Every Parent Can Teach Their Toddler E-Book

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Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying the long weekend with family and friends. Today, I am bringing you something that I am very excited about. A group of bloggers got together and wrote an e-book and I am part of that group! I know, exciting, right?! It was so much fun to contribute to this e-book because I have worked with children for so many years and it is one of my favorite topics to talk about.

Every Parent Can Teach Their Toddler E-Book

“Every Parent Can Teach Their Toddler” is brought to you from 20+ bloggers. It is full of ideas, techniques and ways you can teach your toddler at home. If you have a toddler at home or you work with toddlers, this book is for you.

Every Parent Can Teach Their Toddler E-Book

The launch sale for this e-book is going on now! From 9/1-9/3, you can download the book for $6.99*. After that, the price will go up to $9.99* so get your copy today*!

To find out a little more about this e-book, you can check out this video.

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New To Me Dining Room Chairs

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About a month ago, I joined other bloggers in a summer home tour. In that post, I shared pictures of our dining area. Since the tour, we have been working on many projects in our home with a lot of emphasis on our dining/kitchen area. The picture below is what our dining area looked like in the tour.

New To Me Dining Room Chairs

We have made a few small changes to this area that I will share more about in a later post. So far, it is mainly paint on the walls and a back splash under the cabinets. Now, we can add dining room chairs to the list. I was not in the market for new chairs nor did I think we needed new chairs, but I guess there were different plans in the works that I wasn’t aware of. ;-)

New To Me Dining Room Chairs

At first, when I found these chairs, I thought they would be a great project to do and a great addition to our annual fall yard sale, But, as I worked on them, I started getting that “I want to keep these” feeling.

I love finding old pieces that are still in good condition and these chairs were exactly that. Their chocolate-brown color had to go, but they were still sturdy chairs. They got even more enticing when I turned them upside down and found these old “stickers” under the seats. I love finding little treasures like this that tells a little more about a piece.

New To Me Dining Room Chairs

I thought the chocolate-brown color was too dull and dark. I wanted to bring a little life back to these chairs and showcase their features.

To make this project go even faster and smoother, I used the HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer. This sprayer is perfect for projects like this where you have a lot of surface area to cover and nooks and crannies to get into.

New To Me Dining Room Chairs

I added white paint to the sprayer and sprayed away. I didn’t think I would have enough paint for all five chairs so I just sprayed the four chairs that were in the best condition (they were all in very good condition, but one had a little peeling on the seat, so I left it out).

I love these chairs even better white!

New To Me Dining Room Chairs

My initial plan was to paint these chairs white and be done with them, but I have a little confession to make……. I didn’t have enough paint to cover all four chairs completely. Don’t get me wrong, there is white paint on every spot of all four chairs, but there were a couple of spots that I would have covered more if I had more paint.

So, I needed to put my DIY cap on and come up with a solution. Sandpaper to the rescue!

New To Me Dining Room Chairs

I am so happy I didn’t have enough paint!

New To Me Dining Room Chairs

Using sandpaper really brought out the beautiful features on these old chairs. In some spots, the original wood shows through the paint. That makes me a happy girl. :-)

New To Me Dining Room Chairs

Once I got these chairs done, they really looked like they fit our home. I knew right away that they were going in our dining room.

New To Me Dining Room ChairsNew To Me Dining Room Chairs

I think my new-to-me dining room chairs really brighten our dining space. They match the bench we have had in there perfectly! I am already brainstorming ideas for decorating these chairs for the holidays.

I am so glad I wasn’t in the market for new chairs and I am even happier that I ran out of paint. I love it when things are just meant to be.

Parade.com Back To School Homework Station

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Today, I am over at Parade.com sharing how I get organized for a new school year. There are many things that need to get in order when a new school year starts, but our homework station is top on the list. This idea came to me after my kids kept needing different supplies to complete the homework they brought home. With this homework station, everything they need is in one spot ready to go.

Parade.com Back To School Homework Station

It is so nice to have a designated spot with all the supplies the kids need to do their homework. The best part, you can use whatever you have on hand to make your own homework station. A lot of mine was made by using things we had in our recycling bin! Head over to Parade.com to see the entire post.