i should be mopping the floor: March 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Printable Kids' Closet Daily Organizers

Isn't this week so much fun? Boy Mom Madness is in full effect, y'all. Today, our theme is organization. I've got some fun Printable Kids' Closet Daily Organizers for your little man's closet...to keep him ready for every day of the week.

Free Printable Kids' Closet Daily Organizers | Instant Download

Free Printable Kids' Closet Daily Organizers | Instant Download
These printable kids' closet daily organizers are perfect for sorting clothes at the start of the week (and hopefully not having to think about it for seven days!). Download yours below.

Monday, March 30, 2015

My Boys' Rooms

Today, I'm a part of a really fun blog hop that's all about the BOYS! This week, we're celebrating "Boy Mom Madness" in all sorts of ways. Today, we're sharing our boys' bedrooms. I'm literally smack dab in the middle of a makeover of my older son's room (I was truly hoping to have it finished by today...however, it's been a doozy of a month). But, below is just a little look at the spaces they call their own. And of course, check out these GORGEOUS rooms from my boy mom bloggy friends, too. 
My Boys' Rooms | Easy Ideas for boy bedrooms.

My Boys' Rooms | Easy Ideas for boy bedrooms.
This week's series is so much fun! While my boys' rooms are somewhat simple, they're very special places in our homes. They're their havens. Their own little pieces of the world. While my older son's room hadn't been touched in six years (have mercy), I'm still showing the photos of the way it looked (before this month, when I started ripping into it. Literally.). Check out the fun below.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Inspiration Monday

I'm so happy you're here. Inspiration Monday is my favorite way to kick off a week. I've created my own craziness this past week (what's new, right?). I started ripping off wallpaper in my older son's room...and I'm still at it (have mercy). Hoping to start painting it asap! Will be sharing some plans for it later this week here (along with an awesome week filled to the brim with BOY projects...it's so fun, y'all!).

But first...LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!
By linking up here, your project is seen on SEVEN blogs at the same time!

We have some BEAUTIFUL and full-of-spring features today.
This week's picks were selected by Debbie from Refresh Restyle>>>

Friday, March 27, 2015

Take Me to New York Free Printable

This Take Me to New York free printable is
the perfect way to express your empire state of mind!

Take Me to New York Free Printable

Last week, we did something a little crazy. We had been chatting about a family trip to NYC since I went there in October. A couple of months ago, we decided to wait to do it until summertime. We thought we'd tack on Niagara Falls and make a big NY state trip out of it...maybe even Canada, too. But, then we got a bit sad about not going in March (which is what our original plans had been). Three and a half days before spring break, I just went for it and booked the trip we had originally wanted. We're not really spontaneous people, so this was pretty crazy for us! But, wow...what a great decision (and we got an awesome last minute deal, too...score!). I created this printable out of my love for this incredible city. Download yours below.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Green Apple and Brie Boca Burgers



These Green Apple and Brie Boca Burgers are a delicious mouthful of yum.

Green Apple and Brie Boca Burgers Recipe
Are you a Boca burger person? I tried my first Boca burger over 12 years ago. A friend of mine was talking about how they had "Boca Fridays" at their house in the summertime. I tried one and was hooked...they're so delicious and full of protein, too. My husband and I have been enjoying Boca burgers on a very regular basis ever since then. And now I'm loving these new Boca Essentials, too.
I love them for my ongoing weight loss journey...they fit in perfectly with our new eating lifestyle.

Check out my recipe for Green Apple and Brie Boca Burgers below. You will love them!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easy and Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

This Easy and Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole is not only delicious, but also a cinch to put together. It's super Earth-friendly, too (just in time for Earth day next month)...it incorporates leftovers AND is an all in one dish! Chicken, rice, loads of veggies, and a crunchy cracker topping...what more can you want? It's easy to throw together in one dish (less to clean up and wash!).

This casserole is perfect to add to your repertoire of quick and easy dinner recipes. #MealtimeSolutions

Easy and Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe | Kids devour this one! Chicken, Rice, Broccoli and LOADS of yumminess!
I love a good double duty dish. It's great for my schedule and easier on resources. This dish fits the bill perfectly for that. Grill or bake chicken breasts, prepare rice and steam some broccoli one night for dinner...(make a double batch of everything). The next night, use your extras as a base for this delicious casserole. Less waste and easy prep equals perfection! Plus, who doesn't love a one-dish wonder? Check out this recipe for Easy and Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole below.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Beautiful Mess: Behind the Scenes of a Lifestyle Blogger

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All opinions are mine alone. #SweepTheMess #CollectiveBias

Do you have a beautiful mess? I feel like I create one on a very regular basis...with my job. I love being a lifestyle blogger. It comes with so many fun perks...including a crazy mess from a good day's worth of work. 
A Beautiful Mess: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Lifestyle Blogger
Over twelve years ago, I quit a job in the corporate world to move to a small town for my husband's career. At the time, there were no jobs in my field in this town, so I did freelance graphic design from home. After our kids were born, I continued freelance work off and on for several years. Eight years ago, we moved to central Texas and I expanded my business a bit by creating my own lines of cards, stationary, blog designs and more. In order to advertise my business more, I started this blog (I just celebrated four years here!). My youngest was about to start school. With my previous health history, I knew working outside the home was somewhat questionable. Even now that my cancer is completely in remission, I still am glued to the lifestyle working from home has brought me. I knew a blog could not only help me advertise my freelance work, but also give me a bit of a creative outlet for all of my other interests.

What started as a simple blog has turned into its own full-time job. I no longer do any freelance work...in fact, I actually love this even more. I'd love to say that I fly solo and run this show on my own, but, I'm no miracle worker. I have an incredible assistant, Gina, who is a God-send and does lots of behind the scenes stuff for me. I also have a wonderful family that is fully supportive of the craziness that is mom's job. Here's a peek at a day in my little world...messes and all (because, y'all...I love seeing others' real life...and sharing it, too!). 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Welcome, friends! I'm so happy you're here to party and be inspired! 
We have an incredible line up of features and faves from last week...be sure to check them all out below!

To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,
and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs.
When you party with us, you're always seen on all seven blogs...but only have to link up to one!

This weeks features were selected by Julie from Redhead Can Decorate

Friday, March 20, 2015

Free Printable Easter & Spring Lunch Notes

These Free Printable Easter & Spring Lunch Notes are the perfect thing to tuck into your kiddo's lunch this season. They're EGGS-tra sweet for your some bunny special.

Free Printable Easter & Spring Lunch Notes | Instant Download
 Do your kids love lunch notes as much as mine? I try to create new ones every so often so I'm not just restuffing the same ones over and over {I get called out on that!}. These cards are a fun addition to your spring and Easter lunch boxes. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easy & Fun Sleepover Snacks

We've got Easy & Fun Sleepover Snacks totally covered for you today!

Easy & Fun Sleepover  Snacks


I've teamed up with my friends over at NatureBox to share some DELICIOUS snack ideas that will bring fun {and all-night noshing} to all of your kids' overnight par-tays! 

Click here to head over to NatureBox to see all of the ideas.





Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How to Paint a Porch Floor

This is another post from my painting blog that I'm bringing over here as I prepare to close that site.

Got a "well-loved" patio? This step-by-step tutorial gives a simple-to-follow method for how to paint a porch floor and bring it back to life. At the bottom of the post, I've also included all of the paint colors we used here.
How to Paint a Porch Floor | Includes a detailed step-by-step prep-to-finish tutorial, along with paint color ideas.
Last summer, we worked like crazy to turn our really neglected back porch into a place we can actually enjoy. One of the first things we did was paint! From the ceiling down...we were amazed at how much paint transformed the area. Check out below our DIY on how to paint a porch floor! {And some SCARY before shots!}

Monday, March 16, 2015

Butter Pecan Bars

These Butter Pecan Bars are such a fun treat...it's like a pecan pie in bar form!

Butter Pecan Bars Recipe
I'm over at the Rhodes Blog today with this delicious recipe.


Neglect your chores like me and don't miss a thing:




Sunday, March 15, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hey, party friends! I'm so happy you're here! We're starting our spring break right now and {hopefully} are up in the air headed to the east coast for a family trip. But, of course, I just HAVE to party with my peeps first!

Need some inspiration?
You’ve come to the right place! Check out 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!

It was a beautiful spring-feeling week in Texas...we hit 70 on Friday and it was pretty glorious! We've got lots of lovely spring inspiration below for you, as well. SO many fun ideas!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Free Printable "EGGS-tra" Special Friend Tags & Blogiversary Giveaway

These Free Printable "EGGS-tra" Special Friend Tags are the perfect treat for all of your friends this Easter season. Plus, scroll down to the end of the post for a very special celebration and giveaway!

Free Printable "EGGS-tra" Special Friend Tags
I love these kinds of gifts tags to dress up ordinary candy and make it special. You can use these on any egg-shaped candy. You can add a name in the blue space or just leave it blank. Lots of fun possibilities with this one!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

10 Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes

It's time for this month's Healthy Living, Healthy Home post!

One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is diffusing them into the air in our home. Today, I'm sharing my 10 favorite essential oil diffuser recipes and why I use each of them. I'm also participating in a fun oil giveaway with some of my oily blogger friends {and they're sharing oily tips, too!}.

10 Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes | Essential Oils may be a great way to help with stress, health, rest, wellness and more. Here are great recipes that may work wonderfully for these situations and more!
I don't know about you, but I run my diffuser 'round the clock, y'all. I love how it can really change my mood. Below are some of my favorite combinations that I use in my home on a regular basis. There are some for focus, stress relief, wellness, and more.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Free Printable Coffee Cup Wrappers

These Free Printable Coffee Cup Wrappers are a fun way to show off your cup of joe.
Perfect for gift giving, parties, offices, or just because. 

Free Printable Coffee Cup Wrappers | Two Deigns | Instant Downloads

Looking for a stylish new way to wrap your coffee in fun? These preppy and modern coffee sleeves just bring a big smile to my face. I was really wanting to come up with something offbeat and a bit different today...but yet, cute, too! I'm really happy with how these turned out. They fit around disposable and the newer style-reusable cups, too. Download yours below. Two styles available.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Easy Chocolate Waffles Topped with Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.
 All opinions are mine alone. #MullerMoment #CollectiveBias

These Easy Chocolate Waffles Topped with Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt are a delicious touch of indulgence to either start your day with or enjoy as a treat to close it out.

Easy Chocolate Waffles Topped with Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt
These new ice cream inspired yogurts from MΓΌller® have given me a little inspiration of my own. I thought it would be fun to make a deconstructed waffle cone of sorts...in the form of chocolate waffles topped with the mint chocolate chip flavored yogurt. I also loved topping waffles with something out of the ordinary... this was definitely a better-for-you alternative to the usual butter/syrup laden waffle. The new ice cream-inspired yogurts are the perfect indulgent treat and balance of taste and nutrition. They're awesome for a "me moment". 
Check out this recipe below.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Inspiration Monday

It's time to PARRRRR-TY! It's my favorite day of the week...I usually grab a big cup of coffee, my fluffy blanket, and sit back and get inspired from all of the links! It's just so much fun. {But my husband is starting to raise his eyebrows at my to do list!}

 Check out 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 month, I'm excited to be working with Nestle Toll House and telling my friends about their yummy new DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels. Check out these yummy recipes on their site filled with these awesome new morsels here. #sp
I kind of want to eat ALL OF IT. Seriously.
They even have loads of spring recipes on their site.

And speaking of spring, we're soooo ready for it to get here...sure wish the weather would hop on board with that! Here are just a few of our favorite Spring projects to get you ready.This week’s features were selected by Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Grasshopper Parfaits


Looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day Treat? 
These easy Chocolate Grasshopper Parfaits are so fun and yummy, too!
#NestleTollHouse #DelightFulls

Easy Chocolate Grasshopper Parfaits | A delicious, deconstructed  take on the traditional Grasshopper Pie
Growing up, my mom always made Grasshopper Pie during the spring. It was perfect for St. Patrick's Day...or just welcoming warmer weather, in general. With its yummy creme de menthe, flavor, it was so fresh and delicious. I thought it would be fun to take these new Nestle Toll House DelightFulls Dark Chocolate Morsels with Mint Filling and make a deconstructed Grasshopper Pie...in the form of a parfait! These morsels really take this treat to the next level. I mixed them into the mint pudding layer, along with topping the entire treat with them. Check out the recipe below.

Green Tea-Infused Pecan Blondies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Bigelow.
 All opinions are mine alone. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias

These Green Tea-Infused Brownies are the perfect St. Patrick's Day, or anytime, treat. Whip up a delicious batch today...they're easy to make!
Green Tea-Infused Pecan Blondies
I struggled with naming this treat. I mean, a blondie is a blond version of a classic brownie. So, if blondies are blond, and brownies are brown...should these be called greenies? While they're not a deep, rich green, they still have a hint of greenness in them. I'm still a bit undecided. But, I do know that whether they're green blondies or just plain greenies, they are absolutely yummy. I had fun infusing the tea into these with a trick I learned when we visited the Bigelow Tea Headquarters and test kitchens back in October (read all about that trip here). Check out the recipe below.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DIY Scrap Fabric Bunting

This DIY Frayed Fabric Bunting is an easy way to
add a touch of color and vintage fun to any room or even party space!
DIY Scrap Fabric Bunting | Easy DIY tutorial for a fun frayed fabric bunting. | Great for everyday, seasonal, and even party decor.
I originally posted this as a guest post on a blogger friend's site a year ago or so. However, whenever I host a party at the house or post a pic of this thing on Instagram, people ask how I made it. I thought it would be fun to include the tutorial {with some newer pics, too} over here for reference. 

I’m over the moon in love with the whole bunting thing, y’all. It all started in college when my roommate’s mom made her some cute frayed fabric bunting for her window. She taught us a simple to trick to make it all vintage-y and fun…and frayed! Check out the tutorial below>>>

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Printable Easter Monograms

These free Printable Easter Monograms are a great way to welcome spring...
they're a vibrant take on the traditional Easter egg. 
This post is also a part of a blog hop with loads of Easter printable fun!

Free Printable Easter Egg Monograms | Letters A-Z Available | Instant Downloads
I'm still on the monogram kick, y'all...I sure hope you are, too! ;)
Download your letter {in a polka-dotty, bright-colored chevron format}, along with lots of other fun Easter printables below.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party...
How in the world is it already March, y'all? Wowsers. 
I'm so in the mood for spring projects and warmer temperatures.

There's always something fun linked up to get me in the mood for all those projects! To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,
Don't forget to tweet the post(s) you link up using our hashtag. We love to search the hashtag and retweet you as a big thank you for joining the fun! Just use #InspirationMonday. And be sure to search the hashtag to see all of the fun features, too!
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When you party with us, you are seen on SEVEN blogs, 
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