Jan 222014
 

This is a sponsored post. I am a Sears blogger, though all opinions are my own.

We have lots of organization projects ahead of us this year.  My office, Bubbles’ bedroom, the garage, the kitchen cabinets.  That’s what I can think of just off the top of my head, but there are more, I know.

As part of our organization plan, we’ll be searching for a few new pieces of furniture, too.  Bubbles needs a new dresser and chest of drawers, and something to house her books.

Get Design Inspiration with the 2014 Sears Furniture Collection

We’ll be searching through the Sears Furniture Collection as part of our hunt for the perfect pieces.  From traditional to modern, the 2014 collection truly does have something for everyone.  The hardest part will be choosing your favorites! Continue reading »

Dec 092013
 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Soundfreaq. I received a Soundfreaq Sound Spot to facilitate my review.

Our family really enjoys music.  Most any time of day music is being played on a phone or laptop, or even through the television using one of our gaming consoles.  There’s often live music, also, as Ashley and Austin both still play guitar, drums and keyboard regularly.

During the holidays, though, there are even more occasions to play music.  We like to have it as a backdrop while decorating the Christmas tree, have songs to sing while we bake cookies or make Christmas dinner, and to be able to have playing softly in the background when we’re entertaining.  And of course joyful tunes to play on Christmas morning!

A Color for Every Room

Multiple Color Combinations for the Soundfreaq Sound Spots #SoundSpot #MC

The newest addition to the Soundfreaq product line is quickly becoming our favorite speaker.  The wireless Soundfreaq Sound Spot is a portable speaker that’s designed to compliment your home decor.  In addition to black and white/wood, it comes in a 11 color combinations so you’re likely to find something that matches not only your home but your personality. Continue reading »

Dec 042013
 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.

Many of us will be hosting on at least one occasion during the holidays.  It’s a fun time of year; we get to spend time with friends and family that we may not otherwise see.  It’s also a very busy time filled with cooking, cleaning, planning, shopping, and more.

Holiday Entertaining Tips

Here are a few entertaining tips and suggestions that work for us.  Hopefully they’ll help you save time and money, letting you focus more on your guests and their visit than the never-ending to-do list that comes with throwing a party. Continue reading »

Jul 012013
 

Christmas cards are one of my favorite parts of the holiday.  It’s great to hear from friends and family that I don’t get to see frequently.  I love when everyone sends photo cards, especially, as I truly get to see those folks.  I like to display them, but sometimes it can get a little tricky to figure out how to do it without looking like you’ve opened a card shop.

In the past I’ve tried running wide ribbon down the center of a door or along door casings and attaching the cards to them.  It looked okay, but last year Bubbles was very interested in the ribbons and many of the cards ended up being pulled off repeatedly.  I thought about setting them on top of the entertainment center but we usually do family Christmas photos and a few decorations up there – no room for cards.

Christmas in July: Hanging DIY Christmas Card Holder #CIJ13

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Mar 172013
 

Decorating Ideas for Families

More than putting those little clips on your cabinet doors, and making sure sharp objects are kept at a safe distance, there are other ways to make sure your home is family-friendly, as you can see from my tips and ideas below.

Family-friendly Decorating Ideas - via viewsfromtheville.com

  • Use an outdoor rug indoors.  Choose a rug that is durable and easy-to-clean.  Heavily-patterned rugs are also a good idea, so that stains and crumbs are less visible.  Rugs on hardwood floors are a good idea, so that there is something soft for children to sit on, near the sofa.
  • Choose durable materials for upholstery, solid furniture and wall finishes.
  • Have non-upholstered chairs in the dining room.  Spills and scratches are inevitable, a rustic wooden table will make it look intentional.
  • Make spaces easily transitional.  This is especially important in the bedroom.  While it may be fun to deck-out a child’s bedroom in pink or blue, having a too-young bedroom when your children start to get older may make them feel out of place.  Instead, try to use elements that can be easily updated or re-purposed for when your children get older or change their favourite colour.
  • Create a space where people of all ages can be comfortable.  In the picture below, you’ll notice a white pouf.  I recommend using things like poufs and ottomans, and rocking chairs for people to be able to be able to sit comfortably.  It can be difficult for small children to climb up on a higher sofa, so having a variety of pieces to sit on is key.  You’ll notice that the kid-friendly furniture doesn’t look like it is just for children. Continue reading »