• DIY,  Home Improvement

    That one time we remodeled our kitchen

    Ok, guys. Buckle up for this ride (there’s brick backsplash!). Mr. Darcy and I bought a house a few years ago and it was a fixer-upper. I saw amazing potential and it did not disappoint. I saw an early 2000’s style and I knew it would transform beautifully into a modern industial look beautifully. Here is what we started with: I won’t go into much detail about how I painted the cabinets. It was a very long and hard project to do by myself with five little kids (one was a tiny baby at the time) but my mom was staying with us when I did it, so that was…

  • DIY,  Free or Cheap,  Home Hacks,  Home Improvement

    Hack to keep your couch from slipping

    We moved and purchased a sectional for our main living area. The room has beautiful vinyl floors. The only problem is the rug doesn’t quite go under the entire couch. Now, if it did, we wouldn’t have a problem. The sectional couch wouldn’t slip and we (me) would all be happy. I am not about to buy a larger and more expensive rug to solve this problem when there is a much more simple (cheaper) solution. And why does it matter if the couch constantly slips out of place? If you’ve ever had a sectional, you know that the sections will disconnect when the pieces slip. It’s an annoying and…

  • DIY,  Home Improvement

    Making something from nothing–Reading nook

    We just moved into a new home.  I realized a space next to our stairs in the basement would be a perfect spot for a reading nook.  Having a special spot for reading in your home, however big or small, can be such a great invitation for kids to read.  I have lived in a few homes since my kids were young and we haven’t always had the “perfect spot” for a reading area.  But, I have always tried to make use of any little areas in our homes that don’t have a use.  Sometimes it’s just been a little spot in the kids’ rooms.  I hadn’t really figured out…

  • Home Hacks,  Home Improvement

    The Dishwasher Fix You Might Need

    One day, I had had enough of my dishes coming out worse than when they went in. After doing a bunch of internet research, and looking at my dishwasher manual, I realized that my dishwasher had a filter! And that the filter needed to be cleaned out routinely! I had no idea! You can see from the picture where my filter is. With a simple twist and very gently cleaning it and reinserting, my dishwasher problems went away! Your filter may be more or less dirty. When I first discovered that I needed to clean my filter, my filter was very dirty! Now, your problems might not be that simple…

  • Home Hacks,  Home Improvement

    Misdelivered packages no more!

    Something beautiful came out of something not so beautiful.  So many of us are ordering more and more online as we stay inside during the quarantine.  Since we moved into our home a little over two years ago, we get many misdelivered packages.  At one point, I had to carry a extremely heavy package down the street to a neighbor’s house and I was like, enough is enough.  Haha.  When we bought our house, it didn’t have any house number on it.  Once upon a time (before GPS and Google Maps on phones, gasp!) I was a delivery driver for Pizza Hut.  I remember driving around and trying desperately (because…