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Organized Spice Cabinet 

Busy packing for a weekend trip to the mountains, but my spice cabinet is out of control so I had to quick organize it.

I’m a little embarrassed to even share this picture.

Before

I really didn’t do much to get things in order. I was going to make my own spice rack but decided to go with a store bought metal mesh one. It for my needs and was only $20. I forgot to get a picture but you can see it in the “after” picture.

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Before

I put some rubber cabinet liner on the bottom shelf. We have really old cabinets and the paint is a little yucky.

I buy a lot of my spices in bulk so I need to transfer them into smaller containers. I have these handy ball spice jars that my in-laws got me for Christmas. Unfortunately they only work with larger spices, not fine powders because the sprinkle holes are large.

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Some spices, especially garlic powder turn to rock after a little while. You can put dry beans in your spices to keep the moisture out. The reason I would use beans instead of rice is because rice it too small and would probably end up in your food when you sprinkle your spices out.

img_0913The other spice containers I have are Tupperware. They came with a handy turn table. I added beans to some of these as well to soak up moisture.

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My spice cabinet could still use some love, but that was my 20 minute quick organizing project for the week. 😊

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Essential Oil Display Storage

I go through spurts where I use essential oils a lot and then don’t. I think my problem is I store them in my bathroom closet, so they are not out in the open. I decided to change that!

Today my poor little Teagan fell and hit her head, hard. I immediately iced the spot and applied Helichrysum and Lavender essential oils. The spot had already formed little red spots, the beginnings of a bruise. I was impressed that after I applied the essential oils to the spot it did not get any worse, by the end of the day it looked like nothing had happened.

img_0866I figured essential oils should be easily accessible so that I can find them when I need them.

I always have a pallet laying in my driveway, ready for my next diy project. If you don’t have any pallets in your driveway, check a lumbar yard, hardware store, landscape supply, or somewhere that might stock large items or bulk items.

img_0811You will need a circular saw and a pry hammer to get the boards you need off the pallet.

img_0816Strike a line on the pallet board at the length desired. Carefully cut to size. I used 4 boards which was 26″ long x 13″wide.

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You will also need 13″ wide pallet shelves. I made 5 shelves. The first was 6″, the next 4 were 4″ apart.

img_0837-1Use a nail puller to either cut or pull out any unwanted nails from the pallet. I left some of the nails in to give it more of a rustic look.

img_0861-1 You will need a trim gun for this next step. We borrowed my brother in law’s gun. Draw a line on the back of the boards so you know where to put the trim nails. If you miss the shelf it won’t look to pretty in the front, so be careful! My husband did this step for me 🙂

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I wanted to polyurethane the entire shelf, but I ran out of polyurethane. 😭 This gives you an idea of how it looks both ways. It will help the board not splinter as much, I sanded it down a little as well.

All finished and stocked! I love that the essential oils are easily accessible. I hung this shelf in my laundry room, which is also where the changing table is kept and the kids get ready for bed. Makes it easy to oil them up. 😊

I was thinking the bottom shelf has a spot to write “Oil Up” with white paint. That will be a project for another day. I also might add some wire chicken fence to the bottom shelf to turn it into a “cabinet” to store my essential oil guides and cheat sheets. So many plans I have, ha-ha

Special thanks to my big (little) helpers while they ate some cookies, and of course my handy man husband.

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Teagan

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Paisley

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Tristan

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DIY Rustic Wall Vase 

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I’ve seen plenty of these on Pinterest but every one is unique. They are so versatile, and simple to make!

You will need:

  • Glass vase of any shape you choose. I chose a milk bottle.
  • Pipe hanging band – used to secure vase to board – found in the plumbing and piping section at Lowes.
  • Rustic board – I used wood from a pallet I had laying around.
  • Screws and screwdriver
  • Fake flowers or even better some fresh wild flowers.

If you are using a pallet board you will need to cut the boards to the size you want them. I made mine just a little bigger than my glass.

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Use some metal snippers to cut the pipe hanging band. You want it to be pretty tight to hold the bottle from sliding.

img_0674Screw the band around the bottle.

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That just about wraps it up. Pick an empty space on your wall and hang  your new decor.

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Homemade Alfredo sauce and Grilled Chicken

Bonus Post – I didn’t plan to post about my dinner plans for this evening but it was so yummy I had to share.

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Italian Grilled Chicken:

  • 3 free range organic chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing, wish bone brand.
  • 1/4 cup grade A or B maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Put everything in a bowl and marinade for at least an hour. Then grill for about 3-4 minutes per side.

Alfredo Sauce

  • 1 pound organic noodles of your favorite kind.
  • 2 cups organic cream
  • 1/2 cup organic butter (one stick)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Romano cheese
  • Salt to taste

Heat cream, butter and cheese in a sauce pan on medium heat stirring constantly with metal whisk. Cooking until noodles are done.

Cook noodles as directed on box.

Pour sauce over noodles.

Served with homemade applesauce and sourdough bread. Yummy dinner if I can say so myself. 😊

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Homemade Strawberry Pie & Whipped Cream

I’ll be honest, we don’t eat many desserts around here. I just don’t like to bake, and I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. But homemade strawberry pie and fresh whipped cream is irresistible. 

  1. I cheated and used a frozen pie crust, this was a last minute decision to make pie. Preheat the oven and cook your pie crust while you make the filling.
  2. Cut 5 – 6 cups fresh organic strawberries, I like my pie full of strawberries! (use this same recipe for peach pie) 
  3. 3/4 cup organic sugar (or coconut sugar 1:1 replacement) 
  4. 3 T instant clear gel. – We get this in Landcaster at a bulk foods store. 
  5. Mix your strawberries till they are a little bruised and the clear gel and sugar is thoroughly mixed in.
  6. Dump strawberry filling into cooled pie crust.

    Fresh Whipped Cream

    • 1/2 cup organic heavy cream (or if you have raw milk just scoop that fresh cream right off the top of your cow’s milk, yum!)
    • 2 tablespoons organic sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (keep any eye out for my diy vanilla extract post.)
    • Whip for about 2 minutes, not too long or you will have butter!
    • Top your freshly made pie and enjoy!

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      Open Iron Pipe Shelf

      My husband and I love to watch the TV show fixer upper after we put the kids to bed. Our own house was a MAJOR fixer upper. The couple we bought it from was selling it just for the land. They thought we would tear it down, but we had a different plan. 

      We kind of stole the shelf idea from their show. My style is very similar to Joanna and Chip. I would LOVE to own a farmhouse with lots of land for animals and a garden someday. 

      Our kitchen needs a makeover, but we don’t have the money to redo it right now. We were trying to find a way to add more cabinet space to some open wall space in our kitchen just for temporary. When we came across the iron pipe shelves I figured that could be a permanent fix!


      We got all the supplies we needed from Lowes. I’ll warn you iron pipes are a little pricey.

      First measure your space to see how many shelves you want, and how far apart to make them. We went with 3 shelves. First shelf was 18″ from the cealing, the next two were 10″ apart. Our shelves are 12″ deep.

      • 2 – 18″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width from cealing to first shelf)
      • 4 – 10″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width between shelves)
      • 6 – 12″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width of shelf)
      • 8 – 3/4″ Galvanized floor flange (to support shelves into the wall and cealing)
      • 2 – 90• 3/4″ black iron fittings 
      • 4 – 3/4″ “T” black iron fittings.
      • 3 2×12 lumber board

      Seriously you just start screwing pipes together, pretty easy. It was a fun date night project while the kids slept. 


      We had a hard time finding the studs in our wall, but I enjoyed working with this stud! See what I did there?! 😜 

      You could just screw it into the drywall and use drywall anchors, but that doesn’t sound as sturdy to me.

      Once you got it in the right spot put a level up to the pipes and screw them in. This was my favorite part! 

      Then you’re ready for the shelves. Seriously it’s that easy!


      And fill them up. 🙂


      I’m pretty excited about my new storage space. I was a little worried about keeping open shelves organized at first. I need to clean the iron pipes and pull those stickies off sometime. I might eventually refinish the lumber with a tinted polyurethane to make it a little darker.

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      Usborne Books

      I finally got my book order, I think it took about a month!!! Well worth the wait though! I’ll just post a few pictures so you can see why I love my books!

      These are the five books i ordered.

      Paisley enjoyjng her book on the swing.

      Teagan and Paisley enjoy theor books inside while mommy makes lunch.

      Page in the babys first slide book

      Page in animally – probably favorite book ever 🙂

      page in the german book – this was a daddy pick.

      blue page of the color book

      pink and purple page of the color book