Homework Station Inspiration: 32 Ideas for Organization and Order



As the school year kicks into high gear, you’re bound to be inundated with homework, calendars, newsletters, flyers and all manner of miscellaneous supplies.  It can be hard to keep track of it all, especially while keeping schedules, activities, due dates and big days straight!  Keeping yourself and your kids on track all year long can see a monumental task: what you need is a homework station!  A homework station can be as simple or elaborate as you wish and should include all the items you and your kids need to stay focused on school.  If you’ve got the space, you can add hooks for backpacks, a calendar or a cork board so you never have to miss another important date!  Whatever your specific needs, there’s a station on this awesome list for you!  So take a look at our homework station inspiration and create a space that suits your family.


1. Desk Built-in with Hanging Storage from Better Homes and Gardens

This space is everything you could want in your home: clean lines, lots of storage, tucked into a little built-in.  If you’ve got the space for a built-in desk, you can’t beat it for homework management!


2. Mini Homework Station in a Tray from House of Smiths

You can pick this tray up and take it with you!  Tucked inside the drawers and boxes are all the supplies your children could possibly need. This is perfect if you haven’t got a designated homework desk, or if your space is limited.  Plus, it’s motivational!


3. Rolling Cart Station from Smashed Peas and Carrots

The small kitchen cart from Ikea is cute, compact, and totally functional!  Cram it full of supplies for school and still have space left on the bottom to stack homework, worksheets, and books.  Then you can tuck it away and roll it out when you need it.


4. Magnetic Back to School Station from The 36th Avenue

This magnetic back to school area can hang right on the side of your fridge!  You’ve got everything you need to stay organized right at arms length – including a handy dry erase/magnetic calendar, supplies, and “accountability clipboards.”


5. Seat Sacks and Curtain Rod Storage from Scissors and Spatulas

If you’ve got a table or desk area, sew up some seat sacks to hang on the back of your chairs!  Kids can slip in all of their homework, books, and papers.  Add a curtain rod with hooks to store supplies they’ll need.


6. Chalkboard Organization Station from Design Dining Diapers

This little chalkboard is a cute addition to a homework organization center!  The trendy baskets keep supplies within reach and you can write notes, reminders, and to-do’s on the chalkboard.  Get supplies and note clutter off the tables and counters and up on the wall.


7. Tabletop Homework Station from Polka Dot Chair

This tabletop homework station can sit front and center on a desk or table and be removed during mealtimes since it’s so portable.  No need for a ton of space in order to keep everything looking crisp and neat – and readily available.


8. Repurposed Crib from A Little Learning for Two

If you’ve got an old crib from your kid’s babyhood, repurpose it into a chalkboard desk!  The great part about it is that there’s a ton of built in space to hang supplies and needed items.  There’s room to spare on all the old crib slats and the desktop provides ample room to work.


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5 Beautiful and Useful Kitchen Accessories Ideas

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A wise man named William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” This is definitely a good rule to live by when decorating your home, especially your kitchen. Counter space in the kitchen is so precious that you don’t want to clutter it up with unnecessary and/or unsightly items. Here are 5 beautiful AND useful kitchen accessories ideas that will help your most hardworking room look better and function better.


1. Colorful Step Stool

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A stool is handy in the kitchen when you need to reach items in the upper cabinets or shelves. But why use a rickety, old stool that you hide away in the pantry or a dark corner? Go bold and beautiful with a bright stool that adds color and whimsy to your kitchen while still having a lot of purpose.

You could paint this popular IKEA step stool or you could buy one already painted, like this one.


2. Soft and Washable Rug

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If you have tile in your kitchen, you know how hard it can be on your feet during long bouts of cooking. A rug would help, but they can get dirty fast in a kitchen. Find a rug that’s washable, such as an indoor/outdoor rug, and you’ll add both style and function to your kitchen.

Many indoor/outdoor rugs in stores today are soft and easily cleaned with a hose. That’s a perfect combination for such a messy room like the kitchen. This indoor/outdoor rug is a great example of a stylish rug that will add a lot of character to your kitchen with little maintenance. If you prefer a more neutral color, try these rugs.


3. Stylish Knife Storage Solution

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Knives scattered all over in a drawer can dull the blades over time. A common way to store knives is to put them in a knife block, but many of them are just blocks of wood that don’t add any beauty while taking up counter space. A practical yet stylish way to solve this problem is to get your knives on the wall with the help of a magnetic holder. This one is really beautiful and will add warmth to your kitchen. If you prefer a kitchen block, how about this sleek glass knife block?


4. Attractive Trivets

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If you cook a lot, you know how invaluable trivets can be. They protect your countertop and dinner table from hot pots and pans, allowing you to move things around as you cook, especially if you don’t have a huge 6-burner stove. But many trivets are pretty plain-looking and don’t look great just laying round in the kitchen. Why not try to DIY a couple of attractive trivets? Try making these cool patterned wooden trivets with veneer tape or tile trivets that match your backsplash!

Prefer to buy something new? This silicone “cool tool” is truly a great buy. They act as thin trivets, a way to grip hard-to-open jars, potholders, and more. These trivets come in several colors, so you can buy a couple in a color that compliments your kitchen’s decor. Plus, they have a small hole on top so you can hang them on a hook, saving precious counter space!


5. Vibrant Pot or Kettle

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Add a nice pop of color to your stove by always leaving a colorful pot or kettle on one of the burners. A kettle is a popular option, but if you don’t drink a lot of tea, it will just take up space and that’s not a very useful kitchen accessory! Try a brightly colored pot, like this beautiful Le Creuset dutch oven, that you can actually cook in everyday. A more economical option is this set of colorful pots that look like so much fun to cook with.


What do you think of these kitchen accessories ideas? Would they look good and be functional in your own kitchen? Do you have any other suggestions for beautiful and useful kitchen accessories ideas? Share away!

For more kitchen tips, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and A Clean Kitchen in 20 Minutes or Less Daily.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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5 Tips That Will Keep Your Septic Tank From Ever Clogging Or Backing Up

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Septic tank systems need to maintain an internal balance of bacteria and will fail if they are not handled properly. The good news though is that there’s no mystery behind what you can and can’t do with a septic tank. Here are five tips you should utilize to make sure your septic tank doesn’t clog and continues to function properly for years to come.

Make Sure That You Don’t Put Chemicals down The Drain

Disposing of chemicals like gasoline, paint thinner, or varnish down the drain can easily destroy your septic tank’s bacterial equilibrium. If it’s disrupted, the solids inside the septic tank won’t be broken down. This will lead to your septic tank clogging and ultimately failing.

Don’t Flush Garbage

Solids are filtered out during wastewater treatment in sewage plants. That means that while it’s not a good idea to flush trash or solid matter in a house that’s connected to a city sewage line, it won’t damage anything. Septic tank systems don’t have that ability. Never flush latex gloves, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, or disposable diapers.

Make Sure You Protect the Drain Field

Your septic tank’s drain field plays a vital role in the system working since the wastewater needs to be sent someplace. Tree roots can cause the drain field to break apart and cause the water to not be properly absorbed. Never drive over the drain field. Make sure that nothing is on the drain field besides grass.

Never Ever Skip Maintenance or Septic Tank Pumping

For some people this will seem obvious, but there are some things you can put off maintenance for. Your car’s engine will not suddenly fail if you don’t have the oil changed by the recommended date. However, if you put off having your septic tank pumped there’s a very high chance your tank will end up clogged. Kamloops Septic Service has said on their site, that there are environmentally friendly chemicals and treatments that you can add to your tank that will cause a smelly mess back up in the future.

Avoid Using Large Amount of Water

A large sudden inflow of water can cause the drain field to become saturated. Since that will slow down wastewater absorption, it can ultimately result in a clog occurring. Appliances like hot tubs can cause this problem to occur. Additionally, doing things like timing showers throughout the day and staggering loads of laundry will prevent it as well.


Following these tips will go a long way towards making sure that your septic system never experiences a clog or backup. Never take risks with your septic system if you’re unsure of whether it can dispose of something or not. One mistake can easily cost you a great deal of money having the damage undone.

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5 Quick and Easy Hairstyles

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We can all use a little help simplifying our morning routines.  Sometimes, all you have is a few minutes to get out the door.  Fortunately, with these simple and easy hairstyles, minutes are all you need to whip your hair into shape!  Try one of these ideas and you’ll look great in no time flat.


1. Knot a Ponytail

Step up the always go-to style – the ponytail – by adding just a little something. Simply gather your hair into a ponytail at the base of the neck, separate it into two pieces, tie them into two knots toward the base, and secure hair after the knots with a clear elastic band.


2. Reverse with a Twist

This is the perfect style when you need your hair in an up-do, quickly. Gather your hair into a ponytail at the back of your head, then twist it repeatedly while pulling the hair up toward the crown of your head.  Secure on the top of your head with a clip, leaving the ends free for a slightly messy look.


3. Bun in a Hurry

Here’s a classic style that looks polished, but only takes five minutes. Twist your hair on the sides, pulling them back into a ponytail with an elastic band.  Twist the ponytail while wrapping it around in a circle, for a bun shape, then tuck the end and pin into place.


4. Beachy Waves

This is an easy way to add some style, while still leaving your hair down. Divide your hair into two sections.  Twist each portion of hair and secure the ends with elastic bands. Take your flat iron and run it over both sections of hair a few times.  Release the hair from the twists, and use your fingers to smooth hair into place.


5. Overlapping Half Up

To mimic the look of a braid in half the time, go with this hairstyle.  Grab a small section of hair on each side of your face. Pull the right side over the left side of the head and secure with a bobby pin. Do the same to the left side, putting it on the right side and pinning in place.  Repeat this as many times as you want to get the desired look.  Leave the rest of your hair down and straight.


Looking for more easy hair ideas?  Try these No-Heat Hairstyles!


Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.


I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

5 Time-Saving Party Tips

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The invitations are sent, the guests are excited to attend and the day of the party is about to arrive.  If the thought of balancing the numerous party details and spending time with your guests seems a little impossible, these ideas are for you. Here are 5 helpful, time-saving party tips to make any special occasion run smoothly.  Then all you have to do is have fun!


1. Prep the table the night before.  Set out all the serving dishes along with utensils, napkins, glasses, etc. the night before the party. This will give you a quick check to see if anything is missing, and will hopefully avoid that last minute rush to get a needed item. Mark where food that cannot be preset will go on the day of the party by writing each food item on a small piece of paper and putting it on its serving dish or its spot at the table.Wedding-5421



2. Prep the ice cream.  To avoid a mob of kids waiting impatiently for ice cream, try this fast tip. Before the party, line a muffin tin with paper baking cups. Scoop an individual amount of ice cream into each section and store in the freezer. When cake time arrives, simply place each scoop onto a plate (keeping it in the paper baking cups or not) and serve to the crowd.scoop-icecream_300

3. Forget the knife.  Did you know that using unflavored waxed dental floss is a faster and cleaner way to cut sheet cake than using a knife? Simply take a piece of floss that’s about a foot longer that the cake and hold it taut between your fingers. Drag it down through the cake, then release one end and pull the other end out of the cake sideways. Repeat this step, in a grid pattern, until the whole cake is cut.  No clumpy mess on the knife and no mangled cake pieces!birthdaycake-hand_300


4.  Use an unexpected ice chest.  One of the hardest things to keep track of at a party is ensuring there are always cooled beverages ready to go.  This is especially difficult if your fridge is already full of party food and extra drinks.  Here’s an easy solution if you don’t want to lug around a ton of ice chests or coolers.  Use your washing machine!  Fill it with ice and add your bottles or cans.  Clean up is a cinch since the melted ice will simply drain away.52801234dbfa3f4ef30029ca._w.540_s.fit_

5. Accept helping hands.  Don’t be averse to getting help where you needed it!  You don’t have to be superwoman and go it all alone.  Don’t have time to make a dessert?  Pick it up pre-made at your local bakery.  Use a combination of handmade and store bought elements.  Ask a good friend to take on a task – like party photography – so you can focus on other details. Outsourcing is always a great party time saver!MCL_buffet_100172857_Peter_Krumhardt_0


 To make your party unforgettable, check out these 7 tips!


Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.


I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

5 Kid-Friendly Papier Mache Projects You Can Decorate With!

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Who remembers making a papier mache art project back in school?  It’s such a fun craft and popular with kids, but there are only so many papier mache bowls you can make before you run out of reasons to use them in your home!  Try these 5 papier mache projects with your kids and you’ll be able to decorate your house in style.


1. Papier Mache Alphabet Letters

Large alphabet letters are a popular decor item in kids’ rooms, but use them in nearly any room of the house.  Spell out your child’s name, a catchy, room appropriate word or make a simple monogram by doing this papier mache project that makes letters out of cereal boxes!  You can use any font you’d like to make them.


2. Papier Mache Mounted Animal Heads

Faux taxidermy mounted heads are all the rage right now.  Check out this really great looking papier mache zebra head mount! If your kid loves zebras, they’ll love making this… and you can mount it over their bed or dresser in their room. But you can do this papier mache project even if your kids aren’t that fond of zebras – simply modify it to turn it into another animal, like a rhino, a horse, an unicorn, or a lion. Use your imagination… or your kid’s!


3. Papier Mache Hot Air Balloon

Hot air balloons are always enthralling for kids to see in the air, so why not put one up in their bedroom for them to stare at every night as they drift off to sleep? This really cute papier mache project is even sweeter with the addition of hearts all over it. Instead of paint, this project uses blue and green colored tissue paper, but you can use any color tissue you’d like to match your decor.


4. Papier Mache Pumpkins

Buying seasonal decor can be a drag because they cost so much money and are then displayed for such a short time. For most of the year, your seasonal decor items are stuck in a box in the garage or attic.  Why not make your own seasonal decor and turn it into a fun activity with the kids? Since fall is fast approaching, make a couple of papier mache pumpkins and paint them! Put them up in your home before Halloween and leave them out until Thanksgiving.


5. Papier Mache Pinata

A pinata isn’t exactly a decor item, but it can certainly be used to decorate a party! Make a papier mache pinata with your kids for their next birthday party. You could have a lot of fun with a completely customizable piñata. Maybe you could make a beloved cartoon character, a favorite animal, or something else that fits into the birthday party’s theme. Fill the pinata with your kids’ preferred candies or skip the sweets and use small toys instead!  Then watch all the children smash away at your hard work… it’ll be worth it.


Hopefully, these papier mache projects have sparked a few ideas of your own!  A moon and a few stars to hang in your child’s nursery? A papier mache Earth to spin around in the playroom?  The possibilities are endless!


Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.


“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!


30 Kid-Approved DIY Chore Charts

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 30 Kid-Approved DIY Chore Charts

If the word “chores” has your kids groaning, it might be time to switch up the routine!  A chore chart can be both engaging and rewarding for your child, and give them just the incentive they need to get working and stop complaining.  If you need some ideas for chore charts that you can make yourself, we’ve got you covered!  Whether you’re looking for something simple to make and easy for kids to follow, or you want something more elaborate and effective for your tweens, these 30 kid-approved DIY chore charts are sure to be a hit at your house.


Work For Hire Board, The Chic Family – This simple yet ingenious bulletin board style chore chart is perfect for your tween or even teen looking to earn some extra spending money.  If you’ve got extra chores your willing to shell out some allowance for, this board is a great way to get kids involved in making their own decisions about the work they do around the house.TheChic_work-for-hire-board


Reclaimed Wood Chores and Rewards, The Winthrop Chronicles – This chore/reward system works great for kids who are a little older, around 5-10.  Their weekly chore list is clipped to the top and they earn points, or small pebbles, as they complete things.  Pebbles are removed when they don’t do what they’re supposed to.  When the pebble jar is full, they pick a fun treat, like an ice cream outing.  It’s effective because it clearly displays expectations, has an instant consequence for behaviors and offers relevant incentive.  Plus, it’s super stylish – who wouldn’t want this hanging in their home?IMG_1080-b

Framed Magnetic Charts, A Lemon Squeezy Home – These charts look clean and bright hung on the wall and are a very easy system for kids to tackle.  The magnets are made with wooden circles and computer-printed stickers and are completely customizable.  If you’re not big into giving out an allowance for chores, or simply don’t want the visual reminder of money right by the chores, this is a great option.  It’s easy to make and easy to use, and the kids will get a kick out of moving their own magnets around.  Plus, there’s a nice list of chores kids can accomplish on their own!chore charts_thumb[1]

 Washi Tape Chore Sticks, Simply Kierste – If you’re looking for something super easy to make and use, you can’t get much more perfect than this!  Simply write the chores on a craft stick, decorate with a strip of washi tape and place in a cute jar!  Little hands will love the surprise of picking the chores out blindly.  Plus it looks cute on display and doesn’t take up any wall space!



White Board and Magnet Pictures, Vanilla Joy – If you’ve got a pre-reader who’s ready to tackle some work around the house, this is a great chore chart for you!  The chores are designated with pictures glued to wooden tokens with magnets on the back.  It’s simple to make with a small white board and a few other materials and doesn’t take up a lot of space.  Little ones will love “playing” with the magnets and moving their chores to the right side!


Easy Chore Board, Gingersnap Crafts – This cute and easy chore board is a cinch to make, small enough to fit nearly anywhere, and super stylish to boot!  All it takes is a board or plaque, some vinyl, a strip of metal and magnetic chore circles.  Not only is it easy to make, but it’s easy to read and understand for your young kids.  The little stick figures make it that much more adorable!chores


Chore Box, Just another Day in Paradise – This “Uh-Oh” box is simply genius!  Sick of kids leaving a trail of messes in their wake?  Got some mini tornados kicking toys around the house?  Teach your kids responsibility with this cute poem stuck to the side of a rubbermaid tote.  When they leave their things out, place them in the box.  All they have to do to get an item back is pick a chore!DSC_0018


Burlap and Clothespin Chore Chart, Simply Kierste – This charming burlap chore chart is a cute way to get chores done and encourage your kids!  On one side of the clothespin there are chores printed.  When the chore is completed, flip the clothespin over to reveal praise and encouragement for a job well done!  Make a row with ribbon for each child and clip their chores on, then have them flip the clothespins themselves!  This is a great way to help them take pride in their work.burlap chore chart--finished project front copy


Baking Sheet Chore Chart, A Spotted Pony – It doesn’t take much to make these cute little magnetic charts – just a baking sheet from the dollar store, some spray paint and some magnets!  With minimal investment, you can make some to match any decor.  With the cute printed pictures on magnets, this is the perfect first chore chart for young kids who aren’t reading yet.chorechart1-300x200


Job Chart, Martha Stewart –  This sweet and simple job chart is fairly minimalist in design – so it’ll go with any kind of decor.  It’s easy to make too – All you need are magnets and a computer/printer!  The columns are headed with a photograph of each child, adding to the charm.  The chores are simply colored magnetic strips – you can color code them according to day or difficulty level.  Simply hang on the fridge and let your tweens at it!0206_kids_gtjobchart_l


Dry Erase Chore Chart, Moss Moments – This is a really easy idea to pull together.  Just make a list of chores (and possibly the daily to-do’s) leaving boxes for check marks and print it out.  Frame it with any frame that matches your decor.  Each morning, write the day at the top.  The kids can check off the items as they do them.  Why it’s great?  Ease of use and simple to make.  Also, as you think of new things that need to be done that day, you can simply write them on the glass.  It’s super customizable, can be made as fancy and colorful as you’d like, and the kids will love writing all over the glass!Sofa and jellybean jars 025


Printable Sticker Chore Chart, The Vintage Mother – You can’t get any easier than simply printing off some charts and hanging them within easy reach!  The truly fun part is putting stickers next to the chores that are completed!  Let your little ones pick which stickers they want to use and watch them turn into cleaning machines!VRW-Chore-Chart-2


Big Helper Board, Grey House Harbor - With a magnetic dry erase board and some washi tape and magnets, you can create a super cute, perfectly personalized big helper board for your kids!  Create your own magnets for kids to move to separate columns and rows for each day of the week and chore.  Make it organized and cute by making lines with washi tape.  The best part about this chore chart is that it’s completely reusable as something new once the novelty wears off – and for young kids, you know that won’t take too long!  Washi tape is removable and all the writing on the chart is in dry erase marker.  580x384xwpid2209-magnetic-dry-erase-chore-chart.jpg.pagespeed.ic.YI6bbp4jJh


Reusable Chore Card Checklists, Our Story – You can break each room in your house down by listing the chores that need to be down on one convenient, laminated card.  Assign the kids a room to clean and give them the card.  They can check off each item as they go with a dry erase marker.  Rotate the rooms among your kids so they get a chance to do everything.  This is a great system for tweens and teens who are ready for more independence with their work, but still need a bit of a reminder as they go.  They can earn points for the entire room and cash their points in for rewards.  Wipe each card down when they’re completed and store them all together on a binder clip or in a folder or envelope._DSC9941


Coloring Page Chore Chart, And We Play – Even the littlest of helpers can keep track of their chores on a handy chart.  This cute little coloring page is just the ticket for the youngest in your brood!  You can download a pre-made chore coloring page from the link, or create your own personalized one.  Every time your child completes a task that’s pictured, they get to color it in!  So break out the crayons and colored pencils because preschool aged kids are going to love cleaning up now!IMG_5150


Framed Clothespin Chore Chart, A Turtle’s Life For Me – Upcycle some of your old, unused frames into a totally usable chore chart!  By gluing clothespins down the side of the frame and adding the child’s name inside, you’ve got yourself a cute and personalized chore tracker.  Simply print out some chores, cut them into strips and laminate them.  When the chore is completed, it comes down off the clothespin and back in the envelope.  This is super easy to make and super easy to use.  Kids will love getting to “play with” the clips, but this is great for older kids or teens as well because of its simplicity.chore chart emma


Clipboard Chore Charts, The 36th Avenue – These clipboards are so super cute, you’ll want to hang them just for decoration!  They serve a useful purpose, too, though.  There are chores listed on one side and spots to check off down the other side – in dry erase vinyl!  Along the bottom, there are dry erase spots to keep track of days, so at the end of the week the kids (or you) can clip a reward card to the clipboard if they’ve gotten everything done.  This is really a great idea for young school aged children up through tweens to keep them on track, independently responsible for their work, and give them extra incentive.15554116713


Clipboard Checklists, Stacy Julian –  These checklists are simple, easy to make and very straightforward.  Clip the checklist to the clipboard and have your tween or teen check things off as they go throughout their routine.  If everything is finished at the designated time, you clip a dollar to the clipboard for them to find next time.  This is a great instant incentive for older kids who don’t need or want a lot of fuss, and still helps everyone keep track of responsibilities.  IMG_0785


Family Chore Board, Our Prairie Home – Here’s a fun and easy way to keep track of daily chores for everyone in the family – and it doesn’t take up a ton of space!  It’s a simple board with the names of the family written across and hooks above and below each name.  Chores are printed on small laminated tags.  Daily tasks are places on the top hook at the beginning of the day and each person moves them down to the bottom hook as they complete them.  You can personalize this idea as much as you want, use pictures for pre-readers, offer a point and reward system, or fancy it up as much as you want!Chore 3


Chore Tags, A Pretty Life - This system works really well for keeping track of those extra chores that pile up.  The tags are magnetic, so you can keep them on the fridge or a magnet board.  Each tag has an extra chore and a price.  The kids get to pick with chores they want to do, and when finished, move the chore to their designated hook (Which could be magnetic or not, your choice.)  At the end of the week, just pull the tags from the hook, count up all the prices listed, pay the allowance, and move the tags back to the fridge.  Voila!  This will work best with older kids and teens who know the value of a dollar!Chores1


Ice Cream Cone Chart, Child Made – Little kids will love this colorful, fun, ice cream themed chore chart!  Every part of the ice cream cone is sewn separately and has a magnet on the back.  Start your child with the empty cone.  Each scoop of ice cream has a chore listed on the back.  When they complete a chore, they get to add the scoop to their cone!  They’re going to flip over making ice cream cones every day and will race to clean to see who can build their cone higher!ice_cream_19


Folder Chore Charts, Moritz Line Designs – These couldn’t be easier (or cheaper!) to make and are exceptionally easy to use.  The days of the week are listed across the inside pockets and the daily chore check list is stapled under each day.  A dollar bill is placed in the pocket above each day.  The kids check things off the list and when the whole list for the day is completed, move the money to the envelope on the front of the folder.  It’s instant gratification, teaches the value of earning and saving, and places the responsibility and consequences for chores on the kids.  This is a great motivational chore “chart” for older kids and tweens!chorechart_inside


Photo Chore Chart, A Mom’s Take – This chart turns chores into a game!  Everything is magnetic and can go on a magnet board or on the fridge.  The chart itself is simply “before” photographs of each chore in a grid, all of them taken before the chore was completed – so messy shelves, unmade bed, etc.  The kid’s look at the photos and when a chore is complete, find the matching “after” photo – obviously taken when the chores are completed and therefore clean – in the container or envelope.  They place this photo OVER the the messy photo.  When all the photos are clean, the kids are done!  What a fun way to show them what to do and engage them by turning work into a game!DSCF2194-750x499


Clothespin Chore Tracker, The Wid Kids – A super easy chart to make, and a fun way to keep kids on track all throughout the day.  Simply make a single row of chores for your child (you can write them, draw them or print them out, then put them on poster board for durability) with your child’s name at the beginning of the row.  Start the clothespin on their name at the beginning of the day and have them move it along as they complete each task.DSC_0619


Post-It Note Chore Chart, Tatertots and Jello – Brilliant!  This chart uses post-it notes with chores printed on, color-coded for each child!  Every chore has 7 checkboxes for the week.  Every day, the kids check off the chores that are complete.  When they’re totally checked, they place them in the post-it folder.  There’s even a “for hire” category with bigger chores printed and a dollar amount if the kids want to do bonus work.  What’s great about this system is that it’s so easy to alter.  Add chores, take them away, switch them around, whatever!  Tweens and teens will like the trendy, fun colors, and mom will like all the work getting done!post-it-note-chore-chart-system-at-tatertts-and-jello


Magnetic Photo Chart, My Sister’s Suitcase – Use all those photos you take with your phone throughout the day!  Create chore photos with your smartphone and add text with various photo editing apps.  Print them out on magnetic sheets and make magnet board separated into columns and the name of each child at the top.  Put a small box or envelope under the columns.  Place the chores with the appropriate child, and have them move the photos into the box once they are completed.  Simple enough for preschoolers, fun enough for older kids!kids-chore-chart-DIY


Responsibility Station, Organizing Junkie – This station has absolutely everything you could want in a chore chart.  There’s a checklist for daily chores, a bucket of chore sticks for extra chores or  responsibilities, a pay check tear pad where the kids tally up how much they make per day and total it at the end of the week, and even zipper pouches separated into spend it, save it and give it.  This system is a little more detailed as far as understanding and using it, but it also reinforces lots of great lessons – math, addition, percentages, charity, responsibility, among others.  School-aged kids would love watching their “pay check” add up over the week!responsibility-station-2


Magnetic Flip Chart, Miss Information – With very little effort and supplies, you can make a cute chart for your fridge that your preschooler will get really excited about!  Just use some poster board or heavy card stock and fold it in half.  On the top, write, draw or print out pictures of chores all across.  On the bottom half, simply cut up to the fold – making the strips you cut as wide as the chores on top.  Glue magnets on top and bottom.  When your kids complete the chores, they flip the bottom up to the top to reveal a secret message!  Just write “all done,” “good job,” etc. on each flap.  Kids will love flipping the paper, and encouraged by all the positive reinforcement!flip chart


Job Chart Slider, Spoonful – It may look a little complicated at first, but this job chart slider is actually pretty easy to make!  You just need paper, cardboard, wooden skewers, straws and glue!  In no time you’ll craft up something the little kids will absolutely love to use!  List the charts down the first column (you can even divide them into daily and weekly) and on the top write “to do” on one side and “done” on the other.  The kids slide the straws from “to do” to “done” – it’s like a game!make-a-job-chart-craft-photo-420x420-FF0911CREAT_A11

Wheel of Responsibility, How Does She – This chore wheel will take virtually no time and effort to make and will save you from lots of arguments!  All you need is sturdy card stock, a brad and a pen.  Just make concentric circles of colored paper or card stock and divide them up – each tier is for something specific to your own family, with the top or center tier being the names of family members.  You can rotate the wheel whenever you see fit, though weekly makes the most sense.  This is fun for young kids, but great as they get older too since it’s a simple and indisputable visual of who does what.IMG_2008


From dry erase to magnetic, flip charts, spinners, sliders, stickers and clips, simple checklists to photos and pictures, this list has it all!  There’s a chore chart here for everyone – whatever your needs!


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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

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Whether you’re an apartment dweller with urban garden needs, a cook who likes to have fresh herbs right at your fingertips, or you’re simply looking for an easy way to begin growing your own herbs, indoor gardening is a great solution!  Greenery is important to your home for decor and air quality, plus herbs have the added benefit of being edible.  Herbs are great for beginner gardeners since they are easily managed and require little space, but even an old pro will love the fantastic indoor herb garden ideas we’ve rounded up.  No matter what your experience level or needs are, this is your go-to list for growing herb gardens inside.

1. Reclaimed Wood Mason Jar Garden – Not Just a Housewife

This is an easy and quick project that makes use of old wood and mason jars.  All you need is a bit of wall space to hang these on!

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2. Over-the-Sink Hanging Pots – Coordinately Yours

Nothing could be easier than simply placing some well-positioned pots!  Use inexpensive pots, paint them up, and drill a hole for hanging on a hook!  No extra wood needed, no wall space used.  Perfect space-saver!

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3. Upside-Down Herb Garden in Bottles – Behance.net

It’s hard to believe that these chic, modern bottles are actually painted water bottles!  Strung upside down and hanging from copper pipe, this is the perfect balance between form and function.

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4. Countertop Tin Can Herb Garden – HGTV

If you’ve got a vacant spot on your counter, you can make this adorable tin can garden!  Keep your cans together and allow for drainage in a circular pan or tray.  It’s easy and enviro-friendly!

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5. Upcycled Canister Window Herb Garden – Crafty Kitchen Witchery

Use your recyclables to create this upside down herb garden!  These simple throw-away canisters are transformed with pretty paper.  With some easy to follow tricks, you can create dangling planters to place right in front of your kitchen window.

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6. Hanging Basket Herb Garden – The Telegraph

Those tiered hanging baskets aren’t just for fruit!  You can create a whole garden in one three-basket unit.  Just hang within easy reach from the ceiling by any window in the house and you’re golden.

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7. Hanging Bottle Top Herb Garden – Home DZine

Here’s another idea for using recyclables.  If you’ve got lots of plastic bottles around, all you need are the tops and you can create this fun hanging herb garden.

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8. Wood and Chalkboard Herb Garden Jars - Camille Styles

With some reclaimed wood, some mason jars and a little chalkboard paint, this small, wall-mounted garden is a clever mix of trendy, shabby and useful!  It’s a fast project that requires little space and looks great.

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9. Vintage Tea Caddy Herb Garden – Apartment Therapy

Go treasure hunting at your local thrift shop for some vintage tins.  These tea caddies make an awesome display for herbs when set in the window sill.

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10. Tabletop Herb Garden – Bell and Star

It’s not difficult to fit all the herbs you regularly use in one bowl or basket.  Then just place it on your counter, or even better, on your table as a clever centerpiece.  It’s convenient and efficient!

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11. Pallet Frame Herb Garden – The Kitchen

This pallet frame is the perfect spot to plant some herbs right on the kitchen wall.  An added bonus?  The extra ledge space in the frames is perfect for some eye-catching bottles, jars, canisters or other kitchen paraphernalia that can double as decor.

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12. Vintage Box Herb Planter – Design Sponge

If you notice any interesting wooden boxes, with or without lids at flea markets and thrift stores, scoop them up because we’ve found a use for them!  With some minor tweaks you can turn them into herb planters in no time at all.

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13. Window Ledge Herb Box – A Beat That My Heart Skipped

If there aren’t any vintage boxes to be found, never fear.  Any plain wood framed box can be transformed with a bit of paint and creativity.  Just place your new box on the window ledge for a very pretty and useful planter.

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14.  Herb Mason Jar Shelf - Food, Family and Finds

A wooden shelf with holes for mason jars can easily become an herb shelf.  Can’t find a specific shelf dedicated to housing jars?  Use any normal wooden shelf and drill large holes yourself.

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15. IKEA Wine Rack Herb Garden Hack - Curbly

This hanging herb garden was once a wine rack!  It’s incredible what you can make with a few simple and quick adjustments.  With large glasses, some paint and some herbs, your wall will look very stylish and delicious.

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16. Window Bucket Herb Garden – 3 Peppers

Some curtain rods and a few paint buckets with handles can easily house your herbs in front of a sunny window.  This idea is simple and versatile as you could have any number of variations with styling and colors.

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17. Shoe Caddy Turned Herb Garden – Birds and Blooms

A cloth shoe caddy is a perfect space-saving solution, and not just for shoes!  Hung near natural light, all you need is a bit of soil and some herbs to turn an organizer into a garden.

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18. Herb Tower - DIY Enthusiasts

This whimsical pot tower is a mini version of the outdoor variety.  It tucks perfectly into a window sill and can hold several different herbs within the tiers.

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19. IKEA Pots Window Herb Garden – Urban Gardens

IKEA hanging pots are probably the most used home decor/DIY item there is.  You can use them for nearly everything, from holding craft supplies, to organizing small toys, and now for herbs!

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20. Modern Hanging Herb Garden – Tried and True

No need to buy a special rack or frame to house your herb garden pots – just use what you have on hand!  These modern and simple wooden frames were once a room divider that was never used.

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21. Chalkboard Pot Herb Garden – Robin’s Nest

An indoor garden can be as easy as adding chalkboard paint to your clay pots!  Just write the name of the herb and place on the window sill or counter and you’ve got instant decor and edible greens.  Add some twine or ribbon for some more detail.

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22. Herb Garden Drawers – The Garden Glove

Another reason to scout out your flea markets and thrift stores!  Score an old shelving unit like this one and you’ve got an interesting, clever and beautiful herb garden display.  Depending on the condition of the piece, you can simply add your herbs while still in pots, or go all out and make them into planter boxes like the ones mentioned earlier.  Either way, it’s perfect for any table, counter or shelf!

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23. Woodland Herb Garden - Garden Therapy

These homey and natural plaques are a perfect backdrop for herb jars.  Add hooks to sections of log, then hang your jars.  Mount them on the wall or even on the side of the cupboard over your sink!

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24. Mini Hanging Herb Garden – Better Homes & Gardens

Take that normal, boring hanging basket and make something fun, unique and yummy!  Grow your herbs in a basket hung sideways from the wall.  It’s not difficult to create, and takes up just a bit of wall space.

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25. Hanging Herb Garden Jars – bugaboo, mini, mr & me

With metal chains and hooks, you can hang your herb mason jar garden from nearly any wooden backdrop.  The ombre chevron is painted on a simple raw wood board, and the whole garden is then hung from the same type of chain.  You can hang the jars sideways or straight on.

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If you liked these, you’ll love the edible garden ideas from this post at Remodelaholic!   If you’re looking for more container ideas, check out these indoor and outdoor planters.  And don’t miss the creative genius behind these creative container gardens!

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Edible Plants To Grow Indoors

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edible plants to grow indoors

If you’ve got a green thumb but don’t have a lot of outdoor space, you may think gardening is a pipe dream.  But think again!  There’s more you can do with your indoor space than potted plants and succulents!  If you like to eat your efforts, this list of edible plants you can grow indoors is for you.  It may take a little more creativity, engineering and planning, but indoor gardening is great for those who live in apartments, condos or have regulations on outdoor gardens in their area.  These 10 plants are commonly grown outside, but can easily be translated into indoor plants with a few alterations and accommodations.


1. Avocados


It’s true that you can grow an avocado plant simply using a pit, but this type will likely yield no edible fruit.  Instead, plant a dwarf avocado tree in a large pot with sand in the bottom.  Remember to allow for drainage and water regularly, but never make it soggy.  You’ll need tall ceilings for this type of tree – even dwarf trees can grow to 10 feet.


2. Carrots

Carrots require a bit of room, but aren’t particularly finicky to grow.  Start with a window box or pot that’s a foot and a half in length.  After you plant your seeds, keep the soil watered but not soaked.  The seeds should germinate within 2 weeks.


3. Tomatoes

If you want to try your hand at indoor tomatoes, all you need is a 6 inch pot (for one plant).  Start with a starter mix of soil and plant your seeds, keeping the soil well-watered but never soggy.  Once the plants start to germinate, transplant them into potting soil.  As your plant gets bigger, you may need to stage it to prevent the stem from breaking.  Tomatoes like sunshine, but not intense heat so pay attention after placing them near windows.


4. Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be purchased to grow indoors as a kit, like this one.  You can also use a laundry basket, as with the method shown here.  Basically, you inoculate straw with mushroom spores and stuff them in the laundry basket.  The basket is usually kept in a box or bag until completely colonized.  Mushrooms prefer shade, so it’s not necessary to keep them in a window or sunny spot!


5. Green Onions

These are possibly the easiest vegetable to grow indoors.  Simply place the bottom of leftover purchased green onions in an inch of water in a glass.  Place them in a window and allow the shoots to grow for about a week. (be sure to change the water daily!) When they’ve doubled in size, plant them in a small pot.


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Peppers enjoy warmth and sun, so if you’ve got a nice warm spot by a window, many types of peppers will thrive.  Banana or cherry peppers do well indoors.  Be aware that peppers do like room, so use a pot that’s at least 3-5 gallons.  For ease, try starting from a sprout instead of using seeds.


7. Radishes

Radishes are easy to grow whether inside or out, which makes them perfect for a beginner gardener.  They like it warm, so place the container near a window, but move them on particularly hot days.  The best part about radishes is that they’re ripe and mature in only a few weeks!


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Salad greens are easy to grow in small spaces, beginning either with seeds or “starts”.  Use a planter box that allows for drainage.  Plant your seeds or starts about 4 inches apart, and if using starts, be sure to massage the roots before planting.  Keep the soil continually moist, but don’t overwater.


9. Lemons

Lemons grow best in very sunny spaces – with at least 12 hours of sun per day.  If you start with a dwarf tree, you’ll likely be able to harvest fruit the first year.  Plant the tree in a pot that’s slightly larger than the root ball of your tree in soil specifically formulated for citrus trees and water it daily – though be sure not to oversaturate.


10. Mandarin Oranges

It’s best to start mandarin oranges as a dwarf tree.  They grow well in spacious pots with very rich soil and lots of drainage.  Place them in very sunny locations and rotate them regularly as you water them to ensure equal sun exposure all over.  The root system will likely grow abundantly, and when the begin to poke through the drainage holes you’ll need to transplant the tree in a container at least 2 inches larger in diameter.


If you want a more complete overview of these plants and more, you can read this post on greatist.  More information can also be found here on care2.  See a much more complete list of plants, herbs and tree you can grow indoors on howstuffworks.

Looking for more? Check out these 25 edible garden ideas on Remodelaholic!


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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

The Golden Rules of Interior Design


Are you struggling to make your space your own and don’t know which direction to go? Terrys Blinds has compiled key rules used by design experts from around the world into this useful infographic!

The golden rules of interior design by Terrys Blinds

Special thanks to Terrys Blinds for sharing their Golden Rules of Interior Design with our readers!

5 Ways to Organize and Display Travel Mementos

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The best part of traveling is the memories that we treasure for the rest of our lives. Sadly, we can’t remember everything, no matter how hard we try. That’s why we collect travel mementos, from photographs to ticket stubs to tiny travel souvenirs, to help us remember. Here are 6 ways to organize and display travel mementos.

1. Memory Glass Jars

Use mason jars, apothecary jars, or any other glass jar to fill with your travel mementos. These little glass jars are like worlds into themselves and are great to display, especially in your kids’ rooms where they’ll always remember their awesome trip with their family.


2. Coffee Table

Get a coffee table with a glass top and a place to display travel mementos. Fill a coffee table with shells that have been collected over years of traveling. So pretty. You could do the same with photos from various trips, tiny souvenirs with a common theme, or unique rocks that you found from each vacation spot.


3. Ticket Stub Diary

If you’re like me, you collect ticket stubs from train rides, plane trips, concerts, football games, and more with nowhere except for a shoe box to put them in. Once in a blue moon, you pull out that shoe box while looking for something else and sit for an hour just going through that ticket stub box. How about getting this ticket stub diary to organize your travel mementos? You’ll be able to put it in a bookshelf and go through it more often!


4. Gallery Wall of Memories

Gallery walls are popular today, so why not create a gallery wall of memories that’s filled with your travel mementos? Frame maps, postcards, photos, wall art, subway maps, and anything else from your travels that can fit in a frame. Put up your gallery wall in your bedroom, a hallway, or some other spot that you’ll pass by on a daily basis. You’ll pause, look, remember, and smile.


 5. Travel Boxes

This might be the easiest way to organize and display travel mementos. Grab an unfinished wooden box — choose one that is at a size of your preference. Next, paint on the color that you want your letters to be. For example, in the photo the letters are black, so you would paint the box black first. Put on letter stencils along the front of the box and then paint the box in another color. Ta-da, you’ve got a really nice looking box to dump all of your travel mementos in! As you travel more and more, you’ll build up a nice collection of travel boxes of different colors to display.



How do you display your travel mementos?

Never sure what kind of travel souvenirs to buy on your trips? Check out these 6 Clever and Useful Travel Souvenir Ideas.

Don’t forget about all the other memories that you’ve created with your family this year that didn’t necessarily include travel, though! Check out 8 Family Photos You Need to Take this Year.


“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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6 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas You Can Build Yourself!

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Have you seen the price tag of outdoor furniture these days? It’s crazy how expensive they can be, even on Craig’s List. Avoid emptying out your wallet by building your own DIY outdoor furniture! What’s more, you can build them to fit your patio or porch. Here are 6 great DIY outdoor furniture tutorials you can use to create your dream outdoor space.


1. DIY Outdoor Sectional

Ana White is the queen of the DIY furniture world and this outdoor sectional is a great example of how wonderful her creations are. It includes two plans, one for armless sections and one for corners and ends. These two simple plans combine to create a DIY outdoor sectional that can be as big or small as you want it to be. You can build one piece at a time, at your own pace, and create a sectional that perfectly fits your space. Bonus: cushions from Target will fit these sections, unless you want to make your own cushions.


2. DIY Outdoor Sofa

Here’s another plan from Ana White, which we couldn’t leave out because this beautiful sofa only costs $30 in lumber! You can easily adjust the measurements of this plan to fit whatever cushions you plan to buy or make.


3. DIY Outdoor Bench

This just might be the easiest DIY outdoor furniture ever. It requires no drilling or extensive cutting. All you need is concrete blocks, concrete glue, and four 4x4x10 pieces of lumber to build an outdoor beach for only $40. Nice!


4. DIY Tile Outdoor Table

This gorgeous outdoor table is made with lumber and glass mosaic tile. The coffee table is fairly simple to build, but if you already have an old coffee table laying around you could cover it with your favorite glass mosaic tile following the instructions in this tutorial!


5. DIY Tree Bench

Have a tree in your backyard? Build a bench around its trunk to add extra seating to your outdoor space! This plan is a bit extensive and will cost a tidy sum of money, but its cool factor is out of the world and this nifty bench can add so much charm and function to a backyard.


6. DIY Hammock

Okay, a hammock isn’t exactly a piece of furniture, but it’s something to sit on and can be left outside, so we’re including this great tutorial for a DIY hammock! The tutorial includes two different ways to make your own hammock – one that requires a sewing machine and one that doesn’t.


For more DIY outdoor furniture ideas, check out Outdoor Pallet Projects Ideas and Build a Patio Table with Built-In Ice Boxes.

Have you built your own DIY outdoor furniture before? What other DIY outdoor furniture plans have caught your eye lately?


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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!


7 Adorable DIY Baby Mobiles

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When babies are little, there’s not much they can do except smile, coo, and lay around. Make the world a little more entertaining for them by hanging up a couple of DIY baby mobiles around the house! Other than hanging one above their crib, you could hang one up in your living room for tummy time and another one above the pack n play for the baby to look at while you cook. After all, DIY baby mobiles are so much fun to make, you might not want to stop at just one!

1. Hot Air Balloon Mobile

Try this hot air balloon DIY baby mobile and your baby will be reaching for the sky in no time. The clouds are a great touch! You don’t need a sewing machine for this, since it’s all sewn by hand. Don’t worry, it’s easier than it sounds, but it might take some time to finish. It’ll be so worth it, though!


2. Painted Sticks Mobile

This is as easy as it gets to make a DIY baby mobile, but it’s colorful and will look great from your baby’s view. Paint stripes on a couple of sticks and hang them up, so simple.


3. Yarn Balls Mobile

This DIY baby mobile is easy to customize to match your nursery’s colors. Choose yarn in the colors you want and wrap them around a couple of small balloons. Mix glue and water and brush that on the yarn, let dry, and then you’ve got a couple of cute yarn balls ready to hang up! Here’s a tutorial that shows you exactly how to make the yarn balls. If that sounds like too much work to you, you could simply wrap yarn around small styrofoam balls and call it a day.


4. Butterfly Mobile

You won’t believe how these beautiful butterflies are made. They started out their lives as… wait for it… plastic milk jugs! After cutting them out, tracing them with butterfly shapes and patterns, and coloring them in, these little butterflies are ready to be turned into a mobile.


5. Crocheted Dragonfly Mobile

Do you like to crochet? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn. This really cute dragonfly mobile is crocheted and will be soft and fun for your baby to grab.


6. Floral Fabric Mobile

When I first say this DIY baby mobile, I thought it was beautiful but maybe a little hard to make. Then I looked a bit closer and realized that it was just circles of floral fabric that was cut out and stringed up. Wow, so easy but so pretty! You do need to have some vintage floral fabric on hand, but you can always find some on Etsy or eBay.


8. Cloud Mobile

This ethereal DIY baby mobile will match any decor and, despite its simple white color, looks 3-D and interesting from both below and straight on. I can see myself making this while watching some good (or not-so-good) TV. Who’s in?


I hope you’ve found a DIY baby mobile from this list that would be perfect for your baby… or yourself! Have you seen other great DIY baby mobiles around the web? Share your finds or creations, I’d love to see!

For more baby-related reading, check out 7 Steps to an Organized Nursery and 7 Creative Ideas for a Pregnancy Announcement.


“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Featured image courtesy of HGTV.

The Complete Curtain Cheat Sheet Infographic


This amazing infographic is the perfect resource if you are choosing curtains for your home. This complete curtain cheat sheet has all the information you could possibly need, including tips about fabric and hardware.

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Infographic courtesy of Chais Lund.