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    Quick & Simple Cleaning Routine + FREE Printable Schedule

    Keeping your house clean doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. I was your average messy teenager, but somehow as I became an adult I realized I like things tidy. I found out that keeping my house clutter free and relatively clean made me feel less stressed and let me focus on other things in my life. I find that when my house feels messy, I have trouble concentrating on work or getting anything else done so keeping it tidy is key to my sanity. Can’t wait and need to download the printable now? [mailerlite_form form_id=14] I’ve kept a…

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    New adventures ahead

    As it turns out, we’re moving. I don’t even know how it happened. We had all these plans for the year and one day we just agreed we wanted to be back in “civilization”, which basically just means a bigger city with more businesses around. As much as we love our little country life, the plan was never to stay here forever. Our first home as served it’s purpose and it’s time to move on. The thing is, we never planned to sell our house. The plan was always to rent it out and cherish it because it was our…

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    Simple Dream Office Inspiration for Under $200

    While I’ve been living away from home for the last almost three months with my son in the hospital, I’ve been dreaming about the home office I’ll be putting together when we finally go home. We have a large converted garage that we want to make into somewhat of a studio. It’ll be where I set up my little office nook along with a little exercise area, large worktable, play area for Atlas and a TV area. Since the room is pretty large it should be easy to make all of these spaces work together without making it look too…

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    Nursery Progress

    That’s a crib. In our house. In our bedroom. The first day waking up to the crib in our room was such a trip. In a few months a little baby will be living here with us. We decided with our current living situation and for ease of night feedings that Baby Barker would room with us for at least the first 6 months or so. So her nursery is now a “nursery nook” in our bedroom. Our plan is just the crib and then a changing pad on top of our dresser. Original plans included a glider, but once…

  • Home - Life - Uncategorized

    New Studio & Office Space

    Welcome to real life, people. Life behind the “my house is always tidy” blogging facade! I guess you could say my new office/studio space is a work in progress. But it’s HUGE, isn’t it? It’s our converted two car garage that we were previously using as a family room. My guess is it’s about 500 sq feet, which is almost the size of our first apartment. And it’s all mine! I decided my upstairs office was (way, WAY) too small and excruciatingly hot in the summer, so I moved into this lovely, and large, space. I’ve already been dreaming up…

  • DIY - Home - Life - Uncategorized

    Bathroom Makeover On A Budget // Paint & Lighting

    Ahhh you have no idea how amazing that picture up there is to me. You see, we lived in this house for two years hating the bathroom. I finally got around to fixing it up a bit last year in November. Yes, I said November. I took the photos, but never got around to posting our awesome little make over. It started with the Ikea Spice Rack Storage we put up over a year before we ended up finishing up the bathroom. Let’s take a look… You know what’s awkward about taking pictures of your small bathroom? Your reflection in…

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    DIY Tutorial // Sew 10 Minute Throw Pillow Covers

    In our family room the floor is a gorgeous dark wood, the walls are a light “mushroom bisque” and our couch is a giant brown corduroy sectional. That room is brown, brown and more brown! So after ordering some fabric (ahem) over 6 months ago to recover some throw pillows to add a little color, I finally got around to it and I wanted to share how easy it is to make a simple throw pillow cover! Materials: Fabric Sewing Machine Thread Pins Scissors Measuring tape Iron Tip: Prewash your fabric, this way it won’t shrink when you wash the…

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    around the garden

    I use the term “garden” lightly. More like 99% weeds, dirt, rocks and concrete, 1% pretty sunflowers and tomato plant. So maybe this year wasn’t the year our backyard turned into a lush green oasis, but I’d say the fact that the sunflowers are huge and the tomato plant is growing insanely fast means we’ll get there eventually. Maybe my black thumb is slowly getting a green tinge to it. I’ve been loving coming out back after my work day is done while dinner is cooking or after we’ve finished eating. By then it’s cool enough and the sun isn’t…

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    How to Paint a Brick Fireplace

    Painting our brick fireplace is something we went back and forth on for months. I actually love the look of a brick fireplace, to be honest. In the end, we agreed that between the lack of natural light in our house and our dark floors, we needed to do it to bring in some light. This project was on my list for a while and I finally got around to doing it as Blaine was finishing up our fence one weekend. Honestly? It was a lot more work than I had anticipated! In the end it took me about 6+…

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    Little Moments

    Our yard may not be pretty or even close to complete and I can hear the cars rush by on our busy street. But amongst the weeds and dead grass are a few silly dogs and the most amazing breeze. The sun is setting just over my right shoulder behind our new fence and I can hear Blaine fumbling around with the latch on the gate, making little adjustments. I’ve got my laptop on my lap and my butt in the most comfortable plastic chair. In the distance I can see our sad excuse for a garden and, behind it,…