Affordable Vacation Souvenir

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This January we took our family to San Diego. I've shared how the trip was a Christmas present and a few of our experiences: Sea World, the beach and taking 3 kids 6 and under on an airplane! When we were at Sea World, Eleanor wanted to get a snow globe. I quickly noticed a sign that said they were not allowed as carry-ons. It was at this point that we realized we needed a plan. We decided that the kids would each get to pick a pin. Relatively inexpensive and super easy to fit in our suitcase. When we got home. I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up these felt banners. They come in 2-packs ...

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Decluttering Your Child’s Room

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This post is sponsored by BISSELL, all opinions are mine   I literally just cannot keep up anymore. I barely can handle our living situation. Keeping it orderly is all consuming--forget about the kids rooms. I can organize with the best of them. I could have found a place for it all and straightened and staged it and bam! (old pictures as proof)   But the second he touched or played with anything, it would be a disaster again. At the end of the day we, as a family are drowning in stuff. I'm officially on a mission to rid ourselves of at least ...

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Closet Purging & Goodwill Finds

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I got it in my head that there are a few spaces I really want to focus our attention on. One of those spaces are the upstairs closets. These closets go into the attic eves and are side by side in the upstairs hallway. Over time they have become quite stuffed. Umm...yeah. I clearly came of age in the 90's. I think it is time to say goodbye to these shoes. There were some good finds in there! Photos, notes, pictures, yearbooks. It was a fun jog down memory lane. The clothes are clothes that got moved upstairs when I was pregnant with Quinn. He is six years old now, so I decided ...

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Styling a Bookshelf

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I love to decorate. I love having a place to display a little personality in my home, but I have kids soo.... Does this sentence even need to be finished? We live here. I mean LIVE here. They aren't in school yet, we don't have a play room. All the living and playing that a 5, 3, and 1 year old do happens right in my living room and dining room. A beautifully staged coffee table isn't going to happen. The living room floor is meant for wrestling matches, Legos, block towers, cooking and pretending to be Tim Howard. We have an Ikea Hemnes bookshelf, the bottom two shelves hold kid ...

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A Jeweled Box

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I was recently walking through the craft store and I spied these wood boxes. Geodes, quartz, stone are totally in right now. Anthropologie has beautiful geode hardware I'm swooning over. I also recently saw two of my favorite bloggers, The Handmade Home and I Heart Organizing, creating with these elements. I had received the Elmer's ProBond product as part of this sponsored post. It is meant for attaching porous and non-porous surfaces and I knew it would work perfectly for my box. I took off the hardware and painted the entire box gold. This was the same DecoArt gold paint I ...

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Organizing the Junk Drawer

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How many posts could one person have on a junk drawer? A few--apparently! I blame the husband. He is always adding things to it that do not go there. Things he takes up from the basement or out of the garage for a project, but then doesn't feel like putting back in garage or basement and drops them off in the junk drawer. I love my husband a lot and I happen to think he is funny. Even when he is annoying me, he amuses me. He told me I shouldn't call it a junk drawer if I don't want junk in it. touche. I started this project like any good organizing project and completely ...

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The Kitchen & A Printable

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You don't have to compromise on clean to be green. Today I'm sharing my kitchen, some cleaning and organizational tips and a printable. I have to tell you guys that I am a big fan of Clorox Greenworks. I first bought the all-purpose spray last spring for a campaign and have become a big fan. You really can get everything out of the bottle and it sprays so nicely. I use the all-purpose spray on EVERYTHING! Countertops, quick cabinet rub-downs, appliances, blinds. The bathroom too! Read that here. Surprisingly, even though we have a dishwasher--I use dish soap pretty ...

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Bathroom Updates, Organization & Printable

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You don't have to compromise on clean to be green. This weekend we tackled our bathroom. Remember a week before my scheduled c-section with baby #3 when we gutted the bathroom? We finished it just in time and there it sat. This weekend it got a good cleaning, some reorganization and some style, because let's face it--that is the fun part. I re-organized the shelf above the toilet. It use to house pull-ups for Eleanor, but I found a new home for those. Now it has toilet paper, towels and this fun bathroom art. You can find the bathroom art in a few colors at the bottom ...

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Storing Toys & Maintaining Style

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Last week I shared some spaces in our home that are full of my things. Surfaces styled and beautiful to me. I, however, happen to live in a home with three small children. We LIVE in our home. Like hardcore live. I'm a stay-at-home mom to three beautiful children and they are home with me all day. Well minus Quinn's three hours away four days a week. My kids love to play together, they love to play by me and they love to play where the action is. This is all great, except their rooms are upstairs! This means that storing toys upstairs doesn't work, because it all just gets dragged down here ...

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Burned Out

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Hopefully, by the time this post goes live it will be a different story. If you walked in my house right now you would trip over a pile of shoes, step in a puddle from melted snow and then tiptoe your way through the living room. The living room with a floor covered with baby toys and the surfaces are covered with every other kind of toy. Since we have to worry about Hudson choking and Hudson cannot reach the couch, entertainment unit, desk, ottomans-- you get it. Mess everywhere. It doesn't end there. The dining room table is covered in coloring books, dishes and other randomness. The ...

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