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Ava’s Playroom

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Happy Friday Friends! I am so excited to share Ava’s playroom with you guys! As she is developing into a toddler, I’m becoming more thankful of this room every single day. Ava’s playroom is really another bedroom, but it connects her to actual bedroom upstairs, so for the meantime, it’s the perfect space. It’s still a work in progress, but I wanted to share the process with y’all.

When creating this room, I knew I wanted to make the room unisex (if we had a boy next), but I also knew I wanted to use color. The rest of our house is pretty neutral or we use very soft colors, such as the pink in her room.

There is a nook to the right side of the room that fits this shelf holder. I purchased these white cubes [similar] and hot glued the pink ribbon on the front for a little emphasis. Super easy DIY! I wanted to keep the top four cubes open for items such as puzzles and books, but the bottom four hold toys. I hope to teach Ava to clean up, which these cubes make it easy to do. We just purchased the easel from IKEA for like $15, total steal! I plan to transform the chalk into a dual purpose magnetic board.

A few of the toys she absolutely loves are these blocks, Abacus [similar, ours is from IKEA], Xylophone. We recently added this fox night light, which not only plays sound, but comes in handy One item we don’t limit is books. Anytime we are at Target or Home Goods, I try to pick up another one to add to her collection. Two of the shelves currently hold her books, but these will most likely be moved to a basket once I have more.

We found the Shine Bright sign at our local At Home. This elephant chair is also one of her favorites! She is starting to outgrow it, due to the trunk, but it’ll last until she gets this Anywhere Chair for Christmas. Her teepee is also an item she’s had since she was an infant, so I’ll be upgrading it sometime this year, but it still works perfectly fine for her age and height. I’ve been working on a project for this room I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks and we still have to add some type of decals or wall mural, curtains, and other activities, but for now, this is what it looks like!

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Sprinkle Birthday Party

Hooray for the Sprinkle Party! I’m so excited to finally share Ava’s first birthday theme.  I knew for Ava’s first birthday, I wanted a theme as fun, sassy and spunky as she is. The sprinkles, sparkles and confetti birthday celebration was PERFECT. I also love brightly colored kid’s parties so I decided it would be the perfect theme!

THE INVITATION:

If you saw this post, you’ll remember I partnered with Basic Invite and shared a sneak peek into her theme. I kept one and carried it with me so I could make sure to match colors!

THE TREATS:

I knew I wanted a matching smash cake and cake. Can you believe our local grocer made these?! With everything else being so vibrant, I loved that these had more muted colors. Guess what this dip is?! DUNKAROO dip! Do you guys remember that from you childhood? It’s seriously so easy to make and was such a hit!

THE DECORATIONS:

This balloon arch was seriously SO easy but made the space so much fun! Lastly, I added some fun treat bags for the older kiddos for them to enjoy.

That wraps it up! I hope you enjoyed our theme as much as we did!

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How to Organize Your Linen Closet

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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

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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.