homemaking

DIY Advent Wreath

DIY Advent Wreath

This coming Sunday starts the first week of Advent and the beginning of my liturgical year. It is so fun having four weeks to prepare for the Christmas season and to start a whole new church year. I don’t start decorating for Christmas until the […]

November Favorites

November Favorites

Last week, I spent the entire week with my family in Ohio for Thanksgiving! It was a much needed break and visit and a short hiatus from blogging. It was the first holiday with our little guy and some of his cousins. I got to […]

Bringing a Little Hygge into Your Home this Winter

Bringing a Little Hygge into Your Home this Winter

Pronounced “hoo-guh,” the Danish concept of hygge is a trending topic in the past few years. Whether it’s books, articles, blog posts, or pin boards, everyone seems to be talking about it! So what, exactly, is hygge?   Simply put, hygge is the art of […]

DIY Carpet Cleaning Powder

DIY Carpet Cleaning Powder

  In my first installment of natural cleaning DIYs, I thought I would share my favorite recipe for a DIY Carpet Cleaning Powder!   The tenants before us in our apartment had a very sweet dog, who also happened to shed a lot. Eventually that […]

How I Menu Plan

How I Menu Plan

My husband and I have been doing rough menu planning since we moved in together way back in 2002. It’s such a nice way to make grocery shopping more efficient, reduce food waste, and take away one decision every day. I’m all about reducing decision […]

National Parks Map DIY

National Parks Map DIY

Back when my husband and I were first married, we were pretty much flat out of money every week. Instead of staying inside and just staring at each other (I mean, that’s free…), we decided to spend as much time as possible in our nation’s […]

The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up

The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up

This post originally appeared on my friend Nichole’s blog “A Bookish Abode.” Her blog reviews books and features guest contributors (like me!). Check it out here: A Bookish Abode   If you want to understand Marie Kondo, you have to understand Japan. If you want […]

Cloth Diapering – Pros & Cons

Cloth Diapering – Pros & Cons

It all started at a hippie baby store in Indiana. On the top of a display on adorable cloth diapers there sat a basket full of disposable diapers. For the first week of a baby’s life, the basket included 50 diapers (about 7 a day). […]

Balcony Tour and DIY

Balcony Tour and DIY

It’s now been nearly a year since we moved to a slightly bigger apartment (we needed an extra room for a nursery!). We’ve been tackling decorating and organizing projects little by little and room by room. Our most recent project is our balcony! Our new […]

Pretty Pixels – DIY Decor

Pretty Pixels – DIY Decor

Pretty Pixels – DIY Decor Downsizing to a one-bedroom apartment is definitely one of the best moves my husband and I have made. We love all the amenities, how easy it is to clean and pick up, the neighborhood, and meeting new people every day. […]