Kitchen Organization – Measuring Cups

January 7, 2015 AT 4:54 pm Leave a Comment

Hey Friends! 

I have finally completed a project that I have wanted to do for two years!

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I knew I wanted to do this project when I saw my friend Beckie from Infarrantly Creative do hers.  Her’s is much nicer, but I like the way mine turned out.  It works for me!  :)  Click HERE to see Beckie’s project.

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Before I completed this project, I had been storing my measuring cups in a plastic container in my Lazy Susan.

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And the cabinet to the left of my stove and microwave looked like this…

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This is the perfect spot for me to hang my measuring cups because it is right by my stove.  So I went to Lowes and bought a 3/8 inch thick and 3 inch wide piece of wood.

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I cut it the length I needed with my Dremel Saw Max (awesome tool!)

Then I put some Gorilla glue on the back of the board and put it on my cabinet door.  

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I had to make sure it was level.

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Then I just taped it in place to dry.

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Then I painted the inside of the cabinet door black with Chalkboard paint from Lowes, and added these hooks…

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I couldn’t find my 1/2 measuring cup, so I had to use two of the same for my picture.  :)

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I found this cute little Measurement Conversion chart online at Sugar and Charm.   Click HERE to download it.

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I put it in a frame and then added Gorilla glue to the frame so it would stick to the door.DSC_0238

 I reorganized my shelves and put my measuring cups and mixing bowls in this cabinet for easy reach.  Soooooo much better!

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After…

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 Now it is YOUR turn!!

Have you been organizing anything in your kitchen this week?  

I sure hope so!  I can’t wait to see it!  

I will have a linky party tomorrow, and I would love for you to link

up any of your kitchen organization posts.

If you do not have a blog,  you can send me the pictures via email

([email protected]) or send them to me on facebook. 

 

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For more creative ideas to inspire you, download the Lowe’s Creative Ideas app on your iphone and/or ipad. 

You can also follow Lowe’s on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram as well.

Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  All opinions are 100% mine!


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Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Kitchen!

January 5, 2015 AT 8:13 am 1 Comment

Welcome to Day One of Organize your Heart and Home!

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Today, I am sharing some of my favorite kitchen organization tips and tricks.

I am hoping some of these ideas will help motivate you to organize an area in your kitchen as well, and then share it with me!  On Friday, I will be hosting a link up party on my blog for you to link up any kitchen organization posts, past or present.  If you do not have a blog, I would love for you to share your before and after pictures with me via an email or facebook, and I will be sharing them with my readers.

Utensil Organization

I love how these larger utensils are hanging from a shelf making room for coffee cups on top and leaving the countertop clear.

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I love how Marian from Miss Mustard Seed stores her large utensils in an antique piece and creates a beautiful display with other items on a tray.  

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If your utensil drawers are a hot mess like mine, you can follow this tutorial from Kevin {&} Amanda to create a DIY Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer for less than ten dollars!

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Pots and Pans Organization

Now, I am not one to have my pots and pans out in the open for everyone to see, but using a pegboard definitely makes great use of wall space and makes your items easy to reach.  The fresh flowers, glass canisters, and wicker tray on the table below makes this space look very beautiful and organized.

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I love how the space underneath this island was used to store pots and pans.  

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Or you can store your pots and pans above your island to save space in your kitchen…

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Here is an example of how you can store your pot lids on the inside of your cabinet door.  You can also use dividers to store your casserole dishes and muffin pans.

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Make the most of the inside of your cabinet doors, like this idea from Classy Clutter.  She hung a measurement conversion chart and pot holders on her door.  I also love the way she has her spices organized inside her cabinet.

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Here’s a nifty way to store your plastic wrap and aluminum foil boxes…attach a magazine rack to the cabinet door!

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I like this idea as well!

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Use tension rods to create dividers for trays and cutting boards.

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I am in luuuurve with this pantry from Everyday Enchanting.  Click HERE to see the details. 

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 Are you feeling inspired?

Maybe you would like to try one of these ideas in your kitchen, or maybe you have an organizing idea of your own!  Either way, let’s get it done THIS WEEK!!

I’m starting on mine today and will share it with you tomorrow. 

I can’t wait to see what you are up to!!

Have a blessed and organized day!!

 


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New Song from Jonathan

January 3, 2015 AT 10:22 am 16 Comments

Happy Saturday, friends!

I will be spending the day watching MANY basketball games.  Luke and Adam are both in a tournament this weekend.  :)

I hope you have a good weekend!  Have you taken your Christmas decorations down yet?  I’m starting on Monday when the boys are back in school.  

We got Jonathan some recording equipment for Christmas.  He is wanting to start recording some more songs and making more videos. 

He chose to do a cover of a popular Taylor Swift song right now called Blank Space.  Her version is faster, but he just recorded himself singing and playing the guitar.

I am really proud of him.  I LOVE music, but I do not have a “gift” like Jonathan has, and I love watching his gift grow.  He produced this song and video all by himself.  He does something on the computer with some music software that looks like Greek to me.  He records himself playing the guitar.  Then adds his voice.  Then records harmony, then anything else he needs to add.  He worked HOURS on this.  Then he videoed (is that a word?) himself with my camera at different angles.  Then he spends more hours splicing all of the video clippings together.  Seriously?  And he taught himself how to do it all!  I love watching his creativity come to life!

So here is his new song.  He would love it if you would share it and “like” it.  :)

Thanks for always being so supportive of Jonathan and cheering him on!  
 


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Organizing your Heart and Home – 2015 Series

January 2, 2015 AT 6:04 pm 9 Comments

Yay!  2015 is HERE!

And I am ringing it in with a cold.  :(   Boo.

Oh well, it’s all good. 

I am so excited to tell you about a series that I am doing on my blog for the month of January!

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Y’all, I am going to ORGANIZE MY LIFE!   I’m determined!  Wanna join me?

Here is what the month of January will look like (starting on Monday):

WEEK ONE:  Kitchen Organization 

 

WEEK TWO:  Bathroom Organization

 

WEEK THREE:  Closet Organization

 

WEEK FOUR:  Home Management Organization

 

Each week, we will focus on one area of our home.  I will be sharing posts with you that include tips and tricks to organizing that room in your house, plus I will be sharing a DIY project that I am doing in my own home.  At the end of each week, I will be hosting a link up party for you to share your own projects (if you blog) and I will be hosting a giveaway!

So what is the “heart” part of this series?

Well, each Wednesday I will be sharing with you a video post of how we can organize our hearts through prayer and bible study.  ‘Cause let’s be honest, if our houses are spotless but our hearts are dirty messes, well… our lives are going to be miserable.  So I want to devote some time this month on my blog to creating beauty in our hearts as well.

Here is what each week will look like in January, starting next Monday…

 

MONDAY:  “Organizing Tips and Tricks” 

 

TUESDAY:  “Organization Inspiration” {DIY Project by ME!}

 

WEDNESDAY:  “Organizing your Heart” Video Post

 

THURSDAY:  “Throwback Thursday” - (Organizing posts from my previous home.)

 

FRIDAY:  Favorite Organizing Pins from Pinterest, Link up Party AND Giveaway!!

 

 

Doesn’t that sound awesome?!!!  I am so ready to tear my house apart and GET ORGANIZED!!  Even if you do not have a blog, I would love for you to join me. 

Starting next week, pick an area of your kitchen that you need to organize.  Take a before and after shot and email it to me.  :)  Then I can share it in a post or on my facebook page to inspire others!!  YAY!!

You will be SO glad that you got it done, and I will too!  

Until then, have a blessed weekend!!


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Beneath My Heart in 2015

December 30, 2014 AT 8:52 am Leave a Comment

Yay!!  The new year is almost here!  I feel so motivated to get things done, and I love it!

I cannot believe that I will be embarking on my SEVENTH year as a blogger!  Isn’t that nuts?!  This blogging gig has been so much fun and such a blessing in my life.  

I am excited about spending another year with you and seeing what it unfolds!  

I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOU!!!  You are what keeps this blog going.  :)  This year, I want to improve Beneath My Heart for my readers.  I want my site to be meaningful and useful for you, not just me. 

It would mean so much to me if you would take about two minutes to answer 10 survey questions for me.  It’s mostly multiple choice, so it is super quick and simple.  

There is a space for you to add any extra comments if you want to. 

Click HERE to take survey.

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

2015…Bring it on!!


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Top 14 DIY Projects of 2014!

December 29, 2014 AT 2:19 pm 6 Comments

Hey friends! 

We are driving home from Georgia today after spending time with my husband’s family.  I am trying to get a little work done on my computer in the car. :)

Today, I am sharing my top DIY projects of 2014!  I always love writing this post at the end of the year because it helps me see how much we really got finished this year.  Sometimes it feels like I’m just spinning my wheels, but these type of posts make me happy, happy, happy to see how much we have accomplished over the year. 

To view each of these posts/projects, click on the title or picture.

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Clint and Mary’s Kitchen Renovation (by my husband)

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Whew!  I feel so much better!  

I really did get a lot of stuff done this year!  

And I have a ton more coming in 2015.  

Can’t wait to share them with you!!

 

If you missed my top DIY projects from previous years, click the buttons below to view:   

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Join me for a New Year and a New Heart

December 28, 2014 AT 12:20 pm 40 Comments

Hey friends!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration!

I enjoyed lots of time with my family and not a lot of time with my computer. :)

In just a few short days, we will begin a new year! I don’t know about you, but I get SO EXCITED about a fresh new year! It is filled with so much hope and so many possibilities.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to focus on most in 2015. I want to live a healthier lifestyle. I want to work on growing my blog. I want to get some projects finished around the house.

BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, I want to spend more time in God’s word. I want a “newness” in my heart.

I talked to my sister about it a few weeks ago, and I asked her if she wanted to join me in offering a bible study to our readers. I thought it would be awesome to create a private facebook group of all of us who are doing the bible study together to encourage and pray for each other.

 

We decided we would ask you to join us on the Focused15 Challenge?

Beginning January 1 we’ll start a Bible Study called Wild Obedience (you purchase it online for $3.99) by Katie Orr.

Katie is a pastor’s wife and friend of Cyndi and mine. She is passionate about sharing God’s word and helping women dig into scripture and grow in their relationship with Christ.

The study is 15 days and can be completed in 15 minutes. Which is perfect for a Focused15 challenge.

If you would like to join me, take this pledge:

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If this resonates with your heart, go here and sign the pledge and then if you don’t mind, leave a comment and let me know! (There’s not a 2015 date but go ahead and put January 1, 2014 and it will still work.)

Friends, this will be a wonderful opportunity for us all to enjoy a fresh new start with God in our hearts. I am so excited about this!! Nothing in this world is more important than our relationship with Jesus. When we get our lives right with God, we will be better moms, wives, sisters, and friends. That would be a great way to start 2015!

Here’s a video of Katie sharing about the Focused15 challenge:

 

If you would like to join our private facebook group, click HERE.


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Turn Around Slowly

December 23, 2014 AT 11:21 am 5 Comments

Hey friends!

I can’t believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow night!!

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in a few days, and there is a good reason for that.  I’ve been busy soaking up the best parts of the season! :)

I’ve been doing this…

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And this…

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I LOVE doing Christmas puzzles!  My mom always had them on a card table every year at Christmas.  She would spend more time doing them than we did!  As I worked on that puzzle last night (til midnight!,)  I couldn’t help but think about mom and the many ways I feel connected to her this time of year.  She would love that I was carrying on this tradition.

I’ve also been enjoying our new puppies!  We do a LOT of snuggling on the couch together!  

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And instead of being on my computer, I have been spending some wonderful time with my family!  Isn’t that the best part of the whole season?

The boys have been helping me pick out presents for cousins, and Aunts, and Uncles.

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The “cousins” got together last night at Papa and Janet’s and decorated the Christmas tree together and then went to Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park. 

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Memories.  Priceless memories.

I love this picture my sister took of my great nephew, Colt, having lunch with Dad!  Grandpa with great grandson.  Priceless.

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These are the moments I want forever etched in my mind.

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My sweet Jonathan is 15, and Cy and I were talking about how we only have a few more Christmases with him “at home.”  I know we will have many more together, but the reality is that he could be living away at college and just coming home for Christmas.  (sniff. sniff.)

I am treasuring these moments with my boys. 

I once heard a pastor say as parents we should “turn around slowly.”

He said when he had his first baby girl, it seemed he turned around and she was walking and talking.  He turned around again, and she was in school and becoming a young lady.  He turned around again and she was going to college, and then again, and he was walking her down the aisle.

He said the best advice he could ever give was to “turn around slowly.”  

I love that, and it has stuck with me all these years.  I want to live my life turning around slowly.  Embracing those every day moments that may not seem all that special at the time, but are actually priceless and the best part of life!

Christmas is the busiest time of the year for all of us.  And it is really hard to slow things down, but I pray that we are all able to take a break and enjoy those we love. 

I pray we are all able to focus on what matters most…the birth of our Savior, the gift of Salvation, and the joy of being with those we love.

Merry Christmas, friends!!

 

 


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Favorite Pins Friday!

December 19, 2014 AT 7:32 am Leave a Comment

Wow!  It’s the last day of school for the boys before Christmas break!

Why do I always run out of time to Christmas shop every year?!  Oh well!  I’ll get it done somehow.  :)

I hope you are finding some “silent night moments” amid all of the craziness of the season.

Enjoy these beautiful Christmas pins I found on Pinterest this week!

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Have a Blessed Day!!


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Christmas means Candles! {Giveaway}

December 11, 2014 AT 12:33 am 11 Comments

I love candles year round, but I love them even more at Christmastime!  :)  Don’t you?

The soft glow of the candles just makes the holiday season so cozy and warm.  And if the candles smell good, that’s even more awesome!

Right now, I have been using a Yankee Candle® in every room of the house.  They smell so divine!  

Why is it that the smell of a candle makes your house feel clean?  Is that just me?  :)

Whenever I don’t have time to clean the house, I light a candle.  (Hmmmm….maybe that’s why I have a candle burning in my house every day?)

 

Well, I am just smitten right now with these Pure Radiance™ candles by Yankee Candle® in fragrances like Christmas Candy and Winter!  

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Have you seen them?  

Look at this cute little white one I have in new holiday fragrance Winter.  It smells like all the goodness of the season!

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They come in a pretty little vase, and have a wood wick that crackles when it’s lit, a new technology called Crackling Lumiwick™.  

They also come in a large vase.  This pretty red Christmas Candy candle goes great with my Christmas décor.

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I love that Yankee Candles® come in so many different scents!  I love them all, but my favorite is anything with a pine scent, like Winter Garden.   It’s soooooo Christmasey!

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Do you love candles as much as I do?

Yay!!

‘Cause I have a great giveaway that you will love!

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You can enter with Rafflecopter below:

 

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This giveaway ends on December 16th, 2014.

 

*This post was sponsored by Yankee Candle®.  All opinions are 100% mine.


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