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Organizing Tips ~ How to Organize Puzzles

I love finding great organizing tips. How about you?

Today I’ve got a simple, quick and fun organizing project for you. Hopefully you will gain an idea and a tip or two to help with organizing in your home.

Organizing tips ~ How to quickly and simply organize puzzles. #Organizing #Tips #Puzzles #RealCoake

I’ve been picking one small organizing project each month this year. This project is part of my tidying up a cabinet in our living room that holds our games, movies and puzzles. Organizing it has made a small improvement around our house and has helped get one area of our house more well-organized.

I started with organizing the games and moved on to the movies. This month, I wanted to tackle the last thing that was behind the doors of the cabinets. Our puzzles.

Despite the fact that we don’t do puzzles very often, I couldn’t talk anyone into getting rid of the puzzles. So, it was time to figure out how to save space and keep things organized.  View full post »

How to Remove Chair Rail ~Part 1

I’ve waited for a LONG time to bring you today’s post! We moved into our house 7.5 years ago. I have wanted to figure out how to remove chair rail for almost that long. I was scared of what we would find and that it would be a hard project. Well, I finally got up the courage to go for it.

How to remove chair rail. Picture tutorial. #ChairRail #HomeImprovment #DIY #RealCoake

You know what? It was another project, like my fireplace makeover, that was not too hard. I’ve got a tutorial with some tips for you if you want to remove chair rail in your house as well.

You ready to get rid of the old and bring this century in your home? Then let’s get to it! View full post »

  • Morgane @ Bear, Dolly and Moi - April 21, 2014 - 7:30 am

    wow, so proud of you! It is going to look amazing…the in-between not so much! I always thought it would be a good idea and after you had painted the fireplace, I was wondering if you would go all the way. Congratulations on embracing your inner DIY power, warn your husband, it is just the beginning! I should be doing some tiling myself but there is always next week end!
    So looking forward the next step, love it so far!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 21, 2014 - 8:41 pm

      Thank you! Yeah…the in between is driving me nuts. I just need to manufacture time to get it done. My inner DIY power has been dormant. Taking a few years off after all the work we did when we moved into this house. Now it has come out of hibernation and is going full force again! lol! My husband knows it is just the beginning….which would be why he has talked me out of it for so long. Oh well, he loses and I win. :-D Next weekend is always the perfect time for tiling…hehe!ReplyCancel

  • Holly - April 21, 2014 - 8:25 pm

    How old is your house? Was the chair rail original? We have original in our dining room and I love it. I would never remove it. It embodies the character of our vintage home. If it was added later I can see wanting to make the change though!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 21, 2014 - 8:53 pm

      Our house was built in the 80′s. Nothing vintage or charming (at least to me). It also just doesn’t reflect me, so I want to make some changes. Loving what I’ve done so far. I think you should love your house, so I’m glad you have chair rail that you love in your house.ReplyCancel

Keeping it Real ~ I Lied…Sort of

Hi! Welcome to another keeping it real post. This month, I wanted to write a follow-up post to the February keeping it real post. After I hit publish on The Truth About Being a Mom and ‘Having it All’,  I had a chance to reflect and think. I still stand by what I said. I still think it is impossible for women to have ‘it all’, but at the same time, I also sort of lied to you in the last post.

Keeping it Real - Part 2. Discussing women having it ALL. It is possible? Join the discussion. #KeepingItReal #RealCoake

Like I said, I still 100% stand by what I said in The Truth About Being a Mom and ‘Having it All’. I really don’t think women can have it all. I don’t think men can either, but I’m only talking to women and Moms at the moment.

The problem is that the more I thought about it the more I realized that while that is true. It is also true that I have ‘it all.’

Yep, I totally sound like I’m talking out of both sides of my head, don’t I? Let me explain just a bit.  View full post »

  • Rebecca | LettersFromSunnybrook - April 18, 2014 - 7:07 pm

    I really like how you expressed yourself in this post. So heartfelt, engaging and real. You have a great attitude and a lucky family to be nurtured by a mom like you! You are just exactly, and all, that they need as well. I am glad I saw your post on Tater Tots and Jello this week :) ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 21, 2014 - 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! You are so sweet to leave the nice comment that you have left as well as to pop by my facebook page as well. You made my day! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Renee - April 22, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    I enjoyed this… You will never regret staying home with your children… I loved every minute of it tho I feel like I wasn’t very good at it some days/weeks….but I doubt the children noticed…ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 22, 2014 - 8:06 pm

      I totally agree. I don’t think I will ever regret staying home with them. I have those same thoughts and feeling sometimes. I think it might go with the job. I’m pretty open with my kids and just tell them I feel like I’m doing a really bad job right now. They usually say they don’t think so or they say they don’t like it that I just yelled but I’m not a bad mom, etc. They are the best!ReplyCancel

  • Leilani - April 22, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    I love the thoughts in this post! Yes, there are times when I look at me life and think, “I have it all.” And then there are times when I forget that I have it all because all I can see is the craziness around me. But I’m happy to say that those times happen far less than the times when I feel truly in love with my life. Even though we live in a too small house, on a kind of ghetto street, and I’m definitely a mom that loses it quite a bit. But your advice is perfect. Embrace whatever our “all” is! Love it!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 22, 2014 - 8:08 pm

      Aww…thank you so much for leaving this comment! I find it is easy to see the craziness and forget that I have it all. I wish that wasn’t true, but I’m working to see that more and to try to be less stressed. Glad to know I’m not the only Mom that loses it quite a bit! I wish you well on your journey of embracing you ‘all’! It seems like you are well on your way! :-) ReplyCancel

Girl Scouts Troop Event ~ Host a Pottery Night

So, you guys know of our love of Girl Scouts, right? I’ve written quite a few posts of ideas for Girl Scout activities. Today I wanted to share another with you.

Fun event for Girl Scouts or other group. Host a pottery night complete with snacks, games and painting. #GirlScouts #Activities #RealCoake

We are part of a large multi-level troop. That means we have every level of Girl Scout in our troop. I believe we started the year with over 100 girls and leaders registered with the troop. We meet on a weekly basis. Throughout the year we have fun events that are for all the levels to participate in together. Each level is responsible to plan one of these events. Last year, I was too scared as a new leader to take on this responsibility. This year, I knew I needed to step up and plan an event. It turned out to be quite easy.

The Daisy’s brainstormed their ideas. They then voted and came up with a plan. They decided to host a pottery night for the troop. It was really fun and really easy to both plan and implement. I’ve got all the details for you so you can plan a fun evening like this with your troop.  View full post »

How to Make Decorative Pillows

You may have figured out that I’m on a quest to make my house pretty and cute, but I don’t have a huge budget. That doesn’t stop me. I don’t mind a little fun crafting, sewing, or DIYing. I wanted to add a little something to our living room that made it feel like spring. I figured out a super simple pattern for decorative pillows.

Tutorial on how to make decorative pillows. This is a pattern for a simple envelope pillow cover. #Sewing #Pattern #Pillows #RealCoake

By purchasing fabric with a 40% off coupon, I was able to get a great deal on some cute and spring like fabric. I knew adding extra pillows to the living room would be a fun and easy way to change things out for each season. I didn’t want to spend a long time making these though, so I came up with an easy and quick pattern to make envelope pillow covers. I put them on the IKEA hack pillows I showed you last week.

You ready to have some fun with the seasons in your house? Let’s get to this easy sewing project. View full post »

  • Cher @ Designs by Studio C - April 14, 2014 - 6:33 pm

    Great tutorial! Really cute fabric – Love it!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - April 15, 2014 - 7:32 pm

      Thank you! My girls helped me pick out the fabric…they did good! They also tried to convince me to buy the $8,000 sewing machine. Thank goodness I resisted that idea! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth Harrell - April 15, 2014 - 12:11 am

    Your pillows look great! The fabric is a wonderful choice. I plan on making some pillows. What I’ve done is bought some stray pillows that are firm from flea markets and thrift stores. I plan to cover them with envelope back covers. For one on my bed, I put some old mix-matched pillows inside the cases that do match. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Summer - April 16, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Adorable! I’ve been looking for a pillow tutorial and was happy to find yours (on Sits link up).
    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Johnnie Lanier - April 18, 2014 - 11:46 am

    These pillows are beautiful! I love the fabric you used. Pinning!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Michelle - April 19, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    This is great! I love changing out decorations for the holidays! I’m thinking I should make decorative pillowcases a part of my summer to do list!ReplyCancel

  • Marti - April 19, 2014 - 11:05 pm

    I love the pillows and the fabric you used! I’d LOVE for you to share it at our craft party!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Sprout's House - April 21, 2014 - 6:38 am

    So pretty! I have lots of old cushions that could do with a new cover! Visiting via Sunday Soiree. xoxReplyCancel

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