The 2016 Spring Holiday Shelf!

Well, folks, by the calendar, it’s SPRING! 

I have a love/hate relationship with Spring, myself. I love it because everything starts going towards bright and cheerful and colorful. I hate it because I can’t stop sneezing, and normally develop some kind of sinus infection or bronchitis attack. Gotta take the good with the bad, I guess!

And one of the good things is, I can make it look like Spring INSIDE my house without sneezing a bit! Allow me to present to you…the 2016 Spring Holiday Shelf!

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The centerpiece of this design is clearly the glass milk jugs in the wire basket.

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2015 Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop!

Spring & Summer Craft Blog HopWelcome to the last installment of the four-part spring craft blog hop challenge for 2015! This hop will run from May 26th – June 20th. We’re challenging you to create a craft project that reflects a general spring or summer theme, Father’s Day, or Fourth of July.

Please join us in this challenge and link-up your crafty creation at the bottom of this post and have it shared on 12 blogs!


To kick off the Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop, I’m sharing a tutorial for a PERSONALLY PATRIOTIC BANNER! Click the picture to check it out!

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Meet all 12 hosts of the Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop 4!

Each host will be sharing their own craft to kick off the Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop challenge, so make you visit each host to see their fabulous creations!

*Please follow your hosts on at least one or more social media platforms of your choice. Let us know you’re following from #SCBH2015*

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Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop 4 – General Spring & Summer crafts, Father’s Day, and July 4th crafts

LINK-UP RULES

  1. Link-up your craft or DIY tutorial that fit the themes of the Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop. Links that do not fit the themes will be deleted.
  2. DO NOT link-up food or recipes.
  3. DO NOT link-up round-ups unless all the craft posts are yours.
  4. DO NOT link-up Etsy items or things for sale
  5. DO NOT link-up posts you’ve shared on past Spring Craft Blog Hops for 2015.
  6. Link directly to your post and not your blog.

Show us what you’ve created and be seen on 12 blogs!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Springtime on My Front Porch!

Considering that our high temperature today is slated to be 91 degrees (HOLY COW!) I’d say that Spring has sprung here in Florida! Which means there’s lots going on at our house these days!

One of our big projects to complete in the Spring is the painting of the house. Blech. 

At first we started out saying that we could do it ourselves, no problem! The more we thought about it, the more we thought it would be better to hire someone else to do it instead. (You know how that goes, right?!) So we’re in the process of shopping for quotes, and hoping to get it taken care of within the next few weeks! The main color will be some form of tan, with white trim, and black fixtures and door. Pretty cut and dry.

In the midst of that project, we’re working on freshening up the landscaping around the front of the house, and in the back yard getting the raised garden beds completed and the seedlings transferred, adding more pineapples to the pineapple bed, adding more herbs to the patio, and hey, we’re thinking about a pool, too! (We must be nuts!)

Because, before the weather starts to get cool again in the fall, we will be having our front porch screened in! Another project! Our BACK porch is already screened in and used daily at our house – we have a table and chairs out there, as well as our grill and several plants…and CoCo the black kitty and Taffy the white doggie LOVE to spend time out there! It’s a great extension of the living room – you can pretty much bet that if the weather is nice outside, I’ll have the doors open to the back porch. I love the fresh air! So, it only makes sense to screen in the front porch, too!

But since it will be a few more months before we screen in the front porch, I figured it needed a bit of a refresher for Spring.

I started with this main piece for the front porch:

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This came from Kirkland’s for almost 40% off right before Christmas – don’t you love it?! (Don’t mind the dirty tile, that’s LONG overdue for a good pressure-washing!) I had originally been looking for a black wrought iron table and chair set to go here, but when I saw this, and ON SALE, I couldn’t pass it up. And it ROCKS! Love that!

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On the Road in March!

I feel like I start every one of these posts with the same kind of phrasing: “I can’t believe we’ve already gone through another month.”

But it’s TRUE! And here we are, having just finished out the first quarter of 2015. If you have a goal for this year, folks, get it done! Times a wastin’!

Lots happening here on the blog in the past month! Without further ado, here are the top posts:

1. More Reasons to Love Hometalk – I’m telling y’all, if you haven’t started using Hometalk, you’re missing out! Which is evident by the number of views on THIS post!

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Spring Cleaning…with Kids! – A Guest Post!

I have a confession to make.

I. LOVE. TO. CLEAN.

It’s true. I don’t know what it is that makes me love to clean, but I do adore it! There’s not much I enjoy more than sitting down in my home when it’s spotless and smelling of citrus and cleaning products. (Well…sitting down for a MOMENT…before I see something else that needs cleaning or taking care of!)

And people who come to the house often tell me, “Your house is SO clean. Just wait until you have kids. It’ll never look like this again.”

Part of me agrees with them. But part of me thinks that the kids need to be taught to clean, too! My mom taught my sister and I to clean when we were tiny! And as I worked my way through college as a nanny for triplet boys, plus their baby brother, you can believe that those boys were taught how to clean, too!

So when the lovely Sofia Lewis contacted me with this post, I couldn’t stand it. FINALLY! Spring Cleaning…WITH KIDS! Perfect! (Since I don’t know about where YOU are, but around here, it’s Spring Break!)

Let’s see how she approaches it!

Spring Cleaning with Kids

With spring coming our way, you will need to focus on cleaning your home after the winter days behind you. There are ways you can do this with your kids in tow, both having fun together and getting the job done without too much effort involved in the process. If you handle most of the heavy stuff, you will have a decent time both teaching your children a valuable lesson and making sure you have fun along the way!

  • Using music to set the mood

We are all aware that music can give us plenty of energy to deal with our days, but you would do well to consider using it while doing domestic cleaning to give you that extra oomph you will need to get the job done. You can combine cleaning with a game of “wax museum” to put play and work together seamlessly, having them freeze when the music stops.

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