Shoe Storage Organization | diy photo shoeboxes

Shoe Storage Organization | diy photo shoeboxes

Shoe Storage Organization | diy photo shoeboxes #michaelsmakers The beginning of January is always filled with exciting opportunities for a fresh, promising start to the new year. While many are busy making personal resolutions this time of year, we tend to focus on a list of plans and projects for our home. First up this year is our master bedroom and closet. After an enormous purge last year, we embarked on a total makeover for this space - including fresh paint, an amazing cedar lining and some new added accessories. I have been so Continue reading

Cleaning Cart Caddy | organized housekeeping supplies

Cleaning Cart Caddy | organized housekeeping supplies

Cleaning Cart Caddy | organized housekeeping supplies #michaelsmakers It's a new year - all about new beginnings - so start fresh, clean, and organize. The beginning of January is always filled with exciting opportunities for a fresh, promising start to the new year. Feeling naturally optimistic, this year we are all about thinking positive, keeping it simple and being productive. As many of us consider making New Years Resolutions this time of year, personally, we like to focus on a list of plans and goals for our home.  One of the Continue reading

Guest Bath Necessities | bathroom essentials for unexpected guests

Guest Bath Necessities | bathroom essentials for unexpected guests

Guest Bath Necessities - bathroom essentials for unexpected guests | This post brought to you by Listerine. All opinions are 100% mine. We have had quite a few overnight guests this summer. For the most part they have been planned visits however there have been a few occasions lately that the guests didn't even know they were staying until the last minute. We love to entertain and we love company so anyone is always welcome - though I feel a little like I'm slacking in the hostess department when I'm not prepared. I've learned the most Continue reading

Winter Storm Emergency Kit | preparing your home for winter

Winter Storm Emergency Kit | preparing your home for winter

Winter Storm Emergency Kit - Preparing Your Home for Winter | As the days get shorter and temperatures start to drop, fall is the perfect time to begin planning for the winter weather that's upon us. We have had some beautiful weather the past couple of weekends and have taken full advantage of the shortened daylight hours by prepping our home for the winter. While it is not the most glamorous job on the list, the benefits of protecting your home and investments can provide some peace of mind for the season ahead. Since moving in our home a Continue reading

Colonial of Zeeland Grandfather Clock | a family heirloom

Colonial of Zeeland Grandfather Clock | a family heirloom

Colonial of Zeeland Grandfather Clock | I have always believed the story behind a family heirloom is much more valuable than the actual item itself.  Family treasures passed down, generation to generation, are important to many of us for several different reasons - however collectively they each preserve a story, a memory or a tradition of our past. As I recently watched this True Value commercial (above) I couldn't help but take a moment and think about preserving a part of our own family - as well as the sense of pride and honor that comes Continue reading

Spring Cleaning – Ideas and Inspiration for Organizing and Storing Cleaning Supplies & Products

Spring Cleaning – Ideas and Inspiration for Organizing and Storing Cleaning Supplies & Products

Hope everyone has been enjoying their weekend. While we have had a beautiful couple of days weather wise, my husband and I have starting making our long outdoor to-do lists for the summer. However, before heading outdoors, the huge task of spring cleaning is hanging over my shoulder. For this weekends inspiration and ideas I have put together some eye candy dedicated to organizing and storing all those cleaning products and supplies. I admit, browsing through these photos has almost given me the motivation I need to start my spring Continue reading

Make Your Own Aromatic Reed Diffusers

Make Your Own Aromatic Reed Diffusers

As Fall approaches, I love to fill my home with all the warm inviting scents the season brings along. With my precious little guy running around, it's important to try and find scented alternatives that are not only flameless but safe and non-toxic - unlike most of the commercial fragrances sold in the stores today. Reed diffusers are a great option, especially if you make your own. They work really well in smaller areas since they do not have a very powerful scent throw. They are quite simple to put together and pretty inexpensive plus you Continue reading

Asking Guests To Remove Their Shoes – What do you think?

Asking Guests To Remove Their Shoes – What do you think?

Growing up our shoes came off at the front door of our home and any other home we happen to visit - no questions asked. It was just something we did and over time became accustom to. Still, til this day, it's a habit I personally follow no matter whose home I may be in - but especially in my own. {Source: Samantha Johnson Interior Design} While some people have a no shoes policy, others take great offense being asked to remove their shoes in other peoples homes. I never insist that anyone visiting my home must take off their shoes - though Continue reading

Tuesday {Ten} – Uses for Dryer Sheets {other than laundry} No. 8

Tuesday {Ten} – Uses for Dryer Sheets {other than laundry} No. 8

It's Tuesday and time for the Tuesday {Ten}. The Tuesday {Ten} is all about sharing what's going on, things you love, recent purchases, cute photos...pretty much all the sweet tidbits that make up daily life that you'd like to share, bundled in to one post. It can be short and sweet or filled with pictures and details...anything goes - just casual and fun! My Tuesday {Ten} A couple of week's ago I shared a link on my facebook page from Re-nest about cleaning baked on gunk from pans using dryer sheets {article found here} Though I have Continue reading

Cleaning My Grill with Shaklee and a Giveaway for 10 Readers

Cleaning My Grill with Shaklee and a Giveaway for 10 Readers

Welcome summer! Hope you enjoyed the sunshine yesterday. I thought it was about time to get our grill in shape for the season, so I spent a little time in the morning soaking in the rays with my cleaning gloves on. We made the horrific mistake of not purchasing a new grill cover last year when ours tore in the spring. The weather was getting warmer and I knew we would be using the grill more frequently so it was quickly forgotten about {all summer, fall, and winter - our poor grill braved all the elements completely naked} So I had some Continue reading