{a place for everything…with somewhat simple}


Welcome Stephanie, from Somewhat Simple!.....I love being organized! I could spend all day organizing something in my house! Some might classify my need to be organized a sickness, but I can't help how good it feels when I finish organizing something!I am not claiming to have an immaculate house where everything has a place- I am the first to admit I have piles of "things" and corners of items without a home. But I thought I would post these pictures of some of the things in my house that happen to be very organized- thanks to some handy vinyl labels and the makers of the IKEA plastic bins. Maybe it will inspire you to tackle that closet you haven't been able to walk in since you moved into … [Continue reading...]

{beadboard flag}

beadboard flag

I {love} the 4th of July.  From the parades, to the flags, to the fireworks, to the BBQs, to the decor, to the very reason for its existence, I love it. I'm always looking for fun ideas to decorate my home for the holiday--- something cute and simple.I made this darling flag out of beadboard--one of my favorite things--and I am in love! It's so cute, it can be left up all year long if you like. Beadboard was perfect for this project because of the lines--easy to paint, and totally straight! This is a really simple project, but the outcome is fabulous.  It's pretty inexpensive too, especially if you go in on it with a friend and split the cost of the beadboard. You can also make it as … [Continue reading...]

{garage sale tips}

lemonade stand

Do you have a pile of unused stuff in your basement?  In your closets?  In your garage?  Are your drawers overflowing with items you no longer use or need? Have a garage sale!   It's a great way to clean out your house and garage, plus make a little extra money at the same time.  My friend and I just had our 3rd annual garage sale, which we hold every spring.  It's one of our favorite things to do, and after a few years, we've definitely learned a few things--several the hard way. Okay, so it will take a little work, but don't be scared!  It really can be a fun and profitable way to get organized. Since this is the height of garage sale season, I thought I would pass on my list … [Continue reading...]

{where i’ve been, and a giveaway winner}


It's been a few days since I've posted, but for very good reason.  This weekend was like no other...I RAN A MARATHON!!!It was my first one, and if it wasn't for my shiny medal, 3 lost toenails, and aching feet, it would almost seem like a dream.  I ran it with my best girlfriend, and we MADE IT.  My husband also ran it, and my parents came out to help with the kids and give their support--we couldn't have done it without them. My best friends all were there for the race (some ran their own races too), and met us at the 19 mile mark for moral support, food, and dry socks. Brook ran with us for a little ways, which was exactly what we needed--a huge boost to my morale. Seeing … [Continue reading...]

{piano practice points system}


I'm a piano teacher.I'm also a mom with kids taking lessons, and I understand how hard it can be trying to help motivate kids to practice. I started playing when I was 4 years old, and though I loved it, I remember having a hard time sitting down to practice when it was nice outside, or when I had a good book calling my name.I totally get it...on all levels. Years ago I created a piano points chart--a system to give kids a little extra motivation to practice, and small rewards for working hard and doing well. It works for everyone, because you can adjust the requirements and rewards not only for age levels, but for individual needs as well. Giving them a reachable goal has been … [Continue reading...]

{photograpy q&a with Lei}


Hey guys!  Thanks for all the great questions that came in!  Let's jump right in, shall we?Marcia asks:I have a point and shoot camera (Sony Cybershot) and want to know how to make my landscape pics "pop" and look gorgeous and different without simply using the landscape setting.Have you heard of actions?  They run in both Photoshop and Elements. Although, most are available for Photoshop only.  Boo.  Anyway, actions put a whole new spin on your image with just one click.  Or if you are really PS saavy, you can go in and make finer adjustments with layer masks and all that good stuff.  I use the Totally Rad Actions, Kubota Actions, Itty Bitty Actions, … [Continue reading...]