk to me about a new way to fold.  I am a maximalist, and I want table lamps, extra pillows, snuggly blankets, houseplants,...
"The BVTMB is getting real this week about a sometimes taboo, but important topic...S-E-X!  Our team is sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly...and maybe the humorous and kinky too... about sex after kids in hopes that some...
My mom still lives in my childhood home. She won't be there for long, though. By next year, she will be moving into a new place, in a new town, with my brother and sister-in-law. The house is nothing special...
I used to be a messy person - like, can’t-ever-see-the-floor messy - but have turned a corner in the past few years thanks to one thing: dramatically reducing my belongings. My husband has thankfully been on board for the...

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