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How to Organize Your Linen Closet

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included home goods as compensation.


Hi Friends! Today I am so excited to share simple tips on organizing a linen closet. With purchasing a new house, I feel the need to purge A LOT of items that we’ve kept on to. This is primarily because Ava is now starting to crawl (and almost walk, eek!!) all over the house. She has mastered opening doors, so I have to be super careful about what we leave on the floor and in her reach. Kohl’s is a one-stop shop for cute home essentials at amazing prices. Kohl’s is having their White Sale from 8/22 through 9/3 and the deals are TOO GOOD to pass up including brands like Mohawk, Big One, Columbia, Serta!

Tip if you have kids: Buy online and pick up in stores. You’re welcome 🙂

First, I took everything out. EVERYTHING. You don’t realize how much trash you have until it’s all dumped out and you’re like “when did I get this?!”, “is this expired?”….yeah, I had several things…oops.

Once everything was out, I started staggering my bins. This helps hide all of the extra “stuff” that you just have to have. Nothing screams “unorganized” like a half pack of open razors or small hair ties all over the place. From there, I always put my pillows up top. With this Houston heat, my current favorites are these Serta Cooling Magic Gel pillows. Another option is The Big One 2-Pack Memory Foam pillows which are currently on sale for $27.99.

The third step is towels. I’m in love with crisp white towels and these bath towels and these hand towels are the ones I picked up. They come in 13 colors, so there is a color for whatever color scheme your bathroom is.

I always keep an extra set of sheets, because, with a baby, you never know when an accident is bound to happen. We are in the process of switching our bedding up, so I went with these Columbia Cooling Sheets in Earl Grey. I keep a few of my favorite blankets to fill up space, and then finally stock my baskets with the necessities.

I’m still trying to decide on a rug, but this one and this one are two I’m currently loving by Mohawk. They’re non-slip, machine washable, AND come in multiple sizes.

Want to see what other great deals are out there? Search #KohlsHomeSale and #KohlsFinds and find out!

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Tips To Keep a Clean House With Kids

“This post has been sponsored by STAINMASTERTM. All thoughts and opinions are my
own.”

If you’ve been following me for over a month, then you know we bought a new house. Once Ava was born, we realized living 45 minutes from our closest relative just wasn’t going to work. We wanted to be closer to our families because, let’s be honest, mom and dad need a date night every so often. There are SO MANY THINGS you learn once you have a baby. The first couple months, there were many moments of me breaking down because I couldn’t get the car seat out, I was too late for a doctor’s appointment so they had to reschedule me or I forgot a diaper for her. The list can seriously go on. Cleaning our house was the LAST thing on my list…..but I knew I needed to figure out some type of routine before it looked like we were on an episode of Hoarders.

But for the sake of full disclosure, as I write this there are dishes in the sink and *potentially* a load of laundry in the washer. Hey, you can’t win every day right?!

I’m giving you gals 4 simple tips for stress-free cleaning from a busy mom’s perspective.

      1. Listen to Music – Put some music on and jam out! It makes it fun. I’m all about Pop2K and listening to music from the early 00’s.
      2. Efficiency Starts With Multi-Use Products – My go-to store for all my cleaning products is Walmart as they have every cleaning product known to man. One of my new favorite products they started carrying are the STAINMASTER™ Sweep & Mop .
      3. Keep Your System Simple – If you’re not someone who can clean the toilets on Tuesday, fold laundry on Wednesday, and dust on Thursday, don’t try it. You’re setting yourself up to fail! For me personally, after a long day of working and taking care of Ava, Sean, and Wayne, the LAST thing I want to do is clean. I clean on Saturday mornings after I’ve had a little too much coffee so I feel like completing a million and one tasks.
      4. Start in One Room – When you think about your whole house, it can be overwhelming. I always start in our living room because it’s the main focal point in our home. One thing we didn’t know about having hardwood floors is they show everything. My go-to product is the STAINMASTERTM multi-surface wet cloths from Walmart. The STAINMASTER Sweep & Mop has a flexible pole that extends easily to clean underneath our couch and other hard-to-reach areas. The flexible pole has made cleaning all the nooks and cranies of my house a breeze. Once I use the wet cloths  from Walmart, I use the microfiber pad for one final dusting.

Alright gals, it’s that simple! Stick to those steps and make cleaning a fun and easy thing.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with CORT Furniture. My review was sponsored by the brand in exchange for a blog post and social media shares. Thank you for supporting the brands that support the blog! 

I honestly can’t believe it’s been four entire years since I put on my cap and gown and was handed my diploma. I was 21-years-old when I graduated and left school feeling so unsure of where life was going to take me. I graduated with a degree in Supply Chain with emphasis in oil & gas, and being in Houston, you would of thought “you got this girl”….no. I applied to like 3-4 places and they all ‘required’ like 4 years of experience, a masters degree, and left leg. I shortly realized the supply chain world wasn’t for me, I was very fortunate to receive my first job offer a couple weeks after graduating. That was only the beginning

College is a safety net. I place where you can sleep until 10 or 11 and wake up just in time to get to class. College is the best, so enjoy it, but graduating can leave you with a million questions. Graduating was the moment where I realized that what happens next was completely up to me. Here is what comes to mind when I think back on same of the things I wish I would’ve known when I graduated college.

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College

  1. Your first job will most likely not be your last: Have your parents worked at their same job for 30 or 40 years? Yes, mine to. One thing I urge you to do is talk to your parents about their career path, you might be surprised. When I knew my first job wasn’t for me, I had quite a few questions. Am I just being a baby? Is this what the real workforce is like? Will I like any job? What I can tell is trust your gut. I was a top performer at my first job, and made very good bonuses, but I was always pressured to stay until 6, 7, 8 PM…and it was for nothing. All of my work was completed and I was just sitting there because their philosophy was the longer the hours you worked, the more you “cared” about your job. One piece of advice to any college grad: this is not normal. One thing is does teach you is to look into other companies before you apply to see what their work/life balance is like.
  2. Making your own money is way better than spending your parents: While it’s wonderful having someone else pay for your housing and meal plan, it’s so much more rewarding being able to do it for yourself. Being fully responsible for your finances really forces you to grow up and hold yourself accountable. Plus, it leads me to number 3 🙂
  3. Splurge on that purse/shoes/etc.: You know that designer purse or nice pair of shoes you’ve been dreamingggggg about forever? If you’ve been saving from you big girl job, or you have extra money to spend now, splurge on that item! It seriously feels so rewarding to know you can buy you own items and that you’ve worked for them. My big splurge was my car!
  4. College doesn’t prepare you for the workforce: Don’t freak out, but it doesn’t. College classes are great for honing your writing skills, learning time management, practicing critical thinking and working in groups etc. but honestly it’s impossible to learn what a job entails without actually doing it.
  5. Rent furniture: This the biggest piece of advice I could give anyone in college or newly out of college. You know that Pinterest board you’ve had of all your home decor ideas and your dream house? Reality doesn’t hit until you go shopping for furniture and realize it’s $$$$. So what’s next, you settle on cheap furniture that you know is really not your style (but in your budget) and make it work until you can buy what you really like. Thennnn when you can afford the furniture you like, you try to sell that couch and realize people are literally offering you $20. *this has actually happened to me. If I would have known about renting from CORT Furniture. With CORT, you can rent the essentials and buy accessories to make your space your own. CORT has packages starting from $99 a month for a full apartment.

Here are a few design boards I created for a living room all with CORT furniture!

Sofa | Accent Chair | Ottoman | Fiddle Leaf | Pillows | Lamp

Sofa | Accent Chair | Coffee Table | Pillows | Fiddle Leaf | Rug

I’d love to hear things you wish you knew in the comments below!

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Froot Loop Sorting for Toddlers

This post has been sponsored by Kellogg’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I hope you’re having a great week so far, friends! As Ava gets older, I can’t wait to share more activities and developmental games we are playing with her. As she is almost toddler (crazy!), I love seeing her learn new skills! I also know it is my role as a mom to encourage her to learn new things, such as shapes and colors, and to keep learning FUN! During our last trip to Walmart, I was walking down the toy aisle and realized we needed to start incorporating more visuals into Ava’s development. We are currently focusing on letters but shortly will be moving to colors and shapes. Here are a few of the items we are currently incorporating into our daily schedule:

Sing Songs: Adults learn easily through music. You know that song you’ve listened to twice and know all the words already? Guess what, toddlers learn the same way! We are currently listening to the ABC’s and while she doesn’t say any yet, she moves back and forth like she’s dancing and claps! It is THE CUTEST!

Read Alphabet Books: We love having an evening reading time. After being at daycare all day, she loves laying with us as she winds down. We are focusing on alphabet books currently and will point out each letter and trace her fingers around the shapes of the letter.

Learn with Alphabet Sheets: Ava has a pretty simple name, A-V-A. We thought it would be fun to teach her the letters of her name using food. To do this activity, you need 3 items, all of which can be purchased at Walmart.

    1. Large Letter A,
    2. Kellogg’s® Wild Berry Froot Loops® Cereal
    3. 3 Bowls

Another fun activity for toddlers is sorting. For this, you can print out a simple sorting mat or create a rainbow sensory bin with cupcake liners.  

Stimulating a little one’s noggin can wear you out. Since the Wild Berry Froot Loops were already open, I decided to treat myself to a bowl. Sometimes cereal just tastes better in the afternoon, am I right?!

I’d love to hear more about the tips and tricks you use to teach your little ones in the comments below!