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Is your house overrun with movies like mine was? A year or so ago, I showed you how I organized our movies and saved SOOO much space in my cabinets. Unfortunately, I bought cheap when I did that project and I needed to organize again. Now, it wasn’t a full re-organize so much as a finish what I started and spend the money for the good stuff (which I should have done in the first place).

Great Movie Organization idea. Looks like and easy way to organize movies that saves a ton of space.

Last March when I showed you my organizing tips on how to organize movies, I showed you how I moved all our movies into binders and these great sleeves. I LOVE how I organized the movies. Even more than that, I love how much space I saved in my cabinets by moving the movies to binders. I love open space. I dislike it when things are totally full and overly cluttered. I’m really happy with my project. So I’m sure you are wondering why the crazy lady is writing a take 2 post about organizing movies then, right? Well join me and I’ll show you.  View full post »

How many of you like fashion or looking nice? I know I do. I like feeling like I’m walking out of the house put together and looking nice. It is fun to me. You know what is not fun? Shopping with my kids. How many of you have been there? I’ve found a fantastic solution that is working well for me and I wanted to share it with you today, maybe it can help you out as well.:-)

I love fashion and looking nice, but going shopping with my kids is just torture and going alone never happens! This is a great way to have cute outfits and feel great for any busy mom.

So as many of you know, my husband travels A LOT for work. Between homeschooling and working, there isn’t much time left over for things like shopping and shopping by myself…well forget about it! I even was so desperate for bras a couple of months ago that I went bra shopping with my 2 girls! Yep… pretty desperate and stupid. I thought since they were 12 and 8 it would be fine. Ummm…let me clear this up, in case you don’t already know it, it doesn’t work! Now it was a million times better than if I had tried it when they were 6 and 2, but still…It doesn’t work! I may have found a solution for the bras, but I haven’t tried it yet, so that will be another post for another day.

Today, I wanted to talk about fashion. Let me let you in on a little secret, I don’t like shopping. There I said it. I don’t like shopping. It just isn’t fun to me. Which would be why Amazon Prime (affiliate link) and I are besties! Yet, I still like fashion and looking nice (I even wrote a post or two about it back in the day when I first started this blog).

About 5 years ago I lost 40 pounds. We didn’t have much money at the time because my husband had been laid off and then got a new job with a massive pay cut. At that time, I bought what I could to at least leave the house with clothes on. Times have changed for us, but my wardrobe really had not. I was milking the same 3 pairs of pants and 10 tops for all they were worth. In part because I knew it would cost money (and I’m cheap and there is always a long line of things to spend on ahead of my clothes) and in part because I dread the concept of going shopping. I also know that finding time to go without my kids rarely happens. I’m sure you totally get what I mean and have been there.

So before I tell you about my solution, let me just touch on the being cheap and the long line of things to spend on ahead of myself…. how many of us are like that? It is a good thing that we prioritize our family and our kids first, but sometime we have to take care of ourselves and do things that are nice for ourselves and make us happy. Clothes that look good and fit nice are one of those things for me. I love putting together a cute outfit and feeling like I have on an outfit that would be worthy of Polyvore (but of course not at those prices!). It feels good to me and is fun. Yet, I wasn’t taking the time to make it happen for me. View full post »

  • Lauren - February 25, 2015 - 4:15 pm

    I wish we had Stich Fix in New Zealand, I read so many blog reviews and I would love for a box to turn up on my doorstep! I tried going shopping for a vest and pants on Tuesday with my two year old and ended up with a gingerbread man and some crayons- nothing for me!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - February 25, 2015 - 9:09 pm

      I’m sure that is a bummer about not having Stitch Fix because I know of the nightmare you speak of in shopping with a 2 year old. I had to laugh at what you came home with…sounds perfect given the circumstances. ;-) Can you order from a place like Amazon or other site like that? Good luck! I hope you find a solution that works for you.ReplyCancel

Have you ever made homemade pita chips? They are crazy easy to make and in my opinion they taste even better than the store-bought pita chips. In fact, I find these rather addictive and therefore don’t make them very often…or I would be as round pita bread.;-)

These are the best Homemade Pita Chips! They are a LOT less expensive than buying pita chips, super easy to make, and really tasty. Perfection!

As you may know if you’ve read a recipe or two of mine, I love eating as natural and organic as I can on our grocery budget. To accomplish this I make some things that I could buy(like my taco seasoning recipe). It saves me money and at the same time I know exactly what goes into our food. Pita chips are one of those things.

We love the pita chips you can buy at the store and I do buy them occasionally. They are just so expensive for our budget. For the price of a package of pita bread, which is around $2 at Trader Joe’s, I can make what would be in a small bag of pita chips AND I can make them any flavor I like. It takes around 20 minutes to make and bam…yumminess! Works for me…how about you?

Let me show you how easy these are to make.  View full post »

  • Snowflake Coake - February 21, 2015 - 1:43 pm

    Yum yum!ReplyCancel

  • Snowflake Coake - February 21, 2015 - 1:45 pm

    Yum! Looks delicious .ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - February 23, 2015 - 3:47 pm

      Yes, they are yummy! Glad you like them sweetie!ReplyCancel

Have you ever accidentally created a delicious new recipe? I have and I’m sharing it with you today. I accidentally created the best turkey burger recipe….ever….seriously!
This is seriously the best Turkey Burger Recipe I have tried. It is moist, flavorful and easy to make. Love recipes like that!

If you have read my blog before, I hope you remember that I rarely make claims like I have in the title of this post and in my claims of how good this turkey burger is. I don’t like to. I know everyone has different tastes and what I love you may dislike. However, this turkey burger recipe is so good, and we have eaten it at least 3 or 4 times now, that I’m hopeful we can agree that it is the best ever turkey burger recipe.

In case you have not ever accidentally created a recipe, let me tell you how to do it so you can make your own masterpieces.;-)View full post »

Have you priced bed skirts lately? I’m admittedly cheap or on a tight budget…whichever we want to go with and yet I can’t believe what bed skirts can cost. I might possibly have found something and made it work for my daughter’s new room, however a traditional bed skirt will not fit on her bed. I had to come up with how to make one and in the process I saved a lot of money. Yay for that!

Bed Skirts can be so expensive! Instead you can make this cute sparkly tulle bed skirt. It is fairly easy easy sewing to make this diy bed skirt. Sponsored

It was last March that we moved our girls into their own rooms. Up to that point, they had shared a room for a long time. Almost a year later, we have begun decorating their rooms…yeah, we are quick like that. LOL! No, I was working on our living room, then had to save up for their rooms.

We promised when we decided who would get what room that since my oldest daughter was getting the smaller room, she would get some new furniture and get her room decorated first. I had hoped to have her room completely done for her 13th birthday a little over a week ago, but I didn’t quite make it. We have made great progress, but still have a little ways to go. (You can look at my post about moving their rooms with some girls bedroom ideas to see the before of her current room.) View full post »

  • Bridy - February 9, 2015 - 9:23 am

    I love that!
    I have a wooden bed frame as well and could use a bed skirt to finish off my bed. Thank you for the tutorial!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - February 9, 2015 - 9:04 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you like it and that it is helpful! Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - February 9, 2015 - 10:11 pm

    What a cute idea!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - February 24, 2015 - 6:53 pm

    I think you did an amazing job, I going to be making a bed skirt for my grandson’s – guest bedroom. It’s a king size bed and very tall. I don’t want to spend alot of money because I like change. Thanks for the Velcro tip.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - February 25, 2015 - 8:47 pm

      Thank you Barbara! I bet you will save a lot of money on a tall bedskirt by making it yourself. It gets so much more expensive when you need differently sized things. Have fun! Send me pics or post them on my fb page when you are done. I’d love to see them. :-)ReplyCancel

With Valentine’s Day  quickly approaching, I wanted to give you a post with tons of creative ideas for your celebrating. Of course, I’m going to assume that since you read my blog, you are at least a little like me and you want to create a special day for your whole family, have some fun decorating your house, enjoy some crafting or a good DIY, and not spend a fortune. Does that sound right? … and impossible?

These are 30 of the best creative DIY Valentines Day ideas I

Today, I’ve totally got you covered! It is not the impossible dream and I’ve got 30 creative Valentine’s Day ideas to prove it to you.:-)

I’m going to start with some fun food ideas. There are some healthy options and some fun desserts as well. Along with free printables to make it easy to add some cuteness to your table.

Then let’s have some fun with the kids. I’ve got some ideas of crafts you can make together, or Valentine’s cards you can print for their class parties along with a cute treat bag you or they can make.

Finally, let’s have some fun decorating our house for Valentine’s Day. I’ve got wreaths, signs, adorable coasters, and a wall of Reasons I Love you among the fantastic ideas for your home and family.

I think you are going to love these ideas. I know I do. Enjoy and have fun! View full post »

  • Angela, blue i style - February 4, 2015 - 11:24 am

    Thanks so much for including several of my projects! This is a great roundup!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - February 10, 2015 - 8:46 pm

      You are welcome! I think I may have a little blog crush on your cute ideas and great blog. Can’t wait to meet you in person at SNAP!ReplyCancel

Today I wanted to share a little Valentine’s Day tradition we have here at the Coake house. I make this cute heart-shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie every year. This year, I decided to change things up just a little bit and made some individual Chocolate Chip Cookies in addition to my big cookie. I know the cookies I make are not Pinterest perfect or super amazing, but it is a fun tradition that my girls and my husband look forward to each year.

I need to make these yummy Valentines Chocolate Chip Cookies as a treat for the whole family or for Valentine

Even though I’m no professional cookie decorator, I still wanted to share this little tradition and recipe with you because in my book, it is the little things that add up to making a day or holiday special for my family. They don’t remember or care that the cookie isn’t all perfect. They eat it and say it is yummy. They usually say I did a good job and it looks pretty. They remember it each year. They know I thought of them and did something for them. That is what it is about to me. How about you? View full post »

  • Melanie - February 2, 2015 - 7:50 am

    These are so cute, but I’m wondering if you’re saying chocolate chip cookies when you really mean M & M cookies. Either way, they look delicious and I’m making them for my granddaughters!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - February 2, 2015 - 9:26 am

      You are so right! I usually make these with chocolate chips and it never even occurred to me until you commented that they weren’t chocolate chip cookies. I guess that is what making something for years and modifying it does to my brain! Sorry for the confusion. They are delicious either way and if you want chocolate chip rather than M&M’s, use the same amount of chocolate chips.ReplyCancel

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Who has cute little fur balls at their house? We do. We have grown to have quite the zoo here…not really, but we do have a few pets and I was struggling with how to organize all the pet food.

What a cute and genius idea for organizing Pet Food! This DIY works really well and helps save a ton of space in my home.

We bought some pet food bins as we added each pet, but I didn’t really have room for them in my laundry room. We don’t have a garage, so I don’t have another option for where to store pet food. What we had was somewhat functional, but not pretty and took up too much space.

As you can see above, I came up with a cute idea that I love!

Let me tell you the story and show you how to make your own cute pet food bins.  View full post »

  • Bridy - January 30, 2015 - 8:54 am

    This is a really good idea!

    I have three cats and one of the, has to eat a special diet so I have two different kinds of food just for my cats.
    I think buying the smaller drawers is a good idea so the food wil keep its flavour and stay fresh as long as possible.
    Next time I am at the store I will get yet, another bin! Haha

    My dogs eat Raw, so I haven’t had to deal with that issue except their food taking up space in my fridge!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - February 2, 2015 - 8:59 pm

      Yes, I know…just what the world needs…more bins. And yet, they work well and keep things neat and organized. Hope it works out really well for you!ReplyCancel

  • Patty - January 30, 2015 - 9:29 am

    That is a wonderful idea. We have two cats that eat dry food and two dogs – pit bulls who only eat canned food (problem with kidney). I really love this idea and will share it too.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - February 2, 2015 - 9:00 pm

      It really is a great idea for you! With all those different foods, this will help them stay organized in a smaller space. Hope you enjoy it!ReplyCancel

Have you thought about ideas for little gifties for your family for Valentine’s Day? Or ideas for the kids Valentine’s class parties? I hadn’t until I was making some cute cookies for a blog post next week. I realized I could cute them up and individualize them and turn them into a fun treat for my family. If you have read my blog for a little while, you have probably figured out, I really love doing little, easy and inexpensive things to show my family how much I love them. Once I had the idea to cute-ify the cookies, I needed a way to present them to my family.

These Valentine

I came up with these darling Valentine’s Day treat bags. I had a little help with the bags as Target sent me the adorable American Craft supplies from their One Spot and sponsored this post. Of course, as always, I’m keeping it real and all opinions are 100% my own.

These treat bags were inexpensive and easy to make. I think they would work well to use them like I did as an addition to a little treat or giftie for your family. They would also be great for a Valentine’s Day class party.

I know my girls would have fun decorating treat bags for their friends. Of course because most of the supplies come from the Target One Spot, it keeps the cost of making cute treat bags very reasonable. We all know I love that! How about you? View full post »

  • Mary Beth M - January 29, 2015 - 3:39 pm

    These Valentine’s Day treat bags are so cute, KC. I have a lot of the same items from the Target Dollar Spot as you! I love that area….I can’t believe the quality and the cuteness for the price. Pinning these pretty little bags.ReplyCancel

  • Malia - January 30, 2015 - 10:17 am

    These bags are so sweet! What daring products and what neat way to use them!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - February 2, 2015 - 9:20 pm

      Thanks so much! I love that those darling products don’t break the bank. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Two Purple Couches - January 30, 2015 - 4:30 pm

    These are so cute! Pinning!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Anderson - February 4, 2015 - 4:57 pm

    VERY cute! I’d love one of those cookies too :DReplyCancel

Do you love good wine bottle crafts? I know I do. First you have to start by emptying the wine bottle…it makes the craft so hard, but a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do in order to have some fun crafting time. I’ve got a pretty and glittery wine bottle craft for you today that you can tailor to your favorite colors as well as any season or holiday.

Wine Bottle Crafts are the best! This is to make diy wine bottles with ribbon and wood letters. Easy and pretty! Sponsored

While these bottles look like they are for Valentine’s Day, they really have a deeper meaning for me.

Have you heard of selecting a word for your year? It is something that I hadn’t really heard of until I became a blogger and read other blogs near the beginning of the year.

It is the idea of selecting a word that represents something to you or something that you want to work on or bring to your life for that year.

For the first time, I decided to select a word for the year and I wanted to make something to keep in my house to remind myself of what I want to focus on in 2015.

I had this idea for a few years but never got around to make wine bottles that spell out a word. I knew that in my working with Offray, their ribbon would be the perfect medium for wrapping the bottles. They sent me the ribbon that I needed as well as sponsored this post, but as always I’m keeping it real and all opinions are 100% my own.  View full post »

  • Jill Goodwin - January 26, 2015 - 4:47 pm

    I am a strong woman, too, as well as my mother in law and my daughters. It is very common for women leaders to be considered bossy where it is acceptable for men. My daughter was being bossy yesterday when she wouldn’t let her friends use the snocone machine, but there are other times, she is just taking the lead. There is a difference. You probably know since I’ve seen your Girl Scout posts, but they were pushing a “Ban Bossy” campaign last year. I’m not hearing as much about it this year. I let go of my fear to being labeled bossy when I saw how much my mother in law’s strength helped her through everything in her life.ReplyCancel