time management for dummies or…us?

Time management is a challenge, but thinking of time like a closet has helped me a ton!

There really aren't all that many life topics I know much about, or feel I can give advice on, but this is one of them.  Time management is something we all have to figure out, at least to some extent, and I think I've gotten to a pretty good place when it comes to this difficult topic. But perhaps you need more reasons to believe in my expertise; okay.  I get it.  I'll give you a few:  1. I am a mother. 50,000 points. 2. I own a business. 10,000 points. 3. I blog full time. 5,000 points. 5. I am the oldest of 10, my H one of 6 children. Our house is FULL! 5,000 points. 6. I have ...

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Creepy mantel for halloween

Dolls are creepy when used in this Creepy Halloween Mantel! #halloween #decoration #mantel

Creepy mantel for halloween First…I apologize if you don’t do creepy. Second…I apologize if you don’t do Halloween. Okay…are you still here? Good. This is my “mantel” for Halloween this year… I usually don’t do decorations for Halloween. Because it seems to run so much into fall and then Christmas it annoys me. But…my kids had this great idea and you know how I am about my kids… Crazy about them! Anyways, they are getting older and more clever. This mantle is born from their silly sense of humor. They told me to find some creepy dolls…a creepy picture…and eyeballs. Done. I’ll be doing ...

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9 steps to creating a compass rose!


Recently I had this wonderful table that needed some loving.  The table had good bones, and a great antique vibe, but was just rather sad looking.  As if it hadn't been loved in its previous life.  It really was quite pathetic.  So I set about remaking it into a loved piece of furniture using Rub N' Buff and a DIY compass rose. Here's the table at the start of the project: You can see what I mean, right?  A good table...just unloved.  I bet we all come across a few of these every year at garage sales.  We see them, think they have potential, don't know what to do to bring ...

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vlog…with Levi and Katie

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Q & A vlog I believe I am going to try to do some video stuff. Not sure what. Or how. Or what it will look like. But…I wanted to test it out. So, we held an impromptu Q and A session at my house… Covering Starbucks...meeting Nate...and lots more! ...

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Simple steps to making a mini notebook


DIY Mini Notebook Good Morning fabulous readers! Well, I’m going back to bed after I write this for you. I just got back from  “vacation” and need to recoup. Ha…isn’t that funny how we need to rest from our “vacation”. I bet you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about! But first, a quick tutorial for this DIY mini notebook... Okay, this craft is about 10 minutes. But…I don’t count the glue drying time. Because, TECHNICALLY you could use a hair dryer. Ha! DIY mini notebook supplies: White glue. Post it pad. Binder clip. Greeting card. Step 1. Cut your greeting card to the size of the ...

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Give Me a Minute?


Give Me a Minute? Feature teacher...Cox's Corner Do NOT pin from my blog...please visit the featured blogger!   Our Give Me a Minute feature teacher is... The Cox Corner. She took an IKEA frame and gave it a quick and fun update with washi tape. Love quick! Love easy! So cute!! Do NOT pin from my blog...please visit the featured blogger's post!   Go visit Cox's Corner for the details (and she has some other fun tutorials on the same post! Thanks Jess for sharing this minute craft with me! If YOU have a minute craft, idea, or DIY that you think others would enjoy shoot it my way... I LOVE to ...

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How to make a Creepy Crawly Wreath


Creepy Crawly Wreath!   Ooooh…right! yes, it's a bit early for such things.  But, I don't do time tables well. I did this. I liked it. I posted. The end.   Let’s go. You need… 1 styrofoam wreath. I used a 9incher I think?? 1 pile of rubber spiders, snakes…whatever you can find at the dollar store. 1 can of black spray paint (unless you are lucky and can find them already black) 2 fake Halloweeny flowers 1 large pile of black tulle 1 roll of ribbon 1 hot glue gun 3 or so glue sticks. Step 1. Grab your pile of creepy crawlers and spray them black.   Step 2. Wrap your wreath with your ribbon so ...

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Before/After: vintage desk


Vintage Desk This piece doesn’t have a name. It was for a friend of my daughters. And I never quite figured out it’s name. Maybe you can come up with one?? But, here it is when it was brought to me… Very cute! She was planning on using it as a desk in her bedroom. She wanted vintage and liked a bit of grunge. So…after it was “Nellified”… I used Ce Ce Caldwell paint to add subtle stripes to the front of it and take advantage of the great grooves. I painted the top a graphite to match the chair. Some stain wiped on and off and several passes with the sander gave it that grunge look. If you follow me on Facebook you ...

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Sponsor Salivation Day…My Turn (for us)

Hello fine fellows!! It’s Saturday!! Woot woot! The weekend is here! And that means it time for another round of slobber gushy wonderful words all over a NellieBellie sponsor! Today’s victim…Evelyn from My Turn (for us). Evelyn is a long time reader of NellieBellie and has been one of my biggest cheerleaders. I mean this lady has the full outfit and pompoms going (metaphorically, of course)! Love her!! When she decided to sponsor NellieBellie this month I was honored and touched. And then set out to make her very very happy she had done so.   Evelyn is a down to earth, funny, and generous lady. This comes across ...

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The teen’s study space


I am calling this a study space because…well, I don’t really know WHAT to call it?!? This is my 14 year old’s space. We just put the finishing touches on it over the weekend and it’s ready to go for her freshman year. Ack…can you believe I’m that old? Sigh, I need a nap. Anyways…because my kids do their charter school from home they need good-sized space to organize, spread out, and spend vast hours of the day in. Levi’s space is a giant counter space (you can see that HERE) with bright colors and fun patterns. But, Katie isn’t really into the monster patterns and primary colors. She likes twinkle lights, old ...

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DIY dyed jute basket.


DIY Dyed Jute Basket Head over to Primitive and Proper to see a fabulous guest post by *ahem* a fabulous blogger (me...it's me!) Cassie is so cool, talented, and kind. Love her! Go say hi! This little guy makes me smile… Cause I made him! I dyed the jute. And then I hotglued it going around…and around…and around. It’s so darn sweet I just want to pinch it’s cheeks! So…how to dye jute twine?? You want to know? Is that the phone ringing?? gotta go. bye. :) ...

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DIY laptop sleeve (with mailing envelopes and Duck Tape)


DIY Duck Tape laptop sleeve Sometimes…sometimes I do a craft just because I can. Just because I wonder if it would work. So…I try it. And sometimes…sometimes…it works! Yes, my head is full of ideas. Yes, I’m slightly ridiculous. But…I smile a lot that’s worth something, right! I made a redneck IPAD sleeve out of Duck Tape and a mailing envelope. It pretty much rocked. I love it. I use it. I want to make several colors so I can have one that matches every outfit. So, as I was forcing Nate to listen about my wonderful redneck IPAD sleeve he had an idea. This is the man that thought of using window boxes as shelves in ...

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