Today, I’ve got a peek into my home office for you. I thought for the last of my Real Organized series it would be good to give you some ideas on how to keep your office organized. I know that most of this series has been focused on our homes and our families, but I also know that if I’m totally disorganized at work, it totally spills over into my home and family (especially since I work from home).

Great Organized Home Office - tons of organization ideas for a small space and adding some cuteness and personality. Love the printable labels and tags.

I’ve come up with some great space saving ideas to make my super small office and craft area work. As you probably know by now, I also love to have things labeled and I love to have cuteness in my space…so I’ve got a whole kit of labels and tags and notebook labels/covers. I’m super excited because I added in labels for the IKEA storage boxes that I have that I know tons of you have as well. The come with labels but they are a bit plain and boring, so now I have cute labels. The whole labeling kit is so cute! It also helps keep things super organized and that helps me on a day to day basis. It helps me know what I have so I don’t buy extra and it helps me quickly locate things as well as quickly put them away. No wondering where in the heck I put the paint can opener or the glue gun extension cord. View full post »

  • But Could We Add Bacon - April 27, 2016 - 3:49 pm

    Fantastic space! I hope that once my studio is done it looks half as tidy and functional as yours does. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bell Renken - April 27, 2016 - 6:40 pm

    I love this! The photo backdrop is brilliant as are your prop storage! Time for me to reorganize the office and maybe some of the kitchen to have props close by for my blog shoots! I am tagging this and coming back for ideas! Thanks!ReplyCancel

This post was sponsored by Hello Happy. Hello Hershey’s. as a part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central. 

I’ve got the most delicious recipe for you today! It is for a Vanilla Chocolatey Chip Frappe. I came up with the recipe with my daughters’ and they helped me photograph this post as well as part of Take our Daughters and Sons to work day which is coming up this week on April 28, 2016.

Oh my yumminess! Vanilla Chocolatey Chip Frappe recipe - perfect summer treat or any day treat. | Recipes

I’ve long half-joked, half-seriously asked my girls to join me in “the family business,” ie., my blog. They have been interested, but they often lack the time. So, when Hershey asked me to participate in this post for Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, I knew I wanted to participate. My youngest daughter, who is homeschooled, has talked about starting her own blog, so I knew it would be a good experience for her and she jumped on board quite quickly. I assumed that my older daughter would not be able to participate because she would be at school, but it turns out she was feeling a little off the day we made this recipe, so she was home as well. Yay! Hello happy mommy!

I’ve also got Hello Happy. Hello Hershey’s. for you too! I’ve got a giveaway at the bottom of this post. You can win a yummy Hershey’s product pack. Yay! View full post »

  • Alicia - April 27, 2016 - 11:29 am

    Ummmm, it’s not even lunch time yet and my mouth is watering! I’m making this for my kids this weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Holly - April 27, 2016 - 2:27 pm

    Totally love how your daughter helped with this project! She did an awesome job like her Mama! HollyReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 27, 2016 - 9:13 pm

      Thanks so much! You are always so sweet! I will tell her that you said she did an awesome job. She will love that! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Anderson - April 29, 2016 - 5:27 pm

    This looks so tasty! She got to photograph AND have one after? That’s the best part of being a blogger!ReplyCancel

We are nearing the end of this Real Organized series. Have you found the projects helpful? I sure hope so! Today, we are going to tackle how to be organized with our back to school shopping. I don’t know about you, but I’ve really quickly learned that back to school shopping can very quickly blossom into an expensive creature.

Such a great way for organizing the Back to School Shopping! Free printable and ways to save time, money and sanity. Yay!

Having homeschooled my girls for most of their education thus far, I never knew exactly how expensive back to school shopping could get…unless you count the cost of curriculum and then I’ve got the back to school shopping beat for sure. However, I have been amazed at how specific the lists are as well as how much the school requires that we bring in and how much they want each student to have. So, today, I’m going to show you how you can tackle back to school like a pro…with your sanity and most(OK some) of your wallet intact.

Such a great way for organizing the Back to School Shopping! Free printable and ways to save time, money and sanity. Yay!

This is part of my weekly real organized series where I am sharing one small(ish) project each week to help us get our home and our family a bit more organized. The goal of this series is for us to be able to organize some of those things that we as moms have to deal with on a yearly, monthly, weekly or daily basis. By organizing those things we can free up time in our week as well as space in our homes and minds. All of these things free us up to pursue spending more time with our family as well as find some time and space to do something we love and find fulfilling as well. View full post »

Oh my gosh you guys! I am so excited to bring you today’s post!! If you have followed my blog for a little while, you may remember how my daughters’ and I have gone on two epic summer road trips. Our first was 5,400 miles and last year was 7,000 miles. Woot, woot! I’ve learned a bit about planning a road trip from my experience and I’ve taken what I’ve learned and with the help of my bestie/graphic designer, I’ve created a road trip planner that you are going to LOVE! I can’t wait to share it with you and to use it this summer on our next trip…oh yeah, we are already planning!

Great tips on how to plan the perfect road trip for this summer or spring break or any time of the year. The road is calling...

Speaking of planning, the planning for our 2016 road trip is underway, but I’m worried I’m not going to have quite the funds we need. If you happen to have connections with businesses that would be a great fit for this blog and my girls and I on our road trip, like if you happen to know the CEO of Marriott…lol!, we are looking for a few sponsors for our trip this summer. Please Contact Me because I would love to chat with you or your friend about any sponsorship to make our trip this summer happen.

On to today’s post…let’s talk about the actual planning of a road trip. In my real life, I get asked questions about how we did it and what works and what doesn’t. I also hear from a lot of women that they would love to do what I’ve done as well, but for one reason or another, they don’t think they can because their husband isn’t interested or won’t come. You and your spouse have to make your own call, but this isn’t 1900 and we can be independent and we can head out on our own and have fun on the road without a spouse. Trust me, I’ve done it….twice. I’ve never been in a situation that I was scared or worried. I also plan well and stay at hotels that I know are not going to be in sketchy areas of town, etc. So, if you really want to make a road trip…you can do it! AND you can have fun! Ok..my little soap box over, let me show you the new road trip planner that I’m super proud of and give you my tips and tricks for planning your road trip as well.  View full post »

Today in my ongoing organization series, we are going to tackle being organized while kid’s clothes shopping. It is a fairly easy way to be organized that will save you both time and money…and if you don’t like to shop, like me, shortening the time you are actually shopping is always a plus!

Love this super simple way for organizing the Kids Clothes Shopping each season. Great printable to help with organization and budget.

As I’ve mentioned many times here, I don’t like to shop. I particularly don’t like to shop for my kids clothes. I know, I sound like such a great mom when I write that out. ;-p I just don’t. I have one child that gets into the dressing room and turns into a sloth and stares at herself for 15 minutes per outfit and another that wants to try on everything in the store. I don’t have that much patience. It usually ends with me grumpy or having yelled at the kids or something that requires a good case of Mommy guilt. Hopefully, you know what I mean and we aren’t all wondering what nutball is behind this blog. I liked it when the kids were younger and I could just go do the shopping and bring home bags of clothes. Then I could pour a glass of wine and they would try on the clothes. I didn’t care how long it took, but alas, they have gotten older and want to be involved. Out of necessity, both to stay on budget and to stay sane, I prep and get organized before we go shopping. I don’t want to spend extra money (money I likely don’t have) and extra time looking for things my girls don’t really need. I feel like I’ve perfected a system that works well for me and I wanted to share it with you as a part of this series.

Love this super simple way for organizing the Kids Clothes Shopping each season. Great printable to help with organization and budget.

This is part of my weekly real organized series where I am sharing one small(ish) project each week to help us get our home and our family a bit more organized. The goal of this series is for us to be able to organize some of those things that we as moms have to deal with on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis. By organizing those things we can free up time in our week as well as space in our homes and minds. All of these things free us up to pursue spending more time with our family as well as find some time and space to do something we love and find fulfilling as well. View full post »

Who is ready to see what was in the box? The Stitch Fix box. I got my latest box last week and I’ve got a Stitch Fix Review for you today along with some silliness and some photo bombing….of course!

Fantastic honest Stitch Fix Review with great pics. Love all the summer fashion. Cuteness!

I’m headed to a blog conference this week! Yay! I need a break from Mommyland and working and homeschooling, so I’m super excited to take off by myself for 5 days. Woot, woot! 5 whole days with no real responsibility….doesn’t that sound lovely? In case I didn’t spell it out clearly enough…Momma needs a break and is a bit over doing everything. Ever feel like that? I’m sure you do, I think it comes with motherhood.

Anyway, to the point, I told my Stitch Fix stylist about my upcoming blog conference and a few of the party themes. She filled my box with great goodies to help me look my best as I head to Utah. It was a great box! View full post »

  • Kandy Newton - April 12, 2016 - 3:06 pm

    I do love seeing your Stitch fix boxes each month. Thank you for sharing. I often feel you put yourself down and look much better than you think you do. Although I appreciate you cannot have every item every time!
    I thought the stripey top looked great and you would get a lot of wear from it, Could you just try the next size up so it wasn’t as clingy? The dark dress looked good on you, although I think if your skirt length finished just above half way your knee (where your leg is at it’s thinnest) it would be the most flattering for you. I hope you enjoy your conference.ReplyCancel

  • ashley@biggerthanthethreeofus - April 14, 2016 - 10:04 am

    You are so right… that last dress is perfect on you!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 17, 2016 - 5:26 pm

      Thank you! I had fun wearing it for the party at SNAP! :-)ReplyCancel

Last week in our quest to free up time and space and feel more organized this year, I shared my ideas on staying real organized with your money by creating a budget. This week, I want to talk about being real organized with paying bills. Maybe not the most appealing topic, but way more appealing than paying late fees or having no idea what you owe and when it is due. I’m telling you, getting these little and seemingly boring things take care of will free up your mind for other things….like fun crafts or DIY projects or time with the kids.:-)

Great organization for Paying Bills. Free printables to help with organizing our money.

Not only does it free up space in your mind both creating a budget and being organized with paying bills, but it will help reduce your stress and your stress related to money. Those are always good things. This week’s tasks are a lot easier than last week’s task of creating a budget. Though they truly go hand in hand and can be done at the same time. As usual, I’ve got some printables to help make this a tad bit easier and more organized for you.

Great organization for Paying Bills. Free printables to help with organizing our money.

This is part of my weekly real organized series where I am sharing one small(ish) project each week to help us get our home and our family a bit more organized. The goal of this series is for us to be able to organize some of those things that we as moms have to deal with on a weekly or daily basis. By organizing those things we can free up time in our week as well as space in our homes and minds. All of these things free us up to pursue spending more time with our family as well as find some time and space to do something we love and find fulfilling as well. View full post »

I told you guys a couple of weeks ago that I was working on a new command center for my home. I had hoped to show it to you when I told you about how I keep our meal planning real organized, but I didn’t get it done in time. Do you ever have a project that you are excited to work on, but at the same time you seem to stall out as you work on it? This was that kind of project for me. I think mostly because it sounded so simple in my mind, but in reality, it was a little bit more involved than I thought… the story of my crafty/DIY life. I should really learn some day. 😉

This is a simple DIY home Command Center. It will totally help our family organization stay on track. Love it!

Thankfully this past week I got my butt in gear and got this project done. I’m so happy with how clean and simple this command center is as well as the fact that the parts and pieces of this project are no longer on my living room floor. Yay!  View full post »

  • Amy - April 8, 2016 - 6:00 am

    This is absolutely amazing!! I love it all! I feel your pain with trying to find the perfect clips… if you are like me, I finally settle on something only to question myself immediately after! :)

    Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous command center… it has inspired me to re-do mine!!

    *Hugs*

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    • KC Coake - April 10, 2016 - 5:44 pm

      Glad you liked it so much! Yes, I totally questioned myself after I settled on those clips. Of course, now that it is all together, I love it and I think they work great. :-) Yay!ReplyCancel

Who is ready to get their money organized? I know it may not seem like the most fun topic, but it is something we all have to deal with and is necessary to keep our family and our home running. I can personally tell you that having a budget frees up space in your mind, it answers a lot of questions about what to do for you, helps sets limits as well as helps you get where you want to go.

Great ideas on Budgeting and how to set up a Budget as well as free printables and an app to help stay organized financially.

I have to tell you that I used to hate budgets and think they were really dumb. Really dumb. I never quite understood how a budget could help and I didn’t think they applied to me. I also had debt. Lots of debt. Hmmm…wonder if there was a connection there? Then my husband and I bought our first house together and I closed my speech-language pathology practice and got pregnant. We totally needed a budget so we could pay the bills and I wanted to stay home with our baby, so we desperately needed a budget to go from 2 incomes to one income with a baby and a brand new house. Once we figured out how to budget, we have never turned back. I’m going to show you what works for us.

Great ideas on Budgeting and how to set up a Budget as well as free printables and an app to help stay organized financially. This is part of my weekly real organized series where I am sharing one small(ish) project each week to help us get our home and our family a bit more organized. The goal of this series is for us to be able to organize some of those things that we as moms have to deal with on a weekly or daily basis. By organizing those things we can free up time in our week as well as space in our homes and minds. All of these things free us up to pursue spending more time with our family as well as find some time and space to do something we love and find fulfilling as well. View full post »

Hey, guys! At my house on the weekends, we enjoy making and eating something yummy and a little bit ‘special’ for breakfast. It isn’t that it is actually that special, but rather that it takes a little bit more time to make, and therefore, doesn’t happen on a weekday for us. I’ve created a few donut recipes over the years because we have an electric donut baker and it makes it so easy to make donuts. This week, I’m sharing my latest donut recipe with you…it is a light and fluffy donut featuring honey…it is so sweet and yummy!

We love making donut recipes! This baked honey donut recipe is so delicious and will be perfect for our Easter or other spring festivities.

You may remember the chocolate donuts I made at Christmas. They were super delicious and a more dense donut. When I set out to make honey donuts I wanted something that was both sweet as well as light and fluffy. I hit the nail on the head with this recipe. I also added some fun to them with the cute sprinkles and extra honey sweetness with Domino® Honey Granules on top of the donuts. View full post »