Drink Dispensers

I have already confessed to having an unhealthy obsession with mason jars and now Pottery Barn has totally won me over with their Mason Jar Drink Dispenser!

I am already fantasizing about filling this puppy up with fresh strawberry  lemonade and watermelon agua frescas. Double yum.

Hope you are celebrating this 4th of July in style. Cheers!

 

 

Hello Shiso Clips

Adorable, handmade, and the only clips that do not slip out of my girl’s hair. Hello Shiso clips and accessories are made locally (In Berkeley) by Mimi Tsang. Mimi also runs a fabulous BLOG with creative ideas and inspiration. I am loving her and her delightful products right up. Check it!

Toilet Training Seat

I never thought I would actually be thinking about potty seats, let alone blogging about them but here goes!

Our three year old, Chloe, was potty trained about six months ago and our small bathroom has become cluttered with portable pottys, training seats and stools. Having to share a bathroom with my whole family is a nightmare as it is but with the addition of all of this toilet equipment I was starting to lose it. Enter: Next Step Built In Potty Seat! This genius creation can be installed in about five minutes and will change your life if you have young ones sharing a toilet with you! Chloe loves it and flips the seat up and down easily. I am thrilled to be able to donate all of our other gear and have this simple space saving device instead.

 

How do you save space in your bathroom? Talk to me!

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Tote Bag

I recently went for a spa day with my friend, Hedy, and was distracted by her charming LL Bean Open Top Tote Bag. She had filled it with folded beach towels, toiletries and magazines for the day and my imagination started running wild thinking of the bag’s many possibilities: It was big enough to tote laundry or groceries. It could be filled with toys in a child’s room or closet. It could be a great park bag filled with sand toys, sunscreen etc. It is so thick and sturdy that it can stand up on its own and could even function as a catch all for an emergency kit or car supplies.

So many ways to use it and love it!

It’s Workin’ For Us: Glasses + Straws

I went to a birthday party recently and there were these amazing refreshing drinks served in mason jars with colorful paper straws. It was so delightful to kids and adults alike I decided to copy it in my own home. I filled a mason jar with straws for easy access and now the kids and I enjoy fun beverages every day! My husband, otherwise known as the Grinch who stole fun, has taken a pass on my festive drinking accessories. Oh well. You can’t win them all. Happy hydrating!

Mouse Pad Chic

Call me crazy, but traditional mouse pads have always made my skin crawl a little. You know, the blue flimsy ones on most office desks are so unattractive and I love a chic working environment. I called on my friend, Hedy, for help and without hesitation she exclaimed “FELT!”

I trotted off to Etsy.com and found myself a lovely heather grey thick felt mouse pad. I must say it really makes a difference on my desk. I feel pretty victorious when I can figure out how to pretty up an otherwise lifeless household item. Presto change-o.

Voucher Box

Are you ready? Grab a small box and label it “Vouchers.” Store all of your tickets to shows, gift certificates, gift cards, coupons, free gym passes etc. in this box and stash it somewhere handy like a top drawer in your kitchen. You can also use a magnet clip on your fridge so everything is in plain sight, ready to be redeemed. The trick to being organized is simple: Group like items together and be consistent. Now get out there and use those passes before they expire!

Berry Basket

This ceramic berry basket is adorable, no?

I received one filled with fresh strawberries and tied up with a cute fabric ribbon at a “favorite things party” a few weeks ago.

It was so simple and charming I wanted to share! I think it a perfect hostess gift or great party favor for a summer event.

Now, I can’t wait for berry season to arrive…