Valentine's Hobo S'moresHave you ever made hobo s’mores?  We love them (!) because they are so easy to make and taste SO good.  If you have never made or had a hobo s’more and you are wondering what one is; it is basically a marshmallow with chocolate and graham crackers all on a stick.  They are utterly cute, portable, and so giftable for any time of year.  We haven’t made them with our girls yet, so I thought it would be fun to change it up a little bit for Valentine’s day and make them using heart-shaped marshmallows.

This little project is perfect for little hands because it involves lots of fine motor skills and has a yummy result!  We made our Valentine hobo s’mores with our 3.5 year old and our 2-year-old, but these are perfect for any age kid.  These would make really great Valentine treats to give at a class party, too!

Entryway Makeover, blue door

As you know, I am on a mission to regain all the quiet I can this year.  And part of that process has been starting with an uncluttered home.  As I have begun to strip away the messes and the clutter in our home, I have discovered a peace and a joy that is unmatched.  My husband mentioned yesterday that he just doesn’t find the “joy in cleaning” like I do.  I asked him, but don’t you like the results?  He said, “Yes.”  I said that is what motivates me.  I LOVE the feeling of a clean, well-organized space.  So this week I am focusing on our entryway as part of the clutter-free journey.

Our entryway is not actually used the way that most entries are used; meaning we come through a different entry when we come home (through the laundry room from the garage).  So, it doesn’t get as much typical use as in other homes.  Our entryway consists of three main spaces: the entryway proper, a coat closet, a side entryway that leads to a bathroom and bedroom/office.

We got your laundry here!

The endless supply of washable items is a thing to behold in this house.  With the daily messes and spills that go along with having two little ones and the general use of items in our home, we (like every other family) have our share of laundry.  And controlling the chaos that ensues when I “take a couple of days off” is not fun!

Over the last couple of years, I have developed a pretty good laundry routine and have found some solutions to common laundry problems.  I even did a tune-up on my dryer and learned more about how a dryer works!

tutorial for creating awesome photos and GIFs of your Kids

I am not even close to what I would call a photographer, but I have fallen in love with taking pictures of my family.  But my girls are ACT-IVE, I mean constantly on the move.  And getting great photos of my kids that capture their true essence is really difficult.  I either get the cheesy smile, or a blurry shot of a kid running out of the frame.

But I discovered a really simple way to get awesome photos of my girls without taking a fancy photography class, buying a crazy piece of equipment or spending any money really!  And I kind of thought everybody knew about it until I was sharing it with some family over the holidays.  Even my blogging-savvy sister-in-law didn’t know how to do it and messaged me a couple of days later to find out how I did it.  That’s when I decided I would share the simple way to get amazing photos of your kids here in an easy tutorial.

One of the things I am pursuing this year is quiet.  And one of the more tangible ways I am pursuing it is by attempting to get rid of much (if not all) of the clutter that seems to scream at me from the moment I wake up.  The very first thing I do in the morning is walk downstairs and look into our laundry room.  I usually get the laundry started and grab a cup of coffee and head back upstairs to my office.

And my office:  what shall I say about my office?  It is the opposite of neat and tidy.  It is the dumping ground for all those projects to get to, bills I will never look at again, random girls clothing and straight up junk.  And what do I do in my office?

I have my quiet time!

Isn’t that so ironic?  I sit at the feet of Jesus surrounded by a couple hundred random bits and bobs of junk.  I attempt to read His word, meditate on it and pray for the day ahead surrounded by the very stuff that gives me the least peace I can think of. Wow.  I am getting really convicted about cleaning up my office, just from writing this!  Stay tuned to this journey, as I gather up the courage to show you pictures of the worst clutter spaces in our house (we have 3)!