Kitchen Command Center

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If your life is anything like mine, this fall has you reminding yourself to just breathe. This October we will be welcoming baby number four into the family. That wasn't enough excitement though---I had to go and have gestational diabetes (read about that here). Yesterday, I had my first appointment with my doctor since my diagnosis. I was surprised to find out that twice a week, until baby comes, I will have to go in for non-stress tests and I should schedule an hour for each test. I almost cried right there in the office. When? How? We have one car. School starts Tuesday, with morning ...

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Alphabet Rocks

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Last week I shared this fun Tic-Tac-Toe activty and printable. I told you that the obsession with rocks was big around here. Well, I managed to use up a ton more creating alphabet rocks. I used the same Elmers Painters Pens to write on the rocks. I did two sets of the alphabet and an extra set of the vowels. On one side is capital letters and on the other side are lower case letters. Now we can spell all sorts of fun things! The kids really like playing with them. They like being challenged to spell words or read words that we spell. That green basket on the ...

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Tic Tac Toe Rocks Activity or Gift

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My children, Eleanor in particular, have an obsession with rocks. Their obsession is driving my husband crazy, because we have rocks sprawled all over our yard. I have a few rock crafts up my sleeve though. I have had these Elmer's Painters pens for years. I originally got them for a campaign way back when and have completed quite a few crafts with them. I'll share those projects at the bottom of the post. The rocks were gathered by my children at the beach. You technically only need nine, but a few extra never hurt. The burlap bag was actually part of a crafty prize package that I won ...

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TV Credenza Makeover

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This post brought to you by Faultless/Bon Ami Company   . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Balancing Home. I hate ironing, therefore I love starch. Anything to get the job done quicker and keep it crisper longer. Starch isn't just for ironing! I used starch to hang some gold polka-dot burlap fabric along the back of our TV credenza. That, along with a little spray paint for the handles, really dressed up our free/hand-me-down TV credenza. We took out the shelf and wiped everything down. Starch makes burlap shrink, so I wouldn't cut your piece to size before ...

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Kid Craft – Folded Paper Caterpillar

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Quinn came home from school super excited to share something he had made. He made these fun folded paper caterpillars and a little paper habitat for the caterpillars to live in at school. Not only did he want to share with me how he made these cute little critters, but he really wanted to teach all of my readers how to. Paper strips, scissors, glue and a pen or crayons is all you need. You start with two strips and place them perpendicular to each other and glue the ends together. Next, you just fold the paper strips over each other, alternating back ...

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Five Things Friday

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1. Whole30 Update This is my "studio" where I recorded my thoughts on Whole30 for a segment running on Dr. Oz. Who would have thunk? After finishing Whole30, I didn't know where to go so I figured I would just do another round. After more reading and research, I realized that I had to trust myself. So I have been "off-roading" it. I definitely think I will have more Whole30's in my future--to regulate things. 2. My Readers Rock! Every time I throw something out to my readers they rock my socks! The damage the pizza box left on our kitchen table, that I mentioned here, is GONE! ...

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Porch Makeover Details

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Yesterday I shared how we made and hung our very cool number sign as part of our porch makeover. Today, I want to share the details of this project. When we first looked at our house 7 years ago all I saw was wrought iron vines and grapes. I almost didn't even set foot inside because I couldn't get past this. It made the house feel dated and like something meant for a grandma. Ironically, the entire house was dated, but I loved the neighborhood and immediately had a vision. Over the course of 7 years we have taken down walls, gutted the kitchen and bathroom, tore up carpet, ...

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The Kitchen & A Printable

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You don't have to compromise on clean to be green. Today I'm sharing my kitchen, some cleaning and organizational tips and a printable. I have to tell you guys that I am a big fan of Clorox Greenworks. I first bought the all-purpose spray last spring for a campaign and have become a big fan. You really can get everything out of the bottle and it sprays so nicely. I use the all-purpose spray on EVERYTHING! Countertops, quick cabinet rub-downs, appliances, blinds. The bathroom too! Read that here. Surprisingly, even though we have a dishwasher--I use dish soap pretty ...

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Turning Kid Art into Gift Tags

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Eleanor loves to paint. She practically asks to paint everyday. She creates pieces like this. I started to feel bad about throwing them away, but I certainly wasn't going to just save them all. That is when I had the idea to bust out my Cricut and turn them into gift tags. This literally took minutes. I picked a gift tag shape I liked in the Cricut Design Space and hit Go. I also cut out those adorable feathers on the Cricut. I'm obsessed! You can write on the front or the back, depending on what kind of masterpiece your child has created. The ...

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How To Make Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

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I just love tissue paper tassel garland. It is fun and festive and has just the right touch of whimsy. Don't ya think? I used some in a game day post that you can find here. There are lots of fun football printables in that post plus I have every single letter in the alphabet available so you can make your own bunting. Anyways, Tissue paper garland is fun for parties, holiday decor, children's rooms or anywhere you need fun and color. To make tissue paper tassel garland you will need tissue paper, string and a cutting tool. You can use scissors or an X-ato, ruler, and cutting ...

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