Plywood to Plank Flooring Tutorial

When we first purchased this home, we realized it needed a LOT of work. Still the size, the price, and the location were all perfect. We knew this was the Lord at work, and we jumped in! As the last couple of years have passed, we’ve slowly been working one project after another. The floors, in particular, have been one…

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Tracy / January 15, 2012

Making More Detergent….. I definitely like the ZOTE soap better than Fels-Naptha! It works better than anything I’ve tried for removing laundry odors!

Homemade Laundry Soap

Tracy / December 15, 2011

O.K. friends! After hearing so many of you raving about your homemade detergent, I’m taking the plunge. I picked up some Zote soap and got the boys to work, grating. (Meredith watched.) Next, I mixed a cup each of washing soda and borax. According to what I’ve read, I should only need 1T of detergent for each load of laundry.…

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December 11, 2011

Tracy / December 11, 2011

Courtney has been helping me get all organized for the coming days. (The impending new year always makes me want to clean!!). This week, inspired by this post, we set up a de-cluttering schedule. 40 Bags in 40 Days is a quick and simple way to rid your home of unnecessary clutter!! Want to join us? 😉 My sweet girl…

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Emergency Preparation

Tracy / December 4, 2011

Preparing for an emergency is never an easy task for a family of any size, but it is really a project for this many folks! Back in April, we had no power for 5 days. I was grateful it wasn’t cold….you can always live without the air conditioning. No heat? Well, that becomes a totally different story– especially with little…

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Growth Chart

Tracy / October 29, 2011

I’m really sorry these pictures are so bad! This room isn’t the brightest and honestly, I’m still learning about this little gem of a camera my children purchased for me last Christmas. I wanted to share one of my newest projects with you: It’s inspired by this recreation of this Pottery Barn growth chart: (I needed to replace mine after…

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Ironing Board Holder

Tracy / October 28, 2011

Jacob’s newest project! I love to watch my children developing new skills. It’s amazing what they can do when given the opportunity!

Mattress Pad

Tracy / October 18, 2011

This house was packed with all sorts of household items when we moved in last January. While most of it we donated to local thrift stores, I did hold on to a few things that I thought we could use. This mattress pad, was in great shape, but really didn’t fit any beds we owned. Still, I thought, eventually I’ll…

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The Making of a Dining Table

Tracy / October 13, 2011

The making of our dining table was a labor of love. After years of looking in stores and asking other big families we knew about how they found tables to fit their big families, Paul and I realized we were going to have to break down and build our own. I’ve found these plans online: Both truly beautiful, but wow(!),…

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Mouse Doors…

Tracy / October 12, 2011

Our latest obsession: These are the two Courtney and I are currently creating. I really have no idea what has sparked this interest…maybe the first mouse door? I don’t know. Whatever it is, this is just down-right fun!

It’s Grocery Day…

Tracy / October 7, 2011

There’s really not much time for anything else…but, I did want to say a BIG thank you to Melissa! This is our exciting buy: We actually ended up with 14 FREE packages of Huggies diaper wipes!! Woohoo!!! Thank you, for sharing the coupons. With this many littles, diapers, wipes and coupons for either, are always welcome!!

Cleaning Carpets Safely

Tracy / October 7, 2011

Just thought I would share this little tidbit with you, my dear guests, this evening! This is our hall carpet: I know, scary, right?! I have sprayed virtually every cleaner sold in local stores on this carpet to get it cleaned. I can usually bring up some of the spots, but only after hours of scrubbing. Granted, it’s not that…

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