Quick and Easy Veggie Pasta

There is no kind of comfort food to me quite like pasta. You could easily find me eating pasta seven days a week if I weren’t so concerned about what it was doing to my¬†vitals internally. ūüėČ While I enjoy a good pasta full of creamy goodness, I love it even more when my pasta is paired with yummy veggies – giving me just enough incentive to not feel so bad about indulging. That’s why I’m OBSESSED with this pasta recipe! I used to make it sans the bacon, and one night the hubs suggested we try adding it in. We did, and the rest was history! I never make it without the bacon anymore…

The Sound of Silence – a month of trials, tribulations, and changes

Often times, I tend to find when life is running at a semi-operable rate, a speed bump will inevitably show up. And guess what? It always seems to be at the most inopportune time. Fighting the constant one step forward and two steps back routine can leave a person winded, worn out, and feeling defeated. It’s during the¬†times when¬†we barrel through, despite the weight dragging us under, that we really see what we’re made of…

Enter to WIN a Home Depot Gift Card!

Ready to show off your guest bath organization? I’m so pumped up for seeing what y’all have put together! Deadline for entering to WIN a giftcard courtesy of¬†The Home Depot¬†store #2205 is this Sunday, February¬†6th¬†at 11 pm CST! You can now enter on¬†Facebook…

Operation Year of Organization: Guest Bath Reveal

It’s that time again! REVEAL day is fast becoming my favorite time of the month.¬†This go round, it’s our guest bathroom, and I’ve got to say, as much as I loved our living room organization overhaul, I’m even¬†more in love with the guest bath! Some people thought I was absolutely crazy to go beyond organization and give this room a face lift – especially since we just finished our whole house remodel 2 1/2 years ago – but I was ready for a change, and that beadboard had spent enough time in the yellow painted spotlight. Not only did I create a fully organized space for our kids (who use this bathroom) as well as our guests, but I also tore down the beadboard paneling and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Come see how it all turned out…

How To Get the Most Out of Your Guest Bath Organization

Week two is here for Organizing your guest/kids’ bath! If you’re needing pointers on getting started with the guest bath organization and de-cluttering, you can find step-by-step instructions¬†here.¬† There are so many variations when you’re talking about a bathroom other than the master bath. For instance, you could have a half bath/powder room for your guests, you could have a full bath utilized by your children and guests, or you could have both. If you follow along with my¬†Pinterest board¬†for Operation Year of Organization, you’ll find all sorts of ideas for handling any of these bathrooms. Fortunately, a bathroom is a much smaller space to tackle than the living room we handled last month so finding great storage and organization solutions should be a breeze…

January’s Home Depot Gift Card WINNER

Ashley Wehrmann! Ashley says, “My boyfriend built this behind-the-couch shelf for us after I found something similar on Pinterest. I LOVE it! Our couch is huge with no room for end tables on the side so this works perfectly. We use it for decor and keep coasters on it for our drinks.” This is a perfect example of maximizing your Living Room Organization! They created room where there wasn’t and now have a piece that is functional, decorative, and keeps things organized. Thanks so much for entering the giveaway, Ashley! Don’t forget: I’ll be hosting another giveaway for the month of February with a chance to win a gift card to The Home Depot courtesy of store #2205…

Operation Year of Organization: February – Guest Bath

February has arrived and with it comes the next organizational space challenge! This month, we’re focusing on the guest bath. This can be an extra bath, a half bath, a hall bath, your kids’ bath, whatever! We’ll have another month focused specifically on the master bath, so don’t head there just yet. February is all about getting that space that your guests frequent in tip-top organizational shape.¬†I know there’s a lot of people out there that like to snoop when they’re in someone’s bathroom (seriously?! I don’t understand this urge, so I’d love to hear why you do it!), and if someone’s going to be snooping in my bathroom, I at least want it to¬†be pretty and organized. It’ll make it that much easier for them to find what they’re looking for. What exactly are you looking for, by the way…

The BEST Homemade Laundry Detergent You’ll Ever Find

After many experiments, Pinterest pins, trials and errors, I have found the BEST homemade laundry detergent out there. It’s super inexpensive – $2.39 for 35 loads – and takes less than 10 minutes to make. It smells great, works for HE and non-HE washers and is perfect for sensitive skin, baby clothes and precious keepsakes like the afghan my great grandmother made me before she passed away. But let’s get to what you really want to know when picking a laundry detergent: Does it get the clothes clean? And the answer is¬†YES! Not only does it get them clean, but it does a better job using less detergent than any store bought detergents I’ve ever used…

Your Chance to WIN – Living Room Organization

Don’t forget! The deadline for entering to WIN a giftcard courtesy of¬†The Home Depot¬†store #2205 is this Sunday, January 31st at 11 pm CST! You can now enter on¬†Facebook…

January Living Room Organization Linky Party

IT’S TIME TO SHOW OFF YOUR ORGANIZATION, STORAGE, & DE-CLUTTERING METHODS!   Welcome to our first Linky Party of the year for Operation Year of Organization! I’m crazy excited to see all the ways you’ve incorporated organization into your living room space this month, and I can’t wait for us all to get great ideas from one another! Make sure you link up to be entered for a chance to WIN a gift card to¬†The Home Depot¬†that will be given after the Linky Party closes. The Home Depot has been gracious enough to sponsor the gift cards I’ll be giving out ALL YEAR, and they carry a multitude of supplies and ready-made goods for maximizing your organization – no matter what space you’re working with…