thrifty find: our "new" master bed + you can't win them all

You might remember in our old master bedroom we used our painted dining room doors for a headboard:

Well, when we moved last fall we decided to leave the doors so the new owner could put them back on, which meant we were left with this in the new house:

I really don't prefer bedskirts and the things they hide {spiders}, so I've been on the lookout for a new solution for quite some time. I scoured Craigslist and other sites for several weeks and found it was actually pretty tough to find a decently priced king-sized bed in our area! We even looked at new ones, and outside of a few high end ones I couldn't possibly imagine paying the prices they asked for new. 

But then... I finally found a good deal on a bed at our local consignment sale... and it was huge:

This bed is massive and solid, and almost as tall as me! I was quite happy with it for the price, especially after shopping at the furniture store. 

The funny/strange thing about thrifting is that the prices can vary considerably. Here's what I found at the sale that day- two beds, almost exactly the same, except the one on the left was in better condition:

The other difference in the two? The one on the left was $125, and the one on the right was $250!! 

Guess which one I got?

The one on the right. :( Someone beat me to the better one that was half price! But I figured hey, $250 was still half of what the beds have been selling for in our area so it was still a pretty good deal.

You know, when it comes to buying secondhand you can't win them all. :) It's just usually not quite so obvious how badly you lost... :P

Have you ever just missed a good deal like that?
Please make me feel better?... :P hahah!

project curb appeal: garage door before and after

The sun was shining this weekend, so Rob got to work on our home's exterior again. :D We still didn't plant the tomatoes, but we did {hopefully} add some curb appeal to our house! :)  

Here are the garage doors before- plain white against the cream siding:

And... drumroll... :D

Less than one gallon of Wythe Blue {Benjamin Moore} paint later:

I'm in love! :D I'm really happy with how it looks against the Linen White color. It's a light blue green, but it reads much darker and greener in the shade than in the sun.

Wythe Blue {Benjamin Moore color} 
It's a big change, and since we're still finishing the yard and house exterior details, I can't wait to see what it looks in the grand scheme of things! {Next up are lights over the garage- I'm so excited!} :D

Have you ever painted the garage door on your house?

and coming soon... :D 

awesome deals {not found at a garage sale}, my favorite paint colors + a new recipe to try

Last weekend I hit up my first garage sales of the year around 9:30 a.m.:

And after stopping 3-4 sales, I found absolutely nothing at any of them. Which makes me wonder- did I miss everything good or was there ever anything good at any of them? From the looks of the leftovers I'm guessing they weren't the kind of sales I was looking for. :D My favorite sales are the ones with people my age, and the ones where the people have kids slightly older than my own. :) Yes, I'll take all of your practically new kid's shoes. 

The good news of the weekend was that paint was 40% off, so we stocked up. I'm still a big fan of the blue/green family:

But this shade of yellow might be my least favorite color:

In between the rainy days, we've really been living it up outdoors. I love places where you don't have to worry about water spills {because you know they happen at least once a meal, if not more}:

My dad kept the Zane and the other kiddos for us so I could go to an ultrasound. In some kind of miracle, we got there way early {!} and had time to read and sit for a bit. :) I took advantage of my new homemaking library:

I get kind of giddy when I get new books. :D I started in with "Simply Dressed"- a book about getting ready for the day at home {though I really should have read "From Grouchy to Great" after getting out the door that morning, hahah!}:

I've been wearing my workout clothes most of the day lately. :) I don't think Rob minds them, but I do notice a difference in how I feel when I get dressed for real {maybe part of the reason I wore my favorite wedges to our ultrasound yesterday- I go so few places now! hahaha! I'll take what I can get ;)}

Which is also maybe why I'm super excited about scoring this lace + mint infinity scarf for $4 shipped this week!!

Thanks to the huge homemaking bundle sale, I scored this $20 scarf for only the shipping cost! As a freebie/bonus when you purchase the bundle {and get $1200+ in books for $29.97} you get a $20 infinity scarf for free. This is seriously my favorite bonus of the whole bundle ever. :) $29.97= 76  different ebooks, 6 e-courses, 14 printable packs + 8 bonuses. It's an awesome deal.

Some of the other bonuses I've redeemed so far:

I scored this printed book from Tyndale Rewards for free!

I also picked the fit and healthy for 4-6 people meal subscription from She Plans Dinner {3 month trial for free}:

I'm was pleasantly surprised and impressed with their recipes because very few of them used pasta or processed ingredients. Most "healthy" plans I find include lots of lower fat processed substitutions. {If you're looking to sign up, I noticed the website was a bit difficult to navigate, but once you're signed in it gets easier.}

I can't wait to try this chicken salad- I'm going to the store today and already have the yogurt waiting to be used:

And another bonus I was excited about is this Craftsy online class I signed up for on growing amazing tomatoes:

I haven't watched it yet, but I'm pretty sure I've already messed this gardening thing up considering here's what ours looks like a week in now:

I know. :(

Poor plants. They're begging me to just put them in the ground already. With all the storms we've had,   our yard is still waiting to be finished and I have to either find a place to keep a garden forever {big commitment} or find some containers to get them going in.

Now you know what I'll be doing this weekend. :D

Has it been raining like crazy where you live too?
We've already gotten like 8+ inches more than normal this year! It's been crazy!! A local house is even sliding into the lake. :(

Have you had any luck with garage sales lately?

Any good tips for growing a garden? 
My husband's grandfather had the best tomatoes ever, and he put all these special natural fertilizers in each plant hole he dug. I need to find his out secrets. :D

{p.s. if you were looking to score the ebook and bonuses, you only have until Monday night before the whole deal is gone! :D}

**disclosure: I'm an affiliate of the homemaking bundle, which means if you do buy a bundle, I receive a percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you! wohoo! Thank you for your support of this site!!  :D

your favorite homemaking essentials- in one place!

Have you heard of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? Every year, the Erin and Stephanie from the Ultimate Bundles team gather the best homemaking ebooks of the year and bundle them together for a ridiculously low price- 30 cents per ebook with a money-back guarantee! But this special deal only runs for one week before it's over. I can't wait to tell you more {and something super exciting!}, but since the sale starts this morning here are all the details you might want to know! :) Also- don't miss the bonus details- you get a free infinity scarf with the bundle!! :D I'm so excited about my mint lace one coming in the mail!!
If you would like help nurturing the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – if you would love inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…

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What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.
Here they are:
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  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
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… a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? :)

Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?

Of course not!

Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”

But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.

Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, blueberry or apple with whipped cream)?

So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?

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To be absolutely certain, Erin and Stephanie asked questions, tried techniques and just about drove themselves crazy making sure that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the very best homemaking resource anywhere.

They dug through hundreds of websites and connected with dozens of authors and teachers.
And then we all worked together to make these resources the most affordable possible.

And They Were Delighted to Help…

The result? This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!

For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:
  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs
…99 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $984.74.)
That breaks down to 30 cents per book!

Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.
  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

Now It’s Your Turn

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…

“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”

The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

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But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27 

After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.
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Best wishes and happy homemaking!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Disclosure: I am an Ultimate Homemaking Bundle affiliate, and if you purchase a bundle, I receive a percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you! :D It's a win, win! Thank you for your support, friend!

baby #6: pregnancy update {27 weeks}

I can't believe I'm hitting the 3rd trimester already! :) Maybe a good time to share a baby update, right? hahaha! I blame homeschooling. And moving. :)

How far along? 
27 weeks, 2 days

Gender: Girl, due in July

Total weight gain/loss: 

For the first time ever in a pregnancy, I have no clue {and really love it that way}! :) I haven't weighed myself since before Zane was born, and though I was tempted a few times postpartum, I resisted the urge. So I truly have no idea how much I've gained. :D It is so freeing!! 

Maternity clothes? 

None so far, other than a maternity tank under my regular shirts to cover any gaps. :) I wouldn't be against the idea if I could find some that fit me correctly {sadly even the maternity tank doesn't fit well}. I'm going to pull out some of my bigger clothes from storage pretty soon now that it's warm outside!

Stretch marks? 

None so far. ;) {I got enough the first round to make up for all 6 pregnancies. :P}


Good most of the time. I am needing a serious nap every day now, and sleep about 7-8 hours at night. I got my first maternity pillow for Christmas and I am just now using it and loving it. It's a little wonky on my back but it makes my lying hip pain go away. 


Tired {always right?} and have had more anxiety than my normal self, but I feel like those feelings have been hanging around since I got pregnant with Zane in 2012. ;) Pregnant--> nursing and postpartum ---> pregnant and nursing ---> pregnant-----> nursing and postpartum = hormone fest. :)


This baby is feisty! :) I feel her jumping around and moving my belly. Every morning, she exercises and wakes me up! Little kickboxer she is.

Food cravings:

Lemonade from Chick-fil-a. I was thirsty for it the other day, and Rob ran in to get me an entire gallon of it! :D I found out later it's quite pricey, but it's so good!

Anything making you queasy or sick:
I've had a general aversion to all food lately. I have a few weeks here and there where nothing sounds good at all and I feel kind of sick and hungry at the same time. 

Labor Signs: 

Braxton Hicks are much more common these days. They're not painful, but I always forget what it feels like until it happens for the first time in a pregnancy. I'd like to imagine they are what labor would have felt like before the curse. :)

Belly Button in or out? 

Out already! After six babies it's a pro.


Hitting the 3rd trimester- we're getting closer! Less than 3 months to go now! :D

Still feels great- I am definitely noticing the belly protrusion/diastasis/round ligament weirdness, and if I do, I take it easy. I feel like my abs were still a bit stretched from the last pregnancy so I'm trying to be more cautious with planks and pushups this time around since things didn't have time to get back to normal. :)

Birth plans:
Going for a home birth #2 this time. I loved our last one, though I still wish midwives had some kind of pain killer they could dispense if I get desperate. ;) Ugh, labor. I always dread it. 

We've been so busy I haven't really thought much about the fact that we have a new little person coming to live with us in the next few months! I feel unprepared at the moment, but I keep reassuring myself that she really doesn't need all that much. ;) 

Anyone else due in July/ this summer? :D

Food ideas for when I you don't like the sound of food? I'm willing to try anything! :)