i should be mopping the floor: April 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

DIY Firepit Patio

We're done with phase one of our DIY Firepit Patio Area. We're already loving it, y'all! Check out how we created this low-maintenance area, as well as see our phase two plans below. 

DIY Firepit Patio: Step-by-step photos and instructions to create your own backyard firepit area.
True story...the bulk of our DIY Firepit Patio was actually finished last summer. But posting about fixing up your yard in September or October just seemed a bit off to me. We had a colder than usual winter, though. So, this is truly the first time we're regularly getting to enjoy this area. We also have some fun plans for phase two...they include party lights and pretty plants and flowers in this area. And by golly, I will get to enjoy those this summer!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars

These Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars are the key to my summer mornings. Check out this delicious recipe and how I take a little time for myself during those lazy, hazy, crazy days.

Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars: no-bake cereal and nut bars are an easy way to start the day!
We're approaching the home stretch, y'all. A few more tests, field day, hugs for friends, and then we're out of school for the summer. While I absolutely love having my kids home with me during these few months, it's also a bit of a challenge as a work-at-home mom. My kids are not and have never been sleep-in-kids. They did not get this from me...goodness, I can't wrap my brain around it. They hit the ground running at seven and go all day. Having a breakfast all ready to go for them ensures I can still get a few minutes of my own time before the day gets going. That's where these no-bake Homemade Cereal and Nut Bars come in. They're perfection.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Lemon Tarts

These easy-to-make Lemon Tarts would be perfection at a spring brunch.
Easy Lemon Tart recipe that starts from frozen bread dough.
I'm over at the Rhodes Bake-N-Serv Blog posting this recipe today.





Sunday, April 26, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Heyyyyy, party friends! I'm so happy you're here. Like the new look here on ISBMTF? It was a few years overdue...but I'm ecstatic that it's in place. 

And now for what you really came for...the PAR-TAY!! If you're needing a little inspiration, you are definitely at the right place. Spend a few minutes browsing all the fabulous and creative ideas our readers have shared below. Of course, if you’re a blogger, link your latest creations and have your work seen on 7 different blogs!


This week’s features were selected by Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Friday, April 24, 2015

Free Mind Your Own Biscuits Printable

This free Mind Your Own Biscuits printable is inspired by the awesomesauce Kacey Musgraves song. Mend your own fences and own your own crazy. Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy. Mmmmhmmm.

Free Mind Your Own Biscuits Printable inspired by the Kacey Musgraves song
I think this song is so fun. I loved Kacey Musgraves' 'Silver Lining' and I also can't get enough of her 'House' song either {LOVE!}...she's fabulous with lyrics, y'all. So when I first heard, 'Biscuits', its main line became a household motto...because sometimes an eight and ten year old tend to get into each others' biscuits a little too much around here. Nawwhatimean? Download this free Mind Your Own Biscuits Printable below.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Double Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

These easy Double Lemon Cake Mix Cookies are the perfect spring cookie!

Double Lemon Cake Mix Cookies | Come together in a flash!
Y'all, I've always loved a good cake mix cookie. They're simple to make and always turn out great. I've started making these for my essential oils classes I host in my home. I literally pull them out of the oven right before guests are arriving. They're that fool-proof...I don't even have to plan ahead. Check out the recipe below.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Simple Ideas for Entryway Decor

Today, I'm sharing some simple ideas for entryway decor.

Simple Ideas for Entryway Decor

I love having a bright and cheery entryway. It's kind of the handshake of the house, no? Check out below some of the new additions I've made to our little front hall this spring.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Gosh, y'all...a party just seems like the best way to kick off the week. We've had a lovely {and rainy...yay!} few days down in Texas. It's been a fun! My best friend is in town for the weekend and tonight we're going to see Neil Diamond {hollaaaaaa!}. This is actually not our first Neil Diamond concert either. Ready for a ridiculously good time! 

And I'm also ready to get this party started!
By linking up here, your project is seen on SEVEN blogs at the same time!

Features are always so much fun...we wish there could be hundreds of them.
This week's picks were selected by Kristi {that's me!} 
from I Should Be Mopping the Floor>>>

Friday, April 17, 2015

Free Balm Printables for Teacher Appreciation Week


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These Free Balm Printables for Teacher Appreciation Week are perfect for teachers, principals, aides, and any other school friends you think are the BALM! :)
Free Balm Printables for Teacher Appreciation Week | Perfect for all of your school staff | Designed for an EOS Lip Balm.
I started seeing the idea of "balm" printables around the holidays. They're so fun, huh? I thought it would be great to put one together for Teacher Appreciation Week. Since I'm married to a principal, I absolutely HAVE to include some other school peeps, too, right? Download these for all of your favorite educators below. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Lunch Box Idea

This fun Spring Lunch Box idea is perfect for kiddos and grown ups!

Spring Lunch Box Idea for Kids or Grown Ups
Spring is definitely in the air!
Today, I'm sharing the details to this spring lunch box idea over on the NatureBox blog. Click here to check out all the fun!




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DIY Vintage Art Gallery Wall

This DIY Vintage Art Gallery Wall is something I've been collecting "pretties" for for well over a year. It finally came together over the weekend after a morning of junkin' and funkin'. I'm really in love with this sweet little space. 
DIY Vintage Art Gallery Wall | Collect pieces from thrift stores and flea markets for a fun, budget-friendly display.
I think I've mentioned this before, but I like to be surrounded with stuff I love to look at: old, new...whatevs. If it brings me warm fuzzies and smiles {and costs me next to nothing}, it's comin' in the house. This little wall has some fun little stories with it. And most of the items hanging here were about a dollar {some a bit more...some free}.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels

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April is Earth Month! I'm celebrating with a fun, new recycling center...inspired by my visit to Bigelow Tea's headquarters. I'm sharing the free printable recycling bin labels for you to create your own recycling center in your own home.


Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.
Do you have a recycling system in your home? These printable labels are a great way for you to set up your own area...or improve the one you have.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hey, hey, hey! Happy-end-of-the-weekend-start-of-the-week. Hope you're doing well. It's definitely SPRING in Texas. I spent a lovely few days junkin', decorating and enjoy the loveliness of this time of the year. Hoping this season is treating you well, too!


As we browse through the party every week, it seems like it’s harder and harder to choose features. This week, all of these beautiful (and delicious) ideas caught our attention. But the party was full of even more fabulousness, too!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Pesto Pinwheels

These Pesto Pinwheels are the perfect addition to your next party!

Pesto Pinwheels | Made with pesto, cream cheese, Oregano oil, and more. | Easy and delicious!
In the past, I've always made pinwheels (or "tortilla roll-ups" as my husband calls them) with a spicy Mexican twist. But, a few weeks ago, I hosted an essential oils class at my home and wanted to create a pinwheel that I could use my Oregano oil in {cooking with essential oils...another fun way to use them!}. I had a jar of pesto in the pantry, so it was kind of a "bada bing, bada boom" situation. I think I love these even more than my old pinwheels, y'all. They were addictive.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Free Printable Spring Bingo Pack

This Free Printable Spring Bingo Pack is filled with all of the awesome things we love about spring. From games to foods...it has it all. Download yours (and share YOUR favorite springtime memories and traditions) below. 

Free Printable Spring Bingo Pack | Four Boards and Key | Instant Downloads
I love spring. And this year, it felt like winter was forever, y'all {you know, for Texas anyway}. But spring is just a breath of fresh air. Time to do fun things and make loads of memories. I've compiled all of our absolute favorite things about spring into this fun Free Printable Spring Bingo Pack below. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Printables

We've got LOTS of Teacher Appreciation Printables to share today (there's a hop at the bottom of this post). I created these fun Free Printable Coffee Cup Wraps...perfect to fill with a gift card or even, well, COFFEE! Download yours below.

Teacher Appreciation Printables: Free Printable Coffee Cup Wraps | Fill with a gift card or instant coffee packs for a super cute teacher gift!
After I created the coffee cup sleeves last month, so many of you agreed that they'd be perfect for gift giving. I thought it would be fun to make a set just for teacher appreciation (the official Teacher Appreciation Week in the US is May 4th-8th). I know lots of teachers who run on coffee...I'm sure all of our educators would appreciate a gift like this! There are six designs to choose from below. Plus, lots of other fun Teacher Appreciation Printables from some of my bloggy friends.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Happy Easter! We hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend full of fun and memories (and good food!). We're kicking off the week with a lovely party full of spring time inspiration! Linking up on one of our blogs means you are seen on all seven sites simultaneously.


As we party on every week, it seems like it's harder and harder to choose features. This week, all of these beautiful (and delicious) ideas caught our attention. But the party was full of even more eye candy, too! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Boy Mom Madness Giveaway

What a fun week! Boy Mom Madness has been amazingly fun...we're ending the week with a BANG! We have a BIG giveaway bundle worth over $500. AND, a linky party for all of YOUR boy projects. Check out all of the fun below. 

All of these fantastic items are in our prize bundle! Enter below to win. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easy Easter Lunch Idea

This Easy Easter Lunch Idea is fun way to bunny-up a meal!

Easy Easter Lunch Idea
Today, I'm over at the NatureBox blog sharing this lunch box idea.
Click here for all of the details.




Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DIY Gamer Canvas Art

This DIY Gamer Canvas Art was a fun project my son and I made together. 
It's a part of today's theme for #BoyMomMadness: DIY!
DIY Gamer Canvas Art

DIY Gamer Canvas Art
As I've been talky-talkin' about, we're knee deep in a room redo for my big boy. He's (sadly) outgrown his cute little cowpoke-themed room and is D-O-N-E-DONE with anything bandana printed or denim. His vision for the room was to haul in a bunch of vintage...ahem, retro video game machines and throw down a sleeping bag in the middle of the madness. I have a slightly different plan. But I thought I'd put the usual vintage spin on the room and just have small gaming touches here and there. This is one of our first projects. Check out how easy it was below.