5 Easy Ways to Tidy-Up For Spring
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Let’s keep it simple friends. Keeping it simple, will make this whole transition into a tidy refreshing spring home so much less stressful. To keep the stress level down, I tend to take this whole process one room at a time. I make a list of the rooms, the closets, the bathrooms, the drawers, basement, bins, etc. and plan out each day of what I want to accomplish. Y’all, if I don’t have a plan set in place, it’s all downhill from there. I am in full on panic mode, and then, guess what?  NOT one single thing will get done. Make a plan and then apply some or all 5 easy ways to start tidying up your home for Spring.

1) Open the windows and purify the air.

This year, I am purifying the air in my home by burning sage. Why sage? Well, because I have read nothing but great things about this herb. Here are the deets: Sage has been specifically proven to clear up 94 percent of airborne bacteria in the spaces it’s being burned, while at the same time disinfecting the the air we are constantly breathing in. Also when you burn sage, it releases negative ions, putting those in that space in a good mood! OK I am SOLD! Bring on the good vibes please.

2) Change bed sheets to lighter fabrics

I typically always have lighter fabric sheets on my bed because I like to use big thick blankets when I am cold, but I do know many use heaver fabric sheet s like flannel in the winter. Cotton sheets have been my go to, but this Spring into Summer I want to try something new (well new to me) and even lighter…Linen.

I have heard that linen sheets are relatively more fragile, so they will have to be line-dried or air dried.   More work for momma, but if that means more comfort at the end of a hot busy sunny day, I will jump right in.  Now I know what you are thinking…. WRINKLES!” Yes, they will wrinkle, but that’s what linen does!   My cotton one’s wrinkle too. I kind of just learned to embrace it.

3) Pull out the spring wardrobe and put away the winter gear

It’s cold, it’s warm-no it’s cold!  When gearing up for spring the weather tends to play “guess what the weather will be like today” (totally normal for us Wisconsinites) flipping back and forth making it sometimes impossible to know what we will need for the day, a parka or some sandals.  

Now that spring has finally sprung, warmer days ahead, it’s time to let go of that winter closet, pull out those light plain cotton basic tees, comfy shorts, those bright floral patterns and our favorite flip flops/slid-on’s.

4) Refresh your Power spot (your go to spot that inspires you to get your day going)

Anyone else feel like this spot is the first to get cluttered, messy and out of control? I swear I am always organzing, cleaning and trying to keep this area on refresh so I can think and do my work. This might be that step that needs to be used as/when needed.

5) Add some fresh flowers to your home or space. They will remind you to live in the moment.

If you are one to skip over steps, or are not one to follow them, this one right here is not one to overloook. Add flowers into your home or space! Just living is not enough. We need to have sunshine, warm breezes, freedom, fun and flowers too. These pretty little petals are not just for aesthetic appeal, they are also an absoulte for a happy heart and soul. When all else fails…Just add flowers!

I will link the linen sheets I purchased (Oasis Fine Linen Island Bamboo Collection from Amazon) along with other lighter fabric sheets if linen isn’t your thang in my LIKETOKNOW.it app.

CLICK HERE: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/1ssCreG4hKEuyJXn14QjJg

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Tiffany Konecko
Easy DIY St. Patty Day Kids Snack Craft
The great thing about the Twizzlers rainbow package is it has all the colors of the rainbow! Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple!

The great thing about the Twizzlers rainbow package is it has all the colors of the rainbow! Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple!

How stinken’ cute are these DIY rainbow licorice snacks I made for my son’s St. Patrick’s Day party at school?  SOOOO CUTE RIGHT?! The best part is they are super easy to make and will surly brighten your day as we wait for those warmer months to hit. These would also be a great party favor for a Unicorn/Rainbow Themed Birthday. I am all about easy, fun and love how they can be used for multiple occasions

What You Need:

  • Rainbow Twizzlers

  • Cutting Board

  • Rolos

  • Sandwich Fold Top Baggies

  • Jute or Ribbon of your choice

  • Scissors

    Instructions

    1. Lay and place one of each color licorice on a clean cutting board.

    2. With a sharp knife cut right down the center, to create 2 batches of mini rainbows.

    3. Separate the two batches and start by bending the bottom piece of licorice (the purple one). Then add the next color on top of that by bending and lightly smooching together.

    4. Repeat with all colors. Work from bottom up.

    5. Once your mini rainbow is together, grab the sandwich baggie placing the whole rainbow inside, still kind of shaping it into a rainbow. (If it’s not perfect don’t worry they still turn out beautiful). Your placement of the rainbow will be at bottom of baggie, leaving the opening to tie later on.

    6. After you place the mini rainbow inside the baggy, place 5 rolos under the mini rainbow. Not only do the rolos look like a little pot of gold, it helps keep the shape of your mini rainbow.

    7. Then pinch the opening baggie by twisting it slightly.

    8. Cut a piece of ribbon or jute and tie the opening of baggy giving it a finished look.

    9. Lastly, shape your mini licorice rainbow more, while in baggie, if you feel you need to.

There ya have it…SUPER EASY, SUPER CUTE, and SOOO YUMMY!

Make sure to tag me on your socials if you decide to make these super cute mini rainbows. I would love to see how yours turns out!

Tiffany Konecko
Where I Find My Decor Inspo
Christmas Decor Inspiration from Farmulosity

I know I know, it’s obviously Pinterest or Instagram, but what if I said that the best place to get inspiration is from YOURSELF. Yes, you right there! It’s just too easy to rely on other people’s ideas whether for decorating tips or even how to organize your family activities (been there done that). We so easily forget that we have ideas too!

While part of the creative process includes gathering inspiration from sources outside yourself, I think it is always great to start with what you have in your head. Farmulosity is all about creating what you actually like, not recreating everything you see. What can you come up with by spending a few minutes in your head? I bet you’ll surprise yourself!

Time to get those creative juices flowing.

Step 1 Make a Pile

Gather all the goodies you want to use. Put them in a pile to get a feel for what you have to work with.  

Step 2 Select Three Pieces that Catch Your Eye

Start adding in a few pieces to the space at a time. It may not look like much, but it is a start. Trust me, it will come to life!  

Step 3 Step Back

Step back and take it all in. What does it need? What is it missing? Try adding in a few more items - these don’t necessarily have to be from your pile. Play around with placements, swap items out, rearrange. This is the step where you get to play. Play is restful and there is no wrong way to play!

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Step 4 Walk Away

Ok now it’s starting to come together and look decent. Maybe we are onto something here? By this point in the decorating game, I have to take a break and walk away. My brain is usually on overload, or I am just tired #momlife. And that’s okay because creating something that you haven't seen just yet takes energy. Take breaks and come back when your mind is fresh.  

Step 5 Clean Up

After a much needed coffee break, I clean up all the clutter so I can see what I have going on without visual distractions. Decorating is a messy business, but someone's gotta do it. My house is always a HOT MESS when I’m decorating. Never mind, it’s always a mess :)

 
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Step 6 Polish!

Add in some finishing touches, finalize placements and layers, and voila. You have a fully decorated space made by YOU and YOUR ideas. Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t change it in a few days, or even in a few hours. If you are anything like me, you will forever be adding or taking away pieces as the idea in your head gets better and better! You will find me doing this until it is taken down...it’s a great way to drive a husband crazy.

 
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I get “decorating block” more than I like to admit. When you do get stuck, or feel like inspiration is needed, then go grab some inspo from some of your favorite pinners or bloggers. Or look back at some photos of your own spaces. This always works for me!

Anyone one up for a challenge? Can’t wait to see what you create! Make sure to have fun!

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7 Ways to Give Any Front Porch Those Farmhouse Feels
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Even before we added “fix up barn” or “clean up pasture” to our weekend to-do’s, I was finding ways to add cozy rural feels to our Wisconsin home and lifestyle. No matter where you live, in an apartment, a townhouse, or even a single room or studio, you have a front door. The entryway to your home is so important because it is the first impression your guests receive when they come knocking. One of the first rules of making a farmhouse is to be welcoming and inviting, which is why I came up with 8 easy ways to make any front porch feel like a farmhouse.

1. Add something galvanized.

Like this vintage olive bucket. You can add some cute plants or toss in some pumpkins for the fall season or add a little evergreen to get into the Christmas spirit. My favorite rustic faux trees are at Walmart and they are super affordable. BUT RUN they go SUPER fast.

2. Make or find a rustic-style sign.

It could say anything from “Fall” or “Welcome”  to something like “This is our Happy Place.” Pretty much anything that speaks to who you are and how you family. These are always a fun addition giving all your visitors a friendly farm welcome. I find most of my signs at stores like TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, or while I am thrifting.

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3. Add a touch of nature.  

Adding nature to an outdoor space is KEY! It could be anything like plants, flowers, trees, or even branches that are laying around in your yard. Depending on where you live, there will be new options each season to change it up and keep things fresh.

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4. Play dress up with your front door.

One of the ways I do this is by making my own wreath. Again, I love using the seasons to guide my creativity. Plus, it’s the ultimate bargain to get materials from your own yard! Oh and how cute is my little “Hello” sticker on my door?

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5. Layer

Layering is that special ingredient that adds depth and creates warmth. It’s all about getting the elements to work together. I layered my welcome mate on top of a thin rug to cozy up the negative space on my wide porch.

6. Keep it simple.

Too much stuff can be hard on the eyes and give a cluttered first impression. Farmhouse feels are all about creating an inviting and warm atmosphere. We wouldn’t want to scare off company now, would we?

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7. Add a touch of YOU.

Create something or add something that says this is MY farmhouse. I used these one of a kind candles. They are one of a kind because I made them! Now I know what you are thinking… “I am not good at making anything.” Well, neither am I, trust me. I have some great ideas, but I don’t always have the skill to execute them. For example, I am terrible with a saw and was actually banned by my hubby from ever use one – seriously! LOL. For these candles, I recruited my bestie to cut the wood and drill the holes to fit tea size candles in them. They turned out great and we use them both indoors and outdoors!

How are you dressing up your front porch?

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Happy Holidays Christmas Advent Calendar Tree
Farmulosity Advent Christmas Tree

The holiday season seems to sneak up on me super quick every year. My husband is 100% Polish, so Christmas in our household is one of the most festive celebrations, in other words more work for this momma. Some of our family traditions include: decorating Christmas trees, sharing a Christmas wafer on Christmas Eve before dinner (sign of love and forgiveness), singing Christmas carols, and exchanging small meaningful gifts.

This year I decided to start a new family tradition by creating an Advent tree calendar filled with lots of fun activities for all to enjoy - also great for home decor! Instead of giving my kiddos more gifts and/or sweet treats (trust me they will get enough of both in the coming month and this momma needs some sleep) I decided to make it more meaningful by filling clear plastic ornaments with a variety of Christmas themed activity cards that hang on our small tree in the living room.

What a great way to get the kiddos excited and involved in fun activities we can all do as a family The best part is you can personalize it and make it unique to you and your family.

Materials Needed

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  • Small Christmas Tree (Walmart has the best ones)

  • 25 Clear Plastic Ornaments (Michaels has a tube of them for $10 bucks)

  • Jute, String, Ribbon. Make it you!

  • Clothespins. You can add numbers or write numbers right on them, put some glitter on them and make them pretty!

  • 24-25 activity cards. You can make your own or you can find plenty free ones to download and print.

  • Double sided tape. I used 3M indoor mounting squares because it has just the right stick. (So something not too sticky, but still sticky LOL if you get what I mean.)

  • Pen to number your activities and add Christmas countdown. I wrote in the date and the countdown to Christmas so the kiddos could later help with the planning of the month’s activities.

  • Scissors

  • December calendar. Great tool to plan out what activities work for you during the week and ones to do on the weekend that need a little more time.

  • Plastic tweezer (optional if you decide not to attach the activity card to ornament)

Instructions

1. Print and cut out 24-25 Christmas activity cards.

Cut them into small squares or rectangles making sure they are small enough to fit into the size ornament you are using. If you’re planning the activities with the kids, let them fill in the dates and countdown to Christmas numbers with a pen. Once you have your activities all planned for the month, put them in order from 1-25.

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2. Fold the cards and insert them into the clear ornaments.

Fold the cards one by one into long skinny rectangle pieces to fit nicely into the ornaments. Plus it will look super cute if you choose to use ones with images (see mine for example).

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After folding into a long skinny pretty rectangle, grab an ornament, take top off and add a small piece of double sided tape to the underside or put directly on to the card after folded (see picture for examples). Either way works, just depends on what works best for you.

After attaching card to top, slowly work the card and the top back on to the ornament…this requires a little bit of patience, this was the hardest part for me.

3. Complete the look with a piece of jute to create a loop.

This will give it a finished look and some material for your numbered clothespin to attach to on the tree. Repeat for activities 2-25 and scatter the bulbs throughout the tree.

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Voila!

Seriously the cutest little advent Christmas tree EVER!  I even impressed myself…that doesn’t happen too often.  Hope you enjoy these fun activities with the family.  Leave a comment sharing your experiences with your advent calendar Christmas tree. 

 
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Note: I cut mine on the shorter side as the tree I am using is on the smaller size, Cut to your desired length.

Note 2: You could also just drop your activity card in the ornament and not attach to top. This will give the kiddos a little challenge to get the card out. Plastic tweezers works great to get the message out of the ornament.

Ideas for Each Day

Watch a Christmas movie and eat popcorn

Decorate a special Christmas tree

Have a Christmas Crafter-noon

Family games night

Surprise someone with a hot drink

Bake Christmas cookies

Go to a Special Tree lighting

Have a picnic dinner by the Christmas Tree

Go Sledding

Drink Hot Chocolate by the (Pretend or Real) Fireplace

Make Christmas Dancing Videos and send them to the Family

Make Christmas possible for other families (Donate Toys, food, clothing)

Make a Special Treat and leave it on someone’s front porch

Make Christmas Hats and Dance around the Christmas Tree

Make a special gift for a family member

Snuggle up with a stack of Christmas books under the Twinkling Christmas lights

Make some Christmassy Slime

Drink Hot Cider while visiting a Tree Farm

Go on a Christmas lights drive

Make or buy one special new Christmas ornament to put on the tree

Invite a friend and watch the Polar Express

Spend a special afternoon with mom/dad/grandma/aunt/etc

Put together a special treat for friends

It’s the Day before Christmas-Receive a special small gift

Merry Christmas-Eats lots of good food with family and open gifts

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