The Kim Six Fix

How Does She Do It? 10 Do's and Don'ts when Balancing Family and DIY

If I had a penny for every time someone has asked me "How do you do it?" well.. I would have a lot of pennies. People, especially other moms of young kids, always want to know where I find time to run a blog, remodel my house, and decorate for every holiday.

And the truth is that it has taken me a lot of trial and error to find the right balance.. and it is still a work-in-progress. As the kids grow up and their needs change, so does the way I deal with balancing home improvement, craft projects, my blog and my family. But over the five+ years I've written this blog, I have learned a lot of tricks for finding where the balance lies, what works and what doesn't (at least for me) and by now I'm acutely aware of the pitfalls to watch out for.

If you have children at home and just can't figure out how to get any crafting, decorating or DIY projects done I want to share some advice with you. Since you don't need to put off DIY projects until your kids are "older." You may not be as efficient as someone without little ones under foot, but you still *CAN* accomplish a lot, with these strategies.

Home depot kids projects

5 Do's and Don'ts for Balancing Family and DIY'ing

You're Gonna Love It! I Know I Love It...

Hello my friends!  So happy to see you again this week!  I'm getting ready for Halloween (which is really so much fun when you have little kids!)   You still have a few days left if you haven't entered to win the Kitchen Aid mixer!  

Besides that.. there isn't a lot new to report.. so ON TO THE PARTY! 

So who were our big features last week?

How to Distress Glass Bottles

How to Distress Glass Bottles.. Make them look old and dirty, or tone it down and just make them look vintage. A great tutorial.
Last week on my Halloween house tour I featured a set of glass olive oil jars that I made int old and creepy potion bottles with the help of a little distressing and some vintage-inspired labels.

I have had quite a few people ask me how I did it and so I thought I’d share the step by step tutorial.

Depending on where you stop in the process you can go from “vintage” to “old” to “disgustingly old and dirty.”  It all depends on the look you are going for.

Here are what the jars looked like when I started.  Pretty much straight out of the recycling bin.
Glass bottles for distressing

25 Burlap Banners: Inspiration for all Seasons

I have a love affair with burlap.  I use it for projects all the time.  MY one favorite thing to do with it is make garlands, usually intended for my fireplace.  The robustness of the burlap makes it a great material to use (as opposed to something like cotton fabric which is too flimsy.)  So for Flahsback Friday I thought I would round up all of my burlap banners along with some other inspirational styles. You will see with this round of up burlap banners, that the simple stenciled pennant style banner is only the tip of the iceberg.

For convenience I have broken down the 25 banners into different holidays and seasons.

Spinach, Parmesan and Sausage Cornbread Muffins

When I was a kid my mom would always make something she called “Sausage and Cornbread Pie” which was nothing more than cornbread with sausage mixed in, spread in a pie plate and baked.  We would eat it for breakfast (I loved mine with either honey or maple syrup) and even now, the flavor combination of sweet cornbread and salty-spicy breakfast sausage reminds me of my mom.

Recently I was asked to come up with a recipe on behalf of Hillshire brands and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network and of course my mind went straight to that Sausage-Cornbread Pie.  I did want to update it a little, and with the addition of spinach and parmesan it becomes a great brunch option. The perfect balance of starch, vegetable and protein.  A complete little meal in one bite.  I even stuck them in the kids’ lunches to eat cold, since the protein rich sausage and cheese keeps them full. 
Cornbread spinach sausage cheese
Spinach, Parmesan and Sausage Cornbread Muffins

K-Cup Recycled Garland (Ghosts By Day, Pumpkins By Night)

If you are stopping by for the Silhouette Giveaway.. you are in the right place.  But first I want to share my latest silhouette project with you!
Recycled Kcup halloween lights
I recently received the new Keurig 2.0 machine and I have been so excited with it**.  My biggest gripe with the old Keurig system was that for heavy coffee drinkers (like me) the 1 cup at a time brewing just wasn’t enough.  This new machine not only brews individual cups, but it also brews full carafes which is perfect for when I want to make a large pot of coffee and then chill it to drink iced over the course of the day.
Keurig2 0
Of course, the Keurig 2.0 is still great for brewing individual cups of coffee and I do use it for hot coffee throughout the day.  But that leaves me with another gripe about the Keurig.  The amount of WASTE the K-cups generate.  Compared to a standard drip brewer with grounds and a single filter, the little K-cups create a ton of non-recylcleble trash.. and this hasn’t gone unnoticed by environmental activists.

I love my Keurig coffee, and I love my K-cups.. but I don’t love the guilt.  So I have been saving and washing my used polystyrene K-cups with hopes of creating a project out of them, and this fall I finally collected up enough to make a great little garland for Halloween.
Halloween pumpkin lights
The whole thing cost me a total of $1. Yes. I bought the string of lights at the dollar store, and the K-cups were free (obviously.) I used my silhouette to create the faces but you could easily just draw them on in sharpie, like I did on the milk carton Jack O’Lanterns.
Kcup recycling craftFirst I need to give you a quick lesson on how to clean out the K-cups.

You're Gonna Love It Tuesday: Pumpkins Galore!

Welcome back to another You're Gonna Love It Party.   It feels like this week has flown by.. and it probably has, because I have been spending so much time getting my Halloween Home Tour ready!

If you have a few seconds after linking up I'd love for you to swing over and take the tour!

Time for Last Week's Features!!

Halloween House Tour

 Halloween House tour where she decorates with things that can be easily changed to use after Halloween is over 
I’ve never teamed up with any other bloggers to do a holiday house tour, so I’m probably a tad too excited about this!

Today I’m taking you though my house and showing you how I decked it out for Halloween this year.  At the end of the post are the other awesome ladies who on this house tour with me.. be sure to visit them as well, we all have very different styles and you are sure to find something you love! 

I am not actually a super hard-core Halloween decorator, but I like to use fall vignettes with a Halloween spin that can easily be converted to Thanksgiving vignettes come November.

Let’s start with my favorite place to decorate.. My family room mantel:
Halloween mantel

How to Add Twitter Cards to Your Blogger Blog

How to install Twitter Cards On Blogger Blog
If you are a frequent user of Twitter, you may have noticed that some tweets containing URLs have a lot of extra information associated with them.

This is what a typical tweet looks like:

But did you know your tweet could look like this (without actually changing your tweet at all)? 
Tweet with twitter card

These expanded tweets are called “Twitter Cards” and if you are a blogger they are a great way of getting you blog post tweets a little more exposure. When you have the Twitter cards code installed on your blog, any tweets with your blog's URL will also contain this extra image, title and summary.

They are sorta like Pinterest’s “Rich Pins” but for tweets.  (If you don’t have rich pins I also have a tutorial on how to install them)

To add them it is simple copy and pasting of some HTML code.  (Even a rookie blogger should be able to do this! Don't panic because it is HTML!)