The Inspired Hive


How to use a video monitor to sleep train your baby

August 23, 2016

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Why you need a video monitor! How to sleep train your baby with a video monitor and a modified Ferber method.

Sleep is such a precious, precious thing. I'm no stranger to sleep disturbances... As a nurse, I had to do my time as a night-shifter at the beginning of my career. Don't get me wrong, some people are made to be up all night. However, I am most definitely not one of those people. I need my sleep. I'm a 9:30 bed time kind of girl who needs a good eight hours of sleep to feel well rested. So, when I was pregnant, I mentally prepared myself for the worst and then was pleasantly surprised when our baby was an excellent sleeper! In the beginning, he would sleep for a five hour stretch, wake up, eat, and go right back to sleep with no crying. It was totally doable and not at all like the sleepless nights I had been imagining.

Ten pantries with farmhouse style

August 18, 2016

We recently built a new pantry filled with industrial farmhouse style. During the brainstorming process, I found so many beautiful pantries that inspired the design. Here are ten great decorating and organizing ideas that might inspire your own farmhouse pantry makeover!

10 DIY ideas for a farmhouse style pantry

Thrifted baskets turned produce stand- Monthly DIY Challenge

August 10, 2016

It’s finally time for the Monthly DIY Challenge again! Some months I feel like it sneaks up on me so quickly, and other months it feels like it’s been forever since the last challenge! This month, we’ve partnered with HomeRight to bring you 12 upcycled painted projects, and we even have something special for you… one lucky reader will win a package from HomeRight!

If you’re not familiar with our challenge, you can read more about it and see past Monthly DIY Challenge themes here.

12 painted makeovers using HomeRight spray shelters.

11 Budget Friendly Patio Makeovers

August 2, 2016

We love spending time in our outside, especially in our backyard. In fact, the backyard is the whole reason we chose this house! We gave our patio a mini update when we first moved in, but it still has a  long way to go, so I'm always looking for inspiration and DIY ideas for affordable patio makeovers. Here's eleven spaces that are inspiring me!

11 Budget friendly patio makeovers- Lots of affordable and inspiring decor and DIY ideas on how to easily update your backyard patio, deck, or entertaining outdoor space

How to cut your own planks for ship lap

July 27, 2016

I recently shared the design plans for my son, Cade's nautical bathroom. One of the things I wanted to incorporate into the design was a faux shiplap wall behind the mirror and vanity. I had never made a shiplap or plank wall before, but I knew the usual method was having a home improvement store rip plywood down into strips for you. However, I had also heard several people complain about the pieces not being cut evenly or straight, so I decided we might as well try to do it ourselves. How hard could it be?

My husband and I were a little nervous about not being able to cut the planks straight, but it turned out to be really easy, and I am so happy with the results! It was also fun to learn something new! :)

How to rip plywood into planks yourself to install a faux shiplap wall.