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It’s the day after Thanksgiving and my beloved sister asks,”Would you like me to keep the kids for the day so you can be home alone?  Clean your house?  Catch up on a few things?”I think I started to cry.Right before I laughed out loud.And then I became so excited considering all the things I could accomplish given a whole, ENTIRE day….You know.  All those practical, sensible things like ~A) Clean my house (which is very therapeutic for me when I’m alone)B) Catch up on paperwork C) Plan homeschool lessonsD) Organize the pantryE) Finish sanding the lockers Firefighter just built (I stole this husband-naming from author Ann Voskamp, who refers to her husband as Farmer.  I’m chuckling just thinking about the moment the hubby reads it in here.)F) Write Christmas cardsG) ExerciseBut I did none of these things.Instead, as Emily Freeman so beautifully encourages, I found a place for my…

Well we’re making progress on our laundry room, slowly but surely.  We recently finished the shelves and I had fun the other night styling them, particularly because we built in a supporting chalkboard wall:I’ve always appreciated The Nester’s clever rendition of fake brick on her living room fireplace, so I thought I’d try the same effect over our shelves. The look ended up tickling me to no end, even if there’s really no reason real brick would ever be there.But I can hardly let the chalkboard wall steal the show.  The shelves themselves gave the hubby and I a run for our money, but we both admit the final result was well worth the extra effort.First of all, even with a local Lowe’s and Home Depot, we found it difficult to find suitable shelf brackets that gave us the look we envisioned.  I wanted wooden, decorative, chunky brackets.  What we found were skimpy, metal, weak brackets. …