Keeping it Simple

Sunday, June 26, 2016

4th Of July Ideas {MMM #336 Block Party}

We've been thoroughly enjoying our summer so far with family reunions and roadtrips, so I need to get busy this week getting ready for July and all things patriotic.

Monday, June 20, 2016

How to Swap Faces in Paint.net {Easy Father's Day Gift}


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I know that Father's Day was yesterday but I still wanted to show you all what I made for my husband this year (you can use the idea for next year!).  A couple years back I made a chalkboard frame with a picture of my kids holding the word DAD.   In that one I decided to do three different pictures so I could get really good smiles from my kids.  Well this year I did a similar thing but instead of doing three different pictures I wanted to do just one picture with each one of my kids holding a letter for the word DADDY.  I knew that trying to get all 5 kids looking at the camera, holding their letter correctly and smiling all at the same time wasn't going to be easy.  Luckily I learned a new trick so I could get a great picture for the frame.  I learned how to face swap and it's so easy!!  I'm going to show you how to do it too (can you tell I'm pretty excited about this?!)!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

15 Strawberry Recipes and Crafts {MMM #335 Block Party}

There's just something great about a super sweet strawberry. The ones at the grocery store have been calling to me so I rounded up 15 awesome strawberry recipes and projects!
Fabulous collection of Strawberry Recipes. Great desserts and treats as well as cute crafts based on strawberries

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tips on How to Turn Your House into a Smarthome


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Technology is everywhere around us, and it seems to be getting bigger and better everyday.  It is helping us is so many ways that I never could have imagined.  It's nice to be connected to the world at anytime of the day.  I have gotten the latest in the phones and tablets but some reason I haven't done much with my house, until now.  I didn't realize how many devices there are to make your house a smarthome.  I didn't realize how easy they were to install and how cool and awesome they are!  I got a couple devices from Honeywell that are great and so nice to have in my house! I got the Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector and a Lyric™ Thermostat.  Both were easy to install and they will make my life a lot easier.




Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hardwood Flooring in Living Area Ideas

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There are different parts of the house that are seen by different people. The living room, for instance, is one of the most public rooms in your entire house. Not only can family enjoy time in your living room, but your guests can as well. Because of this, you need to make sure that you choose a flooring that is both beautiful and attractive, as well as durable when it comes to foot traffic. Carpet might seem like a really good option and in many cases can be budget friendly, but its also one of those textiles that get dirty really fast and can carry issues for asthma and allergy sufferers because it can trap it and be a magnet for dust. If you want a better option, consider hardwood flooring. Hardwood is not a new material by any means. In fact, hardwood flooring has been used since around the turn of the 20th century. Since then more and more manufactures and wood developers have created a lot of different hardwood flooring styles, colors, designs and you can even find wood floors that aren’t real engineered wood at all. But, what are the benefits and disadvantages of using this popular flooring option? Are there certain flooring levels you shouldn’t use it on? Lets find out below.



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How to Frost Glass with Vinyl For More Privacy


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For the longest time I have been searching for a way to make my french glass doors more private for my son's bedroom.  I find a solution that was not only easy it was inexpensive and I LOVE how it turned out!  I wish that I would have done this earlier! 


Sunday, June 12, 2016

10 Fun Garden Ideas {MMM #334 Block Party}

This is my kid's last week of school, I know some of you have been out for weeks, but we're just waiting to actually get our summer started over here! We just planted our first garden at this house and will be sharing our fun garden beds soon. Now we are working on completely overhauling our front yard. I've been scouring the web for some fun garden ideas and you guys did not disappoint in last week's block party!

Let it Grow! 10 Fun Garden Ideas

Let it Grow! 10 Fun Gardening Ideas. Love the Cactus succulent garden. so cute!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

12 Summer Projects and Kid Crafts {MMM #333 Block Party}

For most everyone, school is out for the summer!!  We still have one week left but the weather makes it feel like summer!  I know we all could use some more ideas on things to make and do this summer! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How to Build a DIY Fire Pit for Only $60


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Over the weekend my husband and I decided to build a fire pit in our back yard.  We have been wanting one for a couple years now and finally got to it.  I was so surprised by how easy and quick it was to make.  It only took us about a morning to make it and we love how it turned out!  So much better than the ones that you buy and so much cheaper too!  I cannot wait to use this all summer long! 


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Gift Ideas for Father's Day {MMM #332 Block Party}

I hope you're enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  It's time to start breaking out the Summer Decor and we're already gearing up for Father's Day at our house.  Here are some ideas to inspire: