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Today I’m sharing my summer capsule wardrobe with you! I know we’re well into summer by now, but better late than never!

Be sure to scroll down and watch the video below if you want to see each of the items in my capsule wardrobe.

For years now I’ve dreamed of creating a simple capsule wardrobe that would take the guesswork out of getting dressed in the morning.

I wanted to just be able to look into my closet, grab something out, and put it on.

I used to have a vision of just five simple dresses hanging in a very minimalist closet.

And now, I’ve come up with something pretty similar to my original dream.

Only I realized that I might need a few additional clothes other than just the five dresses.

Ten Item Wardrobe

I have been so inspired by several different ladies as I created my capsule wardrobe. My main inspiration came from Jennifer at The Daily Connoisseur.

She has so many helpful ideas for how to create a capsule wardrobe.

I basically followed her ten item wardrobe idea, where you have ten main core pieces and then you throw in some “extras” to help round out your wardrobe options.

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How to make mint tea with fresh mint from your garden! This is such a refreshing summer tea to make using all natural ingredients.

Every summer I make gallons of fresh mint tea. As soon as the mint starts blooming in spring, my youngest son begs me to make mint tea.

My mom was the one who introduced me to the wonderful experience of growing your own mint.

She encouraged me to grow my own, partially because it’s so easy to grow, and it’s virtually impossible to kill!

If you’re familiar with growing mint, you know that it grows and spreads like crazy pretty easily.

And then you have to decide what to do with all that mint!

I used to have my mint growing around a tree. But then I switched to this barrel planter.

I have three different types of mint in this planter—peppermint, chocolate mint, and I can’t remember what the third one was.

It works out really well because it stops the mint from spreading all over the place and getting out of hand.

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How to hang a gallery wall the easy way without all the hassle. Here are my best tips for creating and hanging a gallery wall.

We live in a raised ranch style house, which has created some interesting decorating challenges. For instance, we have this somewhat awkward entryway.

I love the front door, which creates lots of light in a previously dark house (because there aren’t a lot of windows).

But the entryway is kind of difficult to decorate as well as difficult to navigate, especially when we have guests.

So, there was this big, blank white wall in the entryway, which is visible from the living room.

I actually love plain walls with nothing on them, but my family felt like the look I had going on was a bit too stark.

In my efforts to warm things up and make it look a bit more welcoming, I decided to create a gallery wall in the entryway going up the stairs (or down, depending which way you’re going!).

Because I was going for a kind of modern farmhouse look, I decided on black and white photos in black frames.

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We’ve been busy making some essential oil DIY projects. Read my Simply Earth essential oils review below to get an inside look at their fun DIY recipe box!

This post is sponsored by Simply Earth and includes affiliate links.  All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here.

Simply Earth Essential Oils Review

Do you love essential oils? Are you looking for 100% pure, affordable oils? If this is you, I’m so excited to share Simply Earth with you!

We’ve been using essential oils in our home for many years, in one way or another. In that amount of time, we’ve used many different brands of oils.

I recently found out about Simply Earth essential oils, and I’ve been very impressed with the company and the quality of their products.

Each batch is tested to ensure 100% purity, and they also have a 365 day satisfaction guarantee!

In addition to their high-quality, pure essential oils, Simply Earth also offers diffusers, essential oil storage boxes, and more. Be sure to check them out here.

And, as an added plus, Simply Earth gives 13% of all their profits to help fight human trafficking.

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How to create a flower planter for your porch. This tutorial will help you put together a beautiful potted flower arrangement!

Every spring I look forward to decorating our front porch with flowers. Usually we just purchase something simple and inexpensive from a nursery or greenhouse.

This year, after mentioning that I would like to get some flowers for the porch, my mom offered to make a planter for me!

My mom has a degree in horticulture, so I always look to her for gardening and flower advice.

I was so excited to see what she would come up with!

She asked if I had any preferences on the color of the flowers and the pot. I told her I mostly just wanted to match the blue front door.

And…look at this beautiful blue and white planter arrangement she created for us!

I was so thrilled with how beautiful it turned out!

And, it matches the blue front door perfectly. Mom created this planter pot for us in April, and it’s still going strong in June!

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How to make water kefir soda with a simple tutorial. Making homemade fermented water kefir is fun and easy!

Water kefir soda is one of our favorite drinks year-round, but especially during the warmer months. I love having a healthy, fermented, fizzy drink available for my kids!

We started making water kefir soda quite a few years ago (here’s my original post about it), and it’s always a hit with my family.

What is Water Kefir?

If you’re not familiar with water kefir, you may be wondering what it is. Water kefir is a probiotic drink made with water kefir grains.

Water kefir grains are not the same as milk kefir grains, but they both contain probiotics (although milk kefir has more strains of bacteria).

If you’ve heard that probiotics are good for your gut, water kefir can be a delicious way to help increase the good bacteria in your gut.

So, basically, water kefir is a fermented, probiotic drink that is fun to make and tastes great!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission at no cost to you.

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Farmhouse bedroom ideas for spring that are great for those on a tight budget! It’s almost summer, but here’s our farmhouse style master bedroom tour for spring!

Come tour our master bedroom that’s decorated with linen, ticking stripes, and ironstone!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission at no cost to you. Read my full disclosure here.

Farmhouse Bedroom Tour for Spring

All through the long, cold winter, I looked forward to spring. I longed for sunshine and green grass and flowers.

When spring finally came, I couldn’t wait to put winter decor behind us and decorate everything in a lighter, more cheerful way.

One of the first things I did after spring arrived was to buy some zinnias at a local greenhouse. It was only a few dollars for a flat of six plants, and I’m so glad I made that small investment.

I waited a bit too long to cut these zinnias, but there are lots more on the plants that are just about to bloom!

When I think of spring and summer decor, I often think of blue and white.

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Instant Pot Applesauce is easy to make and a great way to use up a surplus of apples! This recipe for cinnamon applesauce is delicious and naturally sweetened.

Whenever apples are in season in the fall, we love to go to the apple orchard and pick apples for a fun family outing.

Even when they’re not in season, we often get a great deal on organic apples from our local food co-op. Right now, we have lots of apples on our own apple trees, so that’s why I’m thinking about applesauce!

I love using organic apples for homemade applesauce, because then I don’t worry about leaving the skin on.

One of my favorite ways to use up extra apples is to make homemade applesauce.

It’s also the perfect way to use up older or slightly soft apples.

It makes a great snack or even a dessert following a simple meal.

The easy recipe below will show you how to make applesauce in the Instant Pot.

Affiliate links included below. Read my disclosure here.

Supplies Needed to Make Instant Pot Applesauce

  • Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker
  • Immersion Blender (if you want a very smooth texture)
  • Canning Funnel
  • Food Mill (optional, if you leave the skin on and want the texture to be smoother)

Ingredients

  • 10-12 medium apples
  • 1/2 cup apple juice, apple cider, or water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce

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A spring cleaning printable and simple plan to help you get your cleaning done!

Need help with spring cleaning? Try this simple plan!

I have a confession to make: I LOVE cleaning and organizing! But before you imagine that my house is perfectly clean all the time, let me assure you that it’s not.

Even though I do enjoy cleaning and organizing, I don’t obsess over it.

I’m not a “neat freak,” and I can overlook mess and clutter when I need to. I decided years ago that I wouldn’t let my desire for a clean house interfere with relationships in our home.

But, I do love it when the house is clean and everything is in its place! I feel most peaceful when I’m not surrounded by mess and clutter.

Cleaning and organizing encourages me so much. I love when my bathroom counters look like this:

 (Photo taken last Friday, which is “Cleaning Day” at our house!)

Spring Cleaning
Do you spring clean your house?

It used to be a lot more popular to do spring cleaning every year, but now many people don’t make time for it.

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How to declutter when you’re overwhelmed and you don’t know where to start! Have you ever just looked around at all the clutter and felt like it was too much? This post will help you get started on conquering the clutter!

Where Do I Start to Declutter?

So many of us are overwhelmed with too much stuff. Our houses are overflowing with things we no longer need or use.

Sometimes we know we need to simplify and get rid of stuff, but it just feels too hard.

Sometimes you look around and think, “Where do I even start?!?”

I’ve felt this same way so many times. I know it’s overwhelming. That’s why we’re going to break this decluttering task down into simpler steps.

We’re going to help you start decluttering and stop procrastinating!

By the end of this post, you’ll know how to declutter when  you’re overwhelmed, and how to keep from getting overwhelmed again!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission at no cost to you. Read my full disclosure here.

How to Declutter When You’re Overwhelmed

When you’re overwhelmed by clutter and mess, it can be too much to look at the big picture.

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