Thursday, June 9, 2011

Another Giveaway!!

Thirties Thursday Giveaway #2!!
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fab Giveaway!!

Thirsties Thursday Giveaway! Go check it out and enter for a chance to win 2 Duo Fab Fitteds!

Friday, June 3, 2011


Giveaway happening right now over at Diaper Junction's blog. Head on over there and check it out! You could win two GroVia AIOs!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Laundry Room

My laundry room was one hellacious disaster for such a tiny room. There is ZERO storage in there and barely enough room to open the dryer door. To add more storage we purchased a shelf from Lowes.

I jumped the gun and had the husband hang the shelf before I remembered to take before pictures.

Gross, right? It's a tiiiiny room. All that stuff on the shelf used to sit on top of my dryer. Excuse the trash on the floor. lol

This is where I've been keeping my broom, swiffer, etc...

Big mess

See how small this space is?

And after some organizing, cleaning, sweeping, and mopping this is the result:

I moved all the laundry and cleaning supplies to the shelf. I cleaning caddy holds all my bathroom cleaning supplies. I have three bathrooms to clean so this comes in handy. The bin on the dryer holds all the stuff I need to clean my son's cloth diapers. I purchased the hanging containers and hooks from Ikea. 

I hung my Dust Buster on the wall and moved the trash can over here.

I've had this hook for awhile just haven't hung it yet. It was actually mixed in the mess of stuff on top of my dryer. I just never got around to hanging it. But now everything is off the ground and easy to access.

The vacuum will go here, I just forgot to put it back before taking pictures. haha

I hung this over the door laundry hamper to catch all the dirty clothes that usually build up on the laundry room floor. My kids often get dressed down stairs so it is easier to throw their dirty clothes in here rather than run them back upstairs to the hamper in their rooms.

This is cute sign I found at Hobby Lobby. I got half off. Isn't it cute?

I'm so happy with my clean and organized laundry room. Now everything had a home! :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

{Weekly Challenge} The Launch Pad

Week two's challenge is to create a "launch pad", an area in your home to help launch you out the door. Idealy, this would be a mud room. However, I'm not lucky enough to have such a room.

This is the tiny area I have to work with.
Nothing too special, huh? It's a small area at the bottom of our stairs and next to the front door. So, on a recent trip to Ikea we bought this coat hanger.

It's actually two put together. They were only $4.99 each! Not bad.

I love my green purse :)

We also have another small hook in the kitchen for our keys. I've had this for about a year now.

I have this horse shoe hanging above our front door. It brings us good luck.

I'm still playing with the idea of hanging a floating shelf above the coat rack. But for now I bought these baskets and have the smaller one hanging from a hook. It's just some place we can toss small things like sunglasses.

LIDAN Basket, set of 2 white
I didn't take a picture of this hanging in my house- sorry.

This is what I wish I able to do in this space:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Favorites {Be Green}

I try very hard to be "green" and use environmentally safe products. So, in my efforts to be more green I use reusable shopping bags. Not only are they much better for the environment but some stores (Target and CVS to name a few) will give you a discount for using a reusable bag have these great 5-in-1 pouches. They are small enough to keep in your glove box, purse, or diaper bag. I loooooove mine! And the prints are so cute.

This is the bag I always carry in my purse. It's great for quick trips into a store or when you forget your bags (like I always do!). It folds up into the attached pouch and comes in adorable prints!

And of course my Ikea reusable bag. This bag is GREAT! It's HUUUGE  and very easy to clean. I used it a lot last summer to haul all the sand toys to and from the lake.

It's hard to walk into a store and not find reusable bags for sale. You can buy them for as little as $.49. Not to mentions the free ones that places give out allll the time. For example, I registered at Target last year when I was pregnant. When you first register Target gives you a little goody bag filled will coupons and product samples. The bag is a cute little reusable tote that you can fold up :) I <3 that thing! Another great place I've found FREE reusable bags is at festivals and carnivals. We have many here on our post each year. It never fails that there are booths set up with people pimping their company or products. Most of those booths have free things to giveaway. I can't tell you how many free bags I've gotten from those places. Yeah, they may have some company's logo on it, but really- WHO CARES?! 

I have no shame in pimping Medicare. It's a great bag to bring my groceries home in!

Now don't get me wrong- there are plenty of times that I go shopping and forget to bring my bag(s) in with me. And it never fails that it isn't until I'm unloading my cart that I remember I've forgotten them in the car. By that time I'm not going to run out to my car to get my bags. It's just not worth the hassle. So home I go with multiple plastic bags. However, I DO make sure to recycle all my plastic bags. Soooo many stores offer plastic bag recycling bins now (Walmart, Target, HEB, Kroger, etc...). AND some stores even have incentives for recycling bags. I know at one time Target would give you a $1 towards the purchase of a reusable bag for every six plastic Target bags you sent to Terracycle. I'm not sure if this program is still in place.

I love my reusable bags and when I remember to bring them into the store with me I walk out feeling proud of myself! I've just done something good for Mother Earth *grin*.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Favorite Place

I LOVE shopping at Ikea. It's seriously my home away from home. Probably because most of the furniture in my home has come from Ikea! haha

You know what my favorite thing about Ikea is?

I love how they have little rooms set up in the store. It gives you so much inspiration. Also, when I was a child and my parents would take me to Ikea I would pretend those little rooms were my "grown up" apartment. It was fun!

Another great thing about Ikea is how family friendly the store is. They have a free daycare area for potty trained children. My preschooler LOVES to play there while we shop. It makes our trips to Ikea so much easier. Not to mention, they also have free diapers in their bathrooms and free baby food in their restaurant. How awesome is that?

So needless to say, I spend a lo of time talking about and shopping at Ikea.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Pantry

I tackled our pantry(s) this weekend. You can tell they need some help!

As you can see we have two separate "pantry" areas. The house we live in does not have an actual pantry. The picture on the left is a cabinet I purchased from Target. It's sitting next to my refrigerator. The picture on the right is suppose to be a broom closet. Instead of using it to store my broom I stuck a small shelving unit we owned in there for more food storage.

I went to Lowes and got this plastic shelving unit. It was just the right price too! I'm now utilizing all the space the "broom closet" has to offer.

Bottom Shelf: Bread maker (freed up some counter top space by moving it here), cookie cutters, and cooler bag.
Second Shelf: Stackable shelves for potatoes and onions (I'm out of onions lol) and the kids snack baskets.
Third Shelf: Canned goods, baking goods, and extra condiments.
Top Shelf: Spices, seasoning packets, cookie and cake decorating goods, and dogie treats.
**I have to keep the dogie treats up high or my Preschooler will feed all of them to the dog! lol

And now for the second pantry. I pulled everything out and wiped the shelves off. I used a plastic basket I purchased from The Dollar Store to house my bags of pasta. I want to get another container for cereal. I'd rather see the containers than the boxes. Plus, they keep the cereal fresher longer.

This pantry reorganizing took FOREVER. No joke. I got started around 1pm. Half way through I had to stop and feed the baby. THEN I realized the first shelving unit I bought was too small. I should have bough the next size up. So I stopped what I was doing to run back to Lowes. A few more distractions later... I wasn't done until near 8pm! My kitchen was the biggest disaster because of all this.

I am so happy with the end result- distractions and all!

These are my three adorable distractions!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Favorites

The Trofast storage system from Ikea.

I love this storage combination. I first saw it four years ago at a friends house. They had it in their living room for toy storage. I immediately fell in love with it. I knew it was something I wanted for my son (as the time I only had one kid). What is great about the Trofast system is how versatile it is. Ikea sells bins in different sizes and colors. So, it's something you can totally customize to meet your needs.

Last year we redecorated my preschoolers room and purchased the first of three Trofast storage solutions.
We hung this on the wall in Carson's room. It's used to store his crayons, markers, coloring books, etc...

We purchased these two pieces last night for more toy storage. Our two older boys will be sharing a room starting sometime this month so more toy storage was needed. My husband has yet to put the two pieces together (it's on his weekend to do list) but I'm very excited to get them in their room and filled with toys.

I have yet to meet a person who owns a Trofast storage solutions and doesn't LOVE it!