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Chunky Monkey Protein Smoothie – A Great After School Snack or Quick Breakfast!

chunkie monkey smoothie

  Hi Tatertots & Jello friends! It's Melissa from No. 2 Pencil, and today I'm sharing a delicious protein packed smoothie that you and your kiddos are going to love! We are gearing up for back to school, and smoothies are so popular in our house. We make smoothies for after school snacks or even a quick breakfast.   In this smoothie, I use ripe bananas, peanut butter, and greek … [Read more...]

Making My Home More Energy Efficient!

nest thermometer energy efficient

As part of the Lowe's Creative Team, one of our August challenges was Making Our Home More Energy Efficient. I know this isn't a sexy topic, but it really is one that is important and one that I wanted to tackle. When we were doing the BIG demolition and construction at the 1905 Cottage, we discovered that none of the wiring in the whole house was grounded. Can you believe that? Much of the … [Read more...]

Back To School: Teaching Kids Good Study Habits

Back to school Study Habits at tatertots and jello

It's a challenge to teach kids how to be organized in their study habits. With kids from elementary school through college, we try to teach our kids early on how to be organized, and this year we're going to be even better at it. I'll share some of the habits we try to teach our kids below, and share some new ways we have found to help them stay organized. Post-it Brand was kind enough to … [Read more...]

Great Ideas — 20 Back to School Ideas!

20 Back-to-School Ideas

Summer is coming to an end and Back To School is on the horizon.  I am sad for summer to go, but I love Fall!! Here are 20 awesome Back-to-School ideas that were linked up to get YOU excited for Fall!!  Apples for the Teacher Gift Basket @ My Sister's Suitcase Fun Easy Back To School Lunches @ Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons DIY Mason Jar Caddies @ Shaken Together Life … [Read more...]

Free Yard Sale Sign Printables!!

free yard sale free printables

I've been working on my master bedroom makeover and it's sparked a whole house clean-out. So I thought it was time for a yard sale. And while I was thinking about it, I thought why not make up some cute yard sale printable signs to share?? We tried to make them easy to read but cute too! And there's a blank one so you can add details like the address and/or hours/days. And the arrow signs … [Read more...]

DIY How To Make Modern Planked Walls #1905Cottage

DIY Modern Planked Walls at Tatertots and Jello

  I was so inspired by the hall on the main floor of the 2012 Parade of Homes blogger house that I worked on last Summer! I knew that I wanted to do something similar in my 1905 cottage! (I changed mine a bit from what we did there.) I love this treatment because it adds architectural interest to a room or wall and can even make the room or space look larger. It's not hard to create … [Read more...]

Shutterfly Wood Wall Art and Master Bedroom Gallery Wall Sneak Peek!!

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I've been hard at work on my master bedroom makeover, and as part of that project I'm adding a gallery wall (on both sides of a door). Last month my sister Wenderful and her family came out for a visit and I talked her into a family photo shoot! I have wanted a gallery wall in my master bedroom for so long and was so excited to get started on it. Thanks Wendy for such awesome … [Read more...]

Great Ideas — 21 Ways to Dress Up Your Walls

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I was so inspired by all of the great projects this week, and today I wanted to feature some great ideas for wall decor. I'm right in the middle of a master bedroom re-do -- and so walls are on my mind! Check out these 21 ways to dress up your walls -- you'll be inspired, too! Old Window Wall Remodel @ Remodelando la Casa Vinyl Framed Art @ Lolly Jane DIY Chalkboard Backpack Station … [Read more...]

We Did It! 24 Projects in 24 Hours!!

krylon team

Last month I headed to Ohio along with Jeff Devlin, Mark from My Fix It Up Life, Shelley from House of Smiths and Gail from My Repurposed Life to attempt what seemed like an impossible task -- 24 projects in 24 hours and all on a LIVE video stream!! To be honest, I was more than a little nervous and anxious to see if we could do it. We had a wonderful team. And through a HUGE amount of … [Read more...]

Make a Slipcovered Headboard — An Easy Way to Change Up Your Bedroom!

diy slipcovered headboard change up your room

I'm having such a fun time making over our master bedroom! I realized that it hasn't really been redone in about 9 years. Wow! I'm participating in something really exciting --  Jo-Ann and HGTV HOME™ Magic with Fabric & Trim challenge. And I only have 30 days to complete the room so I have been working really hard on it and it's been so much fun!! Of course the main part of a bedroom … [Read more...]