Family Organization Board

I hope the Easter bunny was good to all.  He sure was good to our family.

Liam, adorned with his snake face painting experienced Pop Rocks for the first time.  The look on his face is priceless…woah, what is going on in my mouth right now look of amazement.  His first response, “this is awesome!”.IMG_8168Dax was completely overjoyed when he heard that he got to go first in the family Easter egg hunt as the younger bunch got a head start out of the gates.  Here is the Dax-yeah-that’s-right-I-get-a-head-start look…IMG_8242Jonah “jo jo” Bear, was busy maneuvering his larger than normal body all over the place, and ever so often, captured the ever elusive ball rejoicing in victory!IMG_8185I had the same feeling when I received my new “Focus Board”.  I have been searching for a couple months now for the perfect solution that is stylish yet functional to host all of the weeks events in one place.  Alas, I found Kimbees Creations shop on Etsy.

I messaged Kim and asked if I could place a special order to her “Motivational / Focus Board” she had posted and within no time she created our custom board.  IMG_8175

Kevin and I sat down and picked out custom quotes, categories and layout.  I emailed Kim to see if we could make it a bit larger and we got a custom proof back from Kim.

The print is 24×36 and I got the reclaimed wood frame at Hobby Lobby using my 40% off coupon.  The print was only $45 dollars – what an amazing price for a custom piece!  She even included a chalkboard marker that we write on the glass with and it cleans off easily with water.


I would HIGHLY recommend this if you are looking for a cleaver way to keep your family organized – especially if your husband is like mine loves lists or if you just have a busy life in general.  You can tell, he was the first one to write on the board – his own illustrations included.

A bit about Kim, the fabulous owner and creator of Kimbees Creations – “I was a stay-at-home Mom for 22 years to my five children. Life changed, and I am now happily married with a large blended family, which includes my five and his two, four of whom are married, and have given us six grandchildren (with two more on the way!). Even though I am now working full time in education, family is my center. All of my creations and designs were originally created for family members, who then encouraged me to start an Etsy site. I continue to add new designs, based upon special requests.”

Huge high five to you Kim and thank you so much – we LOVE our Hall Family Focus Board!




Chalkboard Labels

Last year, I decided to get my son’s toys under control in our basement. So I painted an old white shelf we had in the garage red and found every kind of bucket and bin we had around the house. I organized his toys so that each bin had some sort of theme (i.e. – Toy Story, Avengers, Robot Dinos, Cars, etc.). That way, he could pull one down and know that all of his robotic dinosaurs were together, which is very important for a kid who remembers every single toy he owns.

And recently, I decided to try out chalkboard labels as a way to identify each bin. Remember Jill’s fabulous “Little Details” post? I had bought some labels on eBay a long time ago, and she inspired me to finally get them out and put them to use. If you can’t find any on eBay, the ones I bought are also sold by this Etsy shop. I bought a pack that has all different sizes, so I can find all kinds of uses for these babies.

Chalkboard Labels

Chalkboard Labels




Chalkboard Labels - Varied Sizes

Chalkboard Labels – Varied Sizes

Then I went to Hobby Lobby to find chalkboard pins because I’d read about them on another blogger’s site. I found these and used the weekly 40% off coupon.

Chalkboard Markers

Chalkboard Markers

I love the way the labels give character to the play area setup.

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Galvanized Bucket Storage

Galvanized Bucket Storage

Have you ever used chalkbaord labels before?

Gray and Yellow Fun

One of my favorite color combos right now is gray and yellow. There’s just something so relaxing about those two colors together that makes me happy. So I decided to use that combo when decorating my family room. Last week you saw my DIY Roman shade project, which was the latest addition to this room’s design.

DIY Roman Shades - Middle Redefined

DIY Roman Shades – Middle Redefined

Now I’ll show you the rest of the room and share where we found some of our favorite pieces.

My first yellow accessory was a vase from Anthropologie. I paid around $35 for it, and it helped drive the shade of yellow I wanted in the rest of my room. The gray vase and tray are from Target. My rustic trunk that stores Kingston’s puzzles and games was $150 find at an antique shop in the middle of nowhere Kansas.

Gray and Yellow Accessories

Gray and Yellow Accessories

The pops of yellow ar so fun, and so easy to switch out down the road if I want to add a different color. We tried to make sure we truly brought our family into this room with lots of photography. It’s also really important that we have plenty of room to play, so we chose fairly small furniture and tried to limit too many extra decorative items.

I got my couch and arm chairs from Nebraska Furniture Mart. The pillows on my couch are from Pottery Barn, and the yellow Ikat ones are from Etsy.

Gray and Yellow Family Room - Middle Redefined

Gray and Yellow Family Room – Middle Redefined


We keep a small table in the family room for Kingston to sit at for art, snacks, or other activities. It’s his little space where he stores papers and other goodies. I think we got it at Big Lots for about $50.

I adore the mirror on the wall, and it was a random find at Mission Antique Mall – I splurged a little on it and paid $75 because you can’t beat that distressed look. The ladder was $10 at a flea market in Lawrence, KS. And my mother-in-law got me that adorable throw blanket with little birdies at Marshalls.

The side tables are actually outdoor stools, and I bought them years ago at Pier 1. They’ve been about four different colors. I just put cut glass on top to extend the space.


Kid Space

Kid Space


The dough bowl on my flea market shelf is one of my favorite accessories. Another antique shop treasure from a road trip years ago, and I think I paid a whopping $50 for it. I’ve never found another one of this size for less than $150. I love the flecks of gray and blue.

Dough Bowl

Dough Bowl


The corner of the room holds a shelf with more of our personal treasures and photos. We got the shelf at Winfield House in Lawrence, KS. They don’t have a website, otherwise I’d guide you there. The basket is yet another place we store extra toys, books, and kid things that need to be easily accessible.

Gray and Yellow Family Room Corner - Middle Redefined

Gray and Yellow Family Room Corner – Middle Redefined


When searching for art that would incorporate some kind of yellow, I came across these adorable “You Are My Sunshine” signs from Etsy – only $24.

You Are My Sunshine Sign


It’s so fun when all the pieces start falling into place. We love our family room and hope it’s inspired some ideas for your home as well. Do you love gray and yellow as much as me?