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Family Time Al Fresco: Summer must haves for creating an outdoor family living area.

Outdoor living is in! Create a comfortable and chic outdoor living area that your family and friends will gather in all summer long.  Cookouts, board games, catching fire flies, or just hanging out together will take place in your new summer living room!


*Nautical & Chevron anything and everything… This color theme and pattern design is the hottest trend in outdoor living. Use it as a main focal point like in an outdoor rug or a simple as an accent pillow!


*Light up your space! String lights are all the rage for making a space feel like you’re in another world! A few string lights create a warm and romantic feel to an ordinary outdoor space.  All kiddos LOVE twinkle lights!


*Outdoor accents- use lanterns, LED candles, and unique design pieces that incorporate your personality!


* Help your family and other company stay comfortable outdoors all day — and into the night in your outdoor living area.  Fill a basket with amenities like sunblock, bug spray, hand wipes, and, if it might turn chilly, light blankets. Another great basket to have on hand is activities for your kiddos.  Lighting bug jars, a deck of cards, flash lights for flash light tag, and even sparklers.



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The Organized Pantry

All you need to get an organized pantry is 30 minutes, some baskets, chalkboard labels (or a label maker) and several see through containers.


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1. Dry Goods. Start storing cereal, rice, pasta, beans, crackers, etc. in clear glass or plastic airtight containers. They will keep the freshness in, bugs out and allow you to see and use what you have! They also look much better than a bunch of jumbled boxes.


2. Baskets are amazing for keeping any form of clutter contained. In the pantry they can corral individually packaged kid snacks, coffee cups, napkins, paper plates, or even baking supplies. Store like items together.


3. Label everything!!! They will keep you organized and help your family know where everything goes. I love chalkboard ones since they are reusable but you can also make your own with a label maker or by handwriting those on a small sheet of paper and adhering to the desired item.


4. Think outside of the box. Lazy Susan work amazingly well for a corner pantry. An over the door shoe organizer or magazine racks also work well as unexpected storage ideas. Figure out what you have and make it work for your family’s pantry!

Carrots as decorations

Set your Easter table with carrots!?  Your kiddos will love these fun and simple Easter decorations.



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1.  Carrot Napkin/Silverware holders.  Take orange napkins, place green plastic silverware in the middle (sticking slightly out of the top) and roll into a cylinder shape.  Tie with a ribbon and you’ll have a perfect carrot shape!


2.  Carrots front and center.  All you need are a bunch of carrots, white daisies, and a vase.  Place the bunch of carrots in the vase.  Fill with water and then add the white daisies.  A perfect centerpiece to complete your Easter meal.