Hi there, I’m Melanie and Welcome to Simple Made Pretty!
About me: I’m a writer, home decorator, professional organizer, DIYer, craftaholic, minimalist, thirty-something work-at-home-mom of two amazing children, our fur baby and wife to an incredible husband for 7 years.
How Simple Made Pretty started…
I created Simple Made Pretty to showcase my biggest passions: organizing, simplifying, home décor, DIY projects and crafting. I grew up on a farm with 5 siblings and was raised to work hard with a simple lifestyle. I learned how to sew, clean, cook and live frugally at a young age. I found that many of my close friends did not have the hand-made, home-grown roots as I did and would always comment on my simplistic creativity and my “Martha-Stewart-like” characteristics. Those same friends encouraged me to share my passions with others and the Simple Made Pretty blog was born.
My family is my inspiration for all that I do. My husband is my biggest supporter and he is what keeps our family going each day…he is one of my greatest blessings and I am forever grateful for him.
What this Website is all about…
I provide creative DIY projects, paper crafting, sewing projects and other handmade craft tutorials. Many of my featured paper craft projects are created using a Cricut Explore Machine with links to make-it-now projects for Cricut users and Free Printables here. If you have a Cricut machine, I would love to hear from you! Since starting SMP in January 2015, I have been featured on design teams and a contributor to various other blogs while maintaining a successful Etsy Shop here and a Handmade at Amazon Shop here.
You can find my Handmade posts Here
Simplify Your Life
I provide guidance for overcoming a demanding schedule and offer solutions to cleaning, organizing, finding the time and balancing it all. Time management and organization skills come naturally for me – with experience as a Professional Organizer and a degree in Business Management, you will find valuable insight and inspiration to help you simplify and manage tasks. I share effective time management and work-life balance tips along with how to organize and simplify your life. If you need help in this area, I would love to hear from you! Be sure to check out my FREE 3-day course to Organize Your Kitchen For Good!
You can find my Simplify Your Life posts Here
Tour our home to be inspired with home decor ideas along with home improvement projects and tutorials. We bought our 2nd home in Fall 2014 and it was a bit of a fixer-upper. Be inspired to update/decorate your home by touring ours (you can see pictures of our last home here and here) with many projects completed being DIY or very budget friendly. Follow along as I share my home decor tips and home improvement projects with a simplistic approach!
You can find all of my Home Tour posts Here
I provide inspiration to promote a simple lifestyle around everyday activities. You will find articles and content to create a simplified wardrobe, how to use essential oils and healthy recipes with a frugal approach. I provide inspiration and tips to achieve a balanced lifestyle – whether it is regarding health, food, kids, and blogging. I’m a huge fan of essential oils and use them to make all-natural products. You can read about essential oils here. I also help other bloggers turn their hobby blogs into a money-making business. You can read about my blogging journey and find my blogging for business tips here. If you are a blogger and would like to connect, I would love to hear from you!
You can find my Lifestyle posts Here
You can find dozens of free printables in my Digital Resource Library. Right now I’m offering FREE access to my Digital Resource Library to all of my newsletter subscribers. Your private access includes dozens of free printable crafts, home decor, party decor, organization guides, and checklists. Hurry up and snag access here! (Access instructions are sent after subscribing).
You can find my Printables posts Here
Be sure to visit my Resources page which lists resources that I find valuable as a mom, blogger, professional organizer and craftaholic! You will find money-saving resources, home organization resources, crafting resources, and blogging resources on my resources page.
You can find my Resources page Here
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