The Ultimate Roundup Of Summer Bucket List Ideas

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Goodness, I’m so stinkin’ excited that summer is here! This morning for the very first time in fifteen years, on the first day school was out all three of my children slept until 7:30.

 

Pretty sure this means I’ve officially arrived. :)

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We made a homemade waffle bar, and they’re already off getting things together for a trip this weekend. For you moms of little tiny kids, I promise you kind of get control back one day . . . it just may take a few years! :)

 

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Last night when we were talking about summer, my girls helped me put together our Summer Bucket List (see the one my son helped me come up with a few years ago over here.) We can’t wait to start enjoying some traveling, hanging out at home, and exploring Ohio a bit this year!

 

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Here are a few of the ideas they came up with . . . 

  • Re do bedroom (meaning move furniture around)
  • Do an act of kindness
  • Play Scrabble
  • Catch fireflies
  • Make cakepops
  • Facepaint
  • Get nails done
  • Make a stage
  • Make giant bubbles
  • Play Twister
  • Volunteer
  • Make smores
  • Try to get a world record
  • Have a picnic

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We found so many great (penny pinched!) ideas while scrolling around Pinterest, I thought it would be fun to do a big roundup of Summer Bucket List ideas so you can get started too! Here you go . . .

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Ummmm . . . practicing our spelling might just be on our bucket list too, but I love that they did their list all by themselves!

 

Summer Bucket List Ideas

 

Toddler Summer Bucket List Ideas

1. The Tailored Mama Summer Bucket List for Toddlers

2. More Fun Mom Toddlers Bucket List of Day Trips

3. A Mouse In My Kitchen Toddler’s Summer Bucket List & Free Printable

Preschooler Summer Bucket List Ideas

4. Mary Martha Mama Summer Bucket List Preschool Edition

5. Camp PBS Summer Bucket List 

6. Crafts On Sea Summer Bucket List for Preschoolers

Elementary Aged Summer Bucket List Ideas

7. Creative Family Fun 100 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

8. The Pinning Mama 50 Ideas & Activities for Kids & Families

9. Digital Mom Blog 50 Summer Ideas for Kids

Teenage Summer Bucket List Ideas

10. Evan Nickel Summer Bucket List for Teens

11. Sugar Beans Teen Summer Bucket List

12. Parenting Teens 101 Fun Things for Teens to Do This  Summer

Family Bucket List Ideas

13. Keeper of the Home Backyard Bucket List

14. No Time For Flashcards Summer Reading Bucket List (love these ideas!)

15. Summer Bucket List Bingo

16. 101 Almost Free Things To Do With Kids This Summer

 

Have you made your summer bucket list yet for the summer? I’d love to hear what fun ideas are on your list this year ~ leave a comment to share!

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Keep Your Flower Beds Weed Free

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Mulching any flower beds this weekend? Here’s an easy trick to help keep out weeds, that won’t likely cost you a penny.

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Before mulching, weed your flowerbed by hand. Then lay down leftover newspaper (that you’ve gotten from all your coupon clipping) over any areas where you don’t want weeds to creep in.

Thanks to all of you who had great suggestions with alternatives to chemicals to get rid of weeds.  Try out this way to kill off weeds using vinegar – I’ve tried it before and it hasn’t worked for me, but I’m all for trying again. I’ll see if I can find any other homemade weed killer recipes, and update you all on how they go!

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Cover the newspaper with mulch.

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(Because this was a new bed for us we didn’t have any existing bushes to plant around, but if you do have bushes already there just adjust the newspaper around your plants.) 

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It will naturally keep weeds out, and is biodegradable too. It also helps to amend your soil if your soil conditions aren’t great as well, which is an added (free!) bonus.

 

We’ve used weed barrier fabric before and it works incredibly well (and doesn’t have to be replaced for years), but newspaper will do basically the same thing – you’ll just need to add more newspaper to your bed each time you mulch to keep the weeds at bay.

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With a little newspaper you’ll have free weed protection for your flower beds, and hopefully skip weeding during the summer months. If you have any other tips on how to keep beds weed free at your house, I’d love to hear your suggestions!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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Baby Shower on a Budget

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Here’s a peek at how we’ve been fluffing up for a baby shower on a budget at our house! Since my kiddos are getting older you can bet I’ve enjoyed every bit of this, so I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

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Here’s what I’ve spent . . . 

  • $7.74 on tissue paper for pom poms

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  • $5 on glass jars from the Dollar Tree
  • $12 on flowers
  • $6 on extra serving pieces from Hobby Lobby (they’re disposable – I think they’re so cute and perfect for chips, pretzels and cookies!)
  • $8 on pennant banner (on sale last week at Hobby Lobby)
  • $6 on onesies (thanks to Kohl’s)

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  • $2 on extra cutting options for my Silhouette Cameo (this is the first time I’ve used it ~ I’m in love and am so thankful to all of you who recommended it!)
  • $3 on craft paper

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  • I already had the fishing wire, jute twine, and dental floss of course (thanks to my couponing!) :)
  • Also used plain brown wrapping paper for the table and added a burlap table runner (had that already as well)
  • Total = $49.74

And here are a few quick tips that might help if you’re looking for ways to save when hosting a party . . . 

  • Use colors that match what you already have (if the shower had been for a baby girl, I would have pulled out the peachy/pink in our curtains)
  • When picking serving dishes (I usually ask for them as gifts), choose things that are pretty timeless and match anything – our plain white dishes work well with just about every occasion, and make decorating for things so much easier!
  • Look for glassware at the Dollar Tree and splurge on fresh flowers ~ that alone makes our home feel so much brighter!
  • Keep it simple. :) You don’t have to do a ton, just select a few special areas to fluff and skip the rest.

And here’s what I’m planning to serve (I could use an extra appetizer idea if you have one!)  

Smoked Barbecue (my hubby is making that ~ the shower is for a person in his office so the guys are coming and he’s in charge!)

Do you have any other suggestions on recipes or decorating ideas? I’d love to hear them!  It’s been so fun getting ready, but I’d love to hear your ideas too. Leave a comment to share!

 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

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5 Minute Baby Shower Decor

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Next weekend we’re hosting a baby shower for one of my husband’s fellow employees and his wife, so I get to fluff up for a baby shower at our house. (Fun!) 

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I made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to see what I could find (I love that store . . . ), and when I found this wooden pennant (pre-made, thank you) in the colors I was planning to use for just $8, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

 

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(Anyone else just love Hobby Lobby’s sale when you hit it on the right 50% off week? Yay!)

 

Over on Pinterest (check out my baby shower board HERE), I’d seen so many cute easy ideas, so I swung by Kohl’s (20% off coupon in hand of course), and picked up a few onesies.

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In less than five minutes I clipped those onesies on the pre-made banner, and that project is done – yay!

 

I bought size 6-month onesies (because we all know babies only wear those tee-tiny-newborn-ones for about 3 minutes . . .) but I do think the look would be a little cuter with smaller ones. (The penny pincher in me just couldn’t do it, but now I’m tempted to head back to the store!)

 

I’ll share more updates with a few other ideas next week ~ and would love to hear your ideas for a cute baby shower too!

 

(By the way, those jars are from the Dollar Tree ~ not sure what I’m going to do with them but I’m thinking if all else fails I’ll take the lids off and put a few white puffy mum flowers in them. Other thoughts, anyone?)
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

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Friday Fluff Up: (Easiest) Spring Update Thanks To Michael’s Coupon

 

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You guys know I was more than a little excited about the fun deals I scored yesterday at Michael’s. 

 

Seriously. So much fun!

 

While I was there, I peeked around since I’d been dreaming of the right centerpiece to put on our new kitchen table I did a quick search on Houzz (I love Pinterest, but goodness there are just some beautiful home ideas on Houzz!), and found a few simple arrangements that I figured I could easily copy.

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So I bought these.

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And did this.

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And it cost a whopping $12, thanks to my coupon.

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Success!

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Now if I can just hunt down a deal on the right light fixture (something not so silver-ey?) we’ll be good to go. (I’m kind of in love with this one right now . . .)

 

If you’re looking for an easy way to bring some Spring into your home, this is for you. I’d love to hear what other ideas you have too!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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Big Spring Cleanout Week #3 + My Challenge For Next Week

Okie dokie folks . . . anyone else been cleaning closets out this month along with me? 

 

This week I tackled my son Jackson’s closet, and thank goodness this was an easy one (because next week’s closet is a doozie!)

 

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He did most of the work himself, and in about 30 minutes we had it cleaned out. It’s not perfect, but it’s better, and we were able to donate quite a few items as well as take several items to sell at our local Plato’s Closet.

 

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After – it’s hard to tell but I promise we did get rid of quite a few things!

 

I’m heading to Plato’s Closet today to see how much we earned from the clothes in both his and Caroline’s closet (remember I earned $70 from Reagan’s closet, so I’m curious how their’s will do!Either way just having the amount of clothing in our house limited has been amazing, so I’ll be thrilled with whatever we earn.

 

And now . . . to keep it real around here (yikes!!), this week I’m finally (very unwillingly . . . ) tackling our own closet. When we moved in last May everything extra kind of got shoved in there, so clearly this closet could use a health dose of TLC.

 

I’m completely inspired by this post, and am hoping to really see what I can do in our closet. It’s a great space, but obviously just a disaster right now so I’ll update you on how it goes!

 

(My own closet has never been my strong suit, but I finally got it under control in Alabama. Surely I can do it here too, right?) 

 

If you have a few minutes ahem, an hour or two, um, maybe a weekend? to tackle your closet this week, I’d love for you to join me.  (Misery loves company, right?) :) And if you have other tips on how to earn money re-selling your child’s clothing I’d love to hear those suggestions too!

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The Friday Fluff Up: Our (Almost) Completed Breakfast Room

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I’ve been itching to update you all as we’ve been working on some projects in our home, but know that things aren’t quite perfect in this room yet so I’ve been hesitant to share! But, I’m thinking waiting for really-quite-perfect might just never come, so I’m sharing a peek at our almost-perfect room today.

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Remember the breakfast nook I showed you after we moved in to our new home last Spring?

 

Well, we updated it with just a rug and a painted lamp last summer, and it definitely  helped.
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But that poor table ~ the one that I’ve always just adored ~ has been in pitiful shape for years. I bought it for a steal at a Lane clearance sale about nine years ago (it was sold “as is”, meaning the gate leg on it never really worked. . . ), so we’ve spent countless meals at the dinner table hoping the table wouldn’t fall down on us while we ate.

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My husband had finally had enough (he’s pretty handy, but there was nothing really to do for it ~ it was in just rough shape to start with!), so we decided after Christmas to purchase a new table for the room. The table headed down to the basement (it’s perfect for our kids to use down there for projects), and we found this table I’m just in love with.

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The room is fairly big (15’x12′, which seems huge to me?), and after shopping several furniture stores my mom mentioned to me the Paula Deen line that she loved. No stores up here in Ohio sell Paula Deen furniture (too far North of the Mason Dixon line I s’pose . . . ) so I spent hours watching YouTube videos and searching pictures of this new set that I really thought I would love.

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(all set up on Easter Sunday) 

We finally decided to order it ~ we’ve purchased before online using Furnitureland South, and actually ended up working with another company who beat their price. Folks, if you’re looking for quality furniture, I definitely recommend shopping around online – I saved almost $1000 by taking a few minutes to contact competing stores (after checking them out through the Better Business Bureau), and see who was willing to offer me the best deal!

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My (amazing) husband also added extra trim work around the ceiling (goodness, pretty molding makes such a difference – I’m guessing we have about $100 in trim work throughout the room), and we hung curtains that I found at World Market. 

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after trim & curtains

This isn’t really all that penny-pinched a project (although we did save a few pennies here and there . . . I think?) but this is one of the reasons that I’m willing to save on my groceries. If I can choose to spend money on paying full price for groceries, or having extra money to fluff up a room in our home, I’ll pick a pretty room any day! :)

 

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I’d still love to find a new lighting fixture, but figure I can wait on that a while until I find hopefully a penny pinched option that I really  just love. (I’m hoping to find a deal at the Ballard Designs Outlet like I found on these? We’ll see . . . )
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We’re also not quite sure about how to handle curtains for the sliding door on the right side of the room (I didn’t get a good picture to show, but my husband is almost open to considering something like this on a smaller scale. It looks like a bit of a huge project, but a girl can dream, right?) :)

 

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So, there you have it! I would love to hear your suggestions on things if you have them (I could sure use some ideas on an inexpensive way to update that light fixture, so let me know what you think!)

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If you’d like to see more pictures of our home as we’ve been updating it, here you go . . .

 

(And, in case you’d like to see some of my favorites from our Sweet Home in Alabama, here you go . . . )

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Spring Closet Cleanout Week #2 + How I Made $70 In 2 Hours From My Home

 

 

 

Need some motivation to clean our your child’s closet?

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This is for you.

 

Remember last week how I cleaned out my daughter Reagan’s closet? Well I took everything to our local Once Upon a Child, and for just 2 hours of work I made $70 selling her used clothing. 

 

WOOHOOOO!!! :)

 

(Needless to say, I was pretty excited.)

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So, last night I asked my 12 year old to start cleaning out her closet.

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It was in pretty bad shape, but she worked on it for a solid hour (cleaned out her drawers too), and sure enough now we have several boxes to sell, donate, or pass down to Reagan.

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(I was tickled that she folded her clothes relatively neatly ~ after doing most of the work myself in Reagan’s room, it was so nice to see Caroline handle so much of the work herself!

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I’m hoping to have Jackson work on his closet this weekend so that I can take a large load again next week to re-sell (most of their clothes will go to Plato’s Closet, a consignment store for teenage/adult clothing), and was so pleased with how simple it was to sell items. 

 

The best part about working on their closets? It makes managing laundry so much easier because there’s room for the actual clothes they wear, and I save so much simply by knowing what they really have. (It’s so easy with a crowded closet to forget a long lost sweater, but a good de-cluttering lets you know what’s really there!)

 

If you have a few minutes ahem, an hour or two to tackle your child’s closet this week, I soooo recommend it ~ you’ll feel amazing to have that project marked off your list, and might just earn a few dollars too! And if you have other tips on how to earn money re-selling your child’s clothing I’d love to hear those suggestions too.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fruit of the Spirit Jar

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A few years ago, I shared my friend Melody’s idea for a “Fruit of the Spirit” jar that we used over the summer to help teach our children a small lesson in the fruits of the Sprit each day.  At that time all three of my kids (then ages 11, 8 & 4) worked on learning Galatians 5:22:

 

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Even though my kids have grown quite a bit since then, we still (of course!) have moments where we struggle with discipline.  I happened to remember the Fruit Of The Spirit jar again (somewhere it had been stuffed back in a cabinet. . .) so I’m pulling it out again to encourage a little positive behavior in our home.

 

It (obviously!) is pretty simple to make.  I used a mason jar (an empty spaghetti jar would work too), some clearance Easter jelly beans (I really liked the idea of using Runts since they’re shaped in fruit shapes – you can pick those up at the Dollar Tree!) and labeled the jar with the verse.


 

I try to keep my ears alert for moments when they model the fruit of the spirit.  If Jackson does something sweet for one of his sisters, I’ll ask which fruit he’s displaying and he picks a candy from the jar. (Folks, even at just-turned-15-yesterday, candy is highly motivating.) :) If Caroline manages to show patience when she really just wants to hurry, she’ll choose a treat.  And, when Reagan manages to make it down the stairs for school without any griping or complaining, she might get a treat too.   I also ask them to share again what the fruits of the spirit are before they get their treat.

 

I am simply amazed at how much more effective positive motivators work in our home, compared to all my efforts at hollering, griping, and whining-to-the-point-of-exhaustion to encourage my children.  Yesterday my daughter was so pleased with herself when she earned a fruit of the Spirit for helping make my bed without being asked. . . because that one definitely exemplified some goodness on her part, and made me much kinder to boot!

 

If you’ve been looking for a way to positively encourage your kids as well as teach them the values of the Fruits of the Spirit, take a peek at how we set up our Fruit of the Spirit Jar to work in our home.  I’d love to hear what other tips you have on teaching biblical principals as well as encouraging good behavior in your kiddos, as summer is just a few weeks away and I have a feeling I’m going to have to be on top of this one again this year!

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Big Spring Closet Cleanout Week #1 + How I Earn Money When I Organize

Guys, I absolutely love sharing fun little crafty Friday Fluff Up projects here on PPP (even though I’m not all that crafty . . . I sure do love trying!) But, this month I’m determined to tackle all four bedroom closets in our home, so this week I started with my daughter Reagan’s room.

Yesterday morning, as soon as she and I woke up (and before I sat down to the computer!) I forced myself into her closet (BLECK.) We turned on some music, and determined to really, really work on a good clean out. After moving last year I learned just how important it is to constantly pare down your stuff, so I spent a solid 3 hours doing a complete re-organizing of of her room, switching her winter clothes out, and deciding what she really needed to hang onto this year.

Y’all, it was bad.

But every single time I organize, I earn a little moo-lah as I go.

 

First I separate items into trash bags, Goodwill donations, and clothes that I’m going to sell at our local kids consignment store. My husband and son are begging for a riding lawn mower, so I’m challenging myself to see how much I can sell this month to earn some money towards their new fun toy . . . I’ll update you on how it goes! :)

 

The other way that I save every time I tidy things up around our home? 

 

It never fails that I after cleaning things out I realize my kids have plenty of clothes (clearly.) While I might pick her up an outfit or two if I see something super cute, we really don’t need to spend a single penny on new summer duds for her. That’s like making (at least!) $100 by actually being able to find the clothes she already has, rather than heading to the store for new more clothes (when she has way too much here already!)

 


As you can see this after picture she still has more than enough. (Although the clothing on the far hanger are dress up clothes, jackets to grow into, and special items that my kids have worn through the years that no longer fit, but I simply can’t part with. Anyone else relate?)

 

Folks, I’m amazed at how much more content I am with what I have simply by taking care to make my home the very best space it can be. As a girl who’s spent years thinking if only I had . . . “, I’ve been reminded that just taking care of what I already own can make even the tiniest space just enough.

 
If you’re in a place today where you feel like your home isn’t big enough, your closets will never be large enough, or there’s just no way you can manage without a bit larger kitchen, bathroom, garage (or whatever), I encourage you to choose to do the very best you can to make the space you already have just perfect for you.

 

I promise from experience that our family has lived in a tiny home and one that’s plenty big, and there is always (always!) someone who has something bigger, better, fancier, and way more impressive than what I’ll have in my own home (and I really do love my  home!)  But, taking care to clean, organize, and “fluff” the space that you’re in (no matter the size), can make what you already have just perfect for you.

 

Take pride in what you have right now – whether it be your home, your car, or even something as trivial as the purse you carry, to make it the very best space you can have with the money you can afford. I promise it’s worth it, and choosing not to sacrifice what you really want for what you want right now will change your family’s future.
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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