Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back To Life, Back To The DIY

Well, we are home from dropping our oldest off at college.  If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw some of the fun we had :).


And of course the goodbye.


He is right where he should be, and I can't wait to see what God has in store for him over the next four years!!

But, now that we are home, it's time to move on to my ever-growing list of DIY projects.  Surely I'm not the only one that keeps adding to the list??

Years ago I promised my two 'little' boys that they could have their own rooms when their brother went to college.  Well, that day is here and they are oh so excited.  We started a little bit of prep work this summer, and we were into the mess before I even thought to take before pics.  So I quickly snapped a couple of messy pics of each room for me and for you.  Excuse the mess, if you have kids, or do DIY you understand that it has to get way worse before it can get better.

Here are the three rooms before.




And because I was feeling generous, I let my daughter pick which room she wanted, and just as I suspected she picked the largest room.  This means that EVERYONE of them is moving.  The main move happened yesterday, and I am hoping to get the walls painted this weekend.  But, we shall see.  

I have sat down with each one of them, and there is a plan for each that matching their personality perfectly.  I really do love creating kids rooms. For them to have a space that they feel comfortable in is such a treasure, especially in the tweens and teen years. Because, let's be honest, sometimes you just need to get away and be by yourself.  ;)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Change {Five Minute Friday}

For those who are new here - Five Minute Friday is a time for writers to truly write.  Each Friday a prompt is given and we are to write for five minutes and then hit publish.  No editing, no revising. This weeks prompt is change.

When I was scrolling through and I saw the prompt for FMF this week, I thought to myself 'well of course'.  As I am writing this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Boston.  After a very long drive across the East side of the country, we are here.  Tomorrow morning we will drive my son to college and unload all of his stuff into his dorm room.  We will help him make his new home away from home as comfortable as possible.  We will attend lots of orientation activities, getting to know more about the university, and then we will say our goodbyes, and head back west home.  Leaving him here.  

I waiver through excitement and uncertainty.  But honestly, I am in unbelief.  How in the world can we do this??  How can I leave a part of our family, a part of myself here, and go home and do life with the rest of the family as if it's normal. My mind and heart are fighting.  My mind knows this is happening and normal when change, but my heart is screaming "no".  Change is hard my friends, always.  

Heart change is harder.  

He will be fine.  I will be fine.  We will be fine.  Life will go on.  Things, people will adjust.  Change happens one way or another.  

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Linking up with others at Five Minute Friday


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quick Tip {How to Remove Permanent Marker From Plastic - The Easy Way}

Stopping by to share a quick tip with you today. :) You know I love to label things - help me keep my sanity!  However, sometimes the contents of a container change.  Actually, they often change. Permanent markers are a great way to label things, and what we use often.  Simple and permanent - right?? 

Well - what then do you do when the contents change and the container needs a new label? Put a sticker over it?  Scribble out the original label and write on a new one?  What if you want it to look better than that?  Well I have great news for you!!  A teacher friend of mine shared this with me one year, and when she told me I thought she was nuts - but it works!!

I was reminded of it this year when I was organizing our school supplies.  In the last few years I have been purchasing these new plastic folders for my kids, because they will last through the whole year - unlike the paper ones.  But, you know how it is - you send them to school, and the teachers have them label them with their name and subject.  The folders are great - they come home at the end of the year in just about the same condition they started.  No reason to throw them out!!  So here's my amazing tip {if you already know this - please just scroll through and act amazed :)} that works on anything plastic.


With a dry-erase marker, scribble over the top of the writing.


As you are scribbling, you will probably already see it happening - the permanent marker being "erased".


When you are finished, grab an eraser or a paper towel, rag, whatever, and wipe off the dry-erase, and the permanent marker with it.


And there you have it - good as new!!


I know folders aren't that expensive, but I'm just saying - every little bit matters, and this has saved me bundles over the years in plastic storage tubs and such!!

We are headed out east tomorrow to deliver my son to college.  I'm not lamenting over that today - ya'll have probably heard enough of that, and there will probably be more later.  When we get back I have a long list of DIY's to dive into, and I can't wait to share!! Until then...

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