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Inspire Your Little Architect with DIY Chalkboard Blocks

Inspire Your Little Architect with DIY Chalkboard Blocks @NotSoIdleHands.com

~By Merri Cvetan Winter is such a long season. By this time of year, parents are always looking for fun and inexpensive indoor activities. The best play time encourages kids to use their imagination and creativity. Although wood blocks have been a staple in the toy box for centuries, they're hardly high-tech. That's probably why parents love them. Blocks are almost the perfect toy. They help … [Read more...]

17 Marvelous Mudroom Makeovers

17 Marvelous Mudroom Makeovers @NotSoIdleHands.com

Well, the weather outside is definitely getting frightful and since the kiddos are starting to drag wet shoes and boots through the house, it's made me think about mudrooms/areas once again. We made ours last year, and we LoVe it, but here are some other awesome ones to help you get started on any makeovers you have in mind. Entry Way Re~Do from Hello From the Natos Cutie Patootie Mudroom … [Read more...]

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

I love advent calendars! I think it's because they remind me of when I was a kid and we lived in Germany....where they do Christmas up reeeeeel good!! We used to get those little paper calendars where you opened the tiny paper door each day and hidden behind was a fun little chocolate.....every.single.day. I don't know about you, but there wasn't any other time of year where we got our own little … [Read more...]

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

Don't forget to enter the Katiedid Designs giveaway here for your chance to win some cute card designs or fun paper straws! In the midst of getting ready and packed up to fly off (with 3 kiddos) for Thanksgiving last week, I had a really crazy thought. I thought: "Man, I'm soooooo tired of this nonsense storage closet we have here in our hallway, I should totally re-do it.....right now.  Yep, … [Read more...]

Board and Batten Coat Nook….Finally!!

Board and Batten Coat Nook by NotSoIdleHands.com

Ever since we moved in a little over a year ago, I've been planning and re-planning this little area next to the laundry room. Since coat season is on it's way, we desperately need someplace that's easy for the kiddos to hang their 5,000 coats and jackets....along with a place for snowy boots, hats, gloves, and scarves (and bills).  Otherwise, it all ends up on the floor all.over.the.house. I … [Read more...]

DIY Providence Front Porch Bench

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I LOVE our front porch! It's big enough to sit out on and watch the kiddos ride bikes around, but not too big that it takes over the front of the house. The only problem was, there was no place to actually sit (to watch kiddos or otherwise). So, I set out to find the perfect front porch bench. I went to every store I could think of.....several times. But, none of them were "the one." Or, they … [Read more...]