Happy birthday America!

May you and your family have a fun-filled day of fireworks, barbecued and togetherness as we celebrate our nation’s birth.

We will resume regular schedule next week.

In Memoriam

Today, we remember our military who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in a country where we are free to live, worship and speak as we choose. We hope your Memorial Day is peaceful, reflective and a day of observance and gratitude.

God bless America and her Armed Forces.

Favorite things Friday: Ways to Observe Memorial Day

 

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For many people, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. While many of us use the three day weekend to go on vacation, have cookouts, and visit family members, this is not the true reason for the holiday.

Memorial Day is a day to observe the fallen military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. While all of those things are nice, we need to make sure that we and our children understand why we celebrate Memorial Day. There are many ways we can do this.

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1. Put out flags at Veteran’s cemeteries

I used to live near a huge military cemetery. Every Veteran’s and Memorial Day, the local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion would put flags in front of the graves of each veteran. They also did this at the graves of veterans in other cemeteries. You can imagine this is quite a time consuming task, and occasionally they look for volunteers to help with this. What better way to observe our country’s fallen soldiers than displaying flags at their graves?

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2. By visiting religious services of your choosing

Many churches across the country will observe Memorial Day with a special service or special music. Many towns and local governments also conduct interfaith services for the holiday.

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3. Flying the flag half-staff until noon

If you have a flag pole, it is customary to fly your flag at half-staff until noon. If you do not have a flag pole, you may choose to fly a banner or flag simply in support of our military.

Another way to observe Memorial Day is to simply stop what youre doing at 3 P.M. local time and pause to reflect upon Memorial Day and what it means.

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May we never forget the sacrifices these brave men and women made so that we could continue to live free.

Lumber in My Minivan will resume regular schedule next Tuesday. Have a safe, wonderful and reflective Memorial weekend.

Living Room Toy Storage: How to have a beautifully organized living room when you have kids

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We all want living rooms that look incredible but that are still for, well…living. I want my living room to be a place where my family can be comfortable, but also a place that doesn’t look like a playground or a toy store. With a few easy tricks, you can have a stylish, functional living room with children.

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1. Use stylish storage furniture to hide toys

A cute chest or footlocker looks nice and provides a place to store small toys. This chest could also double as additional seating as well.

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2. Create a small “playroom nook” that melts into a corner of your living room

This tiny playroom nook is cute and takes up such a small amount of space in your living room. It’s literally a corner. You could do book ledges like this one, or your could use cube shelves and baskets. There are so many different ways to customize this to make it work for you.

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3. Use an extra closet to store toys

What better way to hide toys than behind closed doors? If you don’t have a playroom, but you do have an extra closet, fill it to the brim with organizers and attractive storage for your kids’ playthings.

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4. Repurpose an old bookshelf to hold toys or art supplies

I have a few old shelves at my house that I could use for this. I could paint and modify them, then add some color-coordinated storage to corral those wayward toys. This would only take up a small amount of space, too.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup! Our playroom is about to undergo a major revamp in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to share itΒ  with you!

Stay tuned for more DIY, parenting, and housey-goodness!

Five Friday Favorites: Things I’m Currently Loving

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This Friday, I’d like to share some of my current favorite things, and then next Friday, we will resume with our farmhouse Fridays.

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I hope you all have a had a great week- my oldest daughter got out of school this week. I am jealous- I want to be out too, but I have three weeks left πŸ™

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How adorable is this dress from Anthropologie? I don’t need anymore dresses, but I absolutely love this one.Β  I cannot wait til they mark it down so I can buy it πŸ™‚

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This pink hobnail planter from Afloral wants to be in my house! And for only $8, I can buy more than one πŸ™‚

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This darling little kitchen set from Wayfair for $200. It’s adorable and my children would absolutely love it!

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This set of faux cathedral windows are beautiful and I can already think of at least four places I’d put them in my house.

 

What products or items are you crushing hard on right now? See you tomorrow for a Pinterest roundup!