Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentines Banners for you

 Lewisville Love started a few years ago when I decided to start sharing my journey of all things DIY. Coming up with a name for a blog is actually a difficult task. Will it stick? Will people like it? Will I want to change it after a year?

For me, I wanted a name that would reflect my love for my family, my decision to stay home, and most of all my love for Christ. How do you put all that in a name?
Well, you can't, but I tried. Lewisville is my home. It's our family name and the name of our city ironically.

We move around often, but wherever we land, that's Lewisville. Wherever my family is, that's Lewisville. Wherever we're making a mess, painting a wall, eating as a family, that's Lewisville. Lewisville will always be the place my kids will find hugs and kisses, an encouraging word, and the greatest tickle fight of all time followed by a loaded nurf gun battle. It's the place my husband and I pray, hope, and dream together. That's Lewisville.

I launched Lewisville Love on Valentines Day, so to continue with the tradition of all things LOVE, here are a few more Valentine ideas you can take for your (enter name here) -ville Love.

The Banners! I designed these banners last year.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Clean Linen Closet

This is a rare Monday post. I was in bed last week with a lovely cold, compliments of the kiddos. So this is the post that should have been published on Saturday, declaring to the world that I indeed finished the first week of February's Monthly Challenge- Closets!

We (as in the readers of this blog) have chosen a closet or two to clean, organize, and decorate this month. How do you decorate a closet? Look HERE.
The first week of February is dedicated to just cleaning out closets!
Here's the much needed clean out of my Linen Closet...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I Think I'm Doing This Mothering Thing All WRONG?

  • I never counted to 10 to calm down enough so I wouldn't yell at my kids (more than likely, I would have counted to 10 and still yelled at them).
  • I never made baby food from scratch (unless you count mashing bananas).
  • I never fed my littles organic food or bought organic lotions that didn't exist yet. They are toxified teens.
  • I never did stroller lunges in order to stay in shape. Let's face it, if I'm pushing a stroller, shouldn't that be considered exercise?

Had I access back then to all the blogs out there talking about "how to be a good mom", "10 tricks to get your kids to listen," or advising me on" how to raise kids without raising my voice," maybe I'd be in the good mom category.
I'm pretty sure I did this mothering thing all wrong. I had a messy house, I was exhausted, and getting a shower in before noon was considered a luxury. By 5pm my nice mommy persona turned into exhausted, cranky, and "don't make me tell you again" mommy.

My kids are teens and tweens now. When I look back at those sleepless toddler years (sleepless meaning me), I'm actually glad mommy blogs with all their 10 ways to be a great mom and look fabulous  blog posts didn't exist. We are inundated with opinions and advice on the blogosphere. A mama can read, contemplate, and walk away from a post only to confirm her worst fear, that she might in fact be ruining her children. You can read so many of these types of post and then suffer from the "I should be doing this" or "I want to implement that," or "I ought to ..." you fill in the blank.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tips and Tricks Tuesday- Clean Closets

Are you ready for this month's Room Challenge? We have a shorter month, so I chose a smaller area of our home, but we all need to give it some of our personal attention. At least I know I do. It's our closets...linen, master, toy, kids, whatever kind of closet you have, pick two to clean, organize, and decorate for the month of February.
You're already thinking of which closets in your house need your attention, right?
So here are my tips for Clean Closets!

1. Empty the closet and start over. I know this seems like extra work, but a clean slate works best. Take out the toys, or the linens, or all the clothes. I'm personally working on my linen closet and master bedroom closet, but I'm "strongly encouraging" the kids to get rid of clothes they don't wear anymore.
Now's also a good time to think about painting, adding shelving, or sticking up wallpaper for the decorating/project week of our challenge later in the month.
 2. Keep it, Toss it, or donate it. Now its times to divide everything into categories. If you're cleaning out toys for the littles, do this while the angels are sleeping, because we all know what happens if they see you toss a toy they haven't used in 6 months. If it has anything to do with clothes or linens, here's a few questions you can ask yourself.
3. Dust, wipe, and sweep/vacuum. I don't know how our closets can get so "ickie" but they do. Give it a good cleaning and it will feel 1000 times fresher.

4. Put it all back, neatly. We'll be organizing closets next week, but for now put all the items back in the closet in like categories. For example, in my linen closet, I'll put towels on one shelf, sheets on another. In the master closet, dresses hang together, then skirts, then blouses, then pants are placed together. It doesn't matter what kind of system you use, just as long as it's in categories that make sense to you. Now that everything is put back, you can decide on an organizing system and what you'll need to be looking out for as you shop in the next few weeks.
 This is my linen closet from our last house and after a "clean out" day.

5. Hang in one direction, fold your sweaters. I hang everything to the right, like the picture below. It's systematic and easy when garments come out of the dryer. It took me a while to figure out that sweaters stretch over time and should be folded rather than hung. Just one of those things you figure out with time...or on a blog like this.
The task is simple this week, but because most of us have more than one closet in our home, it's going to take some time. Clean as many closets you can this week without working yourself to exhaustion. I'm budgeting my time to 1 hour each closet. I wish I could do it in 30 minutes, but I'm a realist.



Saturday, January 30, 2016

Bathroom Challenge Complete!

This month, it's been about bathrooms. Sound weird? I created a 2016 Challenge where each month, we'd take on one room in our home, clean it one week, organize it the next week, then decorate it for a final week. That leaves us with a beautiful space, and at the end of the year, we'll have a beautiful home, one room, one month at a time.

But a beautiful home isn't just about the decor or the cleaning and organizing we all search for from blog to blog. I want those things too, but a put together home doesn't matter as much as the family that lives there. Next month, Lewisville Love will begin including a Family and Home Life section! We're moving on up, looking up, and holding dear to those whom we share our lives with-family. I'm excited to share this new section of the blog with you and hope you'll join me!

Today though, it's back to bathrooms! And my "Before" bathroom isn't pretty. It's clean and organized thanks to the challenge, but not pretty.