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Entries in inspiration (112)

Monday
Apr012013

My Home Office and a Giveaway!

As many of you know, I work from home. What you might not know is that my "office" is in the front of the house visible for everyone. There is no closing the door on the mess that is my office, and it is always accessible and used heavily by the boys. While it's not always in perfect condition it does need to be somewhat presentable.

One of my bigger problems right now is enough desktop space. The boys like to do homework on the desk but if I have my calendar, a couple bills, and my camera on the desk it seems that there is zero space left. I was SO excited to put up and try out the Wall Manager from Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery, available exclusively from Staples. I actually already use and love some of the Martha Stewart Home Office products in the office and even sometimes in my scrapbooking so I knew I would love the brand.

I'm usually begging Mr. All for the Boys to hang things up for me so they are perfected to his liking (I'm more of a hang it up and eye it sort of person). The way this wall organizer is made is SO smart.

To hang there is a backing with a small amount of adhesive. Use the built in level to get it straight on the wall. The adhesive keeps it in place and you hammer in with included micro nails. SO easy and so awesome. To place multiple squares together you use the alignment marks on each to place them in just the right spot. I can't tell you how excited I was about this feature. I hung them up perfectly completely by myself.

Since I don't have a ton of wall space I chose to keep them to the left of me in a row using different accessories to meet my immediate needs. What's cool is I can change it up whenever I need to!

To the right of where I sit I incorporated the cork board into my little wall gallery. I LOVE getting some of this stuff up on the wall and off the desk, creating a ton more desk space for me and the boys.

The Wall Manager comes in white or black to fit any room. I think this would be perfect for above the boys' desks in their rooms whenever I get around to getting them! Room desks tend to be smaller and this would definitely help!

 

GIVEAWAY!

I have a $100 Staples gift card up for grabs - for one entry for a chance to win, leave a comment answering:

“How and where would you use the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Wall Manager products?”

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: "#SweepstakesEntry"; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post 

c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

 

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 4/1/13-4/30/13.

Be sure to visit the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

Thursday
Mar282013

Wreck It Ralph Party!

We love Wreck It Ralph so natrually I loved this idea for a Wreck It Ralph viewing party from Not Just a Mommy. I think this is a fun way to have a "birthday party" without the stipulation of presents. Kids can watch the movie and participate in fun related activities without having to call it a birthday party. Or just an excuse for a party because I'm always looking for those!

The BEST part is the candy car making!

Check out all the fun details, specifics, and other awesome parties at Not Just a Mommy.

Wednesday
Mar272013

April Fools!

With April Fools coming up I thought I'd share some more fun and innocent pranks

Our Ketchup + Mustard bottle prank

I'd do this for my oldest but probably not my youngest. His reaction would cause a ruckus in the lunch room lol! from Morena's Corner

Love the colored water prank from Martha Stewart

Solid juice is pretty funny - from The 303 Griffiths

How about making your kids some Brown E's - from Dump A Day

And of course the water bottle prank we shared yesterday

 

What are you favorite pranks?!

Monday
Mar252013

Spring / Easter Inspiration!

Some of you are starting Spring Break or getting ready to and some are gearing up for Easter. It's about time for a little inspiration round up! There are some awesome ideas from last year HERE / HERE / HERE

Peep jousting deserves a mention all it's own. It's a must in our house this time of year

I love the homemade "baskets" and shirts from Mer Mag last year

How cute is this printable egg delivery truck from Mr. Printables?!

Decorating eggs with Sharpies is a great idea! from Mom.Me

Here's a fun egg toss game from A Mom with a Lesson Plan

Get messy with cracked egg painting! From Growing a Jeweled Rose

Maybe instead of purchasing a basket this year - you could have your kids make theirs - out of LEGO bricks! from Logan Makes a Mess

Thursday
Mar212013

Rooms

I feel like there is always something new and inspirational that I find in each new room makeover that's posted online. I love that we have such easy access to quick inspiration (instead of waiting for new magazines to come out).

Love everything in this room from La La Lovely

Love this DIY recycling center for kids - a great space for them to use their imagination from Handmade Charlotte

I think we can all agree we need one of these somewhere in the house  - from Mmm Crafts

Lots of DIY ideas in this tween boy room at Shift Ctrl Art

Love all the energy burning ideas in this playroom at Fun at Home with Kids

 

Wednesday
Mar132013

St Patrick's Day Inspiration

St Patrick's Day is on Sunday and whether you do anything special or not - here are some fun ideas to add to your "I'm bored bank".

Fiskars made up some props for a St Patrick's themed photo booths. My boys love set up photos

Sassy girls shares how to make ShamROCK glowing glitter jars

Love this green pepper shamrock stamp from Family Fresh Meals

A Mickey themed St Patrick's day printable from Spoonful

A rainbow rice treasure box at Modern Parents Messy Kids

And I love seeing all the fun leprechaun traps!

from How Does She

from Tips N Tidbits

from Lovely Lovely Things

Do you do anything special for St. Patrick's Day?

See last year's inspiration HERE

Monday
Mar112013

Celebrate the Boy

Do you follow Dana at MADE or Made by Rae? They are doing my favorite celebration - Celebrate the Boy

It's a collection of boy handmade inspiration - you can find all their past projects and the info HERE.

Last week Dana posted about Behind the Hedgerow's (who made the utility belt we just shared) adorable wookie doll (original made by Draw Pilgrim with a free pattern!)

Dana also has a great post about pulling together a Star Wars costume

I'm also loving the robe, jammies, and favorite t-shirt buddy

They are celebrating until March 15 with great boy projects!

Thursday
Mar072013

Utility Belt

I know all of you love the idea of a utility belt because I got lots of emails about the toddler belt/car holder we posted about a while ago.

This is a similar idea but with a few new twists! Behind the Hedgerow made a utility belt for holding all the necessities.

You can get instructions from Behind the Hedgerow