With the year quickly winding to a close, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on my year in blogging. It’s been a year of personal accomplishments (law school graduation, passing the Bar Exam, keeping the twins alive to see their 3rd birthday… kidding!), but I’ve accomplished some pretty cool crafty things as well.
Looking back, it is hard to believe it’s only been a year since I did some of these projects. There have been some major changes around our home this year.
The Best of 2015
Home Office in a Closet
I started 2015 off big by transforming one of my two bedroom closets into a home office and craft space.
Plank Wall Entry Reveal
I hopped on the plank wall bandwagon, and updated a small wall in my entry for a big impact.
Master Bedroom Cape Cod Makeover
This room was my first ever One Room Challenge, and a great learning experience. I even managed to include an $8 rental-friendly faux plank wall behind my bed.
Playroom in a Closet
After completing my home office in a closet, I was hooked on transforming small spaces. This summer I tackled this odd-shaped closet above our basement stairs to create a play space and reading nook for the twins.
My final room makeover for this year was the twin’s bedroom. Shortly before their third birthday this fall, we transitioned from convertible crib/toddler beds into big kid canopy beds. I used the fall One Room Challenge as an opportunity to re-vamp this room with a “Coastal Cool” theme.
Concrete Dining Table
This dining table makeover cost under $100, and has been one of my most popular projects to date. I am happy to report that the concrete table top is doing well, and still standing up to crayon, marker, and the occasional sticker attack.
A $6 Giant Poster Frame
I fell in love with this alphabet poster for the twins, and managed to get it onto our wall for $6!
No Commitment Gallery Wall
In an effort to finally bring some family photos into our home decor, I created a gallery wall using floating shelves – allowing me to rearrange photos as often as I want without turning my walls into Swiss cheese.
Cleaning House and Organizing
Evening Power Cleaning for an Easier Morning
This post (with a free printable) went crazy on Twitter and Pinterest, and is by far and away my most popular post of the year.
Hexagon Shoe Shelf
This project was actually for a guest post on another site, but it has been a game changer with keeping our front entry closet organized.
A Little About This Parenting Thing
Top Picks for Newborn Twin Essentials
Having successfully (I think!) navigated the first year at home with twins, I decided to share a bit of *parental wisdom* and share my top picks for newborn twin essentials and supplies.
Why I Put My Children on Leashes
I’m not sure if this post should be classified under “parental wisdom” or not, but it is definitely the most real I have ever gotten with my writing. Apparently this is a hot topic, because the article got picked up by RedBook, Good Housekeeping, and a host of other online magazines.
Goals for 2016
I did a LOT of DIY-ing around the house this year. Next year, I want to do a better job of balancing my home decor posts with more craft projects and organizing tips.
I also plan to do more crafting with the twins, who turned 3 in October. They are finally reaching that age where we can really start getting into arts and crafts. I can’t wait to share all of their creative adventures with you!
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my 2015 in review with you. Stay tuned in 2016 for even more Craziness and Craftiness. Have a safe and blessed New Year, everyone!
I absolutely LOVE the hexagon shoe shelf! So adorable! I wanted to take a minute to pop over and say hi. I am the community manager at The Blogger Network and I am so happy to have you join TBN family! I hope to see you around on our facebook page or other social media sites. I am here to help whenever possible. Welcome aboard!
Thanks Chelsea! So excited to be part of TBN!