10 Tips for Organizing Kids’ Closets

No matter the size of the closet (or the number of kids sharing it), these tips will help you create a system that will enable your kids to keep their own spaces organized so you don't have to keep organizing kids' closets over and over again.

No matter the size of the closet (or the number of kids sharing it), these tips will help you create a system that will enable your kids to keep their own spaces organized so you don't have to keep organizing kids' closets over and over again. _______________ Before I begin today, let me tell you that I am NOT one of those color-coded people.  My closets and files are not always pretty to look … [Read more...]

Rustic, Feminine, Neutral Little Girl Room with Daybed

Elegant, neutral little girl room with wood tones and a stenciled accent wall: A gray-washed trundle bed provides the perfect anchor for a gorgeous, neutral yet feminine little girl's room.

A gray-washed trundle bed provides the perfect anchor for a gorgeous, rustic, feminine, neutral little girl's room. This post is sponsored by hayneedle.  All opinions are my own. __________________ I can't believe my daughter turned two this summer.  It's not as if it was a surprise (we did, after all, know when it was coming)... but it still came as a bit of a shock to me.  We packed away … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids to do Laundry

laundry time saving tip: teach your kids to do their own! Simple tips to teach young children to do their own laundry...

Want to know a HUGE laundry time saver?  Find out why it's worth it and how to teach kids to do laundry at a young age... ______________ I grew up with three brothers, and one of my favorite things my mother ever said was "The more children I had, the more convinced I was that I knew nothing about parenting." Let that soak in for a moment... Honestly, she was (and is!) an amazing mother, … [Read more...]

DIY Giant Chalkboard with a Vintage Schoolroom Look

step by step tutorial for how to make a giant chalkboard with a vintage schoolroom look... for cheap!

Learn how to make a DIY giant chalkboard with a vintage, schoolroom vibe... For under $20! ________________ I'm not proud of it, but I've always been a bit of a teacher's pet. You know the kind...  Straight A's, obnoxiously perfect behavior (at least when the teacher was looking ;) ), and first to volunteer to beat the erasers when she asked. And yes, I'm totally serious.  My "old school" … [Read more...]

Tips for Creating a Homework Space

Tips for creating a schoolroom/ homework space: organization and practical suggestions

Organizational tips for creating a homework space or schoolroom in the dining room or any space in the house. ________ My kids have recently fallen in love with Mary Poppins' music, and this former musical-theatre choreographer is loving it.  We have been dancing to "Step in Time" all over the house and singing "Let's go fly a kite" until we're hoarse. Talk about old school, quality … [Read more...]

Reclaiming Family Meal Time

Reclaiming Family Meal Time: incredible soy glazed meatballs and veggie fried rice

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  All opinions are my own. "After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations." Leave it to Oscar Wilde to share such sentiments with his snarky wit, but the principle remains true even in the most serious and heartfelt situations: meal time has healing powers. The older my three children get - and the more baseball practices … [Read more...]

DIY Plank Wall

love the plank accent behind this antique bed, such a charming, farmhouse look

A simple plank wall takes this little nook from boring to charming. The other day, I got dressed. I mean I really got dressed... You know, put on an actual dress... Nothing fancy, but not old shorts and a t-shirt. My hair was clean in a braid, and I even added a little mascara and lip gloss.  I finished it all off with a spritz of perfume (to cover up my eau de chlorine smell I've … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Picnic

simple summer picnic blanket and games

If there is any time of year that calls for simplicity, it's summer. Hot, lazy afternoons... Light breezes and cool drinks... Sunburns and recovery... And - in our home - lots of games and laughter.  And maybe little fighting and complaining, too. ;) Our new home has a big pool and drop off view in the back (which I have been working on and am so excited to share … [Read more...]

Simple Spring Patio

Patio decorated simply for spring - cute ideas and tips on where to find affordable outdoor decor | maisondepax.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of At Home. All opinions are 100% mine. This is our first spring since we moved into our new house in the Texas hill country, and I couldn't be more excited.  Crisp, cool mornings; warm, sunny afternoons; breezy evenings with stunning sunsets...  And did I mention we have views of the hills from both our front and back porches? But this is where I … [Read more...]

Gray and White Girl’s Nursery

I just love this room! Gray and White Girl's Nursery: patterned stencil accent wall and soft gray and white textures create a beautiful, serene space for a little girl | maisondepax.com

A sweet gray and white nursery with a fun accent wall is a beautiful starting point for a room that can grow with the girl. I shared a tutorial for the stenciled accent wall in my daughter's room last week, and - as promised - I wanted to share a fuller look at her room. Since she will be transitioning to a twin bed soon, I wanted to use many of her same things from her nursery at … [Read more...]

How to Stencil an Accent Wall

What a gorgeous accent wall! This wall stencil gives the elegant look of wallpaper with a beautiful, lace tile design in gray and white. Just gorgeous for a little girls room yet sophisticated enough for anywhere in the house | maisondepax.com

Want a beautiful, dramatic focal point for a room without the hassle of wallpaper?  Learn how to stencil an accent wall with this step-by-step tutorial! ________________ This post is sponsored by Royal Design Studio.  All opinions are my own. Have you ever received that perfect Christmas or birthday present?  You know the one... something you never would have bought for yourself - or even … [Read more...]

The Best Way to Organize Legos

This is seriously amazing! The best way to organize legos | maisondepax.com

I know this is a little outside my norm, but if you don't have kids (or your kids don't do Legos), please don't unsubscribe or write me off.  This is one of those posts that may not be a gorgeous before and after or a creative DIY, but it has been pure gold in this household.  Super shiny wonderful floating on puffy white happy clouds...  Seriously.  For us, at least, we have found the best way to … [Read more...]

DIY Crate Bookcase

Create an adorable reading and play room for kids with this diy wood crate bookcase | maisondepax.com

This has to be the easiest DIY I've ever done. Remember the little reading room I created for my kids?  I've had some questions about the bookcase in there, and I wanted to give you all the specifics. Are you ready? Buy crates like these. Stack them however you like. Stick stuff in them. You can paint or stain them if you want because they are raw wood.  Or you can be lazy … [Read more...]

Kids Craft Table Makeover

Kid craft table makeover: perfectly kid sized but stylish enough for the dining room; painted in Behr Ivory Keys | maisondepax.com

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to enter to win free paint from Behr!  This post is sponsored by Behr, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I love watching the joy on my little ones' faces when they find something just their size: the mini grocery carts at some stores, the little shovel we bought so they could help Daddy in the yard, and the kid-sized craft table. It never … [Read more...]

Creating a Reading Space

Create an adorable reading and play room for kids with this diy wood crate bookcase | maisondepax.com

This post is sponsored by Wayfair and Porch.com. "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." ~C.S. Lewis I am a binge reader. I am that person trying to read my book while walking down the street, waiting in line at the store, or between steps while I'm cooking dinner. I was that person on the airplane sobbing (as in giant tears smearing … [Read more...]