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A minimalized home and a much needed cup of tea

Soooo… I just went on an almost 2 month “declutter, minimalize, paint, rearrange and transform EVERY SINGLE ROOM IN THE HOUSE” phase!

…and boy am I exhausted!

Here’s a little peek inside our home.

The first picture is our living room being used as a dual dinning room and classroom.

OH – there was so much stuff!!!

I can’t even begin to explain how much stuff we donated or threw away, but you can get an idea by looking at the other pictures of both our dinning room and living room.

Needless to say – I was in need of a break this evening. LOL 🙂


I combined some very delicious goodies to make a fall treat!

I steeped the Chai Spice black tea in my newest 5-cent vintage thermos.

(See why I needed to declutter, I can’t turn down something vintage! I told myself I wouldn’t go to the garage sale and yet there I was forking over a nickel to a sweet old man in exchange for yet another fabulous thermos!!)

I added pumpkin spice creamer I got from Aldi’s to my chai tea.

….and let me tell you…

 – this is one delicious cup of tea 🙂

 – it feels so good to write a blog post, drink a pumpkin spiced tea, and do absolutely NOTHING 🙂


Hey good looking…. Whatcha got cooking?

Finally! A cool crisp fall day!! 🍁

… And I have a large stock-pot boiling on the stove…

Is this a large pot of stew? Or chili?

I wish – LOL!!

It’s a boiling pot of soapy water filled with old painted-on door hinges!

The kids were rather disappointed when they found out I wasn’t cooking them something to eat.

Here is a before picture – with about 50 years of paint..

Hopefully tomorrow I can show off some shiny vintage hinges hanging on our doors 😊

Painted furniture and a short love story ❤️

On Friday, we moved my sisters-in-law out of a condo and into their new house. I could go on and on about how helpful my kids were during the move…. But then I’d just be bragging 😉

Anyway, this post is actually about the patio furniture we inherited during the move.  The metal set was my husband’s grandmother’s… And what makes it so special is that it’s where my husband and I met… and where we fell in love at! ❤️

I was 18 yrs old, had just moved out of my parent’s house, and was taking out the trash.  Josh was 27, had just moved into his own place, and was letting his dog, Rockie, out.

We said “hi” to each other… And then I started talking and just never shut up!

We would sit on the furniture on his porch- me thinking  he was the smartest handsomest man ever… And him thinking I was a bit odd  😊

2 year later we hopped a train and eloped ❤️

Fast foward 16 years from when we met… When I found out the patio set was up for grabs I quickly asked if we could have it.

We took it home that day and I immediately began the process of cleaning and spray painting it (with Eddie’s help of course)!

I find it very romantic that my husband and I will grow old sitting and talking on the same furniture we fell in love on! ❤️

A sawed-off bunkbed

I didn’t think the day would ever come… But my daughter got her own room! It’s kinda surprising since my children have always wanted to sleep in the same room! They grow up too fast 😢

I suppose it was time… Especially considering this is the FIRST thing she did…

We didn’t want to go out and buy a bed – so we did the most logical thing…

My husband sawed the metal bunkbed in half and Simone got the tall half.

Simone’s loft bed


…with a secret hide-out below!


To make the room super cozy and special, I hung up some Vintage Holly Hobby curtains! Holly has red hair and freckles just like Simone! ❤️


I know Simone appreciates the move because I’ve heard her on numerous occasions say- I can’t believe I have my own room!! 

Our vintage game table

This is the first year that all my kids could attend VBS at church without me being there! (Which means it’s the first time I’ve ever dropped them ALL off and left… Giving me time to myself!)

Well- yesterday, I actually had a date with my hubby while they were at VBS.  3 guesses where we went…

THE SALVATION ARMY! and the WHOLE store was 50% off!!

Oh, the fun we had!!

The best purchase, though, was the vintage chromantic 66 table and chairs we got for $105.00!

I also got a set of 8 vintage Reader’s Digest Placemats that feature famous pieces of art!

We also got a matching stool for $20!

I call it the teacher chair and only I get to sit in it – LOL!

  I even found some cool vintage games to play on it!!

… When we need a change of scenery we can use the table for homeschool😊

Giving our staircase a makeover

When we first moved into our house 8 years ago – I knew the carpet on the stairs had to go!! It was green and about 100 years old (yuck)!

We put in tan carpet that looked so lovely… But then the kids grew up a little and started tracking mud and dirt everywhere!!!!

We managed to keep the “new carpet” until a few months ago when I just couldn’t take the filth anymore!

They actually look nice in the picture, but trust me… 8 years had done a lot to them!! 

I did NOT want to do the carpet thing again… Too much expense, upkeep, and future waste!

Out came the carpet… To reveal beautiful hardwood floors!!! 

Why oh why did I wait so long to rip up the carpet???

I got some leftover paint from the basement (same colors as my kitchen so the colors would flow).  And in about an hour, the stairs were done! 

This project was free! I used paint I already had and  brushes from another project (which I cleaned to reuse again).

And although I had to throw the carpet away, I didn’t make anymore future waste!!


Corralling the electronics… vintage style

As a homeschooling family, each kid has a kindle and a computer.

I am totally against my children playing electronics during a gathering where we are supposed to be interacting with… other human beings 😉 however, there are long car rides and wait times that I think can be filled with reading and games.

Kindles at the dentist

Kindles at the dentist

I usually have my children read a chapter of an e-book before playing a game.  Although we do have some mindless games like Candy Crush and Temple Run, there are educational ones like Chess, Othello, Checkers, Solitaire, and more.

Our computers are small and kind-of slow, but they are great for typing on!

Typing their paragraphs

Typing their paragraphs

So…basically we needed two charging places.

I have tried different baskets and hiding places but they never worked out.

They became a tanged mess of wires that looked awful.

After almost giving up – I found a solution 🙂


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