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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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Lifestyle

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.

Family

To Grandma’s House We Go

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

Hi Gals! Today on the blog, I’m getting real. Let’s be honest, as parents, we need a break sometimes. A break can mean anything: a solo visit to the nail salon, a date night, or a full blown vacation with your spouse. Sean and I aren’t at the point where we will leave our daughter overnight [he’s trying for it though!], but we thoroughly enjoy date night.

Coming from a family of divorce, the best piece of advice someone gave me as a teenager [when I was babysitting btw] was to have a date night at least once a month. And as a parent now, I totally see why. Our daughter is only 11 months old, but I can see how getting in the rhythm of Sean taking her to daycare, me picking her up, attempting to eat dinner while Ava is squirming everywhere, and then being too tired by the end of the day, we just pass out. Parenthood is not for the weak. Some days are just plain trying, and that’s just part of the job.

Date nights are fun and something Sean and I look forward to, even if we spend most of the time talking about Ava or missing her. Tell me I’m not alone! HA! Getting ready for date night also means getting Ava a bag packed for Grandma’s house and making sure she has all of her favorite items.

A list of what I pack her is below:

The last two are absolute necessities for Ava. MAM’s Perfect Pacifier is BPA/BPS Free and has an orthodontic nipple that is 4 times softer than standard pacifiers. BEST PART is they glow in the dark to make them easy to find if she wakes up in the middle of the night.

The MAM Anti-Colic Bottle is one of the neatest bottles I’ve ever tried. It self-sterilizes in the microwave after 3 minutes. Plus, its SkinSoft nipple mimics breastfeeding, making it easy to switch between breast and bottle.

These are items that have helped make leaving her for a couple of hours just a little bit easier. If you’ve left your child overnight, I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below. If you haven’t left your child with anyone yet and you’re wanting to, I hope this encourages you and that our little packing list helps.

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1st Birthday Gift Ideas

Hi Friends, happy Tuesday!

This post has been LONG overdue and highly requested! Ava’s first birthday is next weekend [what?! so crazy!!] and I’m over here running around like a mad women. I laugh because I did a poll when Ava was around 7 months old as I was getting ideas for her birthday….and here I am Amazon Priming items.

Anywho, I thought it’d be fun to round up some gift ideas for a one year old! You know, in case you are stumped as to what to buy the little one year olds in your life. 🙂 A few of these we have and Ava absolutely LOVES, and some are on her own birthday list!

And there you have it! Just a few fun items any one year old would be lucky to have! 🙂 And, really, if we’re being honest, the most exciting gift for the birthday girl will be the bows and cake anyway. 😉