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Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's really hard for me to fold clothes quickly without running out of energy. So I made my own tool folder and the kids love using to do their part in helping the household.

Wow, okay. It's far harder to type out, but essentially it is 6 rectangles of cardboard cut to 9"x12". Label each rectangle 1 to 6. Placing them short edge top and long edge side in grid of 3 columns and 2 rows.

Rectangle 1 is in the upper left, rectangle 2 is in the upper middle, rectangle 3 is on the upper right.
Rectangle 4 is in the lower left, rectangle 5 is in the lower middle, rectangle 5 is on the lower right.

Rectangle 1's right long edge is taped to rectangle 2's long left edge.
Rectangle 2's right long edge is taped to rectangle 3's long left edge

Rectangle 1's lower short edge is taped to rectangle 4's upper short edge.
Rectangle 2's lower short edge is taped to rectangle 5's upper short edge
Rectangle 3's lower short edge is taped to rectangle 6's upper short edge

Rectangle 4, 5 and 6 are NOT taped to each other at all.

Place your shirt on the middle of the grid with the collar at the top in Rectangle 2. Adjust your shirt so you fold in the outer parts of the shirts to fit inside the grid. Fold Combo 1 and 3, then Fold in combo 3/6 and fold up 4.

Voila! Perfectly folded shirt.

If my instructions aren't clear, just let me know in the comments! <3 <3
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

#darbysmart #DIY Lemon Poppy Massage Bar Soaps. Totally amazing smelling. Totally in love!

I am a member of the ToDIYfor monthly box from Darby Smart and every month I get an interesting craft project that I can do. It comes with everything I need to do one project with easy to follow instructions. I am also a member of Darby Girl, which is a bimonthy project with a more youthful edge focusing more on things like accessories.

I love that they are so simple and I now own a soap mold for Melt and pour soaps and have lemon fragrance and the know how to make more! I love this so hard.

You can join too, if you think this is your bag (got a bag project that I can work on too!) just click on this link , Darby Smart delivers simple, stylish DIY to your door. Use 'howdydarby' for a $10 gift card on your first order, as well! <3

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This wasn't an easy video to make. It's very personal and very intense but we want to share this with you.

Need help, right now? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 911 in the US.

Outside the US , visit IASP or

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Join me in getting these awesome boxes!
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I am a Julep Maven and I get a box that is completely customizable with makeup, skincare and nail polishes each month! I have never regretted any of my boxes and find myself experimenting every month with things that I haven't tried before.

And because you use my link, the first month's box is FREE! <3 Here is my collection thus far. I also bought the Pile Wand for painting my non dominant hand.

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Thia is Lauren Curtis and she broke down ccontouringand highlighting to me in an easy to understand manner. Please watch her video and subscribe if you enjoy her tutorial!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The universe just plopped a huge blessing in our laps thanks to 2 very close friends of ours. We are moving to a 4 bedroom house farmhouse for less than what we have been paying on our current home. This house is amazing. There are 3 kitchens, including a canning kitchen, 2 chest freezers, 4 refrigerators, a true convection oven with middle grill, weight bench workout center in the basement, a huge walk in closet in the master, 2.5 baths, a clawfoot tub, 4 car garage, 2 offices, 2 fire pit/ entertainment areas, a separate outbuilding with a tractor, riding lawnmower, a meat smoker and outside grill. It has a man cave equipped with a full set of craftsman tools, metal and woodworking tools. It even has a wooden playset in the yard and is only blocks away from the public pool and public parks.
And all of this is on 7.5 acres of land! It also has access to broadband internet because it's on the edge of the city limits
The owner has a separate apartment on the property but is only there 2 months out of the year.

It's in a small private college town that is only minutes away from 2 large cities in my state. I never thought this opportunity would happen for us, but I am grateful for it. The last 3.5 years have been the toughest in my entire life, and this is just amazing me every time I think about it.
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