DIY Fall Wreath That’s Easy and Inexpensive

Today I’m sharing with you how I made this crazy easy DIY fall wreath. First I have to tell you that I got rid of last fall’s wreath with the thought that I’d find one I liked better. The problem was that there are always so many of the same kinds of things on the shelf. I wanted something a bit different.  [Read more…]

10 Fun Fall Projects For Kids

It’s almost fall, and I’m already seeing tons of leaves falling in my yard. If I were to be honest, summer is my favorite season for weather, but I love fall for decorating. So, to get past my end of summer blues and jump right into my fall mojo, I decorate.

Then the kids are mumbling the dreadful “bored” word because I’m smiling around the house and decorating. It’s like, “Mom’s having fun. Can’t have that.”

So, for the sake of sanity among moms and hopes to, even temporarily, avoid the piercing phrase, “I’m bored,”  I’ve gathered together 10 fun fall projects for kids of all ages. [Read more…]

Budget Friendly Cute Fall Throw Pillow Ideas

Are you a throw pillow fanatic like me? Omgosh if I could explain in mere words how I feel about throw pillows, you’d probably think I was crazy.

But here’s the deal.

I was looking around for some throw pillow covers that would spruce up my sofa during this coming season, and I ended at a place I never thought to shop for pillow covers… [Read more…]

Late Summer Peach Preserves- A Super Easy How To

It’s that time again! It’s time for getting home ready for fall and pulling out the bazillion pumpkins you have stashed away. (I know that’s not just me.) So while I’m making home feel fallish (and Insta documenting it), I’m simultaneously wrapping up summer, and one of the best ways to do that is with some late summer peach preserves. [Read more…]

How To Build A Homeschool Reading List You’ll Stick To

Hey, everyone! It’s time to start building my reading list for the new school year.  I always have mixed emotions during this time of year because I’m sad that summer’s gone. At the same time, my soul craves structure, and fall kind of brings back the structure that the summer lets slide by.

Reading lists have been very challenging these last couple of years. The challenge hasn’t been preparing them (although last year I opted to follow a previously prepared list – never again). It was more that the books weren’t a good fit for my children.

This year I’m using both, my Kindles (one of my easy homeschool helps for reading list slaying) and some real, physical books to help with my six readers. (My seventh is special needs and isn’t there yet.)

So let me share a few tips on building (and sticking to) your reading list that helped me. [Read more…]

5 Amazing Homeschool Easy Helps When Life Gets Busy

Homeschooling seven children (or any number of children) at once can feel overwhelming at times. We’re always balancing so much with everyday life, school, and businesses. Then there are many other things fling their way into our space.

(Ahem, Murphy’s Law for example.)

So, I’ve come up with my top 5 amazing homeschool easy helps when life gets busy. [Read more…]

Gardening In Containers – 6 Things I Learned

This is the first summer in a few years that I decided to grow a garden. I’d been successful with an in ground garden several years (okay, maybe about eight) ago, but I was eager to grow some stuff that we could eat. This time around, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to be breaking ground and building wood barriers around it, so I grabbed some pots and went to town right on my deck! Anyway, here are 6 things I learned about gardening in containers: [Read more…]

Murphy’s Law Visits And You Want Him To Go

Hi friends. It was a long week of crazy activities, and then, Murphy’s Law came drifting back into my home, trying get the best of things.

Let me explain.

You see, back in about February when we started having all of these wild winds,  about 50 or so shingles blew off of the house we rent. We called property management on the first of March. I’m thinking, okay it’s a few shingles. We’d better let them know, right?

Well, property management didn’t think it was so important. They never showed up. [Read more…]

Welcome to Home By 12

bed with white linens green breakfast tray with blue teapot filled with flowers and a cake slice candle with a home decor magazine

Hey, everyone, and welcome!

If you’ve followed along with me prior to this blog, you probably already know that I have a large family of twelve, busy people (hence the name, ‘Home by 12.’)

I’m a domestic engineer who started a business in the home decor niche. Alongside that, I’m a homeschooling mom of, let’s see, (I’m actually counting) seven. And one of my super seven is a five year old with Down Syndrome who keeps us all on our toes.

Life is busy, but if you follow along, you’ll see that our life is never boring. [Read more…]