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Christmas Gift Wrapping Station

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Our Christmas shopping is far from finished. However, we’ve thought of everything we need for wrapping everything!

Wrapping is such a highlight of this festive season. It’s so much fun to sit down, put on a christmas movie and really enjoy the process.

Having everything ready and in one place is the recipe for a good ol’ wrapping sesh!

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Here’s the supplies:

wrapping paper
tissue paper
gift bags
gift tags
ribbons and twine
tape (lots of it)
trim (baubles, greenery etc)

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We tend not to buy all our supplies in one place, but generally have our eyes peeled on our errands. Target, Micheals, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx and Ikea are some of our spots.boxwood clippings | gift wrapping stationBlack and gold is our favorite again this year. What do you guys have planned?

(For more inspiration, see our ideas from last here, click HERE, HERE or HERE!)

Em’s Toy Closet Organization

Monday, October 12th, 2015

It didn’t take us too long at all to realize toys, although fun, can be a nightmare!

Loose toys laying around in every room really make the house feel messy and dirty even when its not!

Last week we tackled all of Jane’s toys over at Em’s place.

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Jane mostly plays in Em’s family room (HERE), which has this closet she was using to store all of of her entertaining supplies (see HERE).

Our number one tip when we organize kitchens is to remove all items that are not used on a weekly basis.
We did just that and packed up all the extra dishes in 56 quart bins labeled ‘platters’, ‘crystal’ etc and sent them down to the basement to be stored.

We left my most often used cake stands up on the top shelf, but now had most of a closet free for toys!

Next we divided toys into groups and sizes.

Art supplies and little toys up on the top in 6 quart tubs HERE, medium sized toys and puzzles in the middle. Lastly, bulky, heavy toys at the bottom.

boxwood clippings | toy closet organization

We found the cutest wire baskets with chalkboard labels at the dollar spot in Target for only $3 each!

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It feels so nice to have all the toys behind one door at the end of the night and has made it easier to manage in the day as Jane only has a few toys out at a time instead of having everything down on her level!

This project was so fun and felt so good when we were done. The hardest part is always getting started!

How do you keep things from being a jungle of toys at your house?

We need your mommy tips!!!!

Update A Room on ANY Budget!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Sarah’s family room was feeling a little blah.

Her room has cream walls, a dark brown leather sectional and just felt a little dated.

With a next-to-nothing budget we brightened things up by adding more contrast by pulling black and white items from around the house.

Take a look:

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce


Change Throw Pillows
Sarah’s pillows were all monotone so it was a great start, all the couch needed was a little ‘punch’. These ones worked out perfectly, see HERE and  HERE. Adding pattern and contrast is always a breath of fresh air!

Switch up Artwork
We created the mini gallery wall by collecting unused black and white pieces from storage. Sarah had the silhouettes of the twins done at Disneyland and we popped them into $3 frames (HERE). To help bring the look together we painted basic circles onto a piece of card stock and hung with a skirt hanger. All these were attached with command strips, so they’ll be no nail holes when she’s ready to switch it up again!

Other existing frames got a fresh look by repositioning them. The brown frame in the entry, got a buddy by adding a one above it. This really made more of a feature and elevates the eye upward!

Add White!
White is essential to brightening up any space. A simple $8 lack table HERE worked great next to the couch.

.The room is the main living area in the house and doubles as family room and formal living room. We feel we mastered the art of living with kids, without sacrificing design and feeling like a grown ups!

Paint is next, we’re just meditating over color. Any thoughts on what would look good?

Organization: Sarah’s Pantry Overhaul!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

About 2 months ago I woke up to find a nightmare in my pantry. BUGS!!!

Warehouse bugs.

It was traumatic.

It look a while to get rid of them.

But now we’re bug-free and neater than ever, as this was a great excuse to have a pantry overhaul.

Ooooh pretty!!!

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One of the things I learned, was that I really needed plastic containers to prevent it happening again.

(The bugs were in a box of cereal. Yuck.)

Containers can keep the food air-tight, fresher for longer…and just feels clean!

We’d been wanting these OXO (click HERE) containers for years but they are pricey. We were thrilled with our find at Costco, a pack of 8 containers for $48. Which is great because usually they are about $15 each!

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For smaller prepackaged items our favorite $1 bins (link HERE) are perfection.

They keep things in their place, and also protect from those ‘lil pests.

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To finish it off we added wrapping paper to the shelves. Much cuter and cheaper than liners, but will probably have to be replaced every other year or so.

And just because we couldn’t get enough stripes we added a notice board to match!

Since we removed ours in the hallway for the peg rail (see HERE) I’ve been desperate for a place for invitations and such.

We simply covered a notice board in fabric and hung with command strips.

So handy, and cute.

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We’d been eating out a ton and keeping what little food we had on the other side of the kitchen, so it’s nice to finally feel back to normal.

Relaxed and clean again!

A New Way to Pack with Kids

Monday, June 15th, 2015

One of our favorite clients introduced us to this amazing idea…packing family style for vacation.

Instead of each having individual bags to lug in and out of the car and hotels…packing one family bag per day instead.

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We laminated THESE tags from Ikea, to make it easy to identify each bag.

This idea is genius and makes traveling SO much easier!

Do you have a summer vacay planned? Give this method a try!