Closet turned Office

After 2 weeks of being laid up and not working or doing much of anything I had the urge to organize today (let’s hope I don’t regret it soon)

I ended up cleaning and organizing the Laundry Room (it is the size of a closet) that I had made into an Office a few months ago, but unfortunately it had become a collect all 😦 and there was nothing productive happening in there. (I don’t have a before picture, sadly)

I thought I would share with you what my home (apartment) looks like on a good day:22641842_10214082175429395_712139503_o

This is our living room, some sun still shines through the hand print plastered sliding doors. The futon next to the porch folds up to a couch and even has cup holders. The chair in the back corner has freshly cleaned toddler pee and marker stains under that blanket.22546698_10214082176429420_1293752484_o

The other side of the living room is my husband’s office and our wall mounted TV so that a certain someone doesn’t knock it over onto himself (that could be very dangerous and honestly if you have small children get a good wall mount so they don’t climb the TV stand and knock it over onto themselves)

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I paid $0.99 for that clock and no it does not work, but I love how it looks! Our cables are all zipped up with cable keepers, another way to stop the tornado from dangerous stuff.

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Kitchen! In the far back corner behind like 3 other things is a jar with all the sharp objects (he has gotten into them once, but not since) and everything valuable, dangerous, or breakable is in a top cupboard (because he can open all the child safety locks I put on all lower cupboards 😦

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Note beautiful flowers from Hubby (and yes that is an elephant holding random tiny dishes while they dry)

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Dining Room. Behind those bi-fold doors is what would normally be a laundry room (closet)22556022_10214082177069436_1011399477_o22556001_10214082175229390_1630685565_o

My favorite part is that I can close the doors and forget about whatever is in there when I need to, and when I am in there it is almost like being in another room, but I can still see and hear the kiddo. I also love that the locks I installed are up so high he cannot reach them even by standing on a chair so my stuff is safe… ish.

Inside I have my books, journal, board games, paperwork, work stuff, craft stuff, essential oils, electronics, our embarrassingly large for 2017 DVD collection… and there is a power outlet for my laptop and if I want to put a lamp or diffuser in there 😀

Down the hallway and in the rooms are some of my favorite wall art… all free or under a dollar at thrift stores.

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Kiddo’s bathroom (vinyl letters on the wall that remove with no residue or marks) and the only way that I can make the house look like this and have time to sit down and blog… passed out while playing on the tablet.

Toys are locked away in the closet, he asks to go in and can pick out a few toys or buckets at a time (makes life less overwhelming for everyone) I swear he has more books than any other kid. All of these are for at least 5 years from now.

Master Bath has some sweet little wall storage places (since we don’t have a cupboard or shelves in there) The clear drawers are one of my favorite (Amazon)

 

That messy picture is a folding card table with all the stuff I am sorting out for donations and doing laundry (the never ending task). I really try to clear out clutter and things I don’t use or need at the start of every season. Project 333 is my minimalist go to (I am far from a minimalist, but her way of thinking and living help me stay humble and sane…ish)

The photos and art on our bedroom wall are so special to me. I even framed a letter my husband wrote me while we were dating. The Daisy is by Sarah Ann Photography

The shelf above my dresser has specific items representing each of us and then us as a whole.

Curtains… I know they don’t match (not much in my house does) but they are amazing! One is shear and lets the light in and the other is a black out curtain. Both are a MUST if you live in an apartment complex and your bedroom window faces the parking lot on the first floor.

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Last but not least, Master Closet… where laundry goes to die. It is usually quite organized (or at least somewhat organized) this last week we had to get laundry done (at the laundry mat) and I could not lift or bend. So here are all the clean clothes until further notice 😉

 

I hope you enjoyed the humorous tour and were inspired by the Closet Office. Check out my previous post, Closet Nursery, and see how I turned our Laundry Room (Closet) into a nursery for kiddo when he was a newborn in our old apartment.

 

Have an amazing week!

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Train Playroom

It was 65° outside yesterday morning ♡ December 17th. 

By the time I took the kids to the playground in the afternoon it was 32 and windy 😦 

We can’t avoid Winter forever. I also can’t avoid Christmas forever. I’ve been slowing getting all of Little Man’s presents in the mail and pilling them in his room along with anything else I want to procrastinate on. After he laid down for a nap, yesterday, I decide it was time to get motivated. I’d gone to At Home and found a wire flatware holder that I planned to repurpose as a train shelf. 

It worked perfectly! 

I put together his Train Table and Gorilla glued the bridge together. The other pieces I left loose so he could rearrange. The top flips over and the other side is a chalk board. 

This wooden sign was given to us by a dear friend when he was born. 

I wanted this to be an uncluttered space where he could play and be creative without being over stimulated. 

I read about Toy Rotation about a year ago, and I love the idea. Last month I went through all his toys and clothes and donated almost 4 boxes worth of stuff. I tried to be purposeful with what toys he kept. In his closet are 2 shelves neatly stacked with toys that he can take out one at a time and play with in the open space on the other side of his room. The closet locks so he can’t just drag everything out and make mayhem. It’s been studied that children do better and are less overwhelmed when they do not have too many stimulating factors around them when they play. So we are implementing toy rotation. Also, the walls are not too busy. 

I picked up a few baskets at the Dollar Tree for his wooden train and blocks. I still need to find some clear contact paper to make the window so you cannot see into it (the parking lot is RIGHT there and my toddler doesn’t always keep his clothes on).

In the other corner of his room I will be installing these wire baskets on the wall along with a few small wall lamps. Then a few oversized throw pillows and his reading corner will be complete (I love how many books he was giving for Christmas. Thank you to family for understanding the power of reading).

The last thing I did was unpackaged all his gifts (make them play ready) and wrap them (STAR WARS wrapping paper found at the Dollar Tree!) 

If you have any creative Play Room ideas, I’d love to heat them! I’ll be sure to update with pictures of the reading corner once it is complete.

Happy Holidays! 

Update:

Today (December 23rd) I finally put the finishing touches on Little Man’s Playroom. His reading corner is set up. 

thThese baskets are from At Home. They are perfect for his board books. Instead of throw pillows I used some of his character pillow cases over new pillows. I put a spot light on the wall for better lighting at night. 

The window treatment I was looking for was $15 and I wasn’t ready to commit. I ended up getting some contact paper from the Dollar Tree that did the job perfectly. 


I decided the leave the final corner of the room empty for his to play and use his puzzles. 

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Father’s Day Gift Basket – Under $10

Father’s Day is almost here, and since there is no way I can top last year’s gift (our son was born on Father’s Day last year) I decided to go super creative and hope that it is good enough 😉

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The book was one I reviewed recently, “How to Tie a Tie”. I hope he is as excited as I am about it!11390345_10206585712262501_3977384607533210576_n

The shaving balm and shaving cream I snagged at the Dollar Tree (they look classy to me). I had wanted to buy him a straight razor (something he has wanted for years) but instead I am going to let him pick out his own razor and strap.

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There is also a Super Hero eye glass cleaner in there (to wipe tiny finger prints off his glasses).

Little Man made the card (with help from mommy and the crayons Aunt Sarah bought him)

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Last but not least, I bought some of his favorite candy and wrote him a note ❤

There you have it!! Under $10!

What did you do this Father’s Day?

Pirate Birthday Party

Our son turned 1 this week, so we threw a Cook Out to Celebrate!!!

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His nursery and Baby Shower were Pirate themed, so we followed suit.

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He LOVES VocabuLARRY from Baby First TV.

My MIL was able to snag him one for a review. He was SO EXCITED!!!

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My SIL made his cake. It came out soooo good. How cute is this!!

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She even made him his own Smash Cupcake!

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Everyone had such a good time. We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

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For the Kids we has a few kiddie pools set up. Instead of pre-packaged Goodie Bags we set up a Fun Table where the kids could decorate their own bag and grab toys to use throughout the day.

Mini Beach Balls, Squirt Guns, Pirate Mustaches, Crazy Straws, Cake Bibs (disposable bibs), Bubbles, and Sun Block.

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Simple was best for his First Birthday. It was an enjoyable day for everyone (me included).

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Reusable Food Pouch Review

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Have you seen those cute food pouches that are so popular? Have you seen the recalls and dangers of ones in the stores? Now companies are now making reusable ones that make it easy for you to give your kids fruits and veggies fresh from the blender. A few years ago I saw the ones where you had to buy a special machine to squeeze the food into the pouch (no thank you), then someone realized that making resealable pouches was way easier. I love using reusable food pouches with my 9 month old. He can feed himself and there is minimal mess. It is also convenient for travel. We still receive baby food from WIC. I just pop a jar into the pouch and dinner is served! Easy.

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These were all received for review purpose and have been reviewed for those companies and purposes already. Today I want to compare and contrast the difference in the different brands to help you choose which one is best for you and to let you know some of my favorite features. All of these pouches are BPA Free and food safe. They are also dishwasher and freezer safe as well as use only choke resistant caps.

Brand: Tubbki

Features:

  • BPA-FREE Tubbki is BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free, making it a safe choice for food storage for your child.
  • SAFE Tubbki is unbreakable and uses an anti-choking cap. This means that our cap is designed according to anti-choking regulation, making it too large to be swallowed.

Perks: Stickers for labeling. Good size.

Rating: 8

My Thoughts: I really liked these ones. They were the first reusable food pouches we tried and we both loved them right off. My 8 month old was feeding himself without a huge mess!! After a few uses, food was getting stuck in the corners and the seal. They are dishwasher safe, so it would not be a big deal if I had a dishwasher to run them through.

You can see my original review here. Or check out my video review.

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Brand: Easy Anywhere

Features: Freezer Safe, BPA Free, Dishwasher safe.

Perks: Has an ounces marker so you can see how much is in the pouch. Has a place on the pouch to write contents. Fills from the top, so no chance of accidental popping and spilling.

Rating: 5

My Thoughts: While it has a few cool features, I do not like the side spout. It is not very easy to eat from. Also the packaging looks like something that holds soap not food.

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Brand: Natures Little Squeeze

Features: BPA Free, Dishwasher and freezer safe.

Perks: Hour glass shape. Spot on pouch to write owner’s name.

Rating: 9.9

My Thoughts: The shape it PERFECT! Great for any age kid to grab and eat. I like the spout on the top. I wish the bottom opening was a tiny bit bigger. The material it is made from rinses much easier. The color and design is cute.

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Brand: Basic Best

Features: BPA Free, Dishwasher and freezer safe.

Perks: Larger bottom/fill opening. Larger pouch. Place on pouch to write date and contents.

Rating: 9.5

My Thoughts: I love the larger opening at the bottom. It makes it much easier to fill and to rinse. This one is the quickest to clean. The brown is pretty ugly though.

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Brand: Little Squeeze Me

Features: BPA Free. Dishwasher and freezer safe.

Perks: Shows ounces. Place to write contents on pouch. Fills from top, no accidental pops and spills.

Rating: 4

My Thoughts: The fill opening is very small. I do not like the side spout. It seems smaller and to hold less than most of the reusable food pouches. The color is cute,

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So there are my thoughts, honest and unbiased. Hopefully this will help you find out which brands works best for your family.

I cannot wait until summer! (They’re freezer safe…fruit slushies to bring to the beach!)

Kids Learning Technology

My son is very smart for his age (ok well what parent wouldn’t say that) I love to see him discover and learn new things. We think that he might be musical, he loves music and drum beats. I can not wait to begin him in music lessons. As a parent there are so many things we want our kids to learn, experience, and have the opportunity for. That’s why when I heard about Kid Starter, I was ecstatic! Can you imagine your child going to school and having access to these technological tools and mentors? There would be no limit on what they could accomplish. Check out Kid Starter  and support or learn more about this movement for our future!

 

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Zoo Baby Diaper Bag

 

 

I received a request for a diaper bag set and toys for an upcoming baby shower. I instantly fell in love with this animal print (come on how adorable is that?) So I went a Pinteresting and found some inspiration.

 

The diaper bag pattern I used was from PoppySeedFabrics. The first one I followed the directions exactly. Her instructions are flawless, but it was a bit small (this one they will end up gifting to the grandparents, which is a great idea).
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I decided to edit the pattern a little. For the second bag I made the dimensions 30 x 22, and 20 x 22. I think it came out the perfect size. (elephant for size difference).

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Then I used some of the excess fabric to make these fun crinkle tag toys. I found the pattern on SoSewEasy. My son really wanted to play with them, I will have to make him one on my next day off. At least I know they are baby approved!

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