2016-2017 Free Floral Coloring Calendar

Coloring has quickly be come the old past time made anew for adults with what seems like millions of books being sold everywhere! I’ve been wanting to do a coloring book but haven’t the time, and I needed a calendar so voila. My new coloring calendar, and in honor of Mother’s Day I used flowers because all of us mommies deserve flowers every once in a while.

 

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You can download for you, download for a loved one or good friend and present as a gift, your kids can color the first page and give it to mommy on her special day, you can leave it black and white for some classy desk appeal. Each month has a new flower to change up the visual!

Thank you for visiting and enjoy this wonderful calendar by clicking on either of the sizes below.

8.5×11 Floral Coloring Calendar

11×17 Floral Coloring Calendar

Weekend Coat Closet Cleanup

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Hello unfinished project from over a year ago. This is what happens when you get pregnant people. We just threw stuff on the ground after we had painted and ALMOST finished with the shelves and hangers. So this last weekend I busted it out. We even had a piece of wood in the garage for weeks to put up in there we have just been very busy with other projects. It called to me. I answered. Be prepared.

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Disclaimer. See those pebbles? Those aren’t rat droppings, they’re dog food from across the hallway.

That shows how much I avoided this closet.

Ok, can I just say: TILE FLOOR. We bought our house last year. I love it. But this stuff was sloppily installed throughout the upper floor (excepting the three bedrooms). COME ON. This stuff is the bane of my existence.  And the molding. Hello ugly brown that doesn’t match my style. The end is nigh.

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Again. Icky.

Yep. There is a shelf messing, junk all over the floor, winter coats that can get put away and cleaning supplies ALL OVER. I took every thing out of the closet. I cannot stress the importance, when de-cluttering and organizing, of removing all the items from the offended space. This is the only way you will really be able to evaluate what you have and what needs the boot.

 

Then if you’re feeling really crazy, buy some awesome baskets. Wire baskets. YAY! I found these for $11 on Amazon, the price may change as I believe they were $12 at one point but it’s a great deal either way.

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*shivers* I love baskets.

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I decided that the closet needed to serve three purposes.

1) A sort of linen closet with extra paper products and towels for the guest bathroom.

2) It needed it to be entryway ready to receive coats, purses, grocery bags to go back in to the car, etc.

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3) Lastly, my upstairs cleaning products. Just the usual cleaners, window, degreaser and duster. I also have my vacuum, broom and dustpan sweep in there. I had a clean freak moment and bought a new cleaning caddy in white as well as a smiley dustpan from World Market…because I needed them to match the project. I stand by my craziness.

 

And this is why. Hello, Lovely.

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So Happy.

DOLLAR LAUNDRY ROOM MAKEOVER

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Everyone wants a glorious laundry room that looks fancy and is functional. Maybe not everyone, but I haven’t met those who don’t yet! We just love throwing everything into our laundry rooms: cleaning supplies, extra large bins of liquids, towels, mops, brooms and everything else that doesn’t have a home. It can get pretty messy in there. So last week, Mrs. W  asked me for help getting her laundry room cleaned up and functional. She had a small budget because, let’s face it laundry rooms are lovely but there are other projects that call for our attention first. I love a challenge and this was the perfect weekend, dollar store makeover. Yes, please! I personally, am not a big dollar store shopper. Yet somehow I find myself there for random projects that need attention when I only have a few bucks to spend.

 

I wasted time researched on pinterest some ways to make her laundry room work, and headed to the dollar store for some pre-project shopping. Normally this is a BIG NO NO. I never shop for organizational materials before I evaluate the space and stuff. Most likely you have the bins, boxes and storage supplies you need to make your space work, especially after de-cluttering. However, in this case I wanted to get a good show of how you can really make a dollar store trip work for you and still look appealing. This lady has fabulous taste so I didn’t want it to look to cheesy in there.

I bought some bins, 2 cake tins, a bag of marbles (this list is getting funny) and some clothespins. When I got home I did a quick,white spray paint on the smaller plastic tubs on a diagonal for a cool look just to give them a fun element and break up all the teal that was going to rain down on her laundry room.

 

Here is what we headed into together.

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Hello you fabulous project.

 

First, We emptied that puppy out. EVERY SINGLE THING. This is seriously important. If you don’t get all of your items out of the space you are working in and throw it all on the ground you will never know how much you have and be encourage to de-clutter. Mrs. W said my favorite words, “Wow, I didn’t know I had so much stuff in there.” Music to my ears. My favorite de-clutter motivational speech and I don’t even have to give it.

We gave the room a good scrubbing and bribed her daughter into getting some fallen papers behind the laundry machine. She happily ran off with a quarter and later returned with three. Not sure how that happened. Afterwards Mrs. W quickly decided what she did need and what she loved compared to what she didn’t use, didn’t need and what simply didn’t belong in the laundry room. Random craft supplies, helmets and some cleaning liquids that could be stored elsewhere were booted politely excused.

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DIY – Marble Tile Tray

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FIRST DIY and this one is EASY! Let’s get started —

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SUPPLIES: (all of these supplies can be found at your local Lowes or Home Depot)

Marble tile ($4.49 locally for me)

Plastic bumpers (to protect the bottom of the tray – I had these on hand previously but they were about $3 for a packet that comes with 10 pieces: 4 large and 6 small)

Cabinet handles (the silver handles I bought at Lowes were $6 each but you can purchase something like it on Amazon for a lot less like these)

E6000 (usually about $6 – here is where you can get a nice sized tube for $6)

Ruler

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PROCEDURES

Step 1: Place your tile on a soft blanket, towel, etc. So as not to ruin the surface/counter you are working on.

 

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Step 2: Place a 12″ ruler along the edge of the tile, flush to the side so that you can mark where the cabinet handle will go. Use the ruler to align the handle to the middle of the tile and check to see how far you want the handle to go into the tile. It’s all personal preference here, but I like about an inch. If it is too close to the edge it doesn’t feel as secure to me.

 

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Step 3: Prepare your E6000 glue – be careful! When you take the cap off this stuff just oozes out the top fast – messy! Think: your morning shaving cream that continues to foam after you have put it down. So either wipe the glue till it stops oozing (it happens eventually after the initial pressure is released) or use it quickly.

 

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Step 4: Place your handles where you’ve marked with the eraseable marker and let it sit. Seriously, no touchy. It will take anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour to dry. Be paranoid. Wait an hour then come back to it. (You can even save this to your pinterest if you need something to do! 😉 )

Step 5: Come back, lightly nudge the handles to see if they’re firmly in place and slowly escalate your pressure to make sure they’re secure

NOTE: These tiles are not meant to be held by the handles they are purely decorative, always have a hand under the tile or against the sides to make sure you have extra support. Over time the glue can deteriorate and the handles might loosen – I have not had these long enough to say either way.

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Step 5: See those puppies? That’s what makes this project work. They protect your surface like nobody’s business and they look cute doing it. Bumpers. I LOVE these because they are more descrete than your average, ugly felt circle. And square. I just love squares. Paired with how perfectly you can line these little guys up with the corners and the fact that they’re slightly transparent so as not to disturb your look – Yes. Just yes.

Stick em’ on there. If you don’t have faith that these will stay you already have some glue on hand just waiting to be squeezed. Yes. I went there. Craft supplies just make me happy and tell terrible jokes.

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(Don’t mind the price tag – I removed it later)

You’re done. That’s it. Pure and simple, wonderfully crafted and ready for whatever and wherever you desire to place these in your home.

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Love it.

 

Until next time. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beginning

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When enough people tell you, “Hey, you should start a blog.” or “You need to sell this online or write a book on how to do this.” etc. you start to think …OK, sure… And that is the story of how I procrastinated starting a blog for 2 years!

So here is me 2 years later, plus one house, dog and newborn baby – writing a blog.

Sharing the in’s and out’s of my journey through de-cluttering and organization. My home is totally mostly neat and tidy in the clutter department. There is a random closet that can always use some updating and labeling. I am completely obsessed with labeling. Hold me back people. I have several clients upcoming who have blessed me with the privilege to work in their home and help them get their clutter managed. Those stories will be included in the near future with before and after photos as well as hints and tips on how to get things done!

I will also be throwing in some DIY projects, interior design, and random baby things. Because no bloggin’ mommy doesn’t talk about their newborn baby. Seriously though, hints and tips on babies – there are never enough for me. So we’re making that section happen.

Most of all – this site is for you to get some AWESOME ideas about how to de-clutter and organize your life with tips, how to’s and inspirational posts (with as little preaching as possible). I will also include DIY’s to make your newly organized abode look fantastically chic for a respectable budget. With how much my family spends on diapers I need to be creative here.

Lastly, I love graphic design! I will share freebies and downloads but of course a mommy has to make her living. I work part time but a little money to put in emergency savings is a must! I hope to one day be able to fully support my half of the household income with blogging and selling graphic design work but for now – this is it!

ENJOY!