It’s Workin’ For Us: Kid Shoe Storage

OK. admittedly, I don’t buy my girls a ton of shoes. But we still need a place to store them and I am always in favor of kid-friendly solutions. I picked up this little white bucket from The Container Store and placed it in my two-year old’s closet about six months ago. I told her (with gusto!) that it was her “special shoe basket” and she was smitten right away. We love it because she can toss her shoes in and retrieve them without any help from us. We don’t have to worry about nagging her to arrange them on a shelf and she can practice her jump shot while cleaning up. Simple, yet effective!

A Chic Rug

Rugs are generally super expensive and I am always on the prowl for a good deal. I was delighted to come across this simple (and budget friendly) beauty by Calypso Home  and wanted to share. I love the neutral colors and simple design for any living space. The cost is four hundred dollars for a 4 x 6 but other sizes are available online. Happy decorating!

Play Tent

I have been looking for a play tent for my girls and all of the ones I found were too hokey for my taste, until….I discovered moozlehome on Etsy.  Moozlehome is created by designers Kate Clarkson and Dennis Harrison. All items are made in their homes in either Pembrokeshire, West Wales or Amsterdam, Netherlands. You can order tents with your child’s name and/or custom textiles. I am ordering one with a pink felt heart for my daughter’s third birthday and if my husband didn’t put the brakes on I would surely get one for myself. It’s true love.

 

 

It’s Workin’ For Us: Snack Jars

We have no pantry and limited cabinet space so It was a bit of a challenge to figure out snack storage.  After a bit of research I stopped by IKEA and snatched up three of these glass canisters. They sit on our butcher block counter top in plain view and every week I fill them with a variety of snacks and breakfast cereals. My two year old is obsessed with them and gets excited every time I introduce a new snack: “Mama what was in that jar before? What’s in it now?!”

I like that they are air tight and you can see what’s inside. If you buy a bunch and place them in a row they look tres chic!

Happy Snacking!

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Simple Solutions: Water Jug

I drink an insane amount of water and I am always on the prowl for new vessels. I was at my friend Ariana’s house and spotted this simple glass jug. When she confessed she had picked it up at IKEA I ran over and bought three. Best purchase ever. I keep them filled with water or lemonade in my fridge and hydrate like a maniac. I’m also loving the glass mason jars my friend Mahnee gave me for water or juice.

Happy hydrating!

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Simple Solution: Snack Storage

Snacks are a big part of my life. I am always running around town and need to pack easy snacks to keep my energy up and offer to my little ones. Right now, I am loving these flip top storage cups by OXO. They click open and closed and are easy for little hands to grip. I fill mine with cheese cubes, almonds, berries or little crackers and pop them into my purse or diaper bag for easy snacks on the go. Bonus points for the sleek design, bright fun colors and attached top so you don’t have to worry about the lid falling off.

Happy snacking!

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Inspiration: Organizing by Martha!

Holy smokes. Just in time for spring cleaning, Martha Stewart has done it again. She has just published a collector’s edition magazine containing her best ideas on organization. I am pleased to share that it truly delivers the goods!  If you want to freshen up any room in your home she has ideas and images to guide and inspire. The magazine is on new stands through April and coincides with the launch of her new organizing line for Staples:  a wide array of folders, binders, labels and storage units for your home office.

Happy organizing!

It’s Workin’ For Us: Toy Storage

I am excited to introduce my new series “It’s Workin’ For Us!” where I will give a little peek into my life and home, highlighting organization, storage and decor ideas that are working for my family.

My two-year old, Chloe, is a big fan of imaginative play and I wanted to create a system where she could help herself to dolls, tea-sets, play food, etc. and clean up easily. Enter, Pottery Barn’s storage bins. They have handles, they are super durable, and they fit perfectly on our bookshelf.

Chloe has six bins and each one has a different set of play things. At the moment we are featuring a tea set, doll accessories, play ice cream, play cupcakes, play cookies and a doctors kit. She loves to pull out the bins herself, play on the soft carpet in her room and then (with some encouragement) toss everything back and put them away. We have been using them since she was little and I rotate the contents every few months or when she gets bored: A simple system that has proven to be very successful!

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Love Bites Bakeshop

I am a sucker for sweets and I am always on the hunt for the next best sugar fix.

I met Kathryn, of Love Bites Bakeshop, a few days ago and was fortunate enough to sample some of her incredible cupcake creations. With flavors like Snickerdoodle, Salted Caramel and Red Velvet, and the most delicate moist cake I have ever tasted, I became an instant fan… and addict. The best part is, not only are they delicious, they are adorable!  Poor Kathryn has no idea what good friends we are about to become.  Like, speed-dial good.  BFFs.  Family trips.

But seriously, if you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, impress guests at your next soiree, and support a small local business all at the same time, check out Love Bites Bakeshop…

Q & A WITH KATHRYN
Q. How did you learn to bake?

A. I have always had such a sweet tooth and was tired of going to bakeries especially cupcakeries that left me disappointed with calories not worth consuming.  I started practicing and after 2 years, I finally created my own recipes and frostings.

Q. What inspired you to start your shop?

A. To be honest, it was a surprise.  My brother in law’s cousin was a realtor and ordered a few dozen for an open house.  That’s how it all started and here I am!

Q. What is your favorite way to display cupcakes at a party?

A. Stands are always a cute way to display cupcakes, but if you do not have any,  placing them on large white rectangular platters keep it clean, modern and simple.

For menus and info check out Love Bites Bakeshop Online!
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