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Meal Planning Tips & Tricks

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Being a stay at home Mom to three little ladies ages 6, 4 and almost 2, means the hours of 4:00- 7:00 are often a blur and dinner time can quickly become quite a circus! After having Isla, I decided I need to put together some simple systems that would allow us to make quick, healthy and most important, delicious recipes throughout the week.

Now, true confession, some weeks I feel like I absolutely hit meal planning OUT OF THE PARK, while other weeks it's breakfast for dinner and one of our favorite Trader Joe's freezer section meals (I'm looking at your orange chicken). But, I do feel like I have a few quick and easy tips that will take some of the stress of meal planning away and dare I say, even make you enjoy cooking for your family!

Organizing 101: Favorite Storage Options

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Tis' the season for all things organizing and as a lover of all things organizing, it's my favorite time of year! There is something about the first month of the year, it truly feels like a fresh start and the perfect opportunity to implement some new systems in our home. I also feel that as the little ladies continue to grow, we need to tweak how we do a few things around here! From the way we organize their toys, to how we organize their snacks, it's time to make a few changes and I can't wait to share along the way!

To begin- here are some of my favorite storage options, throughout the month I will be sharing different spaces in our home and what/how I organize them. If you're following along, you will see ALL of these items used throughout our home.

Pink Storage Bin// These are a somewhat new find for me, they are the perfect size to store larger toy items- we have one for Lego Duplos, one for puzzles and one for Magnatiles. The latch top is easy for the girls to get on and off and having a larger bin allows for the girls to easily fit and put away their toys. 

Medium Size Tray Tote// Another new find this year- these are GOLD! The top is a sectioned tray that comes in and out, leaving a ton of storage space under. I plan on using these for the girls hair styling supplies, coloring supplies & for my "invitation to play" boxes (I'll blog about that soon!). 

Basket Weave Bin// These are one of my favorites, they fit perfectly in our pantry. I store apple sauce pouches, yogurt pouches, granola bars, etc. in them for the girls. 

Shoebox Bin// I have been organizing with these specific bins for the LONGEST time, they are under $1, stack nicely and are a great size. I can usually stack at least two on a standard size shelf, or I stack up to three in our linen closets. The white lids are nice and crips and I typically add a label to the front. 

Sectioned Bin// The girls have SO many little treasures, I'm starting a new system this year using these bins. We have two larger bins that store all of the girls tiny toys, I'm planning on keeping those two bins in the basement and will have the girls fill-up the sectioned bins to keep upstairs. When they get tired of the items inside, we can take a trip to the basement to exchange items!

Cub Storage// (Woven Cube) (Fabric Cube) I LOVE storage bins just like these two options for the top shelf of closets and obviously in cube shelves, like the one pictured below. It's a great way to keep that pesky top shelf of your closet organized! 

Woven Basket// I keep two of these in our laundry room/over-flow pantry, they store bags of snacks, back-up snacks and Costco sized bags of tortilla chips & pretzels... because #snacklife. 

Woven Circle Basket// I use these little baskets for SO many things, right now I'm using them by the girl's bedsides for our night time routine supplies- lotion, oil rollers, band-aids (because why do we always need a band-aid at bedtime) etc. They also make great & functional Easter/holiday baskets and are a great alternative to gift bags!

Cube Storage Shelf// I have one of these shelves in all three of the girl's closets and in the basement for toy storage. There is SO much empty space in a closet from the hanging rack down, this is a great way to keep things sorted and organized. 

Large Woven Basket// Baskets are LIFE over here- I have multiple baskets around the house that store: in winter months, hats, gloves and scarves, toys, blankets, books, stuffed animals, all the large bulky items that you want hidden and stored away!

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Photo Journal: Christmas Cards 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Christmas cards are one of my favorite holiday traditions, they are something we hold on to and cherish from year to year, seeing how blessed and lucky we are to watch our family grow. The girls always love checking the mail and opening up cards from our very favorite family and friends. Krissy from Bella Nicole Photography made all of my holiday card dreams come true with her Christmas tree farm sessions, Christmas trees and vintage pick-up trucks, just pure holiday perfection! 

From our family to yours, we are wishing you a holiday season filled with friends, family and the more merry of memories. May the new year bring you nothing but the best, we can't wait to see what 2020 has in store for our family, like my Mom always says... the best is yet to come, Merry Christmas friends!

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Holiday: Stocking Stuffers for Girls

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Stockings have always been one of my favorite holiday traditions, even as a little lady myself, I loved keeping my stocking for the very last thing that I opened on Christmas morning. And now, as a Mama myself, I love putting together stockings because they have to be pretty simple and are always filled with the best little treasures! Growing-up we always got new socks & a Lifesaver Storybook, every year it was something I expected and just loved the nostalgia of! I hope to be making some of the same memories for our little ladies, here are some of the items that Santa will be including in their stockings this year! 

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Holiday: Our Favorite Christmas Board Books

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Adding new holiday books to our collection is one of our favorite holiday traditions. Even Avery loves looking back on some of the board books we bought for her first Christmas. Isla is at a stage where she LOVES books, she will make a big, tall pile of books and will sit and look at each one, it's one of our favorite things to do together. Emmy and Avery are little book worms too, which makes my former reading teacher heart so very happy, Avery loves to act like the teacher and will read some of her favorites to her sisters. Spending time reading together throughout the day and before bed is so important to our family and I love that I can see the love for books and reading in the girls already!

Below are a few of our favorite Christmas board books, this year we added Where's Santa Claus? and it's quickly becoming a family favorite! I grew up loving our old copy of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, what was your favorite holiday book as a child? 

Photo Journal: Halloween 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Halloween 2019- one for the record books, fresh fallen snow had us feeling like it was Christmas in October! I swear, the older the girls get, the sweeter the holidays feel, we had a few last minute costume changes (thank goodness for dress-up clothes), but everyone looked cute as can be, complete with fake hair and snow gear. Thankfully the snow didn't stop us from carving the biggest pumpkin we could find in the patch, trick or treating with our best buddies and making trades for all our favorite candy. Now the question is, how long until the girls find out Scott & I keep eating their candy once they go to bed... 

Holiday: Adding Touches of Pink

Sunday, November 10, 2019

It's no surprise we are a big fan of PINK over here and with all of the blush Christmas decor I've been seeing, we may just have to jump in on the pink trend this year! I love keeping our regular home decor and other holiday decor neutral, that way we can add in touches of different colors in inexpensive ways from year to year. It doesn't cost a lot of money to swap out a few throw pillows or even a new blanket to give your holiday decor a little refresh. So, what do you think? Are you on board with the pink trend, or are you sticking to the classic red and green?

1: Fair Isle Pillow- I love the pom pom corners and the textured dots too, the color pallet is just perfect and this pillow could even stay out throughout the winter!
2: Velvet Pillow- I originally bought this pillow for Avery's room, but it looked so perfect in our living room, it gave me the touch of pink idea!
3: Happy Holiyay- I grabbed this pillow for Avery's room, I think the bright color tassels will look adorable on her bed and add a little fun and festive touch. 
4: Merry Everything- I love this pillow next to the square pink velvet pillow, and it even has a little red and green in it, which will look great with your classic decor too!
5: Ballet Bunny Ornaments (Tutu Option/ Glasses Option)- How adorable are these little cuties! I love the velvet ornament tie and think they would be an adorable gift topper. 
6: Natural Nutcracker- Adding in a little natural wood touches mixes perfectly with the pink and this cute guy comes in a snowman and a mouse version too!
7: Cup of Cheer Towel- This little tea towel would make the best grab bag gift, pair it with one of the cute mugs or a Starbucks gift card. 
8: Tassel Garland- I can't get over all the gorgeous garland options this year, this one would look so pretty mixed in with a faux greenery garland, or strung throughout your tree. 
9: Christmas Mugs (Classic Car / Stocking)- Who else can't get enough holiday mugs!? 
10: Bottle Brush Trees (Dark Rose Gold / Set of 3/ Light Pink)- Bottle brushes can be found ALL over, but I especially like the pink options, such an easy way to add a little touch of pink!
11: Cozy Blanket- I love rolling up and using throw blankets as part of our decor, it's such an easy and functional way to add your accent color!

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