Do you love to D.I.Y? Man I sure do. Almost everything in our tiny home is D.I.Y. We don’t have a fancy house or amazing cars, but we have what we need. We are a D.I.Y family. I strive to teach my children that the best things in life are free, and that you may never have everything you want, but you will ALWAYS have everything you need. We don’t shop expensive anything and we live on a low budget. If something breaks we fix it ourselves, if we want new paint on the walls, we do it ourselves. We don’t buy decorations, we make them. We’re addicted to Pinterest, HGTV, DIY Network, and Dollar Tree, and you know what, We’re HAPPY! So I wanted to share that happiness with everyone. In this unpredictable economy, you should be making every dollar count and saving where you can. We’ve learned the best way to do that is by LIVING, BREATHING, DIY!!!!!!!
I finally did it. I have been working up the courage to start a blog for sometime now because I am so passionate about the way we live as a D.I.Y family. We call it D.I.Y therapy. I’ve always been the crafty type and I love making things, but when a sudden change in health caused me to have to quit my job and we had to begin living solely on my husbands income, we had to make some financial changes. We never were an “expensive” family to begin with, but we had to become even more cheap than before. I’ve always taught my kids that its not what you want but what you already have and that you won’t always get what you want but you will always have what you need. So when things started needing repairs around the house, clothes got small tears, favorite toys were broken, and a change in decor was desired, well, we did it ourselves instead of buying new or hiring someone to fix it.
I explained all that to help you understand why we have D.I.Y therapy. Things can get really stressful as a stay at home mom, as many of you stay at home moms might know. But they become extra stressful when the kids are sick or in my case, my middle son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, which I’ll get into in a later post. We use crafting, making(as my two year old calls it), and decorating as therapy to relax or sometimes to help my son cope with his emotions when they are on overdrive and he needs an outlet more soothing. We get our ideas for what we will do for our ” D.I.Y. of the Day” from magazines, Pinterest, Facebook, and other amazing websites we can find online. The range of ideas is endless when the internet is at your fingertips. I suggest everyone with the crafty spirit like mine get into the D.I.Y therapy. Its the best form of relaxation I’ve found and the whole family gets in on it. So not only is it relaxing, its a great way to spend time together as a family.
During the summer every year, starting 2 weeks after the last day of school, we begin summer home schooling. Some have told me that its not fair for the kids, but news flash those who hate, kids lose a lot of the information they learned the previous year over the summer. That is why we home-school during the summer, to keep the kids prepared for the next grade level and having them where they should be. With that being said, you can’t have good summer homeschooling without a good study nook. Not only does it work great for summer schooling, but it carries into the next school year as a homework corner.
I did a lot of research on the perfect homework corners and I couldn’t decide on a favorite. So below I linked the top 10 Homework Stations on my Pinterest. Learning is so important, and it should be taken seriously. Parents are obligated to enforce good study habits to ensure that their child succeeds in school. I’m very strict when it comes to their education. Homework is done right after they get home from school and I always have drink and a snack waiting for them at their tables ( I have two boys in school at the moment). I sit between them and encourage and guide them through it all.
Here is my Homework Nook!
Here are links to some great homework nooks I found on Pinterest!