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Did you know that August is National Olive Oil month? I had no idea. Pompeian Olive Oil, who sent me olive oil and monetary compensation, has a challenge during National Olive Oil month. Switch Olive Oil for butter. Olive oil has so many great health benefits, I decided to give it a try.  I’ve got a great recipe for you today. Not only did I swap olive oil for butter in this scone recipe but I also made it just a little bit faster and easier to make scones.

Make this easy scone recipe by scooping and baking rather than the traditional rolling and cutting of the scones.  #scones #scone #Recipe #PledgeforEVOO #Ad #RealCoake

I have really wanted to make some scones since we got home from our 5 week road-trip. The girls and I had a tea party with my brother and his girls while we were in Arizona. We made scones with mini chocolate covered candies on the top for our silly tea party. I wanted a little reminder of the fun time, of my home state and my family. If you know me, you know I really dislike making cookies and especially cookies that need to be rolled and cut. I just don’t have the patience for them. Scones are not hard to make, but sometimes I don’t like the whole rolling them out, then cutting them and baking them. Feels like a pain to me. I made this scone recipe just a little bit different so that I could use my medium scoop and it would be quick and easy and I could have my little trip down memory lane.   View full post »

It has been quite a while since I posted any American Girl crafts. Have you been itching for a cute and simple craft for yourself or your daughter’s doll? Today, Rachel from Architecture of a Mom has a simple and adorable headband you or your daughter can make for your American Girl dolls. I think you could easily make a matching headband for yourself or your daughter as well….because who doesn’t love to match their doll as well? I know my girls think that is fun, I bet yours do as well.
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Hello! My name is Rachel and I blog over at Architecture of a Mom. KC was kind enough to ask me to stop by today and share a little project with you. I have 3 little girls in my house, and they are all about American Girl. We’ve just started making clothing and accessories for my oldest’s Marie Grace doll, and since we are loving the ballet themes of this year’s Girl of the Year, we had to make a Waltz of the Flowers inspired hairband.
Cute idea and simple to make! American Girl Crafts to make an embellished headband. #AmericanGirl #Crafts #Headband #ModMelts #RealCoake

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  • Sarah Helene - August 18, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    CLEVER IDEA . . . create CUTE headbands for American Girl dolls by using Mod Melts & a thin ribbon! Plus a glue gun to attach the flowers to the ribbon. EASY EASY EASY!
    Thanks for sharing, Rachel (from Architecture of a Mom blog). I plan to tell several nieces who have little girls with AM dolls. Sarah in MinneapolisReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 18, 2014 - 9:17 pm

      So glad you like them, Sarah! Thanks for sharing with others as well. I hope you have fun making them. ♥ReplyCancel

  • Kristina & Millie - August 19, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Too cute! Love the headband!ReplyCancel

I’ve got a DIY desk for you today. It is part of the moving of my girls into their own rooms and part of the IKEA Expedit shelving unit and desk I made for my oldest daughter’s room.

DIY Desk to fit into a IKEA Expedit custom built shelving unit. Perfect idea for a child

When me moved our girls rooms around, I planned this IKEA Expedit shelving unit and had in mind that I would be able to buy a very inexpensive desktop and legs at IKEA. I had done the math and planning ahead and thought it would totally work. When I got to IKEA, I realized I had done the math wrong and their desktops wouldn’t work. They were too big. I didn’t want to give up on the idea of this shelving unit. That meant I was going to have to DIY the desk.

I figured out a pretty simple solution and I’ve got a tutorial for you should you want to make your own DIY desk as well. In the end it cost me around $115 to make a desk that is custom fit for this space. You could make yours for a lot less if you used a different bank of drawers or no drawers at all.  View full post »

  • Michele Reynolds - August 17, 2014 - 9:59 pm

    Such a pretty work space:) And, great IKEA hack! PinnedReplyCancel

  • Katie Goldsworthy - August 19, 2014 - 6:46 am

    I love this! What a perfect idea for that space! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 19, 2014 - 5:19 pm

      Thanks, Katie! and thanks for hosting the link party!ReplyCancel

I’m excited to share today’s post with you. When we moved my girls rooms around back in March, I used an IKEA Expedit to make a great shelving unit and desk in Snowflake’s (my oldest daughter’s) room. It turned out fantastic and I wanted to share it with you.

It is a simple IKEA Hack that I think most anyone can do. The shelving unit could easily be used as we used it or as an entertainment center, office, computer area, or so many other ideas.

Genius shelving unit and desk using an IKEA Expedit. Perfect storage solution for a child

We knew we needed additional storage in the smaller room when we moved our girls into their own rooms. I also was on a budget. I came up with the idea to buy 3 IKEA Expedits and make a shelving unit with lots of storage. I also planned to place a desk in the center to create a place to study or get ready in the morning. It turned out just like I wanted it to and really wasn’t a very hard project. You just need to know how to use a drill as well as how to put IKEA furniture together.

The shelving unit (not including the desk and chair) cost me about $245 to buy and put together. That includes the 3 Expedits, 4 door kits,  as well as the hardware to secure them together.

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  • Bridy - August 13, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    That looks really great!
    My son could use something like this!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 17, 2014 - 3:29 pm

      Thanks! I think most kids rooms could use something like this…it is so handy. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Hilary - August 14, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    WAY cute — I like that a lot. My daughter is going to need a “grown up” desk soon — I like this a lot! Going to share on social media. ;) ReplyCancel

  • Kristine - August 16, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Love this so much!!! Great idea to make some room in Analise’s room!!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 17, 2014 - 3:47 pm

      Thank you! I think it would work well in her room…on the wall opposite her bed. It would look cute and go well with her new-ish room. :-) ReplyCancel

For many of you, back to school has already happened or will very shortly. Where I live, the school year doesn’t begin until after Labor Day. As a homeschooling mom, I often struggle to bring you back to school ideas. There is one thing I do every year that I think every parent should do regardless of what type of school your child attends…that is first day of school pictures!

Great back to school first day photo ideas! #BacktoSchool #Pictures #RealCoake

Today Jessa from the blog Sparkle is with us to share some fantastic ideas for first day of school pictures!

Take it away Jessa.

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Hi there The Real Thing with the Coake Family fans! I’m Jessa and I blog over at Sparkle. I’m super excited to be here today and talk about the first day of school! {It’s this week! Hooray!} I have been talking about the first day of school for a month now. And dreaming about it. And I talk about it a little too! {Did I mention that??}

Every momentous occasion should be commemorated with a photo or two. You see them every year on Facebook or on blogs. Photos of kiddos on their first day back at school. New clothes, fresh haircuts, an inch or so taller than the previous year. Taking these photos is fun and it’s amazing to look back and see how fast they grow.

Here are some ideas to help you get some creative first day of school photos this year… View full post »

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