Coffee Station Just For Me

I am an avid coffee drinker, but I am the only one in my home that drinks it.  Still yet, I love coffee.  In reorganizing our kitchen I decided to change the way I stored my coffee supplies.  I had seen several cute little coffee stations online and I was inspired to have my own.  And here it is!!

The basket in the back holds my coffee filters and my coffee scoop.  The basket came as a gift filled with lots of fun yummy goodies.  I would really like something a smidge smaller.  But for now it’s fine.  The tray I found at Hobby Lobby.  I am in love with adding blues here and there to my house.  

I went thrifting with one of my real-life blogging friends Jennifer the other day, and it seems I had ceramic on my brain, because this is what I came away with.  All a steal – I didn’t pay over a dollar for any one piece.  Love that!!  

Anyway you see how the canister started.  It had an airtight seal, and I liked the shape and the color of the canister, just not so crazy about the lid.  

So I got out some paint, and went to work.  I also added just a touch of glaze to it so it wouldn’t be just a flat color.  I did tape off the portion that would touch the inside just in case.

(I was so excited for the end product, I forgot to take any more pics of the process – sorry.)  I used more of my chalkboard vinyl to make a label for the canister and voila!!  I love how it turned out and I love this little cream and sugar set I found.  

I am also enjoying bringing some orange into the house. Orange is the happiest color after all!!  

I still haven’t jumped on the kurig bandwagon.  Mostly because I drink several cups of coffee and I don’t want to wait for each one to brew.  I don’t even like to wait for the first one to brew, but I’m too forgetful (and lazy) to use the program button.  

I love having a little color in the corner!!  How about you??  Do you like coffee or do you prefer you coca-cola?  Do you drink it only in the morning or all throughout the day??  

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Creativity Station

If you follow me on instagram or if you follow along here.  You might remember that I had an impromptu coloring session with my little boys last week.  They enjoyed it so much that I didn’t want to put away our supplies.  But….I also didn’t want all that spread out all over my kitchen table everyday.  

I left it out but I had my eye out for something different to store supplies in. While cleaning out my dreaded craft closet I came across this.

It was originally meant for a utensil holder.  I had used it in my kitchen for years to hold note pads and pens by the phone.  I am gradually changing the color scheme in the kitchen (and I never really need to take messages by the phone), so out it went.  

As I looked at it I decided it would be perfect to hold creative supplies and it would be small and cute. But…not in the red.  So, I found some spray paint in my newly organized garage, along with my favorite spray paint nozzle, and I went to work.

I have to confess – I stink at spray painting.  I don’t have a ton of experience, and I am not patient.  I want to be done – I want to see the finished project, so I generally end up with some drips and runs here and there.  Lucky for me, this time they aren’t too visible (if you don’t look too close).  

After it was dry (barely – again, very impatient) I grabbed my handy dandy chalkboard vinyl and added a label to the front.

Then I began to fill it up with the necessities – crayons, markers, and newly sharpened colored pencils in all the colors of the rainbow and then some.  I also printed off some more coloring sheets from here.  Really neat site with free printable coloring sheets in lots of different themes. The boys surprised me by liking the word art. 
I had printed those for myself and some abstract stuff I thought the boys would like, but they went straight for the words.  What do you know?!?  So, I printed several more word art pics.

I can’t wait to see if they are attracted to color again soon :).  I think things like art and music are very important for children of all ages – they use their left brain the majority of the day, it’s good to exercise the right side as well!!

Blessings to you and yours!!  I hope you have a second to do something creative today 🙂

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Insta-Friday {Aug 23rd}

Happy to have you here!!  
Have I told you how much I like pictures??
I am thankful for my camera on my phone, because unlike my big bulky camera, my phone is always with me to catch the lovely things of daily life.  
Do you instagram??  If you don’t, you should 🙂  Want to follow along??  I am denisegwood

Here is a view of my week in pictures via instagram 🙂

I have been a crazy person about decluttering and organizing all summer.  And, finally my kids are catching the bug…even my teenage daughter

an idea she found on pinterest…we’ll see how long it lasts ;).

I have been whining struggling with the thought of my first-born baby starting his senior year.

This is the picture that I couldn’t get out of my head the night before school started.  It was his first day of kindergarten.  He was so excited, so ready.  Just like now – but, I wasn’t, just like now.
The first day of school 🙂  I love these signs that Jen at Tatertots and Jello created – aren’t they cute??

One more then and now.  Walking down memory lane is fun, and I am embracing the change.  Going to enjoy every last second!!

While I was cleaning out my craft closet I discovered a tub of crayons and markers and got the itch to color.

Do you ever get the urge to color?  I love the look and smell 🙂 of new crayons!!  I was surprised (well maybe not) at how many of my adult friends said YES they loved to color!!  Fun times!  Maybe I need to have some girlfriends over for a coloring party :).

Lucky for me the boys wanted to join me 🙂
The completed (almost) projects!!  

Oh, and an update on the closet – I did get it cleaned up and straightened up.  This was a $0 project – meaning I used storage I already had.  I still want to label everything and I have an idea to add another shelf with some scrap wood we have, but that requires hubby help.  Here’s an after of the cleaned up closet.  Mission accomplished!!  Let me just tell there was a moment in the process that I thought this wasn’t possible…
I hope you had a blessed week and hoping you have a great weekend as well!!

life rearranged
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What To Do Next? {Making a Plan}

So yesterday…kids all went back to school, hubby went to work, and I was left alone with my thoughts.  Let me tell you folks, that’s not a good place for me. My thoughts take me to scary places.  I think I was more anxious for my kids first days then they were!!  Lunch with hubby helped a lot.  He gets me.  He knows how to redirect my thoughts and calm my crazies.  I love that man.  Anywho, everyone had a great day!!  

6th grade, Sophomore, 5th grade, Senior – crazy

I’m so thankful and God is so good.  Sweet friends called and texted and facebooked me to check on me and it was wonderful – if that was you – thanks, it helped this momma’s aching heart.  I have been pushing back against time and life as it marches right past me, and I’m done.  I don’t want to miss a second because I’m whining about how fast it is passing me by.  (Don’t get me wrong – I will have a moment (or a day) here and there when I’m whining again;)).  My kids are growing up and things are fun and exciting right now, so I’m jumping on board!  
So, now that the kids are back at school, and I’m not working outside the home anymore I have to make a plan (for those days when I can’t decide what to do).  I decided to revisit my goal list for the year and see how things were coming.  

#1 on my list is De-cluttering – everything!! – working on it and getting there, really only two closets left (oh and the attic…)!!  See progress garage, laundry room, more garage, more

#2 Organizing – everything – working on it and getting there, as I said above only two closets left (and the attic…)!!  See progress kitchen, garage, laundry room, more garage

#3 Kitchen redo – including decluttering, organizing and updating (hopefully)

#4 Redo Craft closet

#5 Finish doors in hall – painting and molding – painting done

#6 Garage redo – clean out, organize, blah, blah, blah – Done!!  – see the completed project here

#7 Kids bathroom update

#8 Backyard landscaping – making it a more usable space – not good – puppy – progress here, and here

#9 Fireplace update

#10 Finish Master bath update

#11 Master closet update

So, there ya go.  Some progress made on the smaller, less costly stuff.  I am working with my budget manager (hubby) to see what big project we can tackle this year.  It’s between the kitchen or a bathroom.  I really want to do the kitchen, but the countertops are really holding me back – that will be the biggest expense and I don’t know if we can swing that amongst the senior year expenses :).

Today I am tackling the craft closet – the decluttering part that is.  I’ve told you that as I have been organizing I have been piling in other areas.  This closet is scary folks – I instructed my husband to NOT open the door.  But, I have to open the door to get started so….here it is

I KNOW RIGHT!!  That’s a little embarrassing, but the best thing about a before picture this bad is that it makes the after picture look phenomenal!!  The worst part is, and my biggest motivator, all of my craft stuff is in there somewhere, which means I can’t do any fun projects until it gets cleared out.  Better get to work!!  
Blessings and love to you all!!  Thanks for reading along 🙂
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Making Back to School a Little Easier

My kiddos start back to school tomorrow!!  (There may or may not be some happy dancing going on up in here around 8:30 am tomorrow – and that would be me and my hubby dancin’ :)).  Maybe your kids have already started back to school, or maybe you’re still on the countdown.  Either way I thought I would share with you today some of the things we have been doing the past few days in preparation for the new school year.  
The number one thing I dislike most about school starting (well, maybe #2 next to getting up early) is making lunches.  We pack lunches for our kids because there are four of them and we do not have a money tree in the back yard.  Last spring I started making bags of snacks up a week ahead of time.  I did this for two reasons – 1) an attempt to make lunch preparation easier in the morning – which it did and 2) if I didn’t bag the snacks up the kids would eat them at other times and there would be nothing left for lunch the last few days, and our grocery budget would be spent!!

So, I pulled out these containers to store the bags in.  When I labeled my baking supplies I also labeled these.

One for crunchy and one for sweet.  No, these aren’t the healthiest options for lunch and I am working on that, but for now this is what we got.
I also took a couple of minutes to clean the landing area – our entryway/mudroom.  Now it is ready for backpacks and such!!

When I was de-cluttering my entryway closet, I showed you my tower o’ drawers, and my school/office supply storage – easy access and quick put-away is the goal here. There is so much paper that comes in this house it is ridiculous, so it is good for me to have a system.  When those weekly folders come in I sort through and pick out the good stuff which goes in their drawer, and all the other stuff goes in the recycling bin.  And, of course when the bigger kids decide to share with me something important from school…it goes in their drawer as well.  {sigh}

I also re-organized our desk, and cleared out old calendars and out-dated papers. I also found ways to make the things my kids are always asking me for easily visible and accessible, so maybe they will stop asking me. {ha}  

So, backpacks are packed, outfits are picked out, lunch supplies are ready, and alarm clocks are set.  Here’s to a great school year!! 
What have you done to make the transition from summer to school a little easier? I would love to hear your ideas!!  🙂

Blessings all around!!

Linking up with Jen at I Heart Organizing

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