Kitchen Bookshelf Organization (Video)

Hello everyone. Today I’m sharing how I use a bookshelf in my kitchen to organize and keep my kitchen essentials accessible in my small kitchen. Hope you get ideas on how to keep your essentials accessible and stir up your creativity while you’r in the kitchen.

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Sweet Potato Pie FOR DAYS!

Over the weekend we my husband harvest our sweet potatoes.With the weather changing here in the Chicagoland area we were afraid a frost would sneak up on us and ruin our crop.I’m so glad we went ahead and harvest them.Last year my grandmother gave me a call to remind us not to let a frost catch us and this year we beat her to her reminder call.

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Our daughter helped until she saw a centipede. Yeah, she’s not scared of any other bugs, but the centipede made her quit or was it the hard labor?

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We had an amazing, amAZING, AMAZING harvest!  I was so excited as I began to see the bags fill up with BIG sweet potatoes and Jala was so excited to pull this one out the bed.

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Last year we had an okay harvest, we had some big sweet potatoes and a bunch of itty bitty not fun to prep for cooking potatoes.  The reason for the small sweet potatoes was because we planted over 32 seedlings and they weren’t spread out good.  However, this year we planted about the same amount, but they were spread out well.Our original plan was not to plant as many as last year, but after we planted them my grandmother gave us more to plant because someone had given them to her and she wasn’t growing any this year. So, we ended up with just as many as last year, but a better harvest.

After harvesting them my husband rinsed them off and wrapped them in towels to dry.

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Our next step will be placing them in paper bags and allowing them to cure and they should be ready in time for the holidays.

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This is only a quarter of what we harvest and don’t they look yummy?Some of these things looked like the size of a newborn baby…..Well, not actually… But maybe the size of my daughter’s head 🙂

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Did you grow sweet potatoes this year?If so, what’s your harvest looking like?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Free for (f)ALL Decorating: Everyday Tablescape

My last post for the Free for (f)ALL Decorating Challenge that I have given myself this year. Completed my fall tablescape and I love the simple everyday look.Used a few vintage pieces that I have in my collection and absolutely love how my glassware screams, “It’s FALL Y’ALL!”

Enjoy the video and hope you get some ideas on creating your everyday tablescape in your home.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Catalog Look for Less:Pottery Barn Decor Inspiration & $3 Storage Ottoman

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in a collaboration video over on YouTube. The host, Juani from Juani’s House, asked us to create a DIY from inspiration we’ve seen in a catalog or in one of our favorite stores for less.Collaborations on YouTube are always up my alley because I get to complete projects that I haven’t completed or something I’ve been wanting to do.

My inspiration came from a recent Pottery Barn Catalog I picked up while visiting a few weeks ago.From the catalog I took away 4 elements away from the catalog and here’s how I mimicked them in our family room.

 

1. Throw pillows (See Video)

2. Faux Fur Throw (See Video)
3. Ottoman

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4. Mercury vases
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The DIY that I created was the ottoman. Well, actually my husband created it.We had some free wood in the garage along with an ottoman top that I bought at a garage sale this summer for 3 bucks!My hubby did an amazing job on it and I stained it with some leftover stain we had from doing the kids floors. Watch the video below and let me know how well I did with taking the Pottery Barn elements and adding them to our family room.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Free for (f)ALL Decorating: Simple Fall Centerpiece

This week I’ve been decorating for fall throughout my home and as much as I love summer, when fall comes around I’m excited for the cooler weather. I’ve already shared with you how I decorated our Free Find Buffet for fall while using the decor I already have and if you want to know how that buffet was free you gotta listen to this story.

Loving the traditional fall colors

Next on my list was our dining room table.I started with my centerpiece because that helps me get a feel for what I’m going for when I do my tablescape.When the holidays come around it really shines light on my decor style.Lately, I’ve been all about the country farmhouse look, but when pulling out the decor I see the traditionalist in me.The traditional fall colors, oranges, reds, browns and all those other colors we see when the leaves begin to change, I can’t part from.

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How I got this look

I went with a fall swag and added a couple vintage amber pieces, a cake plate and a compote dish in the middle of it. Using some artificial fruit I filled the bowl and added some to the cake plate as well.The colors in the fruit tie in perfectly to the colors in the swag and to give them both a cohesive look I placed some of the fruit in the swag.

Traditionalist and Country Screams

This centerpiece definitely solidified the traditionalist that’s in me, but my buffet totally had screams of COUNTRY!That’s exactly what I love.Having pieces in my home that I enjoy and shows my style and how I love to mix the different styles together.

Going with a simple centerpiece here on our dining room table helped accomplish 3 things I was going for plus 1

1.Allowing us to communicate during our meals while the centerpiece was still there.Since this is the only table we have to eat at, it gets used everyday.We eat her together as a family daily and in order to communicate without obstructions, the centerpiece would have to be low and pretty simple.Moving the centerpiece when it’s time for dinner can become annoying.

2.Giving the table a touch of beauty and pulling in the outdoor colors of fall.Now, we all like pretty and every decorating season bringing the outdoor colors indoors, is a reflection of that season.This is what I try to accomplish every season of the year.

3.Using pieces I love like those vintage dishes and showing my eclectic home decor style.No one wants to live in a home that doesn’t reflect what they enjoy.Our homes are an extension of us and reflecting that extension of me is something I try to do daily and that’s not only when it comes to home decor.

Bonus:Accomplishing all 3 of these elements and not spending a dime out of pocket was also important.  Hubby and I are on a no buy and accomplishing the challenge of decorating and not spending gave me much satisfaction.Being content with what I have is an area in my life that I often struggle with. However, gratitude is a necessary step in being content.When I’m grateful for all that God has blessed me with I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and content with my blessings.

Be sure to check out the corresponding video below on my Simple Centerpiece.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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