Spring at the Manor

Happy hump day friends!

I made a few changes around the place for spring that I wanted to share. Mostly the mantle. I’m all ready for bright, light, & airy.

Wanna see?

Here’s the spring mantle & a newish little, side table. I moved it out of the bedroom & I love it with my Valentine flowers on it.

The moss ball is totally my favorite! My fiancé doesn’t understand it though…boys!

I got this burlap canvas for half off at Target the other day & I worked the whole mantle around it.

For some reason, I love this old brick! I found it a while back on my family’s farm. I’m just a sucker for old junky things. Ha!

I got this “&” door stopper last year at Hobby Lobby & think it’s perfect by the mantle because no one in their right mind would actually use it to prop the door open down here. It’s much too hot for that y’all!

This pillow makes anyone happy .

I switched some of my pillows out so now they’re all white, navy & gray. Lovin’ this color combo!

I found this cream tray at Target & got 2 of them for just over $2 on clearance. I put one here for the remotes & the other one down there as my simple centerpiece in the dining room.

What do y’all think? Have you made some fresh changes to welcome spring in your home?

Blessings Y’all,…

Small Organized Spaces

It’s Monday the beginning of a new week. That means a fresh start & maybe, just maybe you’re working on some organizing this week! A few weeks ago my fiancé was out of town, so I took it upon myself to start getting everything organized & in order around the house. Opportunity was calling! I didn’t take any before pictures, but I took plenty of after pictures.

Keep scrolling to see how I organized the laundry room, under the sink, the pantry, the coat closet & the hall closet.

I stash laundry stuff, obviously, & extra cleaning supplies on the shelves in here. I used tin cans, mason jars, & wire baskets for some prettier organization. I like to save as many dryer sheets as possible & use for them other things like dusting the baseboards…which I actually haven’t done yet, but I’m sure someday I will. There’s extra lightbulbs in top tub too. My favorite part? The tide pods in the mason jar & the dryer sheets in the basket. They look adorable & are easier to grab that way. Functional & adorable! What more could a girl want in her laundry room?

On the other shelf is my cute sign (Hobby Lobby), a basket of dusting supplies, & larger bottles of cleaning supplies for refills. I love love love the fact that there’s a rod in here. It’s makes hang-drying so easy.

There’s a perfect amount of space for me to hang up mops & brooms. The vacuum fits snug in-between too. I even have a tiny trashcan tucked in the back corner. Every laundry room needs a trashcan!

On the opposite wall I have a really cute shelf me & Michael painted long ago along with a pretty laundry basket for throwing in dirty kitchen towels. You can see what I store in all the drawers. A few feet down in the door & I store the ironing board behind it for now. I’d like to hang it up on the wall eventually.

Now onto the sink!

I’m sure you all know, there is precious storage space underneath the sink! Luckily, I don’t have too big of a cleaning supplies collection yet. But if I did, I’d use those locker shelves to add a second shelf underneath here. Or maybe add a tension rod to hang bottles on. W’ell see! For now I use some baskets I grabbed out of the One Spot at Target for tidying up.

All the way in the back I have a white bucket filled with soap refills & extra sponges. Then I keep my dish drying junk up on the side. I like to keep it off the counter when not in use. The floor cleaner stands in front.

On the opposite end I keep a huge refill bottle of dish soap then detergent, my scrub brush in the red pig & a smaller bottle of dawn that I refill with the big bottle. I’m constantly grabbing those two items in the front so they’re there for easy access.

I have 6 of these plastic baskets holding cleaning supplies. I tried to stick like things together & put the most used things in the front set of baskets. It works well for me at this point.

My favorite, the pantry. While one day I’d love to have clear glass containers all perfectly labeled, I made due what I had for now.

My future mother-in-law gifted me with all these old baskets she was getting rid of a couple of months ago & I’d been saving them for some project. They got put to good use corralling loose items in the pantry. You could go to the thrift store & find a sturdy collection of baskets for under a dollar each & use them in the same way. Take a look at where everything is in here.  I love looking at organized pantries. Am I the only one?

The closets are a little more boring, but organized none-the-less!

I have a side & he has a side. We both have bins for shoes & a drawer for other random things like scarves & mittens or hats. Plus some luggage & some tubs …

Dream Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. Partly because I love food & I love cooking & I love both cooking & eating Thanksgiving food. I especially love having leftovers for a week. That’s probably my favorite part. Of course I so enjoy having my family together to share our gratefulness. It’s so neat that we have a whole holiday devoted to thankfulness. I love pausing to reflect on the good gifts God has blessed me with. It’s a pretty great holiday. Plus the day after is pretty darn fun too. Who doesn’t love the crazy crowds & insane deal on Black Friday?

Last year I put together a “Dream Thanksgiving” blog & decided I just had to do another for this year. The tradition continues on! Here’s my best pinterest picks for the turkey season. You’ll see lots of cheesy & lots of maple. I’m excited!

Spinach Puffs

Cranberry & Pecan Brie

Roasted Turkey in Light Apple Orange Brine

Pan Gravy

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Cheddar Cheese Sweet Potatoes topped with Maple Bacon

Whole Foods Green Bean Casserole

Squash Bake

Herbed Chestnut Bread Stuffing

Maple Glazed Carrots

Honey Buttermilk Biscuits

Maple Rosemary Almonds & Cream of Zucchini Soup

Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole & Corn Puddings

Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie

Maple Cream Pumpkin Pie

Sparkling Apple Cider

Oreo Turkeys

Spiced Egg Nog

To see last year’s Dream Thanksgiving, go here. To see all my Thanksgiving posts, go here.

Happy turkey dreaming y’all! Be blessed!

Let me know if you use any of these delish recipes or which ones are your favorites!…