• Crafts,  Family, Kids, Pets,  Kids,  Printables

    The Boredom Jar

    The weather has been so nice here this spring! All winter long, I could not wait for the weather to get warmer so that we could get outside and play. Being cooped up in the house during the winter makes us all grumpy and it was such a mood booster when we were able to enjoy the sunshine. But the novelty of playing outside quickly dissipated for my kids, so I decided to create the Boredom Jar to alleviate that problem.

    The Boredom Jar


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    Initially, my kids could not get enough of the outdoors. They were having so much fun making up games, playing at the park, and riding bikes. However, as the weeks went on, I started to hear those infamous words, “Mommmmm, I’m boooored.” Even after suggesting a couple of activities that they could do, they were still BORED after only a few minutes and wanted to watch TV or play on the iPad. And that was not going to cut it. I needed to figure out a way to get them disconnected from electronics and doing something good for them.

    Boredom Busters Ideas Chores

    The Boredom Jar, as I call it, is a little vintage jar that contains tiny scrolls with an activity written on them. Each scroll is tied with some gold baker’s twine to keep the contents a secret until it is chosen. If my kids say they are bored, then they get to pick out one scroll from the Boredom Jar and they must do that activity.

    The Boredom Jar Supplies

    I didn’t want to reward the kids with some amazingly awesome trip to an amusement park or taking them for ice cream just because they were bored, so I created some printable pages with activities that they could do on their own, as well as some chores, with minimal help from mom and dad.

    Jar of Ideas for Kids

    When they pick something out of the Boredom Jar, they do not know what kind of activity they will be getting. Something fun? Yay! Or some kind of chore? Bummer. They know that they will be taking a chance, but hopefully, this will help in the long run teach them how to entertain themselves and come up with ideas of things to do without the need for electronics.

    Activities for Summer Spring

    Almost all of the activities listed are spring, summer, or fall appropriate, which means that we will be able to use these throughout most of the year. Obviously, some of them won’t be able to be used if there is inclement weather, so they will have to pick a new scroll.

    Boredom Jar Printable Games and Chores

    To make your own Boredom Jar, find a jar with a lid (this one is similar to mine) and click on the links below to download and print the Boredom Jar printable. Enjoy!

    The Boredom Jar Printables – Page 1
    The Boredom Jar Printables – Page 2

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    Tiny Scrolls in a Glass Jar

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    Did you happen to see my latest contributor post over at Domestically Speaking? If not, head on over and check out these fun Book Page Candle Holders!

    Book Page Candle Holders

  • Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor

    St. Patrick’s Day Home Tour

    I was so excited when Meg, from Green With Decor, invited me to join in on the Green St. Patrick’s Day Home Tour! If you haven’t visited Meg’s blog, head over there right now and check out her fun St. Patty’s Day Decor, then you can continue through the rest of the home and decor tours at the bottom of this post.

    Cozy Neutral Sofa Couch End Table

    Typically, my holiday decor style is very simple and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. I have added a lot of green in the form of plants and few other Irish touches to our living room/entryway to celebrate the holiday and help welcome in Spring. Let’s start in the foyer and work our way around the room!

    We normally have a book page wreath hanging on the gray door going to the garage, but I moved a few items here and there to change things up and now have a springy boxwood wreath in it’s place.

    St. Patrick's Day Home Tour

    This small wood dresser sits just inside of our front door and houses all of our winter accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) and kids’ art supplies.

    Entryway Dresser Storage Mirror

    I think it is such a pretty piece of furniture, but have honestly been thinking about *gasp* painting it.

    Entryway Console Mirror Decor

    Since I have a tendency to kill live plants (my thumb may be a bit herbicidal), I tend to keep several of the faux variety around. The topiary is a simple DIY that I made awhile ago.

    DIY Topiary and Mirror

    Continuing around the room, you’ll find my heirloom piano (it was my Mom’s).

    Piano Decor Silhouettes Ivy

    Above it are some simple silhouettes of my kids, which are so easy to make. I added some real ivy in a milk glass vase/bowl and I love how it spills over the edges with its waterfall of leaves.

    Piano Music Light Silhouettes

    Next to the piano is our comfy and cozy Ikea Ektorp sofa. Recently, we switched our all white cover to this beige-y one and we are still trying to decide if we like it. It tends to show less dirt than the white one, but I did appreciate that I could see any stains and opt to wash the covers as soon as I did.

    Neutral Coffee Table Couch

    And no St. Patrick’s Day Home Tour would be complete without a Shamrock plant (also real). Let’s hope I can keep this one alive!

    Shamrock Plant Flowers

    I’m kind of in love with this chalkboard right now. I do my own chalkboard lettering and created this nifty design of an Irish proverb/blessing which seemed appropriate for a home tour.

    Neutral Living Room Chalkboard

    “May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.”

    I also whipped up this little, green pom pom garland. Our cat, Rowan, seems to think I made it just for him and has pretty much annihilated it already.

    Irish Proverb Blessing Chalkboard

    And that brings us back around to the foyer. I hung up this old horseshoe for good luck. Did you know that how you hang your horseshoe is a controversial topic? Really. It’s a thing. I didn’t find out which way was correct (up or down), but people seem to have a lot of opinions about it.

    St. Patrick's Day Entry

    Thank you so much for stopping by today to visit our home! This was such a fun tour to put together and I hope you will check out the other amazing homes and decor below!

    Green St Patricks Day home tours and decor

    Monday, March 7
    Green With Decor
    Rain on a Tin Roof
    Design Asylum
    3 Little Greenwoods
    Up to Date Interiors

    Tuesday, March 8
    Migonis Home
    2 Bees in a Pod
    Elizabeth Joan Designs
    Seeking Lavender Lane
    The Deans List

    Wednesday, March 9
    Live the Fancy Life
    Iris Nacole
    Karenโ€™s Up on the Hill

    Thursday, March 10
    Go Haus Go
    The House Down the Lane
    Lehman Lane
    The Honeycomb Home

    Friday, March 11
    My Creative Days
    The Twin Cedars
    Casa Watkins

  • Holidays & Seasons,  We Dig It

    We Dig It: Holiday Wreaths

    Wreaths are such an easy way to bring some festive decor inside or outside your home for the holidays. There are so many beautiful holiday wreaths out there, we decide to share a collection of a few of our favorites with you.

    We Dit It

    Dried Citrus Wreath by Twine and Table
    Citrus Wreath

    Book Page Wreath by Elizabeth Joan Designs
    Book Page Wreath 1

    Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath by Hello Lidy
    Cover

    Joy Outdoor Wreath Sign by Fynes Designs
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    Scarf Wreath by Elizabeth Joan Designs
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    Boxwood Wreath Shades of Blue Interiors by
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    Easy Winter Pom Pom Wreath by Elizabeth Joan Designs
    DIY Pom Pom Wreath

    Mini Wood Slice Wreath by Becoming Martha
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    We hope you liked this weekโ€™s round up! Which wreath is your favorite? We would love to hear from you!

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  • Home Decor

    Fall-oween Home Tour Hop

    I’m so happy to be participating in the 2015 Fall-oween Home Tour Hop. There are a total of 16 participants, so that means lots of fall/Halloween home decor eye candy for your viewing pleasure! After checking out my home tour (this is the first time I’ve shared my living room, friends!), make sure to head over and view all of the other amazing homes in the tour! Seriously, these ladies have a lot of talent and so many fun decorating ideas!

    Fall Home Tour

    This year, we decided to forego the over-the-top Halloween decorations and stuck with just pumpkins. Can you really go wrong with pumpkins in the fall? I found a bunch of great natural and neutral options at Trader Joe’s and mixed those with some store bought decor pumpkins that I painted white/black/gray.

    Porch Fall Decor

    Welcome to our home! To dress up the foyer, I added a simple herringbone pattern to the gray door with chalk, in addition to the old book page wreath that has been hanging around here for years. (It has held up wonderfully, by the way!)

    Herringbone Door Boots Wreath

    Book Page Wreath

    Just inside the door is an old dresser we found on Craigslist for just $30! I added some greenery and a few pumpkins to dress it up a bit, but obviously, the cable spool clock is the main star of this area.

    Organization Dresser

    Cable Spool Clock DIY

    Fall Pumpkin Decor Books

    Can I just say that I love our Ikea Ektorp sofa and chair in our living room? Seriously, this couch and chair are the best things ever. (No, we have not been compensated by Ikea in any way for saying this.) They are comfortable for sitting/sleeping and have washable slip covers that can easily be cleaned up when our puppy decides to jump all over them with muddy paws.

    White Slip Covered Couch

    Fall Pumpkins Living Room

    Nevermind the wrinkles. That is just a side effect of frequent washing and laziness.

    White Chair Striped Throw

    White Pumpkin Antler

    Black and White Living Room

    This piano was our mother’s childhood piano and I inherited it from my grandparent’s home several years ago. I remember playing Chopsticks and other simple songs on it as a kid and I love that our children can now do the same.

    Fall Piano Decor

    Simple Silhouette Tutorial/Faux Topiary Tutorial

    Fall Piano Typewriter Silhouettes

    Our kitchen hasn’t changed much since the last time I shared an update.

    Black and White Kitchen

    We would eventually like to add some shaker style fronts to our cabinets and hardware to dress things up a bit.

    Fall Sink Kitchen

    We installed these open shelves last year and absolutely love them! Yes, some of the items get dusty (the stuff on top), but it takes just a few seconds to wipe them off.

    Kitchen Shelves

    And being able to grab regularly used dishes and mugs easily has been great. I’m much more likely to make a cup of coffee these days (with sugar and cream, thank you very much!)

    Fall Shelf Decorating

    Our breakfast nook also hasn’t changed much. We love this little space and hopefully, one of these days, we will get around to updating the chairs.

    Fall Dining Room

    Pumpkin Tablescape

    Black and White Pumpkin Place Setting

    Dining Room Table Setting

    So that’s it! Our home all decked out for fall, that is, if you consider decked out to be very simple and neutral. But it is just the way we like it!

    Now, head on over to check out the other homes in the Fall-oween Home Tour Hop! So many amazing ideas!

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    1. Farmhouse 40
    2. Around the Watts House
    3. Domicile 37
    4. Our House Now a Home
    5. Hobnail Salvaged Goods
    6. The House Down The Lane
    7. Pocketful of Posies
    8. Average But Inspired
    9. Karen’s Up On The Hill
    10. Beauteeful Living
    11. Casa Watkins
    12. What Rose Knows
    13. Shabby Grace Blog
    14. The Deans List
    15. Green With Decor
    16. Elizabeth Joan Designs