I’ve got another project for you from the makeover in my daughter’s room. Today, I’ve got a cute idea for cheap home decor. We made a whole wall of Pumpkin’s artwork!

Love this Cheap Home Decor for a kids room. Just a quick item from IKEA to make an art wall. So Fun!

Pumpkin is my maker for sure! Not that Snowflake doesn’t make things, but Pumpkin…I’m pretty sure it is in her blood (like Mother, like daughter). She is always making something. I’ve long thought it would be fun to have a place for her to display her work. Then when she is ready, she can change the artwork out and start fresh. What fun!  View full post »

I really, really don’t want to think about it yet, but winter is totally coming. We have had a fairly unseasonably warm fall, which I have totally enjoyed, but the cold is coming. I try to keep myself and my kids active and healthy even when it is cold out. That can be a bit of challenge since we don’t just happen to have a huge open basement or a gym in our house. 😉 On cold or bad weather days, we have some family fun with Just Dance and let me tell you it is a great and super fun workout.

This is such a fun way to have family fun and be active during Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as the winter. Just Dance gets us moving and having fun together as a family. Perfect!

Just Dance recently released a new version, which they sent to me as well as sponsored this post. The new version is Just Dance: Disney Party 2 and it packed with tons of fun songs that you and your kids will recognize from the Disney Channel line of shows and movies.

If you have followed my blog for awhile, you may remember me writing about Just Dance 2015 last year about this time. Since that time, we have continued to use Just Dance as a great way to get moving on bad weather days. I’m telling you, it is a great way to get moving. We have also had tournaments or played with my parents, my nieces, and the girls friends not to mention fun just with our family. I knew my girls would LOVE the newest Just Dance: Disney Party 2 version because it has tons of songs they love from Disney Channel. View full post »

Have you started your Christmas gift shopping yet? I know, if you are like me those are evil words at this point…yet it is time to start thinking about these things even if we want to stick our heads in the sand and pretend we still have tons of time until Christmas. Yes, I know a bunch of you are going to leave me a comment about how you started shopping months ago…this printable will work for you as well. I just don’t really want to hear about it. 😉

I need this free printable to keep track of my Christmas gift ideas, keep me on budget, and also help me keep track of where I hide them. Love it! ♥

OK…so now I have to tell you why I created this printable. I have a terrible memory. I think I inherited my gift memory from my mom. When I was growing up, she was famous for hiding presents around the house and come Christmas day or the day after or even later, she would find something she bought for one of us. I must admit that I have done the same thing. I usually remember the present on Christmas Eve, but still there is a mad dash of me trying to remember exactly what I bought and where I put it.

This year, I decided that I would make a printable to help me remember what I bought, who it was for as well as where I put it. It is mostly to track the things I buy for my kids. Though I think I will enjoy using it to keep track of the gifts for our family that live all over the country.

I will obviously have to be very careful where I leave this planner/tracker so my kids can’t find it. I do have a great hiding spot for that. I did this last year with their presents on a small slip of paper…this year it will just be much more organized and cuter. Love that!

I need this free printable to keep track of my Christmas gift ideas, keep me on budget, and also help me keep track of where I hide them. Love it! ♥

You can use this to brainstorm ideas and then to stay on track with your budget as you shop. I love things like this because I love going to Starbucks and doing all my Christmas shopping while sipping on a Chai Tea Latte…now that is a Happy Holiday’s for me! To help keep yourself on track this holiday season, all you have to do is download your free printable, fill it in and enjoy the holiday season.

Do you have trouble planning and keeping track of your gift purchases? What tricks do you have to keep track?

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  • Carol Moyer - November 19, 2015 - 8:00 pm

    This will be a great help for forgetful Mom! Love it! you have great ideas!ReplyCancel

I’m so excited to share today’s fun with you! We love finding things to do together as a family and Christmas crafts for kids are no exception. They are even better when they are fun for not just the kids but for the adults as well. Even better still when they involve glitter! We tried just such a fun craft last week. We had the best time AND we made some gorgeous ornaments for our tree this year. That equals perfection to this mom!These are such pretty DIY Christmas decorations and they are Christmas Crafts for Kids and Adults. Looks so fun to make!

So, I’ve always wanted to have a tree with a theme. It seems like it would be so expensive to have a tree with a theme. This year since my girls are old enough to not destroy ornaments or a tree, I decided I was going to find a way to have a theme on a small budget.

Elmer’s had also asked me to do another post as part of my participating in the Elmer’s Craft-It-Crew this year. They sponsored this post and sent me the glues we used for our ornaments. I realized as I was thinking about what fun to make with Elmer’s, I could have my theme this year on a small budget AND I could create a fun craft for my girls and I to do together.

Last week Snowflake had a half day of school. Snowflake, Pumpkin, and I spent the afternoon making ornaments. It was so fun! We all thought it was just like dying Easter eggs, which we always have tons of fun doing. We enjoyed an afternoon together, had some laughs, and made pretty ornaments that are in the color theme I wanted this year. Yay!

Let me show you how we made our ornaments. They were super easy.   View full post »

  • Stephanie - November 19, 2015 - 3:32 pm

    That is such a fun idea! My son would love making these!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 21, 2015 - 11:35 am

      Thanks! I bet your son would have a great time. I know we did! My girls were really bummed when we ran out of ornaments. Buy plenty if you decide to give them a try!ReplyCancel

Have you thought about adding any new Christmas decor to your home this year? Every year, I want to add decorative pillows to my Christmas decorations. I have never bought any of the cute pillows I see in the store because I have a hard time spending $20-$30 on a pillow. This year I really wanted to add some Christmas pillows and I found an inexpensive and quick way to do so.

I love simple Christmas crafts - These Decorative Pillows are so quick, easy and inexpensive. I can customize them any way I want. Perfect for my Christmas Decorations!

OK, you guys…I totally may be going nuts. I swore I had never made any Christmas pillows. I kept thinking of how much I’ve always wanted Christmas pillows and how much I was totally making myself some. Hello….I was searching my blog for something (yep, I regularly read my own blog to remember what I’ve done in the past) and I saw that I had in fact made adorable Christmas pillows last year. Of course, I figured that out AFTER I had already bought the supplies for these pillows. Since I got the supplies at IKEA and it is 1.5 hours from my house, I went ahead and made the pillows anyway.  View full post »

  • Lauren - November 18, 2015 - 12:50 am

    These are adorable and look so much more simple than I thought they would be!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 18, 2015 - 8:38 pm

      Thanks! I know…they are crazy simple. Love that for this busy time of year!ReplyCancel

I’ve got another project from my youngest daughter’s room makeover for you today. Today, I want to show you the DIY desk I made for the corner of her room. It is a partial DIY and a partial IKEA Hack…the best kind of project. Using what skills I have to make a custom fit corner desk and making things a little bit easier by purchasing some of the items at IKEA to make the desk project a little easier.

This corner desk is a genius use of a small space. It is a DIY desk that involves an IKEA Hack. Fun!

If you have been following the makeover going in my daughter’s room, then you probably saw my last post where I showed you the small awkward corner in her room. I got the shelves at IKEA and put them together and we got most of her toys organized. Now it was time to make a small corner desk to fit in between the two bookshelves. It had to be DIY and custom made in order to fit into the space we had available. I got to use power tools…which is always fun! It wasn’t a terribly difficult project, but it did take some time as well as some patience…which isn’t always my strong suit. In the end, I forced myself to be patient and I’m super happy with the end results and love the desk I created for Pumpkin.

I’ve got lots of detail pictures for you as well as the step by step directions so you can learn to make your own IKEA Hack DIY desk.  View full post »

Who’s ready to see what was in the box this month? I’ve got another Stitch Fix Review for you today with some fall fashion.

Fall and winter fashion in this great and very honest Stitch Fix Review.

Did you see me opening this Stitch Fix box on Periscope? I was hopeful when I opened the box, that it was going to be a good one. I’m not generally one for beating around the bush and I’m not planning to today as well. For me, this box was awful! Yep, just straight up awful! I felt like the stylist didn’t even bother to try to get to know me or my preferences or my lifestyle. For goodness sake, I have marked in my profile to never send me scarves. I hate them. Got a scarf. I also have marked down that I rarely wear dresses. Sent me a dress. On top of that the combinations that this stylist suggested that I wear together were just awful to me. They are things I would NEVER wear together. Now, maybe I’m super conservative in what I will wear together, but I didn’t like the combos. All of that being said, the individual pieces that were sent were cute. They just weren’t me and weren’t things that fit my lifestyle or are things I would never wear in the combination my stylist suggested.

So, now that I’ve given you that lovely introduction, let me also tell you that I still like Stitch Fix. I still plan to stay with Stitch Fix…at least for another box or two. If I get another box or two like this, I will stop the service for sure, this one was that bad for me.  View full post »

  • sherry g. - November 9, 2015 - 7:16 am

    I agree with everything you said. So no, you were not complaining too much. I don’t like scarves, have issues with sleeve lengths, do not like navy with black …ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 10, 2015 - 7:24 pm

      Thanks for your comments. At least it helps me feel not quite as crazy. 😉 Hopefully my next box will be better.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Seufert - November 9, 2015 - 12:27 pm

    Totally agree with your comments & reasons for returning clothing. For myself, I would never subscribe to this service! I’m pleased with purchasing only brand name women’s size clothes: Ralph Lauren, Tommy, Eileen Fischer in natural fibers. For exercising & “at home” wear, I buy Lands’ End casual slacks & tops in cotton as well as down vest & jackets. I order on-line from Bloomingdale’s & Lands’ End.
    Thanks for sharing your photo shoot!
    Sarah in MinneapolisReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 10, 2015 - 7:36 pm

      I have overall enjoyed Stitch Fix for the variety it brings into my life that I would never otherwise even try. I have, as evidenced in the box, had a few boxes that just stunk, but since overall it has been good, I’ve continues with it. I like your ideas, but for me they seem like they would take up too much time. I would take forever to figure out what to order. Do you have any issues with sizing?ReplyCancel

  • Jill Goodwin - November 9, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    Sleeve lengths are also an issue for me. I most likely would pull the sleeves up since you will probably never be able to keep them down. As for the dress, I thought that was cute on you and it was cute with the blazer. But if you aren’t a dress wearer than you will probably never wear it.ReplyCancel

  • Bridy Madill - November 10, 2015 - 1:46 am

    I agree, the box was a bust.
    The dress was cute, but too short and the scarf was a very odd choice, I would have worn that scarf with a nice thick sweater for the fall or winter.
    The shirt you kept looked great, and I agree with Jil, just pull the sleeves up, it will look much better and some bangle bracelets.ReplyCancel

  • Jessa - November 15, 2015 - 9:00 pm

    I like the shirt and totally agree with you on the rest. The asymmetrical colors on the shirt are slimming. But that blazer has a terrible cut. I love these posts!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 16, 2015 - 7:55 pm

      Thanks! I’m so glad others agree with me. :-)ReplyCancel

Are you ready to think about Thanksgiving yet? Or are you like me and you are in denial that it is already this time of year? Regardless of the fact that I’m not ready, it is still time to think about what we are doing for Thanksgiving as well as our Thanksgiving Menu.

These Thanksgiving Menu and guest planner free printables are so cute and will help me organize our Thanksgiving this year.

When we first moved to Virginia it was an easy slam dunk that for Thanksgiving we would make a 1.5-hour drive to be with relatives on Thanksgiving day. As my girls have gotten older and we have gotten more established with friends here, it has become a discussion every year if we want to make 10lbs of mashed potatoes and get up early to make the drive or do we want to host Thanksgiving at our house with friends. We are still in discussions for this year and have pros and cons either way.

I know that for many of you, you may be the host for your family or a group of friends. Keeping track of what the Thanksgiving menu will be as well as who is bringing what can be a bit of a project in and of itself. In an effort to make Thanksgiving a little easier for all of us, I’ve got a free printable for you today that you can use to keep track of things so you don’t lose your mind this Thanksgiving. (Yay for sane Mommies!) I’ve even got a cute bonus for you as well.:-)View full post »

Who is ready for a little breakfast fun? We seem to have a hard time figuring out what to make for Christmas breakfast every year. We want something quick for after we open presents and we want something everyone will enjoy. We seem to be batting zero the last few years. This year, I’m trying to figure something out ahead of time, so I made a fun Christmas recipe for donuts.

Yum! Peppermint Chocolate Donuts. We need this recipe for our Christmas morning breakfast.

We tend to have fun making up different donut recipes on the weekends, so I thought it would be fun to come up with some donuts for Christmas morning. They are pretty quick and easy to make and everyone will eat them. I set off to make this recipe in hopes that I could solve the Christmas morning breakfast dilemma. View full post »

  • Emily - November 4, 2015 - 11:46 pm

    yummy!! I love baked donuts! these look amazing and I can’t wait to try soon. pinned!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 5, 2015 - 6:17 pm

      Yay! We loved baked donuts as well. They seem so much easier thank frying things up. Hope you love them when you give them a try. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Anderson - November 5, 2015 - 4:58 pm

    Amazing! I love these just by the picture – I can’t imagine how delicious they taste!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 5, 2015 - 6:24 pm

      Thanks, Amy! Think Peppemint Mocha…if you like those at a certain coffee shop. Yum! :-)ReplyCancel


Ok guys…has your fall be a bit nuts like mine? This school year has started off so busy. I already feel the need for summer. I know I’ve told you all about the once a month cooking I’m doing, but I still love to occasionally cook. With how busy things have been it has been hard to find the time to occasionally cook. This week, I mixed up a one-pot pasta dinner that was so stinkin’ delicious and cheesy that I knew I needed to share it with you as well.

OMG! I love easy dinner recipes like this one-pot sausage and apple Pasta recipe. Yum!

This fall my oldest daughter, Snowflake, is in her school play production in addition to her usual activities. My younger daughter continues to homeschool. We are in a new co-op and she has her usual lessons outside of our school work. That combined with the fact that Mr. T has traveled a lot this fall and I’m ready to check into a spa for the weekend. Sounds nice, right?

Anyway, one of the dorky things that I get a bit militant about when I’m the only adult in the house is the amount of dishes that get dirty. See it takes away from my work schedule to have to do up lots of dishes. Whatever needs hand washing is a problem. With my doing more freezer cooking, it has really helped, but like I said I love cooking, so a one pot dinner is just the thing. Especially if is it super cheesy, because we LOVE cheese around here.  View full post »

  • Dad - cookie monster - November 2, 2015 - 6:49 pm

    I’m coming over for that dinner!!! Looks great!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 2, 2015 - 8:03 pm

      See you soon! The kids want me to make this again… A LOT. It was really good and super creamy and yummy.ReplyCancel

  • linda(burlap+blue) - November 3, 2015 - 10:00 am

    This looks amazing! I adore one-pot pasta dishes!Will have to try this!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 3, 2015 - 7:53 pm

      Thanks! Yes, one-pot dishes are the best! Especially when the whole family loves them. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe - November 3, 2015 - 6:17 pm

    My boys would love this!! And you completely sold me on the one pot part. 😉ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 3, 2015 - 8:04 pm

      I know, the one pot part is the best…well that and that fact that the kids and whole family enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Anderson - November 5, 2015 - 7:05 pm

    I’m obsessed with pinning one-pot meals! I’m going to try this one – and that pasta looks good!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 8, 2015 - 5:47 pm

      I hope you love it! If you are cheesy, like us, you are going to love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jessa - November 11, 2015 - 1:06 pm

    This looks so good. I’m starving right now and am sending the recipe to the Mr. He needs to make this for dinner :)ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 11, 2015 - 9:03 pm

      Hope he made it for you! and I hope you and the kids loved it. I know you are cheesy like us, so I bet you all loved it. 😉ReplyCancel