With a family of 7, it can be really challenging to keep all of our schedules organized (and not forget all the random events or tasks). Luckily, we spent the weekend putting up this awesome Family Home Command Center that’s been a lifesaver! Not only is it functional, but looks amazing on this big wall on the side of our stairs.
As we’ve been *finally* adding photos and decor to our walls in this house (like our fun entryway with our new family photos), I knew I wanted a central area to help keep our family a bit more organized. A big dry erase calendar was a total MUST for me, because as the kids get older there seems to be more and more activities every month – I need help to stay on top of it all!
And for those of you that are super observant, yes I completely messed up the dates on the calendar at first! My large desk calendar – where I put all my daily to-dos for work, life, and EVERYTHING – starts with Sunday as the first day of the week. I look at this calendar multiple times a day, so that’s what my brain is programmed for – so I went into autopilot when writing in dates. It’s since been fixed, thank goodness, but it’s going to take some getting use to! At the top is another of our fabulous family photo gallery wraps – it’s a bit more goofy, and I love it for our command center.
It took me a bit to decide on a layout – but once I knew exactly WHAT I wanted to put on the wall, it was just a matter of playing with it. I traced everything onto scrap paper and used that taped to the wall until I found what I liked best, then it was easy to put the nail holes exactly where they needed to be, as well!
We’ve been trying something new with our family chores – a sheet with the chores divided up. I laminated it, so each week I just put each child’s marker color by the chunk of chores that they’re in charge of completing that week. Same for who has meal duties (set table, etc.) each meal – just add their marker color. Super easy to switch up, and a nice convenient spot for them to check!
Above that is a cute printable list of the morning tasks all my kids need to complete to kick off their homeschool work for the day – I plan to switch it up each month to play with other backgrounds.
I’ve had my large photo collage LOVE board for several years now, and have always enjoyed it in a central location to look at often, so it was perfect! I plan to start making a new one annually with our family photos from that year, then use numbers to do a vertical 2018 (or whatever the year) in place of the letters. Each year we’ll add to our collection, and the most current will go in this spot on our home command center!
Aren’t my babies so cute? Even the kids really enjoy walking past this and seeing a bunch of photos of the family. This family command center is along our main pathway from the front door to the back of the house where the kitchen/living room are. Across from the wall is the large, open office and homeschool room, so it’s a perfect location for them to check their daily tasks and glance at the family calendar, as needed.
Seriously, I can’t get enough of how great this central area looks – and am loving how convenient it is for our family scheduling, tasks, and chores. Hopefully it continues to keep us a bit more organized for a long while to come!
Do you have a command center? Tell me about it in the comments!
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Supporting our kids at home can really help their success at school, especially as they get older and into higher, more challenging grades. One way we can provide that help to them is having things organized in a way that makes homework and study time less hassle – and maybe even more fun. We put together this organized and colorful Homework Station for Teens & Tweens as we’re getting nearer to the start of the school year, and stocking up on all of the essentials. We’re even showing you how to make this super simple DIY Pencil Caddy!
Back to school shopping can be stressful, which is why I make sure to plan ahead and go early before the rush. Walmart always has what I need in just one stop, which is a huge sanity saver! Not only that, but be sure to check out their specific Back-to-School section so you don’t have to wander all over the store to grab everything you need for your students.
From my experience, teacher supplies lists can be a bit generic – which is fantastic in finding what you need and covering all the basis – but be sure to stock up on the items you’ll certainly need plenty of for the school year, such as Scotch® tape or Post-it® Original Pop-up Notes. I go through a TON of them all year long, and love that I can keep a good stash of them to pull out whenever.
My tweens have started using Post-it® Notes Cubes and Post-it® Tabs a lot, using them to mark pages in their books (without the worry of leaving marks) or planners to help them stay on track and more organized. Of course they LOVE leaving little memos and friendly notes all over, too – but I’m all for it if it makes learning time more fun for them!
- Post-it® Notes Cubes and Post-it® Tabs
- Box or Container
- Paper of Choice
- Containers or Organizers
- Tissue Paper, if desired
- School Supplies
Note: If you’re using a box, make sure the top flaps are removed first.
- Decorate the box/container. For ours, we just used some sturdy paper (like construction or card stock). Your teen/tween can even decorate it beforehand, if they want! Start with a strip on the four outside corners, just so they are covered neatly. Next, size pieces of paper to cover all the outside sides of the box. Fold over the top and bottom and smooth out, then use Scotch® Super Hold Tape to secure it into place.
- If you want some depth to for your containers, use tissue paper to build up the bottom (we put the back row of containers higher than the front, just because we liked the look of it better).
- Place your containers, then fill with all of your student’s school supplies!
See, I told you it was really simple – and it’s a great way for them to customize their supply box, making it a bit more enjoyable when it’s time for them to tackle homework or study. We filled our containers with pencils and other supplies to help them, then set up a nice area for them to store it until needed.
I’m pretty relieved that I thought ahead this year instead of waiting until the last minute – but at least I know I can always grab everything my kiddos will need for back to school during my regular Walmart trip – because I almost always forget something!
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It feels like we just moved into this house yesterday, while at the same time feeling like we’ve been here years. In all reality, it’s been about 2.5 months – and I haven’t done a single bit of decorating! In all fairness, I still have plenty of boxes to unpack and the more important items to check off the list first, but it really bothers me having nothing on my walls. I was thrilled to get a project to try out, especially because Decorating with Stencils and being able to paint makes me so happy! My kids know when I pull out my ‘painting clothes’, that I’m ready for some DIY fun.
I had so many ideas on what to do with the large 35″x35″ Texas State stencil I got – everything from a collage of photos cut to fit inside, to string art filling up the stencil – but ultimately I decided it’d be a fun addition to this huge BLANK spot on one of my upstairs walls. I mean, check out all this boring wall space….
Yup, it was definitely in need of something. For something a little more unique – and because I received both the outside AND inside pieces to this awesome stencil from Stencil Revolution – I decided to do the state shape itself in black chalkboard paint.
It took three or four coats to get it as smooth and dark as I wanted, but then was a beautiful Texas-shaped chalkboard spot on the wall!
Next, to add a bunch of fun color! I replaced the outside stencil with the inside, protecting my (fully dried, of course) Texas state shape. I chose four different colors (pink, blue, green and purple), then took some old rags and used THE RAGS to smudge each color all over randomly…
I’m sure you could make the smudging work with paint brushes, but I felt that the rags really gave it the random splotches, streaks and swipes that I was going for. At first, I was just going to do it a couple inches out from the black shape, but loved the look so much that I decided to fill that whole indented area on the wall – and I love how it turned out!
Soon, I want to add a red heart on top of the Texas shape right where DFW is, since that’s home for us!
Since I already had my ‘painting clothes’ and all my supplies out, I tackled another one of the fabulous stencils I got from Stencil Revolution – an awesome quote for the kitchen that reads ‘Today’s Menu: Eat it or Starve’ I know many of you moms are chuckling, just as I did as I browsed the site full of stencils! I feel like dinnertime is a constant battle, so may as well have a bit of humor with it – along with a pop of color in the kitchen, right?
There’s not a ton of wall space in my kitchen, which is fine with me because I love all the cabinet space and openness. This 18″x12″ vertical stencil fit perfectly on this column by my island area, and really helped that blank spot that was just begging to be decorated!
I’m thrilled to finally have some fun colors in my house, and had so much fun painting! I’m eager to add some more stencil decorations to my walls (I’ve got a beautiful saying to go in my bedroom, and a fun Iron Man face that the boys will enjoy in the game room or their bedroom), so stay tuned for more DIY projects and colorful fun!
What stencil would YOU want for your home?
Y’all know I absolutely LOVE to travel – near or far, it’s so exciting to make plans, pack, check out new sites and meet new cultures! Whether you’re planning a trip to Disneyland, dreaming of an escape to Paris or have no specific destination in mind – just the desire to travel – then these 8 DIY Travel Savings Jars are for you!
I don’t know about you, but I think having a cute jar where you can store loose change or other funds you want set aside for a future trip makes it more exciting – and even a little more REAL! This can be especially great if you have a LOT you need to save up to reach your desired goal. It can also be a way for the whole family to get involved – if the kids see that mom and dad are putting some spare change into the jar for the family’s trip, perhaps they’ll want to contribute as well.
Check out these awesome DIY travel savings jars and pick one that works best for YOUR future adventure!
Whichever travel savings jar you choose, or wherever you go, I hope you make wonderful memories to last a lifetime!
Please tell me I’m not the only one who has a huge stockpile of popsicle sticks (aka craft sticks)? Not like used ones from popsicles my kids have eaten, so don’t worry – but I buy them in bulk because there’s so many awesome projects you can create with them! The latest fun are these DIY Popsicle Stick Coasters that you can quickly put together, then decorate however you’d like!
We’ve used craft sticks in plenty of things, such as our DIY Valentine Frame, to hold up our fun printable Star Wars Puppets, or even for the kids’ catapults! Seriously, these are one of those craft items that are great to keep in stock – maybe not the crazy amount I have, but still a bag full or so is perfect. Besides, a bunch of these crafts would be great for not just kids, but adults as well – just like these stick coasters!
- Popsicle sticks
- Cutting pliers
- Strong adhesive glue
- Poster color
- Paint brush
- I used 12 popsicle sticks for each coaster, however select the number of popsicle sticks you want and cut off both round ends with the help of craft pliers so that the popsicle sticks are rectangular.
- Place a piece of paper on a flat surface and place 1 popsicle stick vertically on it; Place 2 more popsicle sticks parallel to each other; Each of the 2 sticks should be placed horizontally with each ends of the first stick. The 1st stick has been used for measurement.
- Now take the 1 st popsicle stick (placed vertically) and glue it on its side onto the 2 horizontal sticks.
- Glue 2 more popsicle sticks on their sides onto the 2 horizontal sticks, keeping even gap between all 3 sticks. The base is now ready.
- Now take the rest of the popsicle sticks and glue them on the base one by one.
- You can either cover the entire top surface or keep small and even gaps between the popsicle sticks while gluing them on the top of the base.
- Done gluing all the popsicle sticks? Select a color of your choice and simply paint the coaster (popsicle sticks) as you wish. Once you’re done painting, allow the paint to dry entirely.
They’d also make great gifts, especially as a ‘welcome home’ type package for someone moving! Or put these out at your next party – paint them to match the team you’re rooting for during the game, paint to match the decorations for a birthday, or just to protect your tables from those drinks 😉
With all this rain, the leaves and flowers are popping up fast and making it feel like Spring. I’m definitely not a winter person, so my mood has improved with this coming season! Soon there will be colorful plants everywhere – and why not make your own beautiful Dahlia flowers with this fun project? You can do these fun DIY Paper Flowers for Spring to decorate your home or office, give as a sweet bouquet, or just because.
- Colored craft paper– 3 or more colors of your choice
- Cardstock paper
- Craft glue
- Select 3 or more different colors of craft paper for the flower and cut out square shapes from them. Cut out the squares in 3 different sizes and for each size cut 8 pieces of squares. Also cut out a round pattern, then cut it into a spiral.
- Take any one of the square cut-outs and fold any one corner towards the middle of the square.
- Now fold the opposite corner towards the middle (keeping the previous fold on its place). Overlap both folds by 1 cm and glue the overlapped part to secure the cone shape.
- Similarly create cone patterns with the rest of the square cut outs. Take the spiral pattern and start rolling it from its outer edge towards the center and then glue the roll with the center to secure it; this will be the center part of the flower.
- Cut out a round shape from a cardstock paper. The size of the round cut out would depend on the size of the square cut outs. Apply 8 lines of glue around the round pattern; from its outer edge towards the center, the lines don’t need to reach the center. I applied 8 lines of glue because I prepared 8 cones for each layer for the dahlia. The round pattern is the base.
- Take the large cones and place each cone on each lines of glue with the cones’ open (wider) end facing outwards. Make sure to keep even gaps between the cones and arrange them nicely.
- Go for the next layer with the medium sized cones. Glue the medium cones slightly inwards (joining the closed end of the cones at the center of the base and between 2 larger cones.
- Now glue the small sized cones similarly; gluing each small cone between 2 medium cones and towards the center.
- And finally, glue the rolled spiral piece on the center to complete the dahlia flower.
You can even mix it up and do variations by mixing and matching different colors of paper, or different numbers and layers of cones. It’s up to you – just have fun with it!
What color of paper flower would YOU like best?
This post was sponsored by BurlapFabric.com – as always, all opinions and ideas are our own.
I don’t know about you, but I didn’t always like burlap. In my mind, it was always a bland brown color that had fraying edges that were a mess, and you couldn’t do much with it at all. Wow, that’s sure changed! Now you can get burlap in several different colors, shapes, styles. You can get it as a napkin, a bag, ribbon, banners and so much more. I love the options! I also love that I now know how How to Print on Burlap & I’m sharing a fun Valentine Date Invitation Printable for y’all to use this month!
Isn’t this banner super fun? I thought it’d be unique to not only ‘invite’ my hubby to be my Valentine date, but do it by decorating with a banner covered with the invite – he’s sure to get the message that way, right? 😉
I got this 12-pack of burlap banner pieces for the project, and though I was a bit nervous printing on a weird shape, it turned out really simple and no hassle at all!
- 12-pack of burlap banner pieces
- Printer (I used inkjet, but I’ve heard this will work on laserjet as well – but haven’t personally tried that)
- Hot glue/gun
- Valentine Invitation Printable -click on here & the 8.5×11 will download
- Colored Burlap Ribbon – if desired
A side note – the reason I really love this burlap banner pack is that it already has a filmy backing to it. Otherwise, we’d need to do additional steps with freezer paper to create a backing for going through the printer. This worked great for me without the extra though because it was already there!
Directions – Printing on the Burlap
- Cut just under the top folded-over area of the banner, removing the strip that holds the string – but save it, because we’ll reattach it later! Be sure to trim the edges a bit to get rid of any frays that could get caught in the printer.
- Do a test page on your printer to make sure you know the proper direction to load your burlap. You want it to print on the non-shiny side. We designed the file to be 8.5×11 in size, but it’s laid out so it’ll print in the bulky area of these banners, with the top at the largest width of the banner – as you can see below. After your comfortable that you know the direction to load your banner piece, place it as needed in your printer and hit print.
Directions – Attaching Rope Back On
- Use hot glue/gun to reattach the strip with the rope to the back of your banner. Don’t go very close to the sides, as you’ll need to trim a bit off so they don’t stick out.
- An easy way to trim them WITHOUT CUTTING THE ROPE is as follows:
- Cut a little slit inwards (only on that back strip, do not cut the front triangle in any of these steps) so you can push the rope enough towards the center that it won’t get cut on the edge.
- Cut the excess strip off, keeping the rope away from your scissors – and remember to avoid cutting the front triangle piece, you’re just cutting the excess along the edges!
- Repeat for other side so they’re both hidden/flush with the nice triangle edges
I love this little ‘invitation’ and how simple it was to print on burlap – I can see a lot of fun projects like this in the future! I also used this red burlap ribbon for some added ‘color’ and accent with my banner. I think it really brings out the red text!
If you like it more simple, that’s perfectly great too – it still looks incredible, and almost makes the mustache part stand out even more which is fun 🙂
Whichever way you choose, this fun Valentine date invitation is unique, simple to make and a great way to catch the invitees eyes!
If you have burlap that doesn’t already have that film layer on the back, you’ll need to add it using freezer paper and an iron, otherwise it’ll have issues printing since there’s holes/gaps in the burlap:
- Be sure you use freezer paper – NOT wax!
- Trim a piece of freezer paper so it fits your burlap shape. Trim so it fits EXACTLY – don’t forget to trim any burlap frays as well.
- Put the shiny side of the paper onto the ‘back’ of your burlap and use your iron to ‘stick’ the paper to the burlap.
- Follow the printing instructions as above – always do a test sheet to ensure you have it loaded the correct way.
- Once printed on, carefully peel off the freezer paper. It should come off easily, but if it’s sticking a bit too much, try rolling the burlap gently so it loosens it up more to peel off. Another option is putting it in the freezer, which seems to make the pieces unstick from each other.
What would YOU print on burlap?
Please note – printers and burlap may vary, so please make the best judgement when putting something other than paper through your printer. We’re simply sharing how we did it and what worked for us. We assume no responsibility if your printer/burlap is different and something gets ruined.
Other Valentine Ideas…
I have a major problem functioning when a room is in total chaos. If I have to spend forever to find something among piles of other somethings, forget it! For example, we’re currently remodeling my kids’ huge loft playroom. But with so much stuff, where was I to put it all? Thank goodness you can Organize Your Life with the Container Store! Originally shared in 2015, but the big ELFA sale is back and I just had to reshare!
When we decided to makeover their playroom, I knew that one of the major things I wanted to change was where their million toys, action figures, costumes, legos, cars and other kid-stuff was stored. Up until now, it took over my hallway linen closet. For a visual….
See any towels, bedding or other normal ‘linen closet’ items in there? You wouldn’t, because none of that stuff would fit! I wanted it OUT of my storage place, and nicely organized in their HUGE playroom…they’ve definitely got the space for it! I picked out one of their corner areas where I wanted their storage to be….
That corner…totally blank except the couch and occasional forts. Plenty of space to move stuff around! I painted it from the blah ‘Arctic Frost’ color that our house came in to a Pebble Grey on the walls and normal white for the ceiling. Then I headed to The Container Store near us…in Frisco/Plano area…and had the AMAZING people there help us out!
I got so excited, because their Elfa Storage Solutions are ON SALE RIGHT NOW through February 11th! That’s a full 30% off all Elfa products AND 30% off installation services! We actually find it totally simple to install Elfa systems, so choose to do it ourselves. It’s awesome! The store will even help you DESIGN YOUR SPACE FOR FREE. Yup, they’re awesome! We gave them the measurements, then they worked with us to figure out exactly what type of stuff we needed. They even helped us choose between things so we could stick to our budget!
We stuck with the platinum, since it will go with our playroom theme great (shhh…that’s coming soon!) I also love how durable and safe the Elfa stuff is…there’s a slit at the top runner, so it’s not like the kids could slide the down hooks off themselves.
They also have end pieces you can put on so the edges of the shelves LOOK nicer, and are more safe against rough or pokey edges!
After just a little bit, we had our shelving and drawers all set up!
Then it was just a matter of organizing all of the kids’ stuff out there! As we were putting their toys here, we did decide to make a couple changes as to where things went (drawers lower, etc.) and it was a super quick and easy switch!
I’m totally in love with this…how it LOOKS, how EASY it was, how FLEXIBLE, and how much the kids are loving the simplicity of getting out and putting things away! I’m totally in love with how ORGANIZED things stay, too, since even my youngest can figure out where things are suppose to go with this!
So contact your nearest Container Store, have them help you (for FREE) design your own space – whether it’s a playroom, closet, garage, or bedroom – and take advantage of the amazing Elfa sale before you miss out this year!
I really do love the fall season – the weather cools down (well, a little, but I’ll take what I can), the leaves turn pretty colors and the holidays are coming up. It’s such a fun time of year! Another thing that seems to come out in bulk during fall are pumpkin everything, which I totally love. If you’re also a fan, give one of these 11 DIY Fall Pumpkin Crafts a try!
There’s a bit of everything, from painting, to lace, to even using dryer vents. It’s crazy how crafty you can get with normally boring items. Whatever you choose to do, I’m sure you’ll love these fun pumpkin crafts as much as I am!
Decoupage Pumpkins | Today’s Creative Life
Burlap & Lace Rustic Pumpkins | Sparkles of Sunshine
Nautical Pumpkin | Mod Podge Rocks
Sweater Pumpkins | The Country Chic Cottage
Fall Flanel Pumpkin | Mom Endeavors
Rustic Fall Pumpkins | Thrifty NW Mom
Pumpkin Dryer Vent Craft | This Mama Loves
Pumpkin Succulent Planter | Gym Craft Laundry
Harlequin Pumpkins | DIY Candy
Chalk Paint and Gold Leaf Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins | The Happier Homemaker
Rustic Fall Leaf Pumpkin | Premeditated Leftovers
FUN BONUS: Hamburger Pumpkin | Shrimp Salad Circus
I’ve seen a lot of things lately that are galaxy themed. Parties, decorations, and everything. I agree it’s a fun trend & I like the look of it! If you or your kiddos are fans as well, you’re going to love this list of 20 DIY Galaxy Projects! Personally, I really want to try those awesome-looking fingernails.
Oooh, don’t those diy galaxy bath bombs look cool, too? There’s just so many fun galaxy projects to try, I need like a whole day devoted to trying all of these fun things!
Lemon Lime Adventures – Galaxy Bath Bombs
Me Sew Crazy – Galaxy Moon Phases Wall Hanging
Doodle Craft Blog – Galaxy Pendants
Gloriously Chic – DIY Galaxy Shoes
Pink Stripey Socks – Painted Galaxy Umbrella
Some of This and That – Galaxy Ice Cream
A Subtle Revelry – Galaxy Balloons
A Beautiful Mess – Easy Galaxy Nails
Damask Love – DIY Galaxy Painted Notebook
Dream a Little Bigger – Galaxy Cross Stitch Cuff
A Kailo Chic Life – Galaxy Color Blocked Marble Coasters
Deco Art – Galaxy Ornament
Color Made Happy – DIY Galaxy Painted Rocks
DIY Projects for Teens – DIY Galaxy Eos
Pop Craft Art – Mini Galaxy Magnets
Life of a Razorback – DIY Galaxy Backpack
Hello Giggles – DIY Ethereal Glam Light Galaxy Goddess Dess
Kids Activities Blog – Galaxy Sugar Cookies
Doodle Craft Blog – DIY Painted Galaxy Painted Shoes
My Crafts – DIY Galaxy Diamond Painting