Home Made Our Way
Hey, I’m Dionne!
I am so glad you stopped by Home Made Our Way. I am the blogger/author of this tiny corner of the web, mama of twin boys, wife of a sailor, ex-math teacher, a coffee addict, and wine lover.
I’m originally from New York but have settled these last 22 years in Virginia. Welcome to my site and home!
What You Will Find Here:
Home Made Our Way is all about simplifying your home and life. And that means learning to let go of things that you don’t ‘need’. Yes, this is easier said than done, but it is possible.
At Home Made Our Way, you will find tips to use around the home and in your life so that you can lead a “clutter-less” life and focus more on what is really important.
Please don’t assume that living a minimalistic lifestyle will limit your creativity. In fact, you may find that it inspires it.
Below is more of what you can find here at Home Made Our Way.
Organizing is a great tool for simplifying life whether its spaces and things in your home, your finances, or your time. It lets you get caught up on everything you need to do and get on with the “fun-ner” things in life.
New: If you would like to join Home Made Our Way’s weekly organizing challenge, then sign up below. Every week you will receive a new challenge with links to tips and tricks for organizing your space and life.
Planners are my go-to tool for keeping everything organized. You will find that I have created a very simple and customizable planner with add-ons like budgeting pages and menu planners.
These are free for all my subscribers, so sign up!
Being the perfectionist that I am, I tend to update my printables when I can make them prettier and more functional. When this happens, expect an email with a link to the updated versions.
When it comes to storage and decor, I love coming up with different and creative ways to make a space pop but still remain functional. You can find my DIY projects here along with some arts & crafts.
I just love getting out the paint, Xacto knife, or yarn and just creating something. When that happens (and all goes right), I love sharing them here along with how you can make them too.
This is our 6th year homeschooling and I love it. It wasn’t easy at first. I knew how to teach, but there is so much more involved in homeschooling than just teaching.
There are laws, choosing the right curriculum, even finding the right teaching method for my kids. But I learned and I learned quickly! For homeschooling advice, curriculum reviews, and other resources click here.
Also, click here to check out my homeschool store. Here you will find various curriculum, books, kits, and DVDs. Note that I will not endorse any curriculum we have not ourselves used or were disappointed by.
Starting a Blog?
Thinking about starting a blog? Check out this page to see the list of blogging services and products that I use and highly recommend especially for first-timers.
It wasn’t easy those first few months so feel free to contact me if you have any questions about starting a blog or need more information. I’m here to help.
Why “Home Made Our Way”:
Ever since I was a kid, I have tried taking spaces and making them into comfortable ‘home-like’ zones. This included an old dog house and even a spider-infested nook in a basement.
In fact, I got into trouble when I gutted out a VW van to make it into a place we (my siblings and friends) could hang out. Problem was that the van belonged to a friend of the family who was having my dad fix it up. Oops!
I was in my teens when I became obsessed with being organized. I don’t know whether I have OCD but having everything in its right place gives me calm.
Now, while I like having my things a certain way, my organizing has also spilled into other parts of my life. I
love, need, live by lists and planners.
Being a workaholic, lists and planners allow me to finish everything that needs to get done so I can spend more time with family.
The Name Change
I started blogging in 2015 under the blog, “Homeschooling Twinkies”. I love homeschooling but as I watched my blog grow, I realized that I had more to give then just homeschooling advice.
Also, people were confused with the “Twinkies” part (my nickname for my twin boys). So, I made a change and “Home Made Our Way” was born.
After my family, I love my home with all its flaws. I am forever finding ways to fix it up and make it more inviting and beautiful.
However, I don’t just like to slap on paint and buy some furniture. I love coming up with unique ideas that give a space that “Wow!, that’s cool!” look. Sometimes an idea will work and sometimes it won’t. But I love trying.
Anyway, take a look around the blog. My hope is that you will find it useful and helpful.
More about me and my family:
Here are some of my favorite things:
Days of Our Lives (I know, I know), the entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, NY Times Sunday crossword puzzles, dark chocolate, crocheting, dark roasted coffee, Merlot, and, did I mention dark chocolate already?
Here are some of my least favorite things:
Having my picture taken, the smell of cinnamon, the beach, and procrastination.
A little history:
I was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. My dad named me after Dionne Warwick, the singer. He just loved her songs.
By the way, on my 15th birthday, my dad and I were shocked to find out that Dionne and I shared the same birthday. I asked my dad if he did that on purpose and he swore to me that he had no idea. Crazy, right?!
I come from a huge family…I mean, HUGE! My maternal grandmother alone had 14 kids. That’s a lot of cousins! I also have a few siblings….I’m the oldest of 7. Here are a few of them.
Starting A Family
After high school and a short stint in college, I did a lot of moving around. In 1997, I landed in Orlando, Florida with my mom. It was here that I met my husband, Jason (also my DIY partner here on HMOW.)
He was in the navy about to be transferred to Virginia and I was soooo not looking for a relationship. Funny how that works. A few months later, we eloped and have been together ever since.
In 2004, seven years into our childless marriage, we finally tried IVF. You can read our infertility story here. And, as you may have guessed, it was a success!
In 2005, we welcomed our twin boys, Jack & Josh, or as I like to call them, our Twinkies. Here are a couple of pics.
Yes, they are red-headed and no, I have no idea how. Trust me, I was just as shocked as anyone when they were born.
And I couldn’t go on without mentioning our latest member of our family, Sammie. She’s such a good ‘sister’ to the boys.
In 2008, we learned that Joshua had autism. It was hard news to take at first but it explained so much of what we were observing in his behavior.
Since then, we have all learned to embrace his autism. We live in his world and it is amazing! You can read more here about how he embraces and owns his autism.
So, we are a military family going on 20+ years now and we see our fair share of deployments. It’s a tough life but Jason loves his job and loves being on a ship. Here he is, below, coming home from his latest deployment.
Here are some of my favorite Home Made Our Way posts:
- How to Create a Deployment Wall
- Mini Planner Daily Pages
- Our Popular Project Planner
- How to Organize your Clothes
You can also follow me along at:
- Our brand new Facebook Group, Making Home Your Way! — come check it out!!
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If you have any questions about our DIY projects, organizing, homeschooling, autism, IVF, or anything I share here please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
I would love to hear from you and share what I have learned along the way.
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