Lighting Tricks You Need in Your Home

The overhead light bulbs blew in our nursery the other day. We didn’t happen to have any replacement bulbs on hand, for a minute, I thought, oh gosh, what on earth am I gonna get accomplished in this lighting? How am I gonna change diapers in the dark?! Then I remembered that I actually have a lamp in the nursery as a part of the decor. (Mommy brain. They say you get your brain back after you have the baby. Lies, I tell you. All lies!) I turned on the lamp and it worked beautifully, of course. Perfect!

As I started to look around the room, I realized that I liked the room even MORE with the lamp light than I did with the overhead light! Funny how that happens some times, right?!

Lighting and art go hand in hand. Typically, light is used to illuminate artworks of all types, from paintings to sculptures, to even the furniture you have in your home. Light, however, can be so much more than that. Artists have begun to use light as their medium, and the results are just phenomenal. Not only does this “light art” offer a new medium for artists to express themselves but it also offers everyday people like you the chance to be more creative when lighting your home.

Light can trick the senses. It can instill a feeling. It can calm you; it can energize you, and, once the sun goes down, it can work as a function for you. Here are three ways you can use light to change your space.

Make it Appear Bigger:

Claustrophobic spaces are terrible. They close in on you, limit your space, and can even cause an increased sense of anxiety in some people. To make your room appear larger, opt for lights that light up the walls, and the corners of your room that typically get the least amount of light. Install wall scones to bring a muted, calm light that also makes the space feel bigger and more dynamic. They are perfect to make your room a sanctuary after a long day at work.

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Just Sharing Some Tools for Success!

Most anyone reading this knows that we recently became parents. Well, I guess we’re still considered recent, right? The girls are almost a year old – does that count us as “new” parents still? Golly, it sure does feel like it some days!

As sweet and cute and wonderful as our 11-month-old twin girls are – I mean, seriously – aren’t they the cutest?!

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(Let me explain the expressions here: Bug (left) was OVER the photo shoot. She was tired of being made to jump through hoops. That’s about it. Boo (right) was hot. And a little tired. But mostly just hot. Lots of sighing coming from her. Don’t worry. This was the last picture we took before I took off their headbands and popped them into their shady stroller with bottles of water. They lived to laugh at this photo. As they laugh at all photos of themselves.)

Anyhow…slight rabbit trail…

As sweet and cute and wonderful as they are, I’m still constantly looking for answers about them. Answers about what makes them tick. Answers about what foods are best for them right now. Answers about their behavior. Answers about their milestones.

And I happen to be pretty picky as to who I take my advice from. I’m just sayin’! There are a LOT of answers out there, but are they the RIGHT answers?!

In the end, there’s one thing I already know.

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Organizing with Mini Books

I’ve been feeling a bit frazzled of late. 

Frazzled is a newer feeling for me, and I really don’t much care for it. It MAY be my new state of existence as a twin mom, I’m willing to kind of admit that, but, I don’t think it should HAVE to be, ya know?

So I’ve been taking steps here and there to identify the causes of my frazzlement and try to fix each one, one by one. It’s working pretty well so far, but I’m still having a hard time kind of pulling everything together. 

This feeling was mainly revolving around my to-do list. I would be writing all these things down that needed to be done in multiple areas of my life, and my list became pretty ineffective, because it was getting so big and so cluttered. I couldn’t see what needed to take priority and what could wait. I was missing deadlines and gatherings and even some BILLS! (That’s no good at all.) I was functioning with my normal planner, like usual, but something was missing. I needed to be able to drill down and do some kind of micro-organization.

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So…enter the mini book.

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Graeter’s!

I’m not sure where you live, but it’s definitely SUMMER where we are! Temps are in the 90’s each day, and each day I try to decide whether it’s too hot to walk the girls down to the mailbox in their stroller or not. (It’s about half a mile down to our mailbox). That is, of course, if it isn’t pouring buckets of rain already. Yes, it’s definitely summer here in Central Florida!

With the temps alone it stands to reason that July is actually National Ice Cream Month! While our family would celebrate this event EVERY month with no problem, Graeter’s is having an especially big celebration, because they’ve now been in the ice cream business for 147 years! So Happy Birthday, Graeter’s! We think you’re something pretty great to celebrate!

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Graeter’s Ice Cream is a nationally recognized and awarded ice cream brand (Named Top 5 in the Country by the Food Network!) that was founded almost 150 years ago in Cincinnati, OH. The fourth-generation family owned and operated company has perfected the art of using the French Pot, a traditional, small batch artisanal process of making ice cream. Known for their indulgent, premium flavors and ingredients, they’re also widely recognized for their gargantuan gourmet chocolate chips. 

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Perfecting An Action Plan for When Your House is Showing! (FREE PRINTABLE INCLUDED!)

If you’ve been around the blog at all, you’ve seen the action: you know we recently sold our home, bought another one, and moved. I have to say, I’m SO glad that’s over with!!! Soon you’ll start to see projects from the new house pop up here, but right now, I’m still touching on a few things related to the selling process!

If any of you has ever had your house on the market, you know one of the most stressful parts of the details is when you get a showing. 

Now, you WANT the showings. You WANT the action! You want someone to walk through your house and look at it and comment on it and want others to see it. You want someone to LIKE your house – because you want someone to BUY it! But, when you’re in the middle of a busy day and you get a call from a realtor that says, “Can a buyer see the house in 30 minutes?” – WOAH. That is enough to throw you for a major loop!

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If you’re a single person, or even a couple, this kind of thing can be worked out fairly easily. But, if you’re a couple with infant twins and a dog and a cat and childcare folks coming and going and home maintenance folks coming and going and cleaning folks coming and going (because you can no longer handle things on your own anymore), well. That kind of action complicates things quite a bit! 

When our home was on the market and showing, the girls were 8 months old, I was working part-time, my hubby was working full-time, and we had childcare, home maintenance and cleaning folks all in and out all week long. So one never really knew what any given day might hold. I got everyone together and made sure we were all straight on “the showing plan”. Here’s what mine looked like:

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