This summer I’ve really been trying to tackle as many organizing projects as I can. I’m trying to streamline our house so things are easier to keep clean and the house stays a little neater. If an area of my house seems messy or isn’t working, I try to find a solution to the problem.

First I tackled the entryway. I solved the mess problem by adding hooks my kids can reach,

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Hello friends!

How is your summer going? I feel like it’s going by so fast! I can’t believe it’s the end of July already. August usually goes by in the blink of any eye, and back to school is around the corner! I’m looking forward to fall, because it’s my favorite season, but I don’t want to wish away summer! I’m trying to enjoy every ice cream cone, beach day, and barbecue and savor it while it lasts!

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Let’s be real for a minute.

I. Hate. My. Bathroom. It’s dated and old and in desperate need of a remodel. Here’s the thing. We can’t afford a remodel right now. At the very least we need to replace the vanity, toilet, and light fixture.  I know, I know, I shouldn’t complain. I really am grateful for what we’ve got. But a girl can dream, right?

I’m constantly drooling over all the gorgeous farmhouse bathrooms on Pinterest.

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It’s true what they say. That you lose a little bit of yourself when you have kids.

Everything becomes for them, and it’s hard to find the time for you. We become so caught up in all the things that have to be done, and in taking care of our little loves, that we neglect ourselves. But it isn’t good for you, or for your kids to always be giving,

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If you saw my home improvement wish list post, you know that I have a TON of projects and updates I want to tackle this summer. Today I’m sharing one of these projects: hanging new entryway hooks.

I’ve realized that it’s necessary to change our spaces to fit the season of our lives. Right now, I have two 3 year olds, and one space that really needed to change was the entryway.

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Hello friends!

Things have been a little quiet here at Sweet Maple Lane for a bit, but I’m back and ready to party! The school year has ended, summer is here, and lots of exciting changes have been going on for me.  ( more on that to come…)

If you know me in real life, you know I love coffee. Like, really love. Love with a capital ‘L’ and a heart for the ‘o’.  

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Thank you, Mom.

Thank you for teaching me to make mashed potatoes, homemade macaroni and cheese, roast chicken, banana bread, meatballs, and cheesecake.

Thank you for teaching how to make spaghetti sauce the way your mother taught you.

Thank you for teaching me that homemade, from scratch is worth it, but it’s ok to use a frozen pie crust sometimes too.

Thank you for teaching me that cooking for others shows them you care,

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Do you call it gingham or check? Checkered? Plaid? Whatever you call it, nothing says country farmhouse to me like gingham. Pillows, bedding, tablecloths, napkins, you name it. If you’re looking to add a little farmhouse charm to your space, a little gingham will do the trick! I put together this farmhouse gingham roundup for you so you can easily add a little gingham to your home. Check out my picks below!

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Hi friends! You may have noticed that I’ve been a little MIA this month, but there’s been a LOT going on around here, both blog-wise and life-wise.

On the blog front, you can see that Sweet Maple Lane has a new look! I’ve been working super hard behind the scenes to give the blog a bit of a face lift. I’ve been doing all of it myself (and I really don’t know what I’m doing,

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Can you believe Easter is in two weeks? I feel like this school year has gone by in a flash.

Easter weekend is also the beginning of April vacation for my husband and me, so I’m looking forward to it even more than usual. For me, Easter always stands as a symbol of Spring. It is the gateway to warmer weather, sunnier skies, and the always coveted summer vacation. This year we are planning to visit my brother in Massachusetts for Easter,

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