Keeping it Simple

Sunday, April 24, 2016

12 Kid Activities that are Clever and Fun {MMM #324 Block Party}

Whether it's raining out or you've just had too much sun, these 12 clever kids activities will keep the the whole family happy.
Clever kid activities. Easy DIY crafts and kid projects perfect for summer fun and rainy days.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mommy's Secret Stash Container Tutorial with Recipe and Printable


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When I became a mom 11 years ago I had no clue what I was getting myself into.  I wasn't unfamiliar with kids considering I am the youngest of nine and by the time my first baby came around I had 26 nieces and nephews (I was born an aunt even).  I watched my nieces and nephews all the time and watched my siblings be parents.  I remember going into a store and seeing a parent yell or drag their kid into the store and thinking "I will never be that kind of parent, I will never do that to MY kid".  Little did I know that I would be that kind of parent more often than I would like to admit.  Being a mom is hard.  It's hard work and stressful and challenging and some days just plain suck.  But at the same time it's wonderful and so great too and there are days that are so awesome and so much fun and so rewarding.  For the days that aren't so great, I decided to make myself a little stash of treats and gum to get myself through the day.  Because some days you just need to hide from your kids and eat something to get yourself through the day :).  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

19 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas {MMM #326 Block Party}

Any chance to eat tacos and break a pinata is a reason to celebrate for me! Cinco De Mayo is coming up and here are 19 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas to help you Fiesta like there's no manana! 19 Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas

Sunday, April 10, 2016

16+ Crock Pot and Easy Meal Recipes {MMM #325 Block Party}

Now that it is spring things are getting busier around here.  So busy that it's hard to plan for dinner some days.  So I wanted to share some easy and yummy recipes.  Some are crock pot recipes (which is great for the warmer days) and some are just easy.  Either way, they all look delicious!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

10 Projects to Sew For Your Home {MMM #324 Block Party}

I love to create things for my house to match my decor, and that includes sewing a few simple things around the house.  Here are 10 fun sewing projects that you can make for your house! 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle Ideas and Crafts {MMM #323 Block Party}

It's always fun when you can take something that would otherwise be trash and turn it into something awesome.
Awesome DIY upcycling projects. Great ways to reuse and recycle things that have lived their first life. Fun for Earth Day.

Monday, March 21, 2016

How to Update Your Kitchen without Spending a Fortune on It.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own. 

The kitchen is the heart and soul of a house.  I think all of us dream of a dream kitchen, at least I know that I do!  When I dream about my dream kitchen I think about beautiful white cabinets with ample room for all my pots and pans and dishes, a gorgeous gray granite with a big island that has enough space for all 5 of my kids.  Plus enough counter space that I have make many home made meals or cookies without having to clean up one area over and over again.  And of course I would have some fun colored pendants lights over the island to give it some character and personality.  And I would love to have a soft colored tile for flooring.   It would be fabulous!!  That is my dream kitchen.  What would your dream kitchen look like?  

In my current house I will never get my "dream kitchen" but I am sure getting closer and closer to what I want in a kitchen.  My kitchen is smaller that I want and but it is functioning and pretty soon I will get a very close version of my dream kitchen.  There are so many things that you can do to update your kitchen to make it more like your dream kitchen.  I want to share with you what I have done and what I plan to do to make my kitchen more like my dream kitchen.

Here is the before picture- that is what it looked like when we first moved in. It's a nice kitchen for sure, it's definitely a functioning kitchen and it fits some of the things that I want in a kitchen, just not all of it.  So I did some update for it.  

before pictures 5-17-14 (5)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter Bunny Ideas {MMM #322 Block Party}

Easter is next weekend, so to help you get excited for the holiday here are some super cute Easter Bunny ideas! 16 Adorable Easter Bunny Ideas

Monday, March 14, 2016

20+ Easter Craft Ideas {MMM #321 Block Party}

Easter is two weeks away are you ready for it?  I actually haven't even thought about it... I probably should start thinking about it and get some decorations up or something!  Easter is one of my favorite holidays (Easter candy is by far my favorite, it's like things just taste better in egg shape!) and I love seeing all of the cute and fun ideas for Easter!  Here are 20+ Easter craft ideas for you to get creating for Easter! 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

How to Control Cat Litter Odor

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step at Target for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

We have had our cat for 4 years now and we just adore her.  I love having a cat, they are easy going, they don't need much attention and don't require much work.  They can play and cuddle with you when you want it but there aren't always in your face the second you walk into the door like other animals are. Cats are great.  

The only objection I have to cats is their cat litter, I hate the smell of it!  Our cat is an indoor cat.  When we first got her we lived in the country so she would go outside and catch mice and really not have to deal with any other animals except mice, rabbits and birds.  Well then we got to the city where we live now and learned that she does not like other animals (other dogs and cats) and wouldn't go outside, plus.  So since she is indoors all day long, we have to have her cat litter inside.  The only place that there was enough room for it to go is the laundry room.  As much as I love smelling the cat litter as I am doing the laundry (ha ha, yeah right!), we needed something that actually took care of the odor.  Especially since my cat doesn't like it when we change her litter too often (she likes the smell of it even if we don't).  So the solution to our problem, NEW Fresh Step® with the Power of Febreze™ Available at Target.