Homemaking {Lessons from Moms} & News!

Homemaking {Lessons from Moms} & News!

BHG – Kitchen

In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I was thinking back to where I got my love of beautiful houses. Definitely it must have come from my mom! She created lovely places for our family to grow up, through decorating, special tables for the holidays and remodeling many of our homes. She inspired me! I remember her teaching my sister and me to shine our bathroom sinks after every use, set a pretty table for sit down dinners, always hang lovely full curtains so windows fill large and luxurious, remodel with lots of windows to let in the most amount of light, and so many of the things I’ve thought about in my own homes. I’m blessed to have her still in my life and sharing that common love of homes! And, I’m now passing on that same love of the home on to my daughters!

Homemaking {Lessons from Moms} & News!

In fact, we are super excited about this news…my oldest daughter Kylee and her husband Lance just bought their very first home!

After years in a dark basement apartment they are thrilled to start a new chapter of their lives. We cannot wait to share that journey here (I’ll have some pictures and details next week, they just got the key!). We will be featuring many new creative small house ideas for you, too (it’s a small three level townhouse in Seattle!).

What are some things your mom taught you about homemaking? 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas and daughters out there.

{Use What You Have} Winter Centerpiece & Family Game Nights!

{Use What You Have} Winter Centerpiece & Family Game Nights!

We have a winter tradition at our house. A tradition we have had in our family for years! We love playing this wood board game we call “the marble game.” I think it is actually called Agitation or Aggravation or something like that.  It is a simple and easy to learn game with marbles and dice, but there is a little strategy involved. It is a great way to rally the family together, away from electronics, for some good old fashioned fun on a cold winter’s night.

We got started playing this game after dinner with all three of our kids when they were pretty young. Even young kids can enjoy playing it with mom and dad or older siblings, even if they don’t really understand strategy.

I always like to leave the game board out on the table in the winter because it reminds us to play it after dinner! Plus I love wood board games. I’ve decided to call it our “use what we have” centerpiece, because we actually can and WILL use it!

That is MY FAVORITE kind of decorating right there! 

Do you have an old or new favorite game you like to play with your family?
Let’s share some ideas in the comments!
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