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My Kitchen Bookshelves – Mixing Organization + Decor

I love our current house, but one downside is that the kitchen isn’t
very big and doesn’t offer much storage space.
I’ve learned ways of using the space to it’s fullest potential with shelves that double
with displaying my favorite decor and help me stay organized!
The key for me to stay organized, is for everything to have it’s place!
I love knowing exactly where to go to find something or to put it away.
Today I’m highlighting this corner of our kitchen and how I styled the shelves for function and pretty!
Most of these items I’ve gotten over the years and when we moved in,
I rearranged a few times to make them all work together.
I do love how bright the kitchen is… It makes the day cheery!
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I couldn’t find a bookshelf to fit the space like I wanted! I searched high and low online.
Some are so expensive and I knew building my own from scratch just wasn’t going to happen!
So instead, I got three bookshelves from IKEA and connected them. (I also attached them to the wall to make sure it’s nice and safe for the littles.)
Before putting on the back piece I painted them a blue shade using our leftover playroom paint
(sherwin williams: aloe) and some white trim paint!
We needed more light in our kitchen eating area! I had some leftover outdoor lights from target…
so I put up two nails and strung them up.
I love the sparkle it gives the kitchen, especially at night when I’m crafting at the kitchen table!
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The bottom three shelves are all “kid proof” items. Things that aren’t breakable.
We don’t have enough storage in our kitchen cabinets for all of our kid plates and cups.
So I found at target two bins to load up and have at their level so they
can help set the table with their own dishes. I have a bunch of different size IKEA storage boxes at the lower
levels. I was always having to go upstairs to the linen closet for kitchen towels, so instead
I filled up a basket (target) with my pretty ones. We do a lot of coloring time right now at our kitchen table.
I put a plastic tablecloth on and use that three container caddy filled with crayons!(bargain bin at target)
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I am not always the best meal planner… as far as assigning a meal to a certain day.
Especially with me being pregnant, some days things don’t sound good
or I don’t have enough energy to pull it off.
But I like knowing and being reminded easily, what we have to make!
My little chalkboard is my reminder board… and can also be a cute spot for a quote,
bible verse or “we are out of this list!” (the silverware caddies are from target over the years.)
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I display my favorite cook books on the shelf. I love the colors of these ones all together!
I found three tin buckets at the bargain bins of Target…loaded them up with our cookie cutters for now.
I think they’ll end up in Micah’s room as I pull that space together!
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I found a great basket at Target months back and knew I had to have it.
It has three compartments and is perfect for holding my ziploc bags!
(gallon size, quart size and snack size.)
I’m always using them for snacks on the go or fridge storage…
love having them out of the pantry and ready to grab!
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I had a lot of dishes I’ve collected over the years that
I wanted to have out and be able to enjoy!
I kind of have a thing for owls. I’ve reeled in the obsession.
I’ll never get over white and glass dishes though. ;)
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As always, all ideas & opinions are my own.

DIY Frozen Party Invitation TUTORIAL-Free Printable!

I love party planning! The other night, when the kids went to bed, I worked
up a little invite in photoshop for Sienna’s 5th Birthday Party. (Frozen Theme)
Sienna was next to her girls Elsa and Anna in the photo.
I left it up on my computer for Sienna to see when she woke up…. She was giddy!
I thinkkkkk they are coming to her party…but shhh. it’s a surprise. I’m giddy. ;)

I’m a late night crafter. Kids go to bed and I finally have some quiet time.
I usually blog during nap time. (like right now!) And occasionally work on projects during the day…
but If I really want to get anything done around here I have strategize. ;)
Ok! Let’s start the tutorial!

First you’ll need your supplies!
+Mini snowballs and snowflakes. Each $1.99 a bag (HOBBY LOBBY)
+Two different shades of blue ribbon(HOBBY LOBBY)
+Glittery blue card stock (1 sheet per 2 invites)
“1545  swimming pool – sugar coated card stock” (on sale-HOBBY LOBBY)
+Glue stick
+Craft puncher
+Envelopes (I found mine at Target)
(if you have one..makes it easier!
They always on sale at craft stores + use coupon!)
+I designed in photoshop and printed the main invite and circle labels on card stock paper.
I thought you might find the circle labels fun to have so I
have them available to download for free below!
FREE DOWNLOAD – Elsa + Anna Circle Printable PDF

Take your glittery blue card stock and trim off an inch at bottom…
mainly trying to remove the price printed on back.
Then fold in half….and cut down the middle. Each card stock should give you two invites.
You want to use a glue stick to place the invite photo in the middle( more or less) of the card stock so
you can fold in the sides. I eyeballed it. it’s a birthday invite not a wedding invitation… let it go.
ps. baby #4 is crashing the party.

STEP TWO: A trick to folding in the sides…bend it a bit..then run your fingernail a long the inside.
Folds much easier… You also want the “doors” to overlap a bit. It makes it cleaner looking rather than
having them just meet in the middle. This also helps the invite fit in the envelope easier!

Next up is to attach with ribbon the cute Elsa and Anna circles.
Sienna LOVED this part. She would be happy if their faces were on EVERYTHING.
Like I said above, I have a craft I just cut them that way.
You could always use scissors…but a craft punch is a super useful craft tool to have! stock up!
I have a few sizes and shapes and use them a lot.
I used the tip of the scissors to poke a hole at the top…
then strung two ribbons at the same time through the hole.
Close the invite and place the circle in the middle…
Flip over and tie the ribbon in the back. You can get fancy and do a bow.. I just went with a knot!

And you’re done! Expect glitter everywhere.
You’ll go to wash your face before bed and it’ll be all over you. Elsa would be proud.
Hope this is helpful for anyone planning a Frozen themed party!
I’m loving getting the details together for Sienna’s 5th birthday.
I’ll post more of the DIY details as they come together!
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Our Party Page! 25+ Fun Themes!

Have you checked out our PARTY PAGE on the blog?
I list all the parties we’ve thrown, big and small!
I love being creative and celebrating the special people in my life.
Every single one has DIY details for you to try too!

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 Check out the Party Page!
Always adding the most recent ones. It’s sort of our online family album now. ;)

I’m excited for the girls’ birthdays this summer.
This will be the first year they will have their own parties.
I would like to say that we will go small for each, but knowing me, I’ll be so excited about the
theme and fun projects and will want to hang out with all our friends, that it’ll end up being a big thing.
BUT the good thing is I really love doing DIY details for parties.
And have learned some tricks to making it doable. (example: don’t have the party at a meal time.
don’t worry about expensive party favors. don’t order everything from party stores,
but get creative with things you have, inexpensive store finds and free things like cardboard! etc.)

Sienna has requested Elsa for her fifth birthday party…
and Sophia has a new party idea every other day.
Her current pick is an american girl doll party. haha.
Last week it was a garden party. She loves the whole creative process as much as me.
Now that they are older it’s fun doing the projects together.
I love the fun creative outlet and it’s a bonding thing to do together!

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