Amy’s Notebook 02.11.15

February 11th, 2015

spring classics

Source: Kendi Everyday

10 spring wardrobe must-haves.

Amazon’s 100 books to read in a lifetime – how many have you read?

The state of the capsule wardrobe- love this update.

We’ve become so rich that we have forgotten something that is well within living memory: Americans used to have much, much less.

Yes, that’s just the pet lion in the swimming pool.

Braverman forever.

Recommendations for Serial’s next case.

YA writers on their favorite book for adults.

The secrets of highly efficient napping.

15 apps everyone should have in their phone.

Bring on ALL the ballerinas.

Tortilla pizza

Source: Serious Eats

 

Cast Iron + Tortilla equals pizza magic.

Vidal for President.

Just a little reminder what your kids really want- hat tip to Centsational Girl!

33 things to eliminate from your closet.

3 noticeable results from getting rid of stuff.

30-Day Minimalism Challenge- anyone want to try this?

Can’t wait to participate in Dine & Dish’s traveling book club!

The internet and television have finally converged.

A photographer makes the most of a small studio at the Sundance Film Festival.

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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What I Wish We’d Known About Money Before Getting Married

February 10th, 2015

From our marriage & parenting contributor, Mary Carver.

Marriage and Money

I don’t remember getting a lot of advice before I was married. This may be the result of a faulty memory; after all, we’re talking about 16 years ago. Or it may be because most of my friends and family stuck to the party line: “Don’t get married. You’re too young.”

Those helpful folks were half right. We were certainly too young to get married, but we sure did it anyway. I’m glad – but I do wish we’d gone into the rest of our lives, forever and ever amen, with a little more wisdom. Okay, a LOT more wisdom – and especially in the area of finances.

Over the past decade and a half, my husband and I have made so many mistakes with our money. (SO MANY.) Today we’re feeling optimistic, though I’ll admit we’re still paying off some of our more recent and long-lasting mistakes. So while I’m certainly no expert on family finances, I do have a list of things I wish we’d known about money before getting married. We’ve figured them out along the way, the hard way. My hope is that if I share them with you, you won’t have to!

Practice living with one salary. This is actually the one piece of advice I remember hearing in the days before my wedding, but as a young, stubborn, modern girl, I ignored it. Because I wasn’t going to “just” be a stay-at-home mom! I was going to work! I couldn’t wait to work! And I would always want to work!

Right. You can see where this is going, can’t you? As it turns out, living within one salary is good preparation for times of unemployment or underemployment (we’ve had both, huzzah!) – even if both spouses continue working. And, what you don’t know at the ripe age of 20 is that you might change your mind on how much you want to work later in life.

Save now. And if you don’t need two salaries to pay your bills, you can save a whole lot of money when times are good. As it turns out, you should also try to save a little when times are hard, too.

Plan to give it away. (And then, you know, give it away.) Though I grew up going to church, I wasn’t necessarily taught to tithe (give ten percent). Though my parents and my in-laws are giving in their own ways, neither my husband nor I were taught how to align our giving goals with our financial priorities. The importance of this is different in each family, but we’ve grown in our desire to give more over the years – and wish we’d made choices early on that allowed us to give more now.

All the years we’ve spent paying ridiculous interest on credit card debts or car loans add up to a lot of years we’ve missed out on the gift of giving. We look forward to the day we pay off our last debt and can help others more.

Just because you are approved, doesn’t mean you should. Speaking of credit cards…

Actually, I’d say this goes for every kind of loan: credit cards, vehicles, homes. I’m not saying that it’s bad to have a car payment or a mortgage! What I’m saying is to really consider the reality of what a bank will give you compared to what you can truly pay back.

That starter house might be your home for 20 years. The one time we made a good choice (without making a whole lot of bad ones first) was when we shopped for our first home. Now, we made a whole lot of first-time home-buyer choices. Don’t even get me started on the wisdom of buying a house without a basement in a place very near the inspiration for The Wizard of Oz! But when the bank pre-approved us for a large amount, we said no thanks. We bought a house for much less than we were approved for, which is good because we’ve had many months (years? yeah…years.) of barely scraping by when even that smaller payment seemed impossible.

It’s also good because we’ve lived in our first home – our STARTER home – for almost 12 years now. Thank you, real estate market crash! And that leads me to…

Something always comes up. House repairs on that starter home you can’t sell? Check. I’m not talking about a tear in the screen door either. I’m talking about replacing an entire sewer line from your [only] toilet, under the house, through the front yard, to the street. And if such a thing happens and you’ve slacked off on your savings plan or don’t have any wiggle room in your budget because you’re using every penny of every salary, then you’re in big trouble.

Not all home repairs cost thousands of dollars, obviously. But something – daycare tuition increase, basketball shoes, speeding ticket – always comes up.

And ignoring it does not make it go away. I mean, maybe you wouldn’t try this strategy. But just in case you would, let me tell you it does not work. (Don’t ask me how I know!)

Those are the big things my husband and I have learned, the hard way.

What money lesson have you learned that you’d like to pass on to someone starting out?

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Apron Full of Giveaways 02.10.15

February 10th, 2015

Navy Stripe Apron via Etsy

Source: Flirty Aprons,  $24.95

 

Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways! I hope everyone is having a great week this week! As we do each week, here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we are not giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Kid’s Movies).”

Good luck to each of you!

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Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Carnitas

February 9th, 2015

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Carnitas

When you go gluten-free, there are only a handful of fast food restaurants that you can eat at and really enjoy without feeling rotten. Chipotle is one of my favorite places  and has been our go-to spot for a quick to-go dinner on busy weeknights for delicious gluten-free dishes. As I went to plug in our usual order this week though, I discovered there was a supplier issue of our family favorite…carnita meat isn’t at our location.

To be honest, I had a sneaking suspicion that this was eating away at our budget (thanks to its delicious convenience & a handsome Chipotle runner at my disposal) so I had been thinking of recreating this dish at home to save our family some money.

Necessity birthed creativity as I went on the hunt for a yummy replacement.

It seems fitting since our focus is money management this month for the m challenge that I could break a fast food habit with this yummy homemade alternative. Money. In. The. Bank.

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This meat couldn’t be easier to create and the best part is that once you rub in the spices, this is a completely hands-off recipe. What isn’t easier is how freaking good it smells in your slow cooker all day which drove us absolutely crazy until dinnertime. The combination of spices is delicious, complex, and comprised mostly of ingredients I already had in my pantry. Garlic, red chili pepper, cinnamon, cumin, oregano, orange juice, lime juice, and beer.

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I love the burrito bowl and making it couldn’t be easier. I just did a layer of brown rice made in my rice cooker (world’s best invention- here is the one I use for less than $25), a layer of black beans (canned or slow cooker homemade Mexican Black Beans), carnita meat, mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes, and I do a mean scoop of plain greek yogurt with a dash of salt, and a squeeze of lime. Serve this giant bowl up with tortilla chips for scooping and you are done.

Since this makes such a large amount of meat, I divided and freezed it for our month. No more Chipotle runs (averaging $22 per pop) and leftovers for a week of meals? Um. WINNING.

What was even better was that everyone in our family thought these were better than Chipotle. I was hoping to just have a nice substitution on days where we need to save a little, but now carnitas at home are better than the ones we bought out and we save a lot of money in the process.

I hope you can give these a try too!

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Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Carnitas
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 10-12
 
Carnitas just like Chipotle for a fraction of the price. Serve as a burrito or bowl and enjoy the savings!
Ingredients
  • 4-5 lbs. pork shoulder
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle hot sauce (optional- we left it out because we are wimps)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 12 ounces gluten-free beer
  • ½ cup salsa (I used a garlic salsa from ALDI- feel free to experiment with your flavors)
Instructions
  1. Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker. Roughly chop the garlic and rub it all over the pork (top and bottom)
  2. Sprinkle the meat with salt, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, oregano, cinnamon, and cayenne. Rub seasonings onto the pork until they are well incorporated.
  3. Add lime juice, orange juice, beer, and salsa. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Shred meat with two forks directly in the slow cooker (or take out, shred, and replace in sauce). It should fall apart easily.
  5. Remove the meat and put into a serving bowl, pouring some of the drippings over the top to moisten the meat.
  6. Serve with tortillas, tortilla chips, or as a rice bowl (instructions above)

Slightly Adapted from Pinch of Yum

 

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m challenge: What’s In Your Purse?

February 9th, 2015
m challenge What's in Your Purse
Our m challenge maximize post for Money Management is all about utilizing your purse and wallet to it’s full potential. I asked our amazing money contributor from last year, Kelly Whalen from The Centsible Life, to show us what she keeps in her purse, and while some are fun and interesting (hello, Rescue Remedy and watermelon lip shimmer), other things – like the file folders, notepad, pencils, coupons, and gift cards – are great ideas to keep on hand to manage impulse buying and be able to organize on-the-go.
Amy asked me to share what I keep in my wallet or purse. I’m sharing an unfiltered view of what I keep in my purse. I didn’t take anything out, but I keep it pretty organized so I don’t think there are any big surprises.
I keep a LOT in my purse because I’m a mom and I travel sometimes so I like to be prepared for everything and anything. When I’m on the go I may also have chargers, my laptop, a book, or even a change of clothes stashed in my bag. I like to be prepared. I’m a Doomsday prepper when it comes to purses.
Purse: My bag is called the ‘How Does She Do It?” bag in navy/white stripes. It was our check-in bag at Mom 2.0 last year and I LOVE it! It also came with the matching small pouch.
Front pocket: cell phone
Zippered pouch inside of purse: Land’s End fleece gloves with touchscreen fingertips (perfect for cold weather!)
Two inside pockets:
  • first aid box with earbuds (I have to disguise them so my family doesn’t take them!)
  • business card holder
Main pocket:
  • pencil pouch with pens and pencils
  • keys
  • glasses case
  • list of errands (all checked off!)
  • grocery store receipt (in ball at bottom)
  • Starbucks receipt (so I could enter their lifetime giveaway!)
  • eyeglass cloth
  • small expanding file folder (Target’s dollar spot FTW!) to hold coupons and membership cards
  • medium sized expanding file folder to hold receipts, larger mail, lists, etc.
  • notebook
  • two dollar bills
  • wallet
In my wallet (a Target wallet like this):
  • handful of receipts
  • handmade Sherlock birthday card from Etsy
  • coupons to be filed
  • license
  • debit card
  • credit card (we use one regularly throughout the month for the rewards) and a backup card in case ours is compromised (it happens too frequently these days)
  • business credit card
  • healthcare cards (Benny card for our healthcare FSA, insurance card, pharmacy reward card)
  • some change
  • a few dollars (I rarely carry cash)
  • a variety of gift cards (I’m saving them up for holiday shopping)
A small zippered pouch:
And that’s it! PHEW!

What do you always keep in your purse? Any suggestions for items that save you a lot of money?

 *this story contains affiliate links!
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It’s the 3 Little Things: Hitchcock Good, Damn That’s Delicious, & Up the Water Game

February 6th, 2015

It's the 3 Little Things

What a great week it has been for this family!  Not only is my bathroom renovation done (by the fantastic team at All Pro Renovations), but I had my house deep cleaned this week by the amazing My Best Friend Services team to freshen everything back up after the construction job.  It’s amazing what a deep clean to the house can do for a girl’s spirits, especially when that girl has a bit of OCD. And did I mention I have a new shower! Two showers in one house- happy, happy day! I can’t wait to share some pictures with you of our new space and the transformation.

Here are a few other things that are making me happy this week!

The One I Love

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It’s been a month since I watched this film, but I am still thinking about it. If you are looking for a great flick for a movie night at home on  Netflix, I can’t recommend THE ONE I LOVE (also available to stream on Amazon Instant) enough. The first 15 minutes you’re like… boring and typical. And then, everything just changes.  The twists and turns are so good in this and explores the good & the bad of marriage. Don’t read any reviews, just settle in with this intriguing film that reminds me of a good Hitchcock flick with some really superb acting. These two actors do an incredible job and my husband & I couldn’t stop talking about this one after we finished it on one of our day dates at home with filets (the usual for dates around here!)

Here is a trailer that will tell you nothing, but set the scene for this one.

Now run to your televisions and watch it then come back and tell me what you think! GOOD STUFF!

Damn Delicious

Damn, That’s Delicious

I lost my cooking mojo after the holidays. I’m not sure what happened, but I just haven’t been in the mood to cook or be creative. These past couple of weeks I have been enjoying some new recipes from Damn Delicious that have just been outstanding. We tried the Sweet Lemon Shrimp first which was really good (I would keep the marinade to no more than 30 minutes though since our shrimp started to cook a bit in the acid), but then we discovered her chicken thigh recipes and we are all like, high-fiving each other and the kids were lifting me up on their shoulders and saying how awesome I was…well, maybe not, BUT it felt like that.

I highly recommend this Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken recipe (here’s my execution) and her Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce recipe. I served them both with roasted asparagus and the creamy tomato had an accompaniment of gluten-free noodles to soak up the sauce.

Thanks to that, I’m trying new classes at the gym too. Ahem.  It’s all about balance!

Bubba Envy Mug

The Perfect Water Mug With Straw Action

After our old fridge bit the dust (RIP), we were so excited to discover all the new features fridges offer like ice cubes and water out of the door- oh-la-la!  The water & ice cube in the door has really upped my water game this year and since I am drinking so much of it, I wanted to get a cup that would really work for me for sipping water while I am working and while I am at the gym (working off my chicken thighs, yo!). I found this Bubba Envy Mug and it is sheer perfection. It has a straw, it’s double insulated, has a handle, and it holds 32 ounces of water. I am trying to drink three of these daily and it is easy to do now that I am toting this around. It is so big it doesn’t fit in my drink holder in my car, but I work around that!

Bonus Happy Day

Just a couple other things that are making me happy for you!

Harper Lee

Bookworms rejoice hearing the news that one of the world’s greatest books will now have a sequel 50 whole years later. I hope there is a midnight release party- a sequel to my favorite classic was announced! “Go Set a Watchman” is essentially a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” although it was finished earlier. The 304-page book will be Lee’s second, and the first new work in more than 50 years.

If you haven’t read it, discover what the fuss is all about and then watch the movie. It’s unbelievable!

Lastly. THIS. The Uptown Funk is strong with this one.

*this post may contain affiliate links- I only recommend what I love though. Check out past editions of  It’s the 3 Little Things

Now it’s your turn! What’s making you happy this week?

Freebie Friday February 6, 2015

February 6th, 2015

freebie friday Happy Freebie Friday, everyone! As always, we would like to thank Couponing 101 for assisting us with our freebies each week for loads of deals, savings, and freebies!

This week on MomAdvice we started our m challenge for February: Focus on Money Management (you’ll want to make sure to enter to win a copy of Slaying the Debt Dragon, our read-along for this month!) and shared articles on  Decluttering Your Space and the Power of Living Small. I also shared two DIY projects with you, How to Make the Perfect Prayer Shawl and a Yarn Wrapped Letters Tutorial (I chose to spell LOVE!), as well as a wonderful Sundays with Writers interview with William Kent Krueger, author of Ordinary Grace. Be sure to check out this week’s edition of It’s the 3 Little Things for your weekly dose of happy!

You can find lots of inspiring DIY, food, decorating and craft ideas in our popular Notebook, and be sure to check out all the contests you can enter on our weekly round-up of great giveaways, too.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Food & Drink

Coffee at Chick-Fil-A
Gevalia Coffee Sample
Twinings Tea Sample

Health & Beauty

Zarbee’s Naturals Immune Support Sample
Advil PM Sample

Entertainment

Alaska Vacation Planner
Colorful Branches of Government Poster for Kids
Solar System Notebooking Pages
Winter Learning Activities
Valentine’s Day Math Worksheets
Valentine’s Day Fun Pack
Disney Frozen Spelling Worksheets
50 Dr. Seuss Printables

This Week’s Freebie Events: February 713

7th – Barnes & Noble: Story time featuring Ready Rabbit Gets Ready, 11 am

7th – Home Depot: Build a Heart Box, 9 am – 12 pm

7th – Lakeshore Learning: Create From The Heart Coupons, 11 am – 3 pm

7th – Toys R Us: Build a MegaBloks SpongeBob Squarepants Jellyfish Launcher, 12- 2 pm

7th & 8th – National Museums: Bank of America Cardholders get free admission all weekend long

7th thru 13th – Pottery Barn: Create a Valentine’s Card for a special child in need all week long

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The Power of Living Small

February 5th, 2015

The Power of Living Small from MomAdvice.com

Small space living comes with many challenges, but the rewards for a family on a budget are great. For a long time I considered our smaller home a temporary means to get us by until we could afford more.  As the years have gone by though, I have truly discovered the power of living in a smaller house and making the most of what we have been given. I can fully admit though, that it is all about our approach towards making our space our own, more than it is about the amount of square footage in our house.

Small space is all relative, of course, isn’t it? In full discretion, our home is 1,500 square feet for our family of four. While that may sound like a lot or a little, the space is made smaller and more challenging with a tri-level floor plan. If it was spread on one or two levels, I am sure it would feel much larger. I think it has been the floor plan that is more of a challenge than the square footage of our home. Regardless, spatial challenges have existed and we have learned a lot from working through them.

One thing that people remark on though is how our home doesn’t feel small at all and I recently had a visitor who said she was so impressed with how efficient our home was (world’s best compliment- by the way!). I attribute it to one part renovation, one part smarter selections for our home, and one part major clutter-busting. The investments that we have made have given us a new appreciation for our space and have helped us fall in love with this house.

Now if we moved, I know I would never be as happy as I am right here.

That’s a good feeling to have.

Regardless of your square footage though, I wanted to share with you a few ideas for learning to embrace the power of living in the space you are in right now. There is so much that I have learned over the years about making our home the best that we can and I wanted to share with you some ideas on how to make the most of the space you are in right now.

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Reconsider Your Furniture

Furniture can truly make a room feel larger or smaller depending on the size of it and the purpose it serves in your home. Our larger furniture that we purchased for our previous home was not well-suited for the home we had now, but replacing it was not a cost that we could really afford.

Instead, consider scaling back on the amount of furniture you have in your rooms. Do you truly use the side tables in your home? Is the coffee table really needed or would your space benefit from an ottoman that could serve as dual storage? Try removing pieces of furniture from the room and see if they make the flow of the space feel bigger.

The Power of Living Small from MomAdvice.com

When you do replace furniture, try buying items that could serve as a dual purpose or could maximize your smaller rooms. Our ottoman in our family room is the perfect place to tuck our record collection in our home, for example. One piece, but two functions to everything helps to make the most of the corners in our home.  The furniture, as we have begun to replace it, serves multipurposes like beds with bookcase and drawer storage.

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Cut the Clutter in Half

The best part about living in a smaller space is that it has forced me to edit the belongings I have and has kept me from buying as much as I would in a larger space. If your home closets that are small, if you don’t have a basement, if there is no garage…than these situations can truly work for you as a way to keep your clutter naturally under control. Here is my spot where I like to throw things I don’t know what to do with- we all have ‘em. I am a work in progress just like the next person, but I am proud to say that I have reduced our clutter by 50% this year thanks to a few new decluttering & minimizing challenges I have embraced.

Lately I have been trying to live my life by the infamous quote from William Morris, “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.” If it is not bringing beauty or usefulness to my space, then I can feel good about passing those items on to someone else in need.  Suddenly, my kitchen counters feel spacious, the basement really does have a spot for everything in storage, and the house really does have enough space for us all. It’s all about perspective and investing in the things you really do want in life.

Consider making a weekly date with yourself to devote an hour towards improving one spot in your home that you struggle with. If it is a drawer that never opens, an office that is filled with useless papers, a basement that has become an avalanche of misplaced items, spend your hour making those spots in your home better. Make it a goal to cut the clutter in half in these spots to make them more livable and enjoyable.

The Power of Living Small from MomAdvice.com

Make Wise Renovation Investments

Once you cut the clutter in your home, you can begin dreaming of new ways to use that freed up space. Renovating your home can be costly, but it is not as costly as it is to buy a brand new home. The best part is that you can take your time with it and tackle one corner at a time, personalizing it to your own personal style. If there is a particular area in your home you want to improve, consider getting an estimate to make your space more livable. Many homes have unused corners and smaller spaces that could be improved upon to make the home more livable.

Our little house got a much needed renovation to make our space work for us for many years to come that has been one of the wisest investments we have ever made.  With one wall knocked out and putting unused basement storage to work, our home was renovated into a spacious family room and a quiet home office in the basement. Each year we tackle one project (at least) to make our home look and feel spacious and loved. We have updated our backyard shed into a useable bonus space, we did a beautiful stamped patio & firepit that could act as an extension to our indoor space outdoors, and we added little things like a fireplace in the office that cozy up the home, and knocked out walls to let the sunshine in through big open windows. As we speak, we are adding a shower to our little guest bathroom so that we can make this home a two bath house.

With a ’60’s home, there will always be projects, but I actually love the dreaming and scheming of making these spaces in our house uniquely us.

As my husband’s grandmother says when she visits us, “I love coming here because there is just always something new to look at!” That is probably a very true statement since we are always working on our little fixer-upper.

Begin really thinking about the space you are in and how you could make it work for your family. Look for guidance in home magazines or consider spending the money on having an architect coming to evaluate your home to draw up a plan for making more out of the space you are currently in. You may be surprised to discover how much more square footage you might have right where you already are.

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Make Your Space Feel Permanent

If you look at your home as a temporary place until you find something better, you might be overlooking the chance to really make the space you are in work for your family. I found that when I finally told myself that this was my home (whether I liked it or not) and put the elbow grease into it, it transformed not only the space…but my attitude towards it.  As with all things in life, it is what you make it and I am choosing to make it the best that I truly can!

If you are living in a smaller home or apartment, just remember to consider your blessings. Not only do you have a mortgage or monthly payment that you can afford, but you have less of a home to clean, a natural way to edit the excess from your life, and more importantly….cozier quarters that force your family to always be together. What could be better for a family than that?

We have a sign hanging in our home that reads, “Small homes grow tight families.” It is truly my belief that  our little house fosters just the kinds of relationships that I want with the best people in my life.  I can continue to maximize the square footage on the existing space, but I love the togetherness that our smaller space brings.

How have you learned to embrace the space you are in right now?

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Amy’s Notebook 02.04.15

February 4th, 2015

crochet lace cowl via More Stomach

Source: More Stomach

 

Oh, how I wish I could crochet this Broomstick Lace Infinity Cowl- beautiful!

Perfectly styled lob tutorial.

Read great books literature challenge- are you in?

The meteorology of Little House on the Prairie is fascinating stuff!

Love these perfectly simple printable gluten free pantry labels.

How to simplify your life in 5 minutes a day.

Broiled Salmon With Vegetable Quinoa looks like a healthy weeknight meal.

Inspiring article: how 2014 finally made me a minimalist.

100 sq.ft living room via West Elm Blog

Source: West Elm Blog

 

A 100 sq.ft. living room- this is fantastic small space design.

This breakfast sandwich looks so good!

Such great travel wardrobe inspiration.

A trick for choosing wine.

Facts about awards shows you’d only know if you were invited.

A 20-minute bedroom refresh.

I want a birthday talent show next year!

6 lies that keep our homes & lives cluttered. Best quote: “You can’t organize excess.”

When you are a cozy minimalist.

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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DIY Yarn Wrapped Letters Tutorial

February 3rd, 2015

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As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had the desire to store less and less seasonal décor in my home. You may have seen the changes in me just from this blog as we created an autumn wreath that could be used for the entire fall season, or the yarn pom-pom wreath I created to address the decorating needs of winter in my home, rather than just Christmas.

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays you can find ways to show your love for without having decor that needs to be stored until next year. Although the Valentine’s Day Cupcake Liner Trees made their way out of storage for another year of display, I wanted to show you a cute way to honor the season all year long. After all, why does LOVE have to be a seasonal expression? My answer:

Yarn-wrapped letters.

DIY Yarn Wrapped Letters Tutorial from MomAdvice.com

As you can see from my giant display, I tend to go all out when I tackle projects like this, but you could definitely use smaller letters and thinner yarn to make this display of LOVE on a smaller scale. This is one of those projects that you can make all your own and I hope you share your interpretation with us!

Grab your yarn stash and let’s make DIY Yarn-Wrapped Letters over on the Kenmore Blog today!